Safety, both of yourself and your family, should be a priority. That being said, the world can be an unpredictable and unstable place. Terrible events can unfold in a matter of seconds. While you may not be able to avoid all of these situations, you can increase your chances of preventing them.
One place that you can be vulnerable to attack is in transitional spaces. Survival Stronghold describes transitional spaces as “places where you are transitioning from one environment to another and where the attacker can easily come and go. Examples would be parking lots, convenient stores, gas stations, elevators, and bus or train stations.” Below are some ideas on how to keep yourself and your loved ones safe when moving through these areas.
Perhaps the most crucial factor in keeping you and your family safe when in transitional spaces is awareness. If you are familiar with the principles of Cooper’s Colors, then you know that you should always be in condition yellow, which means that you should always be relaxed but aware of who and what is around you.
An example of this could be knowing where the exits are in any place you go, but specifically in areas that leave you vulnerable to attack. Be on the lookout for suspicious activities by individuals. Has someone followed you after several turns in corridors? Is a suspicious-looking individual hanging near you and eying your bag at a train station platform? Has that car been following you for multiple blocks? This kind of suspicious behavior could be a warning sign that someone with bad intentions has targeted you.
While we all have to be in transitional spaces at one point or another, choose situations that give you the upper hand in case of conflict. For example, a poorly-lit area with no security cameras is a more ideal location for a robbery or attack to occur; therefore, if you avoid these areas (whether walking or driving), you are less vulnerable. No matter where you go, try to stay in well-lit areas with active security cameras. Both the lighting and the cameras will help deter criminals from trying to attack you or your family.
Once you have detected that someone near you is acting suspiciously, do not wait to take action. In dangerous situations, it is in your best interest to act quickly and decisively. Depending on the circumstance, that will mean different things. As a general rule, leave direct physical confrontation as your last resort; but once you have decided to take that route, commit to it until the threat is gone and you are safe. For example, if you notice someone following you on the street, do not panic; get to a place with other people nearby, such as a store or restaurant. Once inside, alert the proper authorities. Call someone you know to pick you up. However, if in the same scenario you are not able to get to a safe place with other people, you must be prepared to defend yourself.
In the end, it is impossible to completely prevent the possibility of a criminal targeting you or your family. The world is simply too unpredictable for that. Luckily, there are ways that you can help increase your security, especially in transitional spaces. Hopefully the suggestions above have given you some ideas on how to stay safe from ambush in transitional spaces.
Situational Awareness in Transitional Spaces | Survival Stronghold
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Decision Making Under Stress | Lucky Gunner