Though defensive violence will always be
'a sad necessity' in the eyes of men
of principle, it would be still more unfortunate
if wrongdoers should dominate just men.
On this page:
Who's going to be robbing you |
Car jacking |
Fringe areas* |
Five Stages of Violent Crime* |
Home Invasion *|
Kinds of robbery |
Lethal force |
Mental preparation |
Pyramid of Personal Safety* |
Robbery avoidance |
The 'cost' of defending yourself |
Lunch Time Lectures: Crime Prevention (Colorado)
Robbery is defined by the
US department of Justice as: The taking or
attempting to take anything of value from the care,
custody or control from a person or persons by
force or threat of force or violence and/or by
putting the victim in fear.
This is different from mere theft, where force is not
used against you personally, but objects are stolen. In short:
Theft happens to your property.
Robbery happens to you.
In theft any
damage will occur to the item stolen or other property
(i.e. smashed car window or your door kicked in by a burglar).
With robbery the threat of harm is to you.
A pick pocket (who takes your wallet out of your
purse) is not committing robbery, he is committing
theft. A burglar who breaks into your home while you aren't home
isn't committing robbery. That's theft. Someone who walks up and
puts a gun in your face and demands your purse is committing robbery. In a
robbery, you are put in danger. This is why
robbery is deemed a more serious crime.
IF you are lucky, you will only be offered the threat of violence.
Why is Avoidance Best?
It might require you to take extra steps, it might even require you to hang
up your cell phone and
return to where you came from, but why is
avoidance the best option?
Who's Going To Be Robbing You?
To understand both the dangers and why you want to avoid such situations, you
might like to understand what
kind of person commits
robberies and muggings.
Kinds of robbery
Different states have different definitions and different statutes regarding robbery.
But there are basic kinds of robbery and often what you do for a living
or where you live determines what
kind of robbery you are most likely to encounter
Most personal robberies occur in what we call "fringe areas." They allow the robber
access to targets, isolation and escape routes.
Fringe area is a common term that runs through our system. What constitutes a
fringe area might surprise you.
Five Stages of Violent Crime
What are the predictable - and easily identified stages a violent crime MUST go
through in order to happen? How to identify when you are being
set up for a violent crime
Avoidance sounds whimpy until you are staring down the barrel of a gun, then it
begins to make all sorts of sense. Unfortunately, by then it is too late. It is
far easier to avoid being robbed by taking
simple and easy steps.
Much of what you can do to prevent your vehicle from being carjacked can be
found in the
page, however, there are some things that are specific to
Pyramid of personal Safety
The pyramid of Personal Safety is a multi-level system designed to both
discourage and foil criminals from preying on you. It is a blanket protection
against several kinds of crime ranging from burglary, robbery and stalking.
The more levels you include the
safer you will be.
The MOST dangerous kind of robbery is the
For those of you who find the idea of using lethal force
to protect yourself uncomfortable, it is critical to
realize that it exactly the level of force, whether
lethal or of grave bodily injury that the robber is
offering you. And that means you
ARE in serious danger.
Contrary to what you may think, it takes time to mentally shift gears to defend yourself
from a robbery That's why 'buying yourself time' with recognizing you're being set up
(The Five Stages) is so important. This page will help you
understand the process of
The 'cost' of defending yourself
Many people think about getting a weapon or training to protect themselves from
robbery. Others are appalled by the idea.
We maintain this is a personal decision for
each person to make. If you do chose
to acquire either weapon or training, however, you are not exempt from deploying
an avoidance strategy. There is a psychological cost of using lethal force on
another human being. What the following article discusses is some of the long
term repercussions that one must expect--especially if you did not try to avoid
the situation. The article was written to get through to you a young man who had
avalierly discussed the idea of using a knife on another human being, as such
the language is somewhat rough being a "Wake up Junior." Although focused on
knife use, it is applicable to any
lethal force usage.
Lunch Time Lectures: Crime Prevention
For businesses in the Colorado Front Range area (Denver & Colorado Springs)
we offer a one-hour Lunch Time Lectures on crime avoidance and personal
safety. We travel to your office and lecture your staff on how not to be the victim of
crime. This is not a self-defense seminar, it's how not to be
selected as a victim.
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