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

  1. I’m a disabled Vietnam vet. I have a one-year-old pitbull which is nothing but more than a sweet little darling he’s a baby. Will this affect her certification is being a service dog?

  2. I am a retired Police Officer and I agree with you 100%. 34 years of Law enforcement both Military and civilian and right now I dont trust our Law except for a very few and I dont trust our Gov. at all.

  3. always be prepared, nowadays anything can happen. Always be aware of your surroundings and pay attention to the people around you.

  4. Even with my background as a Marine warfighter with the scars to prove it and 12 years in federal enforcement, my defensive skills are rustier than I like. I keep in shape, and appreciate pointers like I find here on FightFast to have some moves in the kit. The courts make it possible for felons, whether violent or larcenous, to think they can succeed in their dirty trades, or get their asses kissed if caught, in particular if members of certain minorities, depending upon the area or region. We cannot assume anything about the justice system now, so our true recourse must be US, our skills, our awareness. We owe it to our loved ones, friends, and those of like mind.

  5. I couldn’t agree more. I am a security officer and constantly remind the people I protect, that be aware of your surroundings. Though I have been fortunate not to encounter a confrontation in six years. However, I can not express the fact strong enough that it can and does happen, at work, home and in the public. Please continue the fight training videos! Let’s face it we know that they are professional criminals and that they more an likely started at young age. Just imagine how much practice they have had beating the system.

  6. very good info I have told people when I worked in a gun shop, you must decide now before you buy, will you and can you use it. it is too late to think when the time comes

  7. Love it. Train, Train Train. You can very get enough. Don’t forget train your eyes also, do not walk around with blinders on

  8. As a teenager in the late ’70s i was sharp as a razor, still pretty sharp today. I joined the USMC in 1981 when the people elected a true patriot, the honorable Mr. Reagan as commander in chief. I had many incidents before and after the time i graduated Parris Island. I took a friend of mine home in 1979 when his car broke down, a black co-worker, i am white, to his apartment complex one night, we had a beer, he shook my hand and said thanks and went around the corner to his crib. i sat there a minute to finish the beer he bought me and was approached by two scroungy looking black thugs, one of them had a .25 auto in his hand and accused me of stealing car batteries in the parking lot i was in. i saw them coming and i had been target practicing the day before and had a locked and loaded Ruger Mini-14 under the seat of my 1971 mercury montego, it was almost dark so i pulled it out and just out of sight across my lap. I told the stupid bastard i took my friend home and don’t need to steal a battery because my car starts. He said ‘yeah, well, i hads to bring this out’, and started waving his pistol, I pushed the muzzle of the Mini-14 with the big flash suppressor out the window and said ‘I have to bring this out’. I opened the door and the 30 round magazine was beautiful in the parking lot lights…I told them to put the heat on the ground and back away.. they were both packing heat and did as i told them and ran away. I took their pistols and left. I let them go, but have blood on my hands from other similar incidents.

  9. I l shoot kill if my family is in danger.
    Yes you need to practice all the time. to keep alert.
    It is not good to stand there and talk to these individuals
    or they will kill you.

  10. Agree with you 100%, you have to be alert all the time and practice, and dont give the enemy a chance, strike first and strike hard,stop the threat fast.

  11. When I am in a city walking I am always on guard. I look in store windows to see all around me
    this came handy in DC as I notice a man slowly getting closer. At the corner we stopped for
    traffic to pass as he came up behind me. I whirled around and looked him in the eye. He turned
    to cross the other street

  12. Truth is hard to swallow at times. I’m 77 years old, but still remember a time when resistance to violence was automatic and effective. Could I still take down an attacker? Probably not, but given even a small chance, he will know he has been in one and I will tap him center mass a couple of times. I realize a sneak attack from behind can come at any time, but I have become more vigilant than ever before. I don’t practice enough, but I’ve got a life time of experience with firearms and other self defense weapons. I will not hesitate to use them. Thanks for your articles. They help imprint a mindset and are informative. I believe this country has become so clueless to the real threats to our Republic and personal safety that the cliff has already arrived and the Lemmings are going over in great numbers.

