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    Combat Mindset & Criminal Behavior
    by Tom Perroni

    This week, we have another GREAT article by Tom Perroni for you. Last week, Tom talked about the 'Combat Mindset', and we got a lot of great feedback. This week, Tom is talking again about the Combat Mindset and how staying alert not only gives you more precious time to react to threats, but how simply looking alert (a natural consequence of being alert) can actually PREVENT encounters with criminals!

    In my article about combat mindset I talked about Jeff Coopers "Color Code". It has been called the Color Code of: Self Defense, of Awareness, of Combat, I simply call it the Color Code. But in order to understand why this is such an important part of Combat Mindset you must understand the Wolf's Behavior. I have always taught my students to be in condition yellow. But for a better understanding of why you must be in condition yellow and not condition white or to put it another way to be a Sheepdog (in condition yellow and not be sheep (in condition white). I did not write the following but have been teaching this for years and I am not sure where this information came from.

    Criminals must go through certain specific stages of activity before they can assault/rob/abduct/rape/etc. These stages will differ slightly in different types of crimes, but will generally fall into these categories.

    1. SELECTION-

    The criminal views you as a prospective victim. He looks at your "victim potential", on two separate bases. First, do you have the type of car he wants, are you wearing expensive watches and jewelry, have you flashed a roll of cash, do you fit his rape victim profile? We think of this as, "Do you have what I want?" If the answer is, "Yes.", he moves to the next question.

    Then he evaluates you as a threat to him. First and foremost, are you paying attention to your surroundings? Are you aware of his presence? Do you look like you might be a physical problem? Do you look like you might be armed? I assure you he goes through these questions. We think of this as, "Can I get what I want from you, safely?"

    If the answer to either question, "Do you have what I want, and can I get it from you, safely?" is "NO", then off he goes, in search of easier prey. Thugs are not looking for a fight. What they're looking for is the easy mark. Someone they can get to, get what they want from, and get away from, without being hurt and without being caught.

    Several years ago, a fascinating study was conducted by some psychology students. They took photos of ordinary people as they came and went from a downtown business area. They then planned to show these to criminals and ask them to identify the people they would choose as victims, and identify the people they would choose to bypass. In the preliminary write-up, they said that they expected to see a 10-15% correlation among the "victim" and "non-victim" groups.

    They then went to a state prison and got a very large number of career violent offenders (rapists, muggers, etc.) to enter a room one at a time and view these photos. Time after time, the thugs said "I want that one", and pointed to others and said, "But I don't want that one!" When it was over, the psychologists were shocked. There was a 95% correlation rate! Ninety-five times out of a hundred, individual thugs, with no communication among them, picked the same people to be victims, or to bypass. How did they do that? Body language. The only thing available from these photos was body language, but that was enough for the thugs to instantly identify the true victims as well as the people they would not risk a confrontation with.

    Whom did they choose as victims? Gender, size, and age were surprisingly not the keys. Instead, they looked for people who shuffled along, head down, avoiding eye contact, unaware of their surroundings (Condition White). In contrast, they avoided choosing people, even small females, if they were alert, confident, head up, and looked like they knew what was going on around them (Condition Yellow). Remember what he really wants. He wants to get to you, get what he wants from you, and get away from you, without being hurt or caught.

    There are signs that you are being evaluated by a potential attacker. They include:

    1. Anyone who appears to be watching you should be viewed with mild alarm. If every time you look up, the same guy is looking at you, ask yourself, "Why?"

    2. Anyone who is inactive until you approach, then tries to look busy;

    3. Anyone whose activity is geared to yours. You speed up, he speeds up, etc.

    2. POSITIONING-

    Once a criminal selects a victim, he must move into a position from which an attack is possible. Always remember that to assault, rob, or rape you, he must be close enough to talk to you. He will attempt to maneuver into this position by stealth (which is defeated by being alert), or by ruse. He may ask you for the time, for change, for directions, anything to distract you and preferably cause you to look away from him. When you look away, here comes the blow! The best course of action is to politely refuse any request, no matter what it is. Keep your eye on him and say, "No". Anything you agree to is the springboard for the next request, which then escalates to demands. Just say "No".

    Positioning prior to the assault is vital to him, as he relies almost totally on surprise for success. If you avoid his attempts to properly position himself, you forestall the attack. Be alert and watchful for these cues:

    1. Anyone who falls in behind you after you walk by;
    2. Two or more people who are together, but split up as you approach;
    3. Anyone staying in one place, observing, but begins to move toward you;
    4. Two or more people lined up along a wall or fence; or
    5. Anyone who moves to block an exit after you enter a confined space.

