I happened upon a website that teaches you how to escape zip tie restraints and it appears to be relatively simple IF you know what you're doing; so I decided this was a perfect item to share with all of you. The website has videos providing fabulous examples. Please pass this information along - you never know whose life you might be saving or keeping safe. The men in the video are a bit on the survivalist side - don't let this be off-putting, they know what they're talking about.
Some of the highlights that you should keep in mind:
- The slider on the zip tie needs to be at the point of greatest stress at the time of impact. You need to get that slider up to the top or the bottom of your restrained wrists. The video suggests the top but some other resources recommend the bottom. This sounds weird, but buy a bag of zip ties from Amazon and practice a few times; decide what would work best for you.
- If your hands are behind your back, smack the small of your back while bending over for best results. This provides a little more torque than the front technique.
- If your hands are restrained in front of you, both of your elbows should be aiming for just outside of your hip bones. If you push into your stomach you'll likely hurt yourself and remain restrained.
- If at all possible, try to push the edge of the tie (or a shim if you have one) into the slider to release the lock. This form of release is quieter and might buy you a few precious seconds for escape.
And, of course, the quickest way to escape restraint is to never put yourself in positions that could compromise your safety. I've read two fabulous books that help you to trust your impressions. First is the Gift of Fear; this is an older book and is the best you will read. It will teach you to trust your gut regarding safety and understand a bit more about what your potential abductor will do to convince you to not follow your instincts. The other book is Blink; this book is more general and provides fascinating cases proving that your mind makes extremely valid snap decisions that, although you may not be able to articulate your reasoning, are very accurate and should be trusted.
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