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  • 1. Protecting Yourself, Your Family, And Your Home Presented by a Volunteer Member from the American Council On Personal Safety TM Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 1
  • 2. Protecting Yourself, Your Family, And Your Home Sponsored by Front Sight Resort’s Family Safe Forever Program Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 2
  • 3. Areas Covered • The Truth About Crime in America Today • The Criminal’s Wish List • 50 Ways to Avoid Criminal Attack • A Trained Mind and Body– Your Best Defense • Other Options To Protect You And Your Family • A Word From Our Sponsor Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 3
  • 4. The Truth About Crime Violent Crimes • You may have seen 2,500,000 Reported Per Year recent reports saying violent crime 2,000,000 is down. 1,500,000 • Is it really down? 1,000,000 • If so, compared to what? 500,000 National Center for Health Statistics, 2001 0 1990 1992 1994 1996 1998 2000 Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 4
  • 5. What Do You Think? Dramatic Increase in Violent Crime • In the last 10 years we 2,000,000 have seen a slight decline in all crime. 1,600,000 • But the truth is violent 1,200,000 crime has dramatically increased since the 800,000 1950’s. • Let’s put violent crime 400,000 in perspective. National Center for Health Statistics, 2001 0 1950 1960 1970 1980 1990 Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 5
  • 6. America In The 1950’s • “Happy Days.” • No alarm systems in homes. • Few to no drug crimes. • Violent gang activity meant fist fights and “West Side Story.” • Violent crimes were rare. • No registered sex offenders. • Children could walk to school and play in the park unattended. Assault Home Violent Rape Invasion Crime Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 6
  • 7. America Today Crime Today • Violent crime has risen 495% since 1960. • Over 386,000 registered sex offenders. An increase of 47% in the last 3 years. • Millions of home invasions each year. • Violent gang activity is escalating across the country. • Children are abducted every day. Assault Home Violent Rape Bureau of Justice Statistics, June 2001 Invasion Crime Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 7
  • 8. Crime Continues To Rise! • The FBI’s 2001 Uniform Crime Report shows that crime has increased since 2000! 5.9% 3.9% 3.1% 2.2% 0.5% Robbery Motor Vehicle Property Murder Theft Rape and Crime Violent Crime Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 8
  • 9. Crime In America How safe are you? Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 9
  • 10. Crime Breakdown • 1 violent crime every 22 seconds. • 1 robbery every 1.3 minutes • 1 rape every 5.8 minutes. • 1 murder every 34 minutes • 98% of all crime is premeditated and often preventable (only 2% of crime is random). Bureau of Justice Statistics, 1996 FBI Uniform Crime Report 2000 Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 10
  • 11. Home Invasions • Home invasions have tripled since 1960! • In 2000, over 3.4 million homes were invaded. • This means there is a 1-in- 10 chance that your home will be invaded in the next 3 years. Bureau of Justice Statistics, June 2001 Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 11
  • 12. Assault And Battery • Over 5 million Americans were assaulted in 2000. • 96% of all aggravated assaults utilized a weapon of some type. 23% of these weapons were guns. Bureau of Justice Statistics, June 2001 Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 12
  • 13. Robbery • In the United States, 732,000 people were robbed in 2000. • Over half of you will be robbed in your lifetime, if you haven’t been robbed already! • 226,000 of those robbed were injured. Bureau of Justice Statistics, June 2001 Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 13
  • 14. Rape And Assault • In America, a woman is raped every 5.8 minutes. • One out of every three women can expect to be assaulted or raped in their lifetime. • 76% of those are between 12 and 24 years old. Bureau of Justice Statistics, June 2001 FBI Uniform Crime Report 2000 Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 14
  • 15. Homicide • Since 1962, the number of murders and homicides has increased 250%. • If not for the advances in Emergency Medicine, the homicide rate would be 10 times higher! • The incidence of felony related homicide is highest among the elderly. National Center for Health Statistics, 2001 On Killing: The Psychological Cost of Learning to Kill, Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, 1996 Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 15
  • 16. More Bad News • In 1989, there were 168,881 crimes of violence which were not responded to by police within 1 hour. • This means you have to count more on your own protection than that of the law. Bureau of Justice Statistics Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 16
  • 17. Rising Criminal Attacks On Police • Between 1976 and 1999, over 1,800 officers were killed by criminals. • In 2000, over 56,000 police officers were violently assaulted by criminals. Bureau of Justice Statistics, June 2001 Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 17
  • 18. Criminal Statistics • There are 62.5 million crimes on file in the US. • Nearly 60% of all convicted criminals are back on the streets in less than 12 months. • Fewer than 50% of violent criminals are ever caught. • In Los Angeles alone, on any given day, there are over 15,000 outstanding felony warrants. Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2002 LAPD, 1997 Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 18
  • 19. Sex Offenders Out Of Control • One out of every five prisoners is a sex offender. • 80% of all sexual offenders committed their crimes against children or teenagers. Bureau of Justice Statistics, 1997, 2002 Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 19
