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Eyes in the Back of Your Head?



Remaining safe may get old but so do those who practice it…


I know we are not rabbits or parrots with eyes on the side of our heads, but we must be switched-on on (360-degree situational awareness) to our immediate surroundings.


In an increasingly complex world, personal safety remains a fundamental concern for many.


Whether navigating bustling city streets, suburban neighbourhoods or enjoying a stroll in the countryside, employing situational awareness and leveraging one's environment can significantly bolster both safety and confidence.


Let’s explore how being mindful of your surroundings and strategically choosing well-populated, well-lit areas and other factors can enhance your daily life.


Situational awareness involves being switched on to what is happening around you, recognising potential threats, and understanding how to respond effectively.


It’s a skill that, when honed, can provide a critical edge in maintaining personal safety.


1. Observation - paying attention to the people, objects, and events in your immediate vicinity.


2. Orientation - understanding the context and anticipating potential outcomes based on the observed behaviours or environmental cues is key.


3. Decision-Making - making informed decisions becomes crucial-ie; altering your route, seeking assistance, or preparing to defend yourself if necessary.


4. Action - the final step is to act on the decisions made-ie; crossing the road to avoid a suspicious individual, verbal de-escalation techniques or physical self-defence if required.


While situational awareness is vital, the environment in which you operate also plays a significant role in personal safety.


Choosing well-populated and well-lit areas can greatly enhance your security.


1. Visibility – choosing well-lit areas reduces shadows and dark corners where potential threats could hide.


2. Surveillance - populated areas naturally have more "eyes on the street," which can act as a deterrent to would-be offenders.


3. Accessibility to Help - in well-populated areas, the chances of finding assistance in case of an emergency are higher.


4. Familiarity - regularly walking through well-known routes in populated and well-lit areas can increase your confidence.


Combining situational awareness with strategic use of your environment doesn’t just improve safety; it also enhances your confidence.


Knowing you are taking proactive steps to protect yourself fosters a sense of control and empowerment.


Being aware of your surroundings and choosing to walk in well-populated and well-lit areas are effective strategies to navigate daily life with greater peace of mind.



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