Defense Against Crime

September 5, 2014

4 Ways To Prevent Your Car From Being Stolen


020813_1923_Gonein26Sec1.jpgAccording to the Federal Bureau of Investigation’s (FBI) Uniform Crime Reports, a motor vehicle was stolen in the United States every 26.4 seconds and two vehicles are stolen every 60 seconds. Annually there are over 1.2 million vehicles that end up in the hands of thieves. Carjacking occur most frequently in urban areas. . You can probably google the cities with the highest auto theft rates. They accounted for only 3.0 percent of all motor vehicle thefts, based on Department of Justice data from 1993 to 2002. If you leave your car unlocked you have a 1-in-30 chance of having you cars stolen. While the victim loses their car, guess who really pays for it. You guessed it, all drivers do in the form of insurance premiums that compensate for the claims of stolen auto claims. The great news is about 62% of stolen cars are recovered, but usually with lots of damage. The remaining 38% can be shipped overseas, end up in chop shops and stripped for parts, or resold to unsuspecting car shoppers.

Every June  the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB), published a report that ranks the places with the most per-capita vehicle thefts in the U.S. First place in the latest survey: Bakersfield, Calif. Eight other California locations appear on the list, along with one in Washington state.

 

 

2013 Ranking                                       2012 Ranking
1. Bakersfield, Calif.                                    3.
2. Fresno, Calif.                                           2.
3. Modesto, Calif.                                        1.
4. San Francisco/Oakland/Hayward, Calif.   6.
5. Stockton-Lodi, Calif.                                4.
6. Redding, Calif.                                        10.
7. Spokane-Spokane Valley, Wash.              9.
8. Vallejo-Fairfield, Calif.                              8.
9. San Jose/Sunnyvale/Santa Clara, Calif.   7.
10. Yuba City, Calif.                                     31.

While the United States overall recorded car-theft decreases of around 3.2% over the previous year, the west (dominated by California and Washington) is still popular with car thieves. 

Don’t get burned. Whether you live near an auto-theft hot spot or not, you can use the NICB’s four “layers of protection” to help stop thieves in their tracks.

Common Sense –  Among other safety precautions, always remove keys from the ignition and keep doors locked when your vehicle isn’t in use AT ALL TIMES

Warning Device – Install anything from an audible alarm to a steering-column collar to tell car thieves your car is protected.

Portable Car Lock Alarm w/emove

Immobilizing Device – Use smart keys, kill switches and other tech tools to prevent a thief from bypassing the ignition and hot-wiring your car.

Tracking Device- Install this to send a signal to police or a monitoring station if your vehicle is stolen. In a few states, it could even qualify you for an additional discount on your auto coverage.

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.

September 4, 2014

Colleges are revising sexual violence policies


This summer it was announced that annually one in five college women are sexually assaulted, This is not news to those of 092211_1853_IveGotaBad1.jpgus who have been tracking this data for years.  Up until this year the rate was 1 in 4,which means that some things are beginning to work, but there is more to do.  

Statistically the victim is assaulted  by someone she knows, according to the same government report. Most of those incidents happen during the student’s freshman or sophomore year, and many of the cases go unreported. A campus sexual assault study by the Department of Justice found that about 6 percent of victims of such assaults or attempted assaults are male, but the overwhelming majority of victims are female. 

College Campuses seem to have heard this message loud and clean and many of them are revising their policies in an attempt to reduce these statistics even further.

It is quite possible that many college will follow suit to strengthen their policies that will no doubt reduce some incidents of sexual assault. However, these policies will not complete stop the crime. Think about this, how long has the law against murder been in existence. Almost every branch of the civilized world has different laws meant to reduce murder, yet in the United States alone one homicide is committed every six minutes. It is still our core belief that the person who has the greatest responsibility for your personal safety is YOU.  This month is National Campus Safety Awareness Month where colleges are attempting to educate their students about the resources and tools available to keep them safe. Many campuses give out free whistles to females. Many campuses are educating their students on responsible drinking, and much more.  

I really do applaud these school for tackling the issue in the best way available to them today, but ultimately your safety is primarily your responsibility. Equip yourself with the tool and knowledge to help reduce your chances of being part of your college crime statistics

 

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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..

September 3, 2014

Facebook Safety Tips


Currently Facebook is the king of the social media sites. It is estimated that up to a quarter of a million people from around th082913_1906_HowyourFace1.jpge world create user accounts each day. Some of these are business, some are students, some are adult, and some are criminals. Many College students are now embarking on their college education I thought I’d share a few Facebook Safety Tips during National Campus Safety Awareness Month.

When you create your user account be extremely careful how much information you provide, the more you share and make public the more you open yourself up for identity theft.

Also remember that once information is out of your hands you really don’t have any way to protect it.  As we are seeing in the news hackers are finding ways to hack the servers of companies to obtain data and embarrassing photos.