  • 20. Sex Offenders Out Of Control • In California, there are 88,000 registered sex offenders. • That is over 1000 rapists, child molesters, and sexual deviants per county! • In Washington state, the number of registered sex offenders has jumped 993% since 1998. Bureau of Justice Statistics, 1997, 2002 Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 20
  • 21. Gangs And Crime • There are over 25,000 known criminal gangs in this country supporting millions of gang members. • Gang criminal activities include: • Drug manufacturing • Burglary and trafficking • Assault • Money laundering • Home invasion • Auto theft • Rape • Gun smuggling • Contract killings • Prostitution • Random gang • Extortion initiation assault • Robbery • Murder Dan Korem's book, Suburban Gangs-The Affluent Rebels, 1997 Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 21
  • 22. Multiple Offenders Are Everywhere • Multiple offenders are more likely to commit violent crimes. • Some criminals will commit up to 300 offenses before being arrested again! Bureau of Justice Statistics, 1983, 2002 Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 22
  • 23. Criminals Seeking Drug Money Are The Most Dangerous And Desperate • In 1999, 12% of violent offenders in prison had committed crimes in order to get money for drugs. • This kind of crime is increasing at a rate of one percent per year. • 24% of property thieves are out for drug money…They’re coming into your home. Bureau of Justice Statistics, June 2001 Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 23
  • 24. 1 in 32 Adults Are Criminals • In 2001, one in every 32 adults were in jail, prison, on parole or probation. 1 in every 32 adults! • 25% of all on probation were for drug offenses. • 53% of all probationers had been convicted of a felony. • 9% of probationers had fled. FBI Uniform Crime Report 2001 Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 24
  • 25. So Who Is At Risk Of Criminal Attack? • You and your family are! • Criminals look for their victims in this order… Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 25
  • 26. Victim Order 1. Women and girls are most likely to be targeted as victims of sexual assault. 2. The elderly are the easiest target for robbery, home invasion, assault, and murder. 3. Middle-aged men and women are next, slightly behind the elderly in terms of victim profile. 4. Young, inner-city males are the targets of gangs. Bureau of Justice Statistics, June 2001 Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 26
  • 27. Not “If” But “When” • Clearly, crime is out of control. • Statistically, it is not a question of “If” a criminal will come in contact with you or your family, but rather “When.” • Interviews with thousands of criminals reveal their Wish List of Top 10 Victims… Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 27
  • 28. Criminal’s Wish List Top 10 Victim Targets 1. Hitchhiker. 2. Intoxicated, distressed, or weeping woman. 3. Anyone picking them up on the road. 4. Anyone appearing lost in public. 5. Anyone stranded in a disabled car. Kenda, Margaret. Crime Prevention Manual for Business Owners and Managers, Amacom, 1982 Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 28
  • 29. Criminal’s Wish List Top 10 Victim Targets 6. A lone woman any time 7. Anyone alone in an elevator, dark parking lot, stairwell, or public restroom 8. Anyone wearing valuables visibly or running newspaper ads for valuable items. 9. Anyone working or walking alone at night 10. Anyone jogging in remote areas. Jogging in remote Kenda, Margaret. Crime Prevention Manual for Business Owners and Managers, Amacom, 1982 areas is unsafe Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 29
  • 30. 50 Ways to Avoid Criminal Attack • Knowing what criminals look for, here are 50 very simple, inexpensive, and easily implemented, yet very effective ways to avoid becoming a target of criminals: Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 30
  • 31. In Your Home • Lock out criminals by installing deadbolts on all access doors– and keep doors locked. • Install wide angle access viewers. • Install two position locks on all windows. • Install motion detection exterior lights. • Plug interior lights into random timers to create appearance of occupant activity. • Get a pet dog. Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 31
  • 32. In Your Home • Never open your door to a stranger. • Never tell a stranger you are home alone. • Never hide an extra key under a mat or anywhere else outside your home. • Never run ads for expensive items in the newspaper or on the Internet. • Never allow personal information to be published in the newspaper or on the Internet. Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 32
  • 33. On The Telephone • Keep a separate cellular phone in your bedroom for emergencies. • Have Caller ID features. • Use answering machines with “Please leave a message” only. • Do not participate in telephone surveys. • Do not share travel plans or credit card numbers on cell phones. Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 33
  • 34. On the Computer • Strictly monitor your children’s activities on the Internet– The Pedophile’s Prey Ground. • Avoid chat rooms. • Never give personal or financial information to unknown/unsecured entities or individuals. • Do not respond to unsolicited requests for information. Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 34
  • 35. On The Road • Have your keys in hand before you reach your car. • Check around and in your car before getting in. • Immediately lock your doors. • Have a cellular phone in your car. • When stopped in traffic, always leave enough space between you and the car in front of you to make an emergency exit. Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 35
  • 36. On The Road • When driving, keep plenty of following distance. • Never pick up hitchhikers. • If in an accident or mechanical failure, stay in the locked car and call for help on your cell phone. • Never unlock your door or roll down the window for a stranger. • Never give any keys other than the ignition key to mechanics or valets. Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 36
