A simple padlock shouldn’t stand between you and your escape to safety or the supplies you need to “acquire” in a survival scenario.
That’s why I’ve always said that lock-picking is a really cool “advanced” skill to master for when the sh*t hits the fan.
But John from Atlanta, GA sent us a tip recently for urban escape and evasion.
It’s a method that you should always consider first…
“Your survival gear for your home and car should include a pair of bolt cutters.
This is a piece of equipment overlooked by many and when a padlock is in the way of your escape or some much-needed resupply, you need a way to break the lock – quickly and quietly – or you’re out of luck.
You may not want to alert the entire neighborhood that you’re banging away on a padlock with a crowbar or a brick, either.
A pair of bolt cutters solves all these problems.”
– Submitted by John, Atlanta, GA
Most of the time, “simple” is the best strategy, eh?
P.S. – By the way… after John’s advice, I went shopping for bolt cutters and found them to be REALLY expensive (like over $150).
But I picked up a set of heavy duty ones at a pawn shop for 20 bucks for my “bug-out mobile” and some 14 in. ones for 5 bucks for my go-bag.
Always think outside the box when it comes to escape and evasion!
The young husband and father was just minding his own business as he was driving home from work one night…
It was dark out – especially on the remote New Mexican desert road – and he barely noticed the car coming toward him in the opposite lane because its lights were completely off.
As a “common” courtesy, he flashed his lights to let the other drive know he needed to turn his headlights on.
Looking in his rear-view mirror, he saw the car turn his lights on.
But What Happened Next Was Completely Unexpected… And Nearly DEADLY!
The other vehicle suddenly did a split-second U-turn and began picking up speed to close in on the father’s bumper.
Veering into the opposite lane and stepping on the gas, the vehicle pulled up alongside as a passenger in the back seat thrust a handgun out the window and fired at the father who simultaneously slammed on his brakes to avoid a crash (and a bullet)!
Fortunately the other vehicle didn’t pull back around for a second shot and sped off down the remote highway.
This scenario could have spelled D.E.A.T.H. for a loving husband and father who was only trying to be an friendly driver – and is a good example of why YOU need to add “escape & evasion driving” to your survival toolbox…
This was a true story I discovered in my rough “armpit” of a town I lived in during my time in New Mexico where local gangs (we had 4 of them – and they were rough!) ruled the roads.
These gangs would initiate new members by driving around with their lights off.
The first oncoming car that flashed its lights as a “friendly heads up” would become the “target car”.
The gang would circle around and the new member’s role was to shoot at the car…
…no matter WHO was in it!
These are very real scenarios that you MUST prepare for… as well as others…
For example, what if you were:
Harassed on the road by a group of thugs on a drunken joy ride?
Being chased by a fuming driver on the highway who you mistakenly cut off and he’s trying to run you down?
Trapped in an urban area during civil unrest as anarchists stop cars and attack drivers?
Now “evasive driving” DOESN’T mean you have to have a fast car and go to bodyguard school.
In fact, here are 4 tips you can master right now for “escape & evasion” driving skills when you’re being chased by a car full of attackers:
1. “Speed” is not necessarily your friend
The one who survives a high speed car chase isn’t usually the fastest, it’s the one who doesn’t crash.
Watch those idiots being chased by police on shows like “Cops” and those crazy “caught on video” shows and you’ll see that all the police have to do is follow the perp until he wraps himself around a telephone pole and then put the cuffs on him.
In a chase, try not to travel over 65mph to make sure you can handle your car effectively on the turn of a dime.
2. Turn when they can’t
Rather than try to outrun someone, let them get close enough to you and then take a quick, last minute turn in a different direction.
Action is faster than reaction.
If they’re behind you, they won’t be able to respond in time to take the same turn you just did.
They’ll either crash or have to back up to follow you and by then, you’ll be long gone.
3. If on a highway, take a 4-lane exit
If you’re being chased by someone on the highway, identify an upcoming exit and move to the far LEFT lane.
With your pursuer close behind you, make sure you have clearance and at the last minute, shoot across all 4 lanes to barely make your exit.
