I encountered this in the crime section of today’s Baltimore Sun: Off-duty D.C. police officer carjacked. “The 44-year-old officer told police he was driving home on Harford Road and East 25th Street at about 11:40 p.m. when a woman stepped in front of his car and a man armed with a handgun ordered him out of the vehicle, police said. … [Police recovered the car and arrested the woman, but,] The officer, who was driving away from his East Baltimore home at the time of the carjacking, said his service weapon was inside the car, but police did not recover it.” I suppose everyone has a bad day, but I have to question the effectiveness of concealed carry for the average Joe when someone can carjack an armed, experienced police officer. Maybe that’s why OnCourse (“specialising in 4×4 driving courses tailored to suit the driving conditions common to developing countries”) recommends avoidance above all. [ED: Bullet points from their course after the jump, so to speak.]
Module: The Proactive Mindset (Incident Avoidance)
- Avoidance through awareness; developing a pro-active mindset.
- Carry out effective threat and risk assessment and analysis.
- Route planning; identifying choke points, alternative routes and safe havens.
- Understanding the decision making process, awareness levels and the effects of survival stress.
Module: Introduction to Security Driving (urban)
- Understanding different types of car-jacking scenarios.
- Avoid or comply; procedures for giving up your vehicle.