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Bad News: Most Criminals Get Away With It

Does Crime Pay?

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 secrets 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? Don’t worry, 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 they committed a crime, we would very quickly have them all locked up! The reality is that 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 their first victim. They have a plan, they know how to get what they want, and they even know how to get away with it.

They Feed On Our Fear

Frankly, they’re used to winning. Most people shrink when faced with a hardened criminal (or any criminal for that matter). Fearing for their safety, they nervously give the criminal what they want. Criminals thrive off the fear of violence. Violence is their business and they know it pretty well.

If you are reading this then this probably isn’t new information, but it’s easy (even for those of us who 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.

Overconfidence Can Work Against You

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 judgment 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.

Ask Yourself This

If you carry a weapon, when was the last time you trained in 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 never really know what you’re going up against. You could be facing anything from a rookie who’s all talk or a seasoned pro, and you definitely do NOT want to find out which you are facing the hard way.

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435 thoughts on “Bad News: Most Criminals Get Away With It”

  1. 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.

  2. 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.

  3. 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?

  4. 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.

  5. 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.

  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. 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.

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

  9. 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.

  10. 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

  11. 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!

  12. I completely agree, Bob. Better to train every day practising skills that may never be used than ignore societies realities and one day come unstuck. Old saying “Fail to prepare, prepare to fail” comes to mind!

  13. i live in an area were everbody thinks they are the al capone of Iron county a bunch of inbreeder and the reletive s will travel a hundred miles to find somone to blame when there nephew right beside them aare to blame this leads to a lot of misdirected finger pointing when authoritys are takeing a report , ive had to deal with these inbreeders a couple if times o r more and have been able to maintain the edge but i in not getting any younger , thank you, because we are entering an age of no return, self reliance will be a must and people better prepare for there own good you are, in reality presenting a much needed service

  14. Hey folks thought I’d share an amusing story with ya’s.The other day I was walking down the street minding my own business when I decided to ask this guy for the time.He actually turned on me and got in my face then slapped me I’m the face.that wasn’t it.he wanted to fight!so he’s approaching me until I mentioned I’ve got 6 years boxing under my belt.he actually turned around and ran away!just thought u guys would find that funny.-Don

  15. As it has been said before, every one has a plan until they get punch in the nose. That is why I believe that a person’s physical training should be for real life scenarios. Cardio, distance running, weights, heavy bag, and of course self defense techniques that incorporates your teachings. That’s what works for me, but then I spent 28 years in Corrections.

  16. It not that I carry a gun makes me safe the fact that I know how to use it safely and I can put the bullet anywhere I want and it does help that I grew up in some of the nastiest place’s so I do know to take care of my self

  17. I started out in martial arts to get fit, and because I like to learn. First with Judo in college, then on to Kung Fu and Tai Chi and finally many years of Tae Kwon Do. I also did some teaching. We would spar full contact in every class. (with pads and gloves). I am 67 now and don’t train with the same intensity. I think I could give an attacker a few marks to remember me by. However if you don’t spar and I mean regularly, at least 3 time’s a week you will lose the fine edge of your fighting skill’s. You cannot buy a couple of DVD’s and have effective fighting skill’s, you have to add hundreds or thousands of hours practice. I would carry a 9mm if I lived in the States but in small town Canada I really don’t need to. There is vandalism and petty crime here but rarely much else. Being prepared for trouble at least gives one a little piece of mind even if your not locked and loaded 24-7. I enjoy this site, thank’s for all the info. Regards Gordon.

  18. Happy New yrs Bob. I don’t really worry about criminals trying to rob, steal or kill. I’m always armed and if anyone comes on my property then they don’t get a chance to leave. My guard gators don’t just bite, but they also eat trespassers. I shoot and don’t ask questions. And there’s no clue they were ever here. Not bullet wounds, no carcass, no trace unless the gators get directed. Which won’t happen. I’ve cctv on and all over my property and I have set the whole perimeter with traps. There are signs everywhere. So take heed, if anyone tried to trespass mine or any of my neighbor’s land, we all have a pact…GATORS GOTTA EAT.
    You have a great yr and go TRUMP.
    This is TRUMP NATION

  19. I try to spend at least an hour or more every week preparing myself both physically and mentally for any type of confrontation that might come up during any part of everyday life. Keeping fit both physically and mentally is a must in today’s world and your products and excellent advice is definitely taking a step in the right direction. Many thanks and best wishes for you and your employees to remain safe and sound in the coming years.

  20. Your insight had awakened me to practide my defense skills more. I’LL admit. At 62 I doubt I could stand and throw blows with a man in his 20’s. I am a former Marine. I was trained in
    Deadly arts. Not just. Defensive, but agressive
    Moves that have proved over the years to couse serious bodily Injury. I WAS ONCE CHARGED WITH ASSAULT WITH INTENT TO DO BODILY HARM. BUT A BARTENDER STOOD UP AND TOLD THEM I WAS MERELY DEFENDING MYSELF. STILL THE JUDGE WAS ANGRY THAT I CRIPPLED A MAN DEFENDING MYSELF. BUT he started it by attacking me first. Also I was fresh out of Boot camp. In my prime.
    Still when my son and I had a confrontation.
    He BOWED up to me. I one handed put him up against the wall with his feet 6″ off the ground. His eyes nearly poped out it scared him so much. And trufuly. It scared me to.
    I didnt know I still had it. Guess I do.
    P.s. my son weighs about 260 lbs.

