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  • Safer Shopping On The Internet Tips

    Every year more and more people are using the internet to do their shopping. It is a convenient way to shop without the hassle of driving to stores, finding a place to park, and put up with crowds.

    In years past, you had to worry about your cash or check book being stolen. Now with debit and credit cards becoming the usual way to pay, there is a security risk no matter where you shop. The internet, stores, and even banks are being hacked by criminals who are stealing identities and recently even money from people’s accounts.

    Since we are an internet only shop, I thought I would share some tips to make your internet shopping experience safer and more secure.

    There are numerous internet web sites opening every day and there are some simple clues to help you tell which sites are safer to shop on, old or new.

    If you are shopping on a desktop, or Laptop computer using a browser:

    There are a number of browsers you can use and each may show the following information a little different.  Here are a few that I use.

    The below screen shot is from our website on Internet Explorer 11:

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    If you have your browser at full screen, you will see the complete website address. There are clues here to help tell you if you are on a safe site for shopping. Each time you go to a different page, even the same site, this address information will change.

    The first is “http://“ vs “https://” in the address bar at the top. http:// does not mean the site is unsafe to be on to read, but if you are going to enter information on a page, look for https://. It means that this page is encrypted. This makes it harder for someone to see the information as it travels across the internet. Unencrypted pages will show http:// and can be read by anyone that knows how to intercept traffic over the internet. So pay close attention if you are on a webpage that askes for personal information of any kind, including payment. The information is  encrypted if you see the https://.

    The second clue is the padlock on the right of the address bar. This shows that the site information is encrypted by a 3rd party certificate provider that certifies the site. You can click on this for information.

    The third clue is the safety dropdown list at the bottom of the screen shot. You can go into this tab for security information about the site.

    In this case there is a forth. We own Norton Internet Security and it shows on a bar in the screen shot. Norton has also certified this site as safe, as you can see in the middle of the screen shot. This requires website owners to verify their site before Norton will show it safe. We are not trying to sell this program, but since it shows on the screen shot, I thought I would explain it.

    The below screen shot is from the Fire Fox Browser:

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    This browser shows the https:// and the lock at the left of the address bar.

    The below screen shot is from Google Chrome Browser:

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    This browser shows the https:// and the lock at the left of the address bar. You should notice that I have gone to another page on the website; in this case home-protection.html. This part of the site address will change for each page you go to. On our site https:// is still on the address bar. This is not the case on all sites that have https:// on the main page. To keep your information safer, never give information on any page that shows http://; look for that s.

    If you are shopping on Android mobile with an internet browser:

    You should still see the https:// in the address bar and the Padlock should be there too. You just might not be able to click into the security information.

    If you are shopping on IPad, or IPhone mobile with an internet browser:

    You should still at least see the Padlock and at times the https:// in the address bar. You just might not be able to click into the security information.

    If you are using an app to shop:

    I can’t address that here other than to warn you that there are hundreds of new shopping apps being added weekly, some of which are fake and could steal your information. If you want to use an app for shopping, get your app from a reputable app store to be safer.

    Our mission here at www.ForSecuritySake.com is to help you be safer and more secure in your daily lives through products and information.

    Be Safe Out There!

  • The Taser® C2 Will Soon Be Replaced By The Taser® Bolt

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    Updated 06-17-2016

    Yes, Taser® C2s are going away as stock is sold out, however your C2 will still have parts available, because the new Taser® Bolt uses the same Cartridges, Batteries, and Holster size. The owners manual is the same and when I compared the product specifications, they are the same. All of the below information still applies.

    You may have heard of the Taser®, because many police departments issue each officer one to carry on duty.  I worked at a California police department for 40 years and when the Taser® became available, we were one of the first departments to issue them.  They became an addition to tools we already carry, including pepper spray and as an alternative to using our firearm. They continue to save a number of injuries and lives of officers and suspects with no lasting harmful effects. But you may have questions about the Taser® C2 and Bolt, because they were designed for the citizen to use.

    In police studies, the TASER® C2/Bolt has a higher instant incapacitation rate than a 9mm hand gun.  The TASER® C2/Bolt shoots out 2 darts attached to 15 feet of wire. 50,000 volts travels over the wires and over-rides the central nervous system providing incredible takedown power.