  • 37. On the Street • Avoid walking alone and in dark or empty areas. • Be alert at all times, especially when leaving stores, banks, and restaurants. • Keep at least one hand free at all times. • Walk facing oncoming traffic. • Keep your distance from strangers. Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 37
  • 38. Most Important: Be Aware Of Your Environment • Criminals look for victims that they can take by surprise. The element of surprise gives the criminal a distinct advantage as they create a situation where you must react to them. • Your reaction time gives the criminal two seconds or more to attack and disable you before you can mount any kind of response; whether that be a painful scream, fleeing, or a defensive action. Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 38
  • 39. Have A Plan • As you assess your own vulnerability, PLAN what you would do if ever attacked. • Always tell someone your exact plans, be traceable. Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 39
  • 40. Trust Your Instincts • Criminals DO telegraph their intentions. If you have a “sense” of danger, you’re right. Don’t ignore your instincts - react quickly by changing your behavior immediately. • If you “sense” someone is stalking you, turn around and yell “Stop right there!” and move into a position of defense or a crowded building. Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 40
  • 41. Noise Is Good • Knowing that criminals are building up their courage, loud noises can easily scare them off. • Honk your horn, scream, attract the attention of others. • A criminal wants an easy victim and no witnesses. Making noise will attract witnesses and can prevent a crime. Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 41
  • 42. Determined People Are Less Victimized • Criminals look for “easy targets.” • People who appear very aware, very sharp and determined, are less victimized. • Behave in a way that always looks as if you are in control and know where you’re going, even if you’re not. Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 42
  • 43. Teach Your Children • Your kids should know precisely: • How to handle phone calls when you’re not home. • How to handle someone at the door when you’re not home. • How to approach the right adult for help. • When to kick, bite, scratch, scream, and run for safety. Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 43
  • 44. More About Your Children • Explain that many crimes committed against children are by someone they know. • Assure your children that you will never send someone they don’t know to pick them up from anywhere. • Tell them to trust their instincts and to NOT be polite if they sense danger. Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 44
  • 45. Trained Mind And Body– Your Best Defense • Have you ever been in a car accident and even though the moment of impact might’ve taken only seconds, it seemed like minutes? Everything seemed to be moving in slow motion. • It wasn’t in slow motion, rather, your mind was in fast motion. • This is what is called “Crisis Scan”– your best defense. Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 45
  • 46. Crisis Scan— How It Works • In a crisis, adrenaline pumps into your system, speeding up all your body’s abilities, including your brain activity. • The mind searches for information on training to handle the crisis. • If you have training, your mind finds it IMMEDIATELY. If not, THAT’S when you panic. • The Heimlich Maneuver is a perfect example. If someone is choking, you know how to save them, or you don’t. Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 46
  • 47. Crisis Intervention Training • Graduates of crisis intervention training (Heimlich Maneuver, CPR, Self-Defense), repeatedly report that they had excellent reactions in a crisis and were able to draw on information learned during the training. • Fact: “Panic” in a crisis situation stems from lack of training. Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 47
  • 48. Training—You Either Have It Or You Don’t • In a crisis, training makes all the difference between success or failure. • If attacked, do you and your loved ones have the trained mind and body to deal with it? • In one case, an 18-year old girl was dragged onto her roof, raped, strangled, and thrown off the roof to her death. Under her fingernails was her attacker’s skin. She fought valiantly, but had no training. Proper training could have saved her life. Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 48
  • 49. Options To Protect You and Your Family • Even when all precautions are taken, you can still be singled out by the desperate, insane, or extremely dedicated criminal. • If a criminal attack is unavoidable, your choices of defense are: • Empty hands. • Pepper spray. • Contact weapons. • Firearms. Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 49
  • 50. Empty-Hand Defense • Self defense training can definitely save your life. • Physical confrontation is certainly a last resort. When it is unavoidable, you’re in one of two categories: • Trained, with precise self- defense skills. • Untrained and guessing. • Which do you want to be? Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 50
  • 51. Pepper Spray • Pepper spray and mace provide an additional means of protection and may allow you to avoid physical contact. • However, chemical agents are often ineffective on psychotic, intoxicated, or dedicated criminals. • Wind and deflection can also cause the spray to get in your eyes. This adversely affects your ability to see and fight. Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 51
  • 52. Contact Weapons • A knife is a good choice as a contact weapon, however it requires professional training to use effectively. • A knife may not immediately incapacitate your attacker. Multiple adversaries or criminals armed with guns may not be stopped by a knife. Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 52
  • 53. Contact Weapons • Blunt contact weapons, such as sticks and batons require even more training than a knife to stop a criminal attack. • Stun guns may look intimidating, but are woefully inadequate self defense tools. Your adversary can easily fight through the shock of a stun gun. Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 53
