Defense Against Crime

14/07/2017

Before you send her off to College…


Ready4College_26Recent campus safety statistics show an increased danger for mostly female students—with up to 1 in 5 college women experiencing and reporting sexual assault and nearly 10,000 students each year enduring aggravated assaults and robberies during their time in college. These facts are gathered by the Government Crime Data.

PEPPEREYES – SELF DEFENCE PRODUCTS is working to enhance awareness of the safety steps students need to take when they get to campus or go off campus. However, we also want to encourage students to take every opportunity to learn the programs their campus offers to help keep them safe.

Here are a few things Students should do

  • Before unpacking your boxes, students should check out what free safe ride or the campus offers walking services.
  • Students should take every safety seminar or attend a self-defense class (like RAD). Many colleges offer student free or for credit, and the techniques and strategies can be lifesaving.
  • For students moving from dorms to apartments, a personal alarm, door Alarm provides portable security. Compact options of a Dorm/Apartment hidden safes for keeping personal belongings safe are also available.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings. Listening to music through headphones or looking down at a cell phone can impede your ability to be alert.
  • Prepare themselves with pepper sprays or other legal products—one of the most effective ways to deter or distract an attacker, and permitted on most campuses. PEPPEREYES – SELF DEFENCE PRODUCTS has the most potent and reliable options on the market.
  • Stick together—there is safety in numbers, so stay close to friends when going out or coming home late from parties.

 

Additional Tips is available in these articles

College Safety Tips

10 Back-to-School Safety Tips for College Females

Parents:

You baby is living home in their journey to adulthood. This can be exciting or stressful, just make sure you do your part in making them prepared for the new world and about choices and consequences. Remember most of the sexual assaults involve excessive alcohol. If you search this blog we provide different resources for you to use.

PepperEyes.com is hoping to give your peace of mind by teaching your offspring how to stay safe both on and off campus.

PepperEyes.com Self-Defense Products 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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01/09/2016

BACK UP YOUR FILES BEFORE DISASTER STRIKES


Backing up has become more important than ever, thanks to cyber-attacks like ransom-ware or having a natural disaster like a flood or tornado.

If you are a regular reader here you already know how pervasive and frustrating ransom-ware is. If you’re new to our blog, here is a bit of background – Ransom-ware is one of the newest attack method in the malware world. It can be pulled off with great ease as all a hacker has to do is buy some premade ransom-ware kit from malware creators on the dark web. Then he or she distributes the malicious code, usually by way of email attachments, but as we have explained earlier, ransom-ware can also get onto systems via security holes, or vulnerabilities in outdated system software. When the ransom-ware code is executed by say, clicking that infected link in an email, it begins to encrypt all the files on your computer or device. That’s when you’ll get a notice from the ransom-ware creators, letting you know that your files have been encrypted and if you want to retrieve them you’ll need to pay them in untraceable bitcoins ($hundreds to thousands of dollars).

You have two choices, pay to perhaps get your files back, or not pay…and loose EVERYTHING you have on your computer!  The sad truth is that even if you pay you may not get your files back because once they have been encrypted, they can only be un-encrypted with the correlating key – which the hackers have and aren’t about to give to you.

If you have been meticulous in backing up your files, data, pictures and whatever else you have that’s precious to you, then you can stand your ground and walk away.

Make multiple backups

Before we delve into the different backup methods out there, it’s important to note that you should have more than one backup of your files stored in different places to ensure that you are completely covered.

Types of backup

Cloud-based backup – You are probably familiar with cloud storage like Google Drive and s9ihizonvcfhc0wndarsDropBox. The idea here is that your files are stored in the Google or DropBox cloud respectively and you can access them from anywhere that you can log into your account. These services are great for sharing pictures and collaborating on documents and presentations but they aren’t really designed for heavy duty, let alone automatic backup. Instead, look for a cloud based backup that automatically backs up all your files and folders. Some important features to watch out for:

  • Unlimited storage.
  • Folder syncing and sharing.
  • Continuous backup throughout the day automatically.
  • Available for smartphone.
  • Price tag factor – some plans like Carbonite can run at about $60 per license per year and others can run over $120 or more per year depending on the level of service or options you choose

Do your research and find the service and plan that fits your needs best and go with it! Some of the best plans out there are: Crashplan, SOS Online Backup, Backblaze, SugarSync, Spideroak , Carbonite, and iDrive.

iDrive is the PCMag Editor’s choice for 2016: (http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,2817,2288745,00.asp)

“It has been one of the more ambitious online backup and cloud-based syncing service services in recent years, offering not only some of the most attractive pricing plans, but also a multitude of features in clear desktop, mobile, and Web applications.”

Local backup – Your other option is to back up to an external hard drive or a flash drive. This method is a bit less user-friendly as it cannot be done automatically and since flash drives are so small, they tend to get lost easily. But it’s not a bad idea to have a physical backup of your digital stuff.  You can purchase external drives, you just have to be careful not to leave them connected AFTER you backup.

