(Bureau of Justice Statistics)
When you walk into a parking garage the last thing on your mind is likely to be,
"I wonder what threats are in the area."
Does that sound like a dramatic and paranoid way of thinking? Perhaps, but the statistics show there is a real chance of something happening. Parking garages are both the best and worst places to handle a threat. On one side, you have plenty of cover and concealment, while on the other, you may find yourself in a tight space or at a disadvantage.
Situational awareness is the best way to prevent becoming a victim or being trapped. Keeping your head up and looking around shows you're vigilant, which is a large part of preventing assaults. Assailants are looking for opportunities and the least path of resistance. If you appear to be unaware of your surrounds or distracted, that sends a signal that you may be easy prey.
So stay alert. Use your senses (especially sound) to receive unconscious signals that something may be wrong. For example, hearing glass shatter in the distance may not immediately register as trouble, but the sound alerts you that something is "not quite right."
Headphones diminish your overall situational awareness and makes you look like an easier target in the eyes of an assailant, easier that is than a person who has their head up and is looking around.
Scorpion Defense Training Group has techniques to heighten your senses and help you become even more aware of possible threats. We want you to understand when you may need to be ready for action, or if you can simply maintain vigilance with confidence. Schedule a consultation with us today..
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Remember, the question is not are you being paranoid, the question is ...