Defense Against Crime

27/05/2016

Thieves Caught on Camera


If you do a search on the internet on home burglaries caught on camera you may get a fairhaven-break-inshock.  Try to wrap your mind around these statistics from the US Department of Justice. n estimated 3.7 million household burglaries occurred each year on average from 2003 to 2007. In about 28% of these burglaries, a household member was present during the burglary. In 7% of all household burglaries, a household member experienced some form of violent victimization,

Last week, in a subdivision not too far from me, two home break-in incidents were recorded on the home security camera of the homeowners.

13254048_10154259095274052_808204983524604383_nIn one incident, the surveillance camera shows one suspect walking up to the door with a clipboard as if he was going to sell something. The video showed that he had a sales pen as if he was a salesperson. The suspect knocked on the door a couple times. Nobody answered. He looked around, looked right at the camera right here, and then you see him ducking and looking through the window.”

The video also shows the alleged salesperson leave the residence. Less than one minute later, you see another suspect creeping through the backyard on a different camera.  This suspect goes to the back door, he breaks out the window, does not open the door, but climbs through the window.

The homeowner arrived home later in the day and noticed that the gate to her back yard was open. Upon entering her home, she noticed the back door had been shattered.

An interior surveillance video shows the family cat, Leo, run away as the man who broke-in walks up the steps and into the master bedroom.

The suspect took lots of valuable jewelry and then climbed back out the window.

The video footage shows the suspect squat low, gets on his walkie-talkie or phone and is telling the guy, I’m done, come and get me.”

In another incident, a homeowner came home and felt something wasn’t right. So we rewound the video on his hidden interior camera and saw a burglar open a window, go directly to his bed room and leave a minute later with a pillow case containing his haul.

Remember those statistics from above. How close are robberies from you.  Over the past few years some sub divisions have seen a rash of burglaries for thieves who have surveyed the subdivisions they are going to hit.  If you want to reduce your chances of being a target then please look at some of our other blog entries on things you can do to beef up your home security.

While I do recommend real video camera as part of your home security countermeasures, we also would recommend that you have some type of audible alarm system on all your doors and windows, along with security stickers that warn would be thieves.  We also recommend that your interior camera have a motion detection system that will either activate your alarm system or send your notification if motion is detected in your home. Some alarm system companies can configure your system so that small animals like cats or small dogs will not trip your alarm system. This was you will know within a few moments if someone is in your residence when you are not home.

For those that want a good security system without the expense of a costly monthly fee, there are motion detection camera that you can purchase that have these features.  If you are interested in such a camera system then please check out the these products available from PepperEyes.com

HOME INVASIONS – Part 1 – What you should know.

HOME INVASIONS – Part 2 – Defensive strategies (ii)

The Home-Breakin ..what would you do?

 

 

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. – Victor Swindell

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15/04/2016

Dealing with Fence Jumpers


Fence jumpers are a security issue for both National Security to home owners.  Statically
hundreds of thousands of people illegally enter the United States by jumping over the security fences at the borders which can range from 21 feet high to three feet high. In the past few years a few people have jumped over the fence of the White House to get illegal entry.  A few years ago, I noticed that on several occasions my gate was open after I was sure that I had closed them. The culprit fence jumpers.

I was at an HOA meeting where a resident was complaining about miscreants jumping her fence as a short cut to another destination.  So what can you do to reduce the chances of people jumping your fence?

 

