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Topics include crime prevention in stores, parking lots, malls, traveling, and other areas.

Pickpocket prevention

How to avoid being robbed at an ATM machine

Complete home security guide – burglar proof your home

Complete guide to home security cameras including information on how to buy cameras, what specifications mean, etc.

Catching criminals with security cameras

How to avoid ATM skimmers

Computer Security – including information on virus protection, passwords, online shopping, etc.

Complete information on several Self Defense products and how to use them

Many other topics not mentioned here

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Amber Alert Awareness Day

Today, Tuesday January 13, is Amber Alert Awareness Day. This system first began in 1996 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area, when broadcasters teamed with local police to develop an early warning system to help find abducted children.

AMBER stands for “America’s Missing: Broadcast Emergency Response“. Amber Alert was created as a legacy to 9-year-old Amber Hagerman, who was kidnapped while riding her bicycle in Arlington, Texas, and then brutally murdered.

Other states have since set up their own AMBER Alert plans, as the idea was used across the nation.

Each state has it’s own criteria, but usually follow standards for issuing alerts set up by The PROTECT Act, passed in 2003, such as:

  • Confirm that an abduction has taken place
  • Confirm the child is at risk of injury or death
  • There is a sufficient description of the child, captor, or captor’s vehicle
  • The child must be 17 years old or younger

AMBER Alerts are broadcast on radio, television, highway signs, billboards, and printed on lottery tickets. They are also issued on wireless devices, mobile phones, and over the internet.

The program now extends into all 50 states, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, and other areas.

According to amberalert.gov the AMBER Alert programs have helped save the lives of 723 children.

90 percent of the recoveries have happened since October 2002, when President Bush called for the appointment of an AMBER Alert Coordinator at the first-ever White House Conference on Missing, Exploited and Runaway Children.

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Why Doesn’t the Secret Service Use Stun Guns?

The US Secret Service Director faced harsh criticism today from the House Oversight Committee, examining details of the security breach involving the man who made it into the White House with a knife on Friday night (9-26).

According to news reports, he jumped the White House fence and made it as far as the East Room. He passed or was near a stairwell that leads to the residence of the first family.

Different sources have different wording, but basically say that there was a “struggle”, and that he “knocked an agent down” who was attempting to manually lock a door. It’s said that door will lock automatically from now on.

According to Wikipedia and other sources, Secret Service agents carry a Sig Sauer P229, 357 caliber pistol.  It’s a compact automatic handgun that’s easily concealed, and can be holstered in lot’s of places.

They also use a FN Five-seven pistol, along with shoulder weaponsFN P90 submachine gun, 9mm Heckler, Koch MP5 submachine gun, and the 12 gauge Remington 870 shotgun.

They also carry an ASP baton and OC pepper spray.

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I found nothing mentioned about Stun Guns.

Stun Guns are easy to carry and use. Touching an attacker/intruder with the outer prongs will deliver a high voltage shock.

This shock is strong enough to go through clothes.  A Stun Gun can also be fired multiple times before the battery needs recharging, in case there are multiple attackers.

It would have only taken slightly more than a 1/4 second shock to drop the white house attacker to the ground. A shock of about 3 seconds would have the attacker on the ground and unable to recover for up to 15 minutes.

That would be plenty of time to place him in handcuffs.

So, a Stun Gun would be a great non-lethal way for the Secret Service to instantly stop an attacker in this type of situation.

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An Inexpensive Tool That Could Save Your Life

 

There is a small, inexpensive tool that many people have never heard of or think about, that could save your life.

It’s called an Auto Emergency Tool.

Here is the first situation that has happened to many people.  Imagine you’re in an auto accident where your car or truck rolls over several times.  Perhaps your airbags work OK.  You are conscious and alert and don’t appear to have any life threatening injuries.  However, when you try to get out of your vehicle you find that your seatbelt latch is jammed and you can’t get free from the seatbelt and out of the seat.

seatbelt cutterThe first function of the Auto Emergency Tool is a Seatbelt Cutter.  It has a razor-sharp blade that hooks onto the side of your seatbelt.  You just slide it across to cut the belt.

