Defense Against Crime

27/08/2017

You’ve been hit by A smooth criminal


As he came into the window
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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.

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17/08/2017

Do you want cute, or effective pepper spray?


With college about to start up this week, many parents will be packing their young adults

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Bling Sting Pepper Spray is sparkly!

off to college. Some parents may be sitting down with their young daughters having ‘the talk’.  No not that talk, we are referring to the talk about sexual assault, and staying safe.  To remind you of the sexual assault statistics, 1 in 4 college age females experience some form of sexual assault while attending college.  As you may know as readers of this blog, we attempt to educate you about self-defense contingencies to reduce your chances in being part of that statistic.   I’ve also told you that many college campuses provide self-defense solutions ranging from RAD classes, Free shuttle rides, to escort services. This is a good thing and we applaud any and all efforts that college are taking to reduce sexual assault victims. It also appears that some colleges stores are now selling pepper spray. I was passing a student store on one campus and saw they were selling Bling Sting Self-Defense product.  First, let me state for the record that I’m for using any effective product that will keep you safe.  I will also say for the record I have nothing against the Niche marketing tactic that Bling Sting uses.  Really, I don’t. Now, that I have those statements out of the way let’s examine choosing effective pepper spray.

I have a question for you consumers.  If you were going to purchase pepper spray, what do you want? Do you want to buy something that is effective, or something mildly effective but a fashion accessory?  Now, mind you there are highly effective brands pepper sprays that come in fashion cases. Dooney & Bourke, Saber Red, and Streetwise offer pepper spray in fashionable cases. But should how a pepper spray case looks really be your primary deciding factor on picking your pepper spray?  Do you think your attacker is going to be impressed? What about your friends? That is what I saw when I looked at Bling Sting Pepper Spray.  I picked up a package of their pepper spray, looking for one thing -what strength it was, and also its Certified Heat Rating.  I guess it’s either I small print, or inside the package. Because I did not see it. I really did look.  In the FREE Guide to Pepper Spray, we tell you how to select pepper spray we don’t recommend a specific brand, but we do recommend that you look for what is legal where you reside,  it’s a good fit for you, and its effective rating (CHR or SHU).  The one thing we never mention was, is it a good fashion accessory for you?

In order to find out more about Bling Pepper Spray products I researched it.  This is one of the things we mentioned in the Guide to Pepper Spray, to research before you buy.   Remember, you are purchasing something to help save your life in a dangerous situation.  What factors are the most important to you?  One that should be important is effectiveness!

Here is the verbiage from their webs site

Blingsting pepper spray is not only the cutest pepper spray ever, but it’s the same exact formulation used in other pepper sprays you’ll find on the market. We use a 10% OC formula (that’s oleoresin capsicum … yeah, we can use big words too) that is the strongest formulation allowed in all 50 states.

 Bottom line: it’s HOT AF and when used in a defensive manner, will cause major respiratory effects like choking, watery eyes, and temporary blindness for an hour or so. Yikes. Pepper spray is not a toy, and it’s not funny to use it in any way other than in a true emergency. It’s also illegal to misuse pepper spray. Jail is not a good look. Orange is not your color. Be responsible and be vigilant.

 Bling sting is the pepper spray so cute, it hurts! Ok, you can buy some now. Just make sure you are ready for TONS of compliments.

BLINGSTING PEPPER SPRAY KEYCHAINS AS SEEN IN COSMOPOLITAN
I’m going to break these down. Again ,this really isn’t an attack against Bling sting but to educate you one marketing practices that are more about selling the product than protecting you.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I question various sales tactics.  But let us examine what they are selling you.  First Bling Pepper Spray IS Pepper Spray, there is no doubt about that.  Can Pepper Spray be effective for your self-defense?  Studies and experience says yes. Bling Sting does sell pepper spray.

Bling Sting primary attribute…it’s attractive.  OK that’s the hook of their product and it’s in the name.  So if Bling is more important than overall effectiveness against criminals, this Pepper Spray product is for you.

Bling Sting has the same formulation as other pepper sprays.  That’s like saying the Wendy’s burger had the foundation that other hamburgers have.  Generally, it can be considered a true statement.  But it’s a Whopper the same as a Big Mac?  Isn’t a Stake and Shake burger the same as White castle burger?  Not all pepper spray is equal. Isn’t Sabre Red Pepper Spray is slightly different from Smith and Wesson Pepper Spray that is slightly different from Streetwise…etc.

