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Monthly Archives: March 2011

  • Date Rape UOP Stockton California

    * Updated 05-23-2016

    Crime Clock ForSecuritySake 72dpiIn 2011, the FBI crime statistics reported that a rape happens in this country every 6.0 minutes, update that to 2014 and the crime happens every 4.6 minutes. That doesn't include non-reported rapes or most date rapes.

    Date Rape: Over 50% of rape suspects are someone you know or date. It could be someone you meet at a party; a classmate;  an acquaintance you have known over the years; a family member, or any other person. No force has to be involved; if your impaired to the point where you can't consent (example: date rape drugs), or you say no to sex and without voluntary consent sexual contact occurs, you have been sexually assaulted.

    It can happen anywhere: At home; at a party; while walking on a college campus; in a car; at a friends apartment; in a park; on a trail. And these were just some of the local case locations reported to me during my career.

    One media covered case that you can read about here happened at University of the Pacific (UOP) in Stockton, California. This campus  is just 12 miles from here and was reported to be between the victim and Basketball players. The reported incident was part of a segment on 60 minutes. The CBS 60 Minutes report . One report was on Campus sexual assaults and  included interviews with representatives from University of the Pacific in Stockton, California and the Women's Center of San Joaquin County. The report aired on CBS, in the Stockton area, on Sunday 04-17-11 at 6:00 P.M. Pacific Time. 

    Protect yourself:

    Pepper Spray is one good way to protect yourself. It is inexpensive, and will work for up to 45 minutes. You can learn more about and purchase pepper spray here.

    Rape myths:

    It can't happen to me:

    Rapes happen to anyone, including infants to adults in their nineties

    She asked for it:

    Rape is not love; it is an assault. No one asks to be sexually assaulted, and it is not an excuse if the victim displays sugestive behaviour or wears tight fitting clothing. The suspect is responsible, not the victim.

    Most offenders are men of a different race or ethnicity:

    90% of rapes occur between people of the same race or ethnic group.

    Most rapes are by strangers at night and in out of the way places:

    About half of all rapes happen in the day time and by someone you know. I remember a case of girls that had been friends where the victim was stripped, hair shaved, raped, and had magic marker written on her entire body.

    Rapes only happen to women:

    Estimations by the FBI show that about 1 in 10 men are victims of rape.

    You can find some party tips to help protect you from sexual assault by reading our post:  Happy New Year Party Safety Tips

    Zeb Hammonds started his law enforcement career, because he wanted to help people be more safe and secure in their daily lives. Now in retirement after over 40 years of experience, he continues to help people with ZebPet Enterprises' ForSecuritySake.com. You can join our friends and neighbors by signing up for our FREE newsletter list. You will receive product stories, scam alerts, dumb crook stories, safety reports, and discounts for subscribers.

  • Travel Guard Mini Alarm Can Alert You To Intruders On The Road

    Mini Travel AlarmWe enjoy traveling and have stayed in a number of hotels and motels during our travel. One thing they all have in common is you are not the only one with a key to enter your room.

    Most entries to a motel room are by are by staff cleaning, replacing towles, checking the mini bar, etc.  The irretating part of this is that they come in your room while you are there. Sure they knock and announce, but unless your quick, they are often in the room and see whatever before they leave.   And if you are in the shower...

    You place a lot of trust in motel or hotel staff and we have had good experiences most of the time. There have been times, however when things have turned up missing with no explaination or we have been walked in on. Housekeeping, bell hops, managers, and even people that had been given our room by mistake have come in.

    The Travel Guard Mini Alarm gives you more peace of mind while on the road in a motel, hotel, or dorm room. It can be placed to point at a door, for those times when your in the shower, an area up to nine feet away, or it can be placed in luggage to protect contents while stationary.

    Here is how it works:

    Slide open the cover to expose the alarm's Passive Infrared (PIR) sensor.

    Point the sensor at the door, area to protect, or from inside luggage to the cover. Turn the alarm switch to auto and protection will start in 60 seconds.

    If the alarm is triggered by someone walking into the room, through the protected area, or opens your luggage, the alarm will sound a 100db alarm for 15 seconds. At that point it resets and is ready to protect again.

