Defense Against Crime


Don’t Make Yourself a Target

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Who is listening to your conversation

Who is listening to your conversation

 How many times have you been in line at a store and heard someone telling private information that could get them in trouble? Have you ever heard someone say their husband was out of town for a week on a business trip or in the case of military wives, heard them discussing their husband’s deployment or other sensitive information. Sometimes the conversation is with someone in the store, or it’s a phone conversation. With the wide use of cell phones and blue tooth devices, some people have seem to become unaware that they are broadcasting details of their lives for all to hear. If you’ve heard these types of conversations, chances are that other people heard it as well, including potential criminals. These people have just unknowing told a stranger who just happened to hear their conversation is “Hey I’m Home Alone.” They did not mean to do this intentionally, but people who do this have just put themselves and their families in potential danger. Never let just anyone know that you are home alone. It is suggested that you do tell someone whom you trust, so that they can check in on you from time to time. However, if you are at the neighborhood store and have a conversation with the clerk who knows you and knows your husband is deployed. That is not a good place to discuss this topic with all of those potential ears listening. Let us just say for example you are at the corner store and you do tell Susie the clerk that your spouse is out of town on a business trip for the week, or that your husband has been deployed and you will not see them for a year. Little did you know that standing in aisle three was the local low life, Joe Blow? He heard the clerk call you Mrs. Smith. He leaves a ahead of you and gets into his car and waits for you come out so that he can see your car, get your license plate, or even follow you so see where you live. Perhaps he waits for you to open the front door and then come up behind you and pushes you in the house.

Those wives of military service men also need to be careful on what displays you have in your yard. Since the 1970’s the song “Tie a Yellow Ribbon” prompted those waiting for their soldiers to return from War, to put a display in their yard, indicating that their loved one as been deployed. It also indicates to a would be criminal “Single woman, home alone.” Those women who are doing this are unconsciously making themselves potential crime targets. What is suggested is that you just fly the American Flag for your service member. Since September 11, displaying the American Flag is real common. If you live in a subdivision, you can ask your HOA if they can do a community display for those who are deployed. Now seeing yellow ribbon ties around a tree in your front yard, is no real indication that you are home alone. After all it could be your child that is in the military. Most criminals will watch your house to see who comes and goes.

According to the Department of Justice and FBI Crime statistics one burglary happens every 15 seconds in the United States. Every 2 minutes, someone in the U.S. is sexually assaulted. Every 6 minutes, someone in the U.S. is raped. Every 34 minutes, someone in the U.S. is murdered. If someone you don’t know, knows your home alone you may find yourself as a member of these statistics. According to these same statistics women are targeted more then men. If you are home alone, please take all the necessary steps to secure your home. There are lots of web site and blogs such as this one which give lots of tips of things you can do to make your home more secure.

By Victor Swindell, owner of, a division of Swindell Enterprises. is dedicated to assist those people who are unwilling to become a victim and are taking responsibility to protect themselves, their cars, or their possessions with our pepper spray, stun guns, and other personal protection products.


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