  13. All of this is very true. People need to learn that being tuff and ready to hurt someone is best for their family and community. The very toughest men I have ever known were also some of the most decent.

  14. John says, Most good guys and good girls are so good that they are reluctant to act with violence towards an attacker, thus giving the attacker a psychological advantage. HERE is where self-talk really helps. Just imagine a scenario involving your spouse or child being harmed by the attacker. NOW imagine your responses. Thinking through possible scenarios and discussing them with your spouse will make you more likely to respond correctly and survive. THIS is basic social psychology. JUST my 2 cents. BE careful out there.

  15. Well, said. If anyone enters my house they will not be leaving on their own accord. I do not any problem with this, I will go out of my way to make sure that they are dead. I hate scumbags and I will send them straight to HELL. No second chance, as the old saying goes a leopard cannot change it;s spots.

  16. This also applies world wide. First thing in training,be aware of your surroundings. Do threat ascessment while moving from one place to another. Avoid what you consider a threat. Fight only when forced to do so. Fight to win, there are no rules except to survive.

  17. I am a retired US Army infantry officer (LTC) airborne Ranger, Vietnam veteran, and, you are undoubtedly right about my probably not being properly prepared for a professional criminal. However, I do not have the time to be paranoid about that remote possibility. I live in a reasonably crime-free area of northern Michigan. Honestly the pros are few and far between. The “criminals’ here are strictly amateur wimps. I do have a concealed carry permit and do now and then actually carry, but normally only if I head out to Saginaw or Flint. Those are the heavy crime areas of the state. I know I should head out to the range to stay sharp with my weapon, but other things always seem to take precedence. That is just a fact of life. At 72, I am probably a bit over-confident in my abilities, but I can still hold my own pretty well. I don’t have one foot in the grave yet.

  18. Hi to whom it may concern my intentions are to come in and train well to get the job done on the street. i believed that it is only training that make the different, what do i means call me up and we start our job in saving lives on the street. so as to reduce some first hand crimes from the street.
    REGARDS.

  19. First of all, nice blog, and yes crime is on the rise and the past eight years of this administration has only added to the problem. They have accused law enforcement of racial bias and ignored the real problems if the inner cities. They have also allowed the rise of substance abuse to fester to levels not seen in decades by allowing open borders. This gives drug trafficking a route to supply local gangs with a constant supply which then get turned into cash. Gang violence is on the rise but so are robberies caused by addicts looking for money for their next fix. This added to the rest of the new crime culture has led to the rise of home invasions and thefts.
    I am a strong supporter of our second amendment and now live in a state that allows me to use that right to defend my family and myself from harm. I realize some people are uneasy around firearms and I understand that, but don’t tell me that I can’t use my right to self defense.
    You bring up an important issue pertaining to constant training and I fully agree. I spent ten years in the Army ( 6 years as a recon scout) and constant traing was a must to keep our skills at their best. To this day I regularly train with my firearms to keep certain levels up. Along with constant training comes safety procedures as well.
    I might not suceed if an attempt is made to rob and harm us but I will go down as a defender not as a victim. For as the NRA says in there ads, ” I am freedom’s safest place.”.

  20. Just saw on the news this morning that Detroit crime is down significantly. There has only been 228 carjackings so far this year. I thought that was over the top until I heard that In 2015 there was 470. Every thing you said is spot on. Carry a weapon and train with it. Wolves pray on sheep until the sheep fight back.
    The only thing I disagree with in what you said is the term “Defensive.” In a bad situation one needs to go on the “Offensive” with a vengeance. One needs to bring all resources to bear against the attacker as violently as possible.

  21. I have believed for a long time that I am my first line of defense against criminals. I’m grateful to the men and women who “protect” us. They can’t be everywhere. I carry wherever I go, I practice as often as possible. I’m not a good enough shot to wound an assailant so I aim for center mass. I will defend and protect myself and my family. Just like I have and will protect my country.

