Over the past year or so, we, here in Terre Haute, Indiana, have seen increasing number of violent crimes (e.g., stabbings). And, it’s gotten people talking about their safety and self-defense. So, I wanted to take a moment to address something of a misconception.
Many I speak to believe that violent crimes occur more at night than during the day. This leads to a relaxed disposition during daylight hours, and invites predators.
According to the U.S. National Crime Victimization Survey (NCVS), a survey taken twice per year since 1972, crime doesn’t discriminate between day or night. For example, consider the following:
- Only 42.4% of simple assaults occur at night; and,
- 47.3% of violent crimes occur between 6 p.m. and 6 a.m.
- 57.8% of aggrevated assaults happen at night, a small majority of the 24 hour day; and,
- 63.2% of rapes and sexual assaults occur at night.
When one looks at these statistics, it becomes clear that we must always be prepared to defend ourselves, and we cannot afford to be lackadaisical about our condition. (You can read more about what I mean about condition in an earlier article here. It touches on the subject.)
For more information on these statistics and other statistics, visit the NCVS at https://www.bjs.gov/
To learn how to defend yourself, visit us at the Yost Wing Chun Kung-fu Academy in Terre Haute, Indiana. We can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or (812) 229-4097.
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