  • 54. Firearms: Are They Really The Great Equalizer? • There has been a great deal of controversy over guns in our society. • Some people fiercely support them and some are fiercely against them. • Everyone agrees that criminals should not have guns. The debate is whether law-abiding citizens should have them. • Let’s examine the facts… Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety ? 54
  • 55. What Is The Truth About Guns? • Americans own about 240 million firearms. • Millions of Americans carry a firearm daily for personal protection. • Americans use guns defensively over 2 million times a year, 2.3 times more often than guns are used to commit crimes. Gary, Kleck and Marc Gertz, "Armed Resistance to Crime: The Prevalence and Nature of Self-Defense with a Gun," Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology 1995, Vol. 86 No. 1. Don B. Kates, Guns and Public Health: Epidemic of Violence or Pandemic of Propaganda?(1995) Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 55
  • 56. What Is The Truth About Guns? • 74% of the time, simply presenting a gun was sufficient to stop a crime. • People who use firearms for self-defense are 67% less likely to be injured than those using other kinds of weapons. Gary, Kleck and Marc Gertz, "Armed Resistance to Crime: The Prevalence and Nature of Self-Defense with a Gun," Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology 1995, Vol. 86 No. 1. Don B. Kates, Guns and Public Health: Epidemic of Violence or In a country with 62 million crimes Pandemic of Propaganda?(1995) on file, what’s appropriate protection for your loved ones? Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 56
  • 57. Concealed Weapon Permits • When states passed concealed handgun laws, the number of multiple-victim public shootings declined by 84%. • Deaths from these shootings plummeted by 90%, injuries decline decline by 82%. decline 84% 90% 82% • Over time, the more people obtained permits, the more violent crime rates declined. Public Deaths Injuries John Lott, Jr. Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN) Shootings August 16, 1998, Metro Edition Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 57
  • 58. The Right To Carry A Concealed Handgun 22% less 28% less 38% less 31 states have adopted “Right To Carry Concealed Handgun” 17% less (RTC) laws. RTC states have lower violent crime rates. On average per capita: Murder • 22% lower murder Violent • 28% lower total Robbery Assault violent crime • 38% lower robbery • 17% lower aggravated assault The five states with the lowest violent crime rates are RTC states. RTC States FBI: Uniform Crime report, 2000 Non/limited RTC States Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 58
  • 59. Concealed Weapon Permit Holders Save Lives • People with concealed weapons permits are far more law-abiding than the average citizen. • In Florida, for example, only a fraction of 1% of carry licenses have been revoked. • Instead, permit holders save themselves, save other lives, and on numerous occasions, saved the lives of police officers who were being attacked by criminals. John Lott Jr., Star Tribune (Minneapolis, MN) August 16, 1998, Metro Edition Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 59
  • 60. Guns: A History Of Safety • When a woman is armed with a gun or knife, only 3% of attempted rapes are successful, as compared to 67% without a weapon. • In 1982, Kennesaw, Georgia passed a law requiring heads of households to keep at least one firearm in the house. The residential burglary rate subsequently dropped 89%. U.S. Department of Justice, Law Enforcement Assistance Administration, Rape Victimization in 26 American Cities, 1979, p. 31. Gary Kleck, 'Crime Control Through the Private Use of Armed Force,' Social Problems 35 (February 1988):15. Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 60
  • 61. The Facts About Banning Firearms • Washington D.C.'s homicide rate has Homicide Rate Increase soared since banning handguns in 1976. Homicide had been declining After Banning Firearms in D.C. before the ban, and increased dramatically after the ban. 200% • By 1991, D.C.'s homicide rate had risen more than 200%. By comparison, the U.S. homicide rate rose only 12% during the same period. • Washington, D.C. gun control laws are responsible for 3,576 deaths in 12% the last 10 years. FBI, Metropolitan Police of the District of Columbia, 2000 USA Washington D.C. Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 61
  • 62. International Bans NOT Working • News reports in Britain show 40% Crime 44% Armed that crimes with guns have Increase In Robbery Increase risen 40% since handguns were 4 years In 3 Years banned in 1997. • Australia banned semi- automatic firearms in 1997. Australia-wide, homicides are up 3%; assaults are up 9%; and armed robberies are up 44%. In the state of Victoria, homicides with firearms are up 300%. WHY? newsmax.com Dec. 19, 2001 Britain Australia Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 62
  • 63. Why Does Crime Go Up When Firearms Are Banned? • “Gun control actually increases violent crime because it shifts the balance of power into the hands of the criminal.” • “Criminals terrorize unchecked and without fear when they know you are unarmed and unable to protect yourself.” Randy Hearst, Founder and Director www.studycrime.org Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 63
  • 64. The Truth About Accidental Child Gun Deaths 2065 Accidental Childhood Deaths in 2000 927 605 150 88 Cigarette Guns Drowning Fire Car Accidents Lighters The 88 gun related deaths could have been avoided if the parents had proper gun training. National Center for Health Statistics, 2001 Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 64