  22. Hey Bob,
    Thanks for the information, that I already knew, about the dirt bags in my neighborhood. I’ll even place a bet, they are in many other people’s neighborhoods, as well. I am happy, as requested, to leave my feedback regarding your “Free Self-Defense Mini-Clinic”… As one of your hot list members, I will be taking advantage of this awesome and needed Self-Defense Mini-Clinic.
    I am a 57 year young widow that over the past 18 months have lost 150+ lbs.. I have been getting healthy and fit along the way, also. I am also a survivalist and have been for years. I have planning and have an extensive supply of food/water/weapons (silent ones too)/one shot knock down ammo/medical supplies + trauma training/ etc etc…. I’ve been studying the diverse uses of herbs, both food and medicinal, for over 35 years. My 35 year old daughter also lives with me, and we have to be prepared to defend ourselves and our belongings from these dirt bag thugs, to survive en-route to our safe compound, where other survivalist / prepper’s will be.
    I hope you enjoyed my feedback regarding, BE PREPARED WITH A “SELF-DEFENSE MINI-CLINIC”. Hey and if any of you have questions or just want to join the community. Head on over and chat with “FIGHT FAST” JIM WEST or get in the RED ZONE with DALE COMSTOCK. Also, for those who don’t know or haven’t in years, check out the FREE “SHOCKING QUICK-LEARN HAND GUN TRAINING”.
    I would like to let you all know that BOB PIERCE of FIGHT FAST & FIGHT INSTRUCTION has quite an incredibly knowledgeable website here, along with some handy dandy, much needed and useful tools/weapons, too… Well, as one of Bob’s hot list members, they are my go to tools/weapons of choice, and I have all kinds of goodies I have been stashing and utilizing. What good is owning them, if you don’t use them to be sure they are going to operate the way you want them to, when you need them to? The same goes for Self-Defense and the use of a Weapon. BE PREPARED to use what you need, and be PREPARED NOW, NOT SOMEDAY… You won’t have the time to say “Hmmm, what should I do in this scenario?” If you know what to look for, and lucky, you will only have a tenth of a second to react FIRST & FAST!!
    PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE,, don’t be sittin’ on your hands when SHTF… All of us are in this together!! Either BE PREPARED, GET PREPARED OR BE PREPARED TO GO DOWN WITH THE SHIP… I’m just saying “there will be NO WHITE FLAG UPON MY DOOR”..
    Until the next time, I have something to say,
    Take Care, and Take Advantage of Bob’s great site here,

  23. Thank you for the wake-up call. The fact that we can be attacked by a PRO at violence is a sobering realization. I’m sharing this mindset info with everyone I can. Again, THANKS!

  24. Hi Bob , I live in the UK and we are not allowed to carry any type of weapon that can harm others, .
    So being a 5ft 4″ man in his 70s other than being quick on my toes I don’t see that there is very much that I can do about protecting my wife or my self. Bascially in England we are not allowed to defend oursellfs , crazy right, but that is the law. Best of luck to you our American friends. Ron K.

  25. We need jails like they have in Turkey. I think it was the movie Midnight Express that gave some idea of the way the Turks handle criminals.
    A bit toned down from the real thing, but made Americans sit up and take notice. Much rougher than our prisons where they have access to the internet, libraries, weight rooms and drugs etc. The legal system in the US is upside down thanks to the liberal idiots.

  26. Yes, i agree with you. Also it is good be aware of your surroundings, not paranoid, or fearful, but aware. Then again, Taking selfies and poki man etc and thinking and acting as if no one besides my self exists, Gives the criminal an idea of who to mess with. I’ve seen the over confidence deal also and that can get you into some serious trouble. Do I want to walk arouND thinking there’s a criminal around every corner, no. Self confidence, staying in shape, and fast on your feet are good things to have anyway. Thanks.

  27. Great post and you’re spot on! I’ve been in many confrontations in my lifetime but I’ve always trained. Now that I’m a senior citizen I have to work on my skills at least twice a week, sometimes more, since I could be seen as an easier target because of my age. Your advise is an excellent reminder……keep up the good work!

  28. Lethal force with a firearm is a last resort. However, if you are going to do this, you MUST make the decision before you present the weapon. After presentation of the weapon is no time to be wasted in decision making. If you pull it, use it instantly.

