Knowing how best to defend yourself against a carjacking attempt is incredibly important in most of the world! Having appropriate Active Self Protection and knowing what your best solutions are to a carjacking attempt can keep you safe.
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What does this video teach us about the realities of defense against carjacking?
- Situational awareness is your best friend in carjacking defense. 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. Here the victim knew something was up and that gave him warning of the carjacking attempt, which gave him options.
- 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. Wherever you have a stopped car in public you have a transitional space, whether that’s a carjacking attempt or a mugging. The home gates are a prime location for a carjacking in many parts of the world!
- 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. The carjackers always get to set the time and place of the ambush, so surviving a carjacking attempt takes attitude, skills, and plan!
- One of the best ways to protect yourself against a carjacking attempt 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 and there’s an avenue! Keep the car in drive until you’re ready to get out (or reverse, as in this carjacking). Keep the engine running. If you’re aware of your surroundings you can escape a lot of problems.
- Your car is not a private space, and you must continue to think of yourself like you’re in public. If ever you wonder if people don’t think of themselves as in public in the car, pay attention to drivers in their cars and see how often they are picking their nose or singing along at high volume. Don’t let your smartphone take all your attention when you’re in the car, either! Think of yourself as walking down the street and pay attention accordingly, because carjackings happen when you’re not paying attention.
Attitude. Skills. Plan.
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