An important part of Active Self Protection is knowing what you’re willing to fight for and what you have to let go of for the bigger picture. Would you have fought these guys carjacking you, or just let it go?
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How do I protect myself from carjacking?
1. 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. In this carjacking, knowing that there were people over his left shoulder might have led to the victim starting the bike before getting on, getting on from the other side to be aware, or walking away and waiting until he felt safe to try again.
2. 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 you’re entering or exiting a vehicle (or getting on or off your motorcycle), your car becomes a transitional space and you’ve got to be aware that you are at increased risk of attack.
3. An important part of spiritual fitness is knowing what you are willing and able to fight for. As bearers of the image of God, humans are uniquely valuable and it is always acceptable to protect human life, whether your own or someone else’s. Property is something else entirely, and while in some states it is legal in some instances to protect property with deadly force it is not acceptable ethically for self-defenders to use deadly force to protect stuff. If a robber threatens your person to take your possessions, then by all means stop them from harming you and end the threat to your life. But if they are not a threat to life or limb, don’t become a perpetrator yourself by using deadly force without proper justification. At some point a carjacking goes from protecting yourself to seeking vengeance for taking property. At that point you’re best to let it go. The exception, of course, is if you have loved ones still in the car in which case it’s not a carjacking but a kidnapping.
4. 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! As here, the multiple attackers don’t always present themselves immediately, so be ready for the unknown attacker to show up mid-event.
5. As well-meaning as police officers are, they cannot protect you from danger. As the old adage says, “When seconds count, the police are only minutes away!” You—and ONLY you—can protect yourself from danger when it comes upon you. A police response time of 5 minutes is considered perfectly acceptable in most suburban departments, and times upwards of 30 minutes can be the norm in rural areas! You need to have the attitude, skills, and plan to protect yourself from harm because the police simply can’t.
Attitude. Skills. Plan.
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