Defense Against Crime

25/05/2017

Can carrying Pepper Spray truly make you safer?


If you troll thru this blog you can see plethora of articles on the usefulness of pepper spray and other self-defense products and techniques.  Will having any of these self-defense products really make you safer?

The short answer is: It depends!

  • It depends on your mindset at the time of the incident
  • It depends on your ability to effectively use Pepper Spray or whatever you have correctly.
  • It depend on …well keep reading.

First, let me state that Pepper Spray is an effective self-defense product that has been used for decades to not only depend citizens and law enforcement personnel ifbxp35697 used correctly in the right situations.  And the art of this type of defense dates back centuries.

However, there are people who carried or owned pepper spray who have still been crime victims because they were not prepared.  There are a number of reason why having it didn’t work..for them.

  • They panicked, and did not focus on self-defense.
  • They didn’t know how to properly use it
  • They could not get to it, in the bottom of their purse or other inaccessible place.
  • It was a surprise attack and they were caught off guard because they were not paying attention.
  • Your attacker was in the minority of the population that are immune to the effects of Pepper Spray for various reasons.
  • Your pepper spray had expired.
  • The assailant is wearing glasses or was prepared
  • The Pepper Spray was defective and you did not know it.

While this is not an exhaustive list, it probably represents a majority of reasons why just having pepper spray will not help you.  The good news is that many of these issues can be negated with the embracing PepperEyes.com motto…which is Get Ready..Stay Ready.   You can also embrace the motto of the Boy Scouts of America : Be Prepared.

Any self-defense product, including pepper spray, Tasers, or a gun, requires that you be prepared mentally and physically and have it available to use. Pepper Spray, like most weapons, can be taken away from you and then be used against you, if you are not prepared and able to use it at the correct moment. In the case of just owning pepper, spray think of sexual assaults.  It is estimated that 80% to 85% of all sexual assault victims know their attackers and fifty percent of assaults occur inside the victim’s own home. Rapists are not always the stranger in the alley or the weirdo in the parking lot. If a fraction of these victims owned a self-dense product, how prepared are they to use it?   Chances are they were not.

Think about being on a date. Think about going to a party. Ponder the different people you know who may come to your house often.  A deliveryman, a Utility worker, a client.  What is your mindset?  How prepared are you, if you are put in a position of being harmed. What if you have pepper spray or another self-defense product but can’t get to it and use it?

This is why a self-defense mindset and preparation is essential.  When a soldier has ran out of bullets and the enemy is coming, there are only two options.  Fight or Flight.  If you can’t get away, how prepared are you to fight. If you can’t use your pepper spray, you have the same two options. How prepared you to fight.

Just something to think about.

If you read this blog, you can learn how to develop a self-defense mindset.

 

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. Victor Swindell, Owner.

15/05/2017

Ransomware Attack!


If you have not watched the news, or just haven’t paid attention, there is a worldwide ransom-ware attack that began last week and may continue this week. The New York Times has an active map showing where all the attacks have been happening. You can google it or see this link  (https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2017/05/12/world/europe/wannacry-ransomware-map.html?_r=0)

If you want to keep up to date on the latest on this event, just watch the news or do an internet search on the topic.

If you want to know more about Ransom-ware we have written about this before. You can open these previous posts.

Victims of ransomware usually receive an e-mail or some other type of electronic message that asks them to download or run software. Some of these e-mails may appear as if they were coming from someone you know, or can even come from a software hack (like a cracked version of some game or popular software).  When you run the software and it appears that NOTHING is happening, .. something is.WannaCrypt

The software will encrypt your hard drive, or encrypt part of your hard drive so that your computer is still operable and you can continue to use it, but you cannot access all your personal files. This includes all personal documents, images, music files.

If you are the victim of a ransomware attack you’ll open your computer and instead of your normal files you’ll see a pop-up appear that says, ‘Surprise, we’ve taken control of your computer and if you want access to your files you need to pay us.'”

 Here are some things you can do to prevent being a victim.

  1. Please update your computer security software as soon as releases are available. It’s best to set it to auto update.
  2.  Please run all software and OS patches. Again please set it to auto update.
  3. If you value your files back up your computer on an external drive on regular intervals. You may want invest in a cloud backup service. You can search for and review them.
  4.  Finally, just be very vigilant you need to constantly look out for emails that seem suspicious, and you need to err on the side of not downloading random files. Delete them. We often receive random invoices, and reports that seemingly credible companies send us. Like Bank of America, or UPS. Sometime I get invitations to download a file from a cousin.  If you know the e-mail is fake, delete it.  You can always verify before opening any attachment that your cousin actually did send the files

We are dedicated to providing you with the best and most affordable self-defense 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 self-protection, home security, business security, purchase our high quality discount self-defense products 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. Victor Swindell, Onyx Knight Enterprises

11/05/2017

What to do if you are pepper sprayed!


Military Pepper Spray 2A few months ago, my sister-in-law give me some ointment called Capzsasin HP because I was having issues with the muscles in my legs. Honestly, I did make the connection. See the active ingredient in Pepper Spray is Capsaicin. Anyway after applying the cream to my legs, I thought I had washed all of it off of my hands. I was laying down and rubbed by face. Sweet-Jesus. First there was this mild burning sensation, so naturally I rubbed it (again touching my face). Over the seconds the burning sensation hit me, and I was thinking of pepper spray..and then the light went on Capsaicin – Capzsasin. The next several minutes was lots of soap and water to the affected area. All I can say, I’m glad I didn’t get an itch in other places.