It will be difficult for them to back up, especially in the left lane against traffic, to follow you.
4. Distract the driver
This is one of my favorite tricks…
If you’re driving at night, reach under your seat and pull out a 2- to 5,000,000 candlepower spotlight. (You can get these from any boating or auto store.)
Shine it behind you at the driver and you’ll instantly blind him.
He’ll likely stop the car out of sheer panic of crashing (which he may do).
These are just a few of the tricks you can use to escape from someone while you’re in your vehicle.
It’s loaded with tactical strategies not just for driving, but for dealing with ANY situation where you’re targeted for an attack by a group of people during collapse, riots, civil unrest, and martial law.
Unfortunately, these type of events have become more and more common… and most people have no idea how to survive these scenarios.
Don’t be one of them.
What Other Escape & Evasion Tactics Do You Have For When Driving?
I have to tell you, I thought I’d seen just about everything when it comes to how awful people can be.
The COVID-19 pandemic has lowered the bar for the worst-of-the-worst, though.
What am I talking about?
Well, a news report came out just a couple weeks ago that said “pandemic looters” – really, pandemic COWARDS – have been targeting the weakest citizens for mugging and robbing:
The threat, however, is not just about “grandma”. . .
This is actually just the beginning of a much LARGER threat that we ALL have to be on guard for.
The “Pandemic Coward” Threat To You And Your Family!
When I was in the military, I saw this first hand in “third world” locations.
As the normal rule of law starts to break down – and as people start to think that the “rules don’t apply to them” (because the authorities are stretched thin, or society itself is unraveling) – the cowards become more bold.
By cowards, I mean the people who take advantage of a crisis – like this pandemic – to prey on those they think are weaker.
And when I saw this news article out of California, I realized we were seeing the beginning of the same thing:
Police in San Francisco reported at the end of last month that there had been several violent robberies of elderly women – done at gunpoint, sometimes by shoving these 70- and 80-year-old women to the ground.
They specifically said that these are thugs taking advantage of the pandemic, targeting isolated women in this time of “social distancing.”
At the same time, there has been a surge in home invasions during the shelter-in-place order, as well as burglaries of locked-down commercial establishments.
And that’s how it starts.
We’ve let countless violent prisoners out of jail in an attempt to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
A lot of THOSE criminals have committed new crimes (up to and including murder).
And the “street predators” out there, who start with elderly women because these victims offer the least resistance, are getting more and more bold in the houses they break into.
In other words, first they attack the elderly… then they break into empty businesses… and then they invade occupied homes… all while the police are busy enforcing “social distancing” policies somewhere else!
In other words, you cannot afford to shelter in place and think the danger out there won’t come to your door.
The chaos all around us – the unraveling of our society caused by this pandemic – will eventually get better.
But until it does – and we may be a ways off from turning the corner on that yet – you and the people you love are in danger.
To outsmart this social chaos, you’ve got to know clever, sneaky ways to detect, avoid, and fight back against these threats.
The book shows you how to protect yourself and your family from looters, home invaders, and even civil unrest and riots
(It’s LOADED with sneaky tips, methods, tactical strategies, and moves for dealing with ANY situation in which you’re in danger of attack by a group of people during collapse, riots, civil unrest, and martial law.)
This threat is only going to get worse before it gets better in the coming weeks and months.
Learn how to protect yourself and your family now so the pandemic cowards and predators can’t make you a victim.
You’ve got your wife with you, and maybe your kids…
…When you get hit in the back of the head with a bottle!
Suddenly, you’re surrounded by angry, screaming people.
They’re carrying clubs, rocks, and improvised weapons.
And they think YOU support a politician they HATE.
Would you know how to escape without getting hurt?
You may not have thought about it, but this is a REAL threat…
…because as bad as political violence has gotten since President Trump was elected in 2016, it’s about to get a hundred times worse:
How To Survive The Coming TRUMP Riots
Look, I’m not trying to make a political statement here.
I don’t care who you voted for, or who you’re going to vote for – because I want you and your family to be safe.
