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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.”


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

  1. It seems to me that all of your blogs are written for cities, and the bigger the city, the worse it can get.
    What about those of us who live in UN-incorporated small towns where pick-up trucks out number cars by a ratio of 2 to 1. Only one murder in the last 10 years. Petty crimes – a garage door is left open and some one dashes in to steal a 6 pack of beer, or an occasional domestic dispute. No, it isn’t paradise, it’s the majority of well mannered people who live here!!. Most are well armed, but I have heard only one gunshot in town since moving here ll years ago. WE like it here!

  2. Some real good points made here. I’m an ex addict and alcoholic. 8 proud years clean, 5 sober. I used to be a serious enough criminal that I’ve been kicked out of 2 cities. 1 was Phx Az. I got in trouble 90 miles away and when they ran me for wants and warrants, Phx showed up. They called to see about taking me down and were told that if I came back to PhD and was caught, I wouldn’t see daylight for a very long time. As long as I stayed away, they didn’t care what I did.
    It’s a very sad thing and 1 I’m not proud of anymore. The point I guess is that you’re right on with this blog. Criminals that prey on good people count on instilling fear on their victims. If the intended victims are confident and prepared, it changes the whole scenario.
    Ima strong advocate for the 2nd amendment and a firm believer that an armed society is a polite society. Just being armed tho changes nothing. If you’re not properly trained in how to use your weapon safely effectively as well as fully prepared to look someone in the eye, squeeze the trigger, and end their life…A weapon is completely useless.
    Kudos to you and all you’re doing here to help prevent any more people from becoming victims. Keep up the good work

  3. I’m 80 years old. I can do anything I was ever able to do–once. If that’s not enough, I’m gone. I know how to use a cane in self defense, and I own one of your fast-open knives in the same pocket with my money. And I’ve practiced a lot on getting it open one-handed. If that’s not enough, you’ll have one less member for your list.

  4. Practice makes perfect and repetitiveness makes perfect. It only makes sense to set aside a little time each week to do a little refreshing.

  5. I totally agree with practicing to be ready. I have many of the items like the knife, pen and light that I purchased from Fight fast. I also carry concealed. What I consider to be really important is situational awareness training which has really made me aware of where I am and what is going on around me. I find myself scanning the areas I am in so I know entries and exits and who may be in the area. I don’t like crowds however sometimes they cannot be totally avoided. I always run different scenarios through my mind when I am somewhere so it helps prepare me for the unexpected. I stay alert because my first choice is to get away and avoid a conflict.

  6. Bob, your right on the money. Society today seems it is okay to disrespect people and just be an idiot. I am 70 years old and am fortunate I do not look my age. I workout out everyday to keep in shape and to practice my skills I learned when in the military. Frankly, I do not trust people. Your company offers people an alternative to being a victim.

  7. You are right about prison, a man I knew spent 18 years in prison for armed robbery ( he robbed drug dealers, flushed the drugs, kept the money. He should have gotten a medal, not a sentence.) He called prison collage, went in as a robber, came out knowing how to do credit fraud, pick pockets, hot wire cars, be a pimp, run cons, basically how to get your money into his pocket.

  8. Hi Bob- in this day and age where violence seems to erupt at a moment’s notice, one needs to be aware all the time, and some defensive skills can save one’s life. Your fighting videos are very well done, but the moves need to be practiced. One only becomes proficient when one reacts automatically, without thinking. However, many of us do not have a ‘sparring partner’ or a punch-bag. There is a solution to this problem. You can practice in your head. Watch the video over and over, memorize the moves, then sit and imagine yourself in a bad situation, and imagine yourself doing the moves/block/punches. This works. Thanks for your videos so far, and keep them coming ! Jerry Paice, South Africa.

  9. Absolutely, practice is important. Fitness too, even if you can beat the guy that snatched your bag, how will you catch him if he runs faster?

  10. Train hard,fight easy….
    Ignore these guys covered in Blood, shirt torn from their back shouting how they are gonna “Kill Everyone!!”
    Use fast,hard and uncompromising brutal aggression then get the f**k away from the area.

  11. That’s what I do. ” Practice like you play” It was the mantra of my high school coach,
    and I find that it works for everything I do.

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