  • Barbed Wire… it obviously works. Think about it, the military uses it to reduce the coiled-barbed-wire-fence-13783565chance of someone from going past a certain point or entering a zone where they are not wanted. Putting up barbed wire only takes a few hours, and it’s instant security.  The only issue is…it’s ugly and perhaps not the aesthetic look you want for your home or community. There is also the issue that you HOA may not want that look in their subdivision either.  However it does mostly work.
    Since I’ve put up barbed wire, I’ve not had the issue of fence jumpers ever again.However we all know that some people are cleaver and will throw a towel across the barbed with to reduce their chances of getting stuck.
  • Shrubs – You can plant shrubs around the interior of your fence and this will eventually take care of the problem. The only issue is timing. It’s kind of difficult to images (4)find full size shrubs that will quickly stop the issue. Once the shrubs have grown they will do the trick. They will look more aesthetic than barbed wire. Shrubs also require maintenance like most plants which means watering, trimming, and all the other stuff. It may also add value to your home.  I really recommend and bushes that are not skin friendly (prickly) such as holly bushes, cactus and the like.  Not only are they ever green but HURT if you try to go through them.
  • Bushed and trees with blade type or prickly leaves – if you really want to step up the k15030600game and have the same visual/mental hurt of these plants do the trick. I really recommend and bushes that are not skin friendly (prickly) such as holly bushes, cactus and the like. Not only are they evergreen but HURT if you try to go through them, and makes a person think twice about trying to go thru them. Again, you will have to plant several of them, and it will take awhile to get the desired effect.

 

Again you goal to it set up a deterrent to people jumping your fence, you need to decide what look you want for your yard and neighborhood. You also need to decide how much maintenance you want to deal with.

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.

01/03/2016

Never give a thief a chance!


The title of this article came from something my High School Marching Band teacher once instructed us in the care of our instruments. “Never give a thief a chance, don’t assume because it is in the school it’s safe.” These days in many subdivision and colleges the signs read LOCK IT OR LOOSE IT.  This is very true, as I witnessed something strange this morning. Now was it a theft…I don’t know. It could have been his bike, but lets assume it wasn’t for this story.

I was walking down the street college campus when I saw this tall  male dressed all in black. It was funny he looked and acted like a cartoon thief. . He was dressed all in black, black wool cap, black shoes, and black shades.  He spotted this unlocked bike and had the look of “I hit the jackpot”. He sat on a bench next to the bike looked around to see if anyone was looking and then jumped on the bike and took off.

Since he had that look, I took out my phone and took pictures to share with the campus police.

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The campus police informed me that these crimes of opportunity come simply because citizen will not take the responsibility for doing their due diligence in taking simple precautions.

Each year at the beginning of the academic term, the many college campuses have Bike safety program where they stress the importance of registering and locking your bike. But just like adults there are some student who think they are impervious to crime. They mindset of “It won’t happen to me” is usually followed my “Dang my <fill in the blank> was stolen”.

According to one public safety officer “We had 35 stolen during the 2014-2015 academic year. I haven’t done the numbers for this year yet. About 32% were not locked at all, or improperly locked (ex- being able to slip the lock of without cutting it). Contrary to popular belief, very rarely do we see locks that are being cut. A very large majority are crimes of opportunity.”

This same is said of items stolen from unlocked vehicles, homes and cars.  A lock creates a barrier to easy opportunity, they easier you make it for the criminal, the more likely you will be part of the crime statistic.

Listed below are a few simple suggestions that can be used to discourage a thief from breaking into your vehicle, home or business:

  • Lock your doors (and windows)! If a thief is on a mission, he/she is far more likely to try his luck elsewhere if your valuables are behind a locked verses being unlocked.
  • If possible, remove all valuables from field of view; thieves will search for other vehicles that are easier targets if they do not see anything of value in your car. If you choose not to remove valuables from your vehicle, conceal them from plain view by securing them in a glove box, center console, or, even better, in the trunk. An unlocked door or a pane of glass is not a sufficient barrier.
  • Be aware of where you park your vehicle, or leave your bike. If it is during daylight hours, park it where it is constantly being seen by somebody. Don’t try to hide it because the place you may choose will be a perfect location for a break-in or theft. During the night, if possible, park in an area with a lot of light; light is an enemy of thieves.
  • If you park your vehicle at home in a garage with a door, keep the garage door closed and locked. I can’t tell you how many kids bikes are just left in the yard.
  • Be aware of anyone roaming your neighborhood that looks suspicious. Call your local law enforcement office if you suspect someone is suspicious.

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.

