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TURNING THOUGHT INTO ACTION

DOING THE WORK OF PROTECTING YOURSELF AND YOUR FAMILY
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Being concerned about security is healthy. Feeling overwhelmed and terrified about what might happen someday isn’t. The fact is, the better prepared we are, the less anxious we tend to feel about the thing for which we’ve been preparing. Understanding the risk is an important first step, and it helps to take some of the mystery and anxiety out of the equation. However, it is critical that we then move forward and make plans for how we’re going to deal with that threat, should it come to pass.

1.0 PERSONAL SECURITY

“No matter where you go, there you are.” Proper attribution for that quote is vague, with sources as varied as Confucius to Buckaroo Banzai. It is, however, entirely on point. Your security begins with you. Regardless of where you are, from home to work to somewhere in between, the one constant is you and what you bring to the proverbial table. The absolute worst possible time to realize you’re not prepared is in the middle of a violent encounter.

1.1 Situational Awareness

Many people are so engrossed in their cell phones or their own thoughts that they miss a large portion of what is going on around them. Because of this, they are at risk for all sorts of things, from muggings to accidents. “Situational awareness” simply means paying attention to your surroundings. Keep your head up and your shoulders back. Not only will this put you in a better position to see the world, it makes you look confident and alert, which is the opposite of what criminals want in a victim. Walk with your head on a swivel, always scanning for potential problems, which might include other people so wrapped up in social media that they will walk right into you if you’re not careful.

Near right: A good home security system can alert you and the authorities to a wide range of emergencies, including burglary and fire.
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