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    The Taser C2/Bolt have a slick design and are much easier to carry. They have the same stopping power as the police models and still combine a traditional stun gun with the ability to shoot and shock an attacker up to fifteen feet away. When an attacker is struck with Taser C2/Bolt darts, they are designed to continue to shock the suspect for 30 seconds.

    Only use the Taser® C2/Bolt as a defense weapon. It is recommended that when you shoot the Taser Darts and the shock affects the attacker, you drop the Taser and run away. The cycle energy burst will continue for 30 seconds, giving you ample time to get away.  If the Taser is lost as the result of leaving it behind, don't worry. Forward a Police Report, documenting the incident, and Taser Iternational will replace your Taser C2/Bolt Unit.

     SAFETY -- The TASER® C2/Bolt can stop a threat up to 15 feet away (4.5 meters), allowing you a safe distance to protect yourself and family from an attacker.  If a close quarter defense is warranted, the C2/Bolt doubles as a contact stun device to repel someone as a powerful and unexpected backup capability.  TASER® technology has proven itself as a safe and effective choice of self-defense with over 500,000 worldwide users.

    EFFECTIVE -- A TASER® C2/Bolt can be conveniently discharged to work anywhere on the body, unlike other conventional weapons with a specified target area.  This makes the TASER® C2/Bolt more effective self-defense option by making it easier to stop a threat under an already stressful situation. TASER® devices have been used effectively by law enforcement encounters by over 10,000 police agencies in over 4 countries, boasting a 95% effective rating.  TASER® technology provides one of the only non-lethal means of stopping an attacker dead in his tracks, even if under the influence of drugs or alcohol.

    RESPONSIBILITY -- Normal law-abiding citizens carrying a TASER® C2/Bolt for self-defense purposes should have no problem acquiring this highly effective tool.  However, to further promote responsible ownership, the TASER®.  As always, purchasers MUST be 18 years old or older.

    The Taser C2/Bolt ECD has the same stopping power as police models. The C2/Bolt ECD uses the same exact technology and offers the same stopping power as the police version. The only difference is the cycle time - C2/Bolt ECD relays the charge for 30 seconds compared to 5 seconds with the police version. This is so you can keep your attacker down and get yourself to safety. C2/Bolt ECD is also designed to fit your lifestyle - lightweight, compact, and easy to carry".

    There is more information you will want to know about the Taser C2/Bolt. Please follow the instructions below for written information, videos, and how to purchase.

    Be sure to watch the four short videos by clicking HERE.  The first video is a Taser C2 Demo.  The volunteers in this video are actually being shocked by the Taser C2. There are people placed to the side of each volunteer to keep them from falling down.

    To purchase the new TASER® BOLT click HERE

    In my opinion, the Taser C2/Bolt is one of the best self protection products out there. I highly recomend them.

    Zeb Hammonds

    It is to your great advantage to protect yourself, your family, and your property. We at ZebPet Enterprise’s www.ForSecuritySake.com dedicate our website to help protect you and your property. Please join our FREE mailing list newsletter by using the box to the left of this article, or at our home page. You will receive more great tips, product discounts, dumb criminal stories, and news. We never sell or give away your email information.  You can review our privacy policy here.

    Be Safe out there!

  • The Ring Doorbell and Chime Review

    The Ring Door Bell is a Hardware / Software system that adds or replaces your doorbell button. It requires your home or business Wi-Fi to use, record and playback recorded video. It has a high quality video camera with sound, that catches and *records anyone that comes to your front door. The sound is high quality two way and with a free Android/IPhone downloadable App, it allows you to talk to your guest wherever you’re at in the country.

     

    Our mission at ForSecuritySake is to provide products and information to help people be safer and more secure in their daily lives. Although as of this writing we do not sell this product, it falls within our mission and we feel that it needs to be brought to our customer’s attention.

     

    We have been testing the Ring Doorbell and Chime for a while now and for a product about $200.00, it has many of the hardware and software features of higher priced recording systems.

     

    We found a great deal that combined the Ring Doorbell with the Ring Chime; which is a receiver that can be plugged into any home power socket and emits a chime sound whenever the Doorbell is activated.

