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How can you keep yourself safe when you're walking alone?

According to ABC News, each year, just under two million American women are assaulted. Research that's been previously conducted by both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the Justice Department shows that as many as 25 percent of all women will be raped or sexually assaulted at some point in their lives.

There are, however, precautions women can take to minimize the risk of being attacked.

Keep your ears and eyes focused and hands unobstructed

One of the best things people can do to keep themselves safe when walking alone is to keep their ears and eyes open and their hands unobstructed.

Individuals who walk around with headphones in their ears or who are busy talking on their cell phones often are too engrossed in what they're listening to. They don't even hear or notice someone approaching them.

Those who have too many bags may have something a thief wants to steal. The more you have weighing you down, the more unlikely that is that you're going to be unable to fight back if you're attacked.

Change up your habits

If you seem to always take the same route home, then this makes you more vulnerable to being attacked. An attacker may become accustomed to your schedule as well as what and how much you carry with you and other peculiarities. By knowing all this, they can plan how best to inflict the most harm possible on you.

Take caution when using elevators

Each day, countless individuals get into an elevator car with someone that they don't know. If someone on an elevator seems to be acting odd, then you may want to get off it and take the stairs. It's important that you make sure that the individual isn't following you. If they are, then you'll want to step inside an office or restroom and attempt to lock the door so you can get away from them and call for help.

Walking outside alone in New York can be dangerous -- but property owners do have some responsibility to make things safer for their guests. If you're injured due to negligent security at an office building, hotel or another place of business, consult an experienced, compassionate personal injury attorney to learn more about your rights.

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