Chris Kalina, Instructor
Always be aware of your surroundings.
One of the most important things you can do to protect yourself from an encounter is to always be aware of your surroundings. For example; while pumping gas instead or standing at the pump with your face in your cellphone, keep your head up. Be aware of cars pulling in and out of the gas station. Be aware of the people walking to and from their vehicles. This is a dual purpose practice. 1. You're aware of your surroundings. 2. You're letting a possible attacker know that your paying attention. Most crimes are a crime of opportunity. With that being said if a bad person wants to do bad to you they will do so when you least expect it, when you’ve let your guard down. Another example, when walking into a store or restaurant keep your head up, start looking around. When you walk back to your vehicle be prepared to enter your vehicle quickly. It’s important to not stand at your car door digging into your pockets or purse looking for your keys. This practice isn't being paranoid its being prepared. Take a minute the next time you're in a well populated area like a gas station, shopping center or restaurant. Sit in your car for five minutes and observe. Observe how many people are preoccupied and are not aware of their surroundings. Just by being aware of your surroundings you will have the advantage of time if someone wants to attack you.
Keep your head up and always be aware.