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Brutal Sucker Punch of Elderly Woman Caught On Camera

How would you have responded if you were the next guy in line? When I see a sucker punch like this is jut makes me angry. Doubly so when the victim is elderly! We practice Active Self Protection so that these kinds of incidents are minimized, but we also watch these so that we’re ready to respond if they happen near us.

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Original video of this sucker punch with details of the incident is here: https://get-asp.com/m8tt

 

What does this sucker punch teach us about covering our ASP?

 

  1. In any territorial or predatorial violence, the attacker gets to set the time and circumstances of the attack. They will almost always launch that attack from ambush, or as we like to call it in Umas, from “obscurity.” Surviving that ambush is one of the most important keys to successfully defending yourself. Clearly it would have been nearly impossible to stop this sucker punch in the moment, but the point is nevertheless valid that we must survive the ambush to be able to defend ourselves.

 

  1. Since criminals are looking for victims and not fights, they tend to look for vulnerable people to target. Think about a pride of lions chasing wildebeest in Africa and you get the picture. They target the elderly, the young, and the sick for easier attack and greater success. Likewise, criminals pick victims who they think will not effectively resist them, or that the criminal can quickly overwhelm. This includes the elderly, the young (kids and early teens), the sick, and the distracted. Men (the overwhelming majority of attackers) also target women because women tend to be physically weaker than men. I can’t tell if this sucker punch was because the victim was elderly, but I highly doubt he would have tried this with a professional bodybuilder.

 

  1. 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 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. This sucker punch makes it easily clear who is the victim and who is the aggressor, and the sheer evil of the attack means that I for one couldn’t have stayed out of it. You need to decide the issue for you.

 

  1. The Bystander Effect is real. There were at least two people around here, but no one stepped in. 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! These people watched the sucker punch happen and then stood there dumbfounded, which is not uncommon. When you see something like this, ACT!

 

  1. First aid skills are important. If you’re going to train and prepare to take a life to defend yourself, you should also have skills, training, and equipment to save life should you need to. (I carry an individual first aid kit at a minimum) Often that will not involve defensive encounters, and in a defensive encounter your primary responsibility is to yourself and your loved ones. You might never come upon a sucker punch like this, but having first aid skills to help the woman and the willingness to do so, as well as some basic equipment, is wise.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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Israeli Security Stabbing Caught on Camera

This stabbing is very much a common type of attack, and having your Active Self Protection ready to protect you from this kind of stabbing is important. Do you think there were any pre-attack cues that could have helped the security guard?

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Details on the incident here: http://get-asp.com/i70s

 

Original video here: http://get-asp.com/nfts

 

How do I protect myself from a stabbing such as this?

 

  1. Most attacks are perpetrated by men (source: http://get-asp.com/821s for that) but that doesn’t mean that women are always safe. It does mean that statistically women are much less of a threat than men for violence. However, each person is an individual, and each individual must be considered for their unique threat profile rather than lumped into a category. Just because women are less likely to commit violent crime doesn’t mean that they are unlikely in a given instance to commit violent crime. This stabbing shows that statistics are not guarantees, so make sure that you don’t dismiss women as potential attackers out of hand.

 

  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. You can’t see everyone all the time, but this stabbing was perpetrated after the guards found a knife in that woman’s purse. She was clearly a higher threat, so he might have been more leery that a stabbing was a possibility.

 

  1. In any territorial or predatorial violence, the attacker gets to set the time and circumstances of the attack. They will almost always launch that attack from ambush, or as we like to call it in Umas, from “obscurity.” Surviving that ambush is one of the most important keys to successfully defending yourself. This stabbing came out of nowhere and attacked the easiest target around.

 

  1. Knife attacks do not happen like you’ve seen in Hollywood. They are brutal, fast, and mean. Stabbing attacks do not generally come from slashes or from any notice whatsoever, but tend to come from concealment and repeatedly keep stabbing at a rate of 2-3 stabs per second. In this stabbing the attacker was stopped after the first stab, thankfully!

