In the episode "Wolf and Cub" of CBS's "Person of Interest," John Reese (Jim Caviezel) finally shares his secrets to fighting crime. Criminals beware. John Reese may come looking for you next!
Step 1: "Observe."
According to Reese, you can't win a fight against the bad guys if you don't even know who you're fighting. Observation is the key to learning how to take them out more efficiently.
Step 2: "Shake 'em up a bit. See what comes loose."
The most entertaining way to shake up the bad guys is to steal their car and store it somewhere strategic for future use. This will kill two birds with one stone, because it can reveal their weakness, while giving you the perfect weapon for Step 6 (below).
Step 3: "Impose your will on your enemy. Make for their weak points."
The idea of imposing your will on your enemy and aiming for their weak points comes from "The Art of War" by Sun Tzu, which Reese feels is a book all crime fighters should read.
Steps 4 and 5: "Find the boss, and figure out how to hurt him."
When you are fighting crime, you should never assume the boss is a man, but we can let Reese slide on this one. He was talking about a specific case after all, and assumed certain things about the boss based on context. Plus, he was right.
Step 6: "...the fun part."
According to Reese, the most fun and ironic way to take down your enemy is crash into them with their own car (which you stole in Step 2). When they are incapacitated, you can do fun things such as leaving them nearly naked in the back of a cop car with bottles of booze.
You can also interrogate them, but remember that you're the good guy. Torture is not allowed. Instead, use your torture device to destroy bits of the money they owe to someone who will hurt them. That will get them talking.
In case things don't go according to plan, always make sure to have a "Plan B." Plan B should involve a big gun in a bag literally marked with a "Plan B" tag, for clarity. If you are stuck in a pickle, you will probably need to enact Plan B quickly. Since most crime fighting bags all look the same, the "Plan B" tag really helps when you need to grab the bag in a hurry.