[STRTSMRT] “The best time to move through high-risk neighborhoods is…
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Traveling through a dangerous or high-risk neighborhood requires careful consideration of timing to maximize safety and security. The period right before the general local population commutes to work, extending into the early phase of their commute, presents a unique window of relative safety for a few reasons.
Firstly, during these hours, the streets begin to fill with regular commuters, increasing the number of potential witnesses to any criminal activity. This increased presence of ordinary citizens going about their day can deter potential threats from targeting individuals, as the likelihood of their actions going unnoticed diminishes.
Furthermore, the transitioning from the quiet of the early morning to the bustling activity of the commute creates a blend of anonymity and safety in numbers for an operative moving through the area.
Operatives trained in tradecraft understand the importance of blending in with the local environment to avoid drawing attention. The timing of movement through high-risk areas during the early commute aids in this aspect of tradecraft.