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Monthly Archives: February 2011

  • Hot Walkers Pepper Spray for Walking and Jogging

    Today men and women choose walking and Jogging as one way to achieve their fitness goals and to train. Many carry 1lb weights in their hands to assist them.

    It is well known that trails and parks designed for walking and jogging are also a place where rapists and thieves look for opportunities to attack you.

    As of December 2012 are updating this article to let you know that we have discontinued the Mace Hot Walkers. We left the article so you can see how they provided help for safety and health.  If you are lucky enough to find them, they are a good choice to help you be safe out there.

    Mace® Hot Walker lLB weights were specifically made for you. They had the aerobic weight you want to assist you while walking and jogging, but they also have your protection in mind.

    There are two weights that look and feel like normal aerobic hand weights. They have elastic hand straps and foam covered hand grips for comfort.

    One weight holds a built in 10% aerosol pepper spray that is easy to get to and use for self-defense. The package also has a free additional refill pepper spray cartridge.

    The other weight has a compartment to carry your keys and money.

    If you are attacked while carrying Hot Walkers, you already have your self-defense weapon in your hands. The pepper spray can stop your attacker cold and allow you to run away and get help.

    Be safe and carry some type of pepper Spray while walking and jogging for security sake.  You can find other Jogger and walker Pepper Spray by clicking here.

  • Hidden Camera LED Security Light with DVR

    While working in law enforcement and consulting, I have viewed hundreds of hours of video from surveillance security systems.  The idea of  having these systems is to record video to help identify a suspect, vehicle, or other evidence that was in or removed from the crime scene. These systems all work to some extent, but many of them have issues with equipment or setup.

    The largest problems are quality of the picture, placement of cameras, and lighting.

    Low cost surveillance systems usually have low resolution cameras that output low quality video. Crime television productions today show crime scene investigators using software to enhance pixelated or snowy video resulting in perfect pictures. That is pure fiction. You can't add something that is not there. To get quality video you need to use the highest resolution camera and lens that you can afford.

    Wireless systems are easier to install, however keep in mind that even the best wireless transmitter can have interference and leave you with less then quality video.  When using them, stay as close to the receiver as possible.  There are systems that offer a combination of wired and wireless camera options.

    Most people place their cameras high, out of arms reach, so the camera isn't stolen or vandalized.  The result is poorer quality video that is harder to use for identification. Cameras need to be placed as close as possible to the object being captured with the best light source as possible.  It is hard to make an identification of a suspect when the camera is 20 feet from where the suspect is standing and with the sunlight behind him. It is even harder to read a license plate of a car from a fixed lens camera 20 feet above a car.

    Even though it is possible to enhance dark pictures to a point, unlike TV shows, you can't bend the angle and read the plate if the image is not there. In low light areas, night cameras systems have infrared LEDs for light source.  Although invisible to the human eye, the more infrared LEDs, the more infrared light for better quality video from the camera. 

    To enhance a surveillance video system, or for stand alone use in outdoor situations, a motion sensor hidden Camera LED Security light with DVR is a good choice. It is an answer to getting better video to help make  identification easier. While it looks like a normal LED security light with motion sensor, a hidden camera records AVI video to a DVR.  Normal street value is  under $200.00 for this all inclusive unit. The included DVR records on a SD card that can be removed and viewed on a computer. No external recording device is needed.

    As an example: This weatherproof 88 LED Spot Light Color Hidden Camera with   built-in DVR   is perfect for outdoor applications. It uses a 2.0 mega pixel color digital camera to capture time and date stamped video.

     When motion is detected at night the powerful 88 LED spotlight automatically turns on. In many cases, a suspect will look directly at the unit when the light comes on and will have his face captured in the 10 second AVI video shot captured from the built in camera. Each trigger of the unit motion sensor results in another date and time stamped 10 second AVI recording. The Camera DVR has a slot for an external micro SD card up to 32 GB (not included). With an 8GB micro SD card (included) it will hold roughly 5 hours of video footage. The captured video can be transfered to a computer storage device, or when the SD card is full, the unit will record over previous recordings.

