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Bad News – Most Criminals Get Away With It

Polite society likes to ignore some simple facts associated with crime.

Take this one for example: We are raised hearing the mantra that “crime doesn’t pay.”

Wrong.

Crime does pay. It pays pretty well too. Some might say it’s one of the best kept secret in personal finance.

Except it’s not a secret. It’s just a fact that makes a lot of folks uncomfortable, so they pretend it’s not true.

So what’s my point? Well, I’m not suggesting you quit your day job and go knock off a liquor store.

Here’s the real lesson, if every criminal got caught the first or even second time he committed a crime we would very quickly have them all locked up!

The reality is, only the bad or unlucky criminals get caught and locked up. And many of those that do get locked up use prison as a place to hone their skills. Once they’re back on the street, they are even more skilled.

That means that if you are targeted by a criminal you must assume you’re going up against a pro.

You are more than likely NOT his or her first victim. He has a plan. He knows how to get what he wants. How even knows how to get away with it.

He’s also used to winning. Most people shrink when faced down with a hardened criminal, or any criminal for that matter. They give him what he wants. Criminals thrive off the fear of violence. Violence is their business and they know it pretty well.

If you are reading this you probably know this already, but it’s easy even for those of us that aren’t naïve about crime to get lulled into a false sense of security.

The completely naïve think that they are pretty much safe all the time.

Others think that because they are aware of crime and have thought about what they would do (maybe they even carry a self-defense weapon) that they are prepared. I’m not here to pass judgement on anyone. But there is a fine line between confidence, and a dangerous level of over-confidence.

Remember, many criminals are very good at what they do. You need to train to survive a confrontation with a pro, not a beginner. You have to train to beat the best. So take your defensive training seriously.

If you carry a weapon, when was the last time you trained drawing and deploying it? Weapon or not, when was the last time you threw a few punches? Do you know how to transition from a weapon to bare hands in case of a malfunction (for firearms) or loss of control of an edged or blunt force weapon?

Even masters have to go through the motions to keep their skills sharp. So set aside some time each week to practice. Keep your skills sharp, because when it hits the fan you may be up against a rookie with big talk, or you may be up against a seasoned pro. You definitely do NOT want to find out the hard way.

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234 thoughts on “Bad News – Most Criminals Get Away With It”

  1. This is an excellent article which mightily brings out the importance of cooperation between individuals who are not criminals. A quite poignant truth is that so much importance is attached to individuals being tremendously independent that we have substantially lost sight of the reality that cooperation is absolutely crucial to combating evil. Thus, there is an ever so poignant respect in which countless many individual who are morally decent have have unwittingly given criminals a tremendous advantage. In combating evil, cooperation plays a very significant role. That truth needs an ever so profound moral and psychological reinforcement.

  2. Awesome read Bob, yes there are those out there that think they can get away with anything, I have had many a confrontation with guys on drugs, drunk or just plain dicks.I am a guy with a disability, busted back now turned into a disease, however I am confident that practicing the skills I am learning from fight fast are a damn sight easier than 2/hours of training martial arts 3/days a week, and the techniques shown here would destroy some of the over confident guys I have trained with.thanks regards Justin

  3. You can watch all the videos you want But if you really don’t have a partner to spar with to learn these things on a regular basis you have nothing most times you need a partner that’s hard to come by someone you can trust believe me I know I can go through the Exercises till I’m Blue in the face but I need a partner Or it won’t do any good without one most of them you need a partner to practice when you can trust ha good luck with that

  4. I agree with one of the commenters who suggested we could use drills that can be practiced without a partner. I also don’t have someone to practice various self-defense moves with and something like this would be very welcome. A lot of people, especially older folks, are very timid or meek about dealing with issues of self protection. I play keyboard instruments and know how essential “muscle memory” is. It’s like instinct. You just automatically know exactly where to move to get what you want done. You never get better without practice, never. How about some DVDs just for seniors or people with health issues or disabilities? These folks are often irresistable targets for the worst among us.

  5. So true… I agree with what was put forth as fact. To fill you in just a bit … I too am considered a criminal. Not only because; I from time to time exceed the posted speed limit… and it’s not just because that fast yellow got me and I received a photo enforced ticket. ( breaking the law is a crime… and i know who commits crimes [criminals]) That said … I was not hardened when I was in the penitentiary. No sir … I realized I was out of place. With Gods Grace only I have not been back. Thank You Jesus! To agree with everything you said… I do! But there is a much worse scenario out there. And I’m talking about trained fighters that could take out multiple victims… shoot or more. Believe it, the attacker,”criminal” jacking your wallet with thousands of dollars in it. May be trained. Choose your battles wisely. May the Force be with you Batman!💯

  6. I’ve watched most if not all of your fight training videos and while they are very informative, most don’t show us how to apply the different moves. What I would like to see is more training drills. Muscle memory is the key factor in learning any drill, from playing the piano to kick boxing. As well, some people might have a friend who is willing to let them practice their fight skills but I don’t, so drills that could be performed alone would be helpful.
    Thanks.

