This past weekend was a great weekend with an opportunity to learn some new personal safety tips. My husband and I took the conceal and carry class which taught us not only about our guns but about the laws as well. The instructor was very knowledgeable and gave us some other tidbits to ponder as well so I have to give him credit for what I am getting ready to discuss.
Women - when we come out of the store with our cart full of groceries, etc. what do we do with our purses? Most of the time, my purse is sitting in the buggy seat for children and I used to leave mine in that seat while I loaded my groceries. After I had my wallet stolen at a gas station, I decided that was probably not the best practice and started putting it in my front seat and locking my car doors so no one could get to it.
The instructor gave pause to that activity and offered this scenario. What if someone comes up from behind and pushes you into your truck and shuts the trunk lid. Now, here you are in the trunk and the predator not only has you but he also has your cell phone and anything else you may have in your purse for personal protection - i.e. your stun gun, your gun, pepper spray, etc. And, he is exactly right - I typically do not carry my phone on me as it is usually in my purse along with my stun gun. At most, I may have my keys in my hand or in my trunk and I do keep a pepper spray on my key ring. However, it would be better to either keep the purse on you or set it in the trunk while you load groceries. This way, even though it is still a bad situation, if you get shoved into and locked into your trunk, when they open the trunk you can unload your gun into them and then take the car and get away and call for help!
So, ladies, this particular blog is meant for you to think about where do you keep your personal protection items and your purse. Do you conceal and carry if allowed in your state? I know some businesses do not want guns brought into their establishments which is their right but you still have the right to have it in your vehicle. Thus, why I highly recommend you layer your protection. What if you come out from a store that does not allow guns in their establishment and it is in your glove box and you get shoved into your trunk (believe me these predators know which places do and do not). What do you use for protection then? Do you have pepper spray, stun gun or Kubaton that you can use for self defense when they open the trunk lid?
I implore you to take some time and think about your activities and opportunities for those predators. Believe me, they generally scope out locations before they act so know your areas of weakness and shore it up today!