I am also the author of 4 books, available on Amazon, and at many major outlets. I have been contributing writer for Combat Handgun Magazine and Women and Guns Magazine.
I was an instructor for many years, currently on hiatus.
Thank you for following along with me as this journey continues.
Thoughts, comments and insights for women who shoot and the men who love us!
Friday, May 18, 2012
Do I know who is around me? (update from Dec 2011)
Situational Awareness…knowing what is around you.
How often do you see someone wandering through a parking lot, texting
frantically and staring down at their phone? One of them walked into the side
of my car the other day. Hard to imagine? Next time you are at the mall or even
the grocery store, look around! They are everywhere, another word for them is
‘Victim”. As we are coming into prime shopping season more of us are walking
through the parking lot focused on either getting into the store to find the perfect
gift, or getting to the car with our hands full of bags. Don’t forget to keep
your head up, your keys out, be aware of who and what is around you. Don’t
become an easy target. Remember you are your own best defense and projecting
confidence and attention in your walk and posture can cause the bad guy to look
for an easier target.
Don't be afraid to look someone in
the eye! That tells them you know they are there. Take advantage of reflective
surfaces; car windows, mirrors at the ATM, store windows... Watch for people
making eye contact across a space, looking at you and then looking at each
other, they could be targeting you. Flash mobs are a real problem, be alert to
a group of people suddenly moving in one direction.
Being aware of who and what is around
you is the first step in keeping yourself safe. If you see it unfolding you can
begin to plan your response, your "what if" scenarios. Don't be shy,
this is your safety. Better to embarrass someone who is being stupid, than to
let them get too close.
Your safety starts with your