Three things you should keep in your bag
Unfortunately, the world we live in has become increasingly dangerous, and crime is at an all-time high. With disappearances, murders, hijacking and other violent offences on the rise, it is imperative that ordinary people are protected, especially as they go about their day-to-day business trying to make a living.
It is therefore best to carry provisions so that, in the event that you fall victim to a perpetrator, you are able to take the necessary steps to save yourself.
This is a legal, but aggressive option. Many people have found comfort in carrying pepper spray with them, especially when they travel alone or at night. Pepper spray works by physically immobilising your attacker so that you can escape.
Pepper spray can be purchased at most convenient stores and is quite inexpensive, retailing at around R80. Pepper spray is made from an extract of chili peppers and usually comes in an aerosol canister so that you can spray it quickly and easily, explains How Stuff Works. Pepper spray is extremely irritating to the skin, eyes, mouth, throat, and lungs.
Most people choose to travel without their cellphone in the fear of being robbed, but having your phone with you is imperative, in case of an emergency. Be sure to have emergency contact numbers saved in case you forget them in a panic. Keep your cellphone securely in your pocket if you are uncomfortable with the idea of carrying it in your handbag.
Whether you keep it in your bag, your pocket or around your neck, having a whistle is important, so that you can alert people if you need to draw their attention. Attackers hate to draw attention to themselves or to the crime they are trying to commit. Also, if you are too tired to scream, a whistle should do the trick.
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