    If you see one of these cues, cross the street, change directions, turn a corner. If he alters his course to match yours, he has tipped his hand. Go to Orange and start planning an escape or response.
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    3. THE ATTACK-

    The attack phase can only come after the evaluation phase and the positioning phase. It is simply not possible to attack you until these first two stages have been completed. The very best defense, therefore, is to circumvent the attack by not allowing the Evaluation Phase and the Positioning Phase to be fruitfully completed. Every single attack you avoid is a battle won! In every attack you fail to prevent, you are at enormous risk! A one-eyed, three fingered jackass can miss you by ten feet with a handgun, and ricochet a round off the pavement and into your femoral artery. Although you are "accidentally" dead, you're still dead. Be alert and use your head and you won't have to use your pistol nearly as often.

    BEHAVIORAL CUES TO IMPENDING AGGRESSION-

    With the exception of the true sociopath (more on him later), there will normally be cues, principally body language, which will assist you in forecasting aggressive activity by an individual you are observing. Being aware of these cues is vital to your accurate threat assessment.

    Of course, verbalization by the offender is a critical cue. Someone cursing, shouting epithets, and generally being aggressive verbally is a likely candidate for physical aggression. Bear in mind, however, that 80% of human communication is non-verbal, and you must be aware of and watchful for these sometimes subtle indicators.

    One of the most reliable indicators of an impending assault occurs when you are in a position of authority and the offender fails to comply with or contemptuously ignores your commands. If, for instance, you encounter an intruder in your home, and he does not immediately comply with your commands, you are in for a fight!

    Other definitive indicators can include these, alone or in combination:

    1. hands on hips;
    2. cocked head
    3. arms folded across the chest
    4. fists clenched, or clenched and flexed alternately
    5. jaw clenched
    6. spitting
    7. deliberate avoidance of eye contact
    8. continuously looking around
    9. sustained verbal rationalizations
    10. continuous yawning and stretching
    11. target glancing.

    "Target glancing" refers to brief, repeated shifting of the offender's eyes to your chin, your nose, or your weapon. Repeated target glances to your chin or nose means he is gauging the distance for a punch. Target glances at your weapon indicate a gun snatch may be imminent.

    Always, when the pre-attack indicators are present, shift to the highest level of mental readiness (Condition Red) and be geared up. If at all possible, extend the distance between the two of you. Unless you are a Marine, you don't have to die for the piece of ground you're standing on!

    Sociopaths: These ANIMALS are born without or fail to develop (because of abuse) any sort of empathy for their fellow man. They not only feel nothing when inflicting pain, but IF it brings them sexual pleasure they may do so anytime or anywhere. There will be no "cues." The serial killer may be a sociopath, but likely his other symptoms are not such as would inhibit him from interacting with "normal" folks socially... like in a daily work situation. Some are so disconnected from reality they can't hold a job at any level. Society quickly detects these. But folks like the infamous and now deceased serial killer Ted Bundy are winsome and charming and you may like hanging out with a guy like this, at first. But most folks will eventually get a clue that there is something... just WRONG. It may be too late at that point, especially if you belong to the target group. But there will be no attack indicators with a sociopath. What this means of course is that for folks you don't know very well be polite; be professional but have a plan to kill everybody you meet. Be prepared to implement such plan instantly. If you run into a sociopath (highly unlikely unless you're a part of a target population) and he goes for you, you'll be behind the power curve from the start. But react as if you'd been caught in a near ambush with an immediate action drill. EXTREME violence in instant response may well put this sort of wolf off balance and allow you to either escape or finish him.
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    If the answer to either question, "Do you have what I want, and can I get it from you, safely?" is "NO", then off he goes, in search of easier prey. Thugs are not looking for a fight. What they're looking for is the easy mark. Someone they can get to, get what they want from, and get away from, without being hurt and without being caught.
    I would qualify the above with the premise of desperation. If the bandit needs some drugs, if the bandits needs some money to run some hos that night, if the bandit needs some money to go to Atlantic City that weekend, if the bandit owes somebody some money for drugs (somebody who will kill his a$$ if he does not promptly pay up), the level of risk he is willing to take skyrockets commensurately.
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    You can appear like you are dangerous and maybe the VCA will look for easier prey, or you can look like Zatoichi and hope the VCA underestimates you.