    The Travel Guard Mini Alarm also has a flashlight and panic alarm function, so you can carry it for protection while walking to your car, or anywhere else.

    We use our 5th wheel trailer to explore the United States, but were woundering how to secure our rig and property from intruders. These intruders include not only people, but animals, small and large. (To see what we mean about large animals check out our blogs about Black Bears).

    Travel trailers are like homes; Small rodents sometimes find their way into your storage and living areas. The 100db alarm is one way to scare them out. Just place the mini alarm in the storage compartment, or other dry area you want to protect.

    Mini Travel Alarm in Palm

    The Travel Guard Mini Alarm easily fits in the palm of your hand. Get yours for better piece of mind today.

  • Black Bear Pepper Spray Repellent Works Lake Tahoe California

    I was watching  Animal Planet's Blond vs Bear episode "Breaking Point", They report that there are over 600 Black Bears in the Lake Tahoe area.  As a result, there are about 100 calls a day to the Bear League. Some of these are called emergencies, because a bear has interacted with people in a way that is dangerous for the people, bear, or both.

    The Bear League tries to protect these Black Bears by trying to scare them away and back into the forest. In this episode, they use knowledge of Black Bear behaviour, noise, rocks, paint ball guns, and non-lethal shotgun rubber bullets to scare the bears away.

    The problem is if the bear didn't learn to stay away from the experience, it will probably return. Black Bears sometimes have to be repelled a number of times before they will be trained to stay away. If they become a nuisance, they have a good chance of being trapped and destroyed.

    Other than the TV show, I read about a multiple year study in the Lake Tahoe area. Biologists found that after 1,000 encounters with 150 bears that a number of bears will return after being hit with rubber bullets or pepper spray.

    Black Bears struck with rubber shotgun slugs would run away, but 90 percent of them would return within an hour.

    Black Bears hit with Bear Pepper Spray Repellent, would also run away, but only 82 percent would return within an hour.

    The above numbers show that Black Bear pepper spray repellent works better in training the bears to stay away.  Be sure to buy a couple of  bear spray cans and have them with you while renting cabins, or camping in bear country.

    The best thing to do to reduce Black Bear encounters is to learn bear behaviour before you rent or camp in bear country. Too often, tourists rent houses and cabins, or camp in the Tahoe area without any knowledge of how to live in Black Bear Country. They leave food out in the open, doors and windows standing open, and garbage out where the scent can be picked up by bears.

    Some tips you can follow:

    Keep food locked in bear proof containers while camping, and keep garbage locked in bear proof trash containers. This is a good start to keeping bears away. If they come to your area and do not find food, they will travel on to another area.

    If renting a cabin or home, keep windows and doors closed, especially while cooking. Bears can easily rip screens or hook doors with their claws to get to food.  

    If a Black Bear does get into your home, then is the time to try to give it escape routes by opening doors, if it is safe to do so.  If a Black Bear feels pinned in it can be a dangerous situation. If you can get out without having to go toward the bear, do so.  If you can't get out make loud noise, but again make sure the bear has a way to get out in a direction away from you.

    Black Bear attacks in the Lake Tahoe are rare. If you use Bear Spray in self defense of a bear, keep in mind that if used indoors, or you are down wind, it can leave a small residue in the air. You may experience a little burn sensation in your eyes and nose. The irritant should dissipate from the air in about 15 minutes. If you feel the need, you can flush your face with water, but do not use creams that could cause the irritant to stick to your face.

    Always remember to never try to take food away from a bear, never get between a bear and a cub, and never run from a bear.

    The older Black Bear cub in the above photo was thought to have lost its mother and was in camp daily during a week long camping trip. We don't know his/her fate, but camp hosts feared the bear had chosen people as a new family. That means that as the bear grows up, that nuisance danger for the bear might happen. Please don't feed bears.

    To learn more Lake Tahoe Black Bear Facts see our posts Black Bear Facts and Purchase Black Bear Pepper Spray for Camping and Hiking

  • Black Bear Facts & Pepper Spray Repellent in The Lake Tahoe Area

    Everyone that has known us for awhile can tell you that our favorite places to be during the summer and fall are the Sierra Mountains. Yosemite National Park, Fallen Leaf Lake, and Lake Tahoe are some of our usual destinations. One thing these three places have in common is Black Bears.

