The attackers on the street you can meet
5 types of attackers you can meet on the street.
There are so many types of aggression and so many types of aggressor, and knowing them is an indispensable help to avoid them and to defend themselves against them, to implement the right approach immediately.
- Who is your“aggressor”?
- Do you know your“enemy”?“?.
- Who is it and how is this person who moves in our streets, walks in our streets,
who feeds your most hidden fears
There are so many types of aggression and so many types of aggressor, and knowing them is an indispensable help to avoid them and to defend themselves against them, to implement the right approach immediately.
Listing the various types of attacker is complex and is often linked to a type of possible type of victim, because it is often not random the choice, even in the case of gratuitous assaults.
The first thing you need to know is that the attacker is often not a stranger sneaking out, the attacks only rarely come from a bad encounter, most of the problems come from people somehow “close” to the victim, sometimes very close.
Most crimes take place in the family or in the circle of known persons, such as friends, relatives, ex-boyfriends, etc. with violence resulting from unhealthy situations that have lasted for months or years with intimidation and violence, the dramatic event arises in an unplantened way from occasional conflicts.
Today the use of social media for meetings is full of chats with fake profiles.
This makes some types of aggression even more complex and devious because many of these people are skilled manipulators and easily hide in this type of dating sites.
This makes the problem complex because an attacker can be anyone:
- A stranger (you don’t know him, you’ve never seen him)
- A known one (friends, relatives, colleagues, boyfriends, former suitors, etc.)
- A stranger you think you know(Social and Chat)
Consider that aggression by a stranger is easier to prevent and avoid, since surely if you see a stranger who observes you, follows you or does not convince you, you begin to have more suspicious and more shrewd behavior than when you meet an acquaintance of yours that you trust or see often, even worse with relatives or ex-boyfriends.
Aggression by a known person almost always catches you unprepared and even if you are prepared it puts you in difficulty because you have to denounce or react to defend yourself against a person you in theory love and from whom you would never expect such a thing.
So, how do I do it?.
Never underestimate anyone – noteven anyone you think you know well – now you know it’s easier for you to be attacked by a person close to your circle of friends and family.
The news episodes have shown that with the excuse of the last meeting to have a clarification there were instead murders or very serious assaults planned in advance, so you already know what to do if you are asked, care about the guilt, the fact that you are sorry, and if you really have to, in a very crowded place with your friends and you come to pick up from your other friends that you have warned before , don’t go away with him or out to smoke, etc.
Nothing, nothing at all!!
Now don’t live in paranoia, but pay attention and don’t underestimate signs that can be important without taking anything for granted when dealing with someone who has strange attitudes and there are episodes of conflict that grow.
If we simplify at most there are two typical circumstances in which an aggression is generated:
- Random or fortuitous:
a scene in the family, a quarrel for traffic reasons, perhaps between people who in habitual conditions do not have particular violent tendencies
- With criminal intent, for a robbery, a kidnapping, harassment, rape, the aggression of the pack, or as has also happened in Italy the game of KO where a stranger shoots a random passerby, of course to coward.
Based on these two scenarios, I want you to know at least these “5 types of aggressor”:
- Known people with which the victim had previous reasons for resentment or a previous history of intimidation and threats. It is unfortunately the most frequent case when we speak of violence against women or minors, where the violent, almost always the husband, ex-husband, ex-boyfriend or relative, exercises for long periods his bullying, with more or less frequent episodes of physical and psychological violence.
It is also the case of the countless tragedies in the condominium area, where the forced coexistence or closeness with brutal individuals, leads sooner or later to the clash and its unpredictable developments, providing abundant material for newspapers and courts.
- Known conosciute or unknown persons usually peaceful, whose aggression manifests itself by chance, due to provocations or transitory emotional states.
This is the case of the family member or acquaintance who assaults in an unso quotationd manner, for example following an argument within the home. Or it may be the case of the quiet employee who, after having a “bad day”, explodes unpredictably following a traffic fight or a queue at the supermarket.
- Unknown people animated by sociopathic or psychopathic tendencies. tendenze
These are people who act alone or in groups, often already known to the law but, in spite of this, invariably free to rage and threaten the existence of others.
This group includes a large number of violent fans and a number of casual attackers, often for “futile reasons”.
- Unknown persons atti che acting for political,religious, ideological purposes with violence, for example, acts of terrorism. Unfortunately, these things happen in many countries of the world and Europe has also experienced the attack of unscrupulous terrorists in recent years who have acted without paying too much attention to specific targets.
