How the bad guy thinks….

So often we give our readers the good guy’s perspective……time to think like the bad guy.  In personal protection classes, PSA teaches the O.O.D.A. loop as a method of consistently maintaining situational awareness.  This is one of the most effective ways of being able to avoid placing yourself in a compromising position during an unfortunate defensive situation.  Well….just as you are going through your O.O.D.A. loop, the bad guy has a thought process of his own!  Being able to understand how the bad guy thinks may be the best feather to tuck into your safety hat.

Knife wielding perp

As the bad guy begins the night looking for his next victim, his thought process is very similar to your O.O.D.A. loop.  The thought process that the perpetrator undergoes can best be described as the I.D.C.A. loop.

  • Inspect – The bad guy starts by inspecting their surroundings to seek out their next victim.
  • Designate – As soon as they have inspected their area they now designate who their prey is and start to escalate their behaviors.
  • Close – Once the bad guy has designated who their next victim will be, they then start to pursue their victim.  At the same time, the perpetrator decides what the best option is for closing-in to their attack position.
  • Attack – As all other steps are completed the bad guy is now in prime position to attack, and most times they will.

There are a lot of bad people out there that want to do harm to innocent people.  Sometimes, in order to beat the bad guy, you have to think like the bad guy.  Understanding how the bad guy thinks may be the deciding factor between winning the fight and becoming the next victim.

***  If you are unfamiliar with firearms and/or their accessories, and want to learn more, PSA strongly suggests that you find, enroll, and attend a comprehensive and reputable firearms safety course. Firearms safety is all of OUR responsibility.  

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2 thoughts on “How the bad guy thinks….

  1. What does the OODA loop in this post mean?

    1. Observe – Orient – Decide – Act

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