Anyone can be the victim of an attack!

The question is what are you going to?

For todays blog we turn our attention to a profession that may involve danger at some stage; the world of the security guard. The following is a true story that shows how self-defense could possibly have helped prevent serious injury. This is yet another example showing how anyone can be the victim of an attack, at anytime and anywhere. If it does happen to you, what will you do? Run away, freeze or fight back? Hard to say till it actually happens but if you are going to fight back some self-defense knowledge would be extremely valuable as your life may be in danger.

A true story highlighting this

When security guard John Dolby 45 of Riverhead New York had completed his last patrol of the evening he settled down in his security cabin with a book not expecting to be disturbed for the remaining few hours of his shift. This evening however, it didn’t quite work that way.

“After I had received the last delivery truck each night I was instructed under no circumstances to allow anyone else to enter through the gates, this was a firing offense to do so, so naturally I never did, a few tried it but I never let them in no matter how angry they became, after all this is my job and I don’t make the rules. Actually, that’s what I would tell them. Some would accept it and leave, others would argue and call me all the names under the sun.”

“Anyway, this particular night I heard some noise outside, the worrying thing was it wasn’t outside the gates but inside. I knew there was only me there as the short night shift crew had already left, well, I thought there was only me there!”

“I grabbed my flashlight and radio and went to check it out, immediately I was surrounded by three guys, one grabbed my radio before I could even shine the flashlight at them. All I remember was being ferociously beaten to the ground under a barrage of punches! The last thing I could feel was them taking the keys off my belt before they kicked me unconscious.”


John was found by the day shift workers who arrived a couple of hours later who knew something wasn’t right when they couldn’t get in the gate, and with no security guard visible they got suspicious. When a manager arrived and unlocked the gates, they immediately called an ambulance and the cops once they discovered John unconscious on the ground.

He had sustained a broken arm, broken nose, broken cheek bone, severely bruised and swollen eyes and several broken ribs after this vicious attack which was caught on a security camera but the attackers wore black coats with hoods over their faces and got away with thousands of dollars’ worth of stolen goods and were never caught as it was impossible to identify any of them. John quit his job after the attack.

helpful advice and suggestions

In this story self-defense might not have saved John from the vicious attack but it would have given him a fighting chance. Possibly his injuries would have been no way near as severe with just a little self-defense training allowing him to fight back.

Anytime you’re surrounded by up to three attackers the odds are seriously not in your favor at all no matter what you can do, self-defense doesn’t make you invincible, but it does give you a fighting chance, and sometimes that’s all you need to survive.

Hardly surprising John quit his job after this brutal attack. I mean, who could honestly say they’d feel safe after what happened and carry on? Not too many I’m sure.

I’ve talked to several security guards and surprisingly enough, security guards are given very little or no self-defense training at all. I think that’s something companies should consider providing as just a little self-defense knowledge could be a life-saver.

Any security guards read this? If so I`d be interested to hear your opinion on this story, is this typical? Have you been attacked while on the job, if so, were you able to defend yourself and escape serious injury?

Author: Nigel Taylor

I`m Nigel Taylor – originally from England – owner of The Backyard Gym in Round Rock Texas. We specialize in personal training, kickboxing cardio and self-defense. With over 25 years experience as a personal trainer, I know what works! From weight loss to bulking up to toning up, I can help you get your desired look and achieve your fitness goals. I can also offer you the privacy of a 100% private personal training studio in which to enjoy and get the most out of your workouts.