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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06/02/2020

Assaulted at the Campus Library


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This following Story is true …details have been obscured to protect the innocent

 

This following Story is true …detail have been obscured to protect the innocent

 

Dear Campus Community,

I want to inform our campus community regarding the arrest of a man not affiliated with the College who approached two students in two separate incidents and asked for money as they entered Kar-Charrat Library on Thursday, Feb. 5, 2020. When the students handed over the money, the man grabbed the students by the waist and forcibly kissed them. Public Safety officers immediately responded to the scene and quickly located and arrested the man nearby on Lincoln Street. The suspect was charged with Trespassing and will be charged with Criminal Sexual Contact in the 3rd Degree, and he was placed in the Pat Garret Detention Center.

This incident reminds us that as we travel on and around the campus, whether at day or night, we must always be cautious when people are seeking our assistance. In this case, our students were trying to assist someone who took advantage of them. This is not to suggest that every attempt to assist someone will turn violent, but we must keep this possibility in mind. We must be especially vigilant if we are alone and in an area where no other people are around. 

Here are some additional safety tips:

  • Travel in groups at night
  • Have your cellphone ready for use
  • Pay attention to your surroundings while using technology (especially when wearing earbuds/headphones)
  • Report any suspicious persons
  • Carry Pepper Spray
  • At night, travel the most well-lit routes
  • Call 911 if you need the police on or off-campus
  • Take advantage of all the safety programs your school has to offer.

. As always, our Public Safety officers are available to provide escorts on campus, and the local Shuttle (is available for off-campus transportation seven nights a week from 11:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m. during the fall and spring semesters.

 

Onyx Knight Enterprises is dedicated to providing you useful and informative data 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.  In today’s society, being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option. – Victor Swindell

 

27/01/2020

Spotting a FAKE e-mail from PayPal.

Filed under: Cyber Crimes,Phishing — peppereyes @ 11:00 AM
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Phishing takes on many forms.  One method used by cybercriminals is to send an official-looking e-mail from a financial institution you may use.  Some of these are Bank Of America, Wells Fargo, PayPal, and others.
The goal is to get you to panic and click on their link and enter your login credentials so that they can capture them so that they can then log into your account and cause mischief.

They way they get you to panic is by either saying that something is wrong with your account and it will be closed or deleted unless you verify or that some random amount has been withdrawn from your account.

First, I will say that if your financial institution has a way to send you a notification for large transactions, please turn this on.

Secondly, If your financial institution has Multi-Factor Authentication, please turn it on so that it’s harder for a hacker to access your account.

With all the rash of data breaches, you need to take advantage of every security countermeasure available.

Now the other day I received this e-mail in my inbox.

paypal

For all-purpose, this LOOKS like a real e-mail from Paypal.  EXCEPT for the links.

One of the easiest ways to discover that this is a Phishing e-mail is to hover your mouse over the links.

The links are not to PayPal .com but they are linked to https://yasmons.com/

You should always validate links before you click on them.

WHAT YOU SHOULD ALWAYS DO.

  • Verify the e-mail
  • Log into your account by typing the URL in a browser to verify your account has NOT been hacked, or that no money was removed.
  • If you want to you can report the e-mail
  • Delete it and make it as spam.

Onyx Knight Enterprises is dedicated to providing you useful and informative data 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.  In today’s society, being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option. – Victor Swindell

21/08/2019

Computer Tech Support Scams

Filed under: Crime Prevention,Cyber Security,SCAM ALERT — peppereyes @ 12:42 PM
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In a matter of 5 minutes, I received two computer scam calls.

One was the Microsoft  Tech Support Refund Scam – which I’ve alerted you about.

https://peppereyes.wordpress.com/2018/08/21/microsoft-tech-support-refund-scam/

The other one was someone calling me giving me a number to call (844) 575-1433.

When I called, because I was curious, I was told that my virus subscription protection on my Microsoft computer was ending.   My defense against these scammers is to sound like tell them I don’t own a Microsoft computer.  The muttered something and hung up.

Now, can get Virus protection software for FREE with my internet subscription, but I’ve purchases virus protection, for my network, and it alerts me on how many days I have left.

Just be careful out there.
just know

NO computer company will call you…ever.

NO computer software company will call you ..ever.

Just be wise…

 

 

Onyx Knight Enterprises is dedicated to providing you useful and informative data 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.  In today’s society, being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option. – Victor Swindell

19/08/2019

PepperEyes.com is currently closed

Filed under: Self Defense Infomation — peppereyes @ 11:09 AM

Dear Customers,

We closed down the PepperEyes.com – Self Defense Store until we can decide what the next phase will be.
Because of increased competition both on-line and more brick a mortar stores selling self-defense products (WHICH IS A GOOD THING), we were losing money.  So we decided to end that venture, for now.