  • 65. Guns Save Lives • Over 2 million people use 138 Times More guns every year to defend themselves. • Compared to accidents and suicides, 138 times more people are saved by guns than die by accidents or suicides. Lives Lost Gary, Kleck and Marc Gertz, "Armed Resistance to Crime: The Prevalence and Nature of Self-Defense with a Gun," Journal of Lives Saved Criminal Law and Criminology 1995, Vol. 86 No. 1. National Center for Health Statistics, 2001 By Guns Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 65
  • 66. Other Accidental Deaths • A Harvard Medical Doctor Negligence Practice Study shows that Deaths 150,000 Americans die every year from doctors' negligence. • Why don’t we ban Accidental Medical Doctors? Gun Deaths • Because they SAVE far more people than they kill. • So do guns. 107 times more people die Dr. Edgar Suter, San Francisco Chronicle, 7/12/94 from Medical Doctor’s National Center for Health Statistics, 2001 negligence than guns. Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 66
  • 67. School Shooting Perspective: Football Kills More Students Than Guns: • Since 1997, 32 students and four teachers have been killed in school shootings in the United States (an annual rate of one death per four million students). • During that same period, 53 students died playing high school football. John Lott Jr., The Wall Street Journal Europe 7/30/2001 Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 67
  • 68. Armed, Law-Abiding Citizens Are Critical To Our Safety • In October 1997, a shooting spree at a high school in Pearl, Mississippi, left two students dead. The shooter was stopped by Joel Myrick, an assistant principal. He retrieved a gun from his car and detained the shooter until police arrived. Investor's Business Daily, April 29, 1999, Section: Viewpoint; Pg. A20 Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 68
  • 69. Armed, Law-Abiding Citizens Are Critical To Our Safety • A school shooting in Edinboro, Pennsylvania, left one teacher dead. The shooter was stopped by a nearby restaurant owner, James Strand, who pointed a shotgun at the shooter when he started to reload his gun. The police did not arrive until 11 minutes later. Investor's Business Daily, April 29, 1999, Section: Viewpoint; Pg. A20 Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 69
  • 70. Felons Fear Armed Citizens • 60% of felons agree that “a criminal is not going to mess around with a person he knows is armed with a gun.” • 74% of felons agree that “one reason burglars avoid houses when people are at home is that they fear being shot during the crime.” • 57% of felons agree that “criminals are more worried about meeting an armed citizen than they are about running into the police.” U.S., Department of Justice, National Institute of Justice, 'The Armed Criminal in America: A Survey of Incarcerated Felons,' Research Report, (July 1985): 27. Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 70
  • 71. More About Felons • 34% of felons said they personally had been “scared off, shot at, wounded, or captured by an armed citizen.” • 69% said that they knew at least one other criminal who had also. • 34% said that when thinking about committing a crime they “often” or “regularly” worried that they might get shot at. James D. Wright & Peter H. Rossi, Armed and Considered Dangerous: A Survey of Felons and Their Firearms (1986). Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 71
  • 72. So, What Do You Think? • If you’re a law-abiding citizen, and want to protect yourself and your loved ones, a firearm is the most potent form of protection. • It’s a matter of answering this question: If you’re in an unavoidable situation where violence is threatening you or your family, how effective do you want your protection to be? Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 72
  • 73. Another Important Question: • After learning the truth about crime and knowing that it is not a question of “if” but rather “when” you or your family will come in contact with a criminal, who here would agree that they are now more concerned about crime and protecting their family? Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 73
  • 74. What About Training? • After learning that in a crisis you are either trained to handle it, or you are guessing, how many of you would like to be trained? Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 74
  • 75. If “Yes” You Need To Find The Training • What should you look for in a training facility? Safety and responsibility. Caring and supportive environment. Personal attention. Experienced staff. Respect from the law enforcement and military community. Training courses for the entire family. Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 75
  • 76. Where Can You Get This Training? • You can look for basic training through your community college, martial arts studios, and local gun range. Check the Yellow Pages under “Self Defense” or “Martial Arts” Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 76
  • 77. Where Can You Get The BEST Training? • If you are looking for the very best in self defense training for your entire family, in the finest facility in the world, then you will want to remain seated for a few minutes. • You will learn how you and your family can get the very best training available in America today… Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 77
  • 78. There Is Only One Place… • A word from our Sponsor. • There is only one place in America where you can get all the training you and your family need in a safe, responsible, and caring environment. Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 78
  • 79. Most Personal Attention… • There is only one training institute in America that maintains a ratio of one instructor for every four to five students on the firing line so every student gets all the personal attention they need. Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 79
  • 80. Only One Can Truly Be The Safest… • There is only one training institute in America that has the finest safety record while training more students each year than the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center or ALL the other private schools combined. Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 80
