Every title holder wants to stay safe at appearances. Although most appearances will be perfectly fine, there is always a risk whenever anyone is in the public spotlight. Dangers come in more than the possible attacker. Accidents can happen as well causing injury. Dangers may be brought on by others or simply by being in the wrong place at the wrong time. These seven steps will help you be safe at all your appearances.
Confirm the legitimacy of the appearance
When you accept an appearance or set one up yourself, do your research. Go ahead and stalk the organization or person making the request. Find out all you can to make sure that the appearance is set up by a legitimate group or person. If anything seems off or there isn’t enough information to go on, don’t accept the offer. If is you who is setting up the appearance, make sure you know the group or persons hosting the event.
Never post your events on social media
It would be wonderful to invite everyone to come see you at an event. Social media is the way everything is done these days right down to wedding invitations. However, you don’t actually want just anyone attending your appearances. If you have people you would like to have support you, send them a private invitation. They will appreciate it more and will be more likely to show up.
I don’t know about your mom, but my mom always wanted to know where I was going, who I was going with and how to contact me. It wasn’t because she was nosey, Ok, maybe a little, she was genuinely concerned for my safety. Cars break down. Tires go flat. Even getting lost can be a reason to be late. By letting someone like your director, parent or close friend know where you are going and when you can be expected back, they can make sure you are safe.
Take an escort
It doesn’t have to be a parent. Take a friend or even your child. My son loved accompanying me on appearances. He was well behaved and frequently helped. Just having another person with you will deter would-be attackers.
Stay aware of your surroundings
Attackers are looking for prey that is unaware of their surroundings and won’t see them coming. They are looking for someone who may be looking down as they walk. Talking on the phone or texting is another thing they look for. Anything that may distract you from seeing them coming will work. Stay aware and look around. Keep your head up and shoulders back. Walk with confidence.
Look at everyone
This may be uncomfortable to look everyone directly in the eye. It may even suggest that you are inviting approach by an unwanted person. Instead, sweep the crowd, no matter how small. It not only lets any would-be attackers know that you are aware of your surrounding, it also lets them know you see THEM. Their goal is to stalk their prey. If they are spotted, they will move on to easier prey.
If you are alone, ask security to walk you to your car
Security guards are there for everyone’s safety. If you have to make an appearance alone, aside from all of the above tips, have someone escort you to your car. Never enter a parking lot or garage alone. If you can’t find security, find someone who can escort you. There is power in numbers, even if that number is only two.
I hope these tips will help keep you safe. If anything ever happens to you, no matter how trivial, please call for help. Even if you can change a flat tire in stilettos, let someone know what you are doing and when you will check in with them next. Better safe than sorry.