Self Defense Property Crime

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Property Crime overview
Pyramid of safety - in layers:
- Habits (early warning)
- Awareness (+ knowledge, not paranoia)
- Positioning (shadowdance to avoid trap)
- Boundaries (knowledge + verbal enforcing)
- Physical self-defense - most internal layer.


Car, motorcycle, bike theft tips
Carjacking - more dangerous for you, because harsher penalties - criminal is crazy and ready to commit violence. If you argue or resist, you get knifed or shot. Do not defend your space. Carjackers seldom operate alone

  • Stop far enough to see tires (space for maneuver) wear seat belt, lock your car.
  • Do NOT open the door or roll down the window to talk to someone. put the car in gear before you crack the window.
  • Look around before you put the key into the lock
  • If you are running away to safety, throw your keys and run to position cars between you and attacker. Car crimes


Problem neighbors - you have to track it down (prepare info for police to act), police will not do it. many tips. Part-time tribal feud/jihad was standard for centuries. status, pride, respect and reputation is gained by doing the harassing,
Burglars are pros in criminal activities. See show It takes a thief how quickly they operate. Identity theft via burglary became profitable: store your documents in safe. In dangerous area, you can build safe room for about $500 - especially for stalked woman. Home security tips: windows with shatter-proof laminates applied to the glass; most important safety device is the phone: call 911 and stay on the line.
Defending your home with a gun - are you mature and calm? Weapon is NOT for bluffing. Not to "win" emotional argument. Violent person has experience with reading body language and will call your bluff.

Gun for home defense: loaded in keypad-controlled (no keys, under-lit) safe on the wall. Get training in firearm safety, shooting tactics *and* the legal issues regarding use of lethal force.

Protecting business tips. Razor wire (not barb wire), dog. What to consider when hiring a guard. Window bars + frost. Motion sensor + light + camera.

Home Defense A weapon is not for bluffing. It's not about winning (being right in your own eyes), it's about surviving, about being alive. Build a Safe Room for $1000 and other Home security tips

Burglar-proofing your home while on vacation

Stalking crazy neighbor is easy. Ex-lover is harder. Don't try to handle it yourself: call police, build paper trail. Normal societal convention do not restrict him. Solutions/links


how to deal with difficult people -

Psych hospital

how to stay out of trouble


Tips to avoid robbery

  • learn to detect fringe areas
  • trust your guts about danger
  • Keep distance - 5 to 15 feet min. "Thats close enough" is not rude - coming close is part of "interview"
  • Don't run from danger, run to safety (light and noise). Avoid traps which will slow you down like elevator or your home.
  • Do not argue run or go beserk, but don't verbal attack.

Never agree to move to secondary location - it's kidnapping on top of previous crime, perp knows it, 95% result: you dead. Better fight here. full force attack is better, because they will have to leave quickly (without wounded you). It's kidnapping (more severe additional charges), and you will be killed anyway so you cannot testify.

Muggers vs robbers - the difference based on reward/risk/workload.

Mugger: low risk, low reward opportunist. Not smart, very ready to engage in overwhelming violence. Violent and unpredictable sociopath. Often teenager, no patience. Willing to kill you so you cannot recognize him. Avoidance is best solution. Sometimes they work in groups - anyone can lose patience and shoot.

Robbers are more pro, work in teams = more dangerous. Cooperate (but never go to secondary location, or face violence.

Most robberies occur (robbing a business) within a mile of a freeway or on major transportation route - 'robbery corridor' as it allows the criminal easy access to an escape route.

Robbery avoidance

Recognize fringe areas - where danger lurks. (Would it take longer than 30 seconds for help to get to you? Would anyone hear you if you screamed?)

parking lot (most dangerous fringe area) — There are enough people to find a victim, they obviously have resources, do not pay attention, victim is out of reach of immediate help, he can still get to you *and* he can easily escape after he has mugged you. Mugger will take up a position at the pedestrian entrance (pretending to smoke) or within the first third of where you enter the parking lot.

You don't need to be paranoid about entering a fringe area, but you have to look around (including behind) when entering one. Things that are "out of place" in fringe areas carry far greater weight than they would in other circumstances. Developing the habit of scanning a fringe area is a critical component of creating your Pyramid of Personal Safety. If someone follows, return to the mall danger sign is when you enter a parking lot and see a group spread out along a wall.

Know what is normal for that area - It is not normal to loiter in parking lots — except for very specific circumstances. no casual meandering (changing his course) from car to car, group of young toughs are lined up against the wall and watching people pass, watching who is watching you is such an important robbery avoidance tip.

Pincer move: pass one mugger, he starts following you, and ahead is another. Turn around, wide if possible. Better fight one mugger than two.

Stairwells/Elevators Homeless: "just how twisted is this person?" And do you really want to find out? If you see someone standing there, something is wrong. Wait, don't go, or go back.

ATM : look around. Public restrooms. Apartment laundry rooms

Robbery Avoidance Tips
It is hard to get robbed, assaulted or murdered if you are not there.

Criminal has come prepared to commit violence When he walks up to you he has already escalated and is ready for violence. Victim has no time to "shift gears" fast enough to effectively defend herself. Only chance is take evasive maneuvers BEFORE the attack occurs.

  • For a week, pretend to be a mugger. Learn to analyze fringe areas and spots good to hide for attack.
  • When entering a "fringe area" glance around - especially behind
  • Do NOT walk through (or pass close to) a pack of loitering 'toughs'
  • Trust your instincts, even if there is no apparent reason
  • Insist on a buffer of at least five feet (15 in fringe areas) against people who set off your internal alarms. "I'm not being rude, but you have no business coming closer"
  • Never be too proud to retreat or to walk wide of someone. people fail to remove themselves from danger (almost exclusive to women) - they don't want to hurt the criminal's feelings.
  • Watch to see who is watching you. (and following you)
  • avoid people getting out of cars in parking lots and on the street.
  • Don't run from danger, run to safety - light and noise. "Do not show fear" is BS. But understand the difference between running and a strategic withdrawal
  • Don’t stand there and argue.
  • NEVER allow yourself to be taken to a secondary location
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