ABOUT 'FRINGE AREAS' AND '10 SECONDS WINDOW' - Article 2 on “Criminal Behaviour”
Before we move on, we have to know about FRINGE AREAS, which is where most of the attacks take place. A FRINGE AREA is the quiet area near to a crowded place like a parking lot, stairway, ATM, side streets especially blind alleys and public toilets. The criminal has better chances of not being disturbed.
Another reason is, one is not surprised to see strangers in these locations. By the time the victim realises the stranger is not innocent, the criminal hopes to overwhelm you with shock and fear.
10 SECONDS WINDOW
Normally a criminal requires just 10 seconds to do whatever he aimed to do like robbing and get away. He hopes to shock you and overwhelm you before you can react, in this window of 10 seconds. So WHENEVER YOU ENTER A FRINGE AREA, SCAN THE SURROUNDINGS, and become aware.
The common criminal is NOT interested in fighting and prolonging the time with you. Because, for you it is just a matter of losing some money or jewels. But for the criminal it is several months in jail if he is caught. So if he senses that you are aware of his intentions and he cannot overwhelm you within the 10 seconds, he will go away to choose some other soft target.
In the next blog we will analyse how criminals POSITION in fringe areas.