A carjacking is no fun, but if you’re ready like this intended victim, your results tend to improve! Do you think about your Active Self Protection against a carjacking much?
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News story #1 on the carjacking from local sources, with significant details: https://get-asp.com/hnqq
News story #2 on the carjacking attempt: https://get-asp.com/5o1i
What does this resourceful victim teach us about defending ourselves against a carjacking?
- Transitional spaces are places where we MUST be more careful of potential attack such as a carjacking. A transitional space is any location that (1) allows attackers to prey on potential victims with an element of surprise and (2) provides ready escape for the attackers. The easy ambush of this car wash makes it a transitional space!
- Situational awareness is your best friend against a carjacking. 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.
- There is a significant difference between territorial and predatorial violence, and this carjacking shows the difference well. (I learned these terms from Marc MacYoung) Territorial violence occurs when an aggressor wants something from you; they put a line in the sand and tell you that you will give it to them, or they will hurt you. Muggings and rapes fall in this category among others. Predatorial violence occurs when the attacker wants you dead and there is no ability to comply with demands to live. In territorial violence compliance might get you out alive, but a predatory attacker will not be stopped short of your death or you having the attitude, skills, and plan to stop them.
- In any territorial or predatorial violence, the attacker gets to set the time and circumstances of the attack. They will almost always launch that attack from ambush, or as we like to call it in Umas, from “obscurity.” Surviving that ambush is one of the most important keys to successfully defending yourself against a carjacking.
- In a carjacking, decisions of life and death will be made in the blink of an eye. On the range and in class we have time to consider and to think and to reset and to make multiple attempts, but when the balloon goes up in real life you’ve got fractions of seconds to decide what the best course of action is to protect yourself. The way to be better at decision making in the heat of the moment is training, specifically scenario training and force-on-force training that is designed to work on decision-making skills under stress. It’s offered all over the country, so get training!
Attitude. Skills. Plan.
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