Now if small amount of cream did that, imagine what full blown pepper spray (or foam or gel) would feel like. If you happen to get pepper spray on your face or in your eyes, you will experience an extremeFaces get pepper spray burning sensation and other effects.  You must immediately rinse your eyes with fresh cool water. If the burning persists or gets worse, seek medical attention. Never EVERY rub your eyes!  One of the effects of Pepper Foam or Gel is that when people get it on their face, their first instinct is to wipe it off, which happens to run the chemical into their face and of course puts it on their hands as well.   If you get pepper spray on your face or hands, wash with a mild soap.  Pepper spray can very be easily transferred. Trust me on that one. If you have pepper spray on your hands, do not touch your face. If you have been testing your pepper spray, assume you have some on your hands. Avoid touching your face for at least an hour after washing your hands. Lemon juice can help neutralize the pepper spray on your hands as well.

If pepper spray is discharged inside the house or in your car or spilled from a leaky sprayer, you may notice burning eyes, scratchy throat, and runny nose. If this happens, open windows and doors to get fresh air circulating in the room. It may take a few hours for the air to completely clear.

 

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

18/04/2017

IRS Scam Revisited


I8240087_G‘ve written before that I’ve received several phone calls from someone whose native language wasn’t english claiming to be from the IRS.  It was soo obvious to me from the call that this was a scam.

Since that time I’ve received the same call..from various places in the US including New Mexico, California, Rhode Island…all stating he IRS has a warrant for my arrest unless I pay taxes…blah blah blah.

Since today is Tax day I guess these people thought they thought they would try again. Apparently, these criminals have gotten some funding, because  now they are using RoboCall. What is funny is even though it’s an electronic voice, it uses the same bad sentence structure of someone whose native language isn’t US English.

 

Here are TIPS from IRS.gov

Here are five things the scammers often do but the IRS will not do. Any one of these five things is a tell-tale sign of a scam. The IRS will never:

  1. Call to demand immediate payment, nor will they call about taxes owed without first having mailed you a bill in an official IRS Envelope with contact information that you can verify at your local IRS office…
  2. Demand that you pay taxes without giving you the opportunity to question or appeal the amount they say you owe.
  3. Require you to use a specific payment method for your taxes, such as a prepaid debit card.  Just like with your income taxes they will set up agreed payment options for you.
  4. Ask for credit or debit card numbers over the phone.
  5. Threaten to bring in local police or other law-enforcement groups to have you arrested for not paying. It’s a Federal crime..and only the Feds will be involved.

If you get a phone call from someone claiming to be from the IRS and asking for money, here’s what you should do:

  • If you know you owe taxes or think you might owe, call the IRS at 1.800.829.1040 (see IRS.gov site). The IRS workers can help you with a payment issue.
  • If you know you don’t owe taxes or have no reason to believe that you do, report the incident to the Treasury Inspector General for Tax Administration (TIGTA) at 1.800.366.4484 or at www.tigta.gov.
  • You can file a complaint using the FTC Complaint Assistant; choose “Other” and then “Impostor Scams.” If the complaint involves someone impersonating the IRS, include the words “IRS Telephone Scam” in the notes.  [See update at top of page.]

Remember, too, the IRS does not use unsolicited email, text messages or any social media to discuss your personal tax issue. For more information on reporting tax scams, go to http://www.irs.gov and type “scam” in the search box.

 

17/01/2017

Cashier’s Check Scam on Craigslist


First I’m going to say I have nothing against Craig’s List as a service. When I moved, I sold most of my extra furniture on there, and I’ve purchased items from craigslist.  Most of the people on there are honest. I said most. However I recently tried to sell a projector TV on craigslist. I was asking only $300 OBO.  Within a few hours of posting the add I got a text message from a number in Florida (I wish I had saved the number) from someone who wanted to purchase it.  (CLUE:?).

The person told me that he would send me a check and then arrange for someone to pick it up. (CLUE). Knowing a wee bit about they types of the scams that are out there here is a big clue.  PAYING MORE THAN YOU ASK and asking for the difference back.   I informed him that If I received more than what was asked that I would return the check.  He seemed to understand.  He even said that I could wait until the checked cleared before proceeding. That sounded good..but I still felt uneasy.  He wanted my address..so I gave my work address, and waited to see what happened next.

Next I did what I recommend you all to do.  I Googled the number that was texting me.  It came up a lot in a google search associated with lots of red flags. (CLUE 2)

Starting the few days I started getting these messages

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Now please note just how much this guy texted on a Saturday. Ask why would someone send money to send a check Priority mail for an old TV.  As a general rule I go cell phone free on weekends.  But anyway on Monday January 16 (which is a FEDERAL HOLIDAY), he kept texting.
I politely told him two things.  Banks were closed on Federal Holidays, I don’t work on

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The guy kept wanting me to ‘Deposit the funds’.

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So On Tuesday I received the office mail.

Now quick what was the name of the buyer?

A: Frank Perry.

Here is the envelope.

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Now the wonderful think about tracking numbers, you can tell where they were mailed.

According to the tracker this came from LeHigh Acres FL which is about 185 miles away from the address on the package.   (CLUE)

Then I looked at the check.  Do you remember How much I asked for?

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So even though I took the cashier’s check to the bank to see if they could tell if it was a fake check.  The teller couldn’t.

I then informed the client that I would be returning the check and needed to validate their mailing address.  Remember, I did tell them this was a big No No  They have not responded, despite all of the early texting urging me to deposit the funds.

Now There are several Federal laws that were broken here..but it his highly doubtful that anyone will be caught…

SO We tell these stories to help prevent people from being scammed…

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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.

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