At around 4 p.m., three 11-year-old girls told police they were approached by a man driving a black SUV in the parking lot of a grocery store in the 400-block of North Farnsworth Avenue. They said the man opened the vehicle’s door and told them to “come here.” When they refused and began to walk away, the man apparently displayed a gun
Before we go further and tell you what the 3 little girls did to avoid being kidnapped you need to think about what you might do if you found yourself in a similar situation?
You are standing at a bus stop, walking alone, or possibly walking through grocery store parking lot like the 3 girls in Aurora, out of nowhere a vehicle pulls up and a man with a gun orders you into the vehicle.
What do you do now?
Do you get in the vehicle? Do you try to get close enough to the person with the gun and attempt to disarm them?
This type of question is asked in the Self-Defense workshops we have lead at the Degerberg Academy and at Personal-Safety seminars at high schools and colleges in the city and suburbs. It is interesting what type of answers we have heard in response to this type of question. Some students say they would get into the vehicle, some say they would try to disarm them. Very few choose the solution the 3 eleven-year-old Aurora girls chose.
What did they do?
The answer is pretty simple. They ran! They ran into a nearby business and the vehicle drove away. Yet many students think that they will get shot and probably be killed if they turn and run. It surprises them to find out that the chance of being killed if they turn and run has been reported being less than 5%. Which means if you have a 95% chance of getting way. If you get in the vehicle or go with them to another location, out of the public eye, your chances of survival diminish rapidly.