However, this site will still be up and more articles will be coming.

Thanks for allowing us to serve you.
in the mean time… you can shop at https://www.selfdefensesuperstore.com/

 

The Stuff at PepperEyes.com

 

05/06/2019

How To Select an Effective OC Pepper Spray?


Ever since the early 1990′s defense sprays such as Tear gas and pepper spray have gained popularity among law-abiding citizens and even criminals. Prior to this, these sprays have been used for decades by law enforcement agencies and military types for crowd control and criminal apprehension. These products are still in use by these agencies. In fact, the next time you encounter a police officer or a mail carrier – ask them why they carry pepper spray. You have probably seen in the news where law enforcement officers have used pepper spray for crowd control. These people depend on this proven product for their protection because they work.

OC Pepper spray uses a derivative of one of the most powerful caustic peppers in the world – the cayenne pepper. The basic ingredient is oleoresin capsicum or OC as it is called.  It is an inflammatory agent which does some nasty non-lethal things to the person on the receiving end of the pepper spray, pepper gel or foam. Because of the known effectiveness of pepper spray, how can you know that the pepper sprays your thinking to buy is any good?

Does the percentage matters?

I did a quick search of the internet and you can see OC Pepper spray comes in different Pepper-Spray-for-Security-of-Womenformulations. You can find concentrations from 1% to about 23%. There are a number of differences in the formulations and delivery systems. The percentage of active ingredient (OC) is not a good indication of how effective it is. For example, a 1% solution can be just as effective as a 10% concentration or more so. However, for most spray formulations, the higher the percentage of OC, the better the spray should work on your attacker. But few sprays are alike, much less equal, like colas.

There are THREE formulation factors for OC Pepper Spray that when combined are used to determine how effective a spray is – they are as follows:

  • The Heat Rating of the OC
  • Type of Carrier Agent
  • The Spray density

Scoville Heat Units

The heat-generating capacity of OC is measured in Scoville Heat Units (SHU). This ScovilleScaleOfPepperHeatmeasurement scale was derived by Wilbur Scoville, a chemist. OC is derived from a variety of hot peppers such as cayenne. Peppers range from zero SHO for standard bell peppers, to 5,000 for jalapeno pepper, and up to 1,463,700 SHU for Trinidad Scorpion pepper. The pungency (or heat factor) of chile peppers is measured in multiples of 100 units. One part of chile “heat” per 1,000,000 drops of water is rated at only 1.5 Scoville Units. Pure Capsaicin, the substance that makes the peppers hot, rates between 15,000,000 and 16,000,000 Scoville Units! Today more scientific and accurate methods like Electrochemistry and High-Performance Liquid Chromatography (HPLC) are used to determine capsaicin levels.

Depending on what kind of pepper is used affects the effectiveness of the spray. A 10% concentration of jalapeno pepper is not going to be nearly as effective as a 1 percent concentration of Dorset Naga peppers. In actual spray formulations, OC from the peppers is processed as mentioned above until it reached a heat rating as high as 2 million SHU. When you purchase pepper spray, don’t look at the concentration, look for how many SHU it generated.

Most pepper spray is stored in a pressurized canister. Each manufacturer keeps its actual formulation for carrier/OC confidential. However, some common carriers are alcohol, keton, a DuPont chemical called Dymel-22, other solvents, and oils and water.

Certified Heat Rating

If you go on the internet, you can find all kinds of claims of companies having “THE Pepper Spray Heat SealBEST” Pepper spray or the “HOTTEST.” We recommend you consider the unbiased results of an independent laboratory* that tests the heat of the pepper once it is sprayed out of the can. The Carrier Agent and Spray Density can affect the actual result of the effectiveness of the Pepper Spray. This Certified Heat Rating (CHR) measures how hot the pepper spray will be once it hits your attacker. The only true way to know the actual effectiveness of a pepper spray is to have it tested by an independent laboratory or by the testimonials of people who have used it. Check the Pepper Spray to see if it has a Certified Heat rating.   What this will tell you is HOW hot the pepper spray is when it comes out of the cannister at the attacker, rather than how hot it was before it was put into the canister.

Other Pepper Spray selection factors to consider

  • Expiration date-The spray’s potency decreases after a certain number of years and shouldn’t be used after the expiration date.  Once it has expired, use the unit to practice using pepper spray in a safe uninhabited place.
  • The number of shots-Pepper sprays have a predetermined number of shots. Keep track or you may find yourself running low at the worst time possible.  We had advice emptying the canister on your attacker and not try to preserve any for the next time.
  • Safety switch– A safety switch will prevent the spray from accidentally going off, which is helpful if you have kids who like to play with things they shouldn’t. Be mindful of this switch at all times.

 

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Onyx Knight Enterprises is dedicated to providing you useful and informative data 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.  In today’s society, being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option. – Victor Swindell

 

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