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Ladies, listen up: these security tips could save your life!

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As the fight against femicide becomes stronger, so do the women. With tomorrow being Women's Day, it is only fitting that we share some information from a top security compny on how best to stay safe.

Regional executive at security company Fidelity ADT,  Agnieszka Gryn, gave us the lowdown on what and what not to do when it comes to safety.

“Being distracted makes you a soft target. Criminals are always on the lookout for soft or vulnerable targets, and will take advantage if you are not paying attention to your surroundings. Being aware of potential threats is the first and most effective line of defence for anyone,” says Gryn.

Cutting out any distractions while driving, especially talking on the phone is the first area to start in. According to Gryn, the cell phone is one of the biggest distractions because one’s concentration is limited to only the phone and not the surroundings. This in turn presents criminals with the perfect opportunity to pounce.

Most importantly trust your instincts.”
Agnieszka Gryn

It is important to be less predictable when driving in your car, switching up routes on the way to work and back home. This will confuse a criminal if they set a target.

Ladies should trust their instincts; if a situation doesn’t feel safe, it probably isn’t. “If confronted by a criminal, escape is always the best option.” she says.

We all want to go out and have a good time but always tell someone where you’re off to and an expected return time, exercising precaution can develop safety habits in women.

“I encourage women to not only use these tips but to share them with family and friends. Most importantly trust your instincts. If someone or something makes you feel uneasy, get away or get help,” she concludes.

Top 3 safety tips from ADT's Agnieszka Gryn

Frightened young woman with mobile phone shouting and being attacked by criminal man on the street
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  • Trust your instinct. Women have great intuition and should listen to their instincts. If someone or something makes you feel uneasy, avoid the individual and leave the area.
  • Make contact with your private security service provider and ask them if they offer a mobile panic alarm service, which could be downloaded to your mobile phone.
  • Tell someone where you are going and the time you expect to return. Save to your mobile phone or memorise the details of the person to be contacted in the event of an emergency.

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