     

    Hardware:

    The Ring Doorbell has a professional look and feel and came with a one piece built in camera; sound circuitry; and rechargeable battery. There was a metal mounting plate that must be used to securely attach the system to your wall. The mounting plate has screw terminals that you can connect your current doorbell power to. If you want to mount the plate where there is no power, that’s ok because the system has a built in rechargeable battery that will power it; more on that later.

     

    The chime is a simple one piece plastic box that plugs into any USA 120volt power plug. Setup on the chime must be done via the free phone apps mentioned above and below. There are no adjustment controls on the hardware.

     

    Software:

    Free Apps are available for IPhone and Android. The apps can be used to see battery condition, or hardwired in this case; match the doorbell and chime to your WI-FI; set the sensitivity; set motion alert zones; alert you to a doorbell ring or motion in the covered area; Allow you to talk and listen to guests at your door; *playback, share and download recordings of any alert; and something new that came out while testing -(Live View)- for hard wired installations. Per the company, Live View will be released for battery operated installations soon.

     

    Testing Results:.

     

    The test installation is hardwired, meaning we used the old doorbell power to run the new Ring doorbell. Our test results are based on this, so we can’t give you an estimate on how long the battery lasts in non-battery installations yet.

     

    Setup:

    was smooth, but we have a lot of experience setting systems up. But if you get stuck, Ring Support and video help is only a click away. After you download your app, Android or IPhone, you can add your device and name your doorbell location; set how sensitive the motion detection is; set active zones for motion detection; and more. You can also set up your chime location; match it to your doorbell; choose if the chime will ring on doorbell, motion detection , or both; and set the chime volume.

     

    Support:

    If you need help with installation, use your internet browser to go to ring.com . You can view video help on installation, contact support, and create an account. When you create an account, *you can use a windows PC to playback, download and share recordings from your doorbell.

     

    We only had to contact support one time via email and response was quick and solved my problem.

     

    The camera:

    has excellent color and quality. The wide-angle lens gives a fisheye effect and sees wall to wall.  The camera faces south from this test covered porch area and as a result there is some backlighting from the direct sun. However the camera does well and shuts down to concentrate on the correct lighting for a person at the door. At night when the lights go out, there is black and white infrared coverage and since we have other cameras with infrared  lights in the area, the system uses that light to enhance the view.

     

    The Sound:

    is great both ways, however be careful not to have your phone or other device too close to the doorbell while talking or you will get feedback. You can have the sound off, listen without talking, or have a conversation with whoever is at the door from anywhere in the country when you have at least two bars of 4g cell service.

     

    WI-FI:

    service with the doorbell and the chime depends on Wi-Fi speeds and connection strength. You should be as close to your Wi-Fi router or range extender as possible, because the stronger the signal, the better the service connection times. Ring activation notifications are via the internet and as with all motion detection recorders, there is a delay between live detection and recording. This may only be 4 seconds, but if you can get it lower, it could be the difference between seeing a face, or a back.

     

    *Recording:

    With the purchase of the Ring Doorbell we received a cloud recording thirty day free trial. Each recording we played back was over a minute long. After the trial the cost for cloud recording is $30.00 a year per device (In case you want two doorbells or other Ring hardware). Considering what is recorded and the space required on a hard drive, this is a bargain to me. The recordings are stored in the Ring Cloud for a long time, but they will eventually go away. Anything you want to permanently keep should be downloaded to your computer. And if you have a recording you no longer want you can delete it from the list with your app.

     

    To our eyes, we could not detect any difference to live view and recordings when played back. There is a recording timeout and it will stop recording a NON-answered activation after a minute or so. The only improvements we would want are for the system to continue recording until motion goes away and for the motion recording to start sooner.  As an example as a way to start recording sooner; police in car systems that record video have the ability to go back and record 30 seconds of video prior to the actual activation of the recorder. The is achieved by loop recording on the hardware, but this could add to the cost of the system.

     

    Live View: .

     

    The new Live View for hardwired installations is a big plus to the system. Live view allows you to manually open the camera with the same live view as if there is a ring or motion alert. You can keep it open and watch the area until you want to cancel it, or at least I didn’t keep it open long enough for anything to time out or stop working. These are recorded and can be played back, downloaded and shared

    Remote use of the software when there is no Wi-Fi:

    works well with our AT&T connection, as long as cell service has two strength bars of 4g. We used it a number of times while away and it was fun to catch sales people and guests at the door and talk with them without them knowing we weren’t at the home.

