Using stairways while traveling poses a unique risk, one that you will want to avoid. Stairways are often in secluded areas of a building. They have low foot traffic, low visibility, and you can be boxed in. Think of it this way, if you had to ambush someone would you consider a stairway a good place? Yes, you would. Criminals know that too. When it comes to travel security, things as simple as deciding between the stairway and an elevator are important. This is especially true for women and children.
Elevators are also a confined space, however, they are usually well lit and in high traffic locations. Given the choice, barring any unusual circumstances take the elevator.
If you must use a stairway you have to understand how to pie corners. This will give you a split second advantage if things do go wrong.
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