The below article is a communication I received from the company president, Jacob Paulsen. I decided to turn it into an article so it could reach more people because this is important stuff. The content is his, I just formatted it.
We recently saw some alarming statistics regarding carjackings in the United States that we had no choice but to share with you. Before we move on, let me just tell you what a car jacking actually is so we're all on the same page: basically, it is when someone makes an attempt at violently stealing a car that is occupied.
It could be while you're sitting in a parking lot, sitting at a red light, or anywhere else you may be sitting in your vehicle.
This is an incredibly hard situation to defend against because there are so many different things happening so fast, in such a small space (your car).
Carjackings Are Up Significantly Across The Country
What are the stats we saw? The primary thing is that carjackings are up higher than normal, seemingly across the entire country. For example, last year Philadelphia set their record for the most carjackings in the city ever in a single year. Taking it up a notch, just last month (January), carjackings were up more than 3X from January 2020.
In Chicago, carjackings have gotten so common that the city is paying a private security company to sit at gas stations for 1 hour a day so citizens can safely fill up without fear of attack. (Ref: Operation Pump Safe)
Minneapolis police report that carjackings there have shot up 537% this year. Carjacking calls to 911 in New Orleans are up 126%. Oakland police cite an increase of 38%.
So again, they are up across the country. But why? Why the increase?
Experts cite that criminals are becoming bolder due to a number of factors including the commonplace of wearing a mask.
Taking Proactive Measures to Reduce Risk and Respond to Car Jackings
While there is no doubt that the odds of you being violently removed from your vehicle are up significantly from previous years the question is what are you going to do about it?
First, we should naturally do everything to avoid potential encounters. This includes the following:
- Avoid filling up with gas in bad neighborhoods and late at night.
- Keep your windows up at all times regardless of the weather.
- Keep your car doors locked.
- Stay off your phone and remain aware while sitting at a red light.
Second, we need a game plan should we need to defend ourselves or our loved ones from a violent attack.
The vehicle is a complicated and, frankly, HORRIBLE place to have to defend yourself. Environmental factors such as seats, steering wheels, and glass complicate the deployment of a firearm and your ability to move from the line of fire or utilize cover is greatly hindered.
You need vehicle defense-specific training. You really do. There is a reason why the BIG firearm training academies in this country teach 2-3 day dedicated vehicle defense courses. The problem of course is that those courses cost about $1900 to take (before the crazy cost of ammunition and travel).
So what do we recommend? Well call me bias but I think you should take our “Vehicle Firearm Tactics” course which is an online video-based course you can watch from your own computer or mobile device.
The course is the video version of a 2-day course with all the fluff removed.
If you took the course in the past I recommend you rewatch it. Remember your purchase grants you permanent access to the video content so there you can go back and watch it as often as you want; and be sure to have other drivers and adults in your home watch it with you.
Please take precautions and get training as soon as you can!