Facebook Statistics

  • Daily up to 250 million photos are uploaded and shared
  • 1 in 7 Facebook user have been sexually solicited online
  • Some Facebook post (video, links) can contain viruses that can infect your computer, or hack your account

SIMPLE TIPS

  1. NEVER Add anyone you don’t really know.
  2. NEVER Post your personal home address, phone number, pet’s name (many people use this of passwords, and it’s one of the top security question for password reset)
  3. NEVER publicly share personal information (Phone numbers,hometown, where you work, etc)
  4. ALWAYS log off from your account even on mobile devices.
  5. DO NOT POST share anything you would say in front of a priest or your parents.
  6. CHECK YOUR PRIVACY SETTINGS every month, as they often revert to the default settings with each upgrade

THINGS TO DO

  • Set the Privacy settings on your profile to “Friends. By doing this, you will be able to have control who has access to your information and pictures. For certain pictures, you can also select certain friends that you do or do not want them to see.  You may also want to review all the Facebook privacy settings
  • Be careful who you friend. Don’t friend anyone out of your state/country unless you know them extremely well. Only friend people you actually know and trust. You can add mutual friends that you don’t know if you want to, though not recommended. Only friend people who you at least know their favorite color, siblings name, pets name, or something like that. Make sure they are the correct person by looking through all of their pictures, just in case it’s a fake profile. If they are not familiar, then remove them as a friend by getting to your friend list. Block anyone that seems to bully, threaten or harass you.
  • Always monitor pictures that other people put of you and tag you on. You can see the tagged pictures of you by going to your profile, click on “Photos”- you should see “Photos of You” and the number of tagged pictures. Click on that, and look through the pictures. You should be able to un-tag any unappealing photos of you, but people still have the ability to see it. Don’t hesitate for a second to “un-tag” yourself from pictures that you do not approve of. Remember the more that is shared about you, the more other people will know.
  • Do not post pictures of yourself under the influence of any type of substance.This refers to pictures such as: Dancing-on-the-bar pictures or candid shots of the last time you got hammered with your pals on happy hour. Don’t be caught with drugs, especially if you’re underage because anyone can just print out the picture and show it to your parents or principal. People have lost their jobs over Facebook pictures.
  • Be cautious of the statuses, photos, videos, etc. you post if your coworkers, friends, or even your boss is friends with you. If possible, avoid sending out or accepting friend requests from those who know you from work, especially your boss. Granting them full access to view your personal life can have negative effects on your job.
  • DON’T Tell Where you are, but rather where you have been – Facebook user have made it easy for their stalkers to know where they were by posing status and images when they are out. Some user have had their homes robbed because a friend of a friend happen to find out they were on vacation. Once you get back it’s OK to share that information.
  • Be careful what you say -Make sure that what you say in status Facebook  updates and comments is something that you would be comfortable seeing on the front page of a newspaper. Once you post it, anyone that sees it can copy and post it elsewhere, or take action based on it. Do you really want everyone to know that you will be all alone at home tonight or away next week? Try not to vent about something publicly. Recently a student was removed from a private school, because of something his mother vented to her friends of Facebook.
  • Change your password every so often. Don’t make your password something obvious such as your birthday or mother’s maiden name. Try to have at least one capital letter, one lowercase letter, two numbers, and a symbol. The longer and more complicated the password, the safer you are from getting your account hacked. Always remember to log out after you’re finished with Facebook, especially on a shared computer. I’ve recommended to at least change all your passwords the day after your birthday.
  • Take advantage of online Social Network Monitoring services. No matter how active you are, going through your children’s posts, messages, photos, videos, comments is impossible. Remember: children have no right to privacy from their parents, but you don’t necessarily need to view every post they make unless you have reason to be suspicious. You should have their passwords so you can see if they are getting into dangerous situations or are exhibiting inappropriate speech or behavior. You can, though, respect your children’s individuality and take advantage of online Monitoring services. These services inform you on what you need to know in an easy to use platform. Some of these services offer monitoring for Facebook, MySpace, Twitter and cell phones; becoming your social shield against predators, Cyber-bullies, Reputation issues.
  The evil that men do lives forever in cyberspace;  The good is oft interrèd with their bones.
PepperEyes,com is dedicated to providing you with the best and most affordable self-defense 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 self-protection, home security, business security, buy 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.

August 25, 2014

How to Prevent your Moped from Being Stolen

Filed under: Car Security Information,Car Theft Statistics,Crime Prevention — Onyx Knight @ 13:22

Police and property owners are grappling with a significant uptick in vehicle thefts around various  cities: mopeds and scooters are being snatched-up at a discerning rate. What are police and others doing to curb the thefts, and what can owners do to help their cause

 Here are some tips from Law Enforcement Agencies  to prevent you from becoming the next victim.

