Dating

Safety Considerations for a First Date

A first date can be very exciting. The possibility of a new relationship can make you feel very happy and giddy. However, you should also keep in mind that you are about to go spend time with someone who you do not have much information about, or much of a history with. In worse case scenarios that can be a dangerous situation. Even though you want to enjoy yourself and seem at ease during your date, there are safety considerations that you should keep in mind if you are spending time with a new person that you do not know very well.

5. Inform Others

It is very important that at least one other person will know where you are and who you are with. This may seem very unappealing to some people, because they want their business to be their business, however, one of the best way to safe guard yourself is to have one other person who knows a location of where you will be, the name of your date and a time in which you are to check in with them. This way, if anything goes wrong, the person you shared this information with can help you out easier.

4. Transport Yourself

On a first date with someone you do not know, it is a good idea to provide your own transportation and just agree to meet each other at your destination. This way you are not at the mercy of someone else getting you back home. Maintaining your own independent transportation gives you an edge in being in control.

3. Do Not Share Your Address

Sharing addresses or inviting someone back to your house, may seem like a common practice in the movies, but in real life this is not a smart move with someone you do not know very well. Your home is your sanctuary and should only be shared with people you trust. You can not trust someone after only one first date.

2. Go Somewhere Familiar

Again this gives you an edge in the security department because you will be in a town, or area where you feel comfortable and know your way around. If you can find a place both of your are familiar and comfortable with that would be even better.

1. Listen to Your Gut

If at any point in the date you begin to feel uncomfortable or threatened, then listen to that and leave. If you think that the person you are on a date with might follow you then slip off to the bathroom and call your back up to come meet you. Politely excuse yourself and leave. This may seem rude, but better safe (and rude) than sorry.

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