Defense Against Crime

November 20, 2014

Who is watching the Watchers?

Filed under: Self Defense Infomation — peppereyes @ 09:13

hotel-room-2If you have a webcam in your home or business or baby monitor in your home…please read this link

If you never set up a secure password for your cameras someone could be watching you.
http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-30121159

PepperEyes.com is dedicated to providing you with the best and most affordable self-defense products, and safety products on the market to meet the security needs of you, your family members or your business, by assisting anyone who is unwilling to become a victim of crime.  If you want to take personal responsibility for protection, home security, business security, purchase our high quality discount self-defense products and arm yourself with the knowledge about self-defense and security products and information of the best way to stay secure in an ever-increasing violent world. In today’s society, being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option.

November 18, 2014

How Burglars See Your Home


Are you an Easy Target?

Are you an Easy Target?

What are the odds that your home will be burglarized this year?

In the U.S. a home burglary occurs every 13 seconds. What things can make your home an attractive target for burglars? What can you do to protect yourself? Here are five easy tips to “think like a burglar” and keep your home safe.

Here are the Statistical Facts as compiled the US Department of Justice

  • Annually Around 2,000,000 home burglaries are reported each year in the United States.
  • In about 28% of these burglaries, a household member was present during the burglary.
  • Around60% of burglars used forcible entry to gain access to a home. More than 30% of burglars entered residences through an unlocked door, window and other opening without force.
  • Nearly 66% of all burglaries are residential (home) break-ins.
  • Renters are just as likely to be the victims of property crime as homeowners.
  • The highest percentage of burglaries occur during the summer months.
  • Homes without security systems are up to 300% more likely to be broken into.

Don’t Stand Out -Keep a low profile.

Is your flat-screen TV visible through a window from the street? Do you have an expensive car parked in your driveway? To a burglar, those are sure signs that your home might offer a lucrative haul. Keep expensive items hidden, and don’t advertise large purchases by leaving boxes at the curb especially after Christmas. Two things you can do to make your house less expensive is have an Alarm System and a sign or a Beware of Dog Sign. Burglars hate Dogs.

Maintain visibility – Don’t give them a place t hide

Tall shrubs and privacy fences provide burglars with cover so your neighbors won’t see them breaking in. Keep windows and doors visible to deter burglars. Install motion-activated floodlights around your home to draw attention if someone approaches after dark. You can also invest in motion alarms

such as drive away alarms that alert you when someone enters your premises.

Lock upstairs windows, and don’t keep ladders outside.

People often forget to lock upstairs windows—and burglars know it. Make sure all your windows are locked when you’re not home, and keep your ladders in a locked garage or shed so a burglar can’t use them to access upstairs windows.

Make it look like someone home.

Unoccupied houses are prime targets, after all burglars don’t want to be seen. Use timers on lights, televisions and radios to create the appearance of activity. Hire landscapers if you’ll be out of town for an extended period so your home looks well cared for. If a burglar thinks someone is home, they’re more likely to skip your house. Tell a trusted neighbors and the police when you are going to be away for an extended period. Most convicted burglars (90%) said they want to avoid homes with alarm systems and said if they did encounter an alarm, they would abandon the attack on the home

Secure doors and windows.

Burglars look for weak doors with old hardware that are easy to kick in. If your doors aren’t secure, replace the knobs, locks and hardware. I would suggest installing the strike master II door brace or a similar device on your doors that help resist kick-ins, and consider adding dead bolt. If you have a doggie door, secure it with a lock or just seal it up. Typically, burglars spend less than 60 seconds breaking into a home. The more difficult it is to gain access, the more likely a burglar is to reconsider the attack.

 

Who commits these burglaries and why?

  • Perpetrators are usually male, under 25 years of age.
  • They are looking for items that are small and expensive and easily converted to cash.
  • Favorite items include: cash, jewelry, laptops, guns, digital cameras, small electronics (Ipods, GPS, PDA’s MP-3’s and CD’s)
  • Money is usually used to support a drug habit.

When do most home break-in occur?

  • They usually occur in the daytime when occupants are at school or work. From (11 AM – 3PM)
  • July and August most the frequent months for break-ins.
  • February is the least frequent for home breaks.

What can you do to prevent becoming a victim?

  • Don’t make your house appealing.
  • Home security statistics tell us that burglars will usually bypass a house if it requires too much effort or more skills or tools than they possess.
  • Most breaks are through front or back doors.
  • Unlocked outer doors to common hallways give thieves a chance to break in through inner doors while remaining out of sight of neighbors and police. Keep outside doors locked

Doors and Locks

  • Use a solid core or metal door at entrance points.
  • Use a high quality heavy-duty dead bolt with a one inch throw bolt.
  • Use a quality knob-in-lock set with dead latch mechanism.

