When enjoying yourself at a public venue, it is important to consider your safety, especially if you are alone or in an unfamiliar area. Here are three ways to feel safer and more confident in public.
1. Identify Those Who Can Help
Whether you are dancing in a crowded nightclub or walking around a busy amusement park, there are numerous people are who are trained to help if you find yourself in a pernicious situation. If you are feeling watched or followed, alert a nearby employee with a description of the person in case they happen to spot someone with that description engaging in questionable behavior. Bartenders and bouncers at nightclubs are often experienced at getting people away from situations of unwanted attention. Wherever you are in public, keep an eye out for people of authority such as security guards in Michigan in case you need their assistance.
2. Carry Deterrents
Depending on the laws where you live or are traveling to, consider keeping personal safety devices on you such as a whistle, pepper spray or kubotan. Pepper spray should be used with care and only in cases to stop a threat and enable yourself to get away more quickly. Stream, gel and foam varieties of pepper spray are all available for purchase and work in different ways, so consider which type is best for you.
3. Educate Yourself
While harassment and assault are never the fault of the victim, there are certain things you can do to build your confidence and increase the chances of safely getting away from a dangerous situation. Some common forms of martial arts to learn for self-defense are:
- Muay Thai, a form of kickboxing
- Mixed martial arts
Take into account your own skills and abilities when choosing a form of self-defense to learn.
These three things can be one of many tools to help you feel safer out in public.