Developing real time security awareness is nothing more than
learning to focus on our safety at those times when we are even
slightly vulnerable. Usually it's when we're walking alone,
jogging alone, or doing anything that isolates us. Learn to
think consciously about your personal safety when you're
isolated - even briefly -and get used to concentrating on what and who is around you; on potential threats. As you can see,
this is not something you have to do all the time, lust when
you're alone and isolated.
A typical scenario is the walk from the shopping mall to the
car. If, in the past, you concentrated on your packages and
finding your car; now concentrate on who's around you as you
leave the mall. Did anybody follow you out? Turn around and
look. Is there someone, or two or three people, hanging around
the entrance as you leave. Do they follow you? Is there anyone
in the area of your car, or sitting in a car near yours. These
situations present potential threats you must be aware of.
The most natural thing for us to do is "mind our own
business." We all tend to avoid eye contact. None of us
wants to be accused of staring at someone. It's not polite. And
yet that's exactly what you must learn to do. Force yourself if
you have to. Look at people around you. See what's going on. How
many are there? How close are they? In what direction are they
moving? Are you vulnerable? Are you isolated? Are you a likely
target? Is there anyone behind you?
All too often personal attacks take place as a complete
surprise to the victim. In some circumstances that's
unavoidable, such as an assailant jumping out from a hiding
place. But in too many instances victims are surprised because
they don't perceive the risks around them or their own
vulnerability. The victim usually says something like,
"They came from nowhere." No they didn't! The
assailants came from somewhere, the victim just didn't see
where. Force yourself to look, and to see!