    AVI video is not compressed, so the video is the highest quality possible from the camera. When recorded to a  AVI digital video recorder (DVR) there is no loss of video quality.

    Other hidden cameras are available with and without DVRs that can be used in areas closer to eye level to identify suspects and vehicles.

    When searching for a video system, keep in mind that hidden cameras can enhance your system dramatically.

  • Pepper Spray is Legal in California

    In The United States, Pepper Spray has been chosen by almost all police agencies and security companies as an effective non-leathal weapon. It is used often to break up fights and to help protect officers from assault and suspects from lasting injury or death. 

    Many people want to and should carry pepper spray because it can help save them from injury and death during any kind of an assault, including sexual assault. Because it is non lethal, they know they will be less hesitatant to use it.  But is it legal in California?

    The California Penal Code defines OC and Pepper Spray as Tear Gas.  Anyone may purchase aerosol pepper spray in California up to 2.5 oz. Aerosol means it has to be in spray form. You can't shoot canisters, throw grenades, or spray large canisters of Tear Gas like you see police use to disperse crowds and evacuate barricaded suspects.

    There are some California restrictions to Pepper Spray as follows:

    If you have been convicted of a Felony, Assault, or misuse of  tear gas in any state, you cannot purchase or possess it.

    Minors cannot purchase or possess it. In California, your are an adult at age 18.

    No person shall furnish Pepper Spray to a minor.

    You cannot possess it if you are addicted to any narcotic drug.

    These weapons must be used solely for self-defense purposes.

    It is legal to carry Pepper Spray in California, as long as the net weight is 2.5 oz or less and is an aerosol form. It has been proven as an inexpensive and  effective defensive weapon and is easy to carry, conceal, and use.

    When will you purchase yours for security sake. 

    NOTE: Pepper Spray is legal in all 50 states, however a number of cities and other states have restrictions on sizes, strengths, etc.. If you have a question, it is wise to check with your local city or state attorneys office. Defense sprays can only be purchased by those 18 years of age or older in California.

  • Buy Gel Pepper Spray For Personal Protection

     Like many of you, I watched and read the news about the tragedy that unfolded at a Town Hall type meeting with Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, at a Safeway store parking lot in Arizona. 21 year old Jared Loughner was among a crowd of people and allegedly opened up with a Glock 9mm handgun with a 30 round clip. Reports are that he randomly chose victims and the result was between 18 and 20 people wounded.

     Six people were killed, including a 9 year old girl, who was at the store parking lot to meet her representative- Congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords.

     I was surprised that that there was little or no real personal security protection for Giffords at the event. Apparently neither Giffords nor her staff carried any type of personal protection for security sake.

     There is a lot of history regarding violence toward elected officials. Even Congresswoman Giffords expressed concern to her husband  that this very type of incident could happen. Then why no security? 

     Witnesses and surviving victims to this tragedy seamed to have one thing in common: They felt helpless when the shots were fired and the only thing they could do is duck down with the hope that he wouldn’t shoot them.

    There was one exception interview of a witness that could have made the situation worse. The witness said he came walking up, realized what was happening, and began to pull out his own handgun. He decided against taking action because the suspect had already been forced down to the ground. What if he had arrived earlier and had pulled his gun to shoot at suspect- Jared Loughner?

    More people could have been injured because of stray bullets and depending on the ammunition type used, even accurate shots could have traveled through several people before the bullet energy was expended.

    What about non-lethal products such as gel pepper spray? In this case the meeting was in a public parking lot. If anyone standing within eight feet of Jared Loughner had carried gel pepper spray for personal protection, they could have sprayed him in the face. Gel pepper spray would have left him temporarily blind, immobile, in pain, and covered in dye for easy identification. This could have resulted in a lesser number of killed and/or wounded.

    Instead Jared Loughner was able to empty a 30 round clip of amunition. It was then that several heroic people reportedly took Loughner to the ground before he could reload.

