It is legal to carry mace or pepper spray that was acquired outside of DC. I suggest all women carry mace and a small knife with them at all times, I also carry a taser, but that is illegal here in DC. If you do not own any of these items and want to feel safer, take your keys out and place each key in between your fingers to create sharp brass knuckles.
- Be aware of your surroundings
Always be alert when walking anywhere. Keep your phone in your hand but only to call for help in case of an emergency, it ‘s not a good idea to walk around scrolling or texting, this makes you not only an easy target, but it can cause you to partake in accidents like falling or getting hit by a car. Also, if you are surveying an area and find that someone seems suspicious it is a good idea to begin putting together a profile of them. For example, male, tall, blonde hair, blue eyes, tattoo of a snake on his neck, etc. This will allow you to help police find the creep in case anything happens to you or someone else.
- Always let someone know where you are going
It is always important for someone to know where you are going and what you are wearing in case you become missing. My mother would always make sure to look at me every day before I left the house in case she had to describe my clothes to police. Also, send text updates to your loved ones if you are going somewhere that you normally wouldn’t or with someone you don’t really know. Before a date, a friend of mine would always send me the name of the person she was with and a description of him along with his license plate number if she could.