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Chapter 2


Protection Through Awareness

MCRP 3-02E Terrorism

The Individual's Guide for Understanding and Surviving

3 Attitude

4 "If a terrorist really wants you, he is going to get you no matter what you do to try and stop him! 5 This is a typical comment from the average person. "When you are hungry, it is foolish to hunt a 6 tiger when there are plenty of sheep to be had." This statement was made by a leader of a 7 terrorist group, after his failure to abduct a victim, proved the victim was considered undesirable 8 because of his security profile and unpredictability.

9 From a terrorist's point of view, he prefers a target that involves little risk and a high probability 10 of success. A terrorist is not likely to select a target that involves high risks with little or no 11 chance of success.

12 This chapter is intended to help you protect yourself against terrorism through awareness. 13 Awareness is an individual responsibility. How far you carry it out depends entirely on how much 14 you value your life.

15 Ease Versus Value

16 Ease

17 A terrorist is not going to attack a hard target unless he had specific orders to do so. Usually, he 18 will simply pick another target that is easier (a soft target). By being a soft target, you make it 19 easy for the terrorists. What is the difference between a hard and a soft target?

20 Soft targets are --


Accessible. Intended victims are easy to get to.


Predictable. Intended victims are predictable because of routines or patterns.

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Unaware. Intended victims are complacent, are not security-conscious, and do not take individual protective measures.

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Less able to attract police assistance due to their travel patterns or routines near their home or place of work.

27 Hard targets are --


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