Security Expert Gives Tips for Staying Safe During a Night Out

Playing How to Protect Yourself When You’re Walking Alone at Night

After a woman in Boston and a woman in Kentucky were allegedly abducted from local bars in the same week, people are wondering how to stay safe when they go out for the night.

Security expert Steve Kardian says women must always remain vigilant when they go out.

“Number one, never accept a drink from a stranger. Number two, if you are receiving a drink from the bar, watch it being poured. Number three, if you have to turn away, cover the drink and never leave your drink unattended," he told Inside Edition. 

He says women are most at risk when they are alone.

"When you come in and when you leave, watch your surroundings. Watch for somebody who is paying too much attention to you. Lastly, make sure you don’t leave alone, and let somebody know, and never leave a friend behind," Kardian added.

Olivia Ambrose, 23, was leaving a Boston bar after a night on the town when police say she was taken against her will by 38-year-old Victor Pena. Cops say chilling images show Pena with his arm around Ambrose’s waist and leading her away from Hennessy’s bar near Boston’s popular Faneuil Hall Marketplace just after midnight Saturday.

Pena broke down in court Wednesday as he faced kidnaping charges.

Ambrose had been partying with her twin sister and her girlfriends but got separated and left the bar alone. That is when cops say Pena preyed on her. 

She was found Tuesday, three days after she disappeared, at Pena's apartment. Thanks to pings from her cellphone, cops were led right to her.

According to the police report, she was "crying, with a horrified look on her face. She stated she was being held against her will."

Ambrose's alleged abduction came the same week as another woman, 22-year-old Savannah Spurlock of Kentucky, disappeared after leaving with two men she met at a bar. She has yet to be found.

Pena has been ordered to undergo a psych evaluation before arraignment on kidnapping and possibly other charges.  

In the Kentucky case, the two men seen on surveillance video with the missing woman have been questioned by police and released. No charges were filed against them.

RELATED STORIES

Bodies Believed to Be Those of Missing Couple Found in Oklahoma

Man, 21, Arrested After Missing 13-Year-Old Jayme Closs Found in Wisconsin

Kelsey Berreth Case: What to Know About the Missing Colorado Mom Last Seen on Thanksgiving Day