Defense Against Crime

05/01/2019

January is National Personal Self-Defense Awareness Month.


January is National Personal Self-Defense Awareness Month.

 

 What would you do if you suddenly came face-to-face with a criminal or you felt Pepper-Spray-for-Security-of-Womenthreatened? You have two options Do something (Fight or Flight), or Do noting (be a victim).

If you look at the FBI Crime statistics you can see that it is only a matter of time that you can be targeted. In these times, it is very likely that you’ll be a target. Crime can happen to anyone, anyplace and at any time.  One crime not listed are sexual assaults, which happen every 98 seconds, according to RAINN. Will you know what to do when you find yourself in these situations? Are you prepared with the tools, knowledge, and skills to protect yourself and your loved ones when the need arises?

This month is dedicated to educating citizens, especially women and teens about realistic self-defense options that could very well save their lives. The aim is to emphasize that being totally prepared by raising your awareness, reducing your risk of being a victim. This, however, is only 90 percent of the equation. The other 10 percent of your safety is purely physical. The total package is aimed to make you more alert and more aware that to the fact that the key to their own safety lies within you.

Despite the recent reports that crime has dropped the following statistics have remained almost constant.


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When the time comes, instead of being paralyzed with fear, you can be empowered with the right knowledge and the correct tools to STOP a potential life altering event if you buy the right protection and, arm yourself with the knowledge of how to protect yourself and guard your property.  Don’t let some offensive criminal behavior negatively impact your life.

The best way of protecting yourself is through personal self-defense education and training. Self-defense is not always about FIGHTING back.  Mr. Miyagi said in one of the Karate Kid movies  ” Best way to avoid punch, no be there.”  Your best way to avoid being a crime victim is to apply quick thinking and de-escalating methods to the situation in order to get away. Criminals feed off of vulnerability so stay alert to avoid becoming a statistic.  Did you know that approximately a large percentage of crime can be easily prevented?
How?  By being prepared.  By being alert! By being ready!
Survivors of rape and domestic violence will probably agree that avoidance is much easier than recovery.

Where to begin

  •  Learn to do smart things that will keep you safe.
  • Make it a point to enroll in a local self-defense class. Your local police can probably tell you about free classes.  While you are at it, take some friends with you.
  • If you are a College Student, see if your campus offers RAD Classes
  •  If you can’t avoid a situation, having the right self-defense product, and knowing how to use it correctly can allow you to escape.

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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. – Victor Swindell

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18/12/2018

Get a Stun Gun for Christmas – Just don’t test it on yourself!

Filed under: Crime Prevention,Self Defense Infomation,Stun Gun information — peppereyes @ 3:44 PM

The Christmas and winter holiday season are around the corner and perhaps you have been pondering what to purchase your loved ones as a present. You could get a new 60-inch flat inch 4K TV, or perhaps a Keurig Machine, or a new bathrobe and slippers. Each year it seems to be more difficult to get the right gift for that person who just seems to have everything.

Why not get her a present that says I care about you and what you to be safe? I would bet that the one thing they’re probably not expecting is a nice shiny Stun Gun? What better to give someone you love than the security of a great easy-to-use Self-Defense product?

Some crime experts are projecting widening pockets of crime for the United States. Unsure unemployment rates and underemployment, uncertain inflation rates and just a sincere lack of hope, and increase desperation is expected to contribute to an increase in crime. Robberies, rapes, assaults, murders, burglaries, and muggings have been undergoing up in suburban, urban and even rural area and away from the big cities. Sexual Assaults are still happening about every 98 seconds in the United States.  A Stun Gun may just be a great means of self-defense. They aren’t lethal, so most users feel relatively “at ease” in picking them up and getting familiar with them.

Purchasing her a stun gun, or pepper spray might just be the best present you could invest in. OK, they may like cruise a little better, except when they find themselves in a precarious situation. While recommending that you by quality products, we don’t suggest that you test them on your self…as in the following famous Stun Gun Story

Last weekend I saw something at Larry’s Pistol & Pawn Shop that sparked my interest.

The occasion was our 15th anniversary, (We had married at Christmas time), and I was looking for a little something extra for my wife Julie. What I came across was a 100,000-volt, pocket/purse-sized stun gun.