- Unknown people sconosciute acting agiscono simply to delinquent.
In this category belong thieves, muppers, robbers, rapists,all those who habitually act with a criminal end.
As you can see it is not simple for example in the first two groups, so acquaintances, how do you locate a typical attacker since it can be anyone?.
The husband, brother, colleague, neighbor, ignorant or educated, poor or rich.
You got it right, it can be anyone.
So what to do not to be surprised?
In this regard, the principles of prevention and the most appropriate styles of behaviour apply, these measures, combined with an adequate degree of attention to the context and the person in front of you, communication,etc. would alone be the solution to a multitude of problems.
As far as the other three categories are concerned, the normal prevention, prudence and common sense procedures may not be enough.
While in the first two categories of attackers, the more or less occasional pretext plays an essential role and working on the pretexts with prevention and correct attitudes, very often it is possible to block violence in the bud, the situation is quite different if you are dealing with people determined to hurt, such as a:
- the terrorist,
- the habitual thug
- a group of misfits (those point to you, there is probably no prevention that holds: it was not you who searched for them, they are the ones who foundyou).
Ps. For these categories prevention is not necessary, there is no prevention that holds against those who want to do damage specially, they have pointed you without a plausible reason except that of the madness they have in their head so WARNING!!.
But let’s see the questions that certainly interest the most:
- Who is this attacker?
- How does it work?
- How to recognize it?
Basically: you know your enemy.
Now, if you know who he is, why, where he wants to attack you and how he will do it is more likely that you won’t get attacked, this knowledge helps you avoid these situations, or prepare to face them.
There are several types of aggressor and assault:
- to rob,
- for kidnapping or rape,
- free, only to hurt and thus vent their charge of violence.
Some attackers strike:
- in cold blood, in the sense that they meticulously plan their attacks before carrying them out.
- opportunistically, that is, they only strike if a situation arises favourable to them and reasonably free of risk.
Unfortunately, every day men, women and children are attacked indiscriminately for different reasons, even in highly frequented areas, where those present, apparently intimidated or indifferent, hide behind the screen of “it’s none of my business…”, “I don’t want to meddle…”, etc.
Unfortunately the justice system even if you take the defense of a victim seems almost more in favor of the criminal than the victim and sometimes the tendency to make their own facts is understandable but it is always necessary to alert the police and anyway it is always possible to attract the attention of more people.
The aggressor of our day is often a person who does not like to risk, is a coward and often to find the strength and courage to attack needs alcohol and/or drugs and almost always does so with the help of a weapon, or an accomplice, or both.
With the exception of certain rapists, who often operate on the presumption of being physically ahead of their victims, most “habituals” act with one or more accomplices.
As mentioned, several times, the aggressor of this type seeks a VITTIMA and certainly not someone to fight with.
That’s why he tries to locate someone in “white code”,or some girl who walks away from his friends.
Geoff Thompson, a London-based personal defence expert who has worked for over 30 years as a bouncer in his city’s most infamous premises, says that a countermeasure that is definitely effective is what he calls“target hardening“, making the target harder to hit, and therefore less palatable. That’s the best prevention.
If you apply the prevention tips I’ve told you about, by implementing the necessary countermeasures of attention to the context, it is likely that these people do not even cross the road.
If they attack you and you react fiercely with well-targeted and effective shots, your attacker probably escapes and flees.
Remember, however, that the violent response is an extreme tactic, which you have to apply with force and decision when the situation is clearly dangerous but if you decide to attack you need to know how to knock out your attacker in order to inflict enough damage on them to block it or give you time to escape.
Many attacks are preceded by stalking (the so-called “stalking”) and/or a kind of “interview”, in the form of a deceptive or intimidating dialogue.
Many attackers use dialogue as their first weapon.
In addition to the ability to defend yourself it is important that you recognize these signals because it is the moments, the seconds before the attack, if you are careful and ready to catch the first signs of the ritual of attack, it is very likely that you will never be “selected” as one of the possible victims.
If you learn to effectively manage those first few moments, chances are likely to get the better of the moment the actual attack starts.
A piece of advice attacks first.
This is absolutely the most important factor in real life and is too often an aspect glossed over by self-defense gurus.
This use of “questions” by the attacker involves the use of body language as well as speech: if you can decipher it and act in time, you can stop the crime.
You have to learn to decipher the language of the road.
Much of the attacker’s speech is used almost instinctively, as a “trigger” for violence and/or to distract the mind of the potential victim before the attack, a way of charging.
