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Monthly Archives: December 2010

  • Happy New Year Party Safety Tips

    Welcome to the party day of the new year. We would like to offer you the following tips to help keep you safe and happy beyond the party.

    Usually when you talk about party tips, the first thing that comes to mind is drunk driving. I would like to remind you of that and as you read on, a second sometimes overlooked party safety subject.

    The message is simple really. Don't drink and drive and don't ride with a driver that has been drinking.

    Be sure to go to parties with friends you trust. Remember to choose who is going to be the designated driver before you leave for the party.   

                                                                                                              
    At times the person that says he/she will be the designated driver will drink too much. Remember a person does not necessarily look drunk when impaired. Don't let them talk you into leaving with them if you suspect the slightest buzz.             
     
    It is usually presumed that your body can metabolize, at most, an ounce of alcohol an hour, but your impairment can depend on your size and other factors, such as prescription drugs.   
               
    If you miss, or decline your ride home, there are service clubs or bars that offer free rides. In my area it is sometimes a tow truck company, but this year it is offered by one of our local funeral homes. Would you rather arrive home alive, or have them handle a  funeral because of an alcohol related crash?
     
    If the party is at your house, you are responsible for your guests.  Have space setup for overnighters. Collect keys at the beginning of the party and do not give them back if impairment is suspected.
      
    Personal safety is sometimes overlooked at parties. This is a higher date rape and assault time; another reason to go to parties with trusted friends.
     
    Friends can watch over each other and their drinks. Never accept an open drink from a stranger. Try not to leave an open drink out of your sight when it is easy for something to be added to it.
         
    Never leave a party alone with someone you don't know, because the chance of assault is high. If you have to walk somewhere away from your friends, carry pepper spray in your hand and know how to use it. We have models that look like lipstick and one that is contained in a ring, so no one will know you have it in your hand.                   
      
    You have probably heard that life imitates one thing or another, or the opposite.  Think about the current television shows and movies. Many episode plots are taken from real life. And you can be sure that if it is on television or the movies, it will happen in real life, because someone will see if it can be done better.
       
     Be careful and arrive safe and well at home.
     
    It is to your great advantage to protect yourself, your friends, 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.

    Have a great holiday season and be Safe out there!

    Zeb Hammonds

  • Use These Shopping Tips Because Thieves Don't Think Like Us

    Updated 11-19-18

    Is Black Friday a thing of the past? Its not even Thanksgiving yet and many stores are already advertising Black Friday sales, or sneak peaks.

    We have some safety tips for those of you that will be taking advantage of these sales and post Christmas shopping sales when those gift cards you received can be used for what you wanted, but didn't get. These tips also apply when it is time to return those unwanted or non-fitting gifts you received.

    Please remember these basic safety tips year round. They could save you from becoming a victim of costly damage, theft , and may even help save your life.

    Shop during daylight hours whenever possible.  If you must shop at night, go with a friend or family member and while looking for a place to park, be aware of what and who is in the area.

    While walking from or back to your car to the store, keep an extra eye out for people approaching you and your children that are shopping with you. Keep your Pepper Spray in your hand, ready to use if needed.  DO NOT allow these people to approach. Walk away and let them know you are protected.

    Dress casually, comfortably, and avoid wearing expensive jewelry. If you can, use a fanny pack instead of a purse or wallet. They are prime targets of criminals in crowded shopping areas. Avoid carrying a large amount of cash and place what cash you have in your front pocket.

    When possible, pay for purchases with a check, atm, or credit card. Remember most atms have a per day spending limit and credit cards have fraud protection. Notify the card or check issuer immediately if your card or check is lost, stolen, or misused. Keep a record of your check account number and  all of your card numbers in a diversion safe at home along with the phone numbers to call.

    Avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid mishaps and to use your pepper spray, or stun gun if needed .  If your are attacked, packages can be replaced, but your, or your child's life cannot.

    Try not to store purchases in your car and then continue shopping. It is better to take a load home and then to return to shopping. If you must leave packages in your vehicle, make them as invisible as possible. A thief looks into vehicles as he/she walks past. If they see something they want, they will check your car for easy access. If they want it bad enough, they may break into the vehicle. It is usually an out of sight out of mind type of theft. Anything can help hide packages. A baby or emergency blanket, empty folded paper sacks, and car seat boosters are just a few suggestions.

