As CPL holders and people who carry, I would bet good money we are a little bit more aware of what goes on around us than the average person on the street. I would like to think that most of us walk around in a relaxed condition yellow (thank you Jeff Cooper) where we are aware of our surroundings, but no specific threat is detected. Just an enhanced level of awareness really. Meanwhile, we have all seen the videos of people walking into doors, fountains, etc. A certain level of awareness is necessary to deter an attack (go look for an easier target) as well as allowing us more options to avoid, de-escalate, put distance, etc. So, lets start a list of things that we see in our normal lives so we can all think about our actions to make sure we do not fall into the same scenarios and drop our awareness to white.
I notice this all the time. This surprises me due to the videos of people sneaking into cars and stealing purses, hiding in back seats, etc. And of course, I am talking about the gas station. When I get gas, I am there a little longer than most. My F250 has a 35 gallon tank and I usually don’t fill up until I am at least down to my last quarter tank. So, when I am there, I have ample time to people watch. It is amazing to me to watch most people fill up with gas. Most people, i would bet 95% of people get out of the vehicle with their phone in their hand, jam their card into the reader (no checking for skimmers, tampering, etc.) and grab the pump all while most of their focus is still on their phone. They spend the entire time it takes to fill up their vehicle never once glancing up from their phone. Many of these people are so engrossed in their phones, that they don’t notice when the pump clicks off for a minute or two. I get it, filling up is not the most mentally stimulating experience, but it seems like a prime place to make yourself a target.
So, what about you? What have you seen people doing that creates a situation of unnecessary vulnerability?