Imagine for a moment you’re a burglar casing two houses in a nice neighborhood. Both houses have well-manicured yards and give the impression that someone wealthy lives inside. You know you can find something of value in either house; the only question is which one to break into. According to a study conducted by the University of North Carolina at Charlotte’s department of criminal justice and criminology, the majority of burglaries take place between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. when most families are away at work or school. Find unusual gifts and gifts for men online, on the gifted up site!

One of the first things you may do as a criminal is walk up to the house and ring the doorbell to make sure no one is at home. Let’s say when you approach the first house you notice home security stickers on the front windows and door and the doorbell has a monitored security camera attached to it. You know right away you’re being watched. When you ring the doorbell, you hear a very large dog barking on the other side of the entrance.

Now a voice comes over an external intercom asking who you are and what you want. Seeing these visible defenses in action, you know that whatever of value may lie inside those walls isn’t worth the risk to your personal safety, so you move on. At the next house, there are no security stickers and the doorbell is broken, so you knock; no dog is barking inside, so you move around to the back door. Buy someone a toilet roll holder to spice up their bathroom!

There are no signs of security, and the rear of the house isn’t visible to any of the neighbors. You’ve found your target. The risk to you is minimal and whatever you may find inside will be of some value, so you break the lock and go to work.

This exact same concept applies to every person walking down the street. If someone is set on taking something from you, the first thing they will do is evaluate your visible defenses and decide on whether or not you have something of value or if you pose a threat to their personal safety. Regardless of the level of value you may possess, your defenses are what will serve as the deterrent to attack.

The potential victims have put themselves in a situation where if they were approached, their responses would be strictly reactionary and driven by panic. The individuals in scenarios two and four, however, have made themselves more difficult to approach. They appear to be alert and aware of their surroundings, their defenses are up, and they look ready to respond quickly to any unwanted advances. This creates a problem for a potential attacker because it increases the risk of being caught or hurt during a confrontation.