Friday, October 23, 2015

We all need to understand our comfort zones for people around us, with knife attacks on the rise, it can get to be critical

We all need to understand our comfort zones for people around us, with knife attacks on the rise, it can get to be critical

In different cultures and even in different setting, the area we subconsciously feel we need for safety and that we feel comfortable with can change.  That is not a real problem as long as we understand control space and attack space.   For an attacker like a robber or even a rapist they want to be with in 7 feet of us, prior to the attack, so they can get control quickly.   Luckily for us most knife wielding attacker's feel the need for a similar distance, perhaps out to 10 feet.  But for a successful edged weapon attack on even an armed trained Police Officer 21 feet is within the success zone. 

With that knowledge we need to push our security awareness zone out a bit more.  The range is different for all of us, but we need to understand the issue.

I took this graphic from the Marine Corp, Combat Hunter training program, but it is a good reference point to work off of. 

As I said these distances are different for all of us, and can change drastically depending on the situation.  But stand in the middle of a room and get a feel for what you think you can deal with, and then try it in, say the lobby of a hotel, or a movie theater.  When your instincts tell you something is off, it is often that someone has invaded your comfort zone, just be aware of it.  Many times it can be precursor to an attack, or someone testing your comfort zone reaction.

2 comments:

  1. It is always interesting to watch aggressors pick victims, part of it is their subconscious testing those around them to see who is not aware of their surroundings and not aware of the aggressor. Those are the people they, the aggressor's, will tend to pick, perhaps not even aware of why.

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