Ever watch the discovery channel? How about David Attenborough shows?
Do you notice how the predators always pick out the weakest in the heard and focus all of their attacking focus and power onto that single individual.
People aren’t much different. I have my students play games. I give them homework. I ask them that when they are on their way home, look around them and check out the herd, see if they can pick out the weakest, who would they hunt if they were the predator.
The object of the exercise is twofold. On one hand the students are learning what it is that a potential attacker looks for, while on the other it raises their awareness level in order to spot potential threats.
By putting themselves into the mind of a hunter, they can see other peoples weaknesses and learn to avoid the same mistakes that they are seeing around them. Plus simply being more aware of those around them makes them instantly less attractive to an attacker.
Think about it, two people walking along, identical size, gender dress etc except one has their head down, earphones in and are obviously daydreaming, the other is walking tall and striding confidently.
You are looking for an easy target, which of them would you choose?
Separate yourself from the herd, don’t be a target.