The movements we make reveal a lot about us. And the way you walk may be catching the attention of thieves.
A study from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, shows that criminals are targeting their attackers for people who show poor coordination while walking. This is because it is possible to do "readings" even before seeing the face of the approacher.
To prevent the trial from being based on clothing and material goods, people were filmed using light markers on the joints. With video editing, only walking movements were analyzed.
The good news is that varying your gait, using more energetic and coordinated movements, avoids risk. That is, with training and attention it is possible to give a safer image and face the risk with a more positive attitude.