Unfortunately, every parent knows the fear of losing a child. Some parents go to extremes to keep their children safe, while others keep a looser leash in order to allow them to grow and learn responsibility. Too many kids get abducted each year, either by estranged family members, acquaintances, or total strangers.
As the third day came around we were getting into the tunnels. Kelly was riding just ahead of me and was telling me how long the tunnel was ahead of us. Most of them we could start riding in then it went totally black and then you could see light at the other end.
As I have said many times over, if you are approached by an attacker make as much noise as you can. But what if you are grabbed from behind and the attacker covers your mouth? Personal Alarms are very inexpensive devices that you carry in a pocket, on your belt, or even in your hand and when you pull a small pin it activates an ear piercing siren sure to scare away even the most determined of criminals. Some personal alarms even have built in strobe lights that will temporarily blind and disorient an attacker. Many of these devices can be easily adapted to act as door and window guards as well.
When I went to college, it wasn’t like it is today. Coeds could walk alone at night on campus and feel fairly secure. But today, with colleges becoming so large, the parking lots, labs, study halls and the library seem to be in darker and more distant locations.
Don’t forget that there are creatures in the woods, some of them might not be very friendly and they may bite. This is another use for your personal alarm for women – set it off and the sound should scare almost any animal away and, it will get the attention of your fellow campers and let them know that you’re in trouble.
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12.) I know of more than one case where a young woman was able to discourage an attacker by using a red pepper spray. Do consider carrying a pepper spray in your pocket or purse. A few whiffs of spray can disable an assailant long enough for you to get away and call 911 for help.