In a August 1996 Guns & Ammo article written by Jim Grover a.k.a Kelly McCann, the following points were outlined to help you lower your victim profile.
- Dress to blend whenever possible
- Watch the overt display of affluence
- Walk with another whenever possible
- Move away quickly from sudden impediments to your movement
- Keep away from walls (i.e., stay out of arm’s reach) when turning corners while walking
- Use physical barriers whenever possible
- Develop contingencies
- Don’t let embarrassment or pride deter you from using good security precautions
- LOOK for trouble
- Always carry a less-than-lethal weapon
- Don’t second-guess yourself if you truly believe, This is it!!!!
I believe the image you want to project is the one (the grey person) that the average person will forget the second he takes his eyes off of you, however, you also want to project one that the bad-guy “DO” notice and know you are not to be messed with. You can do this by projecting a positive, aware and alert image! Everyone agrees that the criminal is looking for the easy target. Don’t be that target! Just be careful not to be the one identified as the Guy or Gal with the gun.
How do you become the individual that is aware, alert, and is not a soft target? You do this by training and actually being capable of putting up a fight, by looking alive when you have to, yet not look like a human radar when the situation doesn’t require it. No need to be paranoid, but be ALERT! Think in terms of Colonel Jeff Cooper’s condition yellow;
CONDITION YELLOW- This is a relaxed state of general alertness, with no specific focal point. You are not looking for anything or anyone in particular; you simply have your head up and your eyes open. You are alert and aware of your surroundings. You do not expect to be attacked today but you recognize the possibility.
Anything or anyone in your immediate vicinity that is unusual, out of place, or out of context, should be viewed as potentially dangerous, until you have had a chance to assess it. When your mental radar picks up on a blip, you should immediately be prepared escalate up to the next level.
Here is one additional suggestion, watch what you wear. Consider dull colors, current fashion and be careful about wearing the latest 5.11 fashions, tactical rigger belts and vests. I am not suggesting that you never wear these types of clothing, I do. My suggestion is to blend them with other civilian clothing and try not to look like the latest tactical fashion model or civilian private security contractor. Take a little time and do a 360-degree evaluation of yourself and see yourself through the eyes of others. This is obviously the pathway to self-awareness and will certainly enhance your self-protection skills. The following Scottish poet by Robert Burns praised the importance of the 360-degree evaluation:
Oh that the gods
The gift would gi’e us
To see ourselves
As others see us
Being the Grey Person take a little effort but is extremely important in the world today. The 3 Cs, criminals, crazies and crusaders are looking for the easy target, don’t be that target. Remember the motto, “Train Today for Tomorrow’s Battles!”