Bystanders play an important role in preventing street crimes. Police rely on bystanders to be their eyes and ears on the streets. Bystanders are also potential witnesses whose presence in an area helps deter crime. When a bystander witnesses a crime, he or she may run away, call for help, watch but not respond, try to help the victim, try to apprehend the offender, or try to take his or her own vengeance out on the offender.
Criminals fear bystander intervention because the bystander is present at the time the crime is committed. They do not fear the police, wince they plan on leaving before the police arrive. When a crime occurs in their presence, bystanders must make sudden decisions about what they are going to do. The situation, type of crime, their self-defense abilities, their morals, and their personality help them determine whether to intervene or not get involved.
As stated above, fear is not a bad thing, it is necessary for our survival. It helps keep us out of trouble by making us cautious. Taekwondo students need to understand fear, and learn how to use it to their own advantage.