Defense Against Crime

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.

06/09/2012

Dorm Room Rules


This month is national campus safety month. For many college students, the dormitory is both the first experience of living away from home and family and the first initiation into communal living. Life in the dorm can be exciting, rewarding, and a great way to make lifelong friends. It can be a great way to broaden cultural and intellectual horizons, and to learn about new people. On the other hand, life in the dorm can be difficult in testing and stretching your tolerance and maturity. One of the other responsibilities that came with dorm life is always a commitment to watching out for your safety and security.

You share the responsibility for the safety and welfare of everyone in your dorm community. This means of course that you are responsible for yourself and your actions, and no-one else.. This responsibility starts with yourself and the space you can control, namely your room and your actions.

The first thing you need to be mindful are DORM RULES. Please learn, observe and enact all dorm rules. One of the chief rules in dorms is securing the premises, namely your room. The best way to keep yourself, your roommate, your property and your safe is to KEEP YOUR DOOR LOCKED. I know this seems a bit obvious, but many thefts and sexual assaults happened because of an unlocked door. So if you don’t want to join the statistics of these students who didn’t do the obvious, then please LOCK YOUR DOOR. This is the simplest and most effective way to deter crime on any campus. Yet every year crimes happen because students fail to do this one simple act. Some students are notorious for leaving doors, unlocked, propping doors open, giving out their key to someone they did not really know. Some students have been stupid enough to leave a ground window unsecure so that an after-hours guest will have easy access to their room, but so could anyone else. By doing these things, they not only put themselves in danger, but also their roommate and the other residences in their dorms.

Check out our Personal Alarms as an added level of Dorm Security

PepperEyes.com is dedicated to providing you with the best and most affordable personal protection 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 yourself, your home or your business, purchase our high quality discount personal protection products and arm yourself with the knowledge 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. A division of Onyx Knight Enterprises

09/08/2012

Staying Safe during your College Experience


Pretty soon millions of e will be leaving home to enjoy the college experience; for some of you, it will be for the first time. I can still remember my freshman year, thrilled and scared all at the same time. It was much more than that week at summer camp. It was freedom for parents, and taking responsible for so many things. These are probably your thoughts…

So now you are a college student, and on your way to perhaps becoming a terrific adult. You are probably pretty intelligent; otherwise you would not be here. You have at least the desire to explore new ideas, new people, new cultures, and a new direction in your life. You are either looking for to find what you are going to make of your life or you may already have a career in mind, and are looking to obtain the necessary skills and knowledge to compete in that field. Either way, you are probably success oriented and goal directed.

You are probably excite and/or scared about being away from home and watchful parents for an extended period of time for first time in your life. While you are learning to master your independence and enjoying the college with is social and intellectual challenges there is one other thing you need to be mindful of: CRIME

Unfortunately, just like the real world, a college campus does have a criminal element. Some of these are students, some of these are staff, and some of these are the townies who you may encounter either on or off campus.

It can be argued that very few of us go around in the expectation of imminent danger, but the fact is most of us think we are pretty safe no matter where we are. Some students feel they are in a protected shell on campus, and nothing bad can happen there.

Unfortunately, the news is a constant reminder that criminals, or just insane elements exist in our society. On Aug. 1, 1966, college campuses changed forever. They were no longer idyllic places where students read literature, and enamored members of the opposite sex. Now they were places where things could go terribly wrong. A person with a mind and the means to kill could do so, and no one would be prepared to handle the situation. The murder of 16 people and wounding of 31 more by UT student Charles Whitman shooting from atop the Tower changed college campuses. Wither it’s UT, Virginia Tech, Penn State the message is clear. Bad things do happen, anywhere.

Most college crimes are not that violent, but they can happen. They typical college crimes are theft, robbery, substance abuse, sex offenses, assault, grand theft auto, hazing, arson, hacking, bullying, scams, or even sexual exploitation

Have a Great Defense

The great news is that most college campuses take the safety of their students very seriously. Security counter measures are constantly being revised to keep you safe. Here are some ways you can do to stay safe.

  • Trust Your Instincts – this is always my number one tip. If you think you are being followed, either on foot or by car, do not ignore the thought. Go to a safe environment. If you feel you are in immediate danger, run, scream, honk your horn, flash your lights – make a scene. Such action could deter a possible attacker from following through with their plans.

