A byproduct of political correctness and “mind your own business” mentality along with the “don’t stand out from the heard” mentality.
Many good answers in this thread.
Be aware of your surroundings at all times.
Never assume bad things cannot happen.
Don’t be afraid to profile.
If it’s out of place make a mental note.
Be conscious of “furtive movements”.
Study up on “pre attack cues”.
Try to make eye contact with everyone you meet, everyone you pass.
People will always give you subtle indications of their intent if you know what to look for.
Don’t turn off your natural instincts. If a person, place or situation seems to be setting off alarm bells and making the hair on your neck stand up there’s probably a good reason whether you can consciously identify that reason.
This isn’t paranoia, it’s simply being prepared and proactive.
From our own USCCA training philosophy “recognition is the key to warrior expert theory”. An expert recognizes that a potential life threatening situation is developing or underway. We already have a plan in the back of our mind for how we’ll respond to such threats so we don’t have to simply react out of panic or fear.
I incorporate the principles of defensive driving to personal safety and self defense. I call it “defensive driving for life”. All of the same principles apply and everyone either drives or rides in a vehicle so it’s very easily relatable.