15/01/2015

The Easy Way into Your Home

Filed under: Home Security Information — peppereyes @ 6:32 PM
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After Seeing the below story on the News, I was prompted to issue this warning ….again.110310_1949_AGoodWaytoS1.jpg

http://www.live5news.com/story/27860623/burglars-kicking-in-doors-in-several-summerville-neighborhoods

According to the FBI crime data, the easiest and most used way for a criminal to get into your house is just to kick in your door!

According to the Department of Justice crime statistics every 12 seconds a home is invaded by going right through the front or back door. This is called door frame failure. The hour between Two o’clock and Three o’clock in the afternoon is the biggest break-in time.

If you would, open your front and back doors and look at the dead bolt plate. There is just one inch of soft wood protecting the safety of your home – your door casings can not protect you from a thief kicking your door.

Betcha didn’t know that.

Thieves are counting on this.

There are lots of articles in the blog that I urge you to read on home security and home invasions. All of these articles have useful tips to prevent you from becoming the next victim.

One of them is this one.

HOME INVASIONS – Part 1 – What you should know.

Our immediate recommendation to help prevent your door from being kick in is to purchase a door strike plate like the StrikeMaster II or similar  that is available is most large home supply stores like Home Depot or Lowes.

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 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.

03/03/2011

Don’t Get Cleaned Out This Spring..

Filed under: Crime Prevention,Self Defense Infomation — peppereyes @ 12:54 PM
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According to the bureau of Crime statistics

In the United States

  • One Robbery happens every 1 minute
  • One Property  Crime every 3 seconds
  • One Burglary every 15 seconds

Several cities have experienced an increase in property crimes last year, specifically burglaries. These are cyclical events, having declined the past few years, but now on the rise largely due to the increased popularity of large, flat-screen TVs. It is important to note that many of these incidents were likely the work of just a few individuals with successful methods, rather than a large variety of one-time thieves. Some of these individuals were arrested and charged, some investigations are still pending. Some of them may be targeting you for their next caper.

Tips to secure your home

I’ve written several times, in details about home security, and just like diet books, there just seems to be a great need for it. Did you know that home security starts with decreasing the chances of your home being burglarized? When I take my dog for walks in various subdivisions, I make mental notes of what homeowners are doing wrong. Many homes are easy targets for burglaries without the owners even realizing it. Although the opportunity for your home to be a target for burglary is high, simple everyday counter measures can be taken to increase your home security without even purchasing an expensive home security system.

  1. Burglars prefer to target empty residences. – If it looks like nobody is home then this presents a great opportunity. Here are some great clues that no one is home; Drapes closed tightly, no noise or lights turning on, no cars in the drive way. The cure is easy slightly open drapes, turn the radio to talk radio, and put your lights on random timers. Leave a parked car in your driveway, even if it’s the neighbors.

  2. A quick escape is important for a burglar, so high fences or hedges are a real deterrent. – High fences are one thing- High bushes and trees close to your house are another. First, while privacy fences are great, they make great hiding places for criminals who want to break into your house unnoticed. Likewise, overgrown bushes and trees close to your home allow a burglar to hide and can provide leverage to higher windows of easy entry. Always make sure all scrubs are trimmed back and not covering windows.With the weather getting warmer there is more people are leaving things open as they work around the house. This is an invitation for danger.  An unsecured door, such as garage, sliding door, or a patio door, presents an opportunity for a burglar to enter your home, and even surprise you. Unlocked garage or shed doors allow thieves to tools to assist in the entering of your home. Take the time to install strong dead bolt locks on doors and fixed weak doors and window, so that you won’t spend time wishing you should have.

     

  3. A dark property is always attractive. 90% of all intruders choose not to enter a residence that is well lit. Does your home have low wattage bulbs in outdoor lights, no motion sensor lights or lights on a random timer, no lights on other outdoor buildings, such as shields or garages, or no outdoor lights at all. Always ensure well light areas on and around the home.

