There has been a lot of media attention around alleged threats to kidnap a random person off a Sydney street and execute them. These may or may not be genuine threat however in the current climate all threats should be considered to be a possibility. In Canberra similar threats have resulted in federal police patrolling Parliament house with assault rifles.
To kidnap someone from a busy street during peak daylight hours the attack needs to be fast, unexpected and carried out with the three S method – Speed, Surprise and Savagery what you must do is to make yourself a HARD TARGET.
In the current climate DO NOT walk around with your total focus on your phone or other hand held device.
DO NOT walk around with your iPod on oblivious to the world.
This stuff may seem a little extreme but think about it, two police officers were stabbed at a police station recently.
Scenario 1- The most logical way to carry out that sort of attack would be to force a person standing near the end of the kerb at a pedestrian traffic light into a vehicle, most likely a van of some sort that has pulled up in front of the person by 1 or more people rushing the victim from behind into the van.
What you can do to avoid this type of attack.
1. Do not stand close to the roadway, stand 2 – 3 metres back, this would make getting you into the van harder and it will also provide easier targets in the people standing close to the roadway.
2. Be aware of vehicles such as vans stopped near the crossing area, especially if they are parked with someone in the driver’s seat with the engine running.
3. If you are waiting at a pedestrian crossing controlled by traffic lights be aware of people around you, (see our previous blog How you can avoid becoming a victim - about developing heightened awareness)
4. If the little alarm bell goes off in your head, listen to it take some action even if that action is to move away.
Scenario 2 – Attackers strike you with a vehicle as you are crossing the road and then attack or force you into the vehicle
1. Basic road safety rules apply here, but increase you attention to vehicles parked nearby especially if they are parked with someone in the driver’s seat with the engine running.
2. If you are in a group of people crossing a busy road in the city, do not be the first across or the last, but do not position yourself so that you are stuck in the middle. Position yourself to the outside of the group with a viable means of escape.
3. If the little alarm bell goes off in your head, listen to it take some action even if that action is to move away.
Scenario 3 – An attacker charging with a knife
2. Find a barrier, if you have followed the advice in the previous blog (How you can avoid becoming a victim - about developing heightened awareness) your heighted awareness may have saved your life.
3. Use any form of defensive adaptive improvised weapons you may have. Self defence training will assist you in this scenario.
4. Undertake in some form of self defence training, You don’t have to be a black belt to defend yourself but training will help. Set aside 2-4 hour a week to develop self defence skills.
5. Maintain your fitness, being fit can help if you have to run, it will also help if you have to fight
Scenario 4 – Any of the above scenarios at night
1. Avoid being alone, make plans ahead of time to be with others, or to leave early if you have to.
2. If you are offered a lift home, even if it is a short distance away take up the offer.
3. Use the same advice above scenarios.
For more useful information that may save your life, check out our previous blogs in the subjects of awareness, self defence, staying safe on buses and trains, avoiding being car jacks and the legal aspects of self defence.
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