What does this armed victim teach us about defending ourselves against a carjacking?


  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. This carjacker used the transitional space of the garage to get the drop on the victim. Your car becomes a transitional space every time it stops, so keep your eyes up for a carjacking attempt until the garage door closes.
  2. 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. The intended victim used his awareness to very quickly set a counter-ambush to defeat this carjacking.


  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 carjacker set the time and place of the attack when he launched the carjacking, and surviving that initial ambush was the key to victory here for the defender.

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