     

    The Chime:

    is separate piece of hardware that can be used to alert you that there is an alert or motion detection when your phone or other app is not available. Since my Ring Doorbell is hardwired to my old doorbell power wiring, it rings my old doorbell in the house when the button is pushed, but not motion detection. The chime also can be used to announce motion detection only in my case.

     

     

    Thoughts:

    are that this is a very worthwhile addition to any home or business security. Purchasing over the internet is on the rise and unless a signature is required for the shipment the delivery service will leave packages on the porch or other area near the door. So along with that the theft of packages from deliveries is also on the rise. According to the FBI Crime Clock there was a reported property crime every 3.8 seconds and a burglary every 18.2 seconds in the United States for 2014. This Ring Phone system is fast enough to alert you to a visitor or to confirm a theft while it is still in progress (a requirement for some agencies before they will respond to an alarm call). And a phone call to the police while watching the suspects can give the police a better chance of catching the suspect(s) before they get away. The Ring Doorbell gives more piece of mind and is a great addition to any security you may have.

    You can find our professional Surveillance systems to work along side the Ring Doorbell by clicking here.

     

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  • HOW DO YOU KNOW IF AN EMAIL IS A SCAM? HERE IS ONE STUPID CROOK EXAMPLE

    If you're reading this, chances are that you have at least one email account(s) and with those email account(s) comes spam and scams. But how do you know if the email you receive Is a scam?

    First of all, any time you get an email like this, don't open it if it looks fake. If you do open it, never click on a link or photo in the email. Always go out and contact your bank, or website account from their website. How do you know if it might be fake? Read below.

    Lets use an example that I received in August of 2015:

    This is one stupid crook example of a scam designed to get you to enter account information about a Chase Bank account.

    Here is a copy of the email as it shows up in many email readers. This one happens to be AOL.com (which has a really good spam filter), but it got through anyway; more on that later. Although this example is from AOL, it can be sent to any email account.

    Here is a screen shot of the email example as it shows up on a windows machine (I know I said don't do this, but click on the email image to see it larger) :

    Scams like this are designed to make your heart race a little and question what the heck could be wrong with the account? The scammer relies on the honest person to immediately want to correct the problem. But if you have experience at receiving these emails, you should know to take a moment to calm down and then you notice things about it.

    The first thing to look for is where it is from? If it isn't from the bank, which it should be, treat it as a scam. In this case it shows that it is from the "Update Team". But there is a "show details" button that you can click on to show the email address of the sender. This one shows it is from "Update Team ...ear30@gmail.com". That email address has nothing to do with Chase Bank and what does the update team have to do with an account review? Smarter scammers will use a sender name similar to the bank website address.  There could be an added "." to the bank (or other website name), or even a misspelled bank name. Study the from address for a few moments. If it is close to the real thing, you may not catch it with a quick look.

    Now for the way this got by the spam filter and what made this sender a stupid crook:

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    Above is a screen shot of the email as it shows on an Android email reader (Click on the email image to see it larger - if you feel lucky that this article is not a scam). Some extra reading can be seen, because the Android email reader does not use windows coding.

    At the beginning of the email is a header of random words. This is designed to make the email look legitimate and get past scam filters (Not shown in the screen shot is the bottom of the email that has more random text). This is coded in a way that windows email readers will not show the text, but the spam filter will see it.

    This reader also shows the sender address without having to open anything.

    There you have it.

    This was just one stupid crook example of thousands of all kinds of different scams out there. Sign up for the www.ForSecuritySake.com newsletter at the bottom of any page and we will write about scams and other safety and security stories as we come across them.

    Be Safe Out There.

     

     

     

     

     

     

  • Welcome to For Security Sake’s New Mobile Friendly Website

    We listened and we know that many of you browse the internet with smaller tablet and smart phones. As a result of what you told us we have upgraded ForSecuritySake.com for ease of use on any size browser screen.  Full size down to smart phone size is now available to give you an optimal viewing experience throughout our site without the need for a separate app.

