Defense Against Crime

06/12/2017

Is your Airbnb room watching you?


Have you ever seen one of those Lifetime or other movies where a couple rents a room thfrom a seemingly nice person, and then things get weird?  The couple finds out that they are being watched by hidden cameras?

Have you ever seen one of those Lifetime or other movies where a couple rents a room from a seemingly nice person, and then things get weird?  The couple finds out that they are being watched by hidden cameras?

Life does imitate art.

• Airbnb has apologized after one of their guests found a hidden camera in a rental home, which was apparently disguised as a motion detector.
• Florida man was arrested and charged with voyeurism after his Airbnb tenants discovered a hidden camera above the bed hidden in a smoke detector. 
• A few years ago, German woman sued Airbnb, for negligence after she discovered a secret cam inside a California residence.
While we believe these events are rare to Airbnb rentals, the fact is there are creeps out there that have more on their minds than providing you’re a nice affordable rental.  So how do you know if you are being watched or even recorded?

Here are a few things you can do to spot a hidden camera.

  • First, inspect the room – examine the room and see if there are any tiny cameras around. It only takes a pinhole camera to see into a room, so look for a small hole on objects or in the wall. Take a look at some of the devices we sell so that you can get a clue how a camera can hide in clocks, picture frames, electrical outlets, motion detectors, smoke detectors,  etc.
  • Use a light – If you shut off the lights in the bedroom and bathroom, use the light on your smartphone or a penlight to scan devices, walls, mirrors, phones, etc. You may be able to spot the reflection from a hidden camera lens.  Take your time doing this and look at multiple angles. If you see a light in a place where there should be like a flowerpot you may have found a camera. Use a phone app, hidden camera detector You can download free or inexpensive hidden camera phone apps from the iStore or Google play store and purchase inexpensive bug and hidden camera detectors detect signals.
  • If you suspect that you are being spied on, and need proof, we have a solution. With this light-weight and easy to use Full Range Camera and Bug Detector you will be able to find all types of hidden cameras and other devices (wired and wireless) BugDetector_CC308-Package

using the latest laser frequency visual detection methods.

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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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27/08/2017

You’ve been hit by A smooth criminal


As he came into the window
It was the sound of a crescendo090610_webcamthieves
He came into her apartment
He left the bloodstains on the carpet
She ran underneath the table
He could see she was unable
So she ran into the bedroom
She was struck down, it was her doom

Or so the famous Michael Jackson song goes….

Many criminals are smart and crafty as the following examples will show you.

I used to tell ladies that if they went to have their cars services, to never give their whole set of keys to the mechanic. It would be easy for a dishonest one to make a copy of your house keys, and since they probably have your address and phone number on record. They can call you to see if you are home, or sit and wait to see you leave, and then have access to your house.  You may have heard this advice as well.

(You’ve been struck by A smooth criminal)

LONG TERM PARKING:

A citizen left their car in the long-term parking at San Jose while away, and someone broke into the car. Using the information on the car’s registration in the glove compartment, they drove the car to the people’s home in Pebble Beach and robbed it.

TIP: if you are going to leave the car in long-term parking, you should NOT leave the any documentation that will indicate where you live, or any other valuables. Also, never leave your remote garage door opener. This gives us something to think about with all our new electronic technology.

GPS:

A Sports fan had their car broken into while they were at a football game. Their car was parked on the green which was adjacent to the football stadium and specially allotted to football fans. Things stolen from the car included a garage door remote control, some money and a GPS which had been prominently mounted on the dashboard for anyone to see. When the victims got home, they found that their house had been ransacked and just about everything worth anything had been stolen. The thieves had used the GPS to guide them to the house. They then used the garage remote control to open the garage door and gain entry to the house. The thieves knew the owners were at the football game, they knew what time the game was scheduled to finish and so they knew how much time they had to clean out the house. It would appear that they had brought a truck to empty the house of its contents.

(You’ve been struck by A smooth criminal)

Something to consider if you have a GPS – don’t put your home address in it… Put a nearby address (like a store or gas station) so you can still find your way home if you need to, but no one else would know where you live if your GPS were stolen.  How many times do we have to tell you not to leave valuables in your car, and just think how valuable a home alarm system would have been.

CELL PHONES:

This young lady has now changed her habit of how she lists her names on her cell phone after her handbag was stolen. Her handbag, which contained her unlocked cell phone, credit card, wallet, etc., was stolen. Twenty minutes later when she called her hubby, from a pay phone (they still have these?) telling him what had happened, hubby says, “I received your text asking about our Pin number and I’ve replied a little while ago.” When they rushed down to the bank, the bank staff told them all the money was already withdrawn. The thief had actually used the stolen cell phone to text “hubby” in the contact list and got hold of the pin number. Within 20 minutes he had withdrawn all the money from their bank account.