  21. Bob,
    Thanks for the opportunity to vent my concerns. I’m a disabled 63 year young ccw. I’ve got a few after-market parts in my body,and strenuous physical training is out of the picture. I can’t stand and fight like the “old days”, so I carry. My biggest concern isn’t taking a cockroach off the street, but facing the legal and civil aftermath of legally defending myself. I’ve played this over in my head a hundred times,and feel that what will cause me to hesitate is this fear. After reading and studying legal,training and “gun sites” in general,I am still no more confident that I will kill a man then when I got my permit. I know there are no easy answers, but I respect your knowledge and experience ,and would like your feedback.
    Have a safe and prosperous New Year…. Billy A

  22. You don’t know what I did for most of my life , or you would not have said that I probably do not.know how criminals are all around me. I am a retired military veteran and then put in over 30 years. as a paramedic and a working police officer. Believe me I KNOW. The information is valuable for those who e are the normal citizen that have not had the benefit of dealing with the dregs of our society.

  23. Since I live out in a rural neighborhood in Canada we have very little problem with crime. Here we seem to have more cops with little to do other than looking for drunk drivers.

  24. It really is simple. Your performance always reflects how much you train. For example, my Striker knife is opened numerous times every day. Standing AND SEATED. You won’t always be confronted while standing. Think and train outside the box.

  25. since I had my jaw broke. two holding me behind other head-butting middle bottom jaw over 10 times (unprovoked) I am 50yrs and now struggle to be in places where there are a group and being homeless I’m a target I need a simple knock out plan I hate violence bob really dislike it but I have no fighting skills what so ever please help me

  26. Here in South Africa most of our criminals are the off duty cops and other government officials. Crime really does pay here back home… most of the ppl that get arrested for house breakings or muggins or other small to medium crimes get released by the police before they even arrive at the jail in return for a few more zeros at the end of their bank account. The only way to stay alive here is to get urself a gun and shoot anyone trying to harm you. In SA it’s either they die or u do

  27. I worked in the prison system for 18 years and spoke to numerous felons. Talking to a burglar once I asked him how often he would rob a house. He asked ” How many days are there in a year?” I said what about Christmas and he said “That’s my best day!”
    Now figure 365 homes a year. He gets caught for the first time and being a first time offender he gets released in “the interest of justice.” He robs another hundred homes, gets caught and is released with time served (3-6 months waiting for the hearing). Robs another hundred homes and will probably do a year in county jail. Gets out, robs another 100-200 homes, gets caught and is finally sentenced to state prison for 2-5. Ask yourself how many victims did this one burglar created. If you’ve ever had your home robbed you know what it does to you and your family. Your sense of safety and security.
    Take away: in our society you have to have the ability and the willingness to protect yourself, your family and your prperty.

  28. Great article. Fight Fast has excellent products and are very responsive to inquires. Have bought good quality products from them.

  29. I have 3 felonys on my records so i knowvyou can’t help me but thank u.and continue to help others.

  30. my experience was two on one i lost 4 front teeth to a wheel brace 3 weeks later i went to the gang club house on having a piss the dude walked in so i said your an interesting cuxx, he said dont call me a cuxx and walked off, but as for the violence i did 3 years of kick boxing [ school of fighting arts ] and in the end i found shear viciousness was the best option but as you say an array of weapons knees elbows more along the muay thai style is very effective butt i do like the jeet kune do style for looking cool fighting . butt as the toe cutter from mad max said quit toying babba.- nike add – just do it!

  31. Coddling criminals only exacerbates the problem. A slap on the wrist is no deterrent. But we need the nation as envisioned where moral capitalism flourishes and jobs go wanting so that no excuse exists for criminality except for those who choose to be evil. I

  32. Great comment, training and practicing anything for the purpose of this discussion is always a good thing, simply put that’s how we get better at whatever were trying to do, with that being said not only do we want to practice our self defense moves to get better there’s an important fact that some may not know or ever considered. When a fight or confrontation results in contact, (violence) we do not have time to think of what to do, it’s a reaction you should performing and at that point what’s k own as muscle memory takes over, the only way to develope muscle memory is to train, a student asked his sensei how do I throw a better front kick, the sensei replied, THROW MORE FRONT KICKS! stay safe as possible

  33. AWESOME advice. I took karate (Shotokan) when I was 18. But being handiCAPABLE, my instructor taught me all techniques using my hands and arms to fight. My favorite lessons were how to disarm a man with a gun. My instructor taught me, that MOST criminals who pull a gun, WILL at some point become distracted in some way. And THAT’S when it’s time for the disarm. One day, it happened. I was going to the store to pick up a few things, when a man pulled up next to my wheelchair, and produced a gun. It was one of those he said, she said things. I waited until he was distracted, and took the gun away from him. And then I threw his gun into the retention pond next to me. He YELLED, “YOU THREW MY GUN INTO THE WATER”!!!!! I smiled, and said, “WHAT GUN”, and rolled away. I looked back, and he was out of his vehicle, staring through the chain link fence surrounding the retention pond. When you have the opportunity to learn ANY self defense techniques, take full advantage of it, and learn as much as you can. It may save your life, or the life of a family member, or even a stranger.

  34. That’s right criminals are defiantly very skilled at what they do just like an accountant is good with money criminals are good with steeling or killing. Evan if it is by chance that this criminal that you meet up with is a beginner you might not want to take that chance

  35. it is very true and important to learn self-defense, sometimes you need to face bad guys on your own……
    so yeah I think it cool.

  36. To Alvin Decker: When guns are outlawed, you will suddenly become a member of the largest outlaw group in the world, the American gun owner, which numbers about 100 million people. No Army in the world tops that number.