| Threat Behavior -
Aside from the obvious bum be on
the look-out for behavior such as a shuffling,
uncoordinated gait; a vacant, thousand-yard
stare; incoherent mumbling; talking to himself
or unseen associates; and other bizarre behavior.
(Bear in mind, he may just be a Democrat.)
With anyone you suspect to be mentally disturbed,
try these tips to avoid or de-escalate a contact:
1. Remember his personal space, and dont
2. Do not try to touch him, unless you are prepared
to fight him.
3. Do not make sudden, rapid, or startling movements.
4. Speak quietly and slowly. Do not shout.
5. Try to increase distance, and get an obstacle
(parked car, fence, etc.) between you, as if he
is armed it is probably with an edged weapon.
PLAIN OLD CRIMINALS-
Criminals must go through certain specific stages
of activity before they can assault/rob/abduct/rape/etc.
These stages will differ slightly in different
types of crimes, but will generally fall into
The criminal views you as a prospective victim.
He looks at your victim potential,
on two separate bases. First, do you have the
type of car he wants, are you wearing expensive
watches and jewelry, have you flashed a roll of
cash, do you fit his rape victim profile? We think
of this as, Do you have what I want?.
If the answer is, Yes., he moves to
the next question.
Then he evaluates you as a threat to him. First
and foremost, are you paying attention to your
surroundings? Are you aware of his presence? Do
you look like you might be a physical problem?
Do you look like you might be armed? I assure
you he goes through these questions. We think
of this as, Can I get what I want from you,
If the answer to either question, Do you
have what I want, and can I get it from you, safely?
, is NO, then off he goes, in search
of easier prey. Thugs are not looking for a fight.
What theyre looking for is the easy mark.
Someone they can get to, get what they want from,
and get away from, without being hurt and without
Several years ago, a fascinating study was conducted
by some psychology students. They took photos
of ordinary people as they came and went from
a downtown business area. They then planned to
show these to criminals and ask them to identify
the people they would choose as victims, and identify
the people they would choose to bypass. In the
preliminary write-up, they said that they expected
to see a 10-15% correlation among the victim
and non-victim groups.
They then went to a state prison and got a very
large number of career violent offenders (rapists,
muggers, etc.) to enter a room one at a time and
view these photos. Time after time, the thugs
said I want that one, and pointed
to others and said, But I dont want
that one!. When it was over, the psychologists
were shocked. There was a 95% correlation rate!
Ninety-five times out of a hundred, individual
thugs, with no communication among them, picked
the same people to be victims, or to bypass. How
did they do that? Body language. The only thing
available from these photos was body language,
but that was enough for the thugs to instantly
identify the true victims as well as the people
they would not risk a confrontation with.
Whom did they choose as victims? Gender, size,
and age were surprisingly not the keys. Instead,
they looked for people who shuffled along, head
down, avoiding eye contact, unaware of their surroundings
(Condition White). In contrast, they avoided choosing
people, even small females, if they were alert,
confident, head up, and looked like they knew
what was going on around them (Condition Yellow).
Remember what he really wants. He wants to get
to you, get what he wants from you, and get away
from you, without being hurt or caught.
There are signs that you are being evaluated
by a potential attacker. They include:
1. Anyone who appears to be watching you should
be viewed with mild alarm. If every time you look
up, the same guy is looking at you, ask yourself,
2. Anyone who is inactive until you approach,
then tries to look busy;
3. Anyone whose activity is geared to yours. You
speed up, he speeds up, etc.
Once a criminal selects a victim, he must move
into a position from which an attack is possible.
Always remember that to assault, rob, or rape
you, he must be close enough to talk to you. He
will attempt to maneuver into this position by
stealth (which is defeated by being alert), or
by ruse. He may ask you for the time, for change,
for directions, anything to distract you and preferably
cause you to look away from him. When you look
away, here comes the blow! The best course of
action is to politely refuse any request, no matter
what it is. Keep your eye on him and say, No.
Anything you agree to is the springboard for the
next request, which then escalates to demands.
Just say No.
