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'Always be alert... keep family informed...'

Last updated on: December 08, 2014 15:08 IST

'Never trust a cab or auto driver.'

'Never share personal information.'

'Never hide your whereabouts from your family.'

'Don't party late with strangers or 'just met' friends.'

How to stay safe at nightThe competitive nature of jobs in the hospitality and similar services sector is pushing women professionals to work extra hours and travel late in the night.

With repeated incidents of rape and abuse being reported, we asked young professionals to share their experiences and tell us what advice they'd like to give to others who, like them, travel late.

Suchita Menon, 32, an associate events manager at a Mumbai-based company, has been travelling late in the night for seven years now.

As part of her job, she travels to New Delhi, Chandigarh, Lucknow, Pune, Bangalore and Jaipur and often works with new crew members -- caterers, corporate executives, technicians etc.

While she blames poor security and lack of prompt resources in public transport -- namely, buses and local trains at night -- she advises women to "stay alert at all times."

For those travelling late, Suchita has the following advice:

Human Resources professional Deepti Choudhary lives in suburban Mumbai and occasionally travels late from work.

Although she prefers to reach home before midnight, she keeps her folks at home informed about her whereabouts.

Deepti has the following advice for young women:

Meghna Neeraj Shetty, a senior executive with a global risk firm in Mumbai often works in the 3 pm to 11 pm shift.

She shares the following advice with women who travel late:

Senior copy writer Viveka Purohit, 29 who works in a leading advertising agency often has to stay back late in the office to meet deadlines and discuss work with clients.

As part of her job, she's travelled with clients -- sometimes with an all-male team -- to make business presentations and better understand the services they offer.

Having faced several instances of abuse in her eight-year-old career, Purohit appeals to women to be extra watchful of drivers, beggars, senior colleagues and resource staff who are likely to take advantage of your situation.

She has the following advice for you:

Lead image published for representational purposes only. Photograph: Mansi Thapliyal/Reuters

Do you travel late in the night after work?

How do you stay safe?

What advice would you give young women who travel alone in the night?

E-mail your tips to (Subject line: Safety tips for women)

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