Potential Attacker: Noticing One and Dealing With It

Every criminal has his own reason for causing harm to his victim. These reasons may be highly essential or basic, depending on the attending circumstances on each case. There is no hard and fast rule to determine whether an assault is going to happen in your person or property. Luckily, body language can indicate whether there is an impending attack that is going to happen to you. Make sure to know these to avoid becoming a victim of ruthless attackers. “A sad reality is that the criminal (like most predators) will always seek out the weak and insecure,” says psychologist Betty Grayson and Morris Stein.


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Body Language of Attackers


The most common form of communication is through the process of talking or speaking. This method has proven to be effective since the messages are conveyed between two or more people. However, there is another ideal way of expressing one’s intent, and that is through the use of body language.


Most of the time, people who use this mode of communicating are unaware of their actions. Unless you look closely at their acts, you wouldn’t notice that they already have some hidden intentions or motives.


When it comes to attacks, it is highly recommended that you look into the body language of the assailant or criminal. Try your best to read through his actions to prevent the harm as soon as possible. Take note that the longer you wait, the more difficult it would be to save yourself. According to Wendy L. Patrick, JD, Ph.D., “Proactive perception allows you to protect yourself, your loved ones, and your wallet, as you enjoy both sales and safety.”


Indicators of Impending Attack

Here is a list of some indicators that can send you a signal that someone may harm you while out on the streets:


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  • Follows or watches you where you go
  • Tries to lead you on
  • Keeps on searching around for possible witnesses
  • Starts to tremble or act uneasily
  • Goes near to you
  • Observes your every move
  • Prevents you from leaving a specific area
  • Looks at you in a lustful manner


Dealing With It


When all the indicators mentioned above are present, the next thing to do is to run away. Do not look back and try your best to look for a place where people are everywhere. Some of the things that you can also do include:


  1. 1. Draw people’s attention to you. An attacker will hesitate in approaching a potential victim who is surrounded by lots of people. The same thing will happen if she has caught the attention of others. It is logical that the criminal would back off from his plan to cause assault for fear of being caught.
  2. 2. Call someone as soon as possible. Do not wait for the attack to happen before taking action. Once you notice that someone is about to cause harm to yourself, make sure to call a friend or family member right away. Tell the other person of your location so that he or she will know where to find you.
  3. 3. Remain calm. Avoid panicking as it can only put your life in great danger. The moment you start crying or getting hysterical will present an opportunity for the attacker to take advantage of your weakness.


Be a master in reading the body language of the people around you. Learn how to start your instincts in detecting criminals or assailants. According to psychologist Samantha Smithstein Psy.D., “We must face the ways we are powerless in order to find our power.”