You could be the best and fastest pistol marksman in the world and it will all account for absolutely nothing if you don’t see your attacker coming. Most perpetrators select their victims carefully and they travel in packs. They are more likely to go for individuals who are looking at their phone or obviously not paying attention to their surroundings. If they get to you before you can react then chances of getting to your gun and defending yourself just got drastically reduced. If you do manage to take down one attacker, don’t stop looking for another until you are certain they were alone.
Remember that there is always one gun in every encounter – YOURS. Be careful of the people that you let near you.
The definition of situational awareness: “being aware of what is happening around you in terms of where you are, where you are supposed to be, and whether anyone or anything around you is a threat to your health and safety.”
Act like prey. That may sound like an insult. Our culture tends to rank all prey animals as easily picked out and killed when in reality we would do well to learn from them. They work hard to blend into their surroundings and try to show no weaknesses. They pay attention to whats around them and they don’t go places that will get them in danger if they don’t have to.
Your ears and your nose work just as well as your eyes do when you decide to use them. Look for attributes consistent of an attacker. If you see someone who looks suspicious, then pay more attention to them than you would someone who doesn’t. When crowded around a whole bunch of people, it is hard to watch everyone. If you know what the stench of drugs smells like or someone who is drunk, then you might want to pay more attention to them than others. People under the influence tend to make rash and improper decisions.
Teach Your Children
Teach your children what to look out for. Teach your children to pay attention. Not only does this help them as they grow older not to become victims themselves, but it is also a foot in the door to teaching them not to run off or how to identify a “good stranger” from a “bad stranger.”
What do you do to stay alert? Comment below and share it with us.