situational awareness.

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  1. lonewolf

    lonewolf Moderator Staff Member
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    situational awareness is the art of knowing what is going on around you when walking or travelling, and is equally relevant in both urban and rural settings.
    too many people are not aware of their surroundings, its head down glued to their mobile phone-click,click,click.
    runners/joggers are just as bad, nearly all have headphones in their ears and they cannot hear vehicles or people coming up behind them.
    if you take note of what is happening around you, if something occurs or is about to occur( muggers, street robberies, pedestrian crossing, street light-edge of the curb!) you can take avoiding action, but only if you practice "situational awareness".
     
  2. Arkane

    Arkane Master Survivalist
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    This morning a idiot chasing pookemon ran straight into the bullbar on the front of my cruiser on the road, I stopped just in time but it still put them on there arse!
     
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  3. Lee CT NE

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    Each of us needs to remain aware of our surroundings. Observation is a vital skill to surviving under any conditions. Here are a few drills that will help you to sharpen your situational awareness skills.

    1. Find and visualize every exit wherever you are.

    2. People watch that is look for a person(s) exhibiting unusual behavior(s).

    3. Keep track of any vehicles that remain behind you after you make a turn or follow for a long distance.

    4. Practice memorizing license plate numbers.

    5. Watch for folks who remain in their car(s) in parking areas.

    6. Watch for a person(s) who seem to be following you as you walk in malls, stores, etc.

    Most important of all – do NOT become distracted and walk like a victor, not a victim. I’m just saying…
     
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  4. lonewolf

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    I afraid these days most of the people aka sheeple haven't a clue what is going on around them, they are too busy with their mobile devices, that's why muggings and other street robberies are so prolific in our large cities.
     
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  5. Old Geezer

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    Man oh man, this phenom royally freaks me out. Eyes superglued to iPhones. I'm no science fiction fan, but let me borrow a phrase: These folk have been assimilated into something as evil as the Borg. Zombies are party-animals compared to these catatonics. At crosswalks I've come WAY too close to squishing these things. Y'know what, I wonder if they'd even know if they were being robbed. I'm from an era wherein humans engaged in human activities with other humans -- people even looked around to scope out their environment. This iPhone morphine is a mental/social disorder.
     
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  6. woodchipper518

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    I currently work in a light industrial area with transients and short-term stay 'budget' hotels. Safe enough by day but at night it is most definitely not safe. I'm leaving this job and training a new girl. I tried to explain the concept of situational awareness to her so she could be safer at night when she leaves all alone. She was very dismissive, 'You're crazy', 'You're paranoid', etc. The reality for her is that she is female and African American and statistically a target for the night crawlers. She has seen my 'routine' at night minimizing my exposure from building to car. She knows I carry a knife at the ready (I cannot concealed carry at work)....but...;) She knows the cameras are not active. She knows the lighting is only half turned on. I have pointed out all the dark corners she needs to be wary of. And yet she continues to park next to a brick structure holding the large trash bins. She also knows that I have reported 3 nightcrawlers ( all men) dumpster-diving to Dallas PD and that DPD NEVER showed up. Before she leaves at night, she smokes a cigarette outside her car because she won't smoke in her car. Smoking killso_O...Sheeple is she.
     
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  7. lonewolf

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    dosent sound like she is safe NOW never mind post event.
     
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  8. jim brown

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    This is sad just sit in a parking lot and watch. People and their dam phones nobody looks around anymore just walk and text on the phone. In todays age people are easy targets .
     
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  9. TexDanm

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    I don't understand it but women these days seem to feel that as long as they keep a phone stuck to the side of their head that they are safe. They have no awareness at all about anything. I see them all over the road with their phone stuck on their head. Walking into people or into the streets totally unaware of anything that isn't coming from their phone. They won't even put them down when they need to unload their groceries at the check out.
     
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  10. TMT Tactical

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    I will no longer get out of the way for someone walking and using their phone. If they walk into me and drop their phone, Oh well.
     
  11. lonewolf

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    most people these days don't make eye contact anymore, not so bad here in the countryside where everyone knows you and says hello, but go to a larger town or city and you'll see what I mean. I don't know if its because they are all afraid or just plain ignorant.
     
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  12. TMT Tactical

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    Being hearing impaired (okay, almost deaf, you happy now--- wife laughing at me) I do make eye contact. I have to try and read people lips as they talk. I also do not like crowds( more that 2 people) so my head is up and on a swivel. People walk with the heads down and eye averted or stuck on their darn cell phones.
     
  13. lonewolf

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    I don't like crowds either, 2 people at a time is about my limit, solitude is my watchword.
    I don't have anything in common with the man or woman in the street, the way they act I think they are a different species to myself.
     
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