Carjacking Victim Fights Off Carjackers

Have you thought much about protecting your family from carjacking? Your Active Self Protection needs to be absolutely on point if you’re going to survive a confrontation like this!

Original video of the carjacking attempt:


How do I protect myself from carjacking?


  1. 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. When your car is stopped it is a transitional space ripe for carjacking, and you need to know that those are the places that attacks happen much more regularly.


  1. Your car can be used as a very effective force multiplier if you are willing to use it to defend a carjacking. While a handgun might deliver 300-500 ft-lbs of energy, a car delivers on the order of 200,000 ft-lbs of energy at 40mph. (calculate your car’s KE here: if you’re a nerd like me!) Being behind the wheel with a deadly threat in front of you also puts the engine block between you and the threat; engine blocks are effective cover. It makes sense to use your car if you are in it to defend yourself.


  1. 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!


  1. One of the principles we talk about regularly at ASP is the “Boarding House Rules” which boiled down mean “everyone gets firsts before anyone gets seconds.” Against multiple attackers who are equal threats, putting a shot on target into each attacker is probably wisest to immediately get the threat to start changing. Once every attacker has been addressed, reassess the existing threat to see who needs more attention and engage. Of course, against unequal threats this isn’t the case, so training is key. In this carjacking, focusing on one carjacker too much could have been fatal!


  1. 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) In this carjacking that could have required as many as 30 rounds, which is a LOT, but in reality 10-15 at a minimum is needed here. Remember, no one after a gunfight laments that they had too much ammunition on them.


  1. To defend against this kind of attack, you need emotional fitness. Emotional fitness is defined as the ability to internally represent a situation or predicament to yourself in such a way as to make you strong and able to successfully defend yourself against it. Repeated practice and thousands of reps of sparring and self-defense absolutely build your emotional fitness to be able to handle whatever comes your way. Defending against 6 attackers in a carjacking is no joke, so be emotionally fit and ready to go.


  1. 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. The first person to put shots on target normally wins, and that seems to be borne out in this carjacking well.


Attitude. Skills. Plan.


(music in the intro and outro courtesy of Bensound at

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