 

  1. If you have a partner with you when you’re attacked (be it a LEO partner if you work on a team, or your spouse or martial artist buddy), you want to do everything you can to work as a team. Knowing each other well and communicating clearly will help you protect yourself from danger. This takes training and practice and commitment, but two partners working together present a formidable challenge to any attacker. Here, one partner stopped the stabbing after the initial ambush, and then the two partners subdued the attacker while warning others away in case the woman was rigged with a bomb according to the original link. (that’s a real danger where they are)

 

  1. As one of my martial arts mentors, Skip Hancock, is fond of saying, the ground must be your friend and not your enemy. You must know how to fight on the ground and not panic if the fight goes to the ground! You must have skills from bottom position, from top position, and in the scramble. You must be able to regain your feet and fight from wherever you find yourself. Too many fights require this skill to ignore it! This stabbing is typical in the sense that hurt people often go to the ground, and then ground skills are necessary.

 

  1. First aid skills are important. If you’re going to train and prepare to take a life to defend yourself, you should also have skills, training, and equipment to save life should you need to. Often that will not involve defensive encounters, and in a defensive encounter your primary responsibility is to yourself and your loved ones. This stabbing is a great example of the need for carrying an IFAK (I carry this individual first aid kit if you’re in the market) to help yourself or a partner in the moment of need.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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Carjacking Turns Into Gunfight

There are good examples of CCW holders protecting themselves from a carjacking, and then there are examples like this. I don’t think he practiced Active Self Protection before OR during the fight here. What do you think of his approach?

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Original video here: http://get-asp.com/zie2

 

News story with details here: http://get-asp.com/6wxd

 

What is the correct way to protect myself from a carjacking?

 

  1. Never leave your keys in your car or the car running if you are not in it. Period, end of subject. The only time you can leave a car running is if your car is equipped with a remote starter that can leave it running while you take the keys and lock the car on the way out. This carjacking would be a non-starter if the car didn’t have the keys in it! Take the keys and put them in your pocket for goodness sakes.

 

  1. Your car is not a private space, and you must continue to think of yourself like you’re in public. If ever you wonder if people don’t think of themselves as in public in the car, pay attention to drivers in their cars and see how often they are picking their nose or singing along at high volume. Don’t let your smartphone take all your attention when you’re in the car, either! Think of yourself as walking down the street and pay attention accordingly. This carjacking starts with the carjacker getting way too close without the owner knowing he is there. Be aware of your surroundings when you’re near your car.

 

  1. 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. Every carjacking happens in a transitional space because stopped cars are transitional spaces! And gas stations certainly qualify as transitional spaces as well.

 

  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. This carjacking might not have happened if the carjacker had seen that the man was alert to his surroundings.

 

  1. We must each decide what is worth protecting. Life is always worth protecting because it is of inestimable worth; as unique bearers of the image of God, people are the most valuable “thing” imaginable. Property is something else, though. With property we always have to balance the benefit against the risk to ourselves and our families as well as bystanders. Even where it’s legally allowed, you should consider whether it’s wise or prudent to defend your property, because doing so puts you at risk and not just the bad guy. In this carjacking, the victim put himself at huge risk early in the conflict, then put everyone in that gas station at incredible risk to shoot the fleeing carjacker. I don’t think that he will face charges, but a nasty DA could make his life miserable and punish him with process.

 

  1. One of the five pillars of lawful, moral self-defense is “imminence,” (get a nutshell here: http://get-asp.com/wbbp or the whole concept here: http://get-asp.com/1fqe). Imminence means the threat is happening RIGHT NOW, that it’s neither too late nor too early for you to defend yourself! The standard of imminence is seen as a triad of ability, opportunity, and jeopardy (also known as the AOJ triad, which is explained here: http://get-asp.com/pm3k). In this carjacking the victim missed the moment of imminence and protected himself too late, which endangered many people. Don’t pull your gun and run after people after the deadly threat has passed.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

(music in the intro and outro courtesy of http://www.bensound.com)

 

Murder of Elderly Man Caught on Camera

This murder just angers me, and I hope it angers you. Those who practice Active Self Protection protect the weak, and when I see someone victimize the elderly it makes me mad. Do you talk to your elderly relatives about their self protection?

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Original video with news story here: http://get-asp.com/5dac

 

What does this murder teach self-defenders about personal protection?

 

  1. You must accept that danger exists and that it can happen to you. This is the foundational core of spiritual fitness and the first step in taking proactive steps to protect yourself and your loved ones. If you live in a fantasyland that nothing bad can happen because nothing bad has happened in the past, you’re setting yourself up for a terrible letdown. A murder like this should shock us all into a reminder that evil people victimize those who they think they can, and we must accept that they might try to victimize us.

