How would you have protected yourself from this mugging? If your Active Self Protection is solid, a mugging like this would be very unlikely to be successful against you. But if you don’t have attitude, skills, and plan ready, these kinds of victimizations are far more possible!
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How do I protect myself against a mugging?
- Transitional spaces are places where we MUST be more careful of potential mugging. 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. Sidewalks are transitional spaces, especially sidewalks with choke points and alleyways. If you’re in a transitional space you need to know that your likelihood of being attacked is higher!
- A life of self-protection must be dedicated to avoidance, de-escalation, and escape whenever possible. You win 100% of the fights that you don’t get in, so make a commitment to de-escalate, escape, or evade any encounter you possibly can. Having good situational awareness will give you more time and opportunity to see problems coming and formulate a plan to stay away and protect yourself without danger to yourself or others. This is always our first choice as self-defenders. Avoidance of a mugging is a win! If you don’t see it coming, escape as soon as the danger starts to present itself. If you can’t escape, try to de-escalate if possible. If none of that works, then you better be ready to stop the mugging by any means necessary.
- 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 a mugging 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.
- The Bystander Effect is real. There were lots of people around watching this mugging, but no one stepped in until the attack was over. You cannot count on anyone breaking the Bystander Effect to help you, especially if the attacker is armed and any help would be at a force deficit from it. Usually the best way to break the Bystander Effect is to have a force multiplication advantage, which is a great reason to keep your force multiplier on you at all times.
- 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! This mugging featured four attackers, all of them teens, some as young as 12. Be ready for what comes your way!
- Pepper spray (also called OC or OC spray) can be a very useful defensive tool for non-lethal threats like this mugging. I carry this one, and it’s nasty stuff: http://amzn.to/1kxJpls . It can also be used against you in a fight, so you should know how to defend yourself if you’re sprayed! Take a good course on pepper spray and how to employ it, and as part of that course take a dose yourself so that you know the effect it will have on you and how to fight through it to continue to protect yourself. Of course, in this mugging some would argue that a firearm is a better tool, and I think the woman might have been able to articulate a genuine fear of death or great bodily harm. If you season these punks right in the beginning, though, you might well have given yourself the time to get out.
Attitude. Skills. Plan.