Don't Become The Victim – Carry Concealed
Courtesy Is Not A Requirement – It's A Privilege
A lot of criminals depend upon a good person's automatic extension of courtesy to a stranger.
Whether it's an armed robber who rings the doorbell of your house or someone who approaches your car while you are refueling waving his arms for help – don't fall for it.
You're not required to be overly pleasant to people. You're required to survive. That's it. They can keep their distance until you've verified who they are, what their intentions are, and then – and only then – under proper instructions may they approach you. Until then, they're neither friend nor foe.
Pay Attention To Subtleties
We're long past the age where we discriminate solely based upon the fact someone has a tattoo or twenty on his or her body. But what we do is carefully appraise their style. Are the tattoos trying to tell you a message about the person you're dealing with. If we dress and mark our bodies precisely how we want to be perceived – what's your perception of that individual.
If he presents himself like a branded criminal, treat him like one until he proves different.
Additionally, pay close attention to markings on the wall. A lot of criminal-held territory bears subtle marks to let other criminals know where one place ends and another begins. You could stand to keep that in the back of your mind as well.
Take Yourself Off The Radar With An IWB Holster And A CCW Permit
Obtaining a concealed carry permit, in the majority of states, is pretty easy if you just follow the application procedures. Once you have that concealed carry permit, get a comfortable IWB holster that adjusts to your preferred draw style.
After that, you can walk around safely and with the assurance that you have the ability to protect yourself from attack.
The best part? Only you know. For criminals, that is up in the air.
Avoid Distractions At All Costs
Your phone is not your lifeline to the world. Your mind is. And a close second is your concealed carry firearm.
The biggest enemy your mind has is boredom. Boredom leads to a desire for distraction and that desire leads to a certain degree of complacency. And complacency is where a lot of people die needlessly. So if you're on the bus or walking with your face buried in your phone instead of keeping tabs on who's moving, who's arguing, and who's acting shady – you've dropped your guard and you get what you pay for.
Your Gut Instincts Aren't Always Right – Confirm Everything
A lot of people will say “trust your gut instincts.” I wouldn't.
I trust what I observe because that's the best information I have.
My gut feels all sorts of different emotions depending on what I had for lunch, if I'm in a grumpy mood, etc. If all of the sudden someone strikes me as disingenuous or potentially dangerous, I take a moment to assess what my senses are reporting in. Am I hearing disingenuous words out of his mouth? Do I see him doing anything suspicious? I rely on situational awareness to inform my decision. If this person has not proven that he is worthy of my trust and consideration, I have no need to trust my gut on him. I let time and observation do that for me.
About The Author
James England (@sir_jim_england) is the contributing editor for Alien Gear Holsters. He is a veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom and private defense contracting in Afghanistan.