 

  1. Since criminals are looking for victims and not fights, they tend to look for vulnerable people to target. Think about a pride of lions chasing wildebeest in Africa and you get the picture. They target the elderly, the young, and the sick for easier attack and greater success. Likewise, criminals pick victims who they think will not effectively resist them, or that the criminal can quickly overwhelm. This includes the elderly, the young (kids and early teens), the sick, and the distracted. Men (the overwhelming majority of attackers) also target women because women tend to be physically weaker than men. This murder showcases the validity of this idea quite well.

 

  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. This murder is heinous and the victim is not at fault. He might have had the ability to protect himself if he had seen the attacker coming, so let’s remind our vulnerable loved ones that they need to pay extra attention.

 

  1. In any territorial or predatorial violence, the attacker gets to set the time and circumstances of the attack. They will almost always launch that attack from ambush, or as we like to call it in Umas, from “obscurity.” Surviving that ambush is one of the most important keys to successfully defending yourself. The ambush precipitated the murder in this instance, not because the attackers wanted to murder, but because he was frail. For those who are vulnerable or frail, surviving the ambush is much harder.

 

  1. 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. Parking lots are definitely transitional spaces, as this murder shows. The parking lot allowed the criminals to ambush the elderly man from cover, and when they were done they disappeared in a hurry. When you’re in a transitional space, be more careful.

 

  1. Spiritual fitness is an important part of Active Self Protection. You don’t often get any advance notice of the last day of your life, but we see over and over that self-defense isn’t a guarantee of winning every fight you might be placed in. You want to be at peace with God, because you’ll need that peace on the day that you meet Him. Since you can’t guarantee advanced notice, make peace today. This murder victim wasn’t young, but he wasn’t expecting to meet his Maker that day. That’s why we must always be ready.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

(music in the intro and outro courtesy of http://www.bensound.com)

 

Thugs Murder Off Duty Officer in Front of His Family

These are the sad lessons that we have to bring to you at Active Self Protection, but this murder of an off duty officer teaches us all some important lessons about how targeted violence really happens. How might he have won this fight, do you think?

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Original video with some details on the murder here: http://get-asp.com/co2k

 

What does this murder teach us about self-defense?

 

  1. In a deadly force encounter, decisions of life and death will be made in the blink of an eye. On the range and in class we have time to consider and to think and to reset and to make multiple attempts, but when the balloon goes up in real life you’ve got fractions of seconds to decide what the best course of action is to protect yourself. The way to be better at decision making in the heat of the moment is training, specifically scenario training and force-on-force training that is designed to work on decision-making skills under stress. It’s offered all over the country, so get training! This murder was over in seconds; there was no second chance. The only way to get more chances would be to train similar scenarios against a drawn gun again and again and again.

 

  1. In any territorial or predatorial violence, the attacker gets to set the time and circumstances of the attack. They will almost always launch that attack from ambush, or as we like to call it in Umas, from “obscurity.” Surviving that ambush is one of the most important keys to successfully defending yourself. The murder was already underway when the officer sees the murderers, and he unfortunately didn’t survive the ambush.

 

  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. Another half-second of notice and this murder might have been a successful self-defense encounter.

 

  1. The human body is designed to take a ridiculous amount of punishment and still function. You can shoot someone multiple times and they can still pose a deadly threat! Even mortally wounded people can continue to pose a threat for several seconds to even minutes after being shot, so don’t think for a moment that shooting someone will necessarily immediately incapacitate them. That is Hollywood myth. The reverse is also true, that when you’re shot you’re still in the fight. Even this murder shows us how long someone can continue to fight while mortally wounded.

 

  1. Keep your firearm ready to fire. Some people carry their firearm with an empty chamber, but doing so is not recommended for several reasons. First, it assumes that you will have both hands available to you to draw your firearm, which isn’t necessarily the case. You might have a hand engaged or injured. Secondly, it assumes that you’ll have time to chamber a round in a gunfight, but gunfights are won and lost on tenths of seconds. Third, it assumes that you’ll have the dexterity to chamber a round under duress, though in the moment many times I have seen people fumble their chambering attempt. Keep your defensive firearm ready to fire, with a round in the chamber! A contributing factor to this murder is the fact that this officer didn’t have his firearm in a ready condition.