    Law enforcement officers are trained to hold a perpetrator at bay, and this delay is sometimes their undoing. The criminal has no such delay and will often attempt to defeat an armed opponent who is holding a weapon on him. What does he have to lose? If he is a three time loser he knows he faces serious jail time and he just might be quick enough to win the fight.

    If he pulls a weapon on you, you are justified in killing him.

    Semper Fi!

  29. Very good point! You gave me a very real issue to think about being a Concealed weapon carrier. I carry every day and I also do at least 15 mins. Of dry fire practice from the dry fire playing cards that I picked up a couple of years ago from your site for $7.00. Could’ve gotten them for free but they’re worth way more than that to me. I can only pray that IF I have to use force to protect myself or the ones I love, that I will do so without hesitation. They are the professionals… But I train to end their profession should they bring it to me!!! Thanks for giving us something to think about and train for.

  30. Iv’e been practicing the techniques from the products I’ve received and have referred friends to this site. I carry a gun always but I know I may not have time to draw it and if you try the other guy may take it away and use it on me. this country is turning bad because of Obama and Hillary and if the election is rigged and she wins.we’ll have a war on US grounds so learn all you can as fast as you can, not only about fighting but about survival like growing your own food even in the winter, have a place to go that’s safe like the backwoods or mountains I was raised in the backwoods so I know how to live there. People from the city need to know these things also and with the net there is a lot of information out there learn now the next weeks or months are not guaranteed. I welcome any tips I can get so feel free to offer advice I don’t know all there is and am working to learn more.

  31. Bob, Thanks for the opportunity. I have already gotten this package before so I’ll pass on this. I really like this knife and hope I never have to use it against anyone. I view the “Fast Blade” dvd every so often. We have a group of men at church who provide security while we have services. I’m going to address them to get someone to train with , so I can join them.

  32. It is good to know there is info out there to help protect us ‘oldies, and it also makes us realise we still have to make an effort to keep fit because it ‘aint a friendly world we’ve manufactured.

  33. I don’t disagree with anything that you have said. However I am going to be 74 in March and am a 5ft 3 in female, who suffers from constant stiffness and pain from a leg injury, complicated by Fibromeralgia. I learned almost 40 yrs. ago when I tried to take a self defense course, that my body couldn’t handle the practice involved in the training, as I still had to function as a wife and mother of Three boys.
    I am licensed for concealed cary and am NRA TRAINED- never leave the house without my Glock 19, conceal carried. I have a pistol holstered next to my knee in my car, another revolver holstered by my mattress, and my house has a multifaceted alarm system with back up system, my car also has a sophisticated alarm system, and locks me in as soon as I close the door. Am not fast enough or nimble enough to use a knife in an attack. Hopefully I’ll get them before they get me, as all of my guns have Lasers. And it turns out I’m a very good shot. Also have guns stationed throughout my house. Grew up shooting a 22 rifle- would feel no remorse killing an attacker.

  34. I have to walk with a cane since February, 2016. Thank God I have some skills in cane fighting and rendering an attacker;Hmm, surprised. I am not totally disabled, but I AM totally aware. Even before my disability; I never lost a fight I could get away from.

  35. I’m 72 and too old and fat to get into a fight with a strong criminal so I carry a sharp knife and know eneough anatomy to cut in the body to at least get away.

  36. I carry everywhere it is legal. I practice 3 or 4 times a week with L.A.S.R and a couple times a month at the range. I have taken several handgun defensive classes. I tried edged weapon training.
    I have a bad back. My knees have 10s of thousands of hard miles on them. I can no longer go one on one with or out run anyone. I try to know what is happening or about to happen around me. I do not live in fear, I just like being prepared, but my resources are limited.
    So where do I go from here?