It doesn’t matter if you love God Emperor Trump or if you hate Evil Cheeto Man.
Left, Right, Center… if you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time, you could be the victim of political violence.
Either because you get caught by the wrong side, or because you get caught between the two warring sides who are at each other’s throats, you need to avoid protests and rallies at all costs.
Because, amigo, no matter how well armed you are, you can’t take on ten or twenty people who want to beat the sh-t out of you.
The only REAL solution, then, is not to be there!
To avoid these dangerous events completely, you’ve got to know where they’re going to be… so here are 3 resources for identifying where these protests will pop up!
1. Social Media
Facebook groups, Twitter hashtags, and other social media sites (like Snapchat) are how many political activists coordinate with each other.
This is especially true for “flash mobs,” which are protests that come together almost out of nowhere.
A hashtag, like #HateThatPolitician (I made that up just now), is how members of a certain group, or followers of the same cause, tag their posts so they can find each other.
Facebook groups, meanwhile, are groups anybody can join.
As we ramp up to the 2020 elections, it wouldn’t hurt you to join and follow some groups, hashtags, and other social media accounts for various protest causes or groups (like “Never Trump” or “MAGA”, etc.) so you know what BOTH sides are doing and planning.
Because no matter where these folks gather, no matter what side you’re on, social chaos keeps erupting around them… and that’s a THREAT to your family!
A lot of political action groups and specific causes, from climate change to gun rights to gun control and everything in between, have websites devoted to them.
These are just an “Ask Jeeves” search away.
(That’s still a thing, right? It’s my homepage in Netscape Navigator.)
Whatever search you use, you can find these sites, many of which have protest calendars with dates, times, and locations.
Some of these are even sharable so you can add them to your own private calendar… and get notifications so you can steer clear of local places that are about to get “interesting.”
3. The Activists Groups Themselves
A lot of specific groups, from Antifa to pro-Trump to grassroots rights groups, have newsletters, sites, specific groups, and other ways to contact them.
They’ll send out mailings to alert members to upcoming “actions,” and a few even use old-fashioned phone trees (or, more likely, modern text messaging).
You can use a disposable email or even a burner phone to “join” these groups to get direct alerts.
If you live in a hot-bed protest location, like Portland, for example, you could “join” the local activist groups so you know when and where they’re going to be out in the streets.
A lot of the groups just post the information publicly on their sites and in their specific social groups, too.
(The information is out there just waiting for you, and these groups mostly don’t keep it secret, because this is how they gather protesters.)
Remember, though, that no matter how hard you try to avoid a protest, you may not be able to catch them all.
Especially with flash mobs, the place you’re in could be fine one minute, and a mob of angry activists could be screaming about something the next.
In this political climate, with the 2020 elections looming, it’s like you’re standing in a room filled with gasoline… and every one of those protesters has a match.
All it takes is ONE person to ignite a complete breakdown in civil order before cop cars are being tipped over in the streets and buildings set on fire… triggering riots, martial law, etc.
My “urban escape and evasion” manual shows you how to protect yourself and your family from something like that – including a sudden violent protest (or a full-blown riot).
(It’s LOADED with sneaky tips, methods, tactical strategies, and moves for dealing with ANY situation in which you’re in danger of attack by a group of people during collapse, riots, civil unrest, and martial law.)
This type of political violence has become a fact of life for all of us, and it’s only going to get worse as we get closer to November… up to and including full-blown “Trump riots.”
Learn how to protect yourself and your family now so you don’t get caught unaware.
It’s the only way to survive the political dumpster fire that you KNOW is on the way this year.
How Worried Are YOU About Elections This Year? Are You Preparing For Civil Unrest?
In other words, YOU will decide if you live or die…
…and whether your loved ones do, too!
This is why we learn, practice, and train… and it’s why we prepare ourselves with gear, too.
In this week’s podcast episode, Modern Combat & Survival’s Jeff Anderson shares a small taste of his monthly New World Patriot Alliance master class session – this time with former CIA agent Jason Hanson, as the two discuss CIA Every Day Carry (EDC) gear hacks for escape and evasion.
