Safety Tips for Women Working at Night

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There are some late nights working when you are acutely aware that you’re alone. Sometimes you just have a gut feeling that makes you feel unsafe: That customer who has been having outside your vape shop for the last half hour but isn’t doing anything, for example, or the fact that the parking lot is very poorly lit. As a woman working alone at night, what are some precautions that you can take to protect yourself?

Emergency Apps

Thankfully as technology has grown, so has the ability to connect with emergency response teams. There are many good-quality and highly-rated apps that you can download onto your phone for an added security measure. One that is quite effective is called Circle of 6, a clever app that allows you to select a “circle” of six contacts. You can discreetly send preset messages to these six contacts if you feel unsafe, which are things like “Come and get me. I need help getting home safely” with your GPS coordinates included.

Install a Bell on the Door

Tried, tested and true: This oldie-but-goodie immediately alerts you if someone has entered the workplace. Whether you have a fancy electronic noise or a simple string of jingle bells tied to the doorknob, any noise can help you be more aware of your surroundings.

Close Curtains

Brightly-lit windows are like spotlights on a dark night. When night falls, close the curtains and lock doors that no longer need to be open. These simple tricks make you less of a target to people looking for trouble.

Get to Know Your Neighbors

Surrounding shops can play a big part in keeping each other safe. Meet the people who work near you and develop a “buddy system” when walking out to your cars at night. Similarly, work out an emergency plan in case one of you needs help and have the authorities on standby.

Have Your Keys and Phone Ready

Before you exit your place of business and head to your car, pull your keys out of your purse and get your car key ready, and have your phone in your other hand. Fumbling with your keys and digging through your purse makes you vulnerable and a target to potential predators.

Life as a woman can sometimes be very scary. Take precautions at night when you’re working to protect yourself. You can never be too careful, especially if you’re feeling uncomfortable and unsafe.

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