     

  4. Most burglars look for something worth stealing –There is an old saying, never give a thief an opportunity. That being said, don’t advertise your purchases. Do not leave the boxes in the trash, and don’t brag about your expensive purchases in the open. The same is said of vacation plans. Don’t discuss your plans in the check out line at the store … you don’t know who is listening. Would you leave $500 cash sitting on your lawn? Do you make your valuables visible from outside the home, such as having lawn mowers, bikes, and cars in your garage with the door left open, shades and curtains open to view jewelry, electronics,  lap top computers or items you do not see as worth stealing are still valuable to others, even items you do not view as valuable, but others will, like alcohol. Get in the habit of closing blinds at night and keep the garage door closed and lock. Don’t leave valuables such as MP3 Players, GPS devices, or other items in your car.

     

  5. Thieves look for any information to make themselves sound like they know you, to create trust and open your door or worse, tell your children they know you and get information from them. When I was working for the Census Department a few years ago I was working in a really nice subdivision that had nice homes and lots of nice stuff. One thing that I noticed on lots of houses – homes with the names on the mail box. All a crook needs is a phone book to find out who you are. Get your number, and then call your house. One of the other bad things you can do is have your message on your answering machine to say ” We are not home right now….”. Please remove your name from your mail box, and if your answering machine has that type of message, please change it to something like “We can’t come to the phone right now …” or if you have call forwarding, have calls sent to your cell phone. You may also wish to remove any references to your name on your message as well.

     

  6. Burglars find out the majority of your personal information in your every garbage. Your trash is another person’s treasure. Identity theft is one of the fastest growing crimes in America. There is no nightmare like having to prove you are who you say you are, or proving that you didn’t purchase a new car in Denver Colorado, when you stay in Raleigh North Carolina. To that end don’t provide thieves with clues about you that can be used to allow them to become you. Don’t carelessly throw your garbage away in accessible areas, including your own garbage. Consider purchasing an inexpensive shredder and shred any important documents, receipts, bills, statements, credit cards, that have account numbers, or your social security number on it. You should even shred invitations which could give a date of when you may not be home. Don’t throw all the shred pieces away at once or in one place, you can use it in mulch piles, or as shipping fillers

     

  7. Burglars observe your daily behaviors – You may be watched. Do you leave the house at the same time every morning? Do you drive the exact same way to work? Can’t anyone know for certain that your house and those of your neighbors is empty every day from 8:30AM to 6PM. Consistent routines give burglars an estimated amount of time to complete their job, which allows them to be more careful without getting caught. Try not to be too predictable, come home earlier on some days, or leaving for work later on other days. Leave early and if possible, come back home on random days of the month. Don’t make the mistake of hiding your spare key in typical places, such as under the door mat, above doorways, or anywhere close to the door, as well as in the same spot regularly in a visible area. Invest in cleaver key hiders, so that you can hide your keys in areas that people cannot watch you retrieve it and do not let kids openly show friends where keys are hidden.

     

  8. Over 30% of home burglaries are termed by police as “no force” entries. –
    OK the by gone days of being able to leave your home unsecure are OVER, I’m not even sure they existed anywhere except on TV. Leaving your home with windows or doors unlocked or even open thinking you’ll only be gone temporarily, is just an invitation for a thief to come in.  You and your family have to practice and remind each other to always, not matter what the circumstances are, to always close and lock all doors and windows when leaving the house unattended. I actually went on a all day trip and thought I locked the front door. When we came home, the front door had blown open. I was a good thing I had noisy neighbors, so that my home was untouched while I was gone.

     

  9. Almost 30% of all break-in’s happen by kicking in the door – According to the FBI Crime statistic division, every 12 seconds a home is invaded by kicking in the front or back door, and two o’clock in the afternoon is the biggest break-in time. Consider installing a device like the strike master II, or at least get the Ultimate lock that can resist being bumped or kicked in.

     

  10. Make a thief think twice. – From everything that you read. Thieves want easy targets. I’ve heard thieves say the houses that avoid most are the ones with a BEWARE OF DOG sign. The second group of houses are the ones with security sign. Personally I like just having a dog, because they sound off when anyone they don’t know comes near your house. My younger brother has a Rottweiler and one day a bunch of people came to his house, some were friends of his roommate. Out of character, the Dog starting growling at one guy, and barking. My brother asked the person to leave his house, he may have been up to no good. Normally, the dog doesn’t bother anyone.

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, buy 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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