Do you have the skills to protect yourself from this kind of mugging, both BEFORE and DURING the actual mugging itself? I hope your Active Self Protection is strong enough to deter this kind of attack, and strong enough to defeat it as well. My heart goes out to these exchange students for having to endure that kind of attack.
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How do I protect myself from a mugging?
- I do think that the Rules of Stupid come into play in this mugging. The Rules of Stupid state that you should never (1) go to Stupid places, (2) with Stupid people, (3) at Stupid times, and (4) do Stupid things. You can usually get away with breaking one Rule of Stupid, but two or more really increase the odds of bad things happening. In this mugging I think that they were out at Stupid Times, which is not advisable but not the end of the universe. I am not 100% positive, but this may well have been a Stupid Place (bars of all kinds are usually Stupid Places). That’s not to say that the victims are in any way responsible for their mugging, but if you break more than one Rule of Stupid you must understand that your risk of bad things happening goes up exponentially.
- 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!
- The concept of a reactionary gap is important to consider as self-defenders, which this mugging shows well. This is normally taught as something like the “21-foot rule,” though that’s a principle and not a rule. As a self-defender if you’re in a situation where an attack is a possibility, leaving yourself some distance to allow for additional time to respond to an attack from ambush is very smart. Even 2 or 3 feet of additional space allows the reactionary gap to successfully defend the ambush and get into the fight.
- If you run from an attack, don’t just run AWAY from danger. Run TO something. Run TO the corner where you can fight one at a time. Run TO a store where a guard can help you. Run TO your house where you can lock the door. Run TO a place where you can better defend yourself from attack. Running FROM danger is great, but running TO safety is better! In this mugging the second victim ran TO the bar where he had friends, and that was a smart strategy.
- Against multiple attackers every self-defender must know and train and practice that it’s death to focus on one too much, be it a mugging or an armed robbery or what have you. When every attacker is an equal threat, we practice the “Boarding House Rules” that everyone gets firsts before anyone gets seconds. If possible, stack the attackers one behind the other rather than getting between them, because if you get between them then one will have your back. It’s better if possible to work to the outside of the group and keep one between you and the others. This is just as important before the actual physical attack as it is during the fight!
- 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. If you were in the bar after this mugging happened, your IFAK could stabilize the victim until EMS arrived, and that’s a solid reason to have it with you and be trained with it.
Attitude. Skills. Plan.