Predators tend to have characteristics or patterns and knowing what these are can help you recognize them.
Predators profile their prey in two main ways:
- Personally targeting their victim by watching your habits and routines or using your using social media to know where you might be and the best way to approach you. They use this information for crimes such as home invasion, car jacking, petty theft or a possible violent crime. Habits are extremely hard to change and they make us predictable.
- A predator may also look for opportunistic victims. The victims are typically unknown but are “easy” targets based on the intent of the predator. For example, a woman walking home alone at night wearing headphones and not paying attention to her surroundings. Or a predator might be looking for a fight and looking for the first person who will “give him a reason” to engage.
Someone you “might know” invites you to a party on social media. You think it will be safe because there are lots of people around, but you don’t know anyone, and the predator knows this.
Another common scenario is where a “friend” gets you excessively drunk with the intention of setting you up for a sexual assault or worse.