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Safe In The City: A Streetwise Guide To Avoid Being Robbed, Raped, Ripped Off, Or Run Over [Kindle Edition]

Chris Pfouts
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Book Description

This is an entertaining street-level look at how crimes are really committed in America's cities. Chris and Animal use their NY-L.A. experience to help you learn the games carjackers, muggers, "gangstas," rapists, junkies and conmen play--and how to avoid them.

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  • Format: Kindle Edition
  • File Size: 3824 KB
  • Print Length: 320 pages
  • Publisher: Paladin Press (1 May 1994)
  • Sold by: Amazon Media EU S.à r.l.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B005CFJY3C
  • Text-to-Speech: Enabled
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  • Word Wise: Enabled
  • Enhanced Typesetting: Not Enabled
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #963,261 Paid in Kindle Store (See Top 100 Paid in Kindle Store)
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4.0 out of 5 stars Streetwise Advice 30 Dec. 2011
By Charles TOP 1000 REVIEWER
Format:Paperback|Verified Purchase
This is a book about how crime tends to happen in L.A and New York.

I think it is very silly that people learn martial arts to defend themselves from crime but they do not know anything about crime avoidance and how criminals operate, this book will help.

It describes how criminals approach their potential victims and interview them to see if they are a easy target. This section alone is worth the price of the book.

It describes how burglary, con games, sexual assaults, carjackings, muggings and various other street crimes tend to happen and offers advice on how to protect yourself. I especially found the advice on protecting your home from buglers and making your front door harder to smash down very interesting although I think they did leave out some important things.

This book is quite old (1994) and I think a bit of the information is dated e.g the info about finding payphones is no longer relevant with cell phones being common and I think it's even harder now that there are even less public payphones then when this book was written. Another example of dated info mentions that modern luxury cars are hard to steal but does not mention expensive car thieves have got round this problem by burgling people's houses to get the expensive car keys.

A interesting side note about this book is that the authors believe people became drug addicts because of horrid life experiences and environments which makes drug addiction a consequence of messed up countries, not the result of flawed characters. (Google "rat park" for studies on rats that suggest this could be correct)

A lot of the info in this book is L.A and New York specific but there is enough similarities in crime in the western world for this book to be useful for people living in England and I highly recommend this book.
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5.0 out of 5 stars True Crime from Guys Who Know! 4 May 2000
By Michael B. Bruneio - Published on
As a professional security specialist, I can say without hesitation that this book is one of the best written on the subject of street crime. MacYoung and Pfouts know their subject intimately well, and their research into criminal psychology is more thorough than a semester of Criminal Justice in college! I tested the veracity of this book while working as a private investigator; my bosses were retired police detectives, and they were firmly impressed with the knowledge these "civilians" possessed. If you want to safeguard yourself on the mean (and not-so-mean) streets, I highly recommend buying this book and putting its recommendations to use. By the way, I live an hour outside of New York City, and I have seen and identify with much of co-author Pfouts' experiences in the Big Apple. This book is not to be missed.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Exceptional, truly useful 4 Oct. 1999
By A Customer - Published on
Debunks many foolish myths about the how's and why's of violent crime. Covers aspects of life at home, in the car, on the street, etc., and deals with many different types of crime. They write about LA and New York in particular, and what they say may seem extreme to readers in safer locales. But this book contains valuable lessons for everyone. Full of useable, specific ideas for keeping ourselves safe. Has a "gritty" and thoroughly authentic flavour to it, and the authors aren't afraid of offending people sometimes -including us readers. That's great, because sometimes we need a jolt to help us face reality and do something about it.
5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Great self-protection book 12 May 2008
By Douglas Setter - Published on
I have read dozens of self-defense books and this one tops them for praticality, real-live experiences and humor. The authors do not describe martial art moves or fighting. Rather, they describe the 5 stages of an assault: The intent, the interview, positioning, the attack and the reaction. After putting violent crime into that perspective, I began to see the mistakes that led up to my own problems with being assaulted as a teen and ripped off as an adult. All of the signs were there.

Authors Marc MacYoung and Chris Pfouts describe common scenarios that people do not learn until it is too late: the squeegee guy who will snatch your watch when you try to pay them, the teen who will slap a guy's date to draw the guy into a fight with a pack of teens, how a car jacker approaches a car, how to drive away without getting shot. They also talk about the early danger signs of a trouble maker. Like the guy who broods, talks violence and has an addictive personality.

I think that several books could be written from some of the information in this book. For instance, women who are most likely to be raped are between 18 and 25, like to party and are already contemptuous of men. The book also gives good advice for young women at a party such as bringing a friend or sleeping in their car. (Otherwise, they might wake up to find someone like their friend's boyfriend on top of them). Much of this book's advice is from actual interviews with criminals and crime victims. Some of the book's comments might rattle some people, but it does not have to be politically correct to keep the reader out of trouble.

Chris Pfouts has some true accounts of violent encounters, including getting shot. He gives a blunt view of New York crime. Marc "Animal" MacYoung describes crime in Los Angeles. He constantly had me in stitches over his observations and encounters. (As he catches a thief in his car and the thief explains, "Your car? I thought that it was my car?"

Read a copy before you visit either city. It could save you a lot of heartache.

Doug Setter, Bsc. author of One Less Victim: A Prevention Guide and Stomach Flattening
3 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars He'sTaken Many Beatings for This Knowlege, Be Smart Read It 27 Feb. 2000
By Brad Parker - Published on
If you have never read a book or seen a video from Marc "Animal" MacYoung, you are in for a very different experience.  MacYoung relies on many of his own street experiences to pass along information and techniques. This results in some wild tales and the liberal use of "street" language throughout the book.  (Sometimes I wonder if Paladin puts their authors up to this). You'd probably not want your mother to read this, but for the reader who needs to get streetwise fast, take advantage of MacYoung's experience and skip the beatings of your own.
Brad Parker, Defend University
3 of 24 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The scary streets 12 Jun. 2006
By stevek - Published on
Fairly good advice given using LA and NY city as models. I can only speak for LA but alot of things he says about it now seem dated. If you've never been to either of those cities, he will make you afraid to go, but as a life long (50 years) resident of LA whose never had a problem, I have to take what he says about LA and NY too with a grain of salt. Then again, perhaps I've just been lucky. Come to think of it I did have a battery stolen out of my car at Venice Beach in 1985 not to mention the time I was robbed, raped, beaten, assaulted with a deadly weapon, and had a nuclear device go off under my car. But that was in Compton. Being a white guy I should have known better not to go there but I had heard about this dude with some really good crack and... LOL
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