I usually do way more reading than posting here mostly because I am new to the firearms community and still have a lot to learn, but a conversation with a coworker that also carries got me thinking. I did a search and could not find anything similar to this topic, so excuse me if this has been discussed before.
We were talking about things BGs consider (either consciously or subconsciously) when selecting their victim. We then analyzed ourselves and tried to determine our victim profile, meaning what traits would make a BG pick us as their next victim, and what traits would deter them.
We came up with the following categories(these are just our opinions feel free to disagree):
Height: We decided being short 5'7'' and below hurts your victim profile.
Age: Being too young or too old also makes you an easier target. We said less than 20 or over 40. I am sure this will get the older guys riled up. For perspective my buddy and I are both in our mid 20's
Build: Being too skinny or very overweight hurts you. Skinny people could be viewed as weak and obese people could be perceived as slow. Being strong and athletic in build helps you.
Attire: How are you dressed? Shirt and tie could make you look like a rich yuppie to a BG. More who dress in an "aggressive" fashion could be intimidating. (think biker guys)
Demeanor: Are you friendly and approachable looking, or unfriendly looking? Kindness is often mistaken for weakness.
Situational Awareness: Are you paying attention to what is going on around you? Making eye contact? Or do you have an ipod on and are reading your new e-reader?
Gender: BGs target females over males for some crimes.
I am not sure if this self analysis would really be helpful when it comes to preventing you from becoming a victim of a crime, but I found it an interesting exercise to take a look at myself through the BGs eyes.
Here is how I analyzed myself:
Height: I am only 5'4'' so this hurts me for sure.
Age: 24 I shave my head so I look a bit older than this. This should be pretty neutral I think.
Build: I am short, but I weigh 210 and am stronger than most people. I compete in powerlifting and train hard in the weight room. I think this is one of my greatest attributes when it comes to deterring the BGs. Some proof: YouTube - Deadlift 405x10
Attire: I usually am dressed in shirts and ties for work. Outside of work I am a the jeans and work boots type. So this one really depends. This could hurt me in some situations and be neutral in others.
Demeanor: By nature I am very friendly and outgoing. People who first meet me tend to find me a bit intimidating due to my build and the fact that I shave my head. I can come across as being serious if I need to, but it is something I need to "turn on" definitely does not come naturally. This generally hurts me since I am friendly.
SA: I try to be as dialed in as possible. Eye contact, perimeter awareness, know where exits are etc. This helps me for sure. Eye contact is a huge deterrent I think.
Gender: Male so this helps me as well.
The interesting thing about my coworker is that he is a pretty big guy (5'10'' 260) but has a very jovial demeanor and a babyface. He is the last guy I would expect to be carrying a glock 26 under his shirt. Not only that, but he could shoot circles around me all day long. He could take some BG for a serious surprise.
I am sure some people will disagree with my assessment of some of the categories and that I why I posted this here. I am curious to see what others think of this. I hope I do not offend anyone with my assessment of the categories. I admit that I have some biases, but I tried to be honest as to my opinion.
So what is your "victim profile"?