  37. well I think that you hit the hot button , from my experience I feel that over confidence is a bigger real problem than most think it is. Talking about a confrontation is way different than being in the middle of one… Recently a younger man than myself asked me why I trained at my age , My response was I might be almostt 80 years old but if I have 10 minutes left to live its my damn 10 minutes so dont try and take it away from me . I know Iam not as fast and might even be counted as slow by some but that slow is trained slow and hopefully will count as as a surprise to the badguy . As a former Marine I know that you have to be ready but keeping that guard up is hard to do day in and day out.. I have done what I can do to protect my home and wife of 60 years , she knows what to do and we practice those moves at least 3 times a month. We live in ac remote location and I feel it is no more safe than the city in many ways . Proper lighting and warning systems are employed here , if the grid goes down Im still up and running , with the addition of two trained dogs it that gives me an edge but dogs can be taken out also. Ovrer confidence is a killer.. I also keep up with the known crimes in the area , I dont know if that helps or not . But keeps up of activity here bouts … At my age I am an automatic target and know it So being aware is part of the program . Thinking you are aware can be an over confidant trap as well though . And all of us are human and you cannot live your life constantly in fear . I have plans for the future and at my age many may not ever see the light of day but part of life is living it . Thanks for the reminder Bob ..

    Dude McLean

  38. I do practice deploying my weapon regularly. I was walking to my substance abuse class the other day and i came damn near pulling my cold steel ti lite on a little bitty ankle bitter dog than caught me by supprise and startled me. I turned to face this ambush and had my hand on the handle. I thought a pit bill was chargeing me for a second! Lol. I never allow myself to be overconfident, and i keep my mind exerciseing basic unarmed combatives to keep these simple tools quickly accessible.

  39. Having worked in the business of security and protection for many years, I have learned, used, & taught many of the techniques you explain. I also am always open to learning more and have found quite a few “New” things on your website that have been found to be very useful!
    Please continue the great work!!

  40. You are so right! Crime does pay, and the criminals do get away with it, and when they are finally caught – the blame everybody, but themselves! This is why I believe in the death penalty for the career criminal. A Good Career Criminal is
    a Dead Career Criminal!

  41. And thats why our brains are weapon one…it only takes alittle perception to see all the outcomes…always be ready to take it to the level needed…are you really prepared to hurt someone..to break a bone or cut a fool..if you get the opportunity to de escalate, always go there…convince ur adversary its a losing game..these are not the droids you are looking for…but if they really mean harm, you dont have a choice….enjoy ur sparring partner..they volunteered!…yes im a woman…valkyrie…godspeed…

  42. You are correct number all points.
    My issues are that I have had a big batch of neck and spine surgeries.
    Throwing punches would be difficult but I would do what I have to do. Punches may be the last thing fot me.
    I sure ad hell wouldn’t give up!

  43. My wife and I are both 70 years Young and we are all buy are shelf out here there isn’t much we can bo to stop a group of bad guys all I can do is take out A’s many as I can No group of people to organize anything out here they stay to them self l Gus I have not lived out here long enough only here 6 years.any thoughts? Larry

  44. I realize that one must be vigilant, and have responses to violent attacks. Not everyone has the time or inclination to train to be a deadly street-fighter, though, particularly older people. The TRS lessons are supposed to be designed to not require a lot of training.

  45. I do practice drawing my knife and getting into a defensive position. I also shadow box and, admittedly, need to exercise. I need to increase endurance and strength without a doubt.

  46. It is a shame that law abiding citizens have less rights and abilities than criminals. I lost my wife September 22, 2016 after a long fight with cancer. Then less than a week after her funeral my car was broken into and vandalized. I made a report and called the insurance company and to my surprise nothing could be done other than that. So another dirt bag got away with a crime with no repercussions. Evan though every person in the neighborhood knew who did it. Knowing it and proving it is two very different things. Its just a shame.

  47. I have a 20 gauge shotgun and won’t hesitate to use it. I used to be in the police dept and have been certified on many different guns, and have many guns all over the house hidden. I am retired now and intend to play music now

  48. I agree even if they are caught they release them early because of over crowding you have no idea what’s going on out there I am a wheelchair defendant handicapped man I have to ride in it wherever I go so your damn right I’m packing more than just one weapon I am always afraid that I’m seen as an easy target so I try to keep prepared for what may come

  49. I agree with you on this situation100%. I’m one who has been taken for a ride on the loony train. So now I know more but had to learn the hard way. I’m a ex Army Green Beret. I thought my past experiences and training would stay on point for ever. Now I have learned that I still have to train as I did, almost 20yrs ago. That’s to keep myself mentally and physically sharp and on to stay on point. Thanks LOVE your articles an training tips helps me refresh my memory a bit. Keep them coming, you are doing a Great job.