    If possible, have your pepper spray or stun gun ready in your hand, especially when walking to or from your vehicle. Beware of strangers approaching you.  At any time of year, con-artists may try various methods of distracting you with the intention of attacking you, taking your money, or belongings.

    Keep in mind that most thieves think differently than us.  That is why they are thieves. They don't think anything they do is wrong.

    I handled a case where a thief had stolen a purse from the top of a car while the owner took packages into her residence. The victim's car was parked in a carport, ten feet from the street, and three feet from the door of the owners single story apartment. The owner returned to her car soon enough to see the suspect's car leaving and reported the description of it immediately. Luckily for her I found the thief, his vehicle, and her property a short time later.

    The thief told me that it was his right to take the purse because the owner had left it in a visible and easy place for him.  I tried several times to convince the thief that this was wrong.  His reply was that if the owner didn't want him to have it, she would have protected it.

    I had many calls like this during my 40 years of Law Enforcement. If the thief didn't give the answer of "I don't know" when asked why he/she committed the crime, it was aways a similar answer to the above.

    Don't make it easy for a thief and they are most likely to move to easier pickings.

    It is a great advantage to protect yourself 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. 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.

    Have a great holiday season and be Safe out there!

    Zeb Hammonds

  • South Sacramento California Barber Shop Shooting

    It was like a wild west movie where the bad guy walks into a barber shop and starts shooting, only this time it was in South Sacramento California and Gang related. When the suspects started shooting, customers in the barber shop started shooting back. The gunfight then moved into the shopping center parking lot.

    When it was all over six people had been shot. The very sad part of this story is like many that happen when guns are involved. Innocent  people get shot. In this case a 30 year old  mother trying  to strap her child into their SUV was hit and killed by a stray bullet. At the time of the story, she was the only one killed.

    Since the story aired earlier this week on KCRA TV in Sacramento, one other person shot that day also died and at least one suspect has been arrested. People interviewed that were in the area said that the shopping center where this happened was normally a calm area. It is just a reminder that this can happen anywhere.

    I don't know if the mother that was killed knew what was going on, but there were reports that her body was shielding the child.

    There are a few things you should know if something like this happens to you. Vehicle windshields, doors, and tops do not stop bullets. If you are at your vehicle the safest place to be is to put your vehicle engine and wheel between you and the gun fire. Don't expose yourself or leave that area until the incident is over.

    If you have a Taser, Stun Gun, or Pepper Spray, have it ready to use.

    Please be aware of what is going on around you. We want all of you to be as safe as possible out there.

    I have provided the news story link below. 

     Sacramento California Barber Shop Shooting 

    Sacramento California Barber Shop Shooting update

    www.forsecuritysake.com is dedicated to you as a way to help you protect yourself, your family, and home. Check out safety articles on our blog and join our mailing list for more free information. You can view our privacy policy here.

  • Welcome to the New and Improved www.ForSecuritySake.com

    You may have or willl notice that we have received a Christmas present; a new and improved web site. We not only changed our look, but we have strived to make the site easier for you to use. Actually we were hoping to have the site up way before Christmas, but it is here now and we are excited. We have and we will be adding new products often, so keep us book marked. We hope you can visit often and share some of your thoughts on our blog. We accept major credit cards and PayPal (No PayPal Account Necessary) and you can use your PayPal Bill Me Later.

    Our Free email News Letter will have new content too.  We will be sending out safety tips, current news stories related to your safety, Dumb Criminal stories, product discounts and tips, and much more. Take a look at our privacy policy. We do not sell or share your Email information. We look forward to you joining our Newsletter. You can use the form located at the bottom right of any of our site pages.

    We hope you enjoy our new look and feel and please be Safe out there.

    Zeb Hammonds

    ZebPet Enterprises' www.ForSecuritySake.com is one of the leading experts on non-lethal self defense products. You will find a number of options, such as stun guns, pepper sprays, home protection, child protection, and personal alarms. They offer complete support and instruction.

  • How We Can Help Money Strapped Cities and Counties Protect Our Homes

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    We would like to wish you all a Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays.