     

  • Get Educated –You campus police offers lots of workshops and classes to teach you how to be safe. Some participate in ProjectID which will mark your property so that it can be identified later if stolen. Some campuses offer a RAD class to teach young ladies self-defense techniques for free.
  • Avoid walking on campus by yourself, especially at night : The saying, there is safety in numbers is true. It’s easy to become so comfortable on campus that you let your guard down, but bringing a friend (or multiple friends) along with you when you’re going to the gym or the library is always a smart idea. See if your campus has a escort service to walk young ladies across campus. You may feel embarrassed, but it’s such a smart idea. And besides, who wouldn’t want a free ride?!

    Always go somewhere at night with a friend. Male or female, big or small, safe neighborhood or not, this is always a good idea.

     

  • Keep Your Door Locked -Make sure the door to your residence hall is locked at all times. You wouldn’t just leave the front door to your house open, would you? Don’t let anyone into your hall that you don’t know. Not letting someone in doesn’t make you look like a jerk. It makes you look like a good neighbor and, if the person is supposed to be in your hall, they’ll be grateful for it. Make sure your room door is locked at all times. Yes, this even means when you run down the hall to borrow a book or hop in the shower. Keep your windows locked. Don’t be so focused on locking your door that you forget to check the windows, too.
  • Do Not Open Your Door to Strangers – Once you open your door, it is easy to get access. Do not open your door to strangers without checking credentials. Contact the office who sent the visitor for verification of their purpose. For example, call the apartment office for verification if a repairperson requests entrance into your apartment. If someone asks to use your phone, offer to make the call while the stranger waits outside the door. Do not open your door to see credentials, using instead the peephole. If your door does not have one, request that a fisheye peephole be installed.

     

  • Be careful with your keys. Also, if you lose them, don’t depend on your roommate to keep letting you in, thinking that your keys will just “pop up.” Pay the fine and get a new set.

     

  • Get a locking device for your laptop. This may be a physical laptop lock or some kind of electronic tracking or locking device. Your laptop may come with some type of tracker, that you can enable. You may even get a Personal Alarm to set up when you are in the library.

     

  • Never Give a Thief a Chance -Watch your stuff in the library, or your dorm room, or lounge. You may need to take a quick run to the vending machines to clear your mind . . . just as someone happens to walk by and see your MP3 Player, Tablet, and laptop unattended.

     

  • A Better use for a Cell Phone -Put emergency numbers including campus security in your cell phone. If your wallet is stolen, will you know what phone number to call to cancel your credit/debit cards? Put important phone numbers in your cell so that you can call the moment you notice something is missing. The last thing you want is someone cashing in on the money you’ve been budgeting for the rest of the semester.
  • Tell a Friend – Make sure someone knows where you are at all times. Heading to a club downtown? Going out on a date? There’s no need to spill all the intimate details, but do let someone (a friend, a roommate, etc.) know where you’re going and what time you expect to get back. Just in case you come up missing- Remember all those spring break stories.

     


  • Stay Alert -Pay attention to what is going on around you and avoid blocking sounds or using distracting devices such as cell phones or MP3 player. Your ears and eyes are your best defense to being taken by surprise.
  • Keeping Personal Information Personal -Avoid displaying personal information on mailboxes, key chains, book bags, apartment doors, etc. Get in the habit of using your first initial and last name. Leave a short, non-descript, computerized voice message on your answer machine. The less information a caller can learn from your message, the better.
  • Get Background Information – If you plan to meet a stranger, for example for a date or a study partner for the first time, meet in a public place like the library or student center. Ask questions before meeting them – such as what activities they are involved in, who their professors are and where they live. Communicate this information to a friend or roommate.
  • Carry Pepper Spray – I can’t stress just how necessary had having something in your hand and knowing how to use it so that it can help protect you. I recommend pepper spray that contains UV Dye that allows the sprayed person to be easily identified.

PepperEyes.com
is dedicated to providing you with the best and most affordable personal protection 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 yourself, your home or your business, purchase our high quality discount personal protection products and arm yourself with the knowledge 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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