Imagine this: It’s late at night and you’re just leaving the office. You notice a stranger approaching, and they seem dangerous. Do you engage? Or will you avoid them?
Threat assessment can help you determine what the correct course of action is when something like this happens to you. How you react will usually be decided by what you observe from the potential attacker. (h/t to ReadyNutrition.com)
Are they carrying weapons? Do they look threatening? These factors must come into play before you act.
If you believe that you are about to be attacked, remember these three factors:
Regardless if you’re attacked in a “normal” scenario or after SHTF, always prioritize escaping. Threat assessment is key, but don’t forget that the law will often “protect” the criminal more than the victim. If forced to engage, follow the tips below:
Threat assessment can help you determine if you’re about to be attacked. Is the assailant practicing “blocking” by placing something, like several cars or an alley, between the two of you? Stay alert so they don’t maneuver you into an area away from other people.
Don’t make a potential attacker’s job easier for them. Avoid parking in blind spots, and stay alert while commuting.
Don’t think that avoidance marks you as a coward. Avoidance is assessing the situation correctly without endangering yourself unnecesarily.
Remember: You must always live to fight another day. If you survive an encounter with an attacker, you can keep protecting yourself and your loved ones.
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