LCSO Recognizes National Situational Awareness Day

Have you ever found yourself in an unexpected encounter with someone whose suspicious behavior made you feel your personal safety could be in imminent danger? Were you prepared to respond had the situation turned threatening? 

Practicing Situational Awareness can minimize your chances of being followed or attacked by a stranger, and is as simple as being alert and paying attention to your surroundings no matter where you are.  

In recognition of National Situational Awareness Day, the Lee County Sheriff’s Office wants you to make today the day you prepare a personal safety plan to keep yourself out of harm’s way at all times. 

  • Continually observe your surroundings by scanning the area instead of focusing straight ahead or on your phone.
  • Watch your back. Is someone following too closely? If so, increase the distance between yourself and the person, go towards a more populated area, or stop and ask someone for help. If necessary, yell.
  • Follow your instincts and intuition. If you “sense” something is not right, pay attention to the inner warnings you are receiving. It is always better to play it safe.

To learn more about the practice of situational awareness and how to reduce your risk of exposure to a violent crime, consider taking part in one of our 2-hour crime prevention programs known as S.A.F.E. (Self-defense Awareness and Familiarization Exchange). This class is designed for females aged 13 and over and will teach participants to think ahead and make smart choices. In addition, our Crime Prevention Specialists present a variety of Personal Safety programs that are available to community members, organizations, and businesses.   

For more information about our upcoming S.A.F.E. classes call 258-3280, or register online by visiting www.sheriffleefl.org then click on the calendar link to find an available date.