Inaccessible. Intended victims are difficult to get to. Quarters and the area around the quarters are well-lit. They own a dog.
Unpredictable. Intended victims come and go without any pattern or routine.
Aware. Intended victims are security-conscious, are aware of surroundings, and adhere to individual protective measures.
Able to attract police intervention. Intended victims travel along routes with police presence and are able to contact police quickly, if required.
8 Hard targets do not --
Run or stroll every day at the same time.
Wash cars, mow lawns, or have family cookouts the same day every week.
Shop the same day of each week at the same store. Many families or single individuals living together make this mistake.
Leave and pick up children at the same time and location and go home on the same route.
Attend church services at the same time and place each week.
Sit in the same seat in a vehicle, restaurant, church, etc.
Take the same route to work every day, arrive at work at the same time, go to lunch at the same time, or leave work at the same time each day.
Go out each morning at the same time to pick up the newspaper or mail or to walk or feed the dog.
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Go to the same restaurants or to American restaurants. Americans, when overseas, like to eat at restaurants that serve American food or that have inexpensive prices. Often because they like the atmosphere of a certain restaurant, they will continue to patronize only that particular place.
Go to the same bars/night clubs that cater to Americans. Americans patronize them because other Americans go there.
Park at the same spot when going to work, church, social events, etc.
Earn the reputation of a Good Samaritan. Helping at roadside emergencies and picking up hitchhikers are risky acts of kindness that may get you captured or killed.
MCRP 3-02E Terrorism
The Individual's Guide for Understanding and Surviving