In every sense of phrase "Situational Awareness”, it is the currency that buys you time…. Time to further assess. Time to avoid, escape, or evade. Time to deescalate. Time to make a plan. Time to act.
When it comes to the practical application of situational awareness as it pertains to everyday life, I think is important to challenge the notion that violent crime is or is largely random. With most acts of violent crime, there is a motive and the target is selected for a reason. While reasons and rationale for victim or target selection can vary widely, a person showing a high level of situational awareness is less likely to be targeted simply because that person likely would be a greater challenge to the would-be attacker. A few things to think about as it relates to situational awareness:
- Diversions - A lot of times, a crime is committed following or during some type of diversion. Think about the classic ‘bump and grab’ pickpocket trick. Just watch this fun, 60 second video that illustrates how effective diversions can be:
- Avoidance – Avoiding the situation is the best defense and those who are situationally aware can better avoid these types of situations
- Use of Force – Remember as a CCW / CHL carrier (or in the case, an open carry citizen), you need to avoid and deescalate to the best of you ability – use of force is a last resort and when all other options are exhausted. This video is a good example:
For more information on situational awareness check out this read by BeSurvival.com.
Train hard and stay frosty.