In his article “Appearances and the Armed Citizen” on USConcealedcarry.com, Glenn E. Meyer, PH.D. breaks some startling information about what a criminal considers a good victim:
“We have a good deal of information on what cues the robbers use to determine vulnerability. Grayson and Stein videotaped pedestrians in New York City and invited convicted violent offenders to judge their potential victimhood. Surprisingly, some big and strong-looking guys were seen as likely targets while some older, slight people weren’t. The issue was who would resist or make trouble.
After analyses of the tapes, the crucial cues were determined. Victims had an exaggerated, abnormally long or short, shuffling stride. Non-victims had a smooth confident gait. Victims walked slower than normal foot traffic and seemed to lack purpose.
However, a nervous walk was also a predictor. Coordinated movement was not a predictor, but being awkward was. Nonvictims projected a sense of balance and confidence. A cue to vulnerability was a downward gaze and a lack of awareness. Avoiding a gaze implied a submissive victim. (Read more about helpful concealed carry posture policies here.)”
Simply possessing a gun puts us into a different place — one where we must do all we can to avoid fights simply because of the power we possess.
Taking points from Glenn’s article above, it’s important to realize that while you might not feel submissive and purposeless, a criminal may still think you are and you’ll stand a much higher chance of being targeted.
It comes down to projecting an image. The image needs to spell out in body language and eye movement that you are self-aware of your surroundings and willing and ready to take any and all effective action.
Learn what is considered to be submissive and directionless body language and train yourself to walk confidently.
Much how a door with a padlock will deter most break-ins, teaching yourself to appear less of a target will help prevent attacks before they even start. This will leave you in a better position to call the police and intervene in other violent situations if the need should arise.