  • 81. Only One Can Really Be The Best… • There is only one training institute in America that is the proven leader in training private citizens and law enforcement alike to the highest skill levels in the industry. • There can only be one that is truly THE BEST. • Do you want the best training for you and your loved ones? • Then you want your training at… Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 81
  • 82. Front Sight Resort • A 550-acre, world-class, training resort near Las Vegas, Nevada that provides you, the law-abiding private citizen, and law enforcement alike, with a level of training that far exceeds the law enforcement and military community without the boot-camp mentality or drill instructor attitudes. • Perfect for you and your entire family. • There is no better choice than Front Sight. Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 82
  • 83. Why Is Front Sight’s Training So Excellent? • A little history: Front Sight’s Founder, Ignatius Piazza was a doctor of chiropractic when a drive-by shooting in his upscale neighborhood threatened the lives of his loved ones. • As he heard the shots ring out and the bullets rip through his house, he vowed to learn how to protect his Dr. Ignatius Piazza family. Health Care Professional Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 83
  • 84. What Did He Do? • He spent over $50,000 taking courses from every major firearms training school and the best known instructors across the country. • Dr. Piazza became only the second man in the world to be certified as a Four Weapons Combat Dr. Ignatius Piazza Master. Self Protection Expert Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 84
  • 85. He Saw The Need Of Others • Dr. Piazza saw a need for others just like him to have the same opportunity. • So he tailored the educational training skills he had learned from years of attending professional seminars in the health care field to create unique self defense courses. Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 85
  • 86. Front Sight Was Born • Dr. Piazza set out to create the world’s finest defensive training institute…one that the average law- abiding citizens and their family could attend to gain skills that surpass law enforcement and the military. • He carefully and artfully developed the world’s finest, most effective, and fastest training methodology for self protection. • Front Sight Resort was born. Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 86
  • 87. From Years To Days • Now you can enter Front Sight’s courses a novice on Saturday morning and leave with remarkable and superbly effective skills on Sunday evening. • What previously took years to accomplish is now accomplished in days! Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 87
  • 88. Training For Your Entire Family 1. Children’s Safety 2. Youth Safety 3. Awareness Training 4. Empty-Hand Defense 5. Chemical Agent Training 6. Contact Weapons Courses 7. Firearms Training Let’s break down your choices. Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 88
  • 89. 1) Children's Safety • For children ages 5 to 10. • Your children will learn how to stay safe at home, at school, and at play. • Through interesting discussions, group activities, and role-play, they will overcome their hesitation to yell for help or run to safety when appropriate. • Includes introduction to Children’s Challenge and Achievement Camp. Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 89
  • 90. 2) Youth Safety • This course is a must for ages 11 to 16. • Your teen will learn to handle peer pressure as it relates to alcohol, drugs, unethical activities, and other dangers facing youth today. • Your teen will learn how to spot, evade, and defend against deviants and predators. • Includes introduction to Youth Challenge and Achievement Camp. Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 90
  • 91. 3) Adult Mental Awareness Training • For the rest of your life, this program will leave you less likely to ever be targeted as a victim of assault, robbery, or rape. • Criminals will see that you are aware of your environment and they will look for another victim who they can take much easier. • This course also includes more self defense tips and demonstrations from the experts. Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 91
  • 92. 4) Empty-Hand Defense Training • Front Sight’s highly acclaimed two- day program was developed by martial arts masters. They combined the practical, street-proven techniques of many disciplines to provide you with an extraordinary level of skill. • This exciting training program teaches you to convert fear and adrenaline into confidence and attack- stopping skills. • You will be able to defend yourself I can defend myself against multiple unarmed attackers. and loved ones, can you? Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 92
  • 93. 5) Chemical Agent Training • There is much more to effectively using pepper spray and mace than just point and shoot. • This one-day course will provide you with the skill and understanding to properly use chemical defense weapons to defend yourself against criminals. • Excellent supplement to the Awareness Training Course for those who live in areas that do not allow the carry of contact weapons or concealed handguns. Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 93
  • 94. 6) Contact Weapons Training • A safe and extremely effective two-day Edged Weapon (folding knife) Course will give you the skill to use a knife to defend yourself against unarmed, aggressive criminals. • An excellent supplement to the Awareness Training Course for those who live in areas that do not allow the carry of a concealed handgun. Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 94
  • 95. 7) Firearms Training • Two, three, or four-day courses in the safe and responsible use of a defensive handgun will leave you better trained than 95% of the police officers in your community! • All training is done in a supportive, caring manner without a boot-camp mentality or drill instructor attitude. Perfect for the entire family. Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 95