    I would like pass on what Rangers have told me about Black Bears. I learned some of  this while camping with Rangers testing bear proof containers above Hetch Hetchy reservoir,  just outside Yosemite National Park, California. This area is where they took bears then that were causing problems in the Yosemite valley.  I have bear stories from that trip, but that is another blog . Other information came from the Lake Tahoe area Back Bear safety pamphlets.

    A bear’s prime motivation is food! Bears are attracted to easy meals, anywhere people prepare or leave food. If a bear doesn’t find food, it moves on.

    Black Bears are normally docile. When given a way to avoid conflict with people, bears usually take it. When they have food though, they will protect it and their cubs. Have a can of bear pepper spray repellent with you and ready to use, but only use it if the bear attacks.

    Black Bear attacks are rare. Even if a Black Bear charges, it will usually stop before reaching you as long as you give them space and are not between the bear and cub. An important thing to remember is not to run. 

    Bears are not vindictive and do not get mad when food is stored where they can’t get to it. They will stay around until they have run out of ideas though.

    Black bears are smart. They learn rapidly and know where they have found food in the past. When there is a smell of food, sweet drinks, makeup, or they have found food at a location before they will search for it. They can easily get into a tent and have been known to pry into cars, home window screens, and doors. 

    While camping, it is always best to store food in a bear box (found in developed campsites), or hung on a tree line or small limb out of reach of bears. And don't forget that garbage smells like food to a bear.

    People around you need to be educated. If you do all the right things and your neighbor does not, an attracted bear will look around you too.

    Black Bears climb trees when frightened. Treed bears will eventually come down if left alone, but may stay in the tree for several days.

    Black bears, not used to people, are normally like cattle.  They scare away easily with noise and thrown rocks. Never try to take back food a bear has found and never get between a mother bear and her cub(s).

    Just like people, when you think you know their habits, someone breaks the mold and does something different. It is the same for Black Bears. Black Bears in the Lake Tahoe area are used to people.  They will walk right into your camp looking for food and they are harder to scare away. See our post Purchase Bear Pepper Spray For Camping & Hiking for examples.

    Unfortunately, Lake Tahoe area Black Bears will come to your camp, people there or not. This is where they can be dangerous and un-informed people can get hurt.  If a bear comes into your camp and gets food, do not try to get it back.  Just like a dog, they will protect their food. They will also protect cubs, so give them space until they leave.

    Be safe out there and remember to purchase bear pepper spray repellent for camping and to use it only in defense of a bear attack.

    More true stories to come.

  • Purchase Bear Pepper Spray For Camping & Hiking

    Now is the time to consider your camping plans for the year. While thinking about supplies, I would add a note to purchase bear pepper spray for your camping protection.  

    The situation pictured is a dangerous one.  While wild bears will normally scare away, some bears are used to people and will do whatever they want. This one had food and bears will defend their food and cubs.

    Last year we were camping in the Lake Tahoe, California area and as reported, black bear activity has increased in the campgrounds and back country. The number of bear incidents has increased to the point that authorities are considering opening a hunting season.  Hunting black bears is something that hasn't been allowed in this area for many years. 

    We have encountered Black Bears a number of times in the Lake Tahoe area and I would like to share a Black Bear true story  from our family trip last year.

    August 30th, 2010, I was sitting alone at our campfire at Fallen Leaf Lake campground. It had been dark for about half an hour and my wife was getting ready to join me from our 5th wheel trailer. I heard a grunt and looked up to see a 300lb Black Bear standing under our lit Coleman Lantern.  She was just 30 feet away from me, and I could see a tag in her ear (Tags are placed on bears when they have been aggressive in campgrounds and previously trapped and removed). The Bear’s eyes were reflecting green from the lantern, meaning she was looking directly at me. She turned away to look at my open campsite bear box which was empty of food and then she continued walking toward another campsite across a campground street.

     As I told my wife to stay in the 5th wheel and started to look where the bear had gone, I was passed by her cub playfully jumping around and falling behind. That’s when I heard the screams.

