Abstract: Having a “herd mentality” is commonly viewed in a negative light, as it is generally used to describe how individuals are influenced to adopt the characteristics of popular culture. However, it can also be positive — herd immunity, for example. Using herd mentality to protect those who can’t protect themselves not only makes a difference for those individuals, but can better our society as a whole. This article discusses three ways readers can adopt a “herd mentality” to protect others.

Source: Nurse on Deck

There has been much published about the 'Bystander Effect', which is usually related to the murder of Kitty Genovese. Contrary to common knowledge, neighbors did indeed try to help Kitty that night. Criminals can be very bold against one person, but most of them will back down in the face of a crowd. Is having a security system worth it if nobody responds? Here are some ways we can counter crime through herd mentality.

Speak Up

If you see something, say something. This phrase is used all over the world on public transportation to encourage people to speak up. Shout if you have to, draw attention to the incident and the perpetrator. Make sure everyone standing nearby is aware of what is transpiring. Criminals will often decide it's not worth it and leave the scene. Since you made sure the crowd was paying attention, other people will be able to help describe the attacker to police.

Get Help

If you witness an attack or other crime, don't try to take on the person yourself — this is unlikely to stop the criminal, and you may get hurt. Call the police, but also try to get other bystanders involved. This doesn't necessarily mean heroism or physical involvement, but if a crowd is watching, criminals are less likely to continue with the crime. Make sure you keep an eye on the person and record or take a picture of them with your phone so you have something for the police to use as identification if you lose sight of them.

Listen to Others

This also goes for behavior in your friend group. If a person is acting in a manner that is making others uncomfortable, stand up for them. If a man or woman tells you that they are being harassed or has been sexually assaulted, believe them. It's very important to make sure you're not encouraging that kind of behavior by making excuses for your friends. Many assaults are committed by people the victim already knows, and sweeping someone's behavior under the rug just because “they are a friend and you don't want to cause drama” is not a valid excuse. It's not drama when others’ lives and peace of mind may be altered forever by what happened.

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Violence and crime is a sad truth of our modern lives. It's unfortunate that we live in a world where people can get away with truly horrendous crimes. By using a herd mentality, we can better look out for each other — and one day we might find ourselves in a better world.

Author Bio:

Shae Holland is a professional copywriter with expertise on a range of topics. She's passionate about healthy living, loves hunting, and relishes philosophical conversations. Go one step further to protect yourself and your neighbors with a cheap home security system.

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