Kidnapping – Don’t Let Them Take You


Many stories are coming out of Israel about Hamas terrorists kidnapping Israeli citizens. Videos and images show them going door to door of homes to kidnap people, including young children. These are heinous acts that must be dealt with swiftly and decisively.

Never Go to a Secondary Location

In my courses, I stress never allowing yourself to be restrained or taken to a secondary location. Nothing good ever comes from it. If you become restrained, you are at the mercy of the threat(s) controlling you. Most of the time, they will not show you mercy, only violence and pain. Often, death is the outcome.

Your Line in The Sand

When someone attempts to restrain you, that is your red line in the sand. That is your trigger to immediately, decisively, and ferociously fight for your life. Even if your attackers outnumber you, you’re injured, or the threat has a weapon, you must immediately fight back. You may not survive, but generally, that is your best time to fight back.

red line in the sand

This video is of 25-year-old Noa Argamani, who is a Chinese-Israeli citizen. Multiple Hamas terrorists abducted her at a music festival in Israel on October 7th, 2023. Currently, she is still alive somewhere, and I cannot imagine the fear she is experiencing.

Being Taken Reduces Your Odds

Fighting back does not guarantee you will survive. Yet, not fighting back and becoming restrained and taken to another location significantly reduces your options and often results in death. I have seen too many instances where they tortured and killed someone they kidnapped.

It’s All About Mindset

There are no guarantees when it comes to violence. It is critical that you think about a kidnapping situation now to know where you stand if the day ever comes when your life is in jeopardy. Develop your mindset now and develop response options. Whether it is a lone abductor or multiple terrorists, you will have a decision to make regarding your situation. You will not have much time to take action.

The Reason I do What I do

When I was seven, a predator attempted to abduct me. Even at that young age, I was not about to let that happen and took measures to prevent my abduction. Had I not done so, I would probably be a crime statistic that is long forgotten. That incident impacts me every day of my life and is the reason I do what I do.

By Scott Kirshner

Scott is the President of Dedicated Threat Solutions, LLC, and has decades of experience in safety and violence mitigation strategies. He has held many positions in the criminal justice system, like Parole Administrator, Supervisory Probation Officer, and Correctional Officer. Scott has trained with numerous agencies, including the Phoenix Division of the FBI SWAT Team and the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Office.

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