Escaping a Captivity Situtation

The world we live in can be a dangerous place. You never know when you are going to be the target of a kidnapping or a violent crime. Here are a few simple steps you can take to better prepare and protect yourself.

Tips for Escaping 

  • Keep a razor blade in your shoe. Wrap razor blade in duct tape so you won’t cut yourself. Hide the razor blade under a large band-aid on your body just in case you are stripped and your shoes are taken from you.
  • All hand-cuffs are keyed the same. One key will open all of them. Keep one on your person just in case. Hide it in your shoe or under a bandage on your body.
  • Look for the glow in the dark release locks if you are trapped in a car trunk. If the car is 2008 or older you’ll need to dig through the carpet to find the release.
  • Newer cars have a release on the back of the seats. You’ll need to kick down the seats in older cars.
  • The truck normally has the spare tire and jack. Find the jack and use it to break the lock.
  • If you are hand-cuffed, find something thin and sturdy to shim handcuffs, a bobby pin will work. Place the bobby pin in between in case and the teeth. Make the hand-cuffs tighter first then they will release.
  • Use a seat belt to prie the hand-cuffs apart. Place the seat belt in the gap and twist until the hand-cuffs open. This will hurt and you will bleed, but in a life and death situation, it won’t matter.
  • T.E.D.D. Time. Environment, Distance, Demeanor. Change up your daily schedule. Someone following you will know your time schedule making it easy to attack, so be unpredictable. Go to different places than you normally do.  Be aware of your surroundings. Increase and decrease distances between errands. Make it harder for someone to find and follow you. Look like you are on guard and ready to put up a fight.
  • Make sure loved ones know where you are and when to expect you back.
  • If you are being followed remember to Run, Hide, Fight. If you can get away then run. Hide behind something bulletproof if possible. Fight if necessary. Resistance and loud noises will stop most attackers. If it isn’t easy they will likely look for another target.