    It's Easy to get into your home

    It’s Easy to get into your home

  • Use a heavy-duty strike plate (like Strike Master II or Similar) with 3 inch screws into the frame.
  • Use a wide angle fish-eye peephole.
  • When you move into a new house or apartment, change or re-key the door locks.

Sliding Glass Doors

  • This type of door is usually secured by latches only.
  • They are vulnerable to attack.
  • Security can be increased by inserting a wooden dowel or stick into the door track to prevent movement.
  • There are also metal track blockers / locks available.

Windows (the most frequent point of entry during warm weather months)

  • Windows are left unlocked at a much higher rate than doors.
  • An open window that is visible from the street may be the sole reason that a house is targeted. An open window with only a locked window screen is particularly inviting to thieves. Access is quick, easy and silent.
  • Windows have latches, not locks; they should have secondary locking
  • Wooden sticks/dowels work well with horizontal sliding windows.
  • For vertical windows, through the frame pins work well.
  • For ventilation, leave no more than a 4 – 6 inch window opening.
  • Make sure that opening is not large enough to allow someone to reach through to unlock the door or remove window lock.

Be A Good Neighbor

  • Get to know your neighbors.
  • Watch each other’s home.
  • While on vacation, pick up mail, newspapers, packages and flyers; put out their trash on trash day (and return empty barrels).
  • Offer to park your car in their driveway and listen for a siren from their home security system.
  • Water flowers, grass and plants.
  • Communicate with each other.

Home Security Lighting

  • Interior lighting is necessary to show signs of activity inside.
  • Use timers (lights, radios and televisions). Make the home appears occupied.
  • Exterior lighting is very important.
  • Lights in front of the home should be on a timer.
  • Many of the modern home security systems will allow your to program lights based on timers or activity.

Home Alarm Systems

  • Burglars will usually bypass a home that they believe has a sophisticated burglar alarm.
  • Having a great alarm system increase the potential of burglar being caught.
  • Home security statistics tell us that an audible horn or siren must be part of the system.
  • Alarm systems should reset within three minutes so as not to disturb the neighborhood.
  • Leave a key to your house and alarm system with a trusted neighbor who is usually there when you are not home.
  • Alarm systems can also monitor fire sensors and panic buttons.
  • Upgrade your Alarm System every 3-4 years.

Operation Identification

  • Engrave your driver’s license number (and state) or last 4 of you SSN on televisions, stereos, computers and small electronic appliances.
  • Photograph your valuables, especially jewelry and electronics.
  • Make a list of make, model, serial numbers and value of important items and take pictures that you store online.
  • Give a copy of this list to a relative or close friend.

PepperEyes.com is dedicated to providing you with the best and most affordable self-defense products, and safety products on the market to meet the security needs of you, your family members or your business, by assisting anyone who is unwilling to become a victim of crime. If you want to take personal responsibility for protection, home security, business security, purchase our high quality discount self-defense products and arm yourself with the knowledge about self-defense and security products and information of the best way to stay secure in an ever-increasing violent world. In today’s society, being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option. PepperEyes.com is a division of Onyx Knight Enterprises

November 6, 2014

Pepper Spray Day Catches Students’ Eyes


pepper_sprayI saw this article from one of our clients about their Pepper Spray Day(http://capitalnews.vcu.edu/2013/04/03/pepper-spray-day-catches-students-eyes/)  We have been working with Virginia Common Wealth University for the past few years providing them some of out best Personal Alarms

There are a wide variety of personal alarms on the market. Choosing the correct one for you can sometimes be tricky. Read on for tips on how to make the right choice.

The point of a personal alarm -  The function e of a personal safety alarm is to shock and disorientate an attacker, giving you vital seconds to get away.

 Personal Alarms Important features 

  • The most important feature of an alarm is the sound it emits. If an attacker is to be shocked enough to pull away from you, this sound needs to be as loud and as shrill as possible.
  • It also needs to be different from those which are commonly heard. For example, if a personal alarm pulsates like many car alarms, the sound may not be as effective as it is not so shocking.  How many times have you ignored car alarms? The most effective sound is continuous and over 130 decibels (approximately 138db is ideal).
  • Your person alarm needs to be easy to carry and easy to use. However, consider whether a very lightweight and tiny alarm will be as loud as you need it to be. Consider if it is so small that, it will get lost at the bottom of your bag, or in your laundry.  Some small alarms can still be very loud – although the sound may not last for very long – and can be easier to handle for some people.  The best compromise is in an alarm which can fit easily into the palm of your hand but is still very loud.
  • Ease of use also needs to be considered: How would you operate the personal alarm in an emergency? There are many different ways to activate different types of alarms, including push caps, push buttons and pull out pins.  How fiddly is it to activate it?  Do you have problems using your hands or fingers?  Can it be operated simply by being pushed against something?

When,, where  & how to use a personal alarm

The primary purpose of a personal alarm is not to attract or help. You cannot rely on them to do that.  Firstly, there may not actually be anyone within earshot. Secondly, hearing an alarm does not necessarily attract help.  Often personal safety alarms sound like a car alarm and we are all desensitized to this sound and often ignore it thinking it’s a false alarm. The most effective sound is a loud continuous shriek.

