Your mind wanders and pebbles crunch under your feet as you walk across the parking lot, your purchases in hand. The long day and drab weather have you distracted, and you fail to notice several young men follow you out. Fumbling with your bags and keys, you feel something blunt shoved into your ribs and a low voice instructs you to be quiet and do as you are told.
Your keys are snatched and your phone, folding knife and wallet are unceremoniously taken from your pockets. As the trunk pops open, someone grabs your hands and pins them solidly against your back. Rapidly and painfully a set of handcuffs clamp tightly around your wrists. Punches fly into your head and stomach and as you double over in pain you are stuffed into your own car trunk. In less than 30 seconds you have just disappeared.
At this point you are likely as good as dead , and having your car and wallet, your family will be on the short list of targets for this criminal gang. Is there anything you can do to prevent being the morning news story about the “Body of a local man found in corn field.” ? Maybe there is.
I have been a reader of the ITS Tactical blog since its inception, it is run by and authored by some exceptional people who are well regarded in the “tactical” community. I found their blog while watching a YouTube video on escaping from illegal restraints. Illegal restraint is a term describing the use of handcuffs, zip ties, and other methods common to law enforcement, by criminals. This happens frequently in Central and South America, and is becoming more common here in the US, especially in home invasions.
To combat this, several firms have begun training classes and videos to assist you in removing yourself from such restraints. WE DO NOT ADVOCATE USE OF THESE TOOLS OR TECHNIQUES TO ESCAPE LAWFUL ARREST! ITS Tactical has gone a step further by offering the ITS URBAN KIT, which is full of tools to help you live another day.
The actual kit comes in a slide apart container a bit bigger than a Zippo lighter, however it is not intended to remain in this container as you will see. The contents include:
- (1) FRS (Folding Razor Saw)
- (1) Diamond Wire Blade
- (1) Handcuff Shim
- (1) Quick Stick
- (2) Universal Handcuff Keys
- (1) Ceramic Razor Blade
- (6) Feet of 135 lb. Test Kevlar Cordage
- (6) Feet of Stainless-Steel Coated Leader Wire
- (1) Button Compass – Grade AA
The handcuff keys in particular are very interesting in that they are made in the size and shape of buttons. They are easily sewn into clothing and being of a synthetic material you simply snap the key portion out when you need it. These are also an excellent option for Law Enforcement persons who want to discreetly carry a spare key. These keys along with the other items give you the tools to escape from Padlocks, Handcuffs, Zip ties and ropes, they do not however give you the KNOWLEDGE to do so, forcing you to seek out some instruction and most of all to practice. You folks are smart, you can find this information.
For those traveling in to harms way or with family going on mission trips etc. The items in the ITS Urban Kit along with quality instruction, might make the difference between an exciting story to tell the grand kids or a tragic tale shown on a terrorist video to the world.
So what of our intrepid but exhausted hero from the beginning of the post? As the pain from the punches recedes, you hear nothing but loud music and the occasional laughter of your abductors. Above your head the glowing child escape toggle taunts you, only inches away. Wriggling a bit you find your coat-tail and then the “button” sewn there. Breathing deeply and moving deliberately so as not to fumble, you snap the tiny key out.
Still moving with purpose and trying not to rush, you twist your hands until you can slip the key into the hole in the left cuff . A little prayer as you turn one way then the other. There’s a click and your left hand comes free. “Not double locked!” , while the key will unlock a double locked set of cuffs, the thugs, being in a hurry failed to do so. After what seems like days to your stimulus deprived mind, but is really only minutes, you feel the car rapidly slow. As the wheels stop, you pull the toggle release, scamper from the trunk and run….