Defense Against Crime

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.

May 11, 2016

The Microsoft Support Phone Scam.Again!


The Microsoft Support Phone Scam

Yesterday at work my cell phone rang.  The call number was (646) 612-3456.  I answered the call, and it was from a lady who was claiming to be from Microsoft Technical Support.  The lady claimed that there was something wrong with my home computer, and that she was going to give me steps to fix it.

Now the lady at a thick foreign accent, and was obviously in a room full of other people making similar calls from the background noise.

I knew this was a scam, and told her that my computer was Commodore 64.  She apologized and hung up.

This is a very old scam, and I get about two of these every year.

Microsoft has a link on their site to help you understand and deal with this computer scam.  I

 

https://www.microsoft.com/en-us/safety/online-privacy/avoid-phone-scams.aspx

 

Now here are some fun things you can do

  • Repeat everything they say to you, back to them
  • Pretend to go along, but ask question, like what is a mouse, or where is the ‘E’ key.
  • If they ask of personal information, ask for their personal information, and just pretend to be one of the Simpsons.
  • Tell them you are with the Federal Task Force on Cybercrime, and agents are on their way to arrest them. They are to put their hands up, and prepare to be arrested.
  • Make up something fun to 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

 

May 5, 2016

I keep getting suspicious e-mail from myself.

Filed under: Cyber Crimes,Cyber Security — peppereyes @ 12:34
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For the past few months I’ve been getting e-mail from my-self with a file attachment.

Avoiding virsus

This is a cleaver technique for some bright hacker to plant a virus, or some malware or even a way to plant ransomware on my computer. If you have been following us on Twitter or Facebook, you may know that ransomware is on the rise across the glove. These clever hacks have increased their target from individuals to organization such as municipalities and hospitals.

Just by chance you haven’t heard of Ransomware.  Ransomware is the most destructive and rapidly growing variation of malware (Computer Virus). Once it penetrates your PC, it will encrypt most of your files (documents, music, images, .. etc)  and demand a ransom to release them. This will all happen silently while you may be using your computer, and then when reboot, you will get your ransom note.  To make matters worse, if you use cloud storage, it may encrypt that file as well.  I your computer happens to be networked, it can run across the entire network.  Scary eh.

Unlike many of the viruses of the past, this one is wicked, and fast growing.  In just the second quarter of 2015 there were 4 million new incidents of Ransomware alone. To make matters worse, the creators of this virus have multiple techniques in it delivery as well as various mutations of the virus to stay ahead of virus detection programs.

This history of this virus is interesting as well.  The first noted case was created in 1989 by the less-than-stable biologist, Dr. Joseph Popp. Popp’s version was distributed through a computer disks that was supposed to contain an AIDS education program. Instead user’s computers were locked and Dr. Popp would ever so generously unlock them for just $198.

Today if you were to get tangled up by some form of Ransomware 2.0 such as the notorious Cryptolocker, it would cost you anything from approximately $600-2000 to unlock your device.  To further obscure their trail the bandits demand payment in untraceable bitcoins.

If you think that not having a PC will reduce your chances of getting infected, think again. Today, computer hackers can infect almost every known Computer Operation System. This includes, PC, Apple, Linux, Android, as well as any computer device from smar phone, to fitness ware.take just about anything ransom, from your PC to your Mac or Linux, your iPhone or android and even your fitness trackers.

It used to be that you could find a cure for most viruses, however the ransomware today use super-strong encryption methods that simply cannot be reversed without the correlating unlocking keys.

Ransomware affects home users, small businesses, mega corporations, governments and don’t forget the perps new favorite target, hospitals networks. The situation has become so perilous that on March 31st the US and Canada issued a joint cyber alert imploring citizens to take the threat seriously and use the Internet with forethought and caution.

Here are some things you can do to reduce your chances of getting attacked by ransomware.

  • Keep away from shady links in the body of emails and attachments and on websites Clicking on malicious links that are designed to appear legit can cause your computer or device to download locking malware among other things
  • Back up your files on a periodic basis. When it comes to beating ransomware the easiest way to defeat it effects is to use backups to rebuild your computer. You need to reformat you device and reinstall everything. It’s either that or pay up, and HOPE you get the key.
  • Keep your Malware software software and Operating System updated. Malware and zero-day exploits including Ransomware just love to meet up with an operating system or other software that’s in need of updating or patching. One of the very most effective methods to keep hackers out it to ensure that your device is always running the most recent version of software and that your OS is always at the most current version.

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.

April 15, 2016

Dealing with Fence Jumpers


Fence jumpers are a security issue for both National Security to home owners.  Statically
hundreds of thousands of people illegally enter the United States by jumping over the security fences at the borders which can range from 21 feet high to three feet high. In the past few years a few people have jumped over the fence of the White House to get illegal entry.  A few years ago, I noticed that on several occasions my gate was open after I was sure that I had closed them. The culprit fence jumpers.

