A non incident versus the Six O’ Clock News!!!


panel-van-parking-dangerA young lady who had taken our introductory situational awareness class approached me at a subsequent one hour “Assembly Safety” presentation at her high school and shared this story with me.

This account contains the four simple elements upon which we construct what we refer to as the “Safety Mindset”

  1. Knowledge of crime as a process
  2. Awareness of our surroundings
  3. Obeying instincts
  4. And always having a sound strategy in place

Let us refer to her as Ashley:

Ashley told me that she went out with a friend of hers to a restaurant on a weekend night. She said that she traveled to the restaurant in the same vehicle as her friend so as to adhere to the Buddy System (Strategy)

Upon returning to their vehicle after dinner, they noticed a panel van parked very close to Ashley’s drivers side door in the quiet dark parking lot.

Having knowledge of the relevance of a panel van, and obeying their instincts as to the how uneasy they felt with this situation, they went back into the restaurant and resorted to their strategy, which was to ask a waiter to accompany them back to their vehicle, which a waiter indeed did.

Upon the treos return to the parking lot, the panel vans engine suddenly roared to life and “peeled out” tires squealing as it exited the quiet parking lot!!!!

Ashley said to me that prior to the initial training she attended at her school she would have:

– Not understood the relevance of a panel van. (Many people are abducted by predators in panel vans due to how quickly they can slide the door open, grab someone, close the door and leave!!)

– Probably met her friend at the restaurant instead of traveling together as a Buddy Team

-Not registered the potential danger of the van’s presence and therefore might not have had any instinctive sense that something was amiss?

– And certainly would have not gone back to the restaurant to get help.

As I always say, it’s all the little things we do, or fail to do, that add up to an event or quite simply, an non event

Knowledge, Awareness, Instincts and Strategy = a very simple but powerful safety formula!!!

Stay safe

Larry Kaminer

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