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BCPD Informer
by John Chase, Deputy Chief
Boulder City Police Department

Threat Assessment
Is it true that reality can sometimes be a figment of our own imagination? Throughout my life I have witnessed events, heard contradictory versions of the same proceedings, and even heard a few fish tales. One thing that remains consistent is everyone believes what they saw... or do they?

Filters may be the biggest threat we have in society today. We often walk around with blinders on unknowingly judging situations based upon facts. The question to consider is, what is the basis for those facts? We formulate opinions based on our own life experiences, what we see and read in the newspapers, and yes, even myths can come into play.

World-renowned threat assessor and author Gavin de Becker has written a number of books detailing out threat assessments and more importantly how to keep yourself and your family members safe from would-be criminals and predators. In his book, The Gift of Fear: Survival Signals That Protect Us From Violence, Mr. de Becker provides several real-life examples where people were confronted with a threat and disregarded their own “gut instinct” because “facts” dictated otherwise. One example, Kelly, a rape victim, said she felt that the man she met was not a nice person. However, he did not appear to be a rapist. He was charming, and even told her about a pet cat he had, she reported. All of these “facts” led Kelly to disregard her gut feeling and subsequently she became the victim of a heinous crime.

Gavin de Becker has also authored another book called Protecting the Gift: Keeping Children and Teenagers Safe (and Parents Sane). This book discusses in detail how you can keep your children safe at home, school, and scouts – wherever they may be. He walks the reader through a number of assessments that you can perform easily, often without anyone knowing. A small price to pay for the safety of one’s child. I would recommend both books to anyone that wants to learn more about personal safety. The first book is a great read for young ladies starting to date or venturing out on their own, while the second is an outstanding guide for parents.

Until next month, stay safe!

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