Thanks for sharing this. It actually reminded me of a situation I had to deal with a few years ago on a daily basis. I used to live in a relatively safe town in the US at the time.
I was in 11th-12th at the time and had to work the evening shift at work because my boss was scared to death of being outside at night (after sunset) and he was a 50+ medium sized man, my other colleague could only work mornings so I was left to work in the evening. I usually got off at about 9pm and sometimes as late as 11pm. Although I was working at a mall it was usually pretty isolated around the time I got off or even when I started my shift. But anyway getting to the point, I remember when I used to walk to my car there used to be these addicts sitting right outside of the exit door from the mall and just eyeing all the girls that would walk by. I used to be so terrified, I literally speed-walked/jogged right past them everyday while reciting "Waheguru" non-stop until I sat in my car and drove away. One day one of they guys came up to me and started saying random things, I ignored and started walking faster. Then another guy came up to my car after I sat in and said I dropped money on the ground, again I paid no attention and just drove off like a mad woman, that was the most terrifying day of my life. I went home and told my mum and brother about everything, from that day forward my brother made it his job to drop-me off and pick-me up from work everyday, and I must say that was one of the best things I ever did. So I would definitely suggest telling your family about any fishy activity you feel around yourself, they will be nothing less than understanding and supportive.
I know this suggestion contradicts the one posted my the OP but I would say call someone when you are walking alone outside at night and keep them updated as to where exactly you are. I would suggest calling a parent or sibling, just someone you trust and know will be there for you if you need help. I used to call my mum/brother and talk to them until I sat in my car and locked the doors. That way they knew exactly how far away I was and how long it would take me to come home. If there was ever a time when I was late they would know where I would be. Use a Bluetooth device that way you can keep your phone in a pocket or something and still be able to talk.
Another thing let your family know what route you will take home, especially if you have more than one option.
DO keep pepperspray with you, it will give you sometime to run away after using it.
If you can find/buy one keep a taser (sp?) gun as well that will knockout your opponent(s) for a while, again giving you enough time to run away.
Stay safe and alert ladies.
Edited by Sun-Love - 05 January 2013 at 6:56am