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Three Ways To Be More Safe In Any Situation

Three Ways to Be More Safe and Secure In Any Situation

Whether you’re concerned about accidents, mishaps, misdeeds, crime, violence or harmful situations of any kind, anywhere, there are three bits of advice that can help you detect potential harm and react to it more effectively:

1.) Live defensively
2.) Observe with purpose.
3.) Treat everything that looks or sounds threatening or harmful, as real.

1. Live defensively. You are able to drive defensively without feeling terrified and without making your passengers feel afraid because of your excessiveness. However, if you stop thinking about dangers and hazards and drive heedlessly, you are more likely to cause accidents or be part of a crash. The same concept can apply to the way you live and the way you encourage your children to live. It’s not about unnecessary fright and dread, it’s about realistic planning, necessary awareness and reasonable precautions.

Make it a personal habit to think: Assessment, Prevention, Detection, Protection, Response.

2. Observe with purpose. Yogi Berra was correct when he said, “You can observe a lot by watching.”  Observation with purpose focuses on who or what is around you, who or what is approaching you, who or what may have an effect on you, and who or what might unexpectedly appear, including hazards of all kinds. Be aware of unsafe conditions, even if you are the only one who seems to be noticing. Don’t assume that someone else would have surely done something by now if there was danger.

When you’re looking at people, do a total look for appearance, unusual movement or unusually standing still, a look at the face to detect attention or emotion and a look at the hands to see contact with clothing, items being held or readiness to use the hands.

3. Treat everything that looks or sounds threatening or harmful as real. If an activity or situation seems to be dangerous or potentially harmful, stop it if you can and ask for an immediate investigation or inspection. Appropriately warn others who may not be aware of the danger. When you sense a harmful situation, trust your instincts and protect yourself and those in your care.

If someone does or says anything that indicates a reasonable potential for harm, assume there will be harm and take appropriate action immediately–usually calling 911 or yelling for help, followed by flight, fight or taking cover, according to the circumstances or threat.

If you were correct, help is on the way no matter what else happens. If you were incorrect, you may stop a repeat of the falsely threatening situation or an actual future incident. At least you will show that you were observing with purpose and ready to take action.

There are many other things that can add to your safety and security and the safety of those for whom you are responsible. These three can provide a good foundation for everything else you do.

February 4th, 2013 Posted by | *Home, Personal and Travel Security, Life and Work, Safety and Security Planning | 11 comments


  1. This is really useful. With your permission I’d like to use it in a staff meeting. Thanks!

    Comment by Sara K. | February 5, 2013

  2. We get a lot of requests for information like this since some of our placement clients are unfamiliar with areas where they go for interviews. I advise them to take a taxi into areas that concern them or if they are being interviewed at night. This article will become part of the packet. Thanks!

    Comment by Careerist | February 5, 2013

  3. My daughter was seriously hurt a few years ago when kids who had been throwing rocks at cars hit hers and she swerved and hit another car. We found out that neighbors had seen the kids but never said anything because they all thought someone else would. Sometimes I probably seem to be a gripey old person, but when I see something, I say something. I enjoy reading your site and appreciate your wisdom.

    I wrote to you last year about church security and you sent me things to use with our Welcome Team. It started us doing some thinking and we’ve improved our security a lot. God bless you for your generous help.

    Comment by HG1234 | February 6, 2013

  4. Thank you for the materials you sent, they will be put to good use. This is one I can use right away so I appreciate it. In His Service, J.

    Comment by LEO | February 7, 2013

  5. Good advice and thanks for not suggesting they carry a concealed weapon.

    Comment by Big Dog | February 7, 2013

  6. Gotta love Yogi-isms!!! Thanks for the review & a nice reminder to share with my family on being aware of their surroundings!!!

    Comment by Hads | February 12, 2013

  7. This article makes me sad but whats worse is all the comments
    praising the idea life has to be lived this way..

    Comment by Arctic Fox | August 4, 2013

  8. In response to #5, perhaps more folks should carry concealed weapons….. statistics show more guns equals less crime.

    Comment by DFH | August 15, 2013

  9. as pointed out elsewhere, yelling “Fire” draws more attention than yelling “Help”

    Comment by MPH | August 18, 2013

  10. Three Ways to Be More Safe and Secure In Any Situation

    Smith and Wesson

    Comment by Steve | August 20, 2013

  11. This advice is useful and not overboard at all. I don’t take it as just being about crime but about anything that could hurt our families or ourselves. I like the idea of living like we drive by being aware and careful. My great-grandmother didn’t have to watch her kids the same way I watch mine, but she lost three to flu. So, every generation has its dangers.

    Comment by LovingWay | August 27, 2013

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