(You’ve been struck by A smooth criminal)

Moral of the lesson:

  1. Most many modern cell phones have many means to secure your phone, use them.
  2. Do not disclose the relationship between you and the people in your contact list. Avoid using names like Home, Honey, Hubby, Sweetheart, Dad, Mom, etc.
  3. And very importantly, when sensitive info is being asked through texts, CONFIRM by calling back.
  4. Also, when you’re being texted by friends or family to meet them somewhere, be sure to call back to confirm that the message came from them. If you don’t reach them, be very careful about going places to meet “family and friends” who text you.

 

PURSE IN THE GROCERY CART SCAM:

A lady went grocery-shopping at a local mall and left her purse sitting in the children’s seat of the cart while she reached something off a shelf… wait till you read the WHOLE story! Her wallet was stolen, and she reported it to the store personnel. After returning home, she received a phone call from the Store Security to say that they had her wallet and that although there was no money in it, it did still hold her personal papers. She immediately went to pick up her wallet, only to be told by Security that they had not called her. By the time she returned home again, her house had been broken into and burglarized. The thieves knew that by calling and saying they were Mall Security, they could lure her out of her house long enough for them to burglarize it.

(You’ve been struck by A smooth criminal)

 

Many criminals are highly intelligent and know how to seize opportunities given to them. All you can do it do everything in your power not to make it easy for them.

  1. Don’t display your valuables in your car.
  2. Use car and home alarms.
  3. Trust but verify, don’t trust text and e-mails without voice confirmation.

 
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.

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.

04/01/2017

If you see a crying child by the road.


I received the below from a friends of mine…and it’s largely an urban rumor.

This is from a County Sheriffs Department, please read this message very carefully .

This message is for any lady who goes to work, college or school or even driving or walking the streets alone.  If you find a young person crying on the road showing you their address and is asking you to take them to that address… take that child to the POLICE STATION ! !

No matter what you do, DON’T go to that address. This is a new way for gang members to rape women. 

 Please forward this message to all ladies & guys so that they can inform their sisters & friends and family.

Our 1 message may save a life. Published by CNN & FOX NEWS (Please circulate)..**Please DO NOT IGNORE ! Thank you

Here are the facts

http://www.snopes.com/crime/warnings/childlure.asp

After I received this message, I talked to a member of law enforcement, and he said that this has possible happened as many urban legends, like the person in the back seat.  Therefore it, use wisdom in any situation.

Now if you happen to see a crying child on the side of the road… Call Law enforcement and let them handle it.

 

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.

05/12/2014

Other Ways Police Could Take Down an Unarmed Suspect.


First, if you are not familiar with my blog, please know that I have lots of respect for the members of the Law Enforcement Security_Guardscommunity  just as I do with my brothers and current members of our Armed Forces Community. I applauded all the respectable men and women who put their lives on the line for public service.  However, even many police department know that now every person who puts on that uniform does not deserve to wear it. Just as there are people who are in the profession of being doctors, lawyers, mechanics, or soldier, who shouldn’t be. This is why many law enforcement centers have an internal affairs department to weed out bad officers.  That being said in recent months we have seen what is in MY OPINION, lots of bad decision, or a reflection of bad training by police officers when dealing with unarmed suspects. Many may feel that there are different deep rooted racial issue at heart and I’m will not attempt to discuss nor debate them them here. In the course of human history, some people have and will use their differences be they racial, religious, economical, political or other factors to justify not treating another person justly or use these same ‘reasons’ to feel they are superior to the other person. I can’t say that in all cases.  The purpose of this blog is not to discuss this, and I’ll leave it you each of you to debate, discover and discuss  solutions to these issues. Also realize there are many interesting situations that law enforcement officer’s have to deal with, that we can’t even imagine. Let us acknowledge that police officers are humans and carry all the baggage of humanity including sometimes having their feelings override their intellect or training and reacting accordingly. It happens to all of us at one time or another and it’s probably encoded in either our DNA or human legacy.

There are several US cities that have something like a Citizen Police Academy where among other things they demonstrate and show what they have available when dealing with people and situations.  There are also simulators where they give citizen to make those split second life or death decisions. Where there have been much focus on police shootings, and particularly against minorities. According to the United States Department of Justice there are about 300-400 police-involved “justifiable homicides” per a year. This number per capita is higher than any other country.Of those killed by police, roughly 32 percent are minorities and 64 percent are non-minorities.