    It is called a responsive website.  All you need to do is go to www.forsecuritySake.com on any size browser and the screen will automatically adjust for you. You will still have the features of the full size website, but in an easy to read and use mobile format.  Full size site features because it is the same website, rather than sending you to second site designed for mobile use.

    We have a few screen shots below:

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    As an example of how the screens work, you will notice on a full size computer screen, the Catagories of our products are to the left side.  On a smaller screen, such as the HTC one shown here, the catagories are now on a clickable tab. It is easy to scroll down the page with just a finger swipe.

     

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    We have tested on IPhone; HTC One; Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1; and other Android brands.

    As a second upgrade, we now have RSS feeds. We are adding new products, so please remember to subscribe to our RSS feeds, sign up for our newsletter, and bookmark our website for easy return.

    Enjoy browsing through our updated site and let us know what you think.

     

  • The 4 n 1 Auto Emergency Tool & Why Do We Need it Review

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    I don't think that anyone in the United States would disagree that most of us travel by motorized transportation. Weather it be by train, taxi, or our own cars; most of us get into a box with doors and windows to travel every day.

    It is a habit and we think about the time it will take to get to our next stop. We don't ponder about what if situations.  What would happen in an accident and the seatbelt won't release, or we find our normal exit is blocked, or stuck shut?

    Our 4 n 1 Auto Emergency tool can help get you free, light your way, and signal for help.

    This subject hits close to home for me and I think about it a lot. My 8th grade classmate went fishing with family members the day before our eighth grade graduation commencement. The car he was riding in went off an embankment and landed in a ditch full of water.  The doors and windows were stuck closed and they could not get out. We found out about it the day we graduated and I sat next to his empty chair during the ceremony that night.

    At just 6oz and 7 inches by 2 inches, it is just right to have with you with any ground transportation.

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    The 4 n 1 tool has the following features:

    • Water resistant light weight plastic housing with dual metal tipped glass breaking hammer
    • Dual protected metal seat belt cutters
    • 12 flashing red led signal light that automatically activates when the tool is removed from its cradle
    • Bright white led flashlight
    • Mountable cradle
    • Magnetic head that will hold the light out against steel

     

    With the combination of features that this tool has, it is a good choice to have available in case of an emergency.

    I worked as an ambulance EMT volunteer and full time law enforcement officer for my entire career. I saw many times where an accident wedged the doors and windows shut. You probably have seen news reports and heard about the emergency crews using the Jaws of life to cut out trapped passengers. Many lives have been saved with this tool, unfortunately when there is a fire, or unique circumstances involved, you probably don't have time to wait for that crew to arrive. A Jammed window is amazingly hard to open, or break, but they are no match for these tools and often that is all that is needed to escape.

    I always carry a seat belt cutters and glass breaking tools with me in case of an emergency. And they have been used a number of times to help people escape and not just in automobile accidents. This tool will work just as well from inside any vehicle or home when you are your only way out.

    We only have a limited number of this important tool left. You can find them here until we run out of stock.

    Be safe out there

     

     

     

  • Doxey Park Shooting Leaves One Injured And One Dead

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    Manteca is a city in San Joaquin County, California. I have lived here all my life and have seen the city population grow from less than 8,000 people to near 75,000 people today.

    We enjoy a low crime rate here, which is amazing to me considering we live 12 miles south of Stockton, California; a city with a high crime rate. I have to credit the Manteca police department for their diligence and proactive ideas to help keep crime down. Unfortunately, crime does happen here, as it does everywhere.

    What makes this time in Manteca history most unusual is that there have been two shootings near city parks and elementary schools within two and a half weeks of each other. This article is about the second shooting.

    While awake and reading in the very early morning of Labor Day, September 1st, 2014, I heard a series of shots loud enough to startle my wife awake. A few minutes later, sirens approached and I knew this was not leftover fireworks.

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    A couple of blocks north of our home is Doxey Park, which is in a Northern Manteca middle class neighborhood. It was and still is known as a very nice and friendly park. Three sides of this block long park are single family homes. Adjacent to the west end of the park is George McParland Elementary school, and East Union High school sits just a few blocks the east.