The effects of the stun gun were supposed to be short-lived, with no long-term adverse effect on your assailant, allowing her adequate time to retreat to safety….??

WAY TOO COOL!

Long story short, I bought the device and brought it home. I loaded two AAA batteries in the darn thing and pushed the button.

Nothing! I was disappointed.

I learned, however, that if I pushed the button AND pressed it against a metal surface at the same time; I’d get the blue arc of electricity darting back and forth between the prongs.

AWESOME!!!

Unfortunately, I have yet to explain to Julie what that burn spot is on the face of her microwave. Okay, so I was home alone with this new toy, thinking to myself that it couldn’t be all that bad with only two triple-A batteries, right? There I sat in my recliner, my cat Gracie looking on intently (trusting little soul) while I was reading the directions and thinking that I really needed to try this thing out on a flesh & blood moving the target. I must admit I thought about zapping Gracie (for a fraction of a second) and thought better of it. She is such a sweet cat. But, if I was going to give this thing to my wife to protect herself against a mugger, I did want some assurance that it would work as advertised.

Am I wrong?

So, there I sat in a pair of shorts and a tank top with my reading glasses perched delicately on the bridge of my nose, directions in one hand, and stun gun in another. The directions said that a one-second burst would shock and disorient your assailant; a two-second burst was supposed to cause muscle spasms and a major loss of bodily control; a three-second burst would purportedly make your assailant flop on the ground like a fish out of water. Any burst longer than three seconds would be wasting the batteries.

All the while I’m looking at this little device measuring about 5′ long, less than 3/4 inch in circumference; pretty cute really and (loaded with two itsy, bitsy triple-A batteries) thinking to myself, ‘no possible way!’

What happened next is almost beyond description, but I’ll do my best…?

I’m sitting there alone, Gracie looking on with her head tilted to one side as to say, ‘don’t do it dipshit,’ reasoning that a one-second burst from such a tiny little ole thing couldn’t hurt all that bad.

I decided to give myself a one-second burst just for the heck of it.

I touched the prongs to my naked thigh, pushed the button, and ..

HOLY MOTHER OF GOD . . . WEAPONS OF MASS DESTRUCTION . . .

WHAT THE HELL!!! ??????

I’m pretty sure Jessie Ventura ran in through the side door, picked me up in the recliner, and then body slammed us both on the carpet, over and over and over again.

I vaguely recall waking up on my side in the fetal position, with tears in my eyes, body soaking wet, both nipples on fire, testicles nowhere to be found, with my left arm tucked under my body in the oddest position, and tingling in my legs?

The cat was making meowing sounds I had never heard before, clinging to a picture frame hanging above the fireplace, obviously in an attempt to avoid getting slammed by my body flopping all over the living room.

Personal Note:

If you ever feel compelled to ‘mug’ yourself with a stun gun, one note of caution:

There is no such thing as a one-second burst when you zap yourself! You will not let go of that thing until it is dislodged from your by a violent thrashing about on the floor.

A three-second burst would be considered conservative?

SON-OF-A-****, THAT HURT LIKE HELL!!!

A minute or so later (I can’t be sure, as time was a relative thing at that point), I collected my wits (what little I had left), sat up and surveyed the landscape. My bent reading glasses were on the mantle of the fireplace. The recliner was upside down and about 8 feet or so from where it originally was. My triceps, right thigh, and both nipples were still twitching. My face felt like it had been shot up with Novocain, and my bottom lip weighed 88 lbs. I had no control over the drooling. Apparently, I soiled myself but was too numb to know for sure and my sense of smell was gone. I saw a faint smoke cloud above my head which I believe came from my hair.

I’m still looking for my scrotum and I’m offering a substantial reward for their safe return!!

P.S. My wife loved the gift, and now regularly threatens me with it!

If you think Education is difficult, try being stupid

 

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10/12/2018

Law Enforcement Christmas Safety Tips


blkfriday2As Christmas shopping season approaches, your local Police Department wishes to assure you and your neighbors that we are taking measures to combat and prevent the types of criminal activity which occur this time each year. We also wish to stress the importance of citizens doing their part to protect themselves by not presenting opportunities for criminals to ruin your holiday.

