Defense Against Crime

July 27, 2016

Training and Practicing with your Pepper Spray


So you’ve gotten some pepper spray. Awesome!  Do you know how to use it?  Yea, it simplePepper-Spray-for-Security-of-Women just point and spray it at the bad guys.  Sounds easy?  Right.

Try this -carry your pepper spray like you normally would.  Are you going to put it in your purse? Are you going to clip it onto your purse? Are you going to have it on your key ring?   Now how quickly can you access, aim and shoot your pepper spray.  How easy was it? How much time did you take.  Have a friend try to grab you (but please don’t spray your friend).
This is very important, you will only have a few seconds.  How did you do?  Practicing Self Defense is very important. Remember all those clips of reliable Barney Fife on the Andy Griffith Show practicing his quick draw? While it was always funny as it would often shot before he got it out of the holster, at least he was practicing. What are you? Are you practicing, or do you just take it for granted that you’ll be able to handle it.

You should experiment and develop monthly practice drills regardless of how and where you choose to carry your pepper spray.  You may find that some places are not better than others.  For example having your pepper spray in your purse near your tissue, comb, brush lip stick and wallet is usually a bad idea. You should select to have it in a place where you can easily get access to it.

Think about different scenarios as you are walking, riding, jogging, using mass transit or just standing. Whenever you are on foot, such as walking to your car, leaving the dorm, out shopping – anytime you’re alone or isolated – you should have the spray in hand and ready to instantly use. The time you recognize the threat and bring your pepper spray into action should be less than a second.

You should create practice drills to perform every month, so that you don’t get lack or rusty, because crime never does.  When your pepper spray get about two years old, use it to test spraying your pepper spray at different targets. This can also prepare you for what it could possible smell like.  PepperEyes.com recommends replacing your pepper spray every two to three years.

Many, criminals play out their crimes in their heads, you need to be prepared for their plans…with plans of your own.

PepperEyes Self-Defense, Safety and Security Store is dedicated to providing you with the best and most affordable self-defense products, survival 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. Survival kits  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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July 22, 2016

What to do when strangers move into your house!


After two long weeks away on vacation, you’re finally home. It was a great trip, but now

"She says she's got squatters rights."

you’re at the front door of your residence. You open your front door and take a step inside. Then you notice that something’s wrong. The lights are on, but you don’t have a timer rigged up. There’s a half a box of pizza and some drinks on your coffee table and a bath towel draped over the back of your lazy-boy. You’re hit with a jolt of adrenaline — a burglar’s been in your home. Before you can react, a guy wanders into the room. He’s wearing your favorite bath robe. “Who are you?” he asks.

You scan the apartment. Yes, this is your place. Your stuff’s all here, but it’s being used by someone else. Friend, you’ve got yourself a squatter.  The squatter may not be a cute little girl who ate your porridge, sat in your chairs, and slept in your bed.

Your home is where you should feel safe. It is where you let your guard down and perform your most personal routines. It is where you are most vulnerable. So what if someone broke into your house and was hiding somewhere? It’s the stuff of urban legends, but the following stories are anything but fictional.

Squat happens

Think this is an urban myth .. it is not. It happens. You can actually google stories of this. Perhaps you heard the story of A Washington state man made that made a startling discovery when he arrived at his home a few weeks ago.

Davis Wahlman, of Green Lake, said that when he got to his house he found a couple of lights on and his bathroom window screen in his tub, but said nothing strange dawned on him until he heard some noises coming from his attic the next morning.

“I am kind of jolted out of bed,” Wahlman said. “I hear rummaging around above me, which I know is the attic so I’m like ‘That’s kind of weird.'”

Wahlman tried to figure out what in fact was going on and noticed a light that was on in his office space. The door was locked and when he knocked, he got no response. He then heard a woman’s voice coming from the room.

“‘Jimmy? Is that you, Jimmy?'” Wahlman explained. “I’m like ‘No, it’s not Jimmy. Who is this and why are you in my house?'”

One of the residents of my subdivision had something similar to this happen to him. He came home to find someone sleeping in his home.

Now you think, that’s OK I’ll just call the police…and get them out.  Not so quick.

If police find squatters, there’s not a whole lot they can do. Police uphold criminal law. Squatting is a civil crime. Civil law is worked out in the courts. Once police determine that a squatter has established some sort of tenancy, the issue becomes a civil matter. By settling into a home in a generally respectable manner, a squatter can create the appearance of tenants’ rights. This appearance alone can confound an easy rousting of squatters.

What is a squatter?

Squatters are people who move into abandoned, foreclosed, or otherwise unoccupied homes or premises. Generally, under United States law, the owners can have a squatter evicted for violating loitering or trespassing laws, unless the squatters can establish that they have tenants’ rights or can gain adverse possession due to the property having been completely abandoned by the owner. Other countries have similar laws, although you should seek specific legal advice dependent on where you are. If you suspect you have squatters in your neighborhood contact the police and the home owners, but stay calm and let the authorities deal with the situation.

What the squat can you do?

