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About No Victims

vic⋅tim  /ˈvɪktɪm/


1. a person who suffers from a destructive or injurious action or agency: a victim of an automobile accident. 

2. a person who is deceived or cheated, as by his or her own emotions or ignorance, by the dishonesty of others, or by some impersonal agency: a victim of misplaced confidence; the victim of a swindler; a victim of an optical illusion.

The above definition, courtesy of Dictionary.Com, illustrates “victim” as a passive noun (one is a victim, there is no action required). There is no accompanying passive verb form of the word for a person who facilitates or allows themselves to be victimized (the active form of the verb). One is a victim or one is not. “To be a victim” implies that one has no control.

Sure, sometimes being a victim is unavoidable. Being rear-ended by a driver that then flees the scene of the accident makes you a victim of a hit-and-run. The only way to have avoided it would have been not to have been driving in the first place. A cook in a restaurant not paying enough attention to the temperature of the chicken wings before he throws them in the deep fryer could lead to you being a victim of food poisioning. It could only have prevented if you hadn’t eaten. There isn’t much that can be done about such situations.

But what about that group of situation where we do have some measure of control? Can we choose to not let our house be burgled? Can we choose to not have our identity stolen? Can we choose to not be assaulted, mugged, raped or murdered? Can we, to some extent, refuse to be a victim of crime?

The answer is a resounding “yes.” There are techniques we can learn to make us a less likely burglary target. Two simple actions we all can take (freezing credit reports and creating a transaction password requirement for all bank transactions) can virtually eliminate the potential of having one’s identity stolen. Increased situational awareness and commanding the basics of self-defense can reduce the potential of injury or death when others seek to rob us of our property, our autonomy or our lives.

However, refusing to be a victim isn’t easy, and it seldom is convenient. It is a committment to one’s self and one’s family that will impact everything you do every single day in some little way. And some big ones too. To refuse is to take action. To be a victim is to be passive.

Which would you rather be?

This site, and this blog, is for you if you said, “I refuse to be a victim.” It is all about your safety and your family’s safety and how to improve it. Check back often for updates in two major topic areas:

  • How to make one’s self, one’s family, one’s home, one’s car and one’s life generally safer, and
  • How to improve one’s ability to safely and effectively handle and store firearms.

The information here is based on the personal experience of the author, research and sifting of  the tremendous (and often contradictory and glaringly inaccurate) volume of “public safety” content on the Internet, established best-practices from crime-prevention programs such as Refuse To Be A Victim(R) and the National Sheriffs’ Foundation’s Neighborhood Watch program, and a healthy dose of common sense. Please consider this a starting point for your own research and efforts to secure your home and protect your family.

Finally, please note that No Victims is not in any way a commercial venture. The founder and author does not profit (except spiritually and perhaps karmically) from your visits to this site and has no material relationships with the manufacturers, distributors or providers of any products or services discussed on this site.


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About The Author


No Victim’s founder has the dubious honor of having lived in some of the most criminally-challenged cities in the world – Atlanta, Chicago and Moscow (Russia) among them – and has himself been the victim of property and violent crimes.

Desiring to make his community a stronger and safer one, Matthew initially sought education in crime-prevention techniques to make himself and his family safer and eventually pursued certification to teach those techniques to others.  Matthew is certified to teach Refuse To Be A Victim(R), Home Firearms Safety and other courses designed to promote crime-prevention behaviors and responsible firearms ownership.

Matthew volunteers with Safe Atlanta For Everyone (SAFE) and other organizations to develop and deploy public-safety programs designed to make communities stronger and safer.

By day Matthew is a management consultant who works with middle-market and Fortune 500 companies to improve returns on investments in operations and information technology, address risks and opportunities associated with strategic transactions such as mergers and acquisitions, and identify and address operations and information technology-related risk.

An advocate of skills-based volunteerism, Matthew also encourages and empowers other consultants and professional services providers to ply their trade on a pro-bono basis on behalf of charitable non-profit organizations and created a website, www.volunteer-consultants.org, to support that mission.

Matthew and his family reside in Atlanta, GA.

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