Defense Against Crime

01/03/2019

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 bathrobe. “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 has determined 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 homeowners, 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 people 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 straightforward. 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 on what they did in your home you may have lots to do.
  6. To Reduce your chances of 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 a while
    4. Let the Police know you will be out of town and who has access to your house

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02/05/2019

This is Microsoft Tech Support calling….


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I know I’ve written by the Microsoft Technical Support Scam before, but I’m getting these calls almost every week. I’ve seen messages on Next Door from other citizens.  So here is the gist of the call. (and you can probably find some of these calls on YouTube)

The phone rings you received an automated message from what is being claimed as being from Microsoft support claiming that they have noticed an issue with your computer and they want you to talk to a support specialist to help you resolve the issue.

The scammers will tell you that your computer is running slowly because of viruses or other issues. They will instruct you to look at things that are PERFECTLY NORMAL like red x’s in the event log. and tell you that your computer has major issues and that your support has expired and you need an additional piece of software – at a cost, of course.

I always tell them I’m running an Encom 511 running the lasted Orax Operating System. After a pause, this usually ends the call.  But I know next week they will call again.

I’ll stop here.  Think about this!  When you purchase a car, say a Toyota, does Toyota call you and tell you that they have noticed a defect in your car?  NO.   Now If there is a massive defect in your model car, they will notify by mail and tell you to take it to a dealership to fix, but as of this writing dealerships and manufacturers, don’t monitor your car.  

If you are running a Microsoft product and register that product with Microsoft if there are fixes to be made the software can update itself.  Microsoft pushing out operation system or software patches, and updates on a regular schedule. You also have the option to go into the Windows Control Panels and check for and install updates.  If you are on their mailing list they send an e-mail of what the patches and updates are.  You have to initiate this, Microsoft doesn’t.

Just like when you have car issues, your car has all these indicators that tell you there is an issue.  If you have computer issues, your computer will tell you.  In both cases, you will take them to a shop to get the issue resolved unless you know how to do it yourself.

If your car manufacturer called you and told you they have been monitoring your car and you have a problem, wouldn’t you be suspicious? Right?

Scammers have two weapons, fear, and ignorance.  They use one or both to get stuff some you.  However, if you are armed with the knowledge you can defend yourself.  This is how must crime is dealt with.

MICROSOFT IS NOT MONOTORING YOUR COMPUTER. The NSA maybe, but Microsoft isn’t.
The latest Microsoft Operating System has firewall software and other protection measures.  You should also should buy a good security suite from a reputable company like ZoneAlarm or MacAfee.

REMEMBER THESE RULES WHEN YOU GET A CALL.

  1. DO NOT BELIEVE THEM!
  2. DO NOT TRUST THEM!
  3. DO NOT BUY THEIR SERVICE!
  4. DO NOT INSTALL THEIR SOFTWARE.!

 

Reporting tech support scams

Help Microsoft stop scammers, whether they claim to be from Microsoft or from another tech company, by reporting tech support scams here: www.microsoft.com/reportascam

To report an unsafe website directly to Microsoft, fill out a Report an unsafe site form. You can also report unsafe websites in Microsoft Edge by selecting Settings and More  > Help and Feedback > Send feedback when you encounter something suspicious.

For urgent situations, use one of the following options:

Microsoft Support
Global Customer Service

 

How to protect against tech support scams – Quiz

  1. Will ever Microsoft call you or e-mail you about issues with your computer Operating system or computer?
  2. Will Microsoft request your personal or financial information?
  3. Should you ever call the number in an e-mail that claims to be from Microsoft?
  4. Should You purchase software from a stranger over the phone that called you, and install it on your computer?

If you answered Yes to any of these questions, you have failed!

 

PepperEyes.com Self-Defense Products 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 on 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.

17/04/2019

06/03/2019

A College Assault Story.


The Following Story is True. The Names and Places have been changed

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Incident:  Kidnapping (Armed with Knife)  w/Aggravated Assault.

Date:  03/06/2019

Time:  5:15 AM

Reported to:    University of Columbia Department of Public Safety

Report # 2019-019292828

Location:  Alexander Place Parking Lot,  12 Alexander Street, Springfield

Suspects’ status:  At-Large

Incident description: The suspect was discovered sleeping in the victim’s vehicle by the victim. The suspect stabbed the victim’s arm pinning it to the center armrest of the vehicle. The suspect forced the victim to drive him to the area of Upper Queen Street and Upper Gathering Street where the suspect exited the vehicle and fled on foot.

Suspect Description:   Black Male, early 60s, 5’10”, Medium build, Short grayish hair, black hoodie, dark pants

Important Message:  It is important to note that the victim/survivor is never the cause of the criminal offense.

