Just a few reminders to keep in your thoughts when you're out in public, at a private event, or even if you're just relaxing at home on your own property:
Be mindful of your surroundings, and trust your instincts.
Stay aware of unusual activity, or behavior, that's out of the normal routine for a specific area or group of people.
Identify exit points, doors, windows, garages, loading docks, even rooftops.
Useful resources when you enter a new venue or public space; people or objects.
Locate fire alarms and extinguishers, they'll get a great deal of attention if needed.
Identify the low light areas inside, and outside, of buildings, and parking areas.
Limit the "dedication to your phone" or headphones in public, your brain only pays attention to one medium at a time.
Confidence is crucial, and with the appropriate knowledge and situational awareness, is easily attainable. That same confidence, will keep you in a preventative mindset, rather than a reactive one, placing you at a much better mental advantage if a violent situation should ever present itself. Knowing it may happen ahead of time and having the wherewithall to avoid it altogether, is a much safer bet though.
Kinda like making sure the construction crew doesnt stage their random building supplies & equipment adjacent to your muster area for building evacuations in the rear of the parking lot.
Overlooked and underestimated locations, large social events, or crowded public venues are all susceptible to threatening encounters.
Public places with high amounts of foot & vehicle traffic are easy opportunities to conceal an explosive, pull a fire alarm in an adjacent building, and then just wait.
As the people start unknowingly gathering in the vicinity of the desired point of impact, the explosive is detonated & it becomes another tragic hostile attack carried out with mass casualties & unrelenting violence.