Situational awareness is the biggest factor that keeps me safe. I am always looking at my surroundings and keeping things in check. The second best factor is making yourself look like you are aware of your surroundings. In other words, look confident in what you do. You may not know where the hell you are, or where you are going, but act like you do. I don’t ride at night too.
These are all preventative methods for personal protection. For more proactive measures I always carry a knife on me, sometimes mace, but luckily I have never had to use it.
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