Positioning prior to the assault is vital to
him, as he relies almost totally on surprise for
success. If you avoid his attempts to properly
position himself, you forestall the attack. Be
alert and watchful for these cues:
1. Anyone who falls in behind you after you walk
2. Two or more people who are together, but split
up as you approach;
3. Anyone staying in one place, observing, but
begins to move toward you;
4. Two or more people lined up along a wall or
5. Anyone who moves to block an exit after you
enter a confined space.
If you see one of these cues, cross the street,
change directions, turn a corner. If he alters
his course to match yours, he has tipped his hand.
Go to Orange and start planning an escape or response.
3. THE ATTACK-
The attack phase can only come after the evaluation
phase and the positioning phase. It is simply
not possible to attack you until these first two
stages have been completed. The very best defense,
therefore, is to circumvent the attack by not
allowing the Evaluation Phase and the Positioning
Phase to be fruitfully completed. Every single
attack you avoid is a battle won! In every attack
you fail to prevent, you are at enormous risk!
A one-eyed, three fingered jackass can miss you
by ten feet with a handgun, and ricochet a round
off the pavement and into your femoral artery.
Although you are accidentally dead,
youre still dead. Be alert and use your
head and you wont have to use your pistol
nearly as often.
BEHAVIORAL CUES TO IMPENDING AGGRESSION-
With the exception of the true sociopath (more
on him later), there will normally be cues, principally
body language, which will assist you in forecasting
aggressive activity by an individual you are observing.
Being aware of these cues is vital to your accurate
Of course, verbalization by the offender is a
critical cue. Someone cursing, shouting epithets,
and generally being aggressive verbally is a likely
candidate for physical aggression. Bear in mind,
however, that 80% of human communication is non-verbal,
and you must be aware of and watchful for these
sometimes subtle indicators.
One of the most reliable indicators of an impending
assault occurs when you are in a position of authority
and the offender fails to comply with or contemptuously
ignores your commands. If, for instance, you encounter
an intruder in your home, and he does not immediately
comply with your commands, you are in for a fight!
Other definitive indicators can include these,
alone or in combination:
1. Hands on hips;
2. Cocked head
3. Arms folded across the chest
4. Fists clenched, or clenched and flexed alternately
5. Jaw clenched
7. Deliberate avoidance of eye contact
8. Continuously looking around
9. Sustained verbal rationalizations
10. Continuous yawning and stretching
11. Target glancing.
Target glancing refers to brief,
repeated shifting of the offenders eyes
to your chin, your nose, or your weapon. Repeated
target glances to your chin or nose means he is
gauging the distance for a punch. Target glances
at your weapon indicate a gun snatch may be imminent.
Always, when the pre-attack indicators are present,
shift to the highest level of mental readiness
(Condition Red) and be geared up. If at all possible,
extend the distance between the two of you. Unless
you are a Marine, you dont have to die for
the piece of ground youre standing on!
These ANIMALS are born without or fail to develop
(because of abuse) any sort of empathy for their
fellow man, they not only feel nothing when inflicting
pain, IF it brings them sexual pleasure they may
do so anytime or anywhere. There will be no "cues."
The serial killer may be a sociopath, but likely
his other symptoms are not such as would inhibit
him from interacting with "normal" folks
socially....like in a daily work situation. Some
are so disconnected from reality they can't hold
a job at any level. Society quickly detects these.
But folks like the infamous and now deceased serial
killer Ted Bundy are winsome and charming and
you may like hanging out with a guy like this,
at first. But most folks will eventually get a
clue that there is something.....just WRONG.
It may be too late at that point, especially if
you belong to the target group. But there will
be no attack indicators with a sociopath. What
this means of course is that for folks you don't
know very well...be polite, be professional but
have a plan to kill everybody you meet. Be prepared
to implement such plan instantly. If you run into
a sociopath (highly unlikely unless you're a part
of a target population) and he goes for you, you'll
be behind the power curve from the start. But
reaction as if you'd been caught in a near ambush
with an immediate action drill....EXTREME violence
in instant response may well put this sort of
wolf off balance and allow you to either escape
or finish him.