Many rapists, muggers, and murderers do not look any different from other persons on the street. Ted Bundy, the serial murderer, is a good example. He was able to murder unchecked for years because he was bright, good-looking young man that no one would suspect. However, many of perpetrators may be recognized by their behavior. If you know what to look for, you may recognize a problem before it occurs and avoid it, or be aware of it as it unfolds and stay one-step ahead of a criminal.
Many violent encounters could be avoided if people were fully aware of their surroundings at all times. Proper awareness allows you to see a problem developing, giving you the chance to avoid it. The chances of falling victim to a surprise attack may be greatly reduced if you are prepared to defend yourself at any time.
Criminal do not just attack the first person they see, they deliberately or unconsciously evaluate people as potential targets. While doing so, they project their intentions by watching, following, and even "testing" potential targets. If you understand this process, you will be more likely to spot predatory intent before an assault is initiated.
People communicate their intent in three ways. Very little intent is communicated through the actual words. More intent is communicated through the voice and the most intent is communicated through body language. Therefore, you may learn more about a person’s intent by being aware his or her movements and actions.