Where danger exists the most, we need to be the readiest, and armed robbery is so common at ATMs that you must think about your Active Self Protection constantly when you approach one. How do you protect yourself from this?
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How do I protect myself from an armed robbery?
- There’s a well-worn joke that ATM stands for “Accessory To Mugging,” and it’s not far from the truth. The ATM is of course a likely place to be attacked because it is a transitional space. Thieves and armed robbers can easily ambush you if your attention is engrossed in the machine, and they are built to allow for easy access and escape. When you’re at the ATM, be sure to be extra aware of what is going on around you. The armed robbery will come from an ambush, and if you can detect the ambush before it happens you can get out of there.
- Situational awareness is your best friend. It doesn’t mean that you always are paranoid or living in “condition orange,” but it does mean that you know Col. Cooper’s color code of awareness and you live by it. Pay attention to your surroundings, and recognize that when you’re in public places you need to be more aware of your surroundings than when you’re in private. For a drive up ATM, situational awareness means perhaps making a loop around the building from a farther distance to see if anything is out of place. I am not saying this woman could have seen the armed robbery coming, but the mugger may have seen her being aware and left.
- Do not stay in the danger zone if you can possibly help it. So many times people get decision paralysis and freeze, but you cannot stay in a place where a deadly threat exists! Either act to leave the area, or act to protect yourself. Every second you give an attacker is another opportunity they have to do you and yours harm, so don’t allow that. If you can, get out of there immediately. If you can’t, then look for your opportunity to ensure your own safety by whatever means necessary. This armed robbery went on for some time because the woman didn’t use her accelerator. If you’re in the car, get out of there as fast as you possibly can!
- One of the best ways to protect yourself while you’re in the car is to simply drive off. The car can get away quickly if you are ready, taking you out of danger. So be ready to drive off if you need to during an armed robbery! Keep the car in drive until you’re ready to get out. Keep the engine running. If you’re aware of your surroundings you can escape a lot of problems. An armed robbery is hard to finish if the victim and valuables are 100 yards away!
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