the days will shorten soon enoough now...and the predators will have more time and opportunity....safety should be a main concern for everyone but esp women, alone. there is safey in numbers try to go out with friends if you can. be aware of your surroundings..dont be on the cellphone...going thru your bag..etc...stay aware...if something doesnt seem right...follow that instinct. when walking from the mall to car....i have my keys out and have a key in between my fingers to use as a weapon.. get in the car as fast as you can. if you find yourself in trouble...scream fire..dont ask me why but it seems to work better than help or rape. do not get in the car with some sob...even if said sob has a gun...once you get in that car you lose....run, scream, fight...do not get in the car. this is a small town...years ago ..a guy started taking joggers...off the street...he killed the first two..for some reason he decided to terrorize the 3rd lady by taking her to see the bodies of the first two and raping her repeatly...she is naked in the car when he pulls up to a station to get gas....and leaves her alone..thinking she is too broken to do anything by then...she crawls out of the murders car and into the back seat of another car..the driver of the 2nd car comes out to find a terrified young lady ...beaten and all in his car... she tells him who she is and asks for help...the poor guy in a tizzy turns away from the main drag and she beings to scream...he calms her down and takes her to his sister.. seems he was as scared as she was ...and his sister lived about 300 yards from the gas station...she lived due to be smart and brave..but she should have never gotten in that car.