    Of course these observations are reactive to an incident that has already happened, but what is wrong with being proactive?

    As a result of this incident, other people in politics have vowed to carry firearms to similar Town Hall type events. In my opinion this won’t help in any way. It takes about 2 seconds to react to an incident. Who is usually the first target? The politician.

    For security sake, trained protection security should be at these events and only they should carry firearms. They will have practice and know how to react in any given situation.

    I don’t understand why there isn’t adequate security at these events, but if trained government agents, or security is not going to be used in a given event, why not issue gel pepper spray to trained staff. It could save injuries and lives.  

    The general public may be restricted from carrying certain protection to meetings with government officials, but gun incidents where people are shot and killed happen every day. It just doesn’t happen to politicians often, so normally only local media  covers these events. Gel pepper spray for personal protection could save you from harm and might even save your life. When are you going buy yours for security sake?

  • Home Invasion Leaves You Feeling Violated

    Last week, a husband and wife team that have been volunteers for the Manteca Seniors Helping Area Residents and Police unit for almost a decade, returned home from an outing to realize that they were victims of a burglary. Some of their valuables had been dumped on a front room chair and as that was sinking into their minds, they  heard a noise coming from a bedroom.

    While investigating the noise, they surprised a burglar rummaging through an overturned jewelry box. The thief, estimated to be 16 to 20 years old, fled out a bedroom door with the victims in pursuit. The suspect got away through a back alley with some of the victim’s valuables wrapped up in some type of black cloth.

     Included in those valuables was a Black Hills Gold Ring that the husband had given his wife when they were teenagers.

    A search of the area by police and neighbors found no trace of the burglar that had been wearing a hoodie covering his head. The couple felt that if they had been a little quicker, they would have been able to tackle the suspect, but instead now feel very violated from the home invasion in the place they felt safe and secure for 35 years.

    This case sounds similar to home invasion and burglaries I worked as a detective in the 1980’s. Victims felt the loss of irreplaceable valuables and the fact that the one place you feel safe and relaxed in has been taken away from you. Victims said that they couldn’t sleep and jumped at every noise; some had to move away.

    To help keep burglary and home invasion from happening to you there are a few things to consider:

    Make your home look like it will be hard to get into without being noticed. Cut down shrubs that can hide a burglar from view while he/she breaks a window or door. If there are easier pickings somewhere else, that is where the burglar is likely to go.

    Don’t leave any windows, garage or doggy doors open. Two of the most common entry points for a burglar are open garage doors and small rear bathroom windows.  

    Install an alarm system. If you don’t want to pay for monitoring, there are inexpensive models with auto dialers. When a detector is tripped, these will dial a set of preprogrammed phone numbers and alert the call receiver that there is an alarm. Some models allow the room to be monitored for sound and talk through the dialer into the room.

    Join, or set up a neighborhood watch. Your neighbors can be your best eyes and ears. Most police agencies have information on this program and will help set them up.

    Notice what is going on in your neighborhood. Are there cars that don’t belong, door to door salesmen walking around, a gut feeling that something is not right? Jot down information like license numbers, descriptions of people, and the date and time.

    Going on vacation? Make your house look lived in. Use light timers at night, have mail and news papers stopped or picked up daily by a neighbor or family member.

    Install video surveillance systems or hidden cameras with digital video recorders (DVR). There are a number of diferent types that range from under $200.00 to several thousand for complete systems that can be accessed from the internet.

    Don’t allow any uninvited person to enter your house to use the phone, bathroom, or any other excuse. Some can turn into home invasion robberies or a return to your home for a burglary at a later time. Remember just because the doorbell rings, does not mean you need to open the door. You can say no thank you through the closed door to let them know your home and prepared.

    Hide valuables in a diversion safe. These normal looking household items are hollowed out for you to store money, Jewelry and other small posessions.  

    These are a some of the main things that can be done for securitry sake to help you keep from becoming a victim of home invasion and burglary.  As you can see in the above true story, it can happen to anyone.

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