“How would you attack you?”
When it comes to personal safety, we all have varying levels of awareness. Common wisdom suggests we watch out for bad-guys! [Scan the perimeter. Check the backseat. Lock the doors.]
We look-out for ourselves by looking out. I think we need to look ‘at’ ourselves for the real picture.
Now think about violent crimes committed in your community (rape, muggings, aggravated assaults, robberies, etc.) – what led to the crime? Opportunity.
The “How would you attack you?” POV is a complete paradigm shift that could change everything for you or a loved one.
Think about the concept like this: what in your daily routine makes you vulnerable? Inviting? How would an opportunistic criminal make his move? How can you adjust? By analyzing your lifestyle as a whole from the perspective of a criminal you may find holes in your personal safety plan.
Remember our Three D’s: Detect, Defuse, Defend. Detect & pre-empt.
Early detection improves perception speed which reduces reaction time.
Refernce: McGrath, Jenifer (2009). Theories of Victimization: Victim Precipitation, Lifestyle, DeviantPlace and Routine Activities. Retrieved from http://www.associatedcontent.com, February 22,2011