A carjacking is dangerous and chaotic, so knowing what your plan is beforehand is an important part of your Active Self Protection. This victim made a mistake before the carjacking happened, and a fatal mistake while it was in progress.
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News story on the on this carjacking with details on the victim and circumstances: https://get-asp.com/74i0
What does this victim teach us about defending ourselves against a carjacking?
- You must accept that danger exists and that it can happen to you. This is the foundational core of spiritual fitness and the first step in taking proactive steps to protect yourself and your loved ones. If you live in a fantasyland that nothing bad can happen because nothing bad has happened in the past, you’re setting yourself up for a terrible letdown. This victim KNEW that something bad was about to happen according to the news story, but he didn’t do anything to stop it ahead of time. A carjacking won’t wait for you to be ready for it.
- Never leave your keys in your car or the car running if you are away from it. Period, end of subject. The only time you can leave a car running is if your car is equipped with a remote starter that can leave it running while you take the keys and lock the car on the way out. And of course, never leave vulnerable people like children or elderly parents in a car without someone to protect them. If you’re all they have, take them with you. Here there weren’t any people in the car to protect, but the carjacking was for the car itself. The opportunity was presented because the keys were in the ignition!
- Don’t leave your car doors unlocked when you’re away from it. The doors lock for a reason! Take your keys with you and lock your doors as you go. 99% of cars are now equipped with remote locks, so locking your doors is simple, easy, and wise to keep your car from being broken into or stolen. It’s preventative care.
- Transitional spaces are places where we MUST be more careful of potential attack. 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. Here the busy convenience store allowed the carjacking to develop slowly as the carjackers cased their mark.
- An important part of spiritual fitness is knowing what you are willing and able to fight for. As bearers of the image of God, humans are uniquely valuable and it is always acceptable to protect human life, whether your own or someone else’s, during a carjacking. Property is something else entirely, simply because of the risk it presents to the victim. We see that starkly here.
Attitude. Skills. Plan.
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