  50. I am a 74 yr old and not in good shape because of illness. I think I have a better chance with a gun or knife, than Fighting Fast. I am careful of my surroundings and where I walk and park. I usually never go out after dark.

  51. Just a little about my self,vietnam combat veteran,USMC,after 12 years, Army chemical nuclear biological instructor with 50 the chemical comp,for 13 yrs, NYPD,NRA,EXPERT MARKSMEN, BALISTIC EXPERCT,,I APPRECIATE WHAT YOU DO, BUT I THINK I AM COVERED IN CASE OF A THREAD,NOW RETIRED I COLLECTED KNIVES, GUNS, ETC, BUT WHAT YOU OFFER IS GREAT TO HAVE OR TO KNOW, AND I INCOURAGE EVERYONE TO LEARN AS MUCH AS U CAN, AS I MYSELF PRACTICE MY SKILLS EVERY DAY,AND ALWAYS BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS ,,WALKING AS IF U R BEING WATCH CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE,

  52. Well you are right. Where I live there are very few people that live around here that you see.
    I have gotten a little old so I do not depend on
    Fighting. I keep my guns in different places in
    The house. Lights around the house. However i am good with my guns and will stake my life on
    That. If I loose I loose . But the first one thru the door is going to need A Body Bag after that well what’s goes down is draw of the cards. I put my money on me. Can not say what I have its legal
    But should do the job.

  53. I was just ranting about our supposed “civilized” culture. At any given time now we are 3 days from a total breakdown of society. Make up your mind now whether you will do all you have to do to protect your family.. .or are willing to die for some thug to take whatever they want.

  54. I was a rural police officer for 21 years and had to learn to work without backup. I was no John Wayne, but I learned to survive violent confrontations. It took a while but I had some good mentors. I studied and taught defensive tactics for 20 years, before the military, during and after I entered law enforcement.. I fully believe that the best defensive tactic to avoid having to use it. However when pressed I have no compunction about striking first and hard whether hand to hand or with weapons, especially to protect myself, my family or an innocent.

    You are absolutely right, smart criminals rarely get caught. Mostly because they don’t do stupid things to get caught and they don’t talk. Most of the stuff survivalist talk about it B.S. and won’t help in a violent confrontation. Most fights last less than two minutes and if they last more than one minute usually both combatants come out with injuries or worse.. Surprise and stealth are the two best weapons a person can have. Nearly anything can be used as a weapon if a person uses their imagination. Ask anyone who has spent time behind bars.

    Staying fit and continuous training are necessary if you are going to survive an attack, which may not come from a smart criminal. It is usually the stupid or desperate person you have to watch out for first. Being prepared is being alert and knowing your surroundings. If you don’t know your surroundings then you should be on yellow alert all of the time and get to a safe place.

    I am 64 years old, I have slowed down some, but I am still training my grandsons personal defense. I hope they never have to use what I have taught them. One of my sons was attacked by a 250 lb teenager with 6 inches of height on him and took in out in a heart beat. He went to the defense of one of his students. He got sick of the school system that protected violent kids and joined the military. Now he is about to come home and I’m sure he will become my teacher rather than my student.

    Be prepared.

  55. Actually I don’t live in a neighborhood. I’ve already made steps to get away from general population. I am armed up, have lots of mre meals, beans, only eat venison and bear and elk for meat. I live in the woods. I have a lot of stuff prepared for the worst. I worked behind a gun counter for years and hand load my ammo. This is the country where there is very little crime because everyone in these mountains have many guns and know how to use them. I am a 2nd Amendment advocate. I know some of the best hand gun trainers there is. I’m not an expert by any means. That is why I wanted more knowledge from you. I have a friend here that is the grand master of hojitsu Royu. Jeff Hall. Have you heard of him. He teaches, marines, seals and so on. He is scary amazing. I am all about fightfast. I am a high end knife collector and always have a neck knife and horizontal belt knife karambit on and pistol. I think I can do ok. I have never had to shoot anyone. But I have had to defend myself a lot, As I was a fighter growing up. I am all in. Love you guys! 🙂