Where ever possible, additional officers will be on high-visibility patrol around shopping areas, banks, and the like. They will also be available to provide bank escorts for businesses that request them.

A particular problem this time of year is theft from automobiles and residential burglaries. These are the most preventable crimes. If citizens remove the opportunity, the crime is less likely to occur, and some types cannot occur at all.

At Home:

  • Make sure to keep doors and windows locked, even if you are home.
  • When you are not home, leave your radio on low on talk radio.
  • If you have home security cameras, with motion sensors, see if you can also program a lamp to turn on at night when motion is detected. Set it to turn on a minute later.
  • Turn on outside lights at night, motion sensor lights are great.
  • Report persons or vehicles roaming your neighborhood, day or night so police may check them. They may be simply looking at Christmas lights, or they may be “casing” houses to burglarize.
  • Place your tree where the gifts will be less visible from outside. Thieves like window-shopping through your windows.
  • After Christmas, don’t put the empty boxes out on the curb. This makes it easy for burglars to decide which houses to burglarize (ie: new computers, TVs, electronics, video games…). Break down boxes and put them in the trash, making sure to save all paperwork. Also, remember many electronic devices require original boxes for warranty repair.
  • Immediately make an inventory listing the model and serial numbers of new items (and old ones if you haven’t already) and engrave personal markings on them

If Leaving Home (On a trip or just for a little while):

  • Make it look like you are still there.
  • If you have an Alarm System – USE IT –
  • If you can monitor your home remotely – DO IT
  • Timers on exterior lights, interior lights, and TVs will help make it look like you are home. Don’t leave an answering machine message saying you are gone, in fact turning it off would be better. If you have the call forwarding option on your phone use that.
  • Double check Locks on all doors and windows, including second floors and garages. The doors should have dead-bolts; key locks for windows are also available.
  • Have a Trusted Neighbor pick up mail, papers, and ads put out your trash can, and park in your driveway. Give them emergency and cell numbers to reach you.
  • Call the police department to request a periodic residence check (“Keep-A-Check”) while you are away.
  • When you return, look around outside first. If you see any evidence of a break-in, do not go inside. Go to a neighbor’s house and call the police. The burglars could still be inside.

While Shopping or Going Out: 

  • Secure valuables out of sight in your trunk. BUT, Be aware that many cars now have fold-down seats or a remote trunk release inside the car. These conveniences make your trunk vulnerable to thieves willing to break a window.
  • If at a mall or a shopping center, periodically go to the car and lock away purchases so they will not “disappear” when you put them down trying-on clothes or at the food court.
  • Safeguard your purse, wallet, bank cards, and personal information. Identity thieves thrive in this environment.
    • Keep close tabs on your children while shopping. With so many people it is easy for them to become lost. Make sure they
  • Know their full name, your full name, address, phone, and your cell or pager number to reach you if you get separated.
    insist children hold your hand in parking lots. Drivers won’t see them if they run ahead or behind you.
  • Be aware of your surroundings going to your car, going into and out of your house, and while at the ATM.

DON’T DRINK and DRIVE

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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

Victor Swindell

06/12/2018

Don’t Let the Grinch Steal Your Christmas


In my last article, I said gave tips for the Christmas shoppers. In this article, I’m going to cover keeping your gifts and personal property safe.  Lot of us window shop during the holidays, including criminals. The difference is that while you’re looking thru store for things to buy, criminals may be looking in your windows for stuff to steal.  While we may have our minds set on Peace on Earth, Goodwill towards men, we often become careless and susceptible to theft and other crime.

The following advice is from the Law Enforcement agencies which can help you be more careful, prepared and aware during the holiday season. The same advice that I gave in the home invasion series still applies. If you are doing that stuff, you are in good shape.

