ActiveSelfProtection 18 Jun 2016

Attempted Kidnapping Caught on Camera

In General

There's a BIG difference between a carjacking and a kidnapping, and you need to know the responses to each to practice Active Self Protection effectively! What would you have done in this man's situation.

Original video of the attempted kidnapping and news story available here:

What does this video teach us about our self-defense against kidnapping?

1. Situational awareness is your best friend. It doesn't mean that you always are paranoid or living in "condition orange,"聺 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. I think that this man was pretty aware of his surroundings before the kidnapping attempt, and being able to see it coming was evidence that he was thinking and processing as the kidnapping attempt continued as well. Awareness always pays!

Want to learn more? There are 6 additional lessons, 3 class starters for instructors, and links to more information about this kidnapping on our website:

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

(music in the intro and outro courtesy of Bensound at

Copyright Disclaimer. Under Section 107 of the Copyright Act 1976, allowance is made for "fair use" for purposes such as criticism, comment, news reporting, teaching, scholarship, and research. Fair use is a use permitted by copyright statute that might otherwise be infringing. Non-profit, educational or personal use tips the balance in favor of fair use.

Show more

Up next