You must know your enemy. Sun Tzu, Chinese General and military stratagiest stated:
It is said that if you know your enemies and know yourself, you will not be imperiled in a hundred battles; if you do not know your enemies but do know yourself, you will win one and lose one; if you do not know your enemies nor yourself, you will be imperiled in every single battle.
I define your current enemy as Criminals, Crazies and Crusaders. Let us look at each of these in detail.
Criminals are looking for a target of opportunity and often do not have any great plan of attack. This is not always true, but most crimes just happen, except for crimes against a person, such as sexual assault or abduction. Making yourself a hard target, in most situations, will deter the criminal and he will move on to find an easier target. Criminals are like a disease. They have no place in society and we should all be prepared to deal with them. Criminals target easy prey; do not allow yourself to become complacent. Be like the hunter, not the hunted. Since criminals are looking for a target of opportunity, being unpredictable will help to ensure that you do not become a target. If you want to know more about the type of crimes that criminals are committing, please visit http://www.fbi.gov/ucr/ucr.htm#cius. This is the location of the Uniform Crime Report, a great resource conceived in 1929 by the International Association of Chiefs of Police. Decide right now to become more aware of your environment and make yourself a hard target!
Crazies are very interesting. They are unpredictable and have some extremely violent tendencies. Crazies are often called Emotional Disturbed People (EDP). A good example of a potential EDP is your local homeless person. Keep in mind that the thought process of an EDP is not that of a normal person. This could be because of the medication they are taking or even lack of medication in their system. Crazies are potentially or completely uncooperative. Either way, they are dangerous and you must be prepared to deal with them. They will often exhibit superhuman types of strength and have a pain tolerance exceedingly higher than the normal person. They will use weapons of opportunity, so awareness of edged weapons and blunt objects is important. You can try, but you will most likely be unable to reason with Crazies. Whenever reasoning stops, run! If you cannot run, hit them hard and keep hitting until they are down and out, then run and call 911.
Crusaders, or terrorists, as they are often called, are detail-oriented threats. Bombing, assassinations, kidnapping & hijackings are all part of their normal modus operandi. The scariest and most likely new threat presented by the terrorist is in taking control of one of our schools. Many of you probably remember the Russian school incident in Beslan. Terrorists went into the school, took several hundred hostages, killed many, and waited for the Russian Elite Special Forces to assault. Once the assault was completed, 300+ hostages were dead and many more injuried. Can you imagine the impact this would have on our society if this occurred in the United States? Look at the aftermath of September 11, 2001! We are still dealing with this issue. Responding to a terrorist incident requires a precise and planned response. Awareness is the most important aspect of your security plan to thwart the terrorist. Once the threat is identified, notify the proper authorities so that they can apprehend the suspect as quickly as possible. The terrorist is very concerned about being identified prior to the completion of his mission. Obviously, you should get in the habit of keeping your eyes and ears open. If something seems wrong, do not dismiss it–notify the local authorities. Your viligance could be the catalyst in preventing a major offensive attack against the United States. Security of our country is the responsibility of ALL CITIZENS. Remember: know your enemy. When you are dealing with any of these threats, make yourself a “hard” target.