Observe (Input / Awareness)
Orient (process and analize)
Decide ( a plan)
Act ( do something)
Don’t pull too close behind a vehicle stopped in front of you. Rule of thumb for distance is; as seated in the drivers seat you should be able to see the rear tires of the vehicle in front of you. If you have pulled in so close that all you can see is the vehicles trunk in front of you, you have severely limited the maneuvering room for your vehicle.
- Constant use and focus on cell phone does not lend itself to good situational awareness.
- You don’t need to have the 1000 yard stare, angry face, or look of complete focus in order to be aware of your surroundings, you actually stand out more by having the “on-point” look all the time.
- Be observant of your environment, doors, emergency exits, windows, type of glass, possible objects that could be used to breach heavy duty plate glass, reflective surfaces that provide you with more awareness of things behind and to your flanks, weapons of opportunity, location or address in case you need to request Fire,EMS,or Police.
- Dress in a manner which doesn't call attention to yourself. Be aware of jewelry and other accessories which may be targeted by criminals in quick snatch and run crimes of opportunity.
- Consider things from an attacker's point of view, “if I were the bad guy what would I do”.
- Prior Planning Prevents Piss Poor Performance- poor performance in a life and death situation will leave you lying dead in a pool of your own blood.
- The “what if game” or “war gaming” is your friend in preparation for being prepared and aware. Some people may call you paranoid because you choose to be mentally and physically prepared. We call those people who cast stones at you - victims.
Being caught in a mob or riot while in your vehicle can be extremely dangerous. We have seen in recent riots and flash mobs, the criminal participants act with a sense of anonymity. The larger the number of people involved in a riot or flashmob gathering, the less likely the criminal participants are going to adhere to common moral guidelines or the laws of the land. The bystander effect plays heavily into this as most people are merely watching, and not actively participating. Those onlookers will often times lack the moral and intestinal fortitude to step in and attempt to help or render aid to those innocent citizens caught up in a riot or flash mob- in large part from as a physiological response termed the diffusion of responsibility. Diffusion of responsibility is the notion that no one else is helping therefore the general crowd mentality will be to not help at all.
Don’t worry about your own vehicle damage, don’t worry about anything other than escaping the area with your life and the lives of anyone else in your vehicle. It is highly suggested that while attempting to escape you phone or have a passenger phone Police and advise them of your situation. Giving a loud verbal narrative will also help document all actions which occurred during your escape. Update Police with possible damages to property once you have escaped the danger area. You are not leaving the scene of a crime by damaging personal property if you feel your life is in danger, you do have an obligation to let authorities know once you are in a safe area.