5 Tips To A Safe Valentine’s Day DateBy Robert Siciliano Feb 13, 2012 | 12:00:00 pmPosted in: Personal Safety
Personal security is as fundamental to living as eating, drinking and sleeping. Without it we could hardly function. Which is why my first passion has always been personal security as it relates to violence prevention.
In my research I’ve learned that predators will often use multiple ruses to snare their victims. Today, they use online dating sites as bait.
Studies show online dating and matchmaking services in general are growing. Many single men and women are logging in more than ever before.
Protect yourself if you are making a match:
#1 Read books and watch instructional videos on self defense techniques and personal security. Take a self defense course. The single most effective self defense offering on the planet is a program called “Impact Model Mugging”. Search it online and find one near you.
#2 Meet your date in a populated public place and drive yourself.
#3 Get to know the energy of this person and what makes them tick. If simple stuff irritates them or they make racist or offensive jokes or exhibit behaviors not conducive to “healthy”, say bye.
#3 No alcohol. Alcohol lowers our inhibitions and makes us accept behaviors that aren’t appropriate. Don’t accept drinks from anyone under any condition unless you see the drink being poured and it goes straight to your hands. Slipping drugs in drinks happens every day.
#4 Going ‘dutch. Studies show an large percentage of males still believe that when they buy a woman dinner that she “owes” him sex.
#5 Take lots of pictures of them with your mobile phone and tell them you are emailing everyone in your life to show them who you are with and where you are.
Robert Siciliano personal and home security specialist to Home Security Source discussing Dating Security on E! True Hollywood Stories. (Disclosures)
5 More Online Security Tips for Valentine’s Day
How Will You Spend Your Valentine's Day? [Video]
Online Dating Safety Advice for First Time Users [infographic]
*Content expressed in Home Security Source does not represent the thoughts and opinions of ADT unless explicitly indicated. Bloggers featured on HomeSecuritySource.com are professionals compensated by ADT. Please visit our Community Guidelines page for additional details.