Crime Tip Tuesday: Active attacker preparedness

Whether it's a shooter, someone with a car, or any other means, there are three primary ways to be prepared against attacks.

LINCOLN, Neb. (KLKN) – It’s the plan you never hope to use, but one that could come in handy. What do you do when you suddenly find yourself in an active attacker situation?

You may be more familiar with the term “active shooter”. Of course, not all attacks are shootings, so this can apply to someone with a blade, a car, or any other way they might try to harm a number of people in a short amount of time.

In a nutshell, the three steps are to run, hide, and fight. Pay attention to that order, because it’s the correct order to try to get out of the situation alive.

If you run, you want to run with purpose. You’re trying to get out of the situation, not just to a different vantage point. Try to get into a building, your car, or anywhere that’s as far from the action as you can get. You may be able to use your distance to safely call for help.

Your next move is to hide. You don’t want to duck and cover under a desk. You need a means of real cover that’s capable of giving you a degree of protection. Since attackers are generally trying to hurt as many people as possible in the shortest amount of time, they aren’t likely to waste time trying to get past a locked or barricaded door.

If you need to fight, fight with all you have. Use any tool you may find at your disposal to give yourself the advantage. A chair or fire extinguisher can give you more than jut your bare hands, and that addition could make all the difference.

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