Defense Against Crime

16/08/2016

College Safety Tips


Going off to college can be a fun and exciting time for many young adults.  However, this is not the time to throw common sense, and caution to the wind. There are still a few people on and off campus who are up to no good.  We have compiled this list of safety tips for you!

 

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  • • Survey the campus after dark to see that buildings, walkways, quadrangles and parking lots are adequately secured, lighted and patrolled.
  • • Avoid walking alone if possible.
  • • Walk with an air of confidence and stay alert.
  • • Walk in well lighted areas.
  • • Keep your hand free, not overloaded.
  • • Have your keys ready, we recommend having a key ring self-defense product.
  • Avoid Texting and walking, and use a blue-tooth when on your cell phone
  • • If you are being followed: cross the street, scream, run to an occupied residence or store, or flag down a car.
  • If your college offers a RAD program…take it every semester.

At dorm rooms

  • • Doors and windows to your residence hall should be equipped with quality locks.
  • Room doors should have peepholes in the door and  deadbolts locks.
  • •Do not loan out your key.
  • Never compromise your safety for a roommate or friend who wants the door left unlocked.
  • Replace locks when a key is lost or stolen.
  • • Use caution admitting strangers.
  • • Have good lighting around entrances.
  • • If you are a woman and live alone or with other women, use only your first initials
  • on your mailbox and, when possible, in phone directories.
  • • Report suspicious activity to campus police—or to the police if you live off campus.
  • consider purchasing a room door alarm

While in your car

  • • Keep windows up and doors locked.
  • Be sure someone knows where you are going and when you should be back
  • • Park in well-lighted areas and travel on populated, well-lighted streets.
  • • Never pick up hitchhikers.
  • • If you have car trouble, signal for help by raising the hood or tying a white handkerchief to the door handle.
  • It is wise to have a car Emergency kit

 

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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12/08/2016

Would you fall for this e-mail?


I received this e-mail today

U.S. Bank 
1025 Connecticut Ave. NW, Ste. 510. Washington, DC 20036
SWIFT (US): USBKUS44XXX
Founded: United States of America
Hours: Open 24 Hours 




Attention: Good Day.




This message is to inform you that the U.S Government has instructed us to
remit the sum of $2. Million US dollar into your account, the reason for
this is because your name was among the scam victims that lost a lot of
money to African and European Fraudsters, you are hereby advised to
without delay stop all you have going on between you and anybody on
INTERNET because you will end up at nothing, hence, it was concluded that
your FUNDS has to be remitted to you in two manners, as the one that best
suites you, the 2 options are:


1. BANK TO BANK SWIFT TELEGRAPHIC WIRE TRANSFER.
2. BY ATM CARD PAYMENT



We are waiting your immediate response with your information's and payment
option to enable this bank proceeds immediately with the transfer of your
fund and serve you better details required are:

Your Full Name:
Your Full Home Address:
Valid Phone Number:
Sex:
Age:
Occupation:
Valid ID Attached:


Do not send money up front fee to anyone from Europe or African again for
what so ever reason. The US bank will immediately remit your account once I
reconfirm your banking details.




Congratulations.
Mr. Rick Ruzzi
Executive Region Manager
USBANK.

WARNING
------------------------------------------------------
You are to keep the details all of your information confidential and avoid
informing anyone of it until we have successfully moved the fund to your
location. This is accordance with our security measure to avoid miss-claim
and prevent impostor/fraud.

Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in the world. The 2016 Identity Fraud Study, released by Javelin Strategy & Research, found that $15 billion was stolen from 13.1 million U.S. consumers in 2015, compared with $16 billion and 12.7 million victims a year earlier.

One of the reasons what criminals have an easy access to your private information is because they count greed, desperation or ignorance to get you to provide you all the pieces they need.

You will note that in the above they dint’ ask for my social or my birthday.  Chances are they think they may already have it.  As a matter of fact the birthday that I have on many social media account is NOT my birthday, just for this purpose. One of the best ways to have a fake birthday is to choose an non important events historical like  2/28/83  (last Episode of MASH) if you are young, or Nov 23, 1963 (Kennedy Assassination or filming of Gilligan’s Island), or Sept 8, 1966 (Premere of Star Trek). I think you can get the general idea.  Don’t post the city your really live in , use one that is next to you.  Don’t put down Chicago IL, put down Lake Bluff, IL.   Create a fake Internet persona for some of your internet activity.

