Women Security Tips

Women Security Tips

To report about crime against women call 033 2661 0100/0009 or contact Women PS

Programmes Related to Women Safety and Security

  1. Howrah (Rural) District has initiated the 'Swayansiddha' awareness programme since 2017 - in order to curb human trafficking and child marriage in Bengal, state police has come up with a self-reliance scheme known as Swayansiddha. The project envisions empowering young girls, and boys, with knowledge and skills so that they are aware, alert, able to make informed choices and are less vulnerable to violation and abuse of their rights.
  2. Howrah (Rural) District has initiated an all-women 'Winners Team' programme vide DO No: 1267 Dated: 25-Aug-2022 - a special all-women patrolling team to combat and prevent crimes like molestation, eve-teasing etc. to make public places safer for women.

Women Safety Tips

  • Be Alert! Scan the area as you walk. Be aware of your surroundings and walk with confidence.
  • Avoid shopping alone. Try to shop with a friend or relative.
  • Know your surroundings. Keep an eye on the people in front of you as well as behind you.
  • Carry your purse close to your body and do not leave it unattended.
  • Try not to carry too many packages. Place all packages out of sight in your vehicle, preferably in the trunk.
  • Park your vehicle in a well-lighted area. Even in daylight hours, you may want to park near a light pole so if you leave when it is darker, your car will be in a well-lit location.
  • Approach your vehicle with your keys already in your hand. Keep your vehicle doors locked and your windows shut. Look around, under and in your car, especially the back seat, before you get in.
  • When leaving a business late at night, (if available) ask a security guard to walk you to your car. Do not go up to just any security guard. Go directly to the kiosk and ask for them to assign an officer to escort you. Predators sometimes dress up to resemble security or other authority figures.
  • When a business requests you to confirm your home address, whisper it to them. Broadcasting your home address among strangers in the line could compromise your safety.
  • When checking into a hotel room, if the person at the front desk says your room number out loud, ask them to give you a new room and write the number on a piece of paper. Or when you check-in, ask up front to not say your room number out loud. Your room number should be your business only.
  • Before entering your hotel room, make sure no one is lingering in the hallway.
  • Always immediately lock your hotel room door after you enter.
  • If you call for room service, and you get a knock on your door, do not immediately open the door. Ask: "Who is it?" Make the person on the other side of the door tell you who they are before you open it. If in doubt do not open the door and call the front desk.
  • When asking for directions and someone offers to show you the way by having you follow them, do not go. Just ask for them to point you in the right direction. Often, predators just want to lure you to a place less crowded where your calls for help can't be heard.
  • Always pour your own drink at a party and bring it with you everywhere...even to the bathroom. This will make it more difficult for someone to drug you via your drink.
  • If you choose to partake in drinking alcohol, remember to have a designated driver.
  • Watch the bartender as he or she pours your drink. To be extra safe, drink wine instead of a cocktail. Mixed drinks take longer to make. You could be easily distracted and miss the bartender (who could be working with a predator) or someone else placing something in your drink.
  • When going out with your friends, decide beforehand you will stick together. Do not let your friend go off alone with any person.
  • Don't check-in on social media apps when you arrive somewhere. Instead, check in as you leave. This way no one will be able to digitally stalk you and know your every move or when you're not at home. Along the same lines, avoid tweeting or Facebooking from vacation, especially if your account is public, as it is a way of letting the world know your home is unoccupied.
  • When you move into a new residence, check areas for possible hidden cameras. Your landlord, previous tenant or previous owner could be spying on you.
  • Unfortunately, no matter how diligently we practice awareness and avoidance techniques, we may find ourselves in a physical confrontation. If available, it is suggested to take self defense training.

Purse Snatching

  • DO NOT....carry a bag that makes you a target. A bag that dangles from the shoulder can be easily yanked off your shoulder by someone coming up from behind.
  • DO NOT....carry your bag in such a manner that you can let it go if you have to. Many women have been injured because their own bags acted as handcuffs as a purse snatcher yanked it away. Be aware of your surroundings and carry your bag close to your body, tucked in the bend of your elbow.
  • Minimize the amount of money and credit cards that you carry with you on a daily basis. Divide your money between pockets and bags.
  • are the victim of a purse snatch, do not fight to hold onto your bag, especially if there is a weapon involved.

At Home

  • Have your key ready before you get to the front door. Make sure your entrance area is well lit.
  • If you live in an apartment don't hold the lobby door open for a stranger who has been waiting.
  • Please use the door chain for verifying the identity before fully opening the door.
  • List only your last name and first initial in your mailbox.
  • If a stranger wants to use your phone for any kind of call from business to an emergency ..... keep him out and you make the call for them!
  • If you arrive home and find your door open DO NOT GO INSIDE. Call the police from a pay phone or neighbour's house and ask them to meet you.

Coming Home Late at Night

  • Avoid shortcuts that are not well travelled or well lit. Know what reputable stores are open in your neighborhood late at night.
  • If you suspect that you are being followed, stay away from lonely quiet blocks and head for the store you know to be open.
  • When walking to your car or on your way home, keep your keys in your hand until you are safely inside for added protection.
  • If someone drops you off at home by auto, ask the driver to wait until you are safely inside.
  • If a motorist bothers you while you are walking turn around and walk in the opposite direction of the car. Do this as often as necessary and he should get discouraged.

While Driving

  • Keep windows rolled up, except for a small ventilation space and keep your doors locked.
  • If someone attempts to force you off the road, don't panic.....blow your horn constantly to attract attention.
  • If you are forced over, as soon as you stop put your car in reverse and back away..... keep blowing the horn and moving the car as much as possible.
  • If you suspect that someone is following you make a few turns down active streets if possible.
  • If the auto you suspect is following you makes the same turns as you then head for the nearest police station, fire house or open store. Don't try to make it to your own quiet residential area.
  • Try to park your car in a well lighted area, this is not only good from the standpoint of discouraging a personal attack on you but also for reducing the chance of auto theft. Look around before you get out of your car.
  • Before getting into your car, look inside first to make sure no one is hiding in the back seat. When leaving your car, make sure it is locked.
  • Use a good anti-theft lock (electronic) on your car.

Potential Red Flags for Human Trafficking Situations

The Intimate Partner or Employer:

  • Comes on very strongly and promises things that seem too good to be true - i.e. promises extremely high wages for easy work.
  • Expects that you will agree to the employment or relationship on the spot, and threatens that otherwise the opportunity will be lost.
  • Is unclear about the terms of employment, location of employment and/or the company details/credentials.
  • Partner/employer denies access to information about your rights.
  • Denies contact with friends or family or attempts to isolate you from your social network.
  • Constantly checks on you and does not allow you access to your money.
  • Asks you to do things outside of your comfort zone such as performing sexual favors for friends.
  • Displays signs/characteristics of a dangerous person including: attempts to control movement and behaviors, exhibits jealousy, lashes out or delivers punishment in response to noncompliance, is verbally/emotionally/physically abusive.
  • Uses threats or displays of violence to create a culture of fear.
  • If your partner asks you to do things you are uncomfortable with (forceful sex or sex acts, videotaping sexual activity/nudity, engaging in commercial sex or sex acts with his/her friends/strangers, abusing drugs/alcohol, etc.), let your partner know that it makes you uncomfortable and inform a trusted friend or relative.
  • Make sure a trusted friend/relative knows where you are when with your partner, especially if you are traveling with this person or going to an unfamiliar location.
  • Maintain access to all of your documents (driving license, ID card, birth certificate, passport, or visa), your bank account, and all important phone numbers and do not provide this information to your partner if you do not feel comfortable.

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