Security & Defense Tips

Hosted byDave Schrader

Security & Defense Tips

About the show

Filling in for George Noory, Dave Schrader (email) was joined by former CIA officer and security specialist Jason Hanson, who revealed spy secrets to staying safe and surviving various dangerous scenarios. "It doesn't matter if you're in a small town, a big city, bad things happen everywhere," Hanson said, noting how each day thousands of Americans are victims of violent crime. He instructed parents to make a game of teaching their children about avoiding strangers, and called for a class in self-defense to be taught in schools. It is important for children to practice kicking, screaming, and falling to the ground, and to know they should never get in a stranger's car, he continued. Adults should not get into a stranger's vehicle either, even at gun point, Hanson added. "If you get in the car, you'll probably end up dead," he warned.

Hanson suggested determining how easy a target one's own home is compared to others in the neighborhood. Installing motion sensor lights, an alarm system, outside camera, or having a dog can deter many would-be robbers, he explained. Sometimes a fake camera or alarm system sign in the yard is enough, he noted. People who break into homes at night are ruthless and likely on drugs, Hanson cautioned. He encouraged listeners to make a simple plan in case of home invasion, and shared his plan which involves grabbing a flashlight, opening a rapid-access safe within three seconds to get his gun, and taking position at the top of the stairs.

Hanson provided instructions for how break free if one's hands are bound with duct tape. Simply lean forward as if you are putting your head between your legs and the tape will eventually snap, he revealed. Zip ties are much harder but Hanson indicated how making them tighter, then placing hands over the head and bringing them down while pulling apart with great force can sometimes cause them to break. He spoke about training with guns and knives, as well as using one's own body to kick an assailant in the groin or punch him in the throat. It is important to remember in any crisis situation that movement saves lives, Hanson disclosed. If you are not prepared, you will freeze, so it is important to mentally plan ahead for danger, he reiterated.

The remainder of the program featured Open Lines.

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