We use a 10% OC formula (that’s oleoresin capsicum … yeah, we can use big words too) that is the strongest formulation allowed in all 50 states.  Hmm?  That remark about OC..what are they trying to convey to their target audience? Ponder that! As far as I know, all modern pepper spray is OC.  Most of the pepper spray sites that I have visited explain what OC means.  But, I guess they want you to believe something from that statement.

Now they clam at that 10% is the strongest allowed in all 50 States.  This is primarily true, based in current Pepper Spray State Restrictions. However, consider this fact – of all 50 states there is only one states (Michigan) that have a strength limitation. Many of the others have a limitation on size but not strength. The remaining states have no limitation at all. So if you don’t live in Michigan, why would  want a weaker pepper spray?  When it comes to Pepper Spray strengths you can purchase 5%, 10% 15%, 18% and 23% OC Pepper Spray. But what does that really tell you? Think of OC like liquor proof…the stronger higher the proof the stronger the liquor.  What kind of pepper spray do you want ,a wine cooler or Kentucky Bourbon, or Gin? Again, not bashing Bling Pepper Spray, one thing they don’t have to worry about is meeting the state requirements of Michigan.

The rest of their statement is true, Pepper Spray is not a toy, it can be considered a weapon. It is an effect means to disable most people, and in rare instances kill people who have pepper allergies. You can do an internet search for the number of criminals that use pepper spray. They close their ad with two statements, again focusing on their major selling point, it’s cute.

Their remainder page also tells about all the impressive places that Bling Sting purchased advertisements. Believe it or not companies can purchase ad space for the right amount of money. We get calls monthly from Magazines, Internet Radio Stations, Schools, Television Channels like Lifetime and more to purchase advertisement space.  So saying your products are featured on a media platform simply means a sales agent from that venue got a nice commission to place an ad for your product. Perhaps someone who was interested in their niche concept….cute self defense products.

I’m not even gonna mention the price… except you can get more effective pepper spray — for less..but sadly these stronger brands lack the bling factor that Bling Sting can give you.

Once again, I will reiterate something I said before.  I prefer you have something to defend yourself when the time comes, rather than nothing.

However, just like when you are shopping for a car, take the time to not get a lemon!

 

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.

30/07/2017

Crime Do Happen On and Around Campus


According to RAINN.org Every 98 seconds, another person experiences sexual assault,

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Before your leave her at college, prepare her to survive

some of these are college age females like your daughter.

One in five female undergraduates have experienced some kind of sexual assault while in college, according to a new study of students at nine institutions by the Bureau of Justice Statistics.  These numbers have been floating around for decades. Politicians will argue over them, the victims don’t. Under the Clery Act and Title IX schools must report all known criminal activity on their campus. I wonder how many students and parent even bother to look past the pretty ivy to see what the criminal culture is on and around campus.  They are available on the college web site. Be honest did you look?

Just as crimes do happen in and around your subdivision, crimes do happen in and around college campuses. You can actually do an internet search to confirm this.

You should take an active role in increasing your safety or the safety of those you care about. While there’s no way to completely eliminate the chance that something may happen, there are strategies that may reduce your risk or give you the confidence to step in to prevent a sexual assault or other crimes.

Now on the positive site, many campuses put in various systems and educational programs that can help your young adult reduce their chances on being a sexual assault victim.  The have free rides, campus escorts to walk students back to their dorms, self-defense classes like RAD and many more. But these programs are worthless if the student decides to be stupid.

Some  of the campus police officers I spoke to at the College of Charleston and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill  said the biggest factor in sexual assaults is alcohol.  Once these young adult leave home they want to try new things often  in unsafe environments. This is when things can go bad. There was an incident that happened off campus that involved drugs and a young woman being gang raped. If you search this blog you can see similar campus crime stories that we posted. If you search the internet, you can see a lot more.

Just last week  in South Carolina, a college female was abducted and managed to escape her abductors.  However, it is not only females that are victims, four USC male college students who were moving into their apartments were robbed at gun point, forced to give up their wallets and cell phones and taken to an ATM and forced to withdraw cash, assaulted and dumped on a highway.

The point of all that I have written above is to make you aware that crime happens on and off college campuses and it’s up to your young person to arm themselves with the knowledge and tools that will reduce their chances of being part of a campus crime statistic.

I have made a point to write college safety tips in this blog and I will link to some of them below.

Here are some basic ones.

