Posted on August 23 2018
In the world of armed security, there is not a single day that you can allow yourself to become complacent. In the instant that you present a weak target, you can and will be struck by individuals who have the intent to take your life in the advancement of their own. Posture, position, and the ability to keep your wits about you for long periods of time can mean the difference between life and death.
During the video you are about to watch, two security guards for an armored car company are delivering a load of cash to an ATM. One guard, armed with only a pistol, is carrying the cash to the drop-off point to restock an ATM. The second guard puts himself in a position that doesn’t allow him to effectively cover his partner during an attack.
The two security guards enter their target location as if this is just another boring day on the job. For the two men, moving large sums of cash every day is a regular occurrence, and they have probably made this exact same maneuver two dozen times just this day. The position that the second security guard takes however leaves the two men open to an attack from four armed robbers.
Due to the position the security guard with the shotgun took, he is unable to spot the four men while they are moving in to conduct their attack. By standing near the wall, he has created a large blind spot behind himself, leaving the direction that they entered the location from open. Because of this, he is unable to react in time to the robber’s approach and is forced to immediately surrender or risk being killed outright by men who have him at gunpoint.
Luckily for the first security guard, who was smart enough to realize that he was immediately beaten, the second security guard hears the commotion and turns around weapon drawn. He opens fire into the robbers immediately regaining the initiative in the fight. This in turn allows the second security guard to take the opportunity to open fire on the criminals as well, pushing them into a full-blown retreat.
There is an old mantra that says, “Complacency kills.” Luckily enough in this situation, the partner was able to react fast enough to regain the initiative. The simple mistake of creating a blind spot from the direction they came was almost enough to not only cost them the cash they were delivering, but also their lives. Never assume the direction that you came from is clear. We live in a three-dimensional world, and threats can and will approach you from any direction.
In the aftermath of this event, one of the robbers was killed. He died at the scene of the incident while paramedics tried to resuscitate him using CPR. Fortunately, neither security guard was injured in the attempted armed robbery, and no bystanders were injured in the ensuing gunfight either.
The following footage was recorded on a security camera system near an ATM.