Krav Maga Bristol Target Hardening

self defence classes in bristolTarget hardening, also referred to simply as hardening when made clear by the context, is a term used by police officers, those working in security, and the military referring to the strengthening of the security of a building or installation in order to protect it in the event of attack or reduce the risk of theft. It can also apply, for example in this instance, to people.

Target Hardening for Beginners

An area often overlooked in the martial arts but one which in the security industry is of massive value.

Attackers will often look for “soft” targets. Most attackers will look for physical weakness, the people who are most at risk are:

  • Children
  • Women
  • Anyone who is physically small or who seems unable to act in self defence
  • Anyone who is encumbered (eg with children, bags etc) *note: I have personally found myself in this situation when I had my 1 year old son with me, thankfully training provided me with the tools to acquire a good result.

The Street Has No Rules:

Actually it some respects it does, here are a few of them:

  • An attacker isn’t looking for a fight, he is looking for a victim
  • He doesn’t want consequences or comebacks
  • If an attack looks like it will be hard work, he won’t bother and will choose another easier target
  • People on their own are more likely to be attacked than people in groups
  • Stay alert at all times
  • If you are suspicious of someone or something, don’t be embarrassed to take defensive measures

At the most basic level a hard target is one that means:

  • An attack will have legal consequences eg Police are hard targets as criminals know that if they attack a Policeman he a) has backup and b) you will be caught and punished. Similarly CCTV can act as an effective deterrent in the same manner.
  • An attack has physical consequences eg if you have a dog with you, if you are big and tough looking, maybe carrying some sort of improvised weapon such as a walking stick
  • An attack will present problems of another kind – someone who is observant, scans their surroundings.

Target Hardening Tactics

How to make yourself a harder target:

  • Hide the gain: take measures not to display your wealth, clothing, watch, car etc
  • Stay with people that you trust
  • Book taxis at night rather than walking on your own in areas you don’t know
  • Walk with confidence
  • Be alert – don’t be so consumed by the task in hand that you are not aware of your surroundings
  • Don’t wander around drunk


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