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Monthly Archives: June 2010

  • A Good Folding Knife Can Save You!

    At the age of 12, Boy Scouts taught me to always be prepared. Among the many things scouting taught me was to always have my folding knife with me. I used it for many things over the years, but I never knew how important my folding knife would be until one day in 2007.

    Lake Tahoe is called the Jewel of California and I think you would agree if you go there any time of year and looked at the beauty of the area. I remember camping there as a child at what is now Camp Ground by the Lake. Not only was it the best eye candy I had ever seen, but the cool crisp pine scent was fantastic. Each time I return to the Lake Tahoe area that same crisp pine scent always brings back those childhood memories.

    Over the years our family discovered another campground across the road and within walking distance of south shore Lake Tahoe. That campground has its own great little lake by the name of Fallen Leaf. Today it is our main family campground and my folding knife continues to serve, helping us all with sorts of camping tasks.

    All of that almost changed in the summer of 2007. It was June 24th and we were enjoying our last few days of a two week camping trip at Fallen Leaf Campground.  The wind had really picked up the night before and had not yet let up. My wife and I decided to eat at a restaurant near State Line Nevada, about a 20 minute drive. After diner we came out of the restaurant to the strong smell of smoke.

    As we drove down Tahoe Blvd toward Fallen Leaf Campground, we noticed a large plume of smoke in the mountains we thought was miles to the left of our campsite. We knew this was a large dangerous fire and that it would be all over the news. We called family on our cell phone to say we were OK and that the fire was not in our area. Then the road turned and the illusion of the fire being miles away dissolved as we realized the fire was very close to our campground. The forest fire is now known as the Angora fire.

    As we reached the entrance to Fallen Leaf Campground we were greeted with a mass exit of vehicles and RVs. We drove past a check point as we saw a traffic volunteer stop another vehicle. We were the last allowed to drive back into the campground because they didn’t see us drive past the check point.

    Just after hitching up our brand new 2007 5th wheel RV to our truck, a Camp Host came to us and said that the fire was expected to jump over the mountain ridge and would reach us in less than 30 minutes. Trouble was we were now hitched up and camping equipment was tied down with ropes and fishing line to the 5th wheel because of strong winds the night before. Looking up to the ridge didn’t help as the smoke and sparks from the fire looked to be right on top of us, as a monster looming, with tanker planes trying to slow it down.

    I thought briefly of driving out as is and deal with the damage to the 5th wheel later. Luckily I had my folding knife and was able to quickly cut the tie ropes and get the awning down. We were rope free and could then pull out of the campground.

    By the time we were out of the campground, the roads were closed so emergency equipment could be brought in. We were evacuated to Pope Beach at south shore Lake Tahoe and we sat there through the afternoon as helicopters dipped in the lake for water just behind us. They flew time and time again to try to put out hotspots without much luck. We watched the fire jump the mountain ridge toward us and we could see black smoke just over the ridge as structure after structure caught fire. Before nightfall 60 structures had burned.

    The Angora fire burned 3100 acres and thanks to a folding knife we only ended up with heavy smoke in our 5th wheel. I think little of that smoke damage knowing 254 families lost their homes and many other structures were burned or damaged before the fire was finally brought under control. It had to be God’s grace that no one lost their life.

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  • Taser Helps Save Lives of a Despondent Citizen and Police Officers

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    June 2nd, 2010, a Manteca Bulletin Newspaper article by ERIKA HAFER describes how a Taser helped to save a life and also protect the officers using it from harm.

    It was a life and death foot pursuit Tuesday morning on the Highway 120 Bypass as Manteca Police Sergeant Julie Renfro risked her life dashing 150 yards to prevent a despondent 47-year- old man from ending his life in freeway traffic.

    While the Manteca man stepped into traffic three times Renfro nearly missed being hit by a westbound semi-truck in her attempt to restrain the distraught individual. Officers Greg Beall and Mike Keener, were also attempting to detain the man as officer John Machado used his unit to run road blocks in an effort to slow freeway traffic.

