Defense Against Crime

06/03/2019

A College Assault Story.


The Following Story is True. The Names and Places have been changed

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Incident:  Kidnapping (Armed with Knife)  w/Aggravated Assault.

Date:  03/06/2019

Time:  5:15 AM

Reported to:    University of Columbia Department of Public Safety

Report # 2019-019292828

Location:  Alexander Place Parking Lot,  12 Alexander Street, Springfield

Suspects’ status:  At-Large

Incident description: The suspect was discovered sleeping in the victim’s vehicle by the victim. The suspect stabbed the victim’s arm pinning it to the center armrest of the vehicle. The suspect forced the victim to drive him to the area of Upper Queen Street and Upper Gathering Street where the suspect exited the vehicle and fled on foot.

Suspect Description:   Black Male, early 60s, 5’10”, Medium build, Short grayish hair, black hoodie, dark pants

Important Message:  It is important to note that the victim/survivor is never the cause of the criminal offense.

This very real incident is to illustrate how real college crime is and why you need to be prepared

Here are some Safety Tips.

  1. If possible avoid confrontation with individuals you encounter.
  2. If possible avoid becoming involved in incidents you observe.
  3. Use well lit- routes, avoid dark vacant areas, and those not frequented by other people.
  4. Avoid walking alone at night.
  5. Be alert and aware of your surroundings at all times.
  6. Avoid distractions like talking on your cell phone.
  7. If your campus offers RAD, take it
  8. Carry Pepper Spray and know how to use it.

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.

Take advantage of all your campus safety programs.

  • escorts on-campus
  • Free Shuttle/Bus Services

Get involved and Make a Difference:  We encourage the prompt reporting of all crimes, On-campus contact your Public Safety  or law enforcement

Oftentimes, 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.

Victim Assistance:  Enrolled College of Charleston students who become victims of serious crime are encouraged to get victim assistance by contacting the Office of Victim Services (843.953.2273). Comprehensive services, including assistance with missed classes/academic disruption, are available regardless of the incident location, or if the student elected to file an official report, or not.

 

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PepperEyes.com Self-Defense Products 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 on 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.

07/02/2019

Has your phone number been Spoofed?


Today I received a phone number and my phone auto-replied saying  I will call you right Annoying callback.  Then I received a text reply asking“ who is this?”

So I replied “you called me and my phone auto-replied

Long story short…the person did not call me, and I alerted them that their phone number has been spoofed.

After doing some research because this is not the first time this has happened.  I discovered it’s now a common practice for scammers to display people’s legitimate phone #s on their your Caller IDs, instead of their own phone number.  What is worse, your legal number may get labeled as a scammer or frequent caller if reported enough, and there is NOTHING the cell phone companies can currently do about it ( or not willing to).

Even worse, it turns out that spoofing a company or your number is not technically illegal under certain circumstances. According to the FCC website and Truth in Caller ID Act, “FCC rules prohibit any person or entity from transmitting misleading or inaccurate caller ID information with the intent to defraud, cause harm, or wrongfully obtain anything of value.”

However, with this law, if there is no intent to harm, in other words, if it is a legitimate business, you can use other numbers. Phone spoofing is legal in cases such as a business displaying their toll-free call-back number or a doctor using their mobile phone and having their office number appear. Even if the intent is to harm or defraud, some of the call centers originate from outside the United States, so they are very hard to regulate or shut down.

Now I know I’m just a simple person, but it seems that some piece of software can be added to the carrier’s systems to verify phone numbers. Basically, undo the hole in their system for calls the happen in the country. If the numbers used don’t belong to the owner, don’t allow the call.

What can you do

 Bad news: there are websites that explain HOW to do this…so your number is not safe.
Good News: There are precautions you can take.

