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Carjacking Scenario – In Response to our Facebook page

We regularly post “scenarios” on our Facebook page to spark intelligent, thought provoking situational response. On March 25, 2014 we posted the following:

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You are driving to the grocery with your wife and two children in the back seat. You approach a stop light and the car behind you stops nearly touching your bumper. You’re boxed in. The passenger of the car behind you gets out with a gun and starts to approach your car. What do you?

The common responses were quite intelligent. Do not even put yourself in a vulnerable position by stopping so close to the vehicle in front of you. In fact, always leave room – enough room to see the rear tires of the vehicle in front of you.

Lesson #1 – Whenever in stop-and-go traffic, always leave space between you and other vehicles. Carjackers are less prone to approach you if you are not in a vulnerable “box.”

The second common response was to leave the vehicle and draw attention away from the children and your wife. This response, although it theoretically sounds good, could put your family in greater risk. By leaving your family alone, you leave them open for the carjacker’s accomplice to sneak in when you are some 20 -30 feet away. The outcome of this approach is highly unknown and does come with great risk, but it could also be the right decision in the right circumstances.

Lesson #2 – Know your threat, be aware, and you will respond the most intelligently.

The last most common response was “shoot the guy!” Again, theoretically this is all great. However, each state has different rules governing the use of deadly force. It is absolutely imperative to make sure the threat and situation meets the criteria for the legal use of deadly force. Go this page of our website to read up on the legislation of the state you live in. In addition, discharging a weapon in public comes with tremendously liability. Know your target and what is in line with your target. If a shooting occurred in traffic, a great risk is run to hitting a bystander.

Lesson #3 – Make sure you know the laws surrounding the use of deadly force, and if you discharge a weapon in public, know your target and what is in line with your target.

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