This homeowner (correction to narration: the homeowner was male) foiled their ambush in the best way, in my opinion. How would you have handled it?
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News story on the home invasion attempt; four suspects have been arrested: https://get-asp.com/lakv
What does this video teach us about defending ourselves against a home invasion?
- Never ignore your “creep alarm,” that uneasy, queasy feeling that something isn’t right. Your creep alarm is usually your subconscious’ way of telling you that something IS wrong, and you need to take action to make yourself safer.
- Perhaps the biggest benefit of situational awareness is that it buys you time and space to respond to a threat, and time and space buy you options when considering how to protect yourself and your loved ones from a threat. Time and space give you the chance to escape and evade, or time and space to get your force multiplier in the fight, and time and space to better your defensive position and give you a better chance to be victorious. Here the homeowner was aware of his surroundings and didn’t get so distracted by the bait girl that he didn’t see the home invaders coming. Very good awareness!
- 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 front door can be a transitional space because it’s a common entry- and exit-point that home invaders can use to surprise you. This video shows that nicely.
- 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. If you’re in a vulnerable population take extra precaution and train!
- It’s not all that uncommon in mugging attacks for a mugger to use a woman as “bait” to lure a man into a trap. Often that will take the form of a woman (often times young and pretty) asking the intended victim for help, such as using his phone or help getting food or something like that. Most men are programmed to help women, and this programming gets taken advantage of. This is not to say that you should never help a woman who asks you; just recognize that you could possibly be targeted, so stay aware. It’s also worth noting that in modern society women are often leery of strange men for a variety of reasons, so a woman asking a random man for help is sketchy.
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