    Please  be safe and aware that there are people out there looking for ways to rip you off. Property crimes and Assaults always go up this time of the year.

    Unfortunately there are many less Police and Sheriff  positions this year to help protect us. In a prior article (How Do You Know That Pepper Spray Works) I wrote about the loss of police officer positions and closure of police departments, due in part to the economy. This national problem is expanding and we have a greater need to find ways to help curb crime for ourselves, the police, and our neighbors.  Below are just a few of the police jurisdictions that have recently lost, or will loose their police force.

    Fallowfield, Pa is a town about 25 miles south of Pittsburgh. The police department contract reportedly expires this month. All officers will be laid off at that time.

    Bethel, Maine is about 70 miles northwest of Portland has decided to contract to the Oxford County Sherriff’s office and let their police officers go.

    Los Angeles County Sheriff is handling police calls that Maywood Police Department officers had been patrolling in this Los Angeles California suburb. The entire department was eliminated this year.

    San Luis Colorado, 200 plus miles from Denver, is now being patrolled by the Costilla County Sheriff, because it is more cost effective for San Luis than keeping their own police agency.

    Many jurisdictions that can no longer afford their police departments are cutting a large number of officer positions. or contracting with other agencies to take over public safety tasks and patrol. Since contracted agencies are also money strapped, it will not be easy for them to afford to hire extra manpower to take the place of fired officers. This will mean less patrol for those areas and an increase in crime. To cover some of the officer positions needed, special crime teams, such as Narcotics and Gang officers have been cut. This leaves extra tasks to patrol officers already handling more calls for service.

    How do we help the police, our neighbors, and ourselves?

    You can join or setup a neighborhood watch. Your local police agency can give you all the information.

    We have all driven by or have seen something that just didn’t look right in our neighborhood. Be extra eyes and ears for security sake. Know your neighbors and the vehicles that belong in the area where you live.  Have each others’ phone numbers written down and know the names of everyone in the home.

    If you see a person or a vehicle that doesn’t belong, try to safely write down the license number and description(s).  If needed later you will have the information. Remember that kids can be burglars too. Gang members can start out at 12 years old or younger and can be lookouts.

    Call the neighbor the suspect is near and if there is no answer, or if the person that answers is not your neighbor, hang up and call 911. The idea here is to catch the criminal so please don’t tell suspects that you are going to call the police.

    How do you protect your property if you are away?

    Tell a trusted neighbor how long you will be away and if you have someone that will be coming over to watch over the residence. If your police agency has a volunteer program, they often will offer to check out your home while you are gone. If your home alarm is the type with an auto dialer as described below, have your trusted neighbor be one of the first calls. When an alarm alerts a neighbor, they can see what is going on and then call the police.

    Most criminals look for the easiest home to break into. If you make the criminal think he will get hurt or caught breaking into your home, he/she will most likely look elsewhere. You can check out one of our articles on what a burglar looks for on our blog at www.ForSecuritySake.com.

    Dogs and alarm systems are a couple of good ways to scare a criminal away.

    A dog that sounds vicious will make a criminal think twice about trying to go into your house. You don’t even have to have a real dog. As an example; we at www.ForSecuritysake.com have a low cost electronic dog barking alarm that can make it appear there is a vicious dog in the home.

    An alarm system will help protect you and your home. When tripped, most systems will sound a high decibel alarm inside and outside your home. If you have monitoring by an alarm company, they will call you first and ask for a code if the phone is answered. If no code is known or there is no answer, the company will then call the police. An inexpensive alternative is a system with an auto dialer.

    These systems, like our wireless home security systems with auto dialer, will allow you to program phone numbers to be called when the alarm is tripped. Although most agencies do not allow these phone dialers to call the police direct, they can call your cell phone, a neighbor, or any other person you wish. They also have other features you can check out here.

    It can happen to anyone; even one of our area police Chiefs had a burglary of his home. Luckily he had installed an alarm system and The police were able to respond, track, and arrest the suspects. In this case they were a couple of pre-teens looking for a thrill, guns, and candy.

    www.forsecuritysake.com is dedicated to you as a way to help you protect yourself, your family, and home. Check out safety articles on our blog and join our mailing list for more free information. No purchase is necessary.

    Be safe out there, and enjoy the season!

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