This very real incident is to illustrate how real college crime is and why you need to be prepared

Here are some Safety Tips.

  1. If possible avoid confrontation with individuals you encounter.
  2. If possible avoid becoming involved in incidents you observe.
  3. Use well lit- routes, avoid dark vacant areas, and those not frequented by other people.
  4. Avoid walking alone at night.
  5. Be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times.
  6. Avoid distractions like talking on your cell phone.
  7. If your campus offers RAD, take it
  8. Carry Pepper Spray and know how to use it.

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.

Take advantage of all your campus safety programs.

  • escorts on-campus
  • Free Shuttle/Bus Services

Get involved and Make a Difference:  We encourage the prompt reporting of all crimes, On-campus contact your Public Safety  or law enforcement

Oftentimes, students are present when a crime is about to happen and bystander intervention is one method students may use to help prevent a crime from happening.  Learn how to develop this skill and safely intervene.

Victim Assistance:  Enrolled College of Charleston students who become victims of serious crime are encouraged to get victim assistance by contacting the Office of Victim Services (843.953.2273). Comprehensive services, including assistance with missed classes/academic disruption, are available regardless of the incident location, or if the student elected to file an official report, or not.

 

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PepperEyes.com Self-Defense Products 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 on 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.

04/03/2019

What to look for when shopping for Pepper Spray.


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Many people take time when picking out clothes, toys, cars, and other products, but will grab the sparkly pepper spray displayed next to the counter at the convenient store.
They hope it will do the job when the time comes.

Having oleoresin capsicum (OC) Pepper Spray and knowing how to use it properly can make you a victor and not another crime statistic.

How do you know if that pepper spray you saw at the Convenient Store will do the trick? How about the cheap pepper spray from the internet site WeSellCheapPepperSpray.com?

What should you look for when selecting Pepper Spray to purchase?   After all your life may depend on it being effective against your attacker

Also, don’t get fooled by some brands that have ads in women magazines.  If you pay a magazine or other media enough money, they will print ads for any product wither it works or not! That ‘s how they make some of their revenue. Let’s look at this example. One popular model brags that their pepper spray is legal in all 50 United States. This is absolutely true.  But what does that really mean?  While Pepper Spray is legal for most citizens to carry in all 50 states, some states have strict restrictions on the size and strength you can carry or buy.

This would mean that means that this brand of pepper spray meets the minimal standard allowed by the state with the lowest acceptable.   This would mean that if the lowest rating allowed is 2% OC that is what this pepper spray rating is.  However, other states that do not have restrictions and so you can have 18% or 23% OC.  Which do would you want a mild irritant or bring on some pain pepper Spray?

So what do you need to know about selecting and buying Pepper Spray?  Information and knowledge.  We are going to give you some information that you can ask the person selling the pepper spray, and if they cannot answer many of your questions, you may want to shop somewhere else.  If you do not see most of the information on web sites selling pepper spray, move along. You’ll also let them know when it comes to Pepper Spray, you are no dummy!

Generally, determining the strength of different manufacturers of pepper sprays can be confusing and difficult. Statements a company makes about its product strength are not regulated, so a company can claim almost anything.  A method using the capsaicin (the stuff that makes peppers hot) and related capsaicinoids  (the class of capsicum compounds) (CRC) content of the product is unreliable as well, because there are six different types of capsaicinoids, causing different levels of irritation. Many, manufacturers do not state which particular type of capsaicinoids are used in their brands.   But don’t worry about this.. we can get you the basics of what you need to know to select effective Pepper Spray.

Remember your life may depend know this information. Don’t worry if you don’t know these terms I’ll help you,

•          What is the Scoville Heat Unit (SHU)?- The Scoville scale is a measurement of the pungency (spiciness or “heat”) of chili peppers and other spicy foods, as recorded in Scoville Heat Units (SHU) based on the concentration of capsaicinoids, among which capsaicin is the predominant component. This is usually the rating before the final products are bottled.  Some manufacturers exaggerate their ratings so beware. But in general the higher the number the better,
•          What is the Certified Heat Rating? This is the heat rating of OC Pepper Spray when being delivered out of the canister. This is an independent lab tested rating.  Is this available for you to see?
•          What kind of spray pattern does it have?  There are three types: Stream, Fog, and Cone.
•          How far does it spray? How close do you want your assailant to be when spraying. The effective range can be between 6ft and 25 feet.
•          Delivery methods: Spray, Mist, Gel or Foam

Here is an important tip: Never buy your pepper spray where you buy your beer.
I heard this once and what the guy was saying is are you’re willing to bet your life on Pepper Spray you bought you saw on a shelf without knowing anything about it.

Our Pepper Spray has almost all of this information on our site…because we want you to be Ready and Stay Ready with the best Pepper Spray.

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