During our initial CCL training, one of the first things we are taught is assess situations and avoid dangerous or potentially dangerous situations. Throughout life we are all going to encounter different kinds of people, in different places—both familiar and strange.

After assessing the situation, then we have the task of determining what to do next. (Look, I know this all seems obvious, but I promise I’m getting to the point.)

Your location is likely going to be a factor those determinations, however. If you find yourself somewhere unfamiliar, how in the world do you know whether to stay in your car, or to walk up to the nearest house and knock on the door? We all definitely have our own intuitions, but there are other ways to determine if you are in a bad neighborhood. But I will admit that some places that appear to be “bad” are not.

When we talk about situational analysis, it is important to understand that when we encounter a situation, we will not have all the information. So, don’t assume the same for locations.

Now just with situations, when you encounter a bad location, you should avoid them. But remember, you may not have all the information. Poverty stricken areas may have some of the following traits. These are a few things to look for that might tip-off a place you want to avoid:

–  Boarded up windows and doors on houses and buildings.

–  Abandoned, run-down vehicles

–  Trash and debris (maybe even visible drug paraphernalia)

–  People on the street (are they acting strangely, suspiciously?)

There are other factors, but each place will have different things that will tip you off.

Just like with situations, every location is unique. The key here, however, is personal safety. You must use your training and your gut. Be safe out there, friends.


Where was the last place you found that was a “bad” neighborhood and decide to leave?