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Here’s What You’ll Discover In This Week’s Episode:
The piece of “spy gear” that anyone can carry to hide valuables while they’re abroad.
The child’s accessory that can help you escape and evade!
The only two things you need to pick ANY lock.
The one item you should be carrying ALL OVER your person, especially when you travel.
And much more!
CIA agents deal with potentially hostile situations all the time. Learn from someone who’s been there and done that in this sneak peak of a much larger interview.
On the night of September 11th, 2012, in Benghazi, Libya, an armed mob of militants attacked the US State Department Special Mission Compound and a nearby CIA station called the Annex.
A team of six American security operators went beyond the call of duty — and in fact disobeyed “stand down” orders they knew they couldn’t live with — to courageously venture into the mass chaos in order to save the Americans trapped by the violent mobs.
The battle lasted for several hours and has become a political football, with both sides of the aisle trying to place blame or rationalize their role in the security lapses that led to so many American deaths.
The truth behind what REALLY happened is now being recounted by the security team who had their boots on the ground, in a new book called “13 Hours”.
But lost in all that political infighting is the fact that the Benghazi attack can teach us very valuable lessons about surviving civil unrest.
The events that unfolded in Libya represent the worst-case scenario you may face even as a civilian during times of collapse where you be looking out your window at Ferguson-type protests, unrest, violent mobs, no “rule of law”… and no help on the way.
One man who has been through that very event is Kris Paronto.
I asked Kris what type of EDC gear a person should carry to be better prepared for riots and civil unrest.
Here is what he had to tell me…
Everyday Carry Survival Gear For Escaping & Evading A Riot!
When it comes to escaping and evading a riot or “flash mob”, your gear isn’t your primary consideration…
… it’s being aware of your surroundings and identifying threats around you before they become a crisis you have to escape from.
Keep your eyes and ears open to warning signs others may not notice.
However, if civil unrest does happen, there are some things you can be carrying that will help you to get out of the immediate area and get to safety.
Here are five items to consider for your everyday carry survival gear…
1. Backup Cell Phone
You should, obviously, be carrying a cell phone to be able to call for help (police, medical, etc.).
But there might be the case where you want to call in a tip about a riot, but you don’t want to have to give your name because doing so might put you in danger.
Yes, these are extreme circumstances, but depending on your role (like for military contractors), this is a very real possibility.
If this is the case, you should consider carrying a backup – preferable a prepaid “burner” phone that’s not tied to your identity.
Sometimes I keep my phone in my car and sometimes I even keep the backup on me.
In addition, if your phones are on different networks, one might work even if the other has failed or doesn’t have coverage.
2. A Man-Purse Or “Go Bag”
You should have a go-bag.
You could keep a variety of things in that, included a tourniquet.
I’ll be honest; maybe that’s the worst case scenario, but I do, because I’ve seen where they were needed and where they save people’s lives.
I have had the luxury of putting them on too, so I do know they work.
I use a camera bag as my go bag.
It’s low profile, looks like something anyone could be carrying, and doesn’t scream “tactical prepared military operator.”
The idea is simply to have what you need in an envelope that allows you to carry it with you easily.
3. Something To Eat And Drink
When you’re really faced with a flash mob, you may want to have some water with you.
You may not be able to get to a water source if you’re avoiding a mob.
The last thing you want to do is reveal your presence, or make yourself more vulnerable, because you are wracked with thirst.
Having some food with you is also a good idea, for the same reason.
You could keep some candy bars and some gum in your car, in your go-bag, or even on your person.
You don’t know how long you might need to be on the run, and you don’t know if you might get stuck somewhere.
Having a little food and water can give you a burst of energy and make it easier for you to keep a low profile while danger passes.
4. A Weapon
Now, obviously, if you can legally carry, you should be.
It makes sense to carry a gun when you can because the police can’t be there fast enough to help you.
But you do need to be trained with that weapon.
Don’t just carry and think that you’re going to be able to pull that gun out and use it.
If you have not trained with it, then nine times out of ten you’re going to fail with it when it’s time to use it.
