Pre-incident indicators of violent, civilian events
I would like to discuss pre-incident indicators of violent, civilian events in order to identify factors that differentiate potentially violent events that are unlikely to escalate to severe levels from events that quickly evolve into critical, life or death encounters. Experience and familiarity with violence play a huge role in correctly differentiating these two scenarios and early recognition of a life or death situation will greatly increase one's probability of survival. The problem is that civilians, unlike LEOs or deployed military, do not get much exposure to violence and are therefore prone to over or under react to potential dangers.
I've read Gavin De Becker's book, "Gift of Fear," and he does a good job addressing this topic, but your background is different from his and I'm sure we would all benefit from hearing your thoughts on obvious red flags that would get your attention during a potentially violent situation.
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