    One as got to realize that run-of-the-mill criminals are fairly rational and can be presuaded to go away if you look alert and capable of action. But those who are on drugs, or insane, or very capable and cold blooded still might pick you. Only if you appear capable they will take that into account.

    Or there is Zatoichi.... becoming extreamly good but not looking like it. This can lead to poor victim selection, or as Cooper would say, inadverdent suicide by the goblin.

    Both methods have their faults and assets. And I think at times both have their place.

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    I don't know the parameters of a "true sociopath" but most of the people I met as a robbery decoy were willing to do whatever it took to get what they wanted. They usually did look around before the hit but for most it didn't seem to matter if their were others around or not.They figured that no one would interfere.Some liked to beat up the victim most did not. Maybe he's talking about the one who cared less if you were big,tough looking or possibly armed,they liked the challenge,and were usually cons with lots of bad time and prison training.They would use the "fu-k stare to gauge your response.I found that there were 3 types of men who would stare at you,an offender who as he states was reading your weakness, a police officer who is crossing you off his concern list,or a faggot who is looking to have his poop shute packed.Good stuff to know though. dan.
    " The real test of a man is not when he plays the role that he wants for himself, but when he plays the role destiny has for him ". Vaclav Havel

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    Wolf or victim? You decide...

    They then went to a state prison and got a very large number of career violent offenders (rapists, muggers, etc.) to enter a room one at a time and view these photos. Time after time, the thugs said "I want that one", and pointed to others and said, "But I don't want that one!" When it was over, the psychologists were shocked. There was a 95% correlation rate! Ninety-five times out of a hundred, individual thugs, with no communication among them, picked the same people to be victims, or to bypass.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Cold War Scout
    Wolf or victim? You decide...
    No obvious weapons or cellphones.

    Both are on the same bike so if you knock it over they both go down, one can't escape and raise attention.

    Rear rider not paying attention.

    In addition based only on the photograph and not having a 360º view of the area. I see no one else around the immediate area and it looks suburban/rural so major police presence is unlikely.

    I vote...Victim, unless something not visible in the photo would change my assessment.

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    CWS - ROFLMAO!!! Great pic!!!

    I think Deaf's point is spot on and missing from most discussions/articles on the topic. I think the BGs rate folks much like we would rate BGs - appearance wise. The thick necked guy with shaved head and bushy goatee in jeans, boots and a flannel shirt and the clean cut fellow (think GOP talking head) in a Polo with long pleated shorts with loafers and no socks are gonna be selected differently. Both may be local businessmen with a wallet full of cash. Alertness level be damned. But alertness is good.


    "With a heavy does of fear and violence, and a lot of money for projects, I think we can convince these people that we are here to help them" (Colonel Sassaman NYTimes 7 Dec 2003).

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    Anyone else notice it appears that Tom Perroni lifted Tom Given's book excerpt?

    Edited to add: At least he says he does not know where it came from. I missed that on the first read.
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    Sociopaths: These ANIMALS are born without or fail to develop (because of abuse) any sort of empathy for their fellow man. They not only feel nothing when inflicting pain, but IF it brings them sexual pleasure they may do so anytime or anywhere. There will be no "cues." The serial killer may be a sociopath, but likely his other symptoms are not such as would inhibit him from interacting with "normal" folks socially... like in a daily work situation. Some are so disconnected from reality they can't hold a job at any level. Society quickly detects these. But folks like the infamous and now deceased serial killer Ted Bundy are winsome and charming and you may like hanging out with a guy like this, at first. But most folks will eventually get a clue that there is something... just WRONG. It may be too late at that point, especially if you belong to the target group. But there will be no attack indicators with a sociopath. What this means of course is that for folks you don't know very well be polite; be professional but have a plan to kill everybody you meet. Be prepared to implement such plan instantly. If you run into a sociopath (highly unlikely unless you're a part of a target population) and he goes for you, you'll be behind the power curve from the start. But react as if you'd been caught in a near ambush with an immediate action drill. EXTREME violence in instant response may well put this sort of wolf off balance and allow you to either escape or finish him.
    I was talking with some buddies of mine and said kind of the same thing. If I'm sitting in a restaurant I look around at the people sitting near and size them up. "if the guy behind me that looks like a football player goes crazy, what will I do?" that kind of thing. They thought I was nuts to have that kind of thought process at all. Nice to see that I'm not the only person the looks at everybody and says, "If I had to fight this person what would I do?"

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