PLEASE NOTE: Ransom-ware can affect every file on every drive on your computer, and even cloud drives like Dropbox. If you get infected with Ransom-ware, your backups can be affected as well. So please discount them when not using them.

 

When it comes to ransom-ware, follow our mantra “Backup, don’t pay up”.

01/03/2016

Never give a thief a chance!


The title of this article came from something my High School Marching Band teacher once instructed us in the care of our instruments. “Never give a thief a chance, don’t assume because it is in the school it’s safe.” These days in many subdivision and colleges the signs read LOCK IT OR LOOSE IT.  This is very true, as I witnessed something strange this morning. Now was it a theft…I don’t know. It could have been his bike, but lets assume it wasn’t for this story.

I was walking down the street college campus when I saw this tall  male dressed all in black. It was funny he looked and acted like a cartoon thief. . He was dressed all in black, black wool cap, black shoes, and black shades.  He spotted this unlocked bike and had the look of “I hit the jackpot”. He sat on a bench next to the bike looked around to see if anyone was looking and then jumped on the bike and took off.

Since he had that look, I took out my phone and took pictures to share with the campus police.

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The campus police informed me that these crimes of opportunity come simply because citizen will not take the responsibility for doing their due diligence in taking simple precautions.

Each year at the beginning of the academic term, the many college campuses have Bike safety program where they stress the importance of registering and locking your bike. But just like adults there are some student who think they are impervious to crime. They mindset of “It won’t happen to me” is usually followed my “Dang my <fill in the blank> was stolen”.

According to one public safety officer “We had 35 stolen during the 2014-2015 academic year. I haven’t done the numbers for this year yet. About 32% were not locked at all, or improperly locked (ex- being able to slip the lock of without cutting it). Contrary to popular belief, very rarely do we see locks that are being cut. A very large majority are crimes of opportunity.”

This same is said of items stolen from unlocked vehicles, homes and cars.  A lock creates a barrier to easy opportunity, they easier you make it for the criminal, the more likely you will be part of the crime statistic.

Listed below are a few simple suggestions that can be used to discourage a thief from breaking into your vehicle, home or business:

  • Lock your doors (and windows)! If a thief is on a mission, he/she is far more likely to try his luck elsewhere if your valuables are behind a locked verses being unlocked.
  • If possible, remove all valuables from field of view; thieves will search for other vehicles that are easier targets if they do not see anything of value in your car. If you choose not to remove valuables from your vehicle, conceal them from plain view by securing them in a glove box, center console, or, even better, in the trunk. An unlocked door or a pane of glass is not a sufficient barrier.
  • Be aware of where you park your vehicle, or leave your bike. If it is during daylight hours, park it where it is constantly being seen by somebody. Don’t try to hide it because the place you may choose will be a perfect location for a break-in or theft. During the night, if possible, park in an area with a lot of light; light is an enemy of thieves.
  • If you park your vehicle at home in a garage with a door, keep the garage door closed and locked. I can’t tell you how many kids bikes are just left in the yard.
  • Be aware of anyone roaming your neighborhood that looks suspicious. Call your local law enforcement office if you suspect someone is suspicious.

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.

16/02/2016

Be careful…Off Campus can be dangerous


This following crime is True…the names and some details have been changed so that you can focus on your safety no matter where you are!

Location:  Corner of Ester and Henry Streets, College Town, USAbxp35697

Suspects’ status:  At-Large

Incident description:  The victim was walking east on Henry Street approaching Ester Street when he was approached by two male suspects. One of the suspects pointed an unknown type handgun at the victim and demanded his belongings. The victim gave the suspects a wallet and a cell phone. The two suspects fled back east on Henry Street turning south on Ester Street.

 

Suspect Description:   Suspect #1: White male, in his 20s, wearing all black

Suspect #2: Black male, in his 20s, wearing all black

 

Important Message:  It is important to note that the victim/survivor is never the cause of the criminal offense.  The College does not tolerate this behavior.

 