A clear interpretation of this “language” will reveal the warning signs of an attack.
The ritual will have differences depending on the type of attack, as well as “the type of question”.
After all, if you want to be a designated victim who ventures out at night in the city park, or you’ll be surprised in some dark, deserted ladle, in this case it’s possible that the attacker doesn’t need to perform particular diversional manoeuvres with questions.
If the situation is this, as is often the case, many attacks will become physical and violent almost immediately.
The approaching ritual is generally used as a diversion to the victim, in order to increase their vulnerability.
If the intended victim has already placed himself on his own in the state of designated victim, he will be attacked without further notice, so no questions.
To notice the rituals and tricks of your future attacker, you must be in the right state of attention and with your eyes well open, otherwise you or who will suffer the consequences, you or who for you.
If the intent is robbery or rape, the question you are asked will be “disarming” or random as:
- “you have to turn on?…, “
- “can point me the way to the station?…”
The aggressor in this way tries to divert the attention of the victim before the attack and the more serious the crime and the more this approach becomes sophisticated.
There have been cases where certain murderers or rapists who misled their victims by sending them bouquets of flowers or gallant invitations.
Free or unso grounds attacks
Free and senseless violence often arises from recent episodes, such as a stolen parking lot, a look too much in a bar or nightclub, a discussion in a condominium meeting, etc.
Very often, especially in crowded environments such as nightclubs, where the music is blaring and drugs and alcohol spin, a simple eye contact with the wrong person is enough to get in trouble.
You didn’t do anything wrong with these kind of attackers, the only fault is to be there and at that moment, he goes out and goes to these premises to attack brigade.
There is no logic so do not waste time trying to find a reason at that time you immediately appear decided and if you can leave immediately.
In those moments of indecision you can be beaten and/or robbed.
There’s no logic in this so go away or attack.
Being in “yellow code” is a basic requirement as the first defense in these situations, so as to grasp the danger from the first manifestations.
In bars, nightclubs or on the street, very often it is possible to locate the aggressor for free reasons, the classic attacks brighe:
- If he walks down the street he has a gait that expresses confidence and tracotanza, with a kind of jolt of the shoulders at every step.
- His attitude expresses aggression and a desire to attack.
- His elbows protrude out, his knuckles turned forward, as if carrying two buckets of water.
- He has the usual upper lip curled into a grimace and, most likely, behaves abruptly and rudely with anyone who approaches him.
- If he is in company, he appears noisy, vulgar and exuberant in gestures.
- You look around looking for eye contact and, if someone has the misfortune to stay “hooked”, trouble begins: “what is it? What a… or look?…”
Stay in “yellow code“, this allows you to notice a guy so far a mile away and then turn him off.
In the case of a free attack, where the intention is to strike just for the sake of it, the dialogue is likely to be more aggressive, for example “but what the fuck do you have to look at me? You’re by chance?…
Dialogue is used to divert attention and engage the other’s mind before attacking. In general, it can be said that the greater the crime to be committed, the greater the insidious and deceptive character of the demand.
Example: At the bottom of the room ladder, the free attacker will attack the victim who is brutally designated, apostrophizing her with phrases such as “Fuck, you looked at my woman…”, or “Fuckhead! You want to fight?….
Attacks by thugs.
In this case we talk about the “habitual” aggressor, the thug who does what he does in his job.
As I’ve already explained, a guy like that doesn’t look for a fight, but a victim, doesn’t want to run the risk of getting hurt or getting attention.
To make things easier, he resorts to deception and tactics before resorting to force, if he can do things without risk.
This type of person actively seeks people who put themselves in the condition of victim, the so-called “white code”,people who do not pay attention, who are weak, etc.
In this case, the type of attacker, is usually different from an energumenous manifest and it is rare that it appears as a potential aggressor.
He is a type of aggressor who hides among ordinary people, but he also uses rituals before attacking so knowing them is an important prerequisite to avoid being a victim of this type of aggressor.
Never appear a “white” code.
The usual attackers you typically encounter are of four types:
- The “bite and run” snatcher secretly follows you and rips off your chain, bag off and runs away on foot or on a moped.
- The robber of the androns, landings and garages, who emerges from the shadows without apparent notice with a knife or a weapon to take your purse.
- The daredevil who attacks you without any preamble or precaution, devoid of any fear of the law, simply because you came across him and he needs money for drugs or whatever (as can be an evening).
- The professional criminal,who meticulously plans his attacks and usually uses deception to hit the victim by surprise.
