Who Would You Attack?

Who Would You Attack?
Who Would You Attack?
Who Would You Attack?
Who Would You Attack?

Let’s play a quick game today.

Imagine you’re a crack addict and you need your next fix ASAP. Since you’re high on drugs you’ll do anything to get this next fix and in your mind the easiest way to do this is to rob someone coming out of the shopping mall.

You post up outside of the mall waiting for an easy “score” to come out so you can hopefully get a purse full of cash or maybe some electronics or some jewelry. You’ve got a knife on you, which you plan to pull on the victim so they easily give up the goods.

Now ask yourself, what does your potential victim look like? Who are you hoping walks out of the mall that you can attack?

Is it a man or a woman? How old is this person? What are they wearing? How are they carrying themselves as they walk? Do they have their hands full of shopping bags or are their hands empty?

Is this person on a cell phone or not? Are they by themselves or talking with a group of friends?

I hope you’ll take some time to really think about this and to get out of your comfort zone. I (hopefully) know you’re not a crack addict, but to protect yourself you have to think like the other side.

As for me, here are my answers to the questions above:

  1. My target would be a woman.
  2. She would either be a young woman, such as in high school or college, or an elderly woman. (It would not be a woman with kids. Women with kids go “crazy” to protect their children.)
  3. She would be wearing jewelry, such as a large ring or several bracelets or earrings that looked like they were worth some money.
  4. The way she walked would show a lack of self-confidence and perhaps she would be slightly hunched over.
  5. Her hands would be full of shopping bags.
  6. Even though her hands are full she would somehow manage to be on her cell phone too.
  7. She would be alone.

Obviously, your answers will be slightly different, but if you look in the mirror today and see the victim you are describing above then clearly you need to do something differently.

You need to always walk with self-confidence and with a purpose whether you’re a man or a woman. You should always keep your strong hand free so you can draw your gun or strike someone with a tactical pen or throw a punch. (This is why I always carry a gun on me since the crack addict will likely have a knife or a gun too.)

Stay off your cell phone unless you’re in a safe area such as your car. There’s never a need to be on a cell phone when walking through a parking lot or other area, especially at night. (And if you are on the cell phone learn to use your support hand to hold the phone so your strong hand is free.)

The bottom line is, when you put yourself in the criminal’s shoes and see yourself through their eyes it’s easier to come up with preventative measures so you or a loved one never becomes a victim.

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I would add to your list that my potential victim would also be either small, so I can physically intimidate them, or overweight so they can’t chase me. I would avoid women who look like they are physically fit, even if they were weighed down with gold necklaces and rings.

I have to agree that wearing obviously or apparently expensive jewelry to the Mall is asking for trouble, and being distracted and obviously not aware of your surroundings compounds the danger.

As a potential victim, you can reduce your risk by being aware of your surroundings, and having your car keys ready in your hand but not visible before leaving the Mall, to reduce your time getting into your vehicle. Don’t talk on the phone, juggle bags or do anything but walk purposefully towards your vehicle and get in.

As men, and thus in the lower risk group, we can be considerate and NOT park in the nearest spaces to the Mall entrances, but leave them for these higher-risk shoppers.


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Are women really more likely to be a victim of a mugging than men? Overall crime statistics suggest that men are far more likely to be victims of violent crime, perpetrated by strangers, than women. Of course the advise in the article makes sense – particularly the pointlessness of advertising your ownership of an expensive cell phone.


Men typically take more risks. Going out for an evening is more common among men, less typical for women, unless incentive… note “Ladies night’ drinks for 1/2 price”. Men seem to take risks more often to prove their invincibility? Walking alone through a dark alley is one sure way to prove who is the ‘top dog’ …or survivor. ‘Machismo’ involves risky behavior, but men seem to relish it for some DNA primordial reason. Some lose :>)

C.M. Dawson

Assuming you make it to the car and succesfully put your bags in the vehicle, immediately get inside and hit your door lock button before you do anything else. It takes some time after starting your car until the auto-lock feature locks your doors. I always look around while putting the bags in my car as well. Situational awareness is something kids/women/men totally distracted with their ipods and cellphones must do, but they won’t. We’ve become a nation of electronic device distracted drones. Shame.

Jim Sheldon

I would look for a car with “Obama” stickers on it, because they would likely be anti gun liberals and hence unarmed and a easy target….
No wait that thought process would require a brain and intelligence and we all know crack heads are dumb asses and likely voted for Obama too…


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Rick Scholl

i would think you would want to be on a cellphone so that someone would know you were in trouble.


The idea of not being on the phone is that it is a distraction that sacrifices your situational awareness. By targeting someone on the phone, you increase the likelihood that their focus will be elsewhere and your approach will go unnoticed. Smacking a phone out of someone’s hands is simple and even if the person on the other end of the call were so astute as to identify what was occurring to their friend/loved one, by the time they could call 911 and effectively pass the information on the attack would likely over, well before a response by police would arrive.


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Daniel Bigham

Take a few criminal justice classes at a community college. I made it a hobby for more than 25 years, with several of those years being at colleges. That allows you to see the problem from all perspectives (criminal, victim, and police). I do not have degrees, but I do have a deep understanding of all points of view. Know your enemy, know your friends, and most importantly, know yourself.