This post is relevant for ALL people (not just Realtors) . . . NO one is immune or exempt from personal harm anywhere and anytime. The mass murder in a King Soopers grocery store a few days ago resulted in 10 deaths of normal people in their normal routines in relative peace and security, or so we all thought.
Why wouldn’t we feel safe and secure while shopping for our food and “necessities?”
In the 1st week of 2021, I scheduled topics for the weekly Pareto Realty Training.
The topic I scheduled for today was “PERSONAL SAFETY” and here we are – right topic at the right time?
The brutal reality is that we cannot presume safety and security any time in any place.
There ARE some things we can do to decrease the odds of harm at the hands of malevolent psychopaths.
My military training SCREAMS:
“ALWAYS BE VIGILENT!”
This does not require any specialized training whatsoever, but it does require a measure of re-wiring your mind to a heightened level of awareness of the people and happenings around you. Unearth your face from being embedded in your cell phone when you are in unfamiliar territory. Instead of taking a “life-Break” from your PDA . . . consider taking a Cell phone break from your life . . . in other words, practice living your life and smelling more roses, and occasionally sit still for a moment to catch up with any emails, voice mails, and text messages.
When we allow our personal digital devices to control every waking moment, we are seldom “present and accounted for” . . . and this way does not foster safe and secure conditions.
The most effective “training wheels” for adopting this potentially life-saving habit is to become a “NOTICER.”
As you go about your regular routine, intentionally notice things within your field of vision.
Most criminals have the inherent advantage of “the element of SURPRISE”, and this is actually one of the tenets combat . . . When we’re surprised, we don’t have time respond. Instead, we FREEZE or REACT with our innate “fight or flight” action.
Sadly, that’s most often too late. NO ONE can help you – not even the police – because by the time they arrive, the crime will have been committed and the damage done.
Awareness is THE #1 tactic for thwarting would be assailants. These bad people do NOT want to be seen or noticed . . . anonymity is essential for them to do their dastardly deeds.
Once they’ve been noticed, their cover is blown, and they will likely pass on that target and watch for an easier target.
I know that these mass shootings result in more people wanting to arm themselves for protection, and I understand this sentiment, but it’s not practical for most people. Carrying a firearm bears immense responsibility. Unless you’re highly trained AND willing and capable of killing a human, that weapon could fall into wrong hands and be used on you.
I offer this 1 hour long webinar about personal safety from the perspective of the son of a Realtor who was brutally raped and killed while showing a house.
I encourage you to watch this entire thing – There are many simple tips for being safe in a troubled world.