  • ALWAYS Lock your doors and windows, even if you are leaving home for a quick trip to the neighbors, or need to run to the corner store for a few minutes. A thief only needs opportunity.
  • If you are going to be away from home for hours, days or weeks, have a neighbor or family member watch your house or check it out from time to time. Remember to put your mail and newspapers on hold.
  • If you are going away on vacation please ask your local law enforcement to check your house as you will be out of town
  • Make sure to set your home alarm every time you leave the house.
  • Indoor and outdoor lights should be on an automatic random digital timer.
  • If you have a digital personal assistant (Alexa, Google home) see if they have a security skill you can set.
  • Leave a radio, or other music devices (on Talk Radio) or television on so the house looks and sounds occupied.
  • make sure that large displays of Christmas presents are not visible through the windows and doors of your home.  This provides thieves a motive to rob you.
  • Be cautious where you ‘Hide’ your presents, thieves know to look in storage rooms as well this time of year.
  • When setting up a Christmas tree or other decorations, make sure doors and passageways are clear inside your home.
  • Be sure your Christmas tree is mounted on a sturdy base so children, elderly persons or family pets cannot pull it over on themselves.
  • Have a working fire extinguisher, please remember to shake it the 1st of each month.
  • If you use lights on your Christmas tree ensure the wiring is not damaged or frayed. Frayed or damaged wiring can cause a fire.
  • Place your Christmas tree in water or wet sand to keep it green.
  • Never place wrapping paper in or near your fireplace.
  • Be careful when answering your door.  Criminals also like to take advantage of this season to prey on those who are unsuspecting and generous
    • Be aware of Greeks bearing gifts. Criminals sometimes pose as couriers delivering gifts as a means to get you to open your door.
      • Consider installing a doorbell camera that allows you to talk to the person without opening your door.
    • It is not uncommon for criminals to take advantage of the generosity of people during this time of year by soliciting donations door-to-door for charitable causes although no charity is involved.
    • If you are approached by a beggar (er fundraiser), ask for their identification, and find out how the donated funds will be used. If you are not satisfied, do not donate.  Most cities require a special license.
    • Your safest bet is to pick your own charities or just donate to a recognized charitable organization.HolidayCoupon

 

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

30/08/2018

10 Safety Tips for Female Joggers


By now many of you may have heard of the tragic news of the college student Woman JoggerMollie Tibbetts s who went for a jog and didn’t return.  While there are some who chose to make this political, the fact is that according to RANN.org someone is sexually assaulted every 98 seconds in the US. Also, according to the Department of Justice Crime data, someone is murdered every six minutes. Not all of these make the national news, in fact, you can do an internet search on Sexual Assault while jogging to see a sample of all the reported cases that don’t make the national news. I’m aware of two incidents in the city where I live making the local news in the last few years, and I’m sure the number of incidents is higher, these are just the ones that made the news.

Women especially young women need to adhere to daily safety practices, habits, and countermeasures to reduce their chances of being a crime statistic.  The wrong frame of mind is that it won’t happen to them. Every one of the women who are sexual assault victims had the same mindset, and wonder why did it happen to them.

Prevention will always be your best self-defense, situational awareness.

  1. Trust your instincts.- If you have a funny feeling about going that way…don’t go that way.
  2. Jog with a friend, a large dog or in a group.
  3. Jog/Walk in well lit and populated areas – greenways and jogging paths are only good if there are lots of people. If you don’t see anyone..go someplace else.
  4. I like exploring unknown areas but for your safety avoid jogging/walking in unknown or isolated areas.
  5. Criminals love concealment of darkness, so avoid late night walks/jogs.
  6. If early morning or late night walks/jogs cannot be avoided travel in well lit, public areas.
  7. Communicate to family members or friends your path, and expected time of return. One of the cool things about the Fitbit app is that it can record your exact location. This is something Mollie
  8. If you can’t hear trouble, you may run right into it, therefore, avoid the distraction of headphones or being on your phone Listen, Be aware.
  9. You are probably being watched, therefore change up the time and path of your walks/jogs. If you are unpredictable then it’s hard for a criminal to plan to attack you.
  10. Pepper Spray and know how to use Pepper Spray. Hold it in your hand, ready to go. 10.

It is a very good idea to have the knowledge of physical self-defense. There are many FREE Classes for women, keep checking online, We often post them on our Twitter Feed or Defense Against Crime Facebook group.

Know where and how to strike. Know the target areas and your available weapons.

 

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. – Victor Swindell

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