    The screams had come from two young couples that were tent camping in sites across from us. One girl was yelling “what do I do” and the other was yelling at the mother bear to get away from her desert.

    While telling the one couple not to try to approach the bear, we told the other to put all food and sweets in the bear box. But it was too late for the one campsite.

    They had just come back from the grocery store and had all of their food on the picnic table. The mother bear had found a feast and was not about to give it up. The campers and their neighbors tried though, moving their cars to light up the bears, honking horns to try to scare them away and taking flash pictures. What they didn’t know is that when scared, bears climb trees and stay there until they feel safe again. This area is full of pine trees and the bear cub did just that, but the mother bear climbed up on the picnic table and continued her feast.

    What I did next is not the smartest thing to do. I knew that I wanted a picture for my blog, but it was dark, my flash would not reach, and the car headlights were facing me. I decided to walk (what I thought was) safely around several campsites to the left and get to a position that would work. I needed to use my hat mounted flashlight to see where I was walking, so I didn’t notice that the mother bear ran out of the food.  She lost site of her cub, that was now in a tree. She began to walk my way and then considered me a threat.

    By the time I looked up, I saw the green glow of the mother bear’s eyes as she began charging in my direction. At this point I remembered not to run and thought I might need bear pepper spray, but instead I hit the shutter button on my camera. The flash was set to white strobe, to reduce redeye, and stopped the bear’s charge. The Mother bear then found her cub the two bears walked around me to visit one more campsite within my sight with the campers running to the safety of their car.

    I talked to a camp host the next day.  He said that this bear and cub had been a problem before and that they had learned to wait in the dark and then move into a campsite when the bear box was left open.

    Because the mother bear was used to people and not afraid of them, she repeatedly returned to campsites. She had been tagged and removed before and this time  would probably be hunted down.

    There is a saying in the Lake Tahoe area. A Fed Bear is a Dead Bear. Every Black Bear I have encountered in the Lake Tahoe area has been unafraid of people. The photo shown at the top of this article  is of a woman at Fallen Leaf Campground on an earlier trip. She was trying to scare a Black Bear that had stolen an open bag of chips from her campsite. She was trying to scare the bear away by hitting pots and pans together making a loud noise. The bear stayed right there, just five feet away from her. She had also allowed her children to walk near the bear as if it were a pet. Very dangerous to say the least.  What about me you ask? I took the picture with a telephoto lens.

    The bear did finally leave and bear spray was not warranted here because there was no attack. If not for her guardian angle, this could have been a very different story.

    Be safe out there and remember to purchase bear pepper spray for camping and to use it only in defense of a bear attack.

    More true Black Bear stories to come.

  • Where to Purchase Pepper Spray For Women's Self Defense

    Lipstick

    Pepper Spray is a self defense product that is a favorite choice of men and women in the world today. It is inexpensive, easy to use, and has a lasting effect of between fifteen and sixty minutes. You can learn how pepper spray works on my blog post about the subject.

    While most pepper sprays are designed for both men and women, there are a number of  pepper spray products designed for women's self defense. Others are popular with women or include containers with colors that include those that women prefer.

    You can purchase a varitity of pepper spray for women's self defense on the Internet. 

    Some of the pepper spray products you will find are:

    Lipstick pepper spray: These are designed to look like your common Lipstick containers. The containers are attractive and come in a number of colors.

    Leatherette case pepper spray: These come in several different brand names and can be placed in a purse or on a keyring with a quick release.

    Pepper spray to use while jogging or walking: You can choose pepper spray with a wrist strap, or the popular Hot Walker 1lb weights with pepper spray. Both are easily kept  in your hand and ready to use.

    Stun Ring Pepper Spray: Designed to wear on your finger so your are ready for self defense. They come in different sizes and are elegantly crafted in silver and gold plating with a genuine black onyx stone.

    Hot Pink Personal Model: Is a Hot pink color  Mace® 10% Pepper Guard product.  It is designed to carry in your hand, key chain or purse.

    These are just a small number of the pepper spray models that you can purchase for women's self defense. There are many models avaialble for you to check out.  The important thing to remember is that you choose one that you will carry with you for your and your loved ones self defense.

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