Would you have attacked the robber like this Good Samaritan did? At Active Self Protection we always want to think about the consequences of acting and of not acting, so this robbery caught on camera helps us think through our own responses to situations.
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How do I protect myself in a robbery?
- 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. This robbery took place in a transitional space (fast food restaurants are transitional spaces by definition!) and they are always places where robbers like to hit.
- This robbery reminds us that every person gets to decide who they are willing to protect. For some, their “flock” is only themselves and their immediate family. That’s an acceptable answer. For others, they are willing to protect their friends, coworkers, and extended family. For a few, it might mean being willing to protect anyone who is weak, powerless, and in need. Each of us must decide the size of our flock and have that decision firmly in mind when it is time to act. This man decided to step in to try to protect the employees of the restaurant which is laudable!
- As each of us considers whether to be a Good Samaritan and step into encounters that do not directly involve us, we must consider the implications on our lives and families. Does your desire to step in and stop a robbery override your duty to your spouse and children and loved ones? Or is it part of your care for your family to protect others wherever you can? We must also all realize that when we come across an incident in progress that it can be VERY difficult to determine who is the aggressor and who is the defender, who are the good guys and who are the bad guys, and that must give us pause as well. Obviously this robbery is pretty clear-cut on that end, but it’s still worth considering in general.
- This robbery shows us that we must be able to fight and defend ourselves from all different stages of action. One of my martial arts mentors, Skip Hancock, likes to say that we must be able to fight wherever the fight happens to be! So whether we are at contact stage (just able to come in physical contact with our attacker), penetration stage (where attacks can contact and penetrate significantly), or manipulation stage (a clinch or similar where joint and body manipulations are possible), we must be able to use effective technique to protect ourselves. This fight went from contact to out of contact to penetration to manipulation.
Attitude. Skills. Plan.
(music in the intro and outro courtesy of Bensound at http://www.bensound.com)