Criminal attacks are all but common these days and it is essential for everyone to adopt preventive measures against them. While you may want to consider carrying a pepper spray or a pocketknife, you may not have to if you follow this simple rule.
Research shows it only takes seven seconds for criminals to select their next victim irrespective of how tall, short, heavy, thin, strong, or weak you are. Some security experts believe that the one thing that could determine your safety could depend on your style of walking.
Key body language can signal whether or not you’ll make a good target for criminals. Out of all of them, the way you walk matters the most. While the victim is never to blame, there are some precautionary steps that everyone can take to avoid finding ourselves in a scary situation.
When you walk, it is important you take forceful, dynamic steps that convey assertiveness and confidence. Your stride should be about a medium length compared to your body type, and your feet and arms should swing naturally with every step.
Furthermore, your posture and speed matter, too. Keep your chin up, spine straight, and shoulders back as you walk. Hunching forward could indicate weakness or fear.
Also, your speed should match that of other pedestrians around you, which allows you to blend in. It’s also acceptable to walk at a slightly faster pace, as this gives the impression that you are energetic and athletic— a combination that will out you off the target list of any criminal.
Most importantly, it is essential you look around and take note of your surroundings. Doing so sends the signal that you are aware of who is around you. More than likely, anyone with criminal intent towards you will take the hint and move on.
On the other hand, avoid strides that are too long or too short in length. Strides that are too long makes you appear clumsy or ungainly, while shorter strides could indicate weakness and vulnerability.
Walking with a hunched posture or your head down suggests a lack of awareness, indicating that you’re less likely to fight back. Any of these could make you an inviting target to a nearby assailant.
Being streetwise entails watching your walk. Adopt this simple rule and you will be walking the streets and hot spots with a bit more confidence from here on out.