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    Students from both schools walk through and past this park everyday and it is not uncommon to see people in the park with their children playing sports or on the playground equipment. I have even seen a few students settle their differences in the park after school with a small crowd of fellow students eagerly watching. Most of the time these clashes didn’t get much further than an argument before the police arrived. Only a few people are sometimes seen in the park at very late hours of the night, but the first hour of this Labor Day morning shocked and changed this neighborhood.

    What I didn’t hear that morning was people arguing. That argument led to the series of gunshots I had heard. When it was over, a 16 year old boy lay dying next to a picnic table and a 19 year old man that had been shot was near a park sign. At the time of this writing, no suspect information has been released to the public.

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    Within two days, a memorial of candles; flowers; balloons; liquor bottles; hats; ribbons; sunglasses; crosses; and writings to the 16 year old victim were found on two picnic tables and a tree. It appeared to me that he was well known and liked.

    This was a tragedy that not only affected the victim’s family, friends, and former students, but it has created a great amount of fear for parents in this neighborhood.

    Social media has exploded with comments placing blame, including the victim; victim’s family; police department response times; and poor city government. Only a few of the comments were ideas to combat the problem so this type of incident might not happen again.

    What about the city government and police department?:

    As of November of 2013, Manteca had about 1.21 police officers per thousand population and emergency response times were about 3 minutes. Not bad for a police department that lost 15% of its staff in 2009, when the economy tanked and the city was forced to make cuts. In fact, no city the size of Manteca or larger in San Joaquin county, has a better emergency response time.

    Manteca is home to more than 50 public parks that span over 400 acres. These parks are included in an area of almost 18 square miles. How does an under staffed police department handle calls for service; make arrests; process those arrestees; write reports on those arrests and calls for service, and actively patrol every area of the city. The answer is obvious. They can’t without our help.

    What can we do to help?

    Education:

    No one wants to find out that their child was involved or near an incident like this, but kids are drawn to fights as much as they are drawn to parties. Every chance you get, show your children written evidence of shootings. Guns will never go away and no law is going to stop anyone from getting one if they really want it. It’s a good bet that if a bunch of kids, (yes kids; Gang members are as young as 12 years old or younger) hang around together; at least one will have access to a weapon that they will tend to show off.

    Your kids will retain what you show them and then it will be their choice what to do with that information. The more stories they see and hear about, the better chance their feeling of it won’t happen to me may dissolve some. The idea is to get them to either tell someone about weapons they find out about, or to stay away from people involved with them.

    As examples:   Did you know about the shooting two weeks before this one at another park mentioned above. I can think of a local party shooting, numerous drive by shootings and a fight that resulted in the victim being buried by his friends so they wouldn’t get caught after they killed him. 12 miles north of us is Stockton. They tend to have shootings weekly there, and suspects from there come here to visit and do crime. What can you recall in your area? Tell and if possible show your kids. Make them aware and teach them that it is not a good thing to be around and that it can happen in your area.

    Arguments between friends happen all the time and this type of crime happens more often than you might think. Think I’m wrong; research it.  Everyone involved in this week’s incident could have known each other and if that’s true they probably all knew about the gun(s).

    Report Crimes:

    Even at 1am in the morning, there were witnesses to what was happening. An argument in a park is a red flag and you should call 911. Keep yourself safe and give as much information as possible.  Don’t get discouraged by the number of questions and the time it takes to give information to the dispatcher. Police are on the way and they need to know the information for the safety of everyone.

    As soon as possible write down what you heard and saw. It is a fact that if you don’t take notes, you may not remember details that are important to the investigation.

    Start a Neighborhood Watch:

    Watch out for each other and help move crime out of your neighborhood. Almost all police departments can help you set up a neighborhood watch program.

    Use Cameras:  

    It is not a good idea for you to stand out and obviously record what is going on, but today in many crimes that is exactly what happens. Cell phones have made it very easy to do and surveillance systems that can see at night and record 24hrs a day are very valuable in identifying suspects and vehicles.

    Many cases have been solved because a home surveillance camera could see the street and sidewalk. The crime could have been blocks away, but the suspect(s) and or vehicle(s) may have driven by.

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    One example of this is a recent bank robbery in Stockton, California. A hostage was killed in the chase when a suspect used her as a shield.  A recorded surveillance video of the car that dropped the suspects off at the bank was distributed to the media, resulting in it quickly being located.

