There are caution signs surrounding us daily, at work, at social events, and even visiting other businesses. During your daily travels are you cognizant to the threats that surround you? Or are you the person that possesses the mentality; “it will never happen here.” Most of us believe that if an incident did occur, someone in management or another person “somewhere in the company” would be diligent to take appropriate action. Sometimes we need to ask ourselves, do the people that matter know the information that may have become concerning to you?
The thought process outlined in the paragraph above comes straight out of after action reports from the majority of previous violent incidents during investigative stages. There is a fine line between paranoid and a heightened sense of awareness. Learning to be aware will calm you in larger crowds and can actually help you remain calm in strenuous events. Become alert and listen to your sixth sense.
Walking through the mall provides opportunities for unfortunate and at times violent encounters, yet we still travel and shop at these types of places with our families. It is important to maintain this mentality for daily survival purely from a sane perspective.
Today’s post simply points out that you cannot just bury your head in the sand believing that it will never happen to you. Instead, be aware and alert, know your surroundings and exits and have a good time. Stay relaxed but not asleep in the crowd. Have a plan for your family should an incident occur. Is your phone pre-programed with 911? Does your family know how to accurately report what is going on should an incident occur?
If an incident does occur, remember to follow the basic guidelines and principles (found in earlier posts) that will increase your survival rate exponentially.
Feel free to contact me with any questions,
Chris Grollnek MS/AJS
Master of Science
Administration of Justice and Security
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