Other things you can do.

  • Secure your social security number. You have been warned not to carry your social security card in your wallet or write your number on your checks. Only give out your social security number (SSN) when absolutely necessary. and honestly, you don’t have to give it to anyone but an employer.
  • Leave nothing of value in your parked car to tempt identity thieves. This means your wallet, laptop and mobile device.
  • Don’t respond to unsolicited requests for personal information (your name, birth date, social security number, or bank account number) by phone, mail, or online. Just like what the e-mail was requesting.
  • Watch out for “shoulder surfers.” Shield the keypad when typing your passwords or PINS on computers and at ATMs.
  • When using a Debit card..select CREDIT. You have more protection.
  • Collect mail promptly. Ask the post office to put your mail on hold when you are away from home.
  • Pay attention to your billing cycles. If bills or financial statements are late, contact the sender.
  • Review your receipts. Ask for carbon copies and incorrect charge slips as well. Promptly compare receipts with account statements. Watch for unauthorized transactions.
  • Shred receipts, credit offers, account statements, and expired cards, to prevent “dumpster divers” from getting your personal information. Use a micro-cut shredder.
  • Secure your smartphone with a password. A recent survey found that more than a quarter of adults with smartphones fail to protect them with a password. When you set your password, avoid those that would be easy to guess, like birthdates, kids’ names, pet names or numbers in a sequence (1,2,3,4).
  • Use a gel pen to write out checks. Mail thieves can wash off ballpoint pen and rewrite the check.
  • Use strong passwords to protect financial accounts. Consider a passphrase rather than just a passcode or password.

As I said one of the reasons that Identity Theft is successful, isn’t because they have to go thru your garbage to get your information, they can just look at what info you have on your Facebook profile. So just be careful how much information you give.

 

AND DON’T FALL FOR THE TRAP FREE MONEY!

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.

10/08/2016

Defending your Castle


The average American Homeowners have an average of $200,000 invested in their home

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Are you an Easy Target

and an average of another $100,000 in furnishings and goodies to make the place look like a castle that it is. This includes computers, televisions, DVD players, etc. That makes them great targets for burglars looking for an easy in and out hit. They are looking for cash and merchandise that can be easily fenced for cash at the local pawn shop to feed their drug habits or short term financial needs.

FBI statistics from 2004 show the value of goods stolen in burglaries to be on average about $1600. For the 2.143 million burglaries that is $34,288,000. That doesn’t take into account any damage done in the process.

Property crimes are slowly increasing according to the FBI stats but burglaries are up .6% from 2004 to 2006. A home burglary happens every 15 seconds mostly because homeowners make it so darn easy.

The process begins with the crooks picking out a home that looks like an easy score. They case neighborhoods looking for affluent homes with plenty of cover to hide themselves and the most important thing they look for is SIGNAGE.

Signage is a cheap trick to protect your home without spending a fortune to do so. It should be the first step in fortifying your castle from invaders. It should not be the only thing you do either.
Signage is high on the bad guys’ checklist because it gives them an indication of any trouble they may be getting themselves into. It may indicate if there’s a dog on the property. (Even if you don’t have a dog) It can indicate if the premises are guarded by a security company or not. Signage may give a clue on alarms in the house.
You get the idea and so does the bad guy who is looking for an easy target. He’ll look for these signs before he picks a target. Why would he knowingly pick a house that is protected in some way making it more difficult over a home that is not? He usually won’t!
Signage can come in many flavors. Pick yours and pick many the more the merrier.

Advertising works, even in the criminal world. Let the bad guys know they are in for a hard time and chances are they will stay away and pick another target. Let them play in somebody else’s house.


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 a division of Onyx Knight Enterprises.

27/07/2016

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. PepperEyes.com is a division of Onyx Knight Enterprises.

 

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22/07/2016

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. PepperEyes.com is a division of Onyx Knight Enterprises.

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