Good day, class. Today's block of instruction is over the humble zip-tie.
Anecdotal evidence suggests that zip-ties are replacing duct tape as the restraint of choice for those critters who choose kidnapping as their vocation of choice.
Further evidence shows that not only does kidnapping befall several thousand citizens per year in America alone, that number is growing.
With that in mind, it behooves a prepared citizen to have a working idea on the ways of by-passing a zip-tie in order to escape -- or to enable you go Dr Seuss* on your Personal Chew Toy.
The folks over at Imminent Threat Solutions have gone to the effort to put together a nice little course entitled "How To Escape From Zip Ties".
Before we get to the guest lecture, we here at The LawDog Files would like to pre-emptively answer complaints that have been forwarded to us by fellow Peace Officer types:
One. The chance of a critter reading my blog and learning how to defeat zip-ties is slim at best, and is more than off-set by the chance of that same critter is going to learn how to defeat zip-ties during his next extended stay at The Greybar Hotel. Remember: what one inmate knows, he'll teach other inmates for a box of honey-buns or a pack of smokes.
Two. Even if -- by some slim chance -- a critter does stumble across my blog and learn how to defeat zip-ties ... so what? We -- as officers -- are too damned comfortable with zip-ties as it is. Just because your suspects are zip-tied doesn't mean you can relax -- but that's what happens. I see way too many officers standing over a zip-tied critter or three with relaxed body language and an expression that strongly hints that the officer is thinking, "Beige, beige, I think I'll paint the ceiling beige".
If you read this and worry that your next zip-tied critter may know how to slip those ties -- GOOD! You should be keeping a closer eye on your detained suspects.
Three. Knowledge is good. Remember that several thousand Americans per year are kidnapped. Just because they're not wearing a badge doesn't mean we get to deny them knowledge that may save their butts. Not to mention that one of the several thousand victims next year ... might be you.
You officers down on the US/Mex border, or with family out in Iraq/Afghanistan, might want to think long and hard about that for a bit.
Now. On the the guest lecture:
ITS Tactical "How To Escape From Zip Ties".
*"Locks in Socks put Skells in Hells." Alternatively: "One Thunk, Two Thunk, Red Punk, Catatonic Punk."