Defense Against Crime

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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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/)

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26/06/2014

Storage Unit Break-ins on the Rise


I’ve been watching a growing trend of Storage Unit Break-in across the nation.  In the city where I live I think I’ve heard a story almost every other week, or at least twice a month.  downloadYou can do a google search to see just how common this is becoming.  According to shows like ‘Good Morning America’ this type of crime is on the rise. Some Examples are listed below.

  • Store manager reports robbery
  • Property recovered from storage unit break-in
  • Deputy witnesses storage unit break-in
  • Update: Two men could be responsible for more than 30 storage unit break-ins
  • Storage Unit Break-In Leaves Homeless Man With Future Stolen

I rented a storage unit for 10 years, and I noticed that when I went to empty it, that there were items missing, largely children toys. Now I would have to take responsibility for the times I forgot to lock the inner door, which means that someone who was in the same unit (there were 6 in the inner unit) may have gone in there.  However, in many of these recent cases, the thieves are penetrating the outer fences, and cutting lock to the various units and then making off with the goods. The thieves did not seem to care about the various security cameras that many of the Storage Units had to carry out their crimes.

Many of the hot items seem to be

  • Off-road vehicles
  • Tools
  • Store Merchandise
  • Auction Items
  • Vehicles

So what can you do to protect your storage Unit

As a general rule ‘quid enim tibi solvere’ (You get what you pay for). Unfortunately you take the risk when storing your stuff at these places, it’s usually written in the rental agreement.  Also legally you can’t buy insurance for someone else’s property.  Check out the Storage unit’s  Security and break in history (you can usually do a Google search) Know what security measures they unit has.  Security Camera only record that happened, so that you have some type of evidence, and sometime they deter break-ins.  However, as you have seen on TV, the modern criminals don’t care.  Think of all the bank robberies, or store robberies where criminals knew they were on camera.  One of the things you can look for in security counter measures are storage facility with an access control system and individual door alarms, which are the best tools for preventing burglaries.

The access control system requires renters to use individual codes, remotes or security cards to enter the facility. This technology not only gives self-storage managers a detailed record of which customers were on the premises and when, and it also serves as a security measure aid in keeping out unauthorized people. This measure only works if no one knows your code.

The Individual storage unit door alarms provides an additional layer of internal security by immediately alerting self-storage operators if an unauthorized user enters a certain unit. Experts have said that these alarms are particularly effective in protecting against a common type of self-storage theft—an existing customer clearing out another customer’s unit.

  • Take notice of anyone who happens to be noticing you when you are storing your valuables.
  • Be sure to secure your unit with a GOOD Lock every time you leave.
  • You can add some type of inner alarm system to perhaps frighten them (it may work).
  • Have an inventory sheet of everything you have in your unit including, description and serial numbers
  • MARK you expensive items with some type of engraving tool, which will make it easy for you or the police to give to pawn shops or scrap metal places.
  • If you have a vehicle in the UNIT, you can secure it with something like the CLUB.
  • Place your most expensive items in the back of your unit. As with most crimes, crooks will only spend about 10-12 minutes to grab what they can.
  • Have Renter’s Insurance just in case you are a victim.

PepperEyes.com 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 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.

10/06/2014

Onlookers allegedly steal groceries from woman killed in crash

Filed under: Crime,Crime Stories — peppereyes @ 8:07 AM

 

Imagine having car accident with your kids in the car ..

Now Imagine there are people near by….

Good….You have help …or so you think.

NO…all some of these people do…is look, and take pictures with their cell phone

And there is the other group that come to you car…to see what they can steal…while the on -lookers  do Nothing.

Is this a glimpse of the society we have become…

 

Read the Full Story here : Onlookers allegedly steal groceries from woman killed in crash

 

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