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Published on: 24 May 2011 by crissy78
Ever had to walk alone in a scary area of town… where you wished that you had a body guard, or at least a friend with you? Well if you don’t have someone with you, rely on your imaginary friend – by talking to him or her on your cell phone. This can be an excellent line of defense against a potential criminal, and will deter most from an attack. Criminals want to escape without a witnesses, and will rarely attack if they think someone on the other end of the line will be getting a live play-by-play of the incident.
Say you’re in a secluded location and a suspicious stranger is lurking or is about to approach you. Pick up your cell phone and either pretend to answer it, or pretend to place a call. Respond with a vibrant “Hi! (whoever). I’m running a couple of minutes late but am going to be there in about 5 minutes. I’m at (your location) and (friend) is about to pick me up. I’m going out to meet him now” – then start walking to an area populated with people. You can carry on this fake conversation for as long as you need, but be sure to drop details like your specific location and the current time. This will alert the would-be criminal that A) someone is expecting you to arrive soon B) Someone is expecting to pick you up and C) The “person” on the other end of the line knows exactly where you were last seen. Make sure to talk in a loud and boisterous voice, with occasional laughter, as this will call attention to you if anybody is near by.
Criminals prey on people who look weak, timid, or quiet – so you want to project a strong & self-sufficient attitude. If all else fails and you still feel threatened, pretend to get into an argument with the person on the other end of the line… complete with yelling, screaming, arm flailing and cursing. Few criminals want to mess with someone who appears to be crazy, angry and violent! The advantage to having your cell phone in your hand is that you can quickly dial 911 if things escalate. If you are able to speak to the operator, quickly & loudly mention your location so they can send someone to help.
Another possibility is to create a circle of protection with some of your friends – so you can be on the phone with an actual person. This is especially useful if you feel directly threatened and need someone to hear your situation & whereabouts. Let a certain group of friends know that if they receive a call from you, pretending as though you are about to meet up with them, this will signal you need help or are in danger. Best of all, you can tell them your location just in case something bad does happen, and you need assistance.
Recently, a friend of mine used this tactic when she was on a near-empty subway platform waiting for a Cal-Trans Train late at night. A man, dressed in a black hooded sweatshirt and dirty torn jeans had followed her downstairs, then back upstairs, and downstairs again.. so she was highly suspicious. There’s no way to know for sure if he was planning to attack or rob her, but as soon as she started loudly talking to me on her cell phone, the potential criminal left and did not board the train.
Remember that no physical goods are worth your life! If someone approaches and demands your purse, give it to them without a struggle. It only takes a few phone calls to cancel your credit cards, but your life is irreplaceable. Pass along this blog to your friends and family. If it saves a life, or a prevents any type of attack, it was well worth it!