How to Ensure a Safe Blind Date?

Going on a blind date could be really exciting, especially when you’re at it for the first time. But it could also be a nightmare when you happen to hook up with someone rude, obnoxious, or just someone not your type. However, the real nightmare could happen if you don’t take proper safety precautions and end up in a wrong situation or worse, get harassed or even killed.

Technology certainly changed how people date. People of all ages now tend to meet total strangers whom they found online or through dating apps. But the truth is, you are making yourself extremely vulnerable to a stranger. According to the National Crime Agency (NCA), reports of rape on their first date with a stranger increased by over 450% in five years.

All of us take risks in finding love, but putting yourself at risk for danger is a big no-no. Here are 10 simple tips you can follow to ensure a safe blind date.

  1. Let someone know

Always make sure that a close friend, a family member, or anyone you can trust know exactly where you’ll go and what time will you be back. Better give them your date’s name and contact information as well. If anything changes regarding the course of the date, let them know right away so that if anything goes wrong, they will know when should they alert the authorities and start to find you right away. Setting up a tracking app on your mobile would also be of great help so that they would know where you are at all times.

  1. Do some background check

Technology has not only changed the way we date; it also provides us now with some valuable resource you can use to gain as much information as possible before meeting a total stranger. You may now use the web to do criminal background checks like this site, to look for any arrest warrants, criminal records, or other violations there may be. The more you know before your date, the safer you will be.

  1. Take your own transportation and plan your route home

It is always advisable to take your own transportation when you are meeting up with a stranger and that is a life-saving advice. Taking your own car or even riding an uber or any public transport will give you a quick getaway if things get suspicious. You should plan this beforehand, what kind of transport will you take. Being confident about how you will get home will avoid those awkward do you want a lift?” situations. You should also keep your address hidden from your date, just to be sure.

  1. Meet at a public place

When you are meeting someone new, always meet in a well-lit public place that has plenty of people. Do not agree when your date insists to meet at their place or somewhere private. A restaurant or a coffee shop that is familiar to you at a time where there are a lot of people present is a great choice. Not only will it decrease your chances of getting into a risky situation, but also hearing other people converse around you will help you feel at ease.

  1. Don’t leave your food or drink unattended

Leaving your food or drink with someone you don’t know very well could lead to it being tampered with. People use drugs like GHB (gamma hydroxybutyrate) and roofies (Rohypnol) which are colorless and odorless rape drugs that can make you disoriented or unconscious. Don’t leave them unattended and make sure that you control your food and drink the entire time. Also, don’t accept a drink from your date unless you open it yourself or watch it being prepared by a bartender.

  1. Limit your alcohol consumption

It’s not a very good idea to drink more than one or two beverages when you are out with a stranger. Although alcohol could calm your nerves, having too much of it could leave you in a vulnerable state. When you take in too much alcohol, it will be easier for a potential predator to do something immoral.

  1. Don’t give out your personal information

Never give out your personal contact number and address to your blind date until you know them well enough and feel comfortable to do so. You may also want to create a separate email address that you’ll use on dating apps and sites or even a separate prepaid phone. By doing this, you are sure that your personal information isn’t compromised in case anything goes wrong.

  1. Keep someone nearby or on speed dial

You may also want to consider having a friend nearby at your meeting place. Your date doesn’t even have to know they are there. It will also make you feel more at ease knowing that someone is there in case you need help. If you don’t choose to have them present at the location, make sure that they are available in case you need emergency assistance and can be contacted quickly on your mobile phone.

  1. Bring some protection

Nope, it’s not condoms we’re talking about here, but some good old-fashioned pepper spray. Tucking in some pepper spray or other small protection devices such as rape whistles, pocket knives and tasers in your purse when you go on a blind date is a good move in case you get attacked.

  1. Don’t hesitate to leave when you feel uncomfortable

If you feel uncomfortable at any point, go home. You can make excuses and don’t feel bad when you decide to leave your date. Trust your instincts and don’t do anything that doesn’t feel 100% right to you. Listening to your gut could save your life.

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