How safe are you in your apartment community that you live?
Once you arrive in your apartment and lock the door, is that the ultimate protection for crime?
The apartment that you live in should be the safe haven for you and your family. Keep in mind that your apartment is the only environment where you can control the people that get close to you and your family. Once outside the safe haven of the apartment, learning ways to becoming less of a victim (by knowing your environment and ways to avoid hazardous areas and actions) could keep you and your family safe no matter where you are.
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Are you aware or unsafe?
Most people walk around in a state of unawareness or have the attitude that bad stuff happens to others. They remain preoccupied with thoughts of work, personal issues, bills, or kid's activities, with no thought to their immediate environment.
By not paying attention to their surroundings, they place themselves in needless jeopardy.
A gentleman named Jeff Cooper came up with a system to help people adapt to their environment. It is called the Cooper Color Code. This is a mental system that has certain levels of awareness to keep your body and mind sharp. The system is made up of four sections or colors: white, yellow, orange and red.
White is the lowest level on the escalator. In Condition White, one is unaware, not alert and oblivious.
This state can be characterized as "daydreaming" or "preoccupied". People in "White" tend to walk around with their heads down, as if watching their own feet. They do not notice the impending danger until it literally has them by the throat.
This is a relaxed state of general alertness, with no specific focal point.
You are not looking for anything or anyone in particular; you simply have your head up and your eyes open. You are alert and aware of your surroundings. You are difficult to surprise, therefore, you are difficult to harm. You do not expect to be attacked today. You simply recognize the possibility.
This is a heightened state of alertness, with a specific focal point.
The entire difference between Yellow and Orange is this specific target for your attention. Your focal point is the person who is doing whatever drew your attention to him. It might be the fact that he is wearing a field jacket in August. It might be that he's standing by a column in the parking garage, instead of going into the building, or getting in a car and leaving. It might be that you have been in five stores at the mall, and saw this same guy in every one of them. His actions have caused you to take note of him, so you must assess him as a potential threat, just as the fighter pilot assessed the blip earlier.
In Red, you are ready to fight!
You may, or may not, actually be fighting, but you are MENTALLY PREPARED to fight. In many, or perhaps even most, circumstances where you have gone fully to Red, you will not actually physically do anything at all. The entire process of escalating from Yellow, to Orange, to Red, then de-escalating right back down the scale as the situation is resolved, occurs without any actual physical activity on your part. The key is that you were mentally prepared for a conflict, and thus could physically act if the situation demanded.
With these colors in mind, it will give you a better idea of how to be prepared when walking around on your daily activities.
Keep monitoring our website, there will be more in-depth tips and ideas to keep you stay safe in upcoming articles.