Safety in Crowded Places

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The tragedy in Boston has reminded all of us that crowded places attract the attention of terrorists and other attackers. Crowded places present criminals with an ideal opportunity to disrupt the lives of literally thousands of people, most of whom are distracted by whatever is happening then and there. While we wouldn’t advocate that anyone become obsessed with monitoring their safety at all times – that’s really no way to live – there are some basic precautions you can take to promote your own safety in crowded places:

  1. Be aware of your surroundings. Know where the exits are located and spend just a few seconds mapping out a potential exit route.
  2. Arrange a meeting place with friends and family. This is a good idea in any crowded place, under any circumstances. People get separated in crowds.
  3. Review landmarks. Panicked situations can lead to disorientation. Look for a couple of landmarks so that you can remain oriented. Landmarks are also good meeting places.
  4. Tell people where you’re going. People should know where you might be going in case you need to be found or checked on.

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