Threat management expert Spencer Coursen offers proactive strategies to protect yourself and your loved ones in the event of hostile encounters and emergency situations in The Safety Trap: A Security Expert’s Secrets for Staying Safe in a Dangerous World.
Despite what the news and social media would have you believe, we have never lived in a safer time than we are now. Unfortunately, we live under a false sense of security enforced by authorities that only alleviates fears without reducing risk. We have placed our personal safety, and our responsibilities of guarding it, into the hands of people trained only to respond to crises, not actively prevent them. Our blind faith in institutions to protect us has only dulled our natural survival instincts.
The truth is that when we feel safest is actually when we are in the most danger.
This is the paradox of The Safety Trap.
When you don’t expect danger, you simply fail to see the signs that something bad is about to happen. But the signs are always there, and staying safe is about training yourself to see them. In easy-to-implement methods of maintaining vigilance, assessing risk, and taking preventative measures, you’ll discover how to be alert without anxiety and know how to best protect and defend yourself on the job, in school, in public places, at home, and online.
With Coursen’s simple formula of Awareness + Preparation = Safety as your guide—as well as real world examples of managing threats—you will learn how to develop the skills and confidence to reclaim your own security and avoid The Safety Trap.
Beneficial personal safety tips!
It’s not often that I can say that I learned a lot, absorbed much, and took detailed notes on a book with plans to re-read/listen to specific sections for reference. (My usual genres are thrillers, cozy mysteries, romance books - enjoyable stories, a form of escapism if you will.) Coursen’s “The Safety Trap” had me taking notes and then immediately applying these real-world safety tips and strategies. Our family now has a nightly safety sweep routine; we've turned license plates into a lyrical memory game and we've established the 3F’s regarding stranger danger (ok to seek help from families, food sources & locations with flags) with our kiddos and SO much more!
Having read and listened to this book, because I couldn't just stop reading, I had to continue this safety experience through audio as well; I've started taking a harder look at oversharing, social media, physical fitness, and overall life preparedness.
Sidenote, I love that the author narrates this book himself!
This book includes many helpful tips backed by logic, psychology, and security expertise supported by years of the author’s own experiences. The protective preparedness for the safety trap of responsibility and children really hit home. I appreciated the relatable metaphors and examples, which helped bring about a deeper understanding.
The protective strategies in “The Safety Trap” are quite beneficial, written in an easily understood and relatable narrative.