    If you have a system and it might have something valuable for an investigation, check your recordings. If you find something, let the police detective handling the case know and save the video.

    If you are considering installing a system, try to be as high a quality as possible, because the better the quality, the better the picture. You can buy complete systems, or start with a Professional Camera and Digital Video Recorder (DVR). Many DVRs now record to hard drive automatically; no tape to change. When the drive fills up, they start to record over what is already there. To save the video, it can be transferred to your personal computer and then to compact disk, thumb drive, or even tape.

    The police need us. Don’t be afraid to help stop the violence by reporting crime. It could even result in a crime stopper reward.   This case is still under investigation. We will update this blog article when and if suspect information is released by the police department.

    Be safe out there.

  • Attention Target Shoppers; Don't be a victim twice!

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    It has been months since Target information was hacked, putting credit card information in the hands of criminals. Because of this breach and others like it at different businesses all over the country, scammers are still after your information via email and phone calls.

    As you have probably heard, there was a card data breach at Target stores in the US in late 2013. Financial institutions like Financial Center have been contacting their affected cardholders alerting them to the breach. Unfortunately, scammers have been contacting consumers, too, posing as Target and other institutions. At times, it can be difficult to tell a legitimate email from a fake one. Here are some tips for you to follow, to help ensure you don't fall victim to one of these scam emails:

     

    • If you get an email that is supposedly from Target, don't click on links within the email. Instead, you can go directly to the trusted website that the email is directing you to visit (such as the FTC and the national credit bureaus' websites).

     

    • This is a good practice to apply to all emails that you receive. Never provide your account or personal identifying information in an email. This is also a good tip to follow with phone calls (unless you initiated the phone call to a legitimate phone number).

     

    • Vary your password amongst your accounts; this way, if a scammer does gain access to one account, your other logins remain safe.

     

    • Monitor your accounts throughout the month and report any unknown transactions.

     

    • And don't forget to monitor your credit report, too. Consumers have access to free credit reports from each of the three national credit bureaus on an annual basis through AnnualCreditReport.com.

     

    Thanks to Financial Center Credit Union in Stockton, California for the alert.

  • What Is This Electronic Barking WatchDog Alarm?

    Updated 10-24-2016.

    It is known that in most cases, crooks are looking for an easy target to break into. Having a large dog in the home takes that ease away from a thief and he is likely to look elsewhere for an easier home or office to break into. Using an electronic version of a dog barking gives you the protection without having to care for a real dog.

    I retired from our local police department in 2009 and I decided to continue to help people live safer and more secure lives. I wanted to do this by using information and selling affordable products on the internet.

    While I was searching I saw adds for Electronic Barking Dog Alarms and I wondered what they were and how they worked. I researched what the barking watchdog alarm was all about and checked for the best for my product list.

    I found a number of electronic barking watchdog alarms for people that don't want the worry of caring for a live dog.  I researched different types of barking alarms and ultimately chose what is the best option for home and office security.

    To back up a little; there are a number of barking alarms on the market, including a type that hangs on a door knob and senses when the knob is touched.  The door knob must be metal and not all knobs are the type you can easily hang the product on. Another type attaches to a door brace and barks if the door is shaken or pushed. Others are similar to the unit I found to be the best, however none of these featured a remote control and you can't add sensors to the expand their function.

    In 2010, I found that the best barking dog alarm is made under the brand name of HomeSafe and in Late 2013, this same identical unit became available under the brand name of StreetWise and later another brand of SafeFamilyLife. These professional units use microwave radar technology to see through a wood; glass; brick; plastic; and more. They are designed to be placed inside a building and have a five inch speaker with enough wattage to sound like a real dog from outside. It is real enough that Animal Control officers have been known to come to an owner's  home to ask if their dog had a license. No license is needed for this electronic dog.

    These alarms can not see through metal, but the alarm can be placed at an angle around the metal. Add on sensors can also be used to get around any metal that could block the microwave sensor in the main unit. Some can sense movement before the protected area is even reached. Settings on the main unit include barking, chime, or siren and arming the alarm can be done on the main unit, or with an included remote control.

