The FBI estimates millions of people get attacked every year in our country and that's why the self-defense industry has never been more popular.
But one Durham man explained our understanding of protection might be outdated and his tips just might save your life.
Stewart Edmiston is the president and chief instructor of Tactical Survival Training.
"If a seasoned criminal wants to get you, there's nobody that's going to be there in time," said Edmiston.
His company is based out of Durham and he teaches self-defense all over the country. But his approach is unorthodox.
"Instead of encountering a fear response if you ever get attacked, find that primal instinct to survive," said Edmiston.
He suggests writing the names of two of the most important people in your life on a piece of paper and putting it at a visible place in your home so that you're reminded of why you need to survive in the event of an attack.
Edmiston explained that it's a good psychological tool to practice, to be empowered to fight for your life, instead of cowering when attacked for example.
It's called the psychology of self-defense and it practices the art of training your brain to fight for your life instead of submitting or trying choreographed traditional self-defense moves that often don't work.
"It's better than having the blinders on, having no idea what's going on," said Edmiston.
On any given night an assault, a robbery, or rape can happen to anyone. That's why in addition to mental preparation Edmiston suggests having a tactical flashlight in handy.
"It's not lethal but it still inhibits the attacker's sense. So, you can give them a little blast in the eye and what is does is stun them momentarily," Edminston said.
It's for those uneasy at the prospect of carrying knives or guns.
To learn more about the company, go their website.