Crime Stoppers video aims to help people prepare for possible attacks
SEATTLE - In light of the deadly truck attack on a New York City bike path, veteran law enforcement officials said the reality is an attack can happen anytime, on any street, and anywhere.
Crimestoppers of Puget Sound wants to help people fight back against terror attacks like the one in New York.
"I think our world is changing,” said Jim Fuda, Crime Stoppers Director of Law Enforcement Services. “Low probability, high impact. If they do happen, it's going to be devastating."
They're arming the community with the skills shown in a situational awareness safety video on how to respond to an attack.
Fuda, who is a former three-decade veteran of the King County Sheriff Special Ops Deputy said when people are in public, they should always know where to run. If they can’t get away, Fuda said they should know where to hide.
He added, people should be ready to defend themselves with anything handy that can be used as a weapon in a moment's notice.
"When you're out and about with your family in an area, it's not to be paranoid and scared, but it's to make note of what is unusual of your circumstances,” Fuda said. “We need to do all we can to protect ourselves and it starts with the mindset."
Experts also add when we are distracted we miss vital warning signs.
They said people should ask themselves intuitive questions like, “Who's here? Where are they and What are they doing?”
For example, if someone is wearing a heavy jacket in the middle of a busy street during summer, that doesn't add up.
Also be aware on unattended bags, backpacks or packages in public places.