Recent Stories

There have been several incidents in the history of this country of controversial incidents of how the police deal with a person or persons who are deemed as breaking the law. In other countries the number of unarmed citizens killed by police is much much lower for many factors and reasons. Here are two recent ones that have ignited the country in 2014

  • New York Police Department Officer Daniel Pantaleo killed uncooperative Eric Garner while subduing him with a choke hold for selling loose cigarettes. The Officer claimed that he was trained to take down suspects that way.
  • Officer Darren Wilson shot several times and killed a belligerents unarmed 18 year-old Michael Brown, who he had an altercation with earlier. In keeping with current Missouri law of when and how deadly-force can be used on unarmed suspects.

Other police involved stories you can research

  • Akai Gurley, 28  New York
  • Armand Bennet Bennet, 26, New Orleans
  • Ezell Ford, 26, Los Angeles
  • John CrawfordII, Ohio
  • Dillon Taylor, 20, Salt Lake City UT
  • Gilbert Collar, 18, Mobile, AL
  • Tobbie Tolan, Belliare, TX

The Arsenal of Peace Keeping

Police officers can probably attribute their response to situations to the way they were trained to think and  to deal with suspects. However, I know in the City of Charleston, SC and many towns and cities officer are armed with an arsenal of non-lethal as well as lethal devices to subdue even unarmed suspects.  I ponder why these tools and techniques are not being used when there is not life-threatening issue, other than bad training or another factor. Far too often officers reach from their guns first.

  • Here are a few tool law enforcement officers have at their disposal:
    • Talking – Sometimes it is possible to talk a person out of making a bad decision instead of just rushing in with a show of force.  Sometimes it matters HOW you talk to people to diffuse a situation. A wise person said if you treat a person like an animal, expect them to behave that way. Yelling and cursing it the best way to lose control of a potential dangerous situation.
    • Physical or Self Defense Techniques – The human body is its own worst enemy in the hands of someone who takes the time to learn all of its weaknesses. I know many police academies have some basic self-defense or martial arts training. I ponder if more is not required. In reviewing the video tapes of how many suspects are treated from Rodney King to Eric Gardner I there are simple martial arts techniques that could have taken them down easily.  I wonder if these need to be explored more. Of course police officers who are not in great physical shape are not in a good position to use these techniques again someone in better physical shape.
    • Stun Gun or Tasers – These relatively non-lethal electro-shock devices have
      proven to be extremely effective pepper-spray-policemanin most cases to take down the most disobedient persons. Stun devices come in all shapes including as flashlight, batons and hand held devices. We know that many officers use these instead of guns.
    • Pepper Spray – this ancient of weapons has proven itself for centuries. Just think what would have happen in many of these cases if the officers had just used Pepper Spray as opposed to outlawed choke holds. Many Police grade pepper spray is 87% hotter than the normal street variety and can subdue a person.
    • Metal Baton/Night sticks – Many officer carry metal batons that can inflict pain and injury to a suspect to try to subdue anyone resisting arrest. A correct  striking blow to the back of the leg, knees, elbows, wrist can subdue many suspects. Pain is usually a good way to make a person think twice.
    • The Gun – Unfortunately in the United State, many police officers are trained to shoot center mass to stop a person. Often of all the weapons in their arsenal, it is the first one they use, because simply it is easiest and most effective way to stop a suspect in some situation. However, I don’t see it as the only solution in some of these situations. I do not have an issue with a police officer defending themselves against an armed suspect with deadly force. I have said in many writings, if it comes down to you are them – choose you. However, when it comes to an unarmed belligerent suspect.  A shot to the knee will stop them from charging at you. However, this too requires proper training at shooting smaller targets, but it is not difficult. After all if people can shoot moving birds, how hard is it to take out a knee or leg.  Again let us acknowledge that when law enforcement officers are dealing with a belligerent person, they can’t always tell if the person is just non-compliant, mentally ill, or on drugs, and often only have moments to stop the person from doing harm to others, or to the officer. However, is killing a suspect first the best solution in all cases. NO.

The Bottom Line

In the 1987 movie The Untouchables ; Officer Malone said that they first rule of law enforcement is to make sure when your shift is over you go home alive.  I am aware that that in some situations a police officer only has a split-second to make a life changing decision to stop a suspect who is endangering their lives  Again when encountering a criminal and the wise choice comes down to you or them, make the correct decision. But would it hurt to make decisions to leave you both alive?

See Also :
History of Law Enforcement (https://peppereyes.wordpress.com/2014/07/16/history-of-law-enforcement-officers/)

PepperEyes.com – Self Defense and Safety Products is  dedicated to providing you with the best and most affordable self-defense products, 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 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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