One of the most effective parts of situational awareness, is thinking ahead. I used to go to a few dance clubs in San Francisco, they were in the less friendly parts of town. So, I would go into town early, so I could park literally in front of the door. (In San Francisco many of the lanes turn into parallel parking after rush hour...) Then I would walk down the street and over a block, to the tourist section to eat dinner, then walk back to the club. At night, I walked out the door, got in my car and drove away... no issues. Other people I knew, would park further away, down alleys and occasionally ran into people whose intentions they had to figure out. One day, I decided to take a short cut, through one of the alleys that I knew was not tourist friendly. I had to deal with a bunch of people, all who had less than good intentions for me. I should have taken the route I knew to be safe, even if it would take me a few minutes more. I teach my students to think about where they are going, and when they will be leaving. If you are going to a movie at 7, there is usually lots of light left (especially during daylight savings). But, look at where you are parking and think how dark will it be when we leave? How far, is it from the door? Where are the lights? Is there outdoor security? What part of town are you in? Who are you going with? The point is, that by thinking about where we are going and how we will be leaving can lead us to make some small changes that will put us in much better situations. The next thing I talk about is just generally being aware. Step one: get out of your phone. Put your phone away when you are walking down the street. Nothing says: I am an easy target! like burying your head into your phone while walking down the street bumping into people and falling down holes. Once you put your phone away, look around as you walk. You may get to see a bunch of really cool things. You may see trouble, way over there, in time to cross the street before trouble sees you. Thinking ahead and keeping your eyes off your phone, looking around can really keep you out of a bunch of situations. I know its not as fun as talking about reaction times, and subtle moves of intension and the tactics of using improvised weapons... but will keep you out of a lot of situations that you don't need to be in.