 

  1. Spiritual fitness is an important part of Active Self Protection. You don’t often get any advance notice of the last day of your life, but we see over and over that self-defense isn’t a guarantee of winning every fight you might be placed in. You want to be at peace with God, because you’ll need that peace on the day that you meet Him. Since you can’t guarantee advanced notice, make peace today.

 

  1. The Five Ds are a tool that we use at ASP to organize our training and preparation for defending ourselves against an armed attacker when we are not armed ourselves. (or if we are armed but outdrawn such that we must deal with the problem with our hands) Deflect, Dominate, Distract, Disarm, Disable. We pursue them from first to last, in order, to give us the best chance of successfully defending ourselves against an armed opponent. Deflect their force multiplier, Dominate as much as possible (best is the whole person, second is the arm with the tool, last is the tool itself), Distract the attacker (usually using pain, redirection, movement, etc.), Disarm the attacker, and Disable the attacker. Had this officer driven IN to the gun and practiced the Five Ds rather than pulling away to draw his own, the murder might not have been completed.

 

  1. First aid skills are important. If you’re going to train and prepare to take a life to defend yourself, you should also have skills, training, and equipment to save life should you need to. Often that will not involve defensive encounters, and in a defensive encounter your primary responsibility is to yourself and your loved ones.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

(music in the intro and outro courtesy of http://www.bensound.com)

Officer Murdered By Robbery Accomplice

We certainly wish that every deadly force encounter ended with good people safe and bad people not, but the reality is that every robbery is a chance for good people to die. We hope that Active Self Protection helps good people protect themselves, and that involves learning from the good incidents and the bad ones. How do you think we can train to minimize these risks?

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Original video with some details on the robbery here: http://get-asp.com/q4rq

 

How do I protect myself from a robbery?

 

  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. This robbery is not time for condition yellow, but condition RED. The officer is actively defending himself and everyone around him. Yes, that means “head on a swivel” is the only way to truly be. Yes, that is incredibly difficult.

 

  1. In a deadly force encounter, decisions of life and death will be made in the blink of an eye. On the range and in class we have time to consider and to think and to reset and to make multiple attempts, but when the balloon goes up in real life you’ve got fractions of seconds to decide what the best course of action is to protect yourself. The way to be better at decision making in the heat of the moment is training, specifically scenario training and force-on-force training that is designed to work on decision-making skills under stress. It’s offered all over the country, so get training! Do force on force training that involves unknown contacts and extra opponents, like we see in this robbery. It might save your life.

 

  1. In a gunfight, movement is your friend. You must be ready not only to draw and fire, but to draw and fire while moving laterally, back, and diagonally. You simply will not stand still in a gunfight because it is against every instinct you have when in mortal danger! People who focus too much on stance or isosceles vs. Weaver forget this fact, but as self-defenders we must know that we will be moving. So practice and train movement on the draw and fire. This is a great reason to have airsoft trainers and practice draw and move in your dry-fire regimen as well. This robbery shows how fluid a gunfight is, and how much movement actually happens.

 

  1. Spiritual fitness is an important part of Active Self Protection. You don’t often get any advance notice of the last day of your life, but we see over and over that self-defense isn’t a guarantee of winning every fight you might be placed in. You want to be at peace with God, because you’ll need that peace on the day that you meet Him. Since you can’t guarantee advanced notice, make peace today. This officer wasn’t expecting to intervene in a robbery, and wasn’t expecting to meet his Maker that day.

 

  1. 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 robbery involved at least 3 or 4 robbers, and multiple attackers are the norm.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

(music in the intro and outro courtesy of http://www.bensound.com)

Carjackers Get Turned Into Speed Bumps

I love it when good people do the right thing and give carjackers the consequences of their evil, don’t you? This driver practiced excellent Active Self Protection in defending his family from the carjackers, and he gives us a template to use!

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Original video here: http://get-asp.com/my7f

 

How do I protect myself from carjackers?

 

  1. In any territorial or predatorial violence, the attacker gets to set the time and circumstances of the attack. They will almost always launch that attack from ambush, or as we like to call it in Kenpo, from “obscurity.” Surviving that ambush is one of the most important keys to successfully defending yourself. These carjackers got to set the time of the attack, and they chose a moment of vulnerability (as they usually will). Surviving that ambush usually means knowing what to do in the moment!

