How do I protect myself from a carjacker?

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. Also, remember that you must treat your car like “public” rather than a private space, and be aware accordingly. You can’t always see a carjacker coming from a long way away, but any notice helps.

2. 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. Here, the barricade created a transitional space because of the choke point where the carjacker could ambush a potential victim. This carjacker just picked the wrong one!

3. 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. By putting one of his carjackers down, this armed citizen was able to get away from danger and protect himself.

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