There was a woman driving on the highway with her young son in the back seat. While he was sleeping he twisted the seatbelt around him.  He spent several minutes trying to get the belt untangled, but made it even worse.

It became so tight he was having trouble breathing, so the mom used her Auto Emergency Tool to cut it off.

There is another situation which also happens many times.  In the accident described above you could still be trapped after cutting your seatbelt, because the windows are up.

Or your car is on fire, and you need to get out quickly.

Or many times people end up in a body of water, such as a lake or river and the windows are up.

There have been many incidents where people were talking a to a 911 operator while their car was sinking into the water, and they were trapped inside.

You may thiwindow breakernk that you could smash a window out with your foot or fist, but when you try you aren’t able to do it – you’ll find it’s harder than you think.

There are thousands of vehicles that sink in lakes or canals every year, and AAA estimates this results in almost one death every dwindow break punchay.

The next function of the Auto Emergency Tool is a Window Breaker.  This is a special metal punch – with just a single motion the metal tip pops out and shatters your window when you press it against the glass.

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The tool on the left above is called LifeHammer and includes a mounting bracket.

The one on the right is called ResQMe – it’s the same tool, but with a strong clip that hooks to your keychain.  Both are less than $20.

Police and fire departments use these, and they should be legal for anyone to buy in most areas (check your local laws), as long as you’re not using the tool to break into cars.

Many people will keep one in their glove compartment and another on their keychain.

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Personal Security Tips for Students on Spring Break

Spring Break will be starting for many high school and college students in March and April.

First of all, if you are traveling by plane, some good airport security tips include: wearing shoes that are easy to take off, not wearing jewelry, don’t bring a water bottle (on the plane), and don’t make smart remarks to your friends, like “that would be a good place to put a bomb”.

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Criminals will hang out in the areas where spring breakers are, so here are some personal security tips to stay safe:

  • Be aware of your surroundings.
  • Use an ATM inside a hotel, instead of one outside.
  • Don’t flash your cash.
  • Don’t flash your jewelry.
  • Try to keep a low profile.  You may want to impress your friends, but it may be safer to not look like you have a lot of wealth and money.
  • Don’t brag or let people know that you have money on you, or valuables in your hotel room.
  • If you have expensive jewelry, it might be a good idea to only bring the “cheap” jewelry with you on vacation.
  • Stay in groups and don’t wander off by yourself.
  • Keep your cellphone in a pocket where it can’t be grabbed easily.  Don’t leave it laying on a bar or table.
  • Don’t leave you car unlocked, your keys in your car, or your engine running.
  • The hotel or bar staff may not be trustable either – be watchful for employees that might be thieves.
  • If you are going to consume alcohol and are underage, be aware that the penalties for having fake ID’s are very severe – bouncers and law enforcement will be on the lookout – not worth trying.
  • Tell your friends where you are going and when you expect to be back.
  • If you’re traveling by car is always, make sure it’s in good condition – check tires, battery, etc.
  • Check your car before getting in to make sure that no one is hiding inside.
  • Do not leave packages or personal items in open view in the car.  Place them in the trunk.
  • At night, park only in lighted areas.
  • Have your keys ready before going to your car.
  • Avoid secluded places.
  • Consider carrying a security whistle or self-defense spray.

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Parking Lot Crimes During the Holidays

This weekend and early next week, a lot of people will be making the final rush, out shopping for Christmas presents.

It’s typically a time that criminals and thieves like to take advantage of.

There is an increase in crimes such as purse snatching, but the most common crimes involve burglaries of vehicles, gifts, etc.

Two of the biggest mistakes people make are:

  • Leaving items inside their car while shopping.
  • Leaving keys inside their car – even in the ignition!

You shouldn’t leave anything inside your car in plain view, no matter how inexpensive or insignificant it may be.

