Over the past few weeks I’ve see a pattern of crime across the nation that you need to be aware of.
Imagine that you’ve been out shopping or you’ve just stopped at the ATM, and just back out of a parking spot in a garage and all of a sudden a car hits you from behind.
Your head is spinning! You think “what was this driver doing?” “How much damage has been done to my car?” The driver who hit you gets out of his car to inspect the damage done and you do to. The next thing you know you are looking at a gun, and you are being robbed, or assaults, kidnapped or worse.
If you are involved in a minor accident such as this to these things.
- Stay in your car
- Kkeep your Engine running, and in Drive
- Keep your doors locked
- Keep your windows up to prevent someone from reaching inside.
- If you have a personal protection product, like pepper spray, keep it handy.
- A cell phone is an excellent tool to call for help. Buy one and carry it. All Cell phones will dial 9-1-1 without being on a service plan.
If a criminal event is attempted you will be better positioned to escape. Exchange information from within your car, opening your window only enough to pass information back and forth.
A few things to remember:
Unless you are fortunate enough to have a police officer within eyesight (typically not where the crime is taking place) you may have from several minutes to an hour or more before help can find you. No matter how hard they try, police must drive on the same traffic-clogged streets as the rest of us and getting to a specific location just takes time. In the meantime, you are likely to be on your own against the violent criminal. However, telling the 9-1-1 Operator everything that is going on, including you name, the location, details about the car, and the suspect, will help if something does happen and you can’t escape.
In one of the stories that I heard a man who had this happen at the ATM, had a gun pointed at him through the window of his car. He grabbed the gun and chased the would be robber.
DO NOT DO THIS..EVER. He was lucky not to be killed
Fight or Fly?
The decision to fly or fight is a difficult and very personal matter. As most assaults occur quickly, the decision to fight or fly should be made in advance when you can think clearly and logically. Regardless of what decision you make, you should think through your ability to succeed at either course of action. Recognize the ugly reality of criminal attack: no matter what decision you make, if you are attacked during a crime there is always a chance you may be hurt or killed.
If you choose to fight, react swiftly and aggressively. You must recognize that in any fight you may be injured and commit yourself to surviving. Sudden aggression may surprise or momentarily impact your attacker, potentially creating a momentary opportunity to escape or gain control of the situation. Research shows that active resistance with a firearm or pepper spray is the most effective way to defend against a violent criminal attack. Some estimates indicate that a few million crimes a year are stopped when the law-abiding victim turns out to have a firearm or protection product.
If you choose to run, get out fast. The ability to run from danger is the oldest self defense known to man. Those who choose to do so place their entire safety on their ability to win a race to safety, so a head start is one of the few advantages you can hope for. Think of the lion and the gazelle. The need to be mindful of your surroundings and recognize a threat early on is absolutely critical to a successful evasion. You should always wear shoes well-suited for running. Sorry ladies buy unless those high heels may make you feel sexy, but they can make you a victim. Of course, if you are not physically fit, this option may be severely limited, and you should consider other alternatives.
PepperEyes.com recommends that you receive competent self defense training in the use of protection products such as firearms, Tasers, pepper spray and defensive tactics. You should develop your own personal defensive plan that is suitable to your physical abilities, your equipment and your willingness to use them. Play the “What If” game and think about different situations and determine what you would and could do if… attacked in a parking lot, attacked at your home, ATM and so forth.
It is a sobering statistic, but 3 out of 4 women in America will fall victim to violent crime somewhere in their lifetime. This is not a slim chance or a far-fetched possibility, but sadly a real likelihood. How you survive such an event depends almost entirely on how well you prepare.
If you want to take personal responsibility for protecting yourself, your family and property arm yourself with the products and the knowledge about the best way to stay safe in an ever increasing violent world. In today’s society being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option.
By Victor Swindell, owner of PepperEyes.com, a division of Swindell Enterprises. PepperEyes.com is dedicated to assist those people who are unwilling to become a victim and are taking responsibility to protect themselves, their cars, or their possessions .In today’s society being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option.