A Sign of Things to Come? Flash Mobs & Flash Violence

Over the last week, a relatively new phenomenon called Flash Mobs, has swept through Chicago. Three sporting goods stores took the brunt of the damage, as large groups of thugs entered Sports Authority stores in Chicago and then proceeded to ransack the stores.

Over the last couple of years, flash mobs have become a growing problem that has spread throughout the country, causing chaos and becoming increasingly dangerous to the public.

Earlier this year, we ran an article that featured a number of these flash mobs that turned violent, including one in Detroit where a group of criminals stormed a gas station and the violently beat and robbed a clerk.

Criminal Flash Mobs

As we pointed out last year, these flash mob tactics are increasingly being used by gangs and organized crime; something that has caused some cities to actually hire private security forces after police were unable to keep them safe.

So What can be Done to Protect Yourself from Flash Mobs?

Stay aware of your surroundings at all times. As you can see from the videos above, these flash mobs can literally overrun a store in a matter of seconds. If you get the slightest feeling that something seems weird, listen to your instincts.

Keep an eye on the crowd. For the most part, you should have a pretty good idea of what the stores you visit look like. If you suddenly see an abnormal increase in the amount of people flowing into the store, this could be the first sign that something isn’t right. Immediately scan the area and try to get a feel for the type of people who are walking around. By in large, most of these Flash Mob style crimes are conducted by teenagers. If you’re in a store that seems to all of a sudden fill up with teenagers, it’s probably a good time to make your exit.

Use Technology to beat them at their own Game.  Although these Flash Mobs can often seem to spring up out of nowhere, they are often heavily promoted or talked about on sites like Twitter and Facebook. If you plan on going to a store, or somewhere that may be targeted by these groups, jump on Twitter and type in the name of your destination. It only takes a couple of seconds of your time, but those couple of seconds might warn you to any impending dangers.


  1. Prepdon
    November 7, 2013 at 12:59 pm

    Great tip on scanning social media before you head out. I never thought of that, but it totally makes sense.

  2. anthony chmielewski
    November 7, 2013 at 1:33 pm

    I have been in a store when a bunch of kids pulled that crap.
    They closed the doors and violated my freedom of movement.
    Too bad I am not above kicking one of their asses..

  3. Victor Fox
    November 7, 2013 at 1:51 pm

    pays to remember chicago seems to be heavily unarmed too…

  4. Unlicensed Dremel
    November 7, 2013 at 2:02 pm

    “So What can be Done to Protect Yourself from Flash Mobs?” – Ummm, you left out THE most important way to do so (by far) – Get the #$#% OUT of blue, leftist controlled states and cities.

  5. questiobnallmedia
    November 7, 2013 at 3:57 pm

    Chicago is hardly unarmed.

    • JBB
      November 8, 2013 at 3:00 am

      “Chicago is hardly unarmed.” True. Only the good, law-abiding citizens are.

  6. Victor Fox
    November 8, 2013 at 6:15 am

    we live the same sh*t here in brazil. please don’t come to the cup games next year if your value your lives…

    the criminals are going to take over (more than today), pres. dilma will probably make a deal with the gangs, so they will let the games happen (that is: no police or prisons, but a deal with criminals)…

    we’re suffering here with the same kind of mobs, we law abiding citizens are mostly unarmed and police is stopping in many states (you read it: police in strike and for more than 30 days, no ocurrencies were or will be related or investigated).

    that’s our country… seems we’re up to the ears in comunnist hands, world-wide. First step in gun banning, controls on assault weapons/rifles, mag capacity and other sh*t. Next is drug legalizing and gay marriage (note: i don’t care about one’s sexual choice, just don’t call it marriage, a civil contract would do the same effects for law)… God knows what comes next.

    God bless America and Brazil. I hope we’ll get our countries on the right track someday…

    • SNIPER
      November 8, 2013 at 6:53 am

      Keep your head up and your ass down.

  7. Jake
    November 8, 2013 at 6:45 am

    To Victor fm Brazil: None of this garbage happens until the citizens stop paying attention to elections. In the US only 13% approve of Congress but historically we re-elect 97% of incumbents. That screams a lazy, ignorant population that doesn’t care who they vote for. We gave up our right to complain long ago when we decided to vote for whichever candidate had the most yard signs. So don’t blame the scumbag politicians or the Communists. They are what we voted for. Now, we actually have millions of “Americans” that will give away their freedom if Obama and the Democrats will just give them another handout. It make me sick. If good men do nothing, anarchy ensues. So hold on to your shorts!

    • Victor Fox
      November 8, 2013 at 7:51 am

      Really true.

      Unfortunatedly, next year we’ll have elections here and the most popular is also the worst for its bread and circus politics.

      We have no choice, unless voting null, but it doesn’t solve things.

      Just as you said, when govt gives some monthly money help its perpetuation is assured.

      we tax payers and law abiding citizens suffer.

      at least, America is by far more democratic and FREE.

      We live in a camouflaged social-communist-dictatorship . I didn’t vote them and never will. I always voted to the other side, and it lose…

      Let’s keep the powder dry and trust the Providence…

    • Dark Space
      November 18, 2013 at 10:53 am

      And even though we had 8 million more people eligible to vote in 2012 (a major election year in which historically significant events were represented at the polls) the total number of voters actually DECREASED! Only a third of the country actually goes to the polls…

  8. Sonokar
    November 8, 2013 at 9:30 am

    This only happens in gun free zones.

  9. A cure
    November 9, 2013 at 9:24 am

    Flash mobs are best neutralized by muzzle flash.

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