I love it when good people do the right thing and give carjackers the consequences of their evil, don’t you? This driver practiced excellent Active Self Protection in defending his family from the carjackers, and he gives us a template to use!
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How do I protect myself from carjackers?
- 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 Kenpo, from “obscurity.” Surviving that ambush is one of the most important keys to successfully defending yourself. These carjackers got to set the time of the attack, and they chose a moment of vulnerability (as they usually will). Surviving that ambush usually means knowing what to do in the moment!
- 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 driver saw carjackers approaching and did what he needed to do to protect himself and his loved ones, which was get out of the danger zone. Well done!
- A life of self-protection must be dedicated to avoidance, de-escalation, and escape whenever possible. You win 100% of the fights that you don’t get in, so make a commitment to de-escalate, escape, or evade any encounter you possibly can. Having good situational awareness will give you more time and opportunity to see problems coming and formulate a plan to stay away and protect yourself without danger to yourself or others. This is always our first choice as self-defenders. In this instance, the carjackers didn’t mean this man well, and he chose to escape. Well done!
- 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! 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. Carjackers can’t steal a moving car!
Attitude. Skills. Plan.
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