Escape and Evasion: 3 Tips For Surviving (And Escaping) A Hostage Situation!

Escape and Evasion: 3 Tips To Escape A Hostage Situation

Jeff Anderson

Getting captured isn’t something most of us think about.

We just don’t think we live in a world where someone might want to take us captive.

But it could happen to any of us, both at home and abroad.

Getting away before they can hurt or kill you would seem to be the highest priority in a hostage situation.

But how do you plan that escape so that it succeeds?

I spoke with my friend Reggie Bennett about this not long ago.

Here’s a summary of what he had to tell me.

3 Tips For Escaping A Hostage Situation!

Escape and Evasion: 3 Tips To Escape A Hostage Situation
Escape and Evasion: 3 Tips To Escape A Hostage Situation
Reggie Bennett

It takes special skills to get out of  hostage scenario.

SERE programs teach their students survival, evasion, resistance, and escape.

You have to be mentally prepared for those things.

There will be both physical and mental stress involved.

You have to know yourself and know you’re going to face these scenarios.

  • You could be kidnapped for ransom.
  • You could be held by terrorists.
  • You could be taken by people who are trying to make some kind of twisted statement.

Whatever the reason, you might find yourself taken captive and then have to figure out how to escape.

Sometimes, all it takes is being in the wrong place at the wrong time… so what do you do?

Here are three tips for how to plan your escape so that when the moment comes, you can seize it and get away.

1. Maintain Situational Awareness At All Times

The first thing you have to do is know your surroundings.

If you break out of a closet and find yourself staring at a room full of terrorists, you didn’t escape anything at all.

You’ve just made your situation worse.

When they put you back, they’re going to restrain you worse than before, and they’re going to be looking for escape attempts.

Think of your surroundings in terms of layers:

  • What’s immediately around you?
  • What comes after that?
  • Which of your captors is weakest?
  • Which is friendliest?
  • When are your captors least vigilant?
  • Is there any dissent among them?
  • Are there holes in their security?
  • Who is the weak link in the chain?

Gather as much information as you can in order to determine the best set of circumstances to make your break.

2. Gather An Escape Kit

The second thing you need to do is assemble a secret escape kit.

This isn’t a whole backpack.

It’s just little things that will help you survive.

This includes doing things like hoarding food and water for later.

It might also be rope, wire, thread, or anything else you can use to improvise.

Plastic and things you can use to protect you from the elements is another item you might assemble.

Be prepared to think outside the box in order to use whatever you can get your hands on to your advantage.

3. Have A Plan

The third thing to keep in mind is that you HAVE to have a plan.

Just escaping isn’t enough.

Once you break out of your immediate confinement… then what?

Where are you going to go?

Let’s say you’re overseas.

You might find yourself in a desert, or a forest, or an unfamiliar city.

Where are you now, and where should you get to?

Is there a border you could slip past to safety, a church that could provide sanctuary, or an embassy that would take you in?

It won’t do any good to just get out and wander.

You’ll get caught again if you do that.

Figure out what your plan is… and then act on it.

Every little bit of information you assemble along the way is just another tool in your toolbox.

Keep these tips in mind if you ever do find yourself on the wrong end of a hostage situation or kidnapping.

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Escape & Evasion: 3 Hostage Escape Tips To Survive An Extreme Hostage Situation!

Escape And Evasion: Hostage Escape And Hostage Rescue Tactics
Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

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!

Escape And Evasion: Hostage Escape And Hostage Rescue Tactics
Escape And Evasion: Hostage Escape And Hostage Rescue Tactics

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.

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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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[HOME DEFENSE NEWS] Husband’s Home Invasion “Headshot” Saves Wife Held Hostage

Albert DeLa Garza’s trigger finger was trembling…

In front of him were two men trying to drag his 27 y.o., Deaudre, screaming through their front door after ambushing her in their driveway late at night.

He was outnumbered… and seeing his presence, one of the gunmen put his weapon to his wife’s head, threatening him to get back or he’d shoot.

Albert had a decision to make.

He knew that if these thugs got inside, there’s no telling what their sadistic plans would hold for the couple.

Yet with only the attacker’s head visible, just one inch “off target” could mean killing his own wife, 3 months pregnant with their child.

Albert took careful aim…

Here’s How This Prepared Husband’s “Headshot” Saved His Pregnant Wife’s Life In This Violent Home Invasion Ambush…

Home Defense Tips Headshot
Home Defense Headshot Technique

It was 10:30 on a hot summer night when Albert sat in his living room waiting for his wife to return from running an errand.

Seeing the lights of their Suburban as she turned into the driveway, he rose to welcome her home and see if she needed any help at the vehicle.

That’s when he heard her scream.

Looking outside, he witnessed two men attacking his wife, dragging her to the front door to force her inside.

Albert wasted no time.

Quickly grabbing the pistol he kept in their home for protection, he rushed outside to confront the men before they could get inside and gain control.

Fortunately, he caught them by surprise… and leveled his sights on the attackers, demanding they release his wife.

