Saturday, June 19, 2010

STRATFOR: Watching for Watchers

Via STRATFOR (Security Weekly) -

In last week’s Security Weekly we discussed how situational awareness is a mindset that can — and should — be practiced by everyone. We also described the different levels of situational awareness and discussed which level is appropriate for different sorts of situations. And we noted how all criminals and terrorists follow a process when planning their acts and that this process is visible at certain times to people who are watching for such behavior.

When one considers these facts, it inevitably leads to the question: “What in the world am I looking for?” The brief answer is: “warning signs of criminal or terrorist behavior.” Since this brief answer is very vague, it becomes necessary to describe the behavior in more detail.


Good follow-up on the situational awareness primer posted last week by STRATFOR.

While, it is true that most of us aren't targets for high-end kidnappings, increased situational awareness might be the difference between getting mugged on the street...and not.

I am pretty sure that my increased awareness helped detour at least one criminal within traveling on vacation in Europe. Simple criminals looking for easy targets.

In addition, I have seen video evidence of a family member taking smart (yet simple) actions to avoid a possible mugging while on vacation in the Caribbean.

You don't have to be an expert; a conscious effort to be more aware of the things that are happening around you could make all the difference.

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