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Here’s Proof that Illegal Restraint with Zip Ties Happens and What You Can Do About It

By Bryan Black

I was recently passed an article from the Atlanta Journal that highlighted a northwest Atlanta couple tied up during home invasion. According to the article, two men kicked in the back door early in the morning and zip tied the man and woman.

The man was apparently a plumber or an electrician and had zip ties lying around that were used to restrain the couple. The invasion occurred around 4:30 a.m. and they weren’t able to free themselves to call 911 until 6:30 a.m. Luckily they were unharmed.

It seems that the intruders were looking for drugs, which doesn’t exactly make this situation fall under “common.”   It does however, illustrate the need for not only fortifying your doors with a device like the Door Devil, but learning how to escape illegal restraint from zip ties.

This is a great opportunity to not only review our article on escaping zip ties, but to share it with your friends, family and loved ones. This is literally information that could one day save their lives!


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  • PanicNpain

    You know, my unit gets trained on this in the survival school we go to and it’s honestly great information to know. It’s also surprisingly easy to break most zip ties and even tape as illustrated in the article. I wouldn’t ever recommend breaking your restraints to fight your captors but I would recommend it to escape and call for help. Belongings are replaceable, you and your family aren’t.

    It is sad that I can only surf this site on a commercial network though as it’s been blocked on the Air Force network.

    • Couldn’t agree more brother! Not being viewable on the .gov network is either an unfortunate consequence of putting out good info, or there are way too many people looking at ITS that should be working LOL!

    • PanicNpain

      Yeah, I looked up the reasoning behind it and the site said it was blocked for the reason of “Personal Pages/Forums.” The Air Force has a habit of blocking good sites like this one for strange reasons. I could petition it and have it re-evaluated but I’d have to put in a very good reason. It’s all gravy though, we have commercial wireless in our work center (Thank god I’m comm) and I surf the site on my iPhone. 😀

      I need to enlist on the site but may be deploying soon and may not have access so I’ll join when I get back.

  • Justin White

    I favorited this in the ITS give away yesterday! WOOT!

    • PanicNpain


  • foo

    I’d love to see a demo using the double zipties as carried by LE.

  • ✓ᴰᵉᵖˡᵒʳᵃᵇˡᵉ

    I’ve successfully gotten out of duct tape restraints and showed my family how to do the same. I’ll be trying these zip tie escape techniques next.

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