  1. Identify the signs of squatting – Keep an eye out on your neighbor’s if they are away or abandoned houses in your neighborhood.
  2. Evaluate the Situation – try to determine if those person have a legal right to be there. You can just calmly talk to them.
  3. Speak to your neighbors – see if anyone else in the neighborhood as additional information.
  4. Know the laws in your city and state regarding abandoned property – as mentioned above getting rid of squatters may not be straight forward. Know what legal steps are available to you to remove squatters. Do not take the removal process upon yourself.
  5. How to deal with squatters
    1. Contact the Police
    2. Contact the property owner, if it is not your home
    3. Determine your grounds for action – depending what they did in your home you may have lots to do.
  6. To Reduce your chances for getting squatters
    1. Have a Home Alarm
    2. Have Internal and external Cameras
    3. Have your Neighbors watch your house when you are going to be away for awhile
    4. Let the Police know you will be out of town and who has access to your house

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PepperEyes Self-Defense, Safety and Security Store is dedicated to providing you with the best and most affordable self-defense products, survival 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. Survival kits  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.

July 18, 2016

Onyx Knight Enterprises Receives 2016 Best of North Charleston Award

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Onyx Knight Enterprises has been selected for the 2016 Best of North Charleston Awards CrystalBlue.png.md.cc.DFU-XS3A-FCWWfor Self-Defense Products. (this is our third year)

Each year, in and around the North Charleston area, the North Charleston Award Program chooses only the best local businesses. We focus on companies that have demonstrated their ability to use various marketing methods to grow their business in spite of difficult economic times. The companies chosen exemplify the best of small business; often leading through customer service and community involvement.
For most companies, this recognition is a result of your dedication and efforts as well as the work of others in your organization that have helped build your business. Our team is now a part of an exclusive group of small businesses that have achieved this selection.
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Onyx Knight Enterprises Receives 2016 Best of North Charleston Award

North Charleston Award Program Honors the Achievement

NORTH CHARLESTON July 11, 2016 — Onyx Knight Enterprises has been selected for the 2016 Best of North Charleston Award in the Self-Defense Products category by the North Charleston Award Program.

Each year, the North Charleston Award Program identifies companies that we believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and our community. These exceptional companies help make the North Charleston area a great place to live, work and play.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2016 North Charleston Award Program focuses on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the North Charleston Award Program and data provided by third parties.

About North Charleston Award Program

The North Charleston Award Program is an annual awards program honoring the achievements and accomplishments of local businesses throughout the North Charleston area. Recognition is given to those companies that have shown the ability to use their best practices and implemented programs to generate competitive advantages and long-term value.

The North Charleston Award Program was established to recognize the best of local businesses in our community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to recognize the small business community’s contributions to the U.S. economy.

SOURCE: North Charleston Award Program

CONTACT:
North Charleston Award Program
Email: PublicRelations@awardconnect.org
URL: http://www.awardconnect.org

 

 

PepperEyes Self-Defense, Safety and Security Store is dedicated to providing you with the best and most affordable self-defense products, survival 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. Survival kits  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 the online retail store of Onyx Knight Enterprises.

July 1, 2016

Lots of Cars are Stolen in July and August

Filed under: Self Defense Infomation — peppereyes @ 08:55

062411_0047_Wheredidmyc1.jpgDuring the summer month as we go on vacation, sometime it seems that our minds go on vacation too. Sometime, we leave the care running while we run into the store. Some people think just because their valuables are inside of a locked car (in plain sight) that they are safe. It simply isn’t true.  Just ask entertainer  David and Tamela Mann who recently shared in a Facebook video k that they were recently victims of theft after their rental car was broken into and stolen, along with their personal ID’s, passports, jewelry, bags and David’s laptop.

July is Vehicle Theft Prevention Month in the United States, when more cars are stolen than any other month.  Vehicle theft is a very expensive crime, with the cost of stolen vehicles pegged at more than $4.1 billion.

According to the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports, 1.09 million motor vehicles were reported stolen in 2007. While auto theft has decreased between 2004 and 2007, it still means that every 28.8 seconds, a vehicle is stolen in the United States. Could yours be next?

If you think your car is less likely to be stolen while you are at home, think again! One of the biggest delusions about auto theft is where they occur. Did you know more than 33% of all vehicle thefts occur near the car owner’s residence and around 20% of thefts occur in parking lots? Ouch

Just like with any security, there are many countermeasures you can initiate to reduce your chances of being a auto theft victim.

