In light of a recent attack on a woman in Orangeburg County, South Carolina, local police have warned area residents to take extra care when it comes to personal safety. There are a number of things that individuals can do to prevent becoming the victim of an attack, but according to The Times and Democrat, officers say that having a plan can go a long way.
Statistics show that the number of women assaulted each year has risen from one in eight to about one in five, and Melonie Anderson, a sergeant with the South Carolina Highway Patrol, says that being prepared is crucial.
"If somebody grabs you from the front, how are you going to deal with that?" she told the news source. "Again, having a plan is better than having no plan."
Anderson also suggested using makeshift weapons, such as keys, pens or other items, to fend off an attacker. However, pepper spray is specially designed to protect one's personal safety and can be carried and used just as easily. Experts recommend keeping the device in an easy-to-reach location so that it can be discharged quickly if the need ever arises.