  56. I think your advice is excellent for the U.S.
    In Canada, and especially in Manitoba, there are some neighourhoods where ‘bad guys’ would stand out so conspiciously, that they just don’t come here, and prefer safer (for them) neighourhoods to target, and the Police response would be so swift, that the chances of them being caught quickly are excellent, and being in remand awaiting a bail hearing or trial, is a really horrible experience, so in soime neighourhoods we can feel safe.

  57. Crime most certainly pays big. Some of the worst criminals in the country are leaders in Washington, DC. They have practiced their trade for decades and they feel invincible because they have never had to pay for their felonies and misdemeanors.

  58. Bob: I’m 62 years old, live in a rural community in So. Utah, I carry 24/7, I just finished guiding elk hunters for 14 days at 9000 plus ft. altitude, was the oldest man in camp and put all of them to shame, even LEO’s 14 years my junior, I work out daily, am constantly aware of anyone near me or my wife, and am 6’4″ tall, weigh 200# and look meaner than hell, those anywhere around me steer a wide birth, I make it a point to make them feel like their very existence is endangered. I do read your articles and have enjoyed some of your videos, however I just don’t seem to ever get the opportunity to use your techniques as no one so far has wanted a piece of me or any one else in my presence so far but I keep hoping that maybe some fool might make the mistake of not realizing their limitations. Steve

  59. FIght Fast is a good site and supplier…always offering new, and sometimes repeat, systems and tools. I’ve purchased many of their videos and they are always informative and easy to follow, and confirm, and remind me of, much that I learned in the Army and later learned to modify for civilian life to be just as effective but less lethal. I civilian life, you want to buy time, or stop (not necessarily kill) aggressors, just long enough for you to protect yours and get away safely to live another glorious day and survive any new challenges without creating them for yourself in the process of defending yourself.

  60. Practice is essential. Making yourself not a target is vital. I ride my Harley to work most every day and it’s absolutely amazing at the amount of people who are clueless to their surroundings. Driving, walking whatever they are simple targets for anyone because they have no perception due to their inability to not use their little electronic gadgets. I rarely have anyone screw with me because I chose to be aware of my surroundings at all times. Maybe being a biker for over 46 years gives me a different advantage. Pay attention or die. Same when I’m not riding, I’m watching everyone around me. Criminals still like easy targets. Few prefer a challenge, that’s a fact. But there’s always the stoned or stupid one that comes around. If provoked be blunt, abrupt and extremely aggressive. Period

  61. very interesting…yes I do no all the scumbags that lurk around my surrounding area. A lot of illegals are here. I am a good shot but I have learned some good techniques to use if bothered by anyone. Solar plexuses. instep, nose and groin. Some good ones for the women who think they are badasses too. I don’t know how the out come would be but, I would not go down easily. My instructor says I could hold my own.

  62. You are right. Constant training is the key, and so is constant vigilance of everyone and everything around you. It is also important to know what you can use as a good weapon in any situation from the things that are readily available to you in an instant. These things could mean the difference between life and death.

  63. Let’s see where do I start with this one first off prisons for profit hasn’t helped the very first thing they did was to kill any and all training that would help them when they get out of prison and let’s not forget that a lot of people aren’t even making a liveable wage and what do people do in tough times they turn to crime it pays better then a minimum wage now I am not making excuses for them it’s just in human nature and due to are politics and economy it’s going to get worse period everyone has that survival instinct it’s in all of us it’s up to us to decide the best way to survive sincerely Travis Cole founder and ceo http://www.bugoutsurvivaltraining.com

  64. Great information. Yes, I practice regularly with multiple items for self defense, as I always carry several different types of self defense tools.
    I do know what you’re talking about as far as those who actually end up in prison. Most are those who didn’t know how to cover their own butts or just plain got sloppy. I do also know that the most successful criminals inhabit a city called Washington D.C.. And as long as they make the rules, none of us are completely safe, so arm up and practice regularly. Your life depends on it.