 

  1. Do not stay in the danger zone if you can possibly help it. So many times people get decision paralysis and freeze, but you cannot stay in a place where a deadly threat exists! Either act to leave the area, or act to protect yourself. Every second you give an attacker is another opportunity they have to do you and yours harm, so don’t allow that. If you can, get out of there immediately. If you can’t, then look for your opportunity to ensure your own safety by whatever means necessary. This driver saw carjackers approaching and did what he needed to do to protect himself and his loved ones, which was get out of the danger zone. Well done!

 

  1. 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. In this instance, the carjackers didn’t mean this man well, and he chose to escape. Well done!

 

  1. One of the best ways to protect yourself while you’re in the car is to simply drive off. The car can get away quickly if you are ready, taking you out of danger. So be ready to drive off if you need to! Keep the car in drive until you’re ready to get out. Keep the engine running. If you’re aware of your surroundings you can escape a lot of problems. Carjackers can’t steal a moving car!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

(music in the intro and outro courtesy of http://www.bensound.com)

Carjackers Eat Lead For Their Efforts

I love it when carjackers get what is coming to them, don’t you? It’s not that we relish gunfights at Active Self Protection, but when stupid actions have consequences it teaches other carjackers to think twice before trying to hurt innocent people!

This video is sponsored by CCWSafe, who I use to help me win the fight after the fight: https://get-asp.com/ccwsafe. I am a member and I recommend them highly; please go check them out and thank them for being a sponsor of our daily lessons!

 

Original video of the carjackers with some details (and audio in Portuguese): http://get-asp.com/8tqk

 

How do I protect myself from carjackers?

 

  1. 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. Your car is always a transitional space unless you park in a closed, secure garage, because parking lots are definitely places where ambushes are easier and they provide easy escape for carjackers as well.

 

  1. In any territorial or predatorial violence, the attacker gets to set the time and circumstances of the attack. They will almost always launch that attack from ambush, or as we like to call it in Kenpo, from “obscurity.” Surviving that ambush is one of the most important keys to successfully defending yourself. These carjackers hid behind the other cars until the moment they were ready to strike, but because the ROTA officer was ready to protect himself and his girlfriend he survived the ambush.

 

  1. I can’t believe how often I have to say this, but LOCK YOUR CAR 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 carjackers, so keep it locked for your safety!

 

  1. We must each decide what is worth protecting. Life is always worth protecting because it is of inestimable worth; as unique bearers of the image of God, people are the most valuable “thing” imaginable. Property is something else, though. With property we always have to balance the benefit against the risk to ourselves and our families. Even where it’s legally allowed, you should consider whether it’s wise or prudent to defend your property, because doing so puts you at risk and not just the bad guy. In this instance, the carjackers were a threat to both the officer and his girlfriend, so this is certainly defending people!

 

  1. Marksmanship matters! The old saying is quite true: you can’t miss fast enough to win a gunfight. As a self-defender you need to practice and train to put your first shot on target as fast as you can, but the key is to put as many shots on target as possible. Two of these carjackers apparently died at the scene, so this officer put shots on target!

 

  1. Keep your firearm on your person! Plenty of people keep a firearm stationed near them under the counter or on a desk, but in the moment of need you can’t ever be sure that you can get to it if it’s not on your person. These carjackers were on this couple in under a second, and that left no time to fumble in the glove box for his firearm. The best way to protect yourself in these situations is to keep your firearm on your person at all times!

 

  1. If you have a spouse or significant other who isn’t a self-defender, it’s very important to teach them what their responsibility is if you ever have to use your firearm to defend you both. The same holds true for children or elderly parents or anyone who you are around a lot who doesn’t practice ASP at all. My wife and kids know that if they see my firearm at all they need to get DOWN and, if possible, get away from me because I am about to draw fire. In the car they know to get low. These carjackers were on this couple so fast that there was probably no time to communicate, so she needed to know in advance how to react so as not to make it harder for him to protect them.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

(music in the intro and outro courtesy of http://www.bensound.com)

Armed Robbery At ATM Caught On Camera

Where danger exists the most, we need to be the readiest, and armed robbery is so common at ATMs that you must think about your Active Self Protection constantly when you approach one. How do you protect yourself from this?

This video is sponsored by CCWSafe, who I use to help me win the fight after the fight: https://get-asp.com/ccwsafe. I am a member and I recommend them highly; please go check them out and thank them for being a sponsor of our daily lessons!

