Safety should be your first priority when dating because you may end up being assaulted or murdered when a date goes wrong. Nowadays, there are numerous avenues where people meet and start dating. You should always consider the following safety tips when you date:
1. Inform your loved ones:
When you are planning to go out on a date, you should inform your loved ones i.e. family members, close friends or roommates to make them know where you are going, who you are going with, their contact details, when they should expect you home and any other relevant information. Although most people would not like to give all that information, remember only such information can help your loved ones find you in case anything goes wrong.
2. Meet in a safe environment:
You should never invite someone you don’t know well into your house or go over to theirs to be safe. If you don’t know your date very well, it is advisable you meet in a public place where there are other people. Meeting in a public place not only decreases your chances of being in an unsafe situation but also makes it easy for your loved ones to know where you are in case something happens to you.
3. Don’t leave your food or drinks unattended:
Some people are evil and they will pretend to date you only to slip drugs into your drinks or food to make you unconscious or disoriented. If it is your first date, you can bring a friend with you to your date to help you watch over your foods and drinks. In addition, don’t accept food or drinks from your date unless you’ve opened the can yourself or you have seen it being prepared by the bartender or waiter. Although there are good people out there, being cautious especially with people you rarely know boosts your safety.
4. Provide your own transport:
You can drive yourself to agreed location or have an uber pick you from your home. This is important because you will have your own means of transport if things gets weird and you feel insecure. In addition, you will also be keeping your home address a secret to yourself to prevent your date from knowing much about you instantly. You may be worried to find out how nosy some people are when they know your home!
5. Limit alcohol consumption:
If you will be drinking alcohol or wine on your date, it is advisable to limit your consumption to avoid making impaired decisions. When people get drunk, they usually do dumb things and even end up in situations they could have avoided if at all they were sober. Therefore, avoid taking alcoholic drinks or have a limit to alcohol consumption because it could make you vulnerable.
6. Avoid giving your personal info:
You should avoid sharing your personal information until you have developed trust and you’ve known whoever you are dating. The more you share your personal details, the more your date knows about you and the more you get vulnerable if they are taking advantage of you. Share general information e.g. your career or job but not where you work specifically, your bosses name etc.
Finally, you can carry some protection for use in case things go south. You may need to have some condoms with you and some pepper spray for use in case you need to.