Tips on how to stay safe during summer months

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – As summer approaches chances are, you’re stepping out for a good time, but you may have safety concerns when doing so.

With temperatures rising and flowers blooming there’s no doubt people want to enjoy the summer.

Whether its riding a bike or just taking the dogs out it can be a dangerous world.

“You don’t want to be scared you don’t want to feel like you have to live in a scared world but I think people need to know what’s going on.”

“I’m usually out all the time.”

Sheila Symreng of Evansville doesn’t like to be cooped up especially on a nice summer day.

“We like the environment down this street, so we see something new every day, so we walk a couple miles.”

But leaving home can leave you vulnerable —  especially if you are a woman.          

“I have pepper spray on me and look around all the time.”​​​​​​​

“I get off super late and sometimes it’s a far walk to my car and so sometimes it gets a little sketchy whenever I’m walking, so I always make sure to have my keys in my hand and my finger on the alarm button so in case something were to happen I can just press it. And it would go off.”

“I walk in the day by myself but in the evenings my husband and I walk together.”

“I think it’s very good to have a walking partner.”​​​​​​​

Jim Braye is a self-defense expert. He tells me there are many ways there are ways to stay safe. 

Among his tips: Walk with confidence and keep your valuables like money hidden. He says learning self-defense is a must.

“To me personally it’s one of the best things you can do for yourself.​​​​​ I think it’s a very good investment. We have women and men who take the class. ​​​​I always caution everyone you know we always can be blindsided no matter what we know.”

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(This story was originally published on June 5, 2019)

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