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Examples of Moped locks

  1.  Out of Sight Our of Mind. – The less your moped/scooter is seen, the less likely a thief will notice it. If you don’t have a garage, keep it covered. Not knowing what’s underneath makes it harder to assess the difficulty of stealing it, or even to know if it’s even a bike they want. In motorcycle terms, by putting a BMW cover on your Harley, you can also create the impression that it is a bike that is less likely to be stolen than what it actually is.
  2. Steer Clear – Although readily defeated, your bike’s steering lock can be a first-step defense and will discourage easy maneuvering of the bike. It is even more useful if your ignition and steering locks are separate, so the thief needs to defeat two locks to escape with your scooter. Many local mopeds have been stolen because they ONLY used an ignition lock (see next item).
  3. The Power of Two -It’s best to use two or more locks of different types in addition to your bike’s built-in lock(s). Unless a thief has conducted surveillance on your bike, he probably won’t be prepared to tackle different kinds of locks. And if one of them anchors the bike to something immovable, a gang won’t be able to carry it to a truck.
  4. Keep It Up – Whatever lock you use; don’t rest it on the ground where the thief is more likely to be able to get enough leverage to break it. If you attach to lock up and away from the ground, the thief probably won’t get that extra leverage to pry the lock. The lock should be attached through the frame, or less desirably through the forks or wheel.
  5. Lock It Down – A disc lock might inconvenience joy-riders, but determined thieves can simply hoist such a bike into a waiting truck. If you add a cable to it and anchor that to something solid, you have a more formidable obstacle. Even bikes inside garages should be securely locked.
  1. You Get What You Pay For  -Go for the good stuff when shopping for security: Alarmed disc locks, U-locks of hardened steel and asymmetrical chains (5/8 inches or greater) all rate highly. Cheap lock are easily broken.
  2. Get Sneaky – If you’re really determined to foil the bad guys, wire up a kill-switch or spring-loaded switch that must be held down when the start button is depressed. Some riders have foiled attempted thefts by simply removing the main fuse when they parked their bikes.
  3. So That’s the Key! -Make a record of your key numbers, and then file them off the locks if they’re stamped on. Anyone with that number can have a duplicate key cut to fit.
  4. Shine a Light – If you park outside; choose a well-lit, conspicuous area. If you can’t lock your bike to something solid and stationary, try another bike (preferably not one belonging to a stranger). Even plastering your bike with “Alarm Installed” stickers could discourage thieves.
  5. Make Some Noise – Alarms may seem like a good way to attract attention to the fact that someone is attempting to purloin your bike, but in most places we have gotten so used to false alarms that people don’t investigate or even bother to look. But everyone pays attention to sounds of destruction—such as breaking glass. At home, a large stack of glass bottles with a trip wire makes a sound that everyone will investigate when it gets tipped over.
  6. Be Mindful of People Following You  – Professional thieves often find the bikes they want to steal (probably because they have orders for them) by following them to where they are parked during the day or night. Then they size up the situation and come back with what they need to steal the motorcycle. So, as you approach your destination, especially if it’s your home, watch your mirrors for several blocks. If someone seems to be following you, try to lose them, pull over and let them pass (leaving an escape route in case they are bike-jackers), make a U-turn, or go around the block.

    Anyone who continues to follow you is probably trouble. Don’t go home or into your company or school parking lot until you have shaken them off.

  7. Remove it Or Lose It Last but not least, remember to remove your cable, disc or U-lock before riding away

    Report suspicious activity to Law Enforcement immediately and provide as much descriptive information as is possible. Keep emergency numbers either programmed into your phone or readily accessible. Never leave your keys in the vehicle while it is unattended. Park your vehicle in well -lit and highly visible areas. Keep a record of descriptive information about your vehicle: Vehicle Identification Number (VIN), License Plate number, make, model, color, and unique characteristics. Immobilize your moped when not in use by securing the wheels with a locking device and/or locking the moped to a fixed object.

    If you observe unusual activity, try to remember details as best you can. For example, what a person was wearing or any other identifiers like scars, tattoos or shoes. Please always be aware of your surroundings, avoid walking alone at night, and notify Law Enforcement immediately if you observe potentially dangerous situations or individuals.

 

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.

August 19, 2014

How your House got Hacked!


Many of the top out of the box home security systems sell high-end systems designed to look as if they will provide you with the best security to protect your residence and family if 13_hai_panelsomeone decides to target your home.  Many of these new systems allow you to control and monitor your system remotely. While statistically homes with a home security system are less likely to be targeted by robbers than those with one, don’t think your new high-end system is perfect.  As someone said if you build a better mouse trap, nature will build a better mouse.

You see all those fancy electronics have inherited flaws. For example two researchers say that some of the top-selling home alarm setups can be easily subverted to either suppress the alarms or create multiple false alarms that would render them unreliable. False alarms could be set off using a simple tool from up to 250 yards away, though disabling the alarm would require closer proximity of about 10 feet from the home. Thieves can walk up, pick your lock, suppress your alarm, do what they want, and then leave without so much as a peep from your alarm,

The underlying technology of many of these wireless alarm systems rely on radio signals between the various wireless components and depending on the setting on the alarm panel and the sensors the alarm system will interpret an event.  With the right equipment you can pick up and decrypt those signals and do what you will.  Now mind you most burglars don’t have this type of equipment, but high-end neighborhood will attack high-end crooks.

 

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PepperEyes.com is dedicated to providing you with the best personal protection 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 yourself, your home or your business, buy our high quality discount personal protection products and arm yourself with the knowledge 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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