Here are 10 things you can do to help reduce your chances of being the next car theft victim:

  • Don’t leave your car unlocked. While some cars automatically locked a few minutes after you turn off the ignition, still lock the care yourself.
  • Never leave your car running, especially while it is unattended or unlocked
  • Do not leave a spare key near your vehicle. Yes thieves know about those magnetic key holders over the wheel weld.
  • Never leave your windows open – Thieves have tools too. Especially during the summer months of July and August when it is scorching hot, don’t leave your windows open or slightly cracked when you are not in the vehicle.  You can reduce the heat by getting one of those reflective windows covers.
  • Park in well-lit, public areas – Avoid parking in areas that are poorly lit or places that are not immediately seen by the public. This will not only keep you safe when you are leaving or approaching your car, it will also help keep your car safe because thieves almost always to avoid areas that are highly visible.
  • Install an audible alarm system and a visible anti-theft device. The Club STILL works…and is a big deterrent. – Would be car thieves tend to avoid cars with alarms or anti-theft devices because they attract attention when they go off. These devices are well worth the investment.
  • Consider installing a vehicle immobilizer system – Thieves can bypass your ignition by “hotwiring” your car. You can prevent this by using a vehicle mobilizer system such as fuel cut-offs and smart keys. You can do an internet search for these.
  • Also consider installing a GPS tracking system -If your car is stolen, this tracking system will emit a signal to the police of your vehicle’s location. This may help the police recover your vehicle faster and may minimize the damage to your car. This may be a good investment if you live in an area with high auto theft rates or have one of the top stolen cars.
  • NEVER EVER leave valuable personal property in your car – The best way to attract a thief is to leave your purse, Cell phone, laptop, Tablet, a pile of cash or another high-value item in a highly visible area of your car. If you must put something of value in your car, keep it in the trunk or under the seats, where it is not visible to others.
  • Use Common Sense – If you have a ‘feeling’ for the safety of your car or see someone suspicious loitering around the parking lot, it’s best to park somewhere else. It’s better to walk a few extra steps than to have your car stolen because you ignored your God given instincts.
  • Know your car – If your car is stolen, the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) recommends you give the following information to the police:
    • The year, make, model and color of the car and the license plate number
    • Approximate time the car was stolen
    • Description of anyone you saw loitering around your car before it was stolen
    • Names of witnesses

 

See Also

July is Vehicle Theft Prevention Month

Would you leave $500 in your car?

4 Ways To Prevent Your Car From Being Stolen

PepperEyes Self-Defense, Safety and Security Store is dedicated to providing you with the best and most affordable self-defense products, survival 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. Survival kits  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. – Victor Swindell

May 27, 2016

Thieves Caught on Camera


If you do a search on the internet on home burglaries caught on camera you may get a fairhaven-break-inshock.  Try to wrap your mind around these statistics from the US Department of Justice. n estimated 3.7 million household burglaries occurred each year on average from 2003 to 2007. In about 28% of these burglaries, a household member was present during the burglary. In 7% of all household burglaries, a household member experienced some form of violent victimization,

Last week, in a subdivision not too far from me, two home break-in incidents were recorded on the home security camera of the homeowners.

13254048_10154259095274052_808204983524604383_nIn one incident, the surveillance camera shows one suspect walking up to the door with a clipboard as if he was going to sell something. The video showed that he had a sales pen as if he was a salesperson. The suspect knocked on the door a couple times. Nobody answered. He looked around, looked right at the camera right here, and then you see him ducking and looking through the window.”

The video also shows the alleged salesperson leave the residence. Less than one minute later, you see another suspect creeping through the backyard on a different camera.  This suspect goes to the back door, he breaks out the window, does not open the door, but climbs through the window.

The homeowner arrived home later in the day and noticed that the gate to her back yard was open. Upon entering her home, she noticed the back door had been shattered.

An interior surveillance video shows the family cat, Leo, run away as the man who broke-in walks up the steps and into the master bedroom.

The suspect took lots of valuable jewelry and then climbed back out the window.

The video footage shows the suspect squat low, gets on his walkie-talkie or phone and is telling the guy, I’m done, come and get me.”

In another incident, a homeowner came home and felt something wasn’t right. So we rewound the video on his hidden interior camera and saw a burglar open a window, go directly to his bed room and leave a minute later with a pillow case containing his haul.

Remember those statistics from above. How close are robberies from you.  Over the past few years some sub divisions have seen a rash of burglaries for thieves who have surveyed the subdivisions they are going to hit.  If you want to reduce your chances of being a target then please look at some of our other blog entries on things you can do to beef up your home security.

While I do recommend real video camera as part of your home security countermeasures, we also would recommend that you have some type of audible alarm system on all your doors and windows, along with security stickers that warn would be thieves.  We also recommend that your interior camera have a motion detection system that will either activate your alarm system or send your notification if motion is detected in your home. Some alarm system companies can configure your system so that small animals like cats or small dogs will not trip your alarm system. This was you will know within a few moments if someone is in your residence when you are not home.

For those that want a good security system without the expense of a costly monthly fee, there are motion detection camera that you can purchase that have these features.  If you are interested in such a camera system then please check out the these products available from PepperEyes.com

HOME INVASIONS – Part 1 – What you should know.

HOME INVASIONS – Part 2 – Defensive strategies (ii)

The Home-Breakin ..what would you do?

 

 

PepperEyes Self-Defense, Safety and Security Store is dedicated to providing you with the best and most affordable self-defense products, survival 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. Survival kits  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. – Victor Swindell

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