 

Original video here: http://get-asp.com/sxbo

 

News story here: http://get-asp.com/0eoe UPDATE: Police caught the armed robber

 

How do I protect myself from an armed robbery?

 

  1. There’s a well-worn joke that ATM stands for “Accessory To Mugging,” and it’s not far from the truth. The ATM is of course a likely place to be attacked because it is a transitional space. Thieves and armed robbers can easily ambush you if your attention is engrossed in the machine, and they are built to allow for easy access and escape. When you’re at the ATM, be sure to be extra aware of what is going on around you. The armed robbery will come from an ambush, and if you can detect the ambush before it happens you can get out of there.

 

  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. For a drive up ATM, situational awareness means perhaps making a loop around the building from a farther distance to see if anything is out of place. I am not saying this woman could have seen the armed robbery coming, but the mugger may have seen her being aware and left.

 

  1. Do not stay in the danger zone if you can possibly help it. So many times people get decision paralysis and freeze, but you cannot stay in a place where a deadly threat exists! Either act to leave the area, or act to protect yourself. Every second you give an attacker is another opportunity they have to do you and yours harm, so don’t allow that. If you can, get out of there immediately. If you can’t, then look for your opportunity to ensure your own safety by whatever means necessary. This armed robbery went on for some time because the woman didn’t use her accelerator. If you’re in the car, get out of there as fast as you possibly can!

 

  1. One of the best ways to protect yourself while you’re in the car is to simply drive off. The car can get away quickly if you are ready, taking you out of danger. So be ready to drive off if you need to during an armed robbery! Keep the car in drive until you’re ready to get out. Keep the engine running. If you’re aware of your surroundings you can escape a lot of problems. An armed robbery is hard to finish if the victim and valuables are 100 yards away!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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Carjacking Turns Into Gunfight

A carjacking is a deadly force encounter, every time. We all need our Active Self Protection ready in the moment as we decide whether and when to protect ourselves! Would you have just let the car go in that moment?

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How do I protect myself from a carjacking?

 

  1. I can’t believe how often I have to say this, but LOCK YOUR CAR 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 carjacking, so keep it locked for your safety! Only unlock the door when it’s time for you to get out of the car. Otherwise let the door act as a barrier between you and carjackers.

 

  1. 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. Driveways are transitional spaces because we’re often preoccupied and spend time with our attention diverted, giving attackers the chance to spring a carjacking on us. When you’re in your driveway, take a quick look around! Better yet, pull the car into the garage if you have one before getting out!

 

  1. If you do not have the attitude, skills, and plan to protect yourself from an attacker, then your only option is to submit to their demands and hope it works out for the best. I would never suggest that a helpless person try to defend themselves against a carjacking or armed robbery, though of course if it’s a matter of life and death you must do whatever you can. The point, though, is not to be a helpless victim! This is the heart of Active Self Protection, to motivate you to train and help you develop the attitude, skills, and plan so that you can choose to protect yourself if it makes sense in the moment rather than being forced into compliance with a violent felon.

 

  1. Do not stay in the danger zone if you can possibly help it. So many times people get decision paralysis and freeze, but you cannot stay in a place where a deadly threat exists! Either act to leave the area, or act to protect yourself. Every second you give an attacker is another opportunity they have to do you and yours harm, so don’t allow that. If you can, get out of there immediately. If you can’t, then look for your opportunity to ensure your own safety by whatever means necessary. In this carjacking, the victim put himself back into the danger zone by firing on the carjackers after they were leaving. I don’t recommend that at all.

 

  1. We must each decide what is worth protecting. Life is always worth protecting because it is of inestimable worth; as unique bearers of the image of God, people are the most valuable “thing” imaginable. Property is something else, though. With property we always have to balance the benefit against the risk to ourselves and our families. Even where it’s legally allowed, you should consider whether it’s wise or prudent to defend your property, because doing so puts you at risk and not just the bad guy. In this carjacking the victim put himself at deadly risk again by firing on the carjackers, which is of course best avoided!

 

  1. Keep your firearm on your person! Plenty of people keep a firearm stationed near them under the counter or on a desk or in the glove compartment, but in the moment of need you can’t ever be sure that you can get to it if it’s not on your person. This man had no time in the carjacking to protect himself with anything that wasn’t on his person!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

(music in the intro and outro courtesy of http://www.bensound.com)