How do you check out possible threats
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June 23rd, 2008 11:47 PM
I'm like Moga... I take the bull in the china shop approach. I'll meet potential threats head on, and 9 out of 10 times thats enough to throw their plans off enough for me to control the situation.
Of course thats just one tool in the old tool box, there are other situations that call for different approaches.
July 3rd, 2008 01:49 AM
I hate it when people are walking behind me. I have stopped and looked into a window (window shopping) but kept myself kind of sideways, not with my back totally facing out.
I have a pet peeve about resturants. EVERY time I go into one and they sit me they put me facing away from the door. I just ignore where they put the menu and sit facing the door. When eating with friends or family they will nearly always assume I want to sit with my back to the door. I never do. I have not wanted to sit with my back to a door since 1989 when I was working at a prison.
July 3rd, 2008 02:28 AM
If given the opportunity and think you are being followed, duck into a shop if one is available. Its a great counterintelligence technique. If you're in a suit, drop into a jewelry shop or someplace that you wouldnt look out of place being dressed the way you are. See if they follow you. Itll give you a good even ground to check the person out. If they seem threatening, don't leave. At this point I wouldn't be subtle about eyeballing them if they stuck around... Especially if they look quite out of place where you are.
But this is assuming you can even make this move. Nothing wrong with turning around and reversing direction either. Just keep in mind that we live in a three dimensional world and you are never committed to a certain path or vector.
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July 3rd, 2008 05:11 AM
Originally Posted by 4my son
The best way, for me, is to make eye contact and keeping a neutral facial expression.....or even a slight smile....while evaluating the principles of your concerns. Direct eye contact coupled with a confident, upright posture is the best unspoken (nonverbal) form of communication to display. That gives the "I know your there and I'm watching you/I'm not someone to be messed with" to whoever your 'confronting' without being overtly threatening (keeping that smile/ammused/neutral look on you face) In your case you presented, that may mean stopping and turning to face them while looking at a window display, looking at/admireing a parked car, waiting on a crosswalk light at the next street, etc.
Your letting yourself be 'known' without really escalating anything......and when whoever sees you, a nod or even a spoken "good morning", etc. further keeps the situation light without displaying a "I'm a harm-less sheep". Projecting a confident, alert outward appearence while maintaining a friendly 'look' about you is my best 'approach'. Takes a little practice actually but it works.
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July 3rd, 2008 11:35 AM
Originally Posted by Moga
Give em the cold dead stare.
Speak softly, and carry a big stick.
July 3rd, 2008 11:54 PM
I always first look at the persons hands. After that split second I would make eye contact so that the person knows I am aware of them and my surroundings. I would continue to do a mental evaluation of the situation and take it from there.
July 4th, 2008 05:47 PM
For the most part, nobody is paying any attention to you. If the BG is paying attention to you, he will see you are aware of your surroundings and probably look elsewhere for a victim.
Originally Posted by JudoJake
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