An ambush like this is how robbers like to attack. Whether you’re young or elderly like this man, you need to think about your Active Self Protection!
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What does this video teach us about defending ourselves against a robber?
- Evil exists in our world, and no amount of wishing it away does so. Evil people do evil things (this robber is a good example of that), and good people must be ready and willing to stand between them and innocent people and do enough violence to stop them definitively. No amount of negotiation will make truly evil people change their ways; only those willing and able to stop them who use attitude, skills, and plan effectively can.
- 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 elderly man might well have been able to recognize that he was being followed home and avoided this attack entirely by escaping the ambush.
- Since robbers are looking for victims and not fights, they tend to look for vulnerable people to target. Think about a pride of lions chasing wildebeest in Africa and you get the picture. They target the elderly, the young, and the sick for easier attack and greater success. Likewise, criminals pick victims who they think will not effectively resist them, or that the criminal can quickly overwhelm. This includes the elderly, the young (kids and early teens), the sick, and the distracted. Men (the overwhelming majority of attackers) also target women because women tend to be physically weaker than men. If you’re in a vulnerable population take extra precaution and train!
- 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. Your driveway, carport, and garage are all transitional spaces and a place where a robber or carjacker may strike. Be aware!
- If possible, park your car such that you can drive forward out of the parking spot. Cars are meant to primarily be driven forward, so park in such a way that if you need to go, you can go the way the car was meant to go! Yes, that might mean parking a few spots further away. Yes, that might mean backing your car into a parking spot, but either you back in or you back out, so choose to back in if possible. Additionally, backing in normally will give you a better view of the dangerous place, the street! Here the robber used the distraction of the man getting out of the car and facing away from him to attack him.
Attitude. Skills. Plan.
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