  • 96. Concealed Weapon Permit • Guns and all necessary gear are available. • Three-day course will provide you with everything you need to legally carry a concealed handgun in 22 states. You will also learn the secrets to secure a concealed weapon permit in non right-to-carry states. Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 96
  • 97. Military Experts Agree • “Without question, Front Sight covers more ground than any other comparable course—civilian, military, or law enforcement. The level of proficiency that the average students attain far exceeds the standards expected of military professionals. The material covered and proficiency levels achieved at Front Sight surpasses anything I experienced in over 20 years of military service.” Tim Lynch, Major, US Marine Corps (Retired) Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 97
  • 98. Military Experts Agree • “The excellent instruction I received today exceeds all the weapons training I experienced in 24 years of active military service. I salute Dr. Piazza and the Front Sight staff.” Lt. Colonel Charles S. McDonald, USAF Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 98
  • 99. Military Experts Agree • “Very professional instructors. They are very approachable, incredibly knowledgeable, polite, and humorous. Without a doubt, the best instructors I have ever encountered.” Richard Kutschman, US Naval Officer Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 99
  • 100. Military Experts Agree • “I thought I knew what I was doing. After attending the handgun course, I now know what I did not know... and I learned and improved a ton! Excellent instruction. The personnel and training techniques are top notch.” Bryon R. Benz, Captain, US Army Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 100
  • 101. Federal Law Enforcement Praise • “Of all my 30 years in law enforcement training, Front Sight was the BEST by far!” Ken Carlton, Retired Federal Agent, Firearms Instructor, Federal Law Enforcement Training Center Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 101
  • 102. Police Praise • “They say some things sound too good to be true, but Front Sight is the exception. This class was the reason I came to Las Vegas from Minnesota. It made the trip well worth the time and expense.” Jason Petterson, Police Officer Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 102
  • 103. Professionals Speak Out • “I have taken several one day, two day, and week long courses in my life. Front Sight’s course is the best organized and presented. Front Sight should teach teachers how to teach!” Eddie Ray Lee, Professor Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 103
  • 104. Professionals Speak Out • “I learned more about handgunning in four days at Front Sight than in the past 50 years!” Jim Sarkauskas, Registered Financial Advisor Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 104
  • 105. Professionals Speak Out • “You'll gain a wealth of knowledge at Front Sight. I do not know of any other civilian training of this kind. The facility is amazing.” Sean Rosenberg, Attorney Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 105
  • 106. Professionals Speak Out • “Front Sight delivers on everything they state in their advertising. All of the testimonials I’ve ever read about Front Sight are true!” Greg Guillermo, Engineer Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 106
  • 107. Professionals Speak Out • “I flew over 2000 miles to attend this course. Had I known how good it would be, I would have walked, if necessary.” Bruce J. McSurdy, MD Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 107
  • 108. A Woman’s Perspective • “I approached this training with an extreme anti-gun attitude that I’ve had my whole life. Front Sight’s training definitely changed my attitude significantly. I acquired important life saving skills and now share a new interest with my husband. Thank you, Front Sight!” Mallika Albert, Massage Therapist Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 108
  • 109. A Woman’s Perspective • “Front Sight is safe, thorough, and by the numbers. You'll walk away with skills to keep you alive.” Deborah Williams, Kindergarten Teacher Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 109
  • 110. A Woman’s Perspective • “The instructors are true professionals. They were helpful and 100% safety conscious. I wholeheartedly endorse Front Sight’s programs.” Dr. Suzanne Hedden, College Professor Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 110
  • 111. A Woman’s Perspective • “Impressive!! I was a little nervous at first, but the course was so well choreographed that I soon became at ease. I really enjoyed myself and came away feeling competent that I could handle a gun! I can’t say enough about the instructors. I would rather travel to Las Vegas than attend courses locally.” Carol Hill, Artist Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 111
  • 112. The Media’s Positive Response Television Coverage: • Good Morning America • Special Edition • Prime Time News on CNN, ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX, UPN, BBC, and CBC Magazine Coverage: • Newsweek • US World News and Report • Financial Times Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 112
  • 113. Positive News Coverage Newspaper Coverage: • New York Times • LA Times • San Francisco Chronicle • London Times • London Daily Telegraph • USA Today • Associated Press Internet Coverage: • World Net Daily, NewsMax and CNN Online Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 113
  • 114. Your Next Step To Protect Yourself And Your Family? Get Trained! • Front Sight offers individual training courses and training packages to fit your every need and budget. • Whether you start with a one-day, Mental Awareness Course or a week-long Family Safe Forever Package, Front Sight will provide you with a positively, life- changing experience in the caring and supportive environment only found at Front Sight, Las Vegas. Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 114
