"Don’t Shoot Him!"

Robert Young Pelton is fascinated with danger. He has created a cottage industry defining travel on the edge and getting close to risks. In the most recent National Geographic Adventure, Pelton dispenses advice for those about to be mugged.

“My goal is to get out of the situation before an even more dastardly idea occurs to my assailant. How? Even the most focused thieves can be distracted. A quick wave of the hand to a bystander, or, even better, a loud “Don’t shoot him!” to an imaginary friend with an invisible 9-mm may befuddle your perp long enough to employ Pelton’s first principal of self-defense: Run Like Hell!