I'lllist all the stupid crap that I do.
I haven't used a backpack in years since that's what makes me a primary target for being jumped in Washington State. In Arizona, a big backpack makes random people question me. In Washington, a small backpack like a camelpack causes idiots tothink "@#$%, lets get this guy!" I had my bag filled with pens, a lot of paper, maybe a book and a sock full of quarters. I would leave it closed but hanging on my chair. I don't like getting dirty floor all overthe ass of my pants.
I pay attention to my surroundings when there's more than 4 people in the room. Some people are capable of locking their attention on several people at once. Me, not so much. I don't belong in public places that are full of noise. I avoid them at all costs. In quiet places I'm lost in what I'm reading/writing and don't care about what goes on around me until I'm finished.
A locker is far too easy to compromise. I am to blame for proving that. However, I'll use them for the sake of law even if it's a bad one. My car is another story. I don't leave valuables in my car. Food isn't valuable. If anyone is desperate enough to get to rations in my car, I don't want them breaking my windows and another door handle to get it. Just take what you want and leave my damn car alone.
I used to run around all the time only in the early morning and late at night. It's too cold for anyone else to try anything except in the summer and early spring. That's the recipe for me being confronted anyway. I noticed this immediately took a nosedive when I stopped wearing orange and started driving. Eventually attention stopped being focused on me and people started eyeballing my car. This is a problem. One of these days I'm going to be jumped when going to my car. I realize this and that's why I sometimes carry a prohibited weapon. I don't have a problemexcept an extremelyrare period of time in which I go to and from my vehicle. I've already had one instance late last year where I ran someone out of my yard for dicking around with one of my trailers. He didn't do very much property damage but I got him with my knife pretty good when heconfronted me. I hope his hand broke in a catastrophic amount of pain when I smashed it with the horn. I'm sure he'll be back soon. I've already had an incident where about 1:00 in the morning, some kid got into my car and shuffled through my glovebox. The plonker didn't bother to shut the compartment door and itran my battery down a bit. I didn't go to my car for a whole 24 hours after this happened. That's where the real damage was done. I ignored it. Thing is, I was well awake when it happened. I was sitting here when I recognized the sound of my driver side door being opened. I thought they couldn't have taken anything other than old CPUs and bad PC memory in order to give me grief. I was wrong. In order to giveme grief,he didn't take anything. He just wasted my resources. I need a killall switch for my battery.
I remember which stores and restaurants stay open late because I'm usually the last customer in the dining room for the day. That's a problem. I need to stop doing that. Most of the places I patron have no cameras in the parking lot. That's inviting trouble whether I'm armed or not.
Now before I close, I'd like to bring you to a topic of interest that I really don't like to so much as think about. An issue of money. The OP has the right idea. Don't flash cash, cards, electronics, phones, games or anything that can be considered expensive in the presence of other people. The reason for this is that when you do so, you potentially trigger a bitch emotion in people called jealousy. Jealousy is extremely easy to find and even easier to amplify. The more self control people have, the less likely this is going to be a problem. You cannot assume all people have this insane level of self control! It's part of everyone. Every person and every mind. I don't know about you but in the world I live in, people complain that money is far more difficult to obtain than it used to be. Even though everyone has money, people want more of it. They want expensive gadgets. They want the overpriced and useless MP3 player. The want the worthless cell phone that they have no chance in hell of getting. They want games and jewelry and social status and want want want.
It's how people are. It's how people have always been. You must realize this or you will never genuinely identify an emotional problem. But enough of me rambling. Here's the problem I have with a particular business:
I carry cash. I will walk intoa shop late at night. It will either be packed or completely empty. In the case of this particular business it's always one or the other. Don't ask me why. 95% of the time it is always non-management helping me. When I ask for an item they handle the product first and then cash second.
This makes my blood boil for six heart attack inducing reasons:
I'm paying with cash. I'm trying to get rid of it quickly. Get it done! NOW!
If I'min an unorganized line,people next to me get a glimpse of my fat wallet's contents.
90% of the timeI am getting change back. Idon't like flashing money.
I am not prepared to juggle product and money, leaving me defenseless. One at a time!
Just with the above happening, it proves the person helping me is an idiot and attracts robbery.
All of this means I'm likely to be robbed in the store while I'm paying or while leaving. It should be common sense to employees to have a secure method. I know they want to be productive but in doing so they compromise safety and security. Money first, product last. That's how you put the customer first.
I have one electronic gadget that I use almost all the time. It's not very expensive and is often mistaken for a phone. I wear semi-expensive clothing that is designed to intimidate would-be criminal punks from getting near me. My body language is the only real defense I have. Everything else is simply there to counter physical aggression. I have to create this viciously powerful image at all times or I am inviting trouble.
Fuel is one thing. Stable fuel is another. My tank is full of problems and having enough fuel is the last of my problems. I always take my keys with me. I can't afford to compromise my own vehicle. Especially when it's a dying breed. I don't have a cell phone and I don't need one. I have an emergency phone that dials 911 but that isn't really calling the police now is it?
The last time I was ever jumped at a bus stop, I wasa high school student here in Washington and I was walking home from the stop. My attacker struck me from behind and continued hitting me in such a way where it was difficult to turn around. After a few seconds I managed to bust his jaw with a glass bottle of Starbucks. I haven't had trouble at bus stops since but I've been given trouble from the same attacker afterwards. To this day I have no idea what he wanted but I eventually got him convicted. I haven't heard from him since.
I have never had trouble when using the public bus system but that was in Arizona. I'm in Washington now and I'm still not familiar with public transport and nor do I care for it.
Here is my advice if someone tries torob you(unarmed):
They are instantly guilty of attempted robbery which is a felony in the State of Washington and the associated punishments can be quite harsh.More than likely they will be sentenced to prison for a one year term and their Second Amendment rights shall be revoked(along with a few others). You instantly have reasonable legal power during this situation to defend yourself against the attacker. However, that should be your last option. If you can run away without risk of property damage and personal injury, you're solid. Run and report. The police can take care of the rest after they've captured and you've identified.
If someone tries to rob you(armed):
To me this is beyond insulting. It basically says that your attacker is either so insecure doing this unarmed or so desperate to get what they want, they need a weapon to insurethesuccess of theirrobbery attempt. Call it crazy orstupid or whatever you want. It is nothing more than false security. They are instantly guilty of attempted armed robbery and I don't even know how to describe the punishments associated with that because it hurts just thinking about it. I can tell you it gives you a lot more options. First and foremost, I agree with the main post. Do not give up your life. For some people, their property IS their life. I understand that. You have something so great or so dangerous that it's in your best interest to not give it up. This forces you into one of two possible situations: Negotiation or forcefully disarming your attacker. You have to gauge the situationfor yourself. I think the ratio is the destructive force of your attacker's weapon and their determination vs. your ability to keep your life. Unfortunately, most criminals don't communicate with logic and they don't bring out their weapon unless they intend to use it. Depending on the amount of force they've decided to use, you may already be dead before you havethe chance to react. Keep this in mind.
I think about it every time I go out to eat.
Anyway I like the PDF. It's a good read. Thanks.
One more thing, my personal advice here is something that I follow because in my practice it gives me the least amount of trouble. I am a bad example. Remember that.
EDIT: Fixed for formatting, accuracyand my legal protection.