Today’s focus is on keeping yourself safe in everyday environments – what’s known in the security industry as ‘situational appreciation.’

When people are so engrossed in what’s on their phone when they are out and about, they ignore basic dangers such as crossing the road before looking or simply just walking along safely. And it’s not just technology that is to blame! Even sitting with one’s head buried in a book on public transport, could mean we are unaware of the potential danger of somebody watching us a little too closely.

Today I’ll give an insight into some simple steps you should take to educate yourself and your children, and most of all, how to protect yourself in everyday environments.

  1. Have an exit plan: Don’t sit with your back to an exit, even in a restaurant Maintain a clear line of sight to all areas, and plan what you might want to do before you have to do it.
  2. Don’t deprive your senses: We’ve all seen people try to avoid eye contact with each other on public transport or walking down the street, wearing headphones listening to music or playing games. While this may help you to switch off, it’s not recommended as far as safety is concerned. You need to be able to detect atmospherics – that feeling that something is wrong before it actually happens.
  3. Support: Maintain safety in numbers – stay with friends, have mutual support or sit near people you feel comfortable with.
  4. Know where to get help: Know the whereabouts of local police, local hospitals and non-emergency clinics. Do this beforehand so you are not rushed or panicked, should an incident occur.

This is basic advice which everybody can use to minimise potential risks to themselves. If you would like further information please get in touch.

Our risk management consultants can provide:

  • Situational awareness training
  • Defensive driving techniques.


Contact The Cheshire Group for more information.

  • Graeme Edwards-Beech
  • Managing Director.