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Monthly Archives: April 2011

  • West Tennessee Home Invasion Kidnapping Updated

    Home Invasion Victim Holly-Bobo Home Invasion Victim Holly-Bobo

    * Updated 04-19-2011

    ** Updated 09-15-2014

    According to Nashville's CBS-TV affiliate WTVF NewsChannel5, the cousin of  country singer Whitney Duncan, was dragged from a carport, in what appeared to be a home invasion. It happened around 7:30 am, on Wednesday (April 13).

    The victim's brother witnessed a man dressed in camouflage, drag victim Holly Bobo from a carport to a wooded area near by.

    Holly was preparing to leave from her home in Darden, Tennessee, for a nursing class at the University of Tennessee Martin.

    Last night, Whitney made requests for prayers for Holly's safety on her Facebook page and Twitter account. There are so many posts, that friends have requested that posts be limited and not about faults of the media and people involved.

    Holly is 20 years old, 5 feet 3 inches tall and weighs 110 pounds. She was last seen wearing a pink shirt and light blue jeans.

    * The look for Holly is still ongoing and other than her lunchbox, investigators are not releasing much information about evidence located in the woods. Reports of blood stains located in the carport are being tested and nobody has been eliminated as a suspect.  A reward for Holly has reached $75,000.

    Investigators have asked, if you see Holly or anything suspicious to contact the TBI at 1-800-TBI-FIND.

     

    ** On September 8th, 2014, investigators confirmed that a Human skull located by two men near the last known home of Holly Bobo, was identified as her.  The remains were found Decatur County town of Parsons, Tennessee.

    Jason Autry has been arrested for Kidnapping and Murder.

    Two Brothers; Mark Pearcy and Jeffrey Kurt Pearcy have been arrested for tampering with evidence and accessory after the fact.

    All three arrestees have pled not guilty for the alleged crimes.

    See more here.

     

     

  • Home Invasion Anti Theft Tips

    ForSecuritySake.comNo matter where you live, how old you are, or how much wealth you have, there are people out there that want to rip you off. As baby boomers retire at younger ages each year, the chance of being at home when a criminal decides to strike are higher then ever before.

    Our last article covered Anti Theft Tips regarding the Cat Burglar. This article will go one step further and cover Home Invasion. Home Invasion is different from Burglary.

    The Cat Burglar wants to get into your home, commit a theft, and leave without being detected. In California, a Burglary is the intent to enter a building or locked car to commit a theft or any other felony.

    Home Invasion Suspect(s) barge in, and commit a Robbery. They are normally armed and may separate occupants of the home while looking for property to take.  In California, a Robbery is the taking of property by force or fear.

    It is usually best if armed suspects are in your home to let them take your property. Your life is at stake and property can be replaced.

    So what can you do to protect yourself from Home Invasion Robbery? Here are some tips:

    Follow tips in our prior article about Cat Burglary Anti Theft Tips.

    Don't brag about property or vacation plans on social networking sites like, FaceBook or Twitter.

    Consider purchasing Diversion Safes to protect small valuables.

    Have a home alarm with dialer and panic button. Although you probably will not be allowed to call the police directly with these, you can pre program a range of numbers for the alarm to call. The person called can listen in through the hard wired phone line and call police.

    Develop a plan and discuss it with Family Members:

    Keep your doors Dead Bolt locked at all times. Never blindly open a door when you hear a knock or door bell. Use the peephole or window and remember even a person you know can be an attacker. Criminal street gang memberships are on the rise. I have seen members 12 years old and younger, so be aware of kids you don't know at your door also. Talk to the person through the door, or install an intercom system. Only open the door if you are sure it is safe.

    Don't open the door for salesmen or people holding a clipboard. This is a common way to gain your trust.

    Chain locks will NOT keep an attacker from pushing open the door. Try to have sold entry doors with a dead bolt.

    Have a code word, like ESCAPE, and have a pre-planned safe place to go. Have a set up safe room and include a close neighbor in on the plan. Use the neighbors home in case family members can not get to the safe room.

    In the case of a pre-planed safe room:

    There are professional rooms that can be built or you can set one up on your own.

