Be Safe! ‘Polar Bears’ — and Others — Watch Your Backs

Written by Mark Mayberry on September 7, 2013

This article is dedicated to Christopher Lane, Delbert Belton, Jason Paul, and the literally countless other victims of random crimes perpetrated by out of control black youths. Hopefully we can learn from these tragedies and not become victims ourselves.

Once is chance; twice, is coincidence, but three times is enemy action“.- Unknown Author

This quote is very interesting because it relates so directly to the situations that are happening right now in our country. Now, I don’t know if this is an actual quote or more of just a general idea that has found a common phrase but the moral remains the same.

I was already to submit and article all about Syria, how it is a mistake to bomb them and how it’s Al Qaeda that we are really helping. However, I am sure that if you are like me, you are almost sick of hearing about That. That being said, I have a much more important thing to talk about today. The fact that every time you leave your home now, you might not come back. As a person with a decade worth of experience in the personal security and government contract security realm, I can tell you the threat is real.

When I look back at this past month I don’t immediately think of Syria. I think of all of the instances of these African American youths that have targeted and either killed or maimed random white people. But it isn’t just about white people and black people, this article is for everyone.

If you are a law abiding citizen and leave your house during the day you are a possible target for these gangs of teenagers roaming around looking for a victim. The question is what can you and what are you doing about it? You see the interesting thing is that most people see these horrible things on the news and think, “Wow, that’s random!” But it really isn’t random at all.

What if I told you that there is game that is played by African American youths across this country; it goes by different names in different places but in the state of Florida it is call “Polar Bear Hunting”? Would you know what that is? The answer is, most likely, no. It is a game where black teenagers stalk potential White and Asian victims and find the most defenseless one. Then one of the group sucker punches the victim in an attempt to knock them out for no reason. This has resulted in severe injuries and even deaths.

When you are outside in public you must always be ready. That is what I really want to talk about today. This is like a Clash Daily public service announcement. You need to be taking steps to be able to defend yourself while out at Walmart or a the gas station because you never know when you will become that next “random” act of violence.

Ladies and elderly folks listen up because you are the most likely target. I’m 6’1” so I would be surprised if I was the target of one of these little punks would target. However, young women and older people are prime targets, so if you fall into this category please take the steps to protect yourself.

I know that not everyone can carry a gun and not everyone wants to carry a gun, but there are other options to at least give you time to escape. For instance, O.C. Spray (AKA Pepper Spray) is a great, less than lethal option. For you ladies it fits on your key chain or in your purse. The key chain is the best idea, in my opinion, because after spraying your attacker the OC can be used as a handle from which to swing your keys.

Personally I carry a handgun almost everywhere I go. We don’t live in Tombstone so obviously there are places I cannot. So I choose to compliment my handgun with a small knife as well. This is a tactic that many of my former co-workers have adopted as well. The internet has a wealth of information on the use and deployment of certain knives and I would encourage those who do carry to look into it as an option.

In closing, I can tell you that I have been in my fair share of fights and violent altercations during my days in the protection field. These events happen quickly and violently and it is always the prepared person who walks away. Obviously, sometimes things happen and you can’t always win, but you should always prepare for the worst and hope for the best.

Police chiefs around this country will tell you that you are pretty much on your own in the ten or even twelve minutes it take them to respond. So, it is your responsibility to make sure that you and those closest to you are safe each and every time you leave your house. So be smart, be observant and most of all, don’t be a victim.

Image: Flickr; author: Alastair Rae; Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 2.0 Generic license

Topic: Personal Safety, “Polar Bears”, “Polar Bear Hunting”, Guns, Knives