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Found an article on the internet.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2465369/Woman-scares-DC-mugger-lying-wor

It reminds me how many people often say that if someone ever mug them, they would simply lie that they don't have any cash or credit card and then the mugger will go away.

How effective is this self defense tactic?

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The problem with any "You just do this ..." strategy is that violence is never a simple situation with a simple answer.


The most accurate answer is "It depends."

That's because the circumstances of each and every situation are different. So trying to come up with a 'you just do this' answer is BS. A strategy that works with one guy will get you shot by another.

Be careful of anyone who tells you 'you just do this.' But more importantly, be careful of your own desire to find a 'you just do this' answer.  

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Street self-defense, crime avoidance and personal safety

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I grew up in the streets of Los Angeles in 'situational poverty.' I have dealt with criminals and violent people all my life -- both personally and professionally. I have written 15 books and 6 videos on surviving street violence. I was originally published under the name Marc Animal MacYoung. (Animal was my street name). I've taught police and military both internationally and within the US. I've lectured at universities, academies and done countless TV, radio, newspaper and magazine interviews. I'm a professional speaker on crime avoidance and personal safety. And I am an expert witness recognized by the US court system. My bio is at www.nononsenseselfdefense.com/marcmacyoung.html My abridged CV (Curriculum Vitae) is at http://www.nononsenseselfdefense.com/seminarEW.htm

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Too numerous to list here. My CV (for my expert witness work in court) is at http://www.nononsenseselfdefense.com/seminarEW.htm

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Read "In the Name of Self-Defense" the streets don't give a Ph.D in scuffle.

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