  7. More people need to hear and be aware of this ; even if just to realize their need for preparedness. Thank you for all you info and advice , and weapons to assist in being prepared as much as possible.

  8. Your ending statement is very impacting on one’s thinking. Thank you. I have heard these words before from administration of justice instructors. I needed to hear them again at this time. God bless .

  9. Fight or flight… it’s human instinct to do what it takes to survive. But I can’t emphasis this enough, training,training ,training . If you gonna go “practice”. Practice how you train and train how you practice. It takes the body doing the same motions over 95 times before it start to become muscle memory. Then it becomes more natural. The more natural the movement the faster you can react.

  10. Excellent article. Unless you have been in a violent confrontation before you do not know how you are going to react.
    In times gone by soldiers have been trained for battle but when the real thing has happened they have run in the wrong
    direction. Maybe their training had not prepared them for the reality of the real thing. The fear factor is not introduced and
    not made aware how their body is going to react to fear. For instance adrelanine dump, and legs starting to shake violently
    preparing you for ‘flight or fight’,

  11. I agree with all you’ve said from my own unfortunate experience too. I’ve had a couple of run ins with the ‘bad guys’ and it’s just like you say there is no place for politeness nor trying to look the other way. The gentleman’s way of settling a dispute or getting out of trouble is unfortunately history now.

  12. Stay sharp, no crack head or mugger will even approach some 1 who is confident of thier abilities. Remember ” Practice makes perfect” guys

  13. An attack may come as a surprise and at a time least expected. Agree 100% that one should set time aside to go through your moves and awereness skills
    Thanks for making people aware of this crucial fact.

  14. Having been a victim of assault and robbery when I was younger and naive about life I started carrying and working with knives until I can honestly say that I can be dangerous to someone who has bad intent towards me now. I’m silent…. quiet…. unnoticed . Only armed with one of my various FightFast/TRS lock blade knives (the 325) at this writing and the Spike. The DVDs that come with the various products are filled with self defense info that would be difficult to find elsewhere. All I wanna say is I feel a bit more confident when I’m out and find myself in a questionable situation. Today’s world is way too violent to not carry some sort of protection and we all know it’s gonna get worse. All of us who are like minded about survival need to pull together when/after the SHTF. Just remember this…. It’ll be ” US AGAINST THEM “.

  15. I think, that you are right. Every Mondt I train my (kick) boxing skiles, but I am 74 years old. Soms I do not think I have a Change against young and faster criminaliteit. I am an artist and not a real fighter. Anyway I like your blogspot. Give some spirit😊😊

  16. Your videos are excellent except for one thing, you never show the countermoves a person can do while fighting. An example is your going to kick someone and they can pull your leg up, like how do you get out of that. For every move there is a countermove and the videos should show how to get out of them. Carjacking how to get out off should be taught. I know there are a zillion different ways of getting out of any situation with the thugs. You should always be alert to your surroundings and walk normally, and be very aware of everything going on at all times. This way they will go to an easier target or what they think is an easy target. Police know all the defense moves but aren’t allowed to use them on anyone and they should be allowed to. It is always good to be ready for an attack if needed to be and the attacker knows if they attack anyone they will be scared, but if person being attacked isn’t scared and really goes after the thug the thug will go running.

  17. Awareness of the environment you are in and a straight back is always my first line of defense. You project an animal sense of being prepared and so not one to be taken for granted. If you can deter an attacker before a punch is thrown great,if not there will be a price to pay and the attacker will sense this.

  18. I live in one of the highest crime areas of New Orleans. I indeed see crime day in and out. I’ve actually seen two thugs bleed to death in the street since I moved here because of affordable rent and no pet restrictions .Not many places allow pets these days, much less a 80 lb German shepherd and a 100 lb wolf hybrid . I do indeed understand enough to present to them a swagger of an “ol school gangster” that after three yrs here none whatsoever has done me anything and several of the local gang has granted me the dubious honor of the alias “moms”,I am a white grandmother of nearly 60 yrs . I actually grew up walking distance from here when this was a working class average neighborhood. I do retreat instantly when other gangs or even a few stray thugs are around because this is when bullets fly and people die, including a small child I heard about that lived two blocks away. All this to say that it is indeed truth that what I see are designer clothes, new cars, gold jewelry such as regular people only iseeimly during their lottery fantasies. They buy plate lunches for some of the children that do not attend real school in favor of learning to be the next generation thugs . These children get gold teeth, new shoes and whatever they wish as they accomplish the skills that are their stock in trade, slinging drugs, assessing the true value of stolen items and how to get best profit from said item ect. The actual cash flow in this low-end area must be beyond many people’s imagination. These people must seeimly understand that not many of them will ever see any age near mine to take in trainees as young as some I’ve seen. The truth is unbelievable to many. Crime Is a real dollar making industry as I’ve personally seen but does also come with some potentially fatal risks

  19. I am 72 and live by myself and get around with a walker because of a broken back years ago. I keep myself armed and I watch your website to pick up on a few things that I can do to defend myself. I practice and it has paid off a few times. I have had to pull my gun a few times but have never had to shoot anybody yet. I want to thank you for your site.