So you’ve got to be, not necessarily an expert, but just know and be familiar with what you’re carrying.
Have a holster that you’re using, that you’re used to as well.
Don’t feel uncomfortable carrying it.
If you feel uncomfortable when you’re carrying it, chances are you probably shouldn’t be carrying it, because you won’t use it when stuff starts to go bad. You’ll lock up.
5. A Knife And Multitool
Finally, you should carrying a Leatherman or a knife or tool or something like that.
Say you’re stuck in your vehicle and have to cut your way past the seatbelt.
You need to have a knife to do that.
A Leatherman is good because it has so many tools available for whatever you might face.
A Swiss Army Knife is good for the same reason.
It doesn’t have to be anything exotic or military-styled.
It just has to have the tools you might need.
What it comes down to is that sometimes, you just need to be prepared.
Bad things can and do happen to us.
That’s a little pessimistic, but it’s kind of where we’re at in today’s society.
You need to prepare ahead of time for flash mobs and riots.
People throw around the term “extreme” all the time.
Your day to day survival is one thing.
There may come a time, however, when you face an extreme survival situation that requires you to escape at all costs, and THAT is what “extreme” means.
When you are at the mercy of an attacker or a group of attackers, as the victim of a kidnapping, a hijacking, or some other form of hostage-taking, you’ll have to risk your life if you want to get free.
Captured and held by societal predators, you are never more vulnerable and never closer to a violent, painful death or victimization.
Remember that the most important component of all survival, no matter how bad things get, is you.
Here are three things to remember when contemplating your escape from an extreme hijacking situation.
3 Tips To Escape An Extreme Hostage Situation!
Studies of hijacking and hostage situations indicate that there are certain times when your chances of escape are better than others.
That just makes good sense.
Knowing when to break out, and when to bide your time, is the key to successfully escaping a hostage scenario.
Author Sanford Strong, in the book Strong on Defense, emphasizes that the time to resist being taken hostage is at the very beginning when your kidnappers are the least organized and you have chaos and confusion on your side.
You may not always be able to do that, however.
No matter what, though, here are three tips to keep in mind:
1. Never Go To A Second Location!
If at all possible, you must never allow yourself to be taken and moved to a second location, because this location will favor the hostage-taker(s) and your chances of survival and escape decrease dramatically.
The time to explode with all your might, screaming, fighting, biting, gouging, and going berserk in order to save your life and preserve your freedom, is therefore when the hostage takers first try to capture you.
Do whatever you can, to the absolute limits of your physical and emotional strength, to avoid being taken.
The more noise you make, the more resistance you put up, the better the chances the kidnappers will abort and move on to an easier target.
2. When You Do Make Your Move, EXPLODE!
Your captors might be so surprised that you’ve suddenly decided to resist that they’ll freeze with incomprehension or indecision.
You could gain valuable moments this way.
Besides, failing on your second attempt will certainly make them more cautious of your actions and you may be tied up or locked in a trunk, unable to make another escape attempt.
If you do get away, use your environment as you flee.
If there are weapons like chairs or other objects you can throw at your attackers or leave in your path as obstacles, do so.
3. Bide Your Time During Long-Term Confinement
Hostages who’ve been held for a very long time often start to feel they’ll never escape.
Their captors will relax accordingly, and even though the hostages may have multiple chances simply to leave, they don’t because they think they won’t get away with it.
Use this to your advantage.
There have been multiple, documented cases of this — including hostages kept, sometimes for YEARS in bizarre family child-kidnapping cases, in which the victims were often allowed out unsupervised because their captors thought they were psychologically broken.
(Want to learn more about escape and evasion? In our free survival gear secrets report, we talk about how these items you should carry with you can help you survive a violent event and navigate your way to safety quickly.)
Whenever possible, make your captors feel you’ve lost the will to resist.
When they do relax, take your opportunity and EXPLODE into action.
These are incredibly important tips for avoiding a kidnapping if you can, surviving it if you have to… and escaping it if you can’t prevent it in the first place.
Remember them and be prepared to use them.
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