    As the man resisted arrest Beall and Keener were forced to tase him in their effort to keep him out of the traffic lanes and to take him into custody. Manteca officers transported the man to San Joaquin Mental Health in Stockton to be evaluated. No charges were filed against him. However a report of the incident was forwarded to San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office. He could face charges of resisting arrest.

    Officers had been called to the Union Road overpass half an hour earlier when motorists feared for the man’s safety on top of the bridge, saying he was acting erratically.

  • Don't Make It Easy For A Burglar To Victimize You

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    Many burglars are amateurs, but there are some that plan ahead. To stay safer in your home, make it harder to break into your house and make it look and sound as if someone is home.

    Our Electronic Barking Dog Alarm Makes a Burglar think you have a vicious dog inside your home.  This multifunctional BARKING DOG ALARM system uses an electronic radar-wave sense control. This technology allows it to "see" through wood, cement, brick, glass, etc. When an intruder enters the 1000 triangle of protection, it automatically begins barking like an angry dog. From outside, it sounds like you have a very unfriendly dog inside. It also can announce visitors with a chime or alarm. The radar sensitivity is adjustable from 10-20 feet. Volume is also adjustable. Stands 9 inches tall. Powered by AC power supply. Also takes 8 AA back-up batteries (not included) in case of power loss. Unit needs to face in the direction you want to detect motion. Detection is limited from the sides and rear. The included remote control lets you Arm and Disarm the system, as well as set off a Panic alarm. You can also connect one additional sensor (HA-MOTION or HA-SENSOR).

    Below  are some tips in the words of someone that is looking to get into your home.

    • Sometimes I carry a clipboard. Sometimes, I dress like a lawn guy and carry rake. I do my best to never, ever look like a criminal.
    • I love when you leave windows open, especially the rear bathroom window. It may be small but rest assured I can get in.
    • The two things I hate most: barking dogs and nosy neighbors.
    • I’ll break a window to get in, even if it makes a little noise. If your neighbor hears one loud sound, he’ll stop what he’s doing and wait to hear it again. If he doesn’t hear it again, he’ll just go back to what he was doing. It’s human nature.
    • I’m not complaining, but why would you pay all that money for a fancy alarm system and leave your house without setting it?
    • I love looking in your windows. I’m looking for signs that you’re home, and for flat screen TVs or gaming systems I’d like. I’ll drive or walk through your neighborhood at night, before you close the blinds, just to pick my targets.
    • Avoid announcing your vacation on your Facebook page. It’s easier than you think to look up your address.
    • To you, leaving that window open just a crack during the day is a way to let in a little fresh air. To me, it’s an invitation.
    • Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last week. While I was in there, I unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier.
    • Of course I look familiar. I was here just last week cleaning your floors, painting your home or delivering your new appliance.
    • Do you really think I won’t look in your sock drawer? I always check the dresser drawers, the bedside table, and the medicine cabinet.
    • Here’s a helpful hint: I almost never go into the kids’ rooms.
    • You’re right: I won’t have enough time to break into that safe where you keep your valuables. But if it’s not bolted down, I’ll take it with me.
    • A loud TV or radio can be a better deterrent than the best alarm system. Leave your TV on when you go out.
    • If it snows while you’re out of town, get a neighbor to create car and foot tracks into your house. Virgin drifts in the driveway are a dead giveaway.
    • Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up on the driveway. And I might leave a pizza flyer in your front door to see how long it takes you to remove it.
    • If decorative glass is part of your front entrance, don’t let your alarm company install the control pad where I can see its set. That makes it too easy.
    • A good security company alarms the window over the sink. And the windows on the second floor, which often access the master bedroom – and your jewelry. It’s not a bad idea to put motion detectors up there too.
    • It’s raining, you’re fumbling with your umbrella, and you forget to lock your door – understandable. But understand this: I don’t take a day off because of bad weather.
    • I always knock first. If you answer, I’ll ask for directions somewhere or offer to clean your gutters.
    • If you don’t answer when I knock, I try the door. Occasionally, I hit the jackpot and walk right in.

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    I traveled across the United States to meet representatives of other police departments and technology companies. We discussed crime trends and a way to combat them. We found that although crime statistics vary from location to location, criminals tend to act similarly when committing crimes.

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