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How would you respond to an armed robbery?

Armed Robbery by Tomsk70

Have you ever been the victim of an armed robbery? 
The odds are against it, but there is always the possibility that it could happen to you.

How would you respond if someone pointed a gun at you and wanted your cash and cell phone?
Would you be able to stay calm and gather information that would help catch your assailants?
Could you focus enough attention on who was robbing you with a gun in your face?

What should you do if an armed robber confronted you?

1. Take a deep breath and try to remain calm.

2. If they want your wallet and your phone give it to them.  Many police departments suggest throwing your valuables in one direction and take off running in the other direction.

3. Don’t fight over stuff.  If you keep your cash separate from your wallet you might be able to show them the cash first.  If it looks like a lot of money there is a chance they may just grab that and leave you with your phone and I.D. 

4. Try to take a mental picture of the assailant.  What are they wearing?  Do they have any tattoos, scars, or physical traits such as a limp?  How tall are they in relationship to you?  If they escaped in a vehicle try to get a license number and description of the vehicle.

5. Don’t try to pursue an armed robber.  Call 911 immediately and remain at the scene if possible.

Don’t try to be a hero and attempt to disarm your assailant.  You will more than likely make a bad situation a lot worse and it may end up costing you your life. 

You can replace your things you can’t replace your life.

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Ed Kress
For over 40 years Ed Kress has been an instructor and student at the Degerberg Academy of Martial Arts, named "Best Overall Martial Arts School” worldwide by Black Belt Magazine. Master Fred Degerberg awarded Ed his 7th degree Black Belt in 2015. Growing up on Chicago’s Southside, Ed learned early in life to pay attention to his surroundings in order to avoid potentially dangerous people and situations. With the help of local law enforcement officers and directors of campus security, Ed developed a program focused on personal safety on the streets, and as it relates to the high school and college experience. Ed has trained thousands of adult men and women as well as high school and college students to improve their personal and situational awareness and, when necessary, how to physically defend themselves using their brains and a wide variety of martial arts techniques.

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