One of our pillars of protection at my firm is based on the work of Gavin de Becker. The ability to conduct proper threat assessments is key in protecting clients, as well as advising individuals on how to improve personal security and safety.
Learning PINS and survival signals can save your life or help you save someone else.
provides strategies to help readers avoid abuse and violence by teaching them various warning signs and precursors to violence.
PINS (Pre-Incident Indicators)*
- Forced Teaming. This is when a person tries to pretend that he has something in common with a person and that they are in the same predicament when that isn't really true.
- Charm and Niceness. This is being polite and friendly to a person in order to manipulate him or her.
- Too many details. If a person is lying they will add excessive details to make themselves sound more credible.
- Typecasting. An insult to get a person who would otherwise ignore one to talk to one.
- Loan Sharking. Giving unsolicited help and expecting favors in return.
- The Unsolicited Promise. A promise to do (or not do) something when no such promise is asked for; this usually means that such a promise will be broken. For example: an unsolicited, "I promise I'll leave you alone after this," usually means you will not be left alone. Similarly, an unsolicited "I promise I won't hurt you" usually means the person intends to hurt you.
- Discounting the Word "No". Refusing to accept rejection. *Source: The Gift of Fear