  20. Hello Bob
    I think that the inhabitants of the same neighborhood (men and women) should get together once a week, in a house big enough, and pay togeteher a self-defence Coach, who would gradually teach them how to deal with stress. aggression, and then to neutralize the aggressor.
    This looks like a Tupperware meeting, but for something far more important : saving their lives, their property, their children.
    What do you think of it ?

  21. keep head up and scout all the time and watch your six. Loud and clearity say don’t come any closer, if so be first to take your ground back and bring him or her in close. This helps to man handle the perk.

  22. As far as rants go, this is quite gentle. It also states the bare facts of which we should all be aware. In the uncertain world we are looking at today, we should all give thought regarding what we should do when Mother Nature spanks us or even worse IF Kim Jung Un decides to send a few missiles tipped with EMP warheads our way. Electronics would be fried, power grids will shut down meaning we’d have no way to access basic necessities we take for granted today. Necessities such as automobiles that run, running water and being able to pump fuel at filling stations; just to name a few. All three of the mentioned necessities run on systems based upon computer controls. Think about it for a few minutes.

  23. I really need what advice and or training I can get I work at a convenience store and was robbed at knife point a few weeks ago and now I have a ex-boyfriend that is stalking and threatening me I’m scared to death I desperately need help I’ve never had to fight off a man before and I don’t know what to do

  24. Hello Bob. I appreciate your valuable information. I am a 66 year old and need all the help I can get. I live in Australia, where the street violence is growing out of control. Australia has very strict laws regarding knives, martial arts weapons and guns. This is why I cannot by your products.
    Thank you and regards.
    Donald.

  25. Eye contact. I spend a lot of time around people that have shady backgrounds, the one thing that keeps me from being a victim is eye contact and even a greeting where I engage them first. Then again, I’m a big guy!
    I have a CPL, but mostly I look imposing…criminals are in business to make money, not get hurt in the process.

  26. Great advice on subjects that have never crossed my mind.
    They say the truth hurts well you advising me on the truths of criminals is a real eye opener.
    Can’t thank you enough for all I’m learning from your correspondence

  27. Very true I personally carry a 5mW projecting taser very ready to use when I know what environment I’m heading into also a can of police grade pepper spray. I’m currently enrolled as a Krav Maga student ( which I love ) . And am considering carrying 2 milano stilleto knives. Sincerely and Safely TD.

  28. I used to work in a prison as a lecturer and as time when by I was told the following story by one guy who was short. I used to drink in a pub, and two big guys used to push past me to get to the bar and buy beer. Then they would insult me in public. So one day I took a hammer and waited for them to leave the pub. As they walked out I ran and leapt at both of them and could feel their skulls smash as the hammer went through. But after this they carried on laughing and walking towards me for several paces, before suddenly dropping down dead!. I was told by my brief (barrister) to plead not guilty to murder but to plead guilty to the lesser crime of manslaughter. That way I got 8 years, but I should be out in less than 5 for good behavior. That was 30 years ago since I last taught there! Since then the prisons have got even more crowded in the UK and crime has become far more violet due to uncontrolled immigration of muslims from all over the world. Since that time, the UK has become drug country and now more people are caught under the influence of drugs than drink driving! The only thing that the prisoners hated back then were police dogs – or German Shepherds – they used to surrender straight away if the police brought dogs in to chase them. So maybe keeping a large well trained dog is part of the answer for some of us?

  29. Rural Grafton, New Hampshire life means that we already know all of our ‘dirtbags’. Yeah, they are potheads, pill users and heroin users but they are predictable and number less than 40 including the neighboring towns. And, after me near gut-shooting one of the bar room brawlers, I get wide berth. I’d as soon kill them as suffer a crime against me or the other guys that live in my cluster of RVs. I’m not alone in my attitude and the elected Police Chief has my 6.

  30. In some countries and especially in mine South Africa the laws support the criminals rather than the law abiding citizens. If they break into your property or home and you shoot them even if its in self defence they open a murder case against you. Nevermind they are uninvited. Nevermind they shot at you. The criminals are in jail two minutes and out in no time. It’s a pathetic joke but a bad one……

  31. I have actually seen and heard criminals talk about how they like to go to orison and honetheir skills to become more skilled at fighting just so they can take on anyone. I have heard them brag about how it takes 6 or 8 police officers to take them down in a fight because they think police officers are a bunch of wimps! And can’t fight.

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