I have lived and worked all around the world, in some really dodgy countries too and yet I have never been mugged or assaulted or robbed. I have friends that have though and I always put it down to their wussy demeanour and the fact they look and walk like tourists.
I also share an office in a hard hat area of South Auckland and never have had any trouble from the locals…again some mates have and again I put it down to their victim like approach to life.
It seems I may well be right about my belief. Scientists have discovered that the way you walk and act sends a signal to the ratbag class that you are a hard nut or a soft target.
How you move gives a lot away. Maybe too much, if the wrong person is watching. We think, for instance, that the way people walk can influence the likelihood of an attack by a stranger. But we also think that their walking style can be altered to reduce the chances of being targeted.
A small number of criminals commit most of the crimes, and the crimes they commit are spread unevenly over the population: some unfortunate individuals seem to be picked out repeatedly by those intent on violent assault. Back in the 1980s, two psychologists from New York, Betty Grayson and Morris Stein, set out to find outÂ what criminals look for in potential victims. They filmed short clips of members of the public walking along New York’s streets, and then took those clips to a large East Coast prison. They showed the tapes to 53 violent inmates with convictions for crimes on strangers, ranging from assault to murder, and asked them how easy each person would be to attack.
The prisoners made very different judgements about these notional victims. Some were consistently rated as easier to attack, as an “easy rip-off”. There were some expected differences, in that women were rated as easier to attack than men, on average, and older people as easier targets than the young. But even among those youâ€™d expect to be least easy to assault, the subgroup of young men, there were some individuals who over half the prisoners rated at the top end of the “ease of assault” scale (a 1, 2 or 3, on the 10 point scale). Â Read more »