Lock everything in the trunkDon’t leave anything on the car seat or even on the floor, because thieves might peek inside and think it’s something valuable.

There are many areas where thieves are going through parking lots and smashing lots of car windows – “smash and grab” burglaries. Smashing car windows doesn’t make a lot of noise, and thieves have no problem stealing a CD you left on the seat that cost only $15, and leaving you with hundreds of dollars in car repair costs.

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Smashed front and rear windshields especially can be very expensive to repair/replace.

Also, police will tell you that there are a lot of car burglaries due to people leaving keys in their car. And more people than you think leave their engine running while going into a store.

More parking lot security tips for the Christmas holidays:

  • Try to park in well lighted areas.
  • Be aware of your surroundings. As you are arriving into a parking lot, visually scan the area to look for anything suspicious, people lurking around, etc.
  • Keep wallets, purses and cell phones out of sight if possible.
  • Have your keys ready before you approach your vehicle.
  • If you are being followed, head for a crowded place.
  • Always check your car before getting in, to make sure that no one is hiding inside.
  • If parking in a lot where you leave a key with a parking attendant, leave only the ignition key. In all other cases, lock your car.
  • Be sure to locate your keys prior to going to your car.
  • Keep a secure hold on your purse, handbag and parcels. Do not put them down or on top of the car in order to open the door.
  • When approaching and leaving your vehicle be aware of your surroundings.
  • Do not approach your car alone if there are suspicious people in the area.
  • Ask mall or store security for an escort before leaving your shopping location.
  • Consider carrying a non-lethal self-defense product such as pepper spray.

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Police Cam App Gives Real-Time Personal Security Protection

A company in Australia, called MobileSecurity365, has developed a special cellphone App, due to the number of rape cases and violent acts against women in that country.

The App can be used from anywhere in the world.

policecam appWhen the Policecam App is activated an alarm sounds, and then you can take video and audio pictures.  Your emergency contacts then receive a text message with a link to access the footage.  Your GPS location is included.  The police are also called.

If an attacker takes your phone while the Policecam is being activated a distress text message is still sent to your emergency contacts, which contains the GPS co-ordinates of your location.

Only you, your emergency contacts, and MobileSecurity365 employees can access the video and audio files.

The App costs only $4.99 (one-time payment) in US dollars, which is converted to your countries equivalent to $4.99 US.

Iphone users can download the Policecam App from the iTunes store. Android users can download from Google Play.

It’s called the “Policecam App“.

You can also go to policecamapp.com to get the App.  You can download a User Guide PDF from this website.

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Cyber Bullying Causes 12 Year Old Girl to Commit Suicide

In Florida a 12 year old girl recently committed suicide due to cyber bullying. The sheriff there said that he wants to file charges against possibly more than a dozen girls who sent cruel messages, such as “Go kill yourself” and “Why are you still alive?”.

The girls who sent the messages could be charged with felony cyberstalking, because the victim was under 16 years old.

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These messages are being sent with cell phones, from social media outlets, some based in foreign countries.

Statistics show that more than 80% of teens use cell phones regularly, and more than 40% have been bullied online.

It’s also reported that only 10% of the cyber bullying victims will tell a parent or a trusted adult about the abuse.

girls whispering gossipAs was the case with this 12 year old girl, a lot of the cyber bullying is a follow up to actual physical bullying and abuse, at school or somewhere else.

Cyber Bullying can happen any day of the week, 24 hours a day, and can often happen while a child is alone.

Since many children aren’t mature enough to deal with these things, parents should become more proactive and know what’s going on.

Get information here about a device that allows parents to remotely supervise your child’s mobile/cell phone use:

    • Protect your child from predators or school bullies.
    • Stop your child from using violent or sexual Apps, or visiting inappropriate Websites.
    • Know if your child is texting while driving.
    • Receive App Alerts for Spyware and Malicious actions, such as stealing your personal information or sending secret Text Messages that will cost you money.

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Cell Phone Theft

Cell phone theft has increased at a tremendous rate in the United States and around the world.