Control of the environment
The best way to reduce the risks of running into unknown attackers is to control the environment, but as for the known attacker it is important that you learn about and understand the attack ritual.
As already mentioned, the attacker searches for a victim and the ideal victim is the one in “white code”, mentally or because she has driven into an unfavorable environment.
For example, those who circulate with their heads in the clouds or looking at their smartphones,perhaps in an isolated place.
“Selection” often occurs in dark and/or sparsely frequented areas, as the villain does not want interference as he takes action.
Isolated and quiet places such as parks, parking lots, desertedstreets, palace androni, etc. are usually preferred.
This does not mean that people are safe in crowded places because often the criminal “points”his victims by stalking them to some place conducive to aggression , such as a parking lot, for example.
Before attacking it is likely that the attacker will follow the chosen victim until the “prey” increases their mental or environmental vulnerability by entering a little-attended parking lot, a deserted street, or in the hallway of the house.
If the attacker is following a woman leaving the supermarket, then it is likely that she will get in on the action when she tries to load the groceries into the trunk of the car.
Or it will hit the moment you try to get into the car.
It is at times like these that even normally vigilant people lower their guard, maybe just for a few seconds.
That’s what the criminal needs and you don’t have to do.
When you have your hands occupied by shopping bags, or when you are trying to get the children into the car, you may not notice that you have been followed.
Often the attacker crosses the entire parking lot without being noticed and attacks so quickly that not even other people present notice what happened.
In these particular moments, therefore, it is necessary to be particularly careful.
Avoid looking for keys in your bag, but show up in front of the car or the front door having them already in your hand.
Once inside, lock the lock now.
Often, especially if the attacker has not yet decided whether to attack or not, an “exploratory” approach can occur generally combined with a misleading and deceptive dialogue.
This, in addition to the need to divert the victim’s attention, serves the attacker to understand if the person is really unaware of what is going to happen to them so that they can attack with the maximum of surprise.
In these cases it is very important to follow your own instincts and develop your own body language reading skills.
Even for the most hardened criminals, it is very difficult to hide the signs of adrenaline mounting before the attack as:
- A quick eye movement,
- A change of expression,
- A change in the tone of the voice,
make it clear that he is preparing to attack.
If the attacker understands that the surprise effect has not worked and has failed, it can happen that I change my mind and do not move to action, looking for a more vulnerable victim.
Otherwise he will attack or more simply threaten to attack at the very moment when his victim is busy answering a question to distract that he had just done to him like:
- what time it is?…”,
- Can you tell me what the road to the station is?….
Common, trivial questions.
Sometimes, these deceptive questions can distract even vigilant people up to that point.
An “expert” attacker uses deception to lower the psychological defenses of his victims.
The “professional” attacker often strikes without really attacking his victim, limiting himself to intimidation and threat.
In these cases very often the threat is underlined with a knife, a firearm or an accomplice or with both.
The threat manifests itself aggressively and convincingly, creating adrenaline paralysis in the intended victim.
The threat is often repeated with greater force and violence, causing further panic and inability to react:
- “out the money… Right now!”
- “Give me your wallet or I’m going to kill you!! …”
Some attackers then pass through de facto ways, hitting their victim.
In some cases the attack will be minimal, with the sole purpose of further intimidation, in other cases the consequences will be more serious.
Some types of habitual attackers then completely skip the ritual of threats, moving on to action immediately after distracting the attention of the designated victim.
In this case they will immediately strike unexpectedly and energetically leaving the unfortunate lying on the carpet, lightened wallet and watch and with a broken jaw.
In cases like this, any defense possibility other than an equally energetic and ferocious counterattack will be ineffective.
Now you’ve seen some behaviors used by attackers, if you know how a thug behaves, you know how to avoid it but always remember that apart from in rare cases (it’s really stupid) these individuals act by deception, so avoid them at any cost, try to get away as soon as you recognize the first signs of their attack ritual.
If you realize that you can’t get away and get out of this situation, be prepared to implement some deterrence and de-escalation, but if you see that you do not need not think too much and attack, the idea of thinking about the solution to defend yourself after he has made the “first move” is not a good strategy, listen to me attack first if you understand that there is no chance to lower the “tension”.
Often in martial arts gyms the approach that is taught is most often useless if you do not work on the principle of anticipating and preventing an attacker, leaving him the first move is the most wrong thing you can do because what he is going to do who knows how many times he has tried it and done it.
Your game is ahead of schedule, attack! Attacks! Attacks! with determination.
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