Warning Signs That You Are About To Be Attacked

Posted: November 20, 2012 in Survival
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In order to be better prepared to protect yourself; be aware of the warning signs that usually signal that an attack by a criminal is imminent.

  • When someone invades your personal space, by standing too close, especially when there aren’t many people around.  What they are doing is closing the distance between you and them for a potential attack.
  • Asking you a question like do you have the time or do you have change for a dollar.  What they are doing is evaluating your situational awareness and sizing you up as a potential target.
  • If someone is walking towards you and their hands are hidden; especially behind their backs, your radar should be up telling you that something is wrong.
  • Coordinated motion; if you cross the street and they cross the street, if you stop walking and they stop walking; you are being positioned for an attack.
  • Glances are another tell-tale sign.  If someone is constantly glancing around to see if they are being watched it is a good indication that they are up to no good.  What they are doing is making sure there are no potential witnesses before they attack. 
  • If someone directly in front of you starts shifting their weight look out for an attack.  Weight shifting is generally done so that they can deliver a maximum knockout punch before assaulting or robbing you.
  • Herding occurs when a criminal tries to manuever or lure you to an isolated place.  If you feel like you are being steered away from people to a dark or deserted area; do not go, period.
  • Never flash money or expensive jewelry in public.  You never know who might be watching and decide to make you a target.
  • Always be situationally aware.

  1. nvchad2 says:

    This is really good advice that can help everybody. Nobody ever expects to be attacked but knowing the signs and always being aware are good things. Thanks for posting this.

  2. Holli says:

    One thing I learned in a self defense class is to, as you mention, be aware of your situation. This can just entail glancing around as you walk to your car in the parking lot to show you are noticing things. Simple things that make you less of a target in the first place. Thanks for this post!

  3. rmactsc says:

    Thanks for commenting Holli. You are right; being aware of your situation is so very important.

  4. 1stminstrel says:

    Another great post….I always go with the gut feeling…if it doesn’t feel right, then it probably is not…we are genetically ingrained with a “6th sense” of danger, more people should pay attention to it.

    • rmactsc says:

      Thank you sir. Gut feelings are definitely something worth paying attention to. Too often in polite society we dismiss those feelings when we really should not.

  5. 1stminstrel says:

    Reblogged this on dailyoddsandends and commented:
    Very good information here….keep your inner 6th sense open….

  6. highdesertlivin says:

    When in close proximity to a would be assailant ,employ a distracting open hand.These are not the droids your looking for.While reaching w/ your other hand for (check one) baton,tactical folder,handgun.This distracts the assailants vision, and puts a defensive hand up into a blocking position, giving you a chance to deploy pre grapple.

  7. Iam Rising says:

    I read this body language book at the library last year from this old school (like before it was seriously taken over by government evil) FBI guy. It was just your usual stuff like how where you place your hands on your body communicates your personality while speaking to others, etc., and basically that body speaks louder than words.

    Anyhow the thing that stuck was this brief interlude where he tells a story about a convenience robbery he happened to be in the right place in the right time to catch. He was able to prevent it because his trained eye spotted an unusual cue: the guy approaching the cashier’s nostrils were flaring. It’s a body’s subconscious tic. When it’s about to do something aggressive, the nose flares to take in more air to gear up for the charge.

    Most people have very little control over their body language, but, most people have significant control over whether or not they’re *watching others for it*.


  8. That graphic sure packs a punch! Great info, thanks for furthering my potential for staying out of trouble! A most worthy cause wouldn’t you agree lol…Never ceases to amaze me how many people wander down the street even at night oblivious to everything apart from the music blasting out of their earphones – they are perfect victim/attack material for anyone that way inclined. I love my music too and wish it was safe to listen to it in that way but being that situationally UNaware is madness. Flashing top grade priced mobiles whilst doing so is inviting trouble too. Easy prey with no need to bother enticing target to isolated spot it strikes me.

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