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MAKE TACTICAL GEAR GREAT AGAIN
Instead of looking at our smartphones — checking email, texting friends, or posting pictures to Instagram, we should be noticing our environment. Situational awareness is a huge deterrent to criminal activity and it could save your life.
In fact, noticing what is going on around you is a common practice of law enforcement, military, security and self defense experts. My father, for years always sat facing the door when we went out to dine at a restaurant, he never really discussed it, it was just a practice that he developed while in the military. His situational awareness is something that I myself have developed over time, especially considering the uncertain times that we are living in today.
So what is situational awareness? Situational awareness is nothing more than being aware of what is around you and what the people or things around you are doing. It is being so aware of your surroundings that when something changes, you notice it. It’s knowing what to expect, so that the unexpected stands out. More than anything, it’s seeing things that could be a threat, and analyzing that threat before it can manifest.
Without situational awareness, you could fall victim to a mugging, get carjacked, or be the victim of some type of senseless crime.
You can ask any soldier or law enforcement officer and they will tell you, situational awareness is vital to survival whether on the battle field, on the streets or in everyday life. Although, this type of thinking goes totally against our normal way of thinking it is something that can be learned and improved upon.
What can we do, to make ourselves more aware of our surroundings, than we are today?
Simply saying that we are going to become more aware will not be enough to change things. So we will need to develop some techniques that will get us into the habit of noticing our surroundings more.
We would love to here any further tips that you might have, please feel free to share them in the comments section.