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SABRE's CEO, David Nance, and Law Enforcement Sales Manager, Mike Patterson, were in Paris to visit law enforcement agencies during November's tragic attacks. David, Mike and the entire SABRE team are heartbroken after seeing something like this happen to the Paris community.
This type of violence has become all too common lately, and we need to be prepared at all times. The following tips have the potential to save lives.
Following attacks like the ones in Paris, we often hear that those in the immediate area assumed the noise was a car backfiring, fireworks - or even computer monitors exploding. A good rule of thumb is to always assume this type of noise is a live shooter, and act accordingly.
Every time you walk into a public building, make note of the exit routes. In an emergency, people tend to head straight for the door they entered through, which is how trampling happens (such as in The Station nightclub fire of 2003). If you know where the rear or additional exits are, you can help yourself and others escape more quickly.
If you see something out of the ordinary, or something doesn't feel right, trust your gut. Leave the area immediately, and call for help as soon as possible.
The first thing you want to do is put as much distance between yourself and the attacker as possible. However, if you're in a situation where the attacker is between you and the exit, or people between you and the exit are being shot at, the best plan is usually to hide. If you are hiding and the attacker finds you, you will likely have no choice but to fight.
If you do need to fight, you need an option to protect yourself. You determine what works best for you. While it's never ideal to use nonlethal force as defense against a lethal weapon, it's better to have some tool on hand. So, think ahead and decide what sort of protection you'd prefer.