Worldwide, one of the most popular places for thefts is London, where it’s said that about 10,000 Smart Phones are stolen every month.

In the United States more than 100 cell phones are stolen every minute, and the thefts are happening everywhere from New Jersey to Florida.

Police are using a term called “Apple Picking”, probably because many of the phones being stolen are Apple I-Phones.

Phones are “picked” from a person’s pocket or purse, and many times these phones are quickly handed off to an accomplice, which make it very hard to find the real thief.people at crowded bar

A crowded bar is one of the most common places for this to happen. Often times surveillance video is the best tool to try and figure out where your stolen phone went.

Many other phones are being snatched from someone’s hands, or snatched off a table in a bar or restaurant.

Many law enforcement officials want the smartphone industry to come up with a reliable “Kill switch” feature, which will disable phones that are lost or stolen.

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Tips to avoid cell phone theft:

  • Treat your cell phone like it’s a wad of cash – so therefore, conceal it.
  • Don’t leave your cell phone unattended.
  • Keep it in a front pocket or a pocket that’s closed with buttons, a zipper, or snaps.
  • If your cell phone is in a purse, keep the purse secure at all times.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings and the people around you.
  • Don’t let a stranger “borrow” your phone.
  • Don’t be distracted just because you get a phone call.  Make sure your phone is secure in your hand.
  • Make sure your phone is equipped with tracking applications.  Check with your cell carrier to make sure tracking and protection is available in case your phone is stolen.
  • Use a Passcode or Personal Identification Number to make your phone more difficult to access.

This video from John Hopkins University is a little humorous, but it points out basic things that many people are forgetting, causing them to lose their cell phones to thieves:

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How a Taser Works

I’m putting this post right after “How a Stun Gun Works” because these two products are very similar.

A Taser is basically just a Stun Gun that shoots electrodes with small barbs attached to the end. These barbs are attached to long conductive wires which are connected to the guns electrical current.

Pulling the trigger breaks open a compressed nitrogen gas cartridge which launches the electrodes with barbs attached into the air. The barbs may then grab onto an attackers clothing or even go into his skin.

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Even if they just attach to clothing, the attacker will still be shocked, just as with a Stun Gun, because the current is traveling down the wires.

The advantage of using a Taser over a Stun Gun is that you can stun an attacker that is 15 to 20 feet away. However, you only have one shot. You have to gather up and repack the electrode wires and load a new gas cartridge to use the gun again. Most Taser models also have regular Stun Gun electrodes.

Different models of Tasers have different systems of identifying (using tags) the suspect being shot, and computer systems that record which gun was fired, the time, and location.

If you aren’t in law enforcement and plan to use a Taser, you should get proper training.

To buy a Taser you must be 18 Years or older, and you have to register and pass a felony background check.

A lot of problems can happen with Taser use. You need to have the skill to accurately aim and shoot the device. Other people or objects can get in the way of the wires.

Once you shoot an attacker you may have to continue to stun them until police help arrives.

If you have to run from the scene before police or other help can get there, you may have to leave your gun behind, which will still be attached to the wires.

Taser states on their website they will replace a gun left behind if you send them a police report of the incident, proof of purchase, etc.

If the barbs are imbedded in an attackers skin, they probably should be removed by medical personnel.

Just as with firearms and even pepper spray, I think you should get live training (not just videos and books), and practice using a Taser before you need to use it in an actual incident.

There are occasional reports of people dying after being stunned by police with a Stun Gun or a Taser.

Usually in these cases the suspect was on drugs or may have had a pre-existing medical condition, such as a heart problem. Perhaps repeatedly zapping a person in the chest area may have contributed to death in some cases.

It’s unclear if Stun Guns or Tasers can be directly linked to deaths. Despite these incidents being reported, I would rather use a Stun Gun or Taser than a lethal firearm, in a true self-defense situation.

Remember to check your local laws before buying or using Stun Guns or Tasers. Their sale and/or use is restricted in several US states and in several countries.

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