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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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

 

20/05/2019

20 Safety Tips to Help You …Be Safe


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According to RAINN, a sexual assault occurs every 98 seconds. You’ve probably seen stories in the media of sexual predator who follow women home from the gym, or other places. But there are several things you can do to reduce your chances of becoming their next prey.

Whether you’re our jogging, shopping or out and about running errands, there are safety tips you can follow to help lower your chances of becoming a crime victim.

 

1. PepperEyes.com motto is Get Ready! Stay Ready. – Preparation and Prevention are the keys. Think about having a fire extinguisher and knowing how to use it in your home.
2. Stay Alert – avoid being distracted by your smartphone. Use a blue-tooth if you need to talk
3. Trust your instincts. If something doesn’t ‘feel’ right..leave the area.
4. Always have your keys ready. There are videos on youtube on how to use your keys for self-defense. Watch and learn.
5. If you carry a personal defense device, like pepper spray or a stun gun, whistle – knows how to use it and have it ready. The bottom of your purse is the wrong place to have it.
6. Be aware! Look around and make eye contact with people you encounter.
7. Walk with an attitude. Have that I dare you to mess with me look.
8. If security is available, ask for an escort to your vehicle — especially at night. If you know you are going out at night, have a friend with you!
9. Don’t wear expensive jewelry or carry pricy handbags when you’re shopping, running errands or anytime you’re alone. Robbers often work in pairs. One scopes out potential victims inside, then text or calls their partner with a  description to their partner waiting outside.
10. If you have children with you, keep a close eye on them and teach them about stranger danger. On the news last week was a woman trying to steal a child.
11. If you must take a purse, consider a small, crossbody bag.
12. Hide your cash, credit cards and cell phone in your front pockets, so if a thief does grab your purse, he or she won’t get away with much.
13. Try to avoid being overloaded with shopping bags.
14. When you leave, lock your doors and keep your windows up, and don’t have valuables in plain sight!
15. Keep an eye out for vehicles that might be following you. If they’re still behind you when you’re close to home, drive to the nearest fire station or police station and honk your horn.
16. In carjacking or robbery, give them your car, purse or anything else they want. Nothing is worth risking your life.
17. If someone tries to sexually assault you or force you into their vehicle, scream and fight like your life depends on it..cause it does. Do whatever you have to do to get away…do it!
18. Take a self-defense course. Search for them online. Many colleges and universities offer a FREE RAD (Rape aggression defense) class, and some will teach them to the ladies of any organization (church, yoga, etc).
19. There are several safety apps available, including Guard Lallana, Safe Walk, B Safe, and others they are beneficial to you. Research and use the one that’s best for you.
20. Knowing all of this stuff is good, doing it daily will be better.

 

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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.

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!

 

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

17/04/2019

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