I was at an HOA meeting where a resident was complaining about miscreants jumping her fence as a short cut to another destination.  So what can you do to reduce the chances of people jumping your fence?

 

  • Barbed Wire… it obviously works. Think about it, the military uses it to reduce the coiled-barbed-wire-fence-13783565chance of someone from going past a certain point or entering a zone where they are not wanted. Putting up barbed wire only takes a few hours, and it’s instant security.  The only issue is…it’s ugly and perhaps not the aesthetic look you want for your home or community. There is also the issue that you HOA may not want that look in their subdivision either.  However it does mostly work.
    Since I’ve put up barbed wire, I’ve not had the issue of fence jumpers ever again.However we all know that some people are cleaver and will throw a towel across the barbed with to reduce their chances of getting stuck.
  • Shrubs – You can plant shrubs around the interior of your fence and this will eventually take care of the problem. The only issue is timing. It’s kind of difficult to images (4)find full size shrubs that will quickly stop the issue. Once the shrubs have grown they will do the trick. They will look more aesthetic than barbed wire. Shrubs also require maintenance like most plants which means watering, trimming, and all the other stuff. It may also add value to your home.  I really recommend and bushes that are not skin friendly (prickly) such as holly bushes, cactus and the like.  Not only are they ever green but HURT if you try to go through them.
  • Bushed and trees with blade type or prickly leaves – if you really want to step up the k15030600game and have the same visual/mental hurt of these plants do the trick. I really recommend and bushes that are not skin friendly (prickly) such as holly bushes, cactus and the like. Not only are they evergreen but HURT if you try to go through them, and makes a person think twice about trying to go thru them. Again, you will have to plant several of them, and it will take awhile to get the desired effect.

 

Again you goal to it set up a deterrent to people jumping your fence, you need to decide what look you want for your yard and neighborhood. You also need to decide how much maintenance you want to deal with.

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.

April 12, 2016

Sexual Assault Prevention is Possible


from http://www.nsvrc.org/

saam_logoIf you are a long time reader of our blog you know that each year we have been promoting SAAM. This year is no difference except that we have been using more social media than posting anything here.   The information below was provided by the National Sexual Violence Resource Center.

Sexual violence is a widespread problem, but the good news is it is preventable. Prevention requires many voices and roles. There are many ways individuals, communities, and the private sector can take action to promote safety, respect, and equality.

What is prevention?

Prevention aims to stop sexual violence before it has a chance to happen. It is possible to create communities where everyone is treated with respect and equality. This can be done by promoting safe behaviors, thoughtful policies, and healthy relationships. Prevention strategies that address the root causes and social norms that allow sexual violence to exist in the first place are the most effective. This means making the connection between all forms of oppression (including racism, sexism, homophobia, ableism, adultism, ageism, and others). Oppression creates a culture in which inequality thrives and violence is seen as normal. Many communities are already reducing the risk of sexual violence through efforts that promote safety, respect, equality, and accountability.

Understanding the role of oppression

All forms of oppression contribute to sexual violence. Oppression condones violence, uses power over others, and excuses unfair treatment and harm. Consider how sexism, racism, and transphobia are used to silence violence and abuse. What are other examples?

Prevention is everyone’s responsibility.

What you can do

As individuals, all of us have a role to play in creating safe environments. We can all:

  • Intervene to stop problematic and disrespectful behavior
  • Promote and model healthy attitudes, behaviors, and relationships
  • Believe survivors and assist them in finding resources

What communities can do

Communities and organizations also have a role to play in serving as leaders on this issue by:

  • Creating and strengthening policies to promote safety, equality, and respect
  • Assessing the risks in their environment• Promoting respectful behaviors
  • Providing support for survivors
  • Holding those who harm others accountable and ensuring that appropriate treatment options are available

What businesses can do

  • Promote prevention and support for survivors through policies and education
  • Model healthy attitudes and relationships with clients and consumers
  • Promote positive messages and behaviors through marketing campaigns and advertising content
  • Invest funding to make sexual violence prevention a social responsibility priority

Examples of prevention in action

Employers, schools, and community settings can create proactive policies to promote a safer environment. For example:

  • Conduct trainings on how staff can contribute to positive workplace norms through bystander intervention
  • Display prevention messages and promote community resources at your school or business
  • Find resources to learn more about prevention efforts and get involved

Be a part of the solution

The time for prevention is now. Join us in promoting safe behaviors, thoughtful policies, and healthy relationships. Your efforts are important and necessary. Together, we can create safe and equitable communities where every person is treated with respect.

Where can I learn more?

Local sexual assault centers can provide help. In crisis situations, contact 1-800-656-4673.

For more information, visit http://www.nsvrc.org.

© National Sexual Violence Resource Center 2016. All rights reserved.

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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