What is Caller ID Spoofing and How can you stop it. The FCC Provides help at this link:

https://www.fcc.gov/consumers/guides/spoofing-and-caller-id

 

PepperEyes.com Self-Defense Products 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 on 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

 

08/01/2019

January is Human Trafficking Awareness Month


Imagine these scenarios:

  • You are on vacation in a foreign country with your family, you have an 8-year-old shutterstock_492622561-750x551daughter with you. You are our shopping and while you are looking at some merchandise, your child disappears.  Unknown to you, they snatched by strangers.

  • You see an advertisement for models. The ad promise that selected models can make lots of money, and travel around the world. You are required to have a passport to bring on the interview, as well as a portfolio. No experience is required  You go on the interview and are never seen again.

What happened to these people?  They became sex-slaves.  It doesn’t matter the age; it doesn’t matter the gender. Almost, anyone could become a sex slave. Some people are abducted, some people are forced into it, some are sold into the business by their own families.

I’ve seen documentaries filmed in poor countries where families would pimp their young children to earn money to live. Don’t think it doesn’t happen here?

 

Here are the facts about this crime!

  • In 2014, Sex trafficking was a lucrative industry making an estimated $99 billion a year.
  • A 2012 report estimated that at least 9 million adults and children are bought and sold worldwide into commercial sexual servitude, forced labor, and bonded labor.
  • A 2005 UNICEF report estimated that about 2 million children are exploited every year in the global commercial sex trade.
  • According to a 2016 UNODC TIP Report, 54% of trafficking victims are trafficked for sexual exploitation.
  • The same UNODE Tip reported that Women and girls make up 96% of victims of trafficking for sexual exploitation.

One website I found had the following…

Sex is not the only motive for human tracking, modern-day slavery is another. It is estimated that there are over 40 million people who are trapped in this condition, even in the United States.

The terms Human trafficking and modern-day slavery are both umbrella terms – often used interchangeably – that refers to the exploitation of people through the means of the use of threats or use of force, coercion, abduction, fraud, and/or deception. Human trafficking includes the practices of unpaid forced labor, debt bondage, cheap domestic servitude, forced marriage, sex trafficking, and the recruitment and use of child soldiers, and other forms. The most common forms of exploitation are cheap forced labor, which, according to the International Labor Organization, impacts 24.9 million people a year – 16 million in private sector exploitation, 4 million in state-sanctioned forced labor, and 4.8 million in sex trafficking – and forced marriage, which enslaves 15.4 million individuals. The ILO estimates that forced labor generates $150 billion in illegal profits each year.

Trafficked persons may be forced or coerced to work in a variety of settings, both hidden and in plain sight. Some examples include factories, “sweatshops,” fields, brothels, “massage” parlors, online escort services, on street corners, as child soldiers, or in private homes. The most common industries associated with the trafficking in persons include agriculture, construction, garment and textile manufacturing, catering and restaurants, domestic work, entertainment, and the sex industry.

While human trafficking spans all demographics, trafficked persons most often come from positions of vulnerability. Those most vulnerable to trafficking include: Prior to their trafficking situation, individuals may:

  • Come from a low socio-economic background.
  • Be homeless or have run away from home.
  • Be a political, cultural, or ethnic minority.
  • Be an immigrant (legal or illegal)
  • Have a history of sexual abuse, rape, or domestic violence
  • Be in a foster care system
  • Have been subject to natural disasters, conflict, or political turmoil

 

These vulnerabilities are the result of policies and practices that marginalize entire groups of people and make them particularly susceptible to exploitation. Traffickers use these vulnerabilities to their advantage and use a number of tactics to establish control over victims.  One tactic is to threaten to have them deported.  Other methods include the use of violence, isolation, threats, deception, manipulation, debt bondage, prospects of education, and romance. Traffickers may operate alone with one or many victims or may be a part of an extensive criminal network. Examples of trafficking rings include gang members, family members, pimps, business owners, or smugglers.

