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How to Escape Restraints

If you get abducted, chances are you’ll get tied up or restrained some other way. Here’s how to escape the most common types of restraints.

If you get abducted, chances are you’ll get tied up or restrained some other way. 

Continue reading to learn how to break free from various types of restraints.

Escaping Restraints Vlog

Duct Tape/Zip Ties

Duct tape and zip ties are commonly used to restrain someone during an abduction.

They are quick to put on and relatively hard to escape… unless you know how.

First off, you must make sure that the restraints are fastened tightly.

If your hands are tied, extend them in front of you and pull them back violently. 

For your feet, tighten them and then squat. 

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It is quite difficult to escape if someone that knows what they’re doing ties you up with a rope.

But you have a good chance of escaping if they don't know how to tie the rope properly or if it is too loose.

What you want to accomplish here is to create gaps so you have room to wriggle out once the rope is tied.

To do that, make a small gap between your hands at your palms which face toward your body.

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Handcuffs are probably the most difficult to escape of these things, but with practice, it is not too difficult. 

Your first option is to use a shim. 

To do this, insert a small piece of metal directly between the spaces where the teeth join. This will cause the handcuffs to disengage the teeth and the lock to open.

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Shimming will only work if the handcuffs are single-locked. If they are double locked, you must pick it.

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So those are the three most common ways you can be restrained and how you can break free from them.

To ensure that you are able to acquire these skills, practice often.

You can get detailed instructions about breaking free from restraint as well as many other escape and evasion tips with 'Evading and Escaping Capture'.

Train safe!

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Article by Sam Fury

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Sam Fury is the creator and owner of the Survival Fitness Plan.

He has had a passion for martial arts and outdoor pursuits since he was a young boy growing up in Australia.

As a young adult he joined the military and studied outdoor leadership in college. After that, to further his skills, Sam started traveling to learn from the best in the world in various fields related to the Survival Fitness Plan including various martial arts in China, SE Asia and Brazil, Parkour in Singapore, Surf Life Saving in Australia, and others. 

These days, he still enjoys learning new things, traveling and sharing what he has learned via the Survival Fitness Plan. 

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