THREAT IDENTIFICATION

 

Threat identification is very difficult to do, it is for this reason that if you have any doubts take an action rather than wait to see if a concern becomes a threat.

To assist us with threat identification we can use OOHLA:

 

OBSERVANT

If a person is observant of you or of the environment consider them a threat. An example of observance can be seen at traffic lights with the traders. Some traders have handfuls of items and are in your face trying to sell to you, others have one or two items which they wave around whilst looking into vehicles. The latter are shoppers not sellers they are looking for items of value and have no interest in selling to you.

OVERDRESSED

If a person is overdressed this could be because they are concealing a weapon.

HANDS

If you cannot see both hands of a potential threat then treat them as a threat. The non-visible hand may be on a concealed weapon which they can use against you.

LOITERERS

Criminals normally plan their actions, so any person loitering in your vicinity whether on foot or in a car should be considered a threat as they could be in the planning phase of criminal activity.

ANY BULGES

Any bulges in a person’s clothing could indicate a concealed weapon; this is known as a signature. Any person whose has visible bulges around the waist area is to be considered a threat.

IN ANY SITUATION WHERE YOU ARE NOT SURE, TREAT THE CONCERN AS A THREAT!