Motorcycle Jacking Caught On Video

Riding a motorcycle gives freedom, maneuverability, and fun. It’s also reason for practicing Active Self Protection, because a motorcycle jacking like this is easier to fall victim to than a carjacking. How could he have protected himself, do you think?

Original video: http://get-asp.com/0id5

News story with more on the incident: http://get-asp.com/6xc6

How do I protect myself from a motorcycle jacking?

1. While in a car or on a motorcycle, recognize that stoplights are transitional spaces, especially in urban areas with a lot of foot traffic. 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. While moving, your car or bike is relatively safe from carjacking or motorcycle jacking. While stopped, you’re more vulnerable.

2. What this needs, then, starts with situational awareness. If you’re in an urban environment especially, be aware of pedestrians near where you are stopping. If possible, don’t stop your bike right next to the curb, but choose the middle lane or between cars (if lane splitting is legal in your city). Keeping some distance and an obstacle between you and danger is always wise.

3. I like my motorcycle and am loathe to scratch it, but if you’re attacked you’ve got to be willing to dump the bike to engage the attackers. A motorcycle jacking is not the time to worry about your chrome! If they steal the bike the chrome is gone anyway, so if you’re attacked you’ve got to have the emotional fitness to just let it go and defend yourself.

4. Multiple attackers are the norm more than the exception anymore, so make sure your training encompasses multiple attackers.

5. A force multiplier is a good thing to have along with you. A good pepper spray would have gone a long way here, if it was available and legal in his city.

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

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  1. Clark Heintz Equipment LLC
    Clark Heintz Equipment LLC says:

    Great topic for discussion. Obviously, awareness of your surroundings is key. While I’m shocked at the sheer audacity of these guys who would jump a guy for his bike in broad daylight on a crowded street, I do wonder if bystanders were wondering if they rider of the motorcycle was actually the thief and these 2 guys who jumped him were merely trying to get their property back?? It was such a bold move, it could’ve been construed that way! Either way, cops should be called when anyone observes something like this!!

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