  • 115. Individual Course Selections • One-Day Children’s Safety: $100 per person • Two-Day Children’s Safety: $200 per person • One-Day Youth Safety: $100 per person • Two-Day Youth Safety: $200 per person • One-Day Awareness Course: $200 per person • One-Day Chemical Agent Course: $200 per person • Two-Day Empty-Hand Defense Course: $500 per person • Two-Day Edged Weapons Course: $500 per person • Three-Day Defensive Handgun Course: $800 per person (certifies handgun permit in 22 states) • Total cost of all courses purchased individually: $2,800 per person Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 115
  • 116. Special Package Savings • Safe Forever Package $4,000 per person Allows you to attend all the courses above as many times as you wish forever! • Family Safe Forever Package $6,000 per family Allows your entire family to attend as many times as they wish forever! (Family is defined as husband, wife, and children under the age of 25.) Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 116
  • 117. How To Enroll • Complete the Enrollment Interest Form and return it to me. • Be sure to include all your contact information and the best time for a Front Sight Client Assistant to call you. • You will be contacted within the next 24 to 72 hours. A Client Assistant will answer any additional questions and assist you in enrolling in the courses or packages of your choice. Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 117
  • 118. Benefits Of Enrolling Today When you enroll today: • Guaranteed placement in the courses of your choice. • Front Sight personal assistance. • Free subscription to “Family Safe Forever” Internet magazine. • 25% savings on individual courses. • $1,000 savings on “Safe Forever” packages. Front Sight accepts cash, personal checks, Visa, MasterCard, Discover, and American Express. Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 118
  • 119. What Are Some Of The Other Programs At Front Sight? • Advanced Handgun, Shotgun, Rifle, Submachine Gun, Precision Rifle, Tactical Scenario courses • Defensive Driving • Martial Arts • Rappelling • Rock Climbing • Team Building • Advanced Level Memberships • Master Planned Community “You get a remarkable level • And More… of competency in just a few days!” Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 119
  • 120. The nation’s premier resort dedicated to your family’s personal safety. From awareness training to firearms courses you can be sure you will receive the most advanced training available, in the most caring and supportive environment. www.frontsight.com | 1.800.987.7719 Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 120
  • 121. Bibliography • Pg 4. National Center for Health Statistics, 2001 • Pg 20. Bureau of Justice Statistics, 1997, 2002 • Pg 5. National Center for Health Statistics, 2001 • Pg 21. Dan Korem, Suburban Gangs-The Affluent • Pg 7. Bureau of Justice Statistics, June 2001 Rebels, 1997 • Pg 8. FBI, Uniform crime report preliminary, 2001 • Pg 22. Bureau of Justice Statistics, 1983, 2002 • Pg 10. Bureau of Justice Statistics, 1996 • Pg 23. Bureau of Justice Statistics, June 2001 • Pg 10. FBI, Uniform Crime Report, 2000 • Pg 24. FBI Uniform Crime Report 2001 • Pg 11. Bureau of Justice Statistics, June 2001 • Pg 26. Bureau of Justice Statistics, June 2001 • Pg 12. Bureau of Justice Statistics, June 2001 • Pg 28. Kenda, Margaret. Crime Prevention Manual • Pg 13. Bureau of Justice Statistics, June 2001 for Business Owners and Managers, Amacom, 1982 • Pg 14. Bureau of Justice Statistics, June 2001 • Pg 29. Kenda, Margaret. Crime Prevention Manual • Pg 14. FBI Uniform Crime Report, 2000 for Business Owners and Managers, Amacom, • Pg 15. National Center for Health Statistics, 2001 1982 • Pg 15. On Killing: The Psychological Cost of • Pg 55. Gary, Kleck and Marc Gertz, "Armed Learning to Kill, Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, 1996 Resistance to Crime: The Prevalence and Nature of • Pg 16. Bureau of Justice Statistics Self-Defense with a Gun," Journal of Criminal • Pg 17. Bureau of Justice Statistics, June 2001 Law and Criminology 1995, Vol. 86 No. 1. • Pg 18. Bureau of Justice Statistics, 2002 • Pg 56. Gary, Kleck and Marc Gertz, "Armed • Pg 18. LAPD, 1997 Resistance to Crime: The Prevalence and Nature of • Pg 19. Bureau of Justice Statistics, 1997, 2002 Self-Defense with a Gun," Journal of Criminal Law and Criminology 1995, Vol. 86 No. 1. Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 121
  • 122. Bibliography • Pg 56. Don B. Kates, Guns and Public Health: • Pg 65. Gary, Kleck and Marc Gertz, "Armed Epidemic of Violence or Pandemic of Propaganda? Resistance to Crime: The Prevalence and Nature of 1995 Self-Defense with a Gun," Journal of Criminal • Pg 57. John Lott, Jr. Star Tribune (Minneapolis, Law and Criminology 1995, Vol. 86 No. 1. MN) August 16, 1998, Metro Edition. • Pg 66. Dr. Edgar Suter, San Francisco Chronicle, • Pg 58. FBI: Uniform Crime report, 2000 7/12/94 • Pg 59. John Lott Jr., Star Tribune (Minneapolis, • Pg 66. National Center for Health Statistics, 2001 MN) August 16, 1998, Metro Edition • Pg 67. John Lott Jr., The Wall Street Journal • Pg 60. U.S. Department of Justice, Law Europe 7/30/2001 Enforcement Assistance Administration, Rape • Pg 68. Investor's Business Daily, April 29, 1999, Victimization in 26 American Cities, 1979, p. 31. Section: Viewpoint; Pg. A20 • Pg 60. Gary Kleck, 'Crime Control Through the • Pg 69. Investor's Business Daily, April 29, 1999, Private Use of Armed Force,' Social Problems 35 Section: Viewpoint; Pg. A20 (February 1988):15. • Pg 70. U.S., Department of Justice, National • Pg 61. FBI, Metropolitan Police of the District of Institute of Justice, 'The Armed Criminal in Columbia, 2000 America: A Survey of Incarcerated Felons,' • Pg 62. newsmax.com, Dec. 19, 2001 Research Report, (July 1985): 27. • Pg 64. National Center for Health Statistics, 2001 • Pg 71. James D. Wright & Peter H. Rossi, Armed • Pg 65. National Center for Health Statistics, 2001 and Considered Dangerous: A Survey of Felons and Their Firearms (1986). Copyright © 2002, American Council on Personal Safety 122