Remember These Two Numbers

A special thanks to Mark Booher of Barritus for allowing me to publish his weekly e-newsletter here on Vigilant Wolf. Mark is a friend and a past guest of Ever Vigilant podcast (episode 36 & 55). I personally look forward to his weekly thoughts on personal security, situational awareness, and mindset.

What are the two numbers that can save your life? 5's and 25's. I'll explain in a minute. First, hear me out: Back when I was in law enforcement, I worked several battery cases where stronger and more skilled individuals fell victim to attackers who were smaller, weaker, and even less skilled than the victims. How did they do it? Surprise and violence of action. The fact is, it's hard to recover from an attack once someone gets the jump on you. There's something about the way your brain sloshes around inside your skull from being struck repeatedly. It's makes it difficult for you to launch a counter-attack. Once you're surprised and overwhelmed, your training is of little value to you. However, you can mitigate the chances of surprise by utilizing a little situational awareness. That's where the 5's and 25's come in. We're talking 5 feet and 25 feet here. Those are the sectors or distances you'll be monitoring from here on out.

Here's how you do it: Before you get out of your vehicle take a quick scan of your immediate area, or 5 feet around you. Use your rearview and side mirrors of your vehicle to give you a complete 360 degree view. If everything checks out, push your scan out 25 feet in all directions. This should only take a few seconds. Now you're ready to get out. As you proceed across the parking lot or sidewalk to get to your destination, continue scanning your 5 and 25 sectors. Take note of any corners, choke points, or people in the areas. If someone approaches or stops you to ask for directi

ons, etc., I want you to see them coming first. We want people to approach us on our terms, not theirs. Understanding and controlling your space is the key to mitigating the chance of surprise. Take away the element of surprise from the predator and you're more likely deter an attack. It only takes a few seconds to do this. Make it your new normal. You'll be surprised at what you see. Stay sharp.

Mark Booher

Be sure to check out his article in The Counter Terrorist Magazine - Lone Wolf Myths: What They Mean For Security Professionals

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