You don’t get a lot of time to think and plan in a carjacking. It’s not time to formulate, it’s time to put your training to work and use the Active Self Protection you’ve built before. This guy had it down pat!
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How do I protect myself from carjacking?
- Marksmanship matters! The old saying is quite true: you can’t miss fast enough to win a gunfight. As a self-defender you need to practice and train to put your first shot on target as fast as you can, but the key is to put as many shots on target as possible. This carjacking ended well for the victim in no small part because he put his first shot on target. Marksmanship matters, so work on your marksmanship.
- 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. This carjacking ended well because the victim had enough warning from being aware that he could effectively respond!
- 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. The carjacking victim here saw the ambush coming and so he was able to launch a counter-ambush.
- Capacity matters. My rule of thumb is that I want a minimum of 5 rounds for each bad guy I might face, which accounts for 2 misses and 3 shots on target for each. (of course, you never want to miss…I am just accommodating me on my worst day) This carjacking features three attackers, which means 15 shots in the gun is what I want to deal with it successfully in most cases. Consider how much capacity is enough for you.
- We must never settle for being able to protect ourselves against a lone attacker because of how common multiple attacker engagements are. Rats travel in packs, so we must always be prepared to face multiple attackers! This carjacking featured three attackers.
- I can’t believe how often I have to say this, but LOCK YOUR CAR DOORS. When you get in the car, lock the doors. If your car automatically unlocks the doors when you put it in park or shut the engine off, read your owner’s manual and change that setting. Your car door is a great barrier to keep between you and any potential carjacking, so keep it locked for your safety! This intended victim seemed to have his locked, so kudos to him.
Attitude. Skills. Plan.
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