  • Trust your instincts, if it does not feel right…leave
  • Always beware of your surroundings don’t walk and text, and try to avoid dark places or areas you’re not familiar with.
  • If possible try not to be alone. Most criminals seek out single victims.
  • If you find yourself in an unfamiliar place you should plan an escape route in case something does happen. Know where the exits are or places you can hide
  • If you feel you have an opportunity to escape, take it, or be thinking about ways you can get away.
  • Self-Defense knowledge and Self-Defense products can make all the difference.
  • Each situation is different, and this is where knowledge, and training can increase your chances. When you go out, think about what could happen and how you can get away.

RESOURCES

Facts about Alcohol and College Sexual Assaults – https://peppereyes.wordpress.com/2014/07/23/facts-about-alcohol-and-college-sexual-assaults/

Sexual Assaults do happen to College Girls

https://peppereyes.wordpress.com/2012/05/08/sexual-assaults-do-happen-to-college-girls/

Enroll in RAD and Become Safer

https://peppereyes.wordpress.com/2013/09/24/enroll-in-rad-and-become-safer/

College Safety Tips

https://peppereyes.wordpress.com/2016/08/16/college-safety-tips/

Safety Apps

https://peppereyes.wordpress.com/2014/07/08/a-cool-app-that-can-save-your-life/

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.

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.

29/06/2017

When Dogs Attack!


Let’s me start by saying I am a dog person. I’ve had by current dog for almost a decade, and we travel together a lot.  Not only that, but my spoiled pooch is a person dog. This means she likes people. Don’t get it wrongs she a great watch dog, she instantly alerts us if someone comes into our yard.

None the less there are at least 4.5 – 4.7 million Americans are bitten by dogs every year hqdefaultand, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 20 to 30 of these dog attacks result in death.

I know that on several occasions I’ve encountered not only stray dogs, but dogs that have escaped their owners. If a strange barking dog came at you what would you do? Are your ready to defend yourself from a dog attack?

Think about this! Bite bites can lead to serious infections such as tetanus and rabies, disability, and deformity. You can reduce your chances of this buy having the right tools and knowing how to use them.

One of the tools that I encourage people who like to go for walks or bike rides to carry is Pepper Spray. You may ask –“Is pepper spray effective against a malicious dog”?   If a mean dog attacks you, spraying it with dog repellants pepper spray  in its face will cause the dog temporary blindness, shortness of breath and a burning sensation until its effect wears off. The dog has no other option but to retreat; allowing you the opportunity to get away. If you jog, take walks or ride your bike, then you should carry dog repellent pepper spray with you. Pepper Spray is legal, lightweight, easily accessible, and will provide fast protection when you need it most.

Important People vs Attack Dog Safety Tips

If a Dog Runs After You When Jogging

I know this sounds bizarre, but running excites dogs. Remember my nice dog. If I’m riding and she has her head out the window. She will actually bark at runners.  What you should do when encountering a dog when running is stop running. The first thing, is Don’t Panic. Remember many animals “sense fear”. Say confident and slowly and steadily move away without making and aggressive moves. With any luck, you can safely walk out of the dog’s roving range. Should the dog attempt to attack you, use your pepper spray.

What if I don’t want to pepper spray a dog?

Are there ways to avoid using pepper spray on an attacking dog? OK, so you don’t want to cause psychological harm to a dog. First, when possible never approach an unfamiliar dog. You don’t know the dogs history. There are rescue dogs that have issues. There are dogs that don’t like certain types of people. You may be the type of person the dog fears.  Like rattlesnakes, some dogs warn you not to come near them. The may growl or their hair may stand up on their back.  First, you should never run from a dog and scream.  Second, avoid direct eye contact with a dog. The dog may view this act as a challenge. Next, never disturb any dog that is sleeping, eating, or caring for puppies. If you are attacked and you don’t have pepper spray or don’t want to “feed” the dog something else–your jacket, bike, purse, books – to distract it.

Another technique is to remain motionless when approached by an unfamiliar dog (but have your dog pepper spray in your hand). Do not run when confronted with a threatening dog. Running only stimulates the dog to increase its aggression. Hold your ground and demonstrate moderate dominance by telling the dog firmly to go home. This usually works wonders. Firmly saying “no” and “sit” may also work. You might try: “Go away,” “Go home” or “Nice dog”.

What to do If You’re Knocked Down by an Aggressive Dog

If an aggressive dog happens to knocks me down before you a chance to get to your pepper spray you should curl into a ball, ticking your knees in and use your hand to protect sensitive areas like your head and neck. If you get a change to make a strong kick. Do so. You can also use a commanding voice to tell the dog to “Stop”.   Resist the urge to scream or roll away. A moving target may encourage the dog.

Remember people have been killed by dog attacks, so do what you need to do to stay alive. Remember when it’s you or them. Choose you.

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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