If you are able to attract the attention of people nearby, you are more likely to get help if you shout a specific instruction – such as “Help! Call the police!”  This makes it clear that you are in danger and need help.

Once you have set off your alarm, leave the situation as quickly as you can, moving to a busy area if possible.  Don’t wait to check that your alarm has had the desired effect; just go.

Remember that a personal alarm should be just one part of your personal safety plan: There are lots of other ways in which you can help yourself to avoid violence and aggression.

Some of our personal alarms also have multiple functions such as serving as anti-theft devices, door alarms, and much more

For more safety advice and products including a selection of personal safety alarms, please click here to visit our online store.

PepperEyes.com is dedicated to providing you with the best and most affordable self-defense products, and safety products on the market to meet the security needs of you, your family members or your business, by assisting anyone who is unwilling to become a victim of crime.  If you want to take personal responsibility for protection, home security, business security, purchase our high quality discount self-defense products and arm yourself with the knowledge about self-defense and security products and information of the best way to stay secure in an ever-increasing violent world. In today’s society, being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option. PepperEyes.com is a division of Onyx Knight Enterprises

October 29, 2014

Top 10 Cities for Home Invasions

Filed under: Crime Prevention,Home Security Information — peppereyes @ 11:27
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Per Department of Justice Crime Data for 2013 Here are the Top Ten Cities for Home Invasions

Home Invasions

Rank City State
1 Cleveland Ohio
2 Toledo Ohio
3 Memphis Tennessee
4 Detroit Michigan
5 Cincinnati Ohio
6 Indianapolis Indiana
7 Oklahoma City Oklahoma
8 St.Louis Missouri
9 Tulsa Oklahoma
10 Oakland California

PepperEyes.com is dedicated to providing you with the best and most affordable self-defense products, and safety products on the market to meet the security needs of you, your family members or your business, by assisting anyone who is unwilling to become a victim of crime.  If you want to take personal responsibility for protection, home security, business security, purchase our high quality discount self-defense products and arm yourself with the knowledge about self-defense and security products and information of the best way to stay secure in an ever-increasing violent world. In today’s society, being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option.

October 16, 2014

Are you Prepared for an Earthquake?


Many Many Years ago when I was living near Radcliff KY, I was sitting in my room watching, and all of a sudden it

US Earthquake Zones

US Earthquake Zones

appeared as if the wall took a deep breath. It came toward me, and then went back. First. I thought I was having a mental event, but soon other people started making comments.  There as an Earthquake several miles away in Louisville, KY.  Several years ago while I was in Charleston the floor shook, sure enough there was an earthquake in Summervile, SC.   Some on the East coast will remember how an Earthquake in Virginia was felt along the East Coast. At the time I was on the 5th floor of a building in downtown Charleston, SC..and we had no clue what was happening.

Did you know that there’s a 100 percent chance of an earthquake today. Though millions of persons may never experience an earthquake, they are very common occurrences on our planet. So today — somewhere on the planer — an earthquake will occur. Perhaps you will be affected.

Earthquakes vary in size and magnitude. It may be so light that only sensitive measuring instruments will perceive its motion; it may be strong enough to shake houses, rattle windows, and displace small objects; or it may be sufficiently strong to cause property severe damage, death, and maybe injuries

It is estimated that about 700 shocks each year have this capability when centered in a populated area. But fortunately, most of these potentially destructive earthquakes center in underpopulated areas far from civilization.

Since a major portion of the world’s earthquakes each year center around the rim of the Pacific Ocean (Ring of Fire), referred to by seismologists as the circum-Pacific belt, this is the most probable location for today’s earthquake. But it could hit any location, because no region is entirely free of earthquakes.

Stating that an earthquake is going to occur today is not really “predicting earthquakes”. To date, the exact time, and location or magnitude cannot be predicted. But anyone, on any day, could make this statement and it would be true. This is because several million earthquakes occur annually; thereby, thousands occur each day, although most are too small to be located. The problem, however, is in pinpointing the area where a strong shock will center and when it will occur.

Earthquake prediction may some day become a reality, but only after much more is learned about earthquakes.

What do do during an Earthquake

See this videos: http://www.drc-group.com/project/jitt-earthquake-preparedness.html

Get a Kit, Have a Plan

Get a Kit, Have a Plan

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PepperEyes.com is dedicated to providing you with the best and most affordable self-defense products, and safety products on the market to meet the security needs of you, your family members or your business, by assisting anyone who is unwilling to become a victim of crime. If you want to take personal responsibility for protection, home security, business security, purchase our high quality discount self-defense products and arm yourself with the knowledge about self-defense and security products and information of the best way to stay secure in an ever-increasing violent world. In today’s society, being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option.

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