What you can do

Remember this is a multi-billion-dollar industry. If you do anything that can disrupt someone money, it could cost you your life. Do not at any time attempt to confront a suspected trafficker directly or alert a victim to your suspicions. Your safety, as well as the victim’s safety, is paramount.  Instead, please contact local law enforcement directly or call the tip lines indicated on this page:

  • Call 1-866-DHS-2-ICE (1-866-347-2423)to report suspicious criminal activity to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) Tip Line 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year. The Tip Line is accessible outside the United States by calling 802-872-6199.

  • Submit a tip at ice.gov/tips.  Highly trained specialists take reports from both the public and law enforcement agencies on more than 400 laws enforced by ICE HSI, including those related to human trafficking.

  • To get help from the National Human Trafficking Hotline (NHTH), call 1-888-373-7888 or text HELP or INFO to BeFree (233733). The NHTH can help connect victims with service providers in the area and provides training, technical assistance, and other resources. The NHTH is a national, toll-free hotline available to answer calls from anywhere in the country, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, every day of the year. The NHTH is not a law enforcement or immigration authority and is operated by a nongovernmental organization funded by the Federal government.

 

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

 

 

 

 

 

 

21/11/2018

Just one inch of wood


  • According to the U.S. Department of Justice, 1.03 million home invasions occur each home-invasionyear.
  • Surprisingly, most burglaries occur between 10 AM and 3PM. Many homes are empty during this time while people are at work. Burglars know this and use it to their advantage.
    However, home invasions can occur at any time of day or night.
  • 3.7 million homes are broken into each year. That’s 7 homes every minute.

If you would, open either your front or your back door and look at the deadbolt plate. There is just one inch of soft wood protecting the safety of your home – your door casings cannot protect you from a thief kicking your door in.

This is what usually happens!

Yesterday, I was watching the local news and saw this story: http://www.live5news.com/story/30476518/daytime-burglary-string-reported-in-moncks-corner-13-homes-hit

According to the FBI Crime data, the easiest way for a criminal to get into your house is just to kick in your door!   Those same crime reports indicate that every 12 seconds a home is invaded by going right through the front or back door. This is called door frame failure.  The same statistical data indicates that 2:00 o’clock in the afternoon is the biggest break-in time.

So what can you do?

There are numerous steps that you can take to make your home less attractive to a burglar.

  • Have good door and window locks.
  • Install Door kick plates such as the Strike Master II or others. You can get them at090610_webcamthieves local hardware stores, Lowes, Home Depot and Wal-Mart. This makes it hard to kick your door in.
  • Don’t leave spare keys in obvious places. Please know that the one key hider rock in your yard isn’t fooling anyone. If you going to use a hider rock have lots of similar rocks in your garden and blend it in. or put it under the mulch around a plant in your yard.
  • Ask the police to come to give you a safety inspection, and they can make good recommendations…this is a FREE Service.
  • Install a Home Alarm System. Shop around for the system that best fits your need and income. This can range from Simply Safe, to ADT.
  • If you can’t afford one, you can simply buy the Stickers and a Sign to make them think you have one.
  • Get a good barking Dog.
  • If you don’t want a dog you can do a few things, such as just post a ‘Beware of Dog’ sign or even purchase a Barking Dog Alarm.
  • When you are not home, leave the radio on talk radio.
  • Secure your windows. This could include window alarms or many other ways that you can Google.
  • Leave lights on, or if possible have programmable lights. Some modern alarm systems allow you to control your light, you can tie these light to motion sensors. so that when the alarm senses motion, 30 seconds later a light comes on.
  • Secure Sliding Doors and Windows
  • Tall shrubs and overgrown trees are welcome hiding places for robbers to wait until the coast is clear to get into your house
  • If you are home in the daytime, come out every so often to look around. If all of your neighbors did this. I would cut down on crime.
  • USE Your Locks. You would be surprised at how many burglars simply open unlock doors and windows.
  • If you happen to be home when someone enters your home without permission, have a way to deal with them.
  • Read this blog for more tips.

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 about 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.  by Victor Swindell

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.

Other Resources

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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