Considering some of the crap going around right now, good time to re-post this. It starts with
Talking on a cell phone.
Now we all do this in public, but how often have we seen someone totally
engrossed in the conversation they’re having and completely oblivious to the
environment? I use an earpiece usually and this keeps my hands free and more
importantly my head upright. We all use cell phones day in and out,
but be cognizant of not allowing yourself to become so fixated with
the task of speaking, that you forget where you’re at and what’s around
And continues with(among other things)
What if he still doesn’t stop or say he begins to verbalize somewhat but
still keeps advancing?
Once again, we can kick up our verbage a bit by adding some profanity.
Now there are some trainers that will tell you to never, ever use profanity.
What I’ve seen over my career in law enforcement is that profanity is part of
criminal vernacular and bad guys understand it. If you do elect to use
profanity, use it to accentuate the message and don’t directly insult someone
with it. There’s a big difference between “Back the f*ck up” and “Back
So if we have range and time we can escalate within our verbal
A polite request to stop advancing.
A louder command to stop advancing, using different specific
Shout the same command at the top of your lungs and accentuate that with carefully
selected common criminal vernacular, i.e. profanity.
There are times that "BACK THE FUCK OFF!" in that 'hear me on the other side of the parking lot' voice is just the thing.
Seriously, very good piece on protecting yourself. Go read it if you haven't already.