But the gunmen recovered quickly and one of them put his weapon to Albert’s wife’s head to get him to back down.

It didn’t work.

From about 7-10 ft. away, Albert took the shot – striking the man holding his wife hostage in the head, instantly dropping him to the ground, mortally wounded.

The other gunmen instantly ran away, firing his weapon at Albert and his wife from behind him as he made his escape.

Fortunately, neither were hit and the couple survived this horrifying attack.

But let’s face it…

… this response could have gone VERY wrong!

To be honest, I’d consider that headshot blind luck in most cases, especially under the stress and adrenaline of a sudden attack.

— Albert COULD have missed and shot his wife…

— He COULD have caused the hostage-taker to flinch and pull the trigger by mistake, again, killing his pregnant wife…

— The other attacker COULD have stayed to fight, and shot the couple in retaliation for scrambling their invasion plans.

What would you do?

Would YOU take the shot?

It’s certainly a tough scenario to consider and if your tactics are even a hair off, the end result could destroy your entire life.

To help you prepare, here are 3 “hostage defense” tips that will give you a fighting chance…

1. DON’T Count On Luck

When the people you care about are on the line, relying on luck is not an option.

With a gun to your wife’s head, or a knife to your child’s throat, you can’t afford to just pull the trigger and hope.

Don’t count on making a precision headshot in a real-life hostage situation no matter how many times you’ve shot targets at the range.

Real hostage scenarios are different, especially when you’re not shooting in a relaxed, casual atmosphere with all the time in the world to pull the trigger.

If at any point you have to hope that your shot will hit the mark (and ONLY the mark), don’t take it.

But that doesn’t mean you’re doomed to suffer at their hands either.

Let’s move on…

2. Get His Finger Off The Trigger

That “reactionary flinch” I mentioned is the big threat here.

If you have a weapon trained on a home invader who has a hostage, he’s just one twitch away from involuntarily jerking his own trigger and killing his human shield.

Chances are, he thinks he’s got you against the wall.

He may be ordering you to put your weapon down.

This is where you should pretend to comply.

You can even say to him, “Whatever you say, man… just please, take your finger off the trigger so you don’t shoot by accident, okay?”

Appeal to his humanity, get him talking… do whatever you can to get his finger away from the trigger.

3. Use A “Break State”

Once his finger is off the trigger, or he’s at least thinking about it, use a “break state.”

This is a “psychological trick” where you essentially short-circuit his brain with a statement or question that triggers his thinking to HAVE to respond.

For example, you could say,

“Point to exactly where you want me to lay down the gun?”

See how this type of a question forces the brain to “think” about an answer involuntarily?

At this point, he might motion away, taking the gun just enough off the hostage so you can make your move.

THIS is where you take action!

Once his brain is engaged in responding to you and your loved one is no longer in danger of an accidental shooting, shoot a foot ABOVE your attacker’s head (taking into account your backdrop as well).

The surprise counterattack will instantly overwhelm your attacker.

As fast as possible, close the distance for a contact shot or a head shot from much closer range.

This dramatically increases your odds of survival – for both you AND the hostage – and is a far safer approach than just simply “taking the shot” and letting God do the deciding.

But even with this approach, you may not even HAVE an opportunity to fight back…

— You might be ambushed with ZERO warning at all…

— You might be asleep when the invaders attack…

— You could be outnumbered and overwhelmed in your own home.

When this happens, you can be sure that the home invaders’ first goal is to get you tied up, handcuffed, or zip-tied to keep you from becoming a “problem”.

Those types of situations are the absolute WORST CASE because you lose the ability to fight back.

Under their control, these sadistic bastards have all the time in the world to do whatever they want to you and your family members.

The secret to surviving?

You have to be just as vicious and sneaky as your attackers!

Unfortunately, most home defense training falls far short of helping gun-owners truly prepare for the violent nature of a home invasion.

Sure, they offer advice on what locks are best for your door… don’t open the door to “bad guys”… and own a weapon for personal protection.

Blah, blah, blah, blah…

A home invasion is the most extreme attack you’ll ever experience… and requires EXTREME TACTICS in response.

For example, you may have to deal with situations like…

  • How to escape from being tied up or handcuffed
  • How to use other family members to deceive your attackers
  • Staging weapons in “secret hiding spots” within your home
  • How to trick home invaders into letting you go
  • Ways to use “improvised weapons” to your advantage
  • And more. . .

These types of scenarios are EXACTLY why we created our “Extreme Home Defense Tactics” course – because we found that other home invasion survival techniques were either outdated… or frankly just fell far short of dealing with reality.

If you’d like to see more of what’s covered in the course, you can check out some of the lessons here.

All I ask is that you keep an open mind because a LOT of the training we’ve developed is WAAAAAY different than what you’ll find most instructors telling you to do.

But I can back up every last one of our techniques with real-world home-invasion stories (that ended well… or badly!) and I think you’ll see exactly why these tactics are superior for surviving a home invasion.

Again, here’s a special link to go over and check out each of the lessons we cover when you get a chance…

I look forward to hearing your feedback.

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