SAFETY TIPS

  • Use well-lit- routes, avoid dark vacant areas, and those not frequented by other people. Avoid walking alone at night. Be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times. Avoid distractions like talking on your cell phone. Use ATMs during the day. If you must use an ATM at night do not do so alone. Avoid ATMs that are not clearly visible from the street. Be aware of people loitering in areas around ATMs, vehicles, and residences.
  • If you observe unusual activity, try to remember details as best you can. For example, what a person was wearing or any other identifiers like scars, tattoos or shoes. Please always be aware of your surroundings, avoid walking alone at night, and notify Law Enforcement immediately if you observe potentially dangerous situations or individuals.
  • USE FREE SERVICES TO BE SAFE
    Many College and Universities offers security escort services… USE THEM.
    Many College and Universities offer free transportation services..
  • Be Aware of Your SurroundingsIf you take evening classes, make sure you stay on well lit and well-traveled pathways after you leave class. It’s also recommendable to find out which buildings are open late and where to go if you need help. Remove ear buds or headphones so you can hear someone approaching. Carry Pepper Spray or a Stun Gun. If possible, plan to walk across campus or to late-night classes with a friend or a campus security escort. Moreover, if you are walking to a car, carry your keys or Pepper Spray in your hand. Before entering the car, check that no one is inside or lingering nearby.
  • Know Your Neighborhood – If you venture off-campus, make sure you familiarize yourself with the neighborhood surrounding your school. While some universities are located in relatively safe areas (e.g., in small college towns), others might be in or near a sketchy neighborhood  (e.g. in big urban cities). It’s suggested to:
    • Check the profiles of area communities by using online tools like SpotCrime and/or ask the crime prevention unit of the local police department for a crime report.
    • Know where you are going and be aware of anyone who might be following you (if you think you are being followed, quickly go to areas where you see light and people).
    • Walk confidently and at a steady pace.
    • Stay in well-lit, well-traveled areas and avoid shortcuts.
    • Stay near the curb and avoid bushes, alleys, and dark entryways.
    • At night, have somebody pick you up or call a taxi.
  • Limit Your Alcohol (and Drug) Consumption – The vast majority of college students drink alcohol, especially after they have turned 21, and many also try recreational drugs. However, excessive drinking, (having four or more drinks for women or five or more drinks for men over a short period of time) is a risk factor for sexual behavior that could lead to unintended pregnancies, HIV, and other sexually transmitted diseases. Not to mention the increased risk of car crashes, violence, and alcohol poisoning.

    You need to learn when enough is enough. If your speech is slurred, and you can’t see straight, you ought to stop drinking. If you’re feeling sick, ask your friends to leave with you. If they refuse, call a campus ride service or a taxi. Also, always pour your own drink or watch the person who does.

  • Don’t go out alone if possible – Using the buddy system is always highly advisable, whether on or off-campus. If you are leaving class late at night or are heading to a local bar, take a friend with you and don’t leave his or her side.

    Watch out for each other and make sure that the other makes it safely back to their room. This is particularly important if you are in an unfamiliar area. If someone harasses you or your friend in a bar or club, tell the bartender, server, or security personnel immediately.

  • Use UnCommon Sense – Trust your instincts and rely on your common sense. If something or someone makes you feel uneasy, avoid the person or just  leave. If a car appears to be following you, turn and walk in the opposite direction or walk on the other side of the street.

    Furthermore, carry as little cash as possible, especially if you are off-campus. If you have a handbag, hold it tightly to your body, wearing the strap across your chest if possible. If you have a backpack, make sure all the zippers are closed and consider wearing it on the front. If you only carry a wallet, keep it in a front pocket. If you have an old cell phone, carry that on in your hand, so if you are asked for your cell phone..throw that on behind them, and if they look it it…RUN!

    If you feel you’re in danger, don’t be afraid to scream (FIRE!) and run. Consider carrying a whistle, Personal Alarm or other noisemaker and use it if you feel you are in trouble.

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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.

10/11/2015

Off-campus Robbery


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The below information was reported to the Department of Public Safety today. Just a safety awareness reminder, please be aware of your surroundings as you travel to and from campus.

Incident: Off-campus Robbery

Date: 11/10/2015

Suspect’s Status: At Large

Incident Description:    On 11/10/2015, at approximately 0130 hours, the victim stated that she was walking west on Franklin Street, and an unknown Black Male confronted her at the entrance to the parking lot of 224 Franklin Street. She stated that the offender pointed a pistol at her head, grabbed her and brought her to the back parking lot. The suspect hit her in the head with the pistol and took her cell phone and credit card. The suspect fled the scene in an unknown direction.

Suspect Description:    Black male wearing all black clothing and a camouflage ski mask.

Important Message: It is important to note that the victim/survivor is never the cause of the criminal offense. The College does not tolerate this behavior.

Tips: Use well-lit routes; avoid dark vacant areas and those not frequented by other people. Avoid walking alone at night. Be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times. Avoid distractions like talking on your cell phone. Use ATMs during the day. If you must use an ATM at night, do not do so alone. Avoid ATMs that are not clearly visible from the street. Be aware of people loitering in areas around ATMs, vehicles and residences.

If you observe unusual activity, try to remember details as best you can (for example, what a person was wearing or any other identifiers like scars, tattoos or shoes). As stated above, always be aware of your surroundings, avoid walking alone at night and notify Law Enforcement immediately if you observe potentially dangerous situations or individuals.

Many College provide escorts on-campus and the FREE Shuttle Services

Get Involved and Make a Difference: The College encourages the prompt reporting of all crimes: on-campus, contact Public Safety; and off-campus, local police (911). Often times, students are present when a crime is about to happen, and bystander intervention is one method students may use to help prevent a crime from happening. Learn how to develop this skill and safely intervene.

 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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