  65. I will fught if they don’t have a weapon.If they do I will give up what ever they want but I will not forget hus face if I see it.Then when I see him again,he will wish he never ran into me.

  66. Never heard a more true and frank blog. You’re dead right about the mongrels out there that see it as their right to prey on the honest and generally unprepared public. We work bloody hard for what we get then some low life reckons that they should have it! See it every day and am waiting for the time they come to my place. As you say, be as prepared as you can because they sure as hell will be, even the most useless of criminals are a big threat when they’re nervous and under pressure. Bad news if they have a firearm!
    In my 60’s now but still rehearse for that unexpected event.
    Cheers for the blog,
    Mark.(NZ)

  67. Your rjght I trained and found out.my training has not gonev away tktly my neighbor came over when I was napping before I got my eyes open my 9mm was in my hand and pointed his way.need to brush up on a few things but at least my brain and body have not forgot everhthing

  68. It’s very true what you have said. And it’s very true that to really be prepared you need to be in shape and we’ll train to defend yourself at all times

  69. I absolutely agree. The best way to defend yourself in the world today is to be able to be offensive. You have to first be willing to expire the aggressor, and second you really have to know how best to do that. This is one of the many reasons i follow everything you post.

    Yours truly
    T.C.
    US ARMY(FORMER) MOS19D

  70. Your admonish is right on. While I have had extensive training, I am also an elder. I subsequently do not take anything for granted. Mental training is more important than most realize, and should get as rigorous attention as any other training. Being alert can save lumps and danger. Everyone must know their limits, however, and make sure they maximize all they do.

  71. How very true! Watching, from time to time, many closed circuit TVs of shopkeepers being robbed and in most cases the perps getting away with it, I often wonder had the victim/s been prepared, or even thought a little quicker, they might have been able to “turn the tables” so-to-speak… What if the victim had simply handed over the cash or till-tray or whatever, and waited until the crim had taken the cash and turned to go away, then the victim had sprung into action taking the perp by surprise, and hit him with a hidden baton or perhaps used that secreted handgun to halt or slow the invader up…the idea being if the supposedly “timid, meek and mild” store=-attendant retailiated when least expected, the crim might no get away so easily. Many times I’ve read where the “victim” turned the situation around by unexpectedly fighting back – even in one case by actually throwing goods off a shelf at a cowardly thug!
    Thank goodness, however, the crime situation here in Australia, although bad in the big cities, isn’t anywhere near as bad as in the States!

  72. While it is true to be prepared a person with a disability is vulnerable to all kinds of predators so be at the ready be prepared in any case do your best be the best witness you can be .Practice anyway how does he dress head to toe scares or Tates etc.

  73. I keep a couple of machetes about 18 inches of razor sharp steel around and have some butcher knives in kitchen also sharp. Then there is allways The hammer lying around or the broom. Don’t know but think that if they arenot expecting cold steel they may be put off when facing it.
    Often use the machetes to cut weeds and grass from under electric fence,, so am used to slashing with them. Sort of like the cavalry saber. That way the edge slides and slices. Then there is the cast iron frying pan.

  74. This has me on the edge, I live in a rural area, but I work in a larger city that I used to live in. I understand the things that I hear the guys that still live there tell that happen in the city. They don’t send their children to school wearing flashy clothes or cool gym shoes, They keep a low profile.

  75. I started training hand to hand when I was 15. The longer it trained I found out I was starting as one of the older kids in class. As I got older I new I had to train harder then most to keep up with the bad guys because I found out that they had keep training when I went to work & when I was teaching my kids how to handle themselves in school. For the younger guys when you have no time to train find it or before you know it you will be like I was out of shape & way behind on training. It is very hard to start when you are older.

  76. Excellent material. Vividly brought to mind in my immediate area last week. Local law enforcement raided a house and arrested the occupant when the interior was found to be filled with loot from literally years of burglaries in the area. Many of which had been committed while the homeowner was home. The burglar was known in the area and had lived there for years.