Survival Friday: Carjackings

Survival Friday: Excerpt from The Green Beret Survival Guide SurvivalFinal


Most car-jackings occur when the vehicle is parked and within five miles of your home.  Again, always have your keys ready when approaching or leaving your vehicle.  If threatened to give up the keys, give them up.  It isn’t worth it.

A common plot for carjackers is to bump your car from the rear.  When you get out to investigate, they take your car.  Let them have it.

Here are some rules of the road:

  • ·      don’t park in isolated or places where you can’t be seen.
  • ·      always have your keys ready.
  • ·      remember the alarm button on your key fob.  Many people forget it in the panic.  Consider it your personal alarm system when in range of the car.  Test it and see how far away it works.
  • ·      use valet parking, especially if you are a woman alone.  The tip is worth it.
  • ·      look at other cars near yours as you go to it.  Be aware of anyone just sitting there.  Walk away if someone is.
  • ·      don’t help the guy with the cast on his arm trying to load his couch into a van.  His name was Ted Bundy.
  • ·      Don’t be hesitant to ask for a security escort to your car at a mall, college, etc.  People are paid or volunteer to do that.
  • ·      Be aware.  Tune in to the environment.  You should never talk or text while driving, don’t be on the phone or text while heading to your car.
  • ·      As Gavin DeBecker write in The Gift of Fear, if your senses alert to someone or something, trust your instincts and get away.
  • ·      As you approach your car, check around it, under it, and always, always look in the back seat or cargo compartment of your SUV/minivan.
  • ·      Always lock your doors once you’re in the car.
  • ·      When stopping at a light, always leave enough room in front of you that you can turn hard and accelerate away if you have to.  Don’t trap yourself.
  • ·      If bumped in traffic by a pair of males, be very suspicious.  Pull to a lighted, populated place before unlocking your car.
  • ·      Again, if confronted by a carjacker, don’t resist.
  • ·      Don’t chase the robber.
  • ·      Never agree to be kidnapped.  Hit the alarm, drop the keys and run while yelling loudly.
  • ·      If you are forced to drive, you can crash the car near a busy intersection to attract attention.
  • ·      Always report any event to the police.


About Bob Mayer

West Point Graduate, former Green Beret and NY Times bestselling author Bob Mayer has had over 50 books published. He has sold over five million books, and is in demand as a team-building, life-changing, and leadership speaker and consultant for his Who Dares Wins concept. He's been on bestseller lists in thriller, science fiction, suspense, action, war, historical fiction and is the only male author on the Romance Writers of America Honor Roll. Born in the Bronx, Bob attended West Point and earned a BA in psychology with honors and then served as an Infantry platoon leader, a battalion scout platoon leader, and a brigade recon platoon leader in the 1st Cavalry Division. He joined Special Forces and commanded a Green Beret A Team. He served as the operations officer for 2nd Battalion, 10th Special Forces Group (Airborne) and with Special Operations Command (Special Projects) in Hawaii. Later he taught at the Special Forces Qualification Course at the John F. Kennedy Special Warfare Center and School at Fort Bragg, the course which trains new Green Berets. He lived in Korea where he earned a Black Belt in Martial Arts. He's earned a Masters Degree in Education.

Posted on May 30, 2014, in Write It forward and tagged , , . Bookmark the permalink. 3 Comments.

  1. Bob, thanks for posting these short articles about personal safety. I will use the information and encourage my friends to as well.

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