A True Carjacking Story
My mom nearly became the victim of a carjacking this week.
After parking her vehicle on a city street, a man rushed up to the rear passenger door. He opened it and got in.
Her immediate reaction was to yell, “No” and “Get out” as loud and as mean as she could muster. It did the trick. The stranger left the vehicle and ran off.
Fortunately, she walked away from the incident with a story, not an injury and a police report. What this man’s intentions were will never be known. It’s better that way.
After talking with her about what happened, it became clear how this is the perfect example of the preparedness mindset. “Prepared, Skilled, Aware” is more than just a catchy tagline at Living Ready. It’s a way to be ready before, during and after an event.
Prepared for a Carjacking: She Had a Plan
Waiting until an event happens is the wrong time to develop a plan. There’s barely time to think. My mom’s incident didn’t last more than a few seconds.
So don’t think. Go into autopilot and execute the plan. In this case, my mom already knew what to do: Use her voice to bring as much attention to herself as possible.
Perhaps the menacing way she said “No” and “Get out” suggested she wasn’t going to tolerate this person’s presence. But my money is on this guy weighing the odds of getting away with a crime. The incident happened in a city with a lot of foot traffic. The odds were good someone would notice the confrontation.
This plan might seem overly simple. But consider how natural it is to freeze up. To allow terror to gel a person’s better judgement.
That didn’t happen because my mom was mentally prepared. She’s safe now. However simple, the plan worked.
On the next page: SKILLED and AWARE