When the balloon goes up on a kidnapping like this, you MUST have your Active Self Protection covered! Do you pay special attention when in transitional spaces like your car as it parks?
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How do I protect myself from kidnapping?
- I can’t believe how often I have to say this, but LOCK YOUR CAR DOORS. So many kidnapping incidents could be prevented by locked doors! When you get in the car, lock the doors. If your car automatically unlocks the doors when you put it in park or shut the engine off, read your owner’s manual and change that setting. Your car door is a great barrier to keep between you and any potential carjackings, so keep it locked for your safety! Your order of operations should be get in the car, lock the doors, start the car, seatbelt on, drive off.
- Your car can be used as a very effective force multiplier in a kidnapping if you are willing to use it. 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: https://get-asp.com/swon 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. In this kidnapping it would have involved being willing to use the car as a battering ram, but that’s worth it to protect your loved ones.
- Evil exists in our world, and no amount of wishing it away does so. Evil people do evil things like this kidnapping, 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.
- Transitional spaces are places where we MUST be more careful of potential attack, including kidnapping. 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.
- Parents must consider their children in their defensive plan, and that includes kidnapping (of the child, but potentially of the parent as well). The younger the child, the more the parent(s) must consider how holding or dragging their child will affect their ability to protect both of them. Naturally, the more children you have the more you’ll be constrained in retreat or running, and the more you’ll have to “stick your foot in the ground” and defend yourself without retreat.
Attitude. Skills. Plan.
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