    Additional remote controls and sensors are a unique feature that I found only on the HomeSafe SafeFamilyLife and StreetWise units. These main units can be expanded by adding HomeSafe wireless remote controls, movement sensors, and door/vibration sensors. The door sensor can even be expanded to windows and has its own switchable small siren. A mix of up to sixteen of these sensors and/or remote controls can be added to these three brands of Barking Dog Alarms.

    These sensors can be added wirelessly to rooms outside the detection area of the main barking dog alarm unit and the adjustable motion sensor can be mounted outside at a considerable distance from the main unit. They are matched to the barking dog alarm to make a complete closed system of protection. Even if your door or wall is made of metal, these sensors can be used to get around that problem.

    We use our system to announce that someone is near our door even if we are at home. This lets the outsider know that there is protection inside and that we have been alerted.

    Each of these units include a remote control. This allows you to arm and disarm the alarm from anywhere within 20 to 60 feet or more of the main unit. There is also a panic button on this remote control. When pushed the alarm goes into a siren alarm.

    These are great barking dog units and there is no walking, extra cost for feeding, or cleanup involved.

    Find your system (click) here today and it can help you be safer in your every day life.

     

     

     

     

     

  • Serial Killers In Our Backyard

     

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    In 1984 I was a detective investigating crimes against persons. By 1987, I was A Police Patrol Sergeant in in A San Joaquin County California city named Manteca. I can remember a number of missing person reports in between those years. While we receive missing person reports often, these suspicious ones were all from the San Joaquin County Valley, California and north county detectives had leads that pointed to murder of a few of them. Our area had a low crime rate and serial killers in our backyard were not the first thought that came to mind.

    Detectives focused on two suspects;  Wesley Shermantine and Loren Herzog. These two suspects were local boyhood friends and as they grew older became involved with drugs. As the investigation continued into 1999, evidenced showed they were into methamphetamine and when their murder arrests occurred, these two suspects were named by the media as the "Speed Freak killers". It is believed that the two friends went on a 20 year killing spree, with most of the victims coming from our backyard area (San Joaquin County California). These killers were able to talk victims (friends and strangers) into going with them willingly, never to be seen alive again.

    After some diligent detective work, these two killers were arrested and brought to trial. Both were convicted and received what was thought to be justice for once. Shermantine was sentenced to death and currently is in prison death row. Herzog received a 78 year sentence that was overturned by the court of appeals after he served fourteen years. In 2010 Herzog was released on parole and was living in a trailer outside of the prison gates in Lassen County, California.

    That didn't sit well with Shermantine who was now 45 years old. Shermantine blamed the killings on Herzog, with Shermantine admitting to help dispose of the bodies. He began to hint that he would rat out his friend by showing where some of the bodies were. A Sacramento, California bounty hunter offered Shermintine money reported to be between $15,000 and $30,000 to disclose body locations. The bounty hunter also contacted Herzog with that information. A few days later Herzog committed suicide, at the age of 46.

    February 2012, after some law enforcement bickering from the San Joaquin County Sherriff about jurisdiction issues, Shermantine drew maps that led to at least four different areas that he said bodies are located. So far remains have been found on former Shermintine family property, and a capped well in San Joaquin County. It is reported that these two serial killers could be responsible for more than 30 murders. As of February 15, 2012 the San Joaquin county sheriff has received more than 65 phone calls hoping they can find closure with the location of missing loved ones.

    This was shocking to all living in the area. No one wants to believe that a crime like this happen where they live. The fact is that these types of crimes have and do happen in the area you live in too. You just don't know about it. It has to be something special before the media picks it up for sure. My adult kids were in grammar school when these crimes above were happening. They only knew about it because of the current news about the bodies being located.

    We live in what I believe is the greatest country in the world. But don't be fooled that you or your family can't be a victim.

    Teach your kids about safety. Tell them about this case and they just might think that it can happen to them.

    Google Search Speed Freak Killers for more information.

    Show them this video from our local news station covering the search for bodies. http://youtu.be/F4M3i_Ds6dc

    You can't go through life in fear, but you can be prepared just in case. Learn how to defend yourself and carry a self defense product such as a personal alarm, or as adults, pepper spray, or if legal in your area, a stun gun . If you do have a situation, you have a better chance to survive if you can get away.

    We have a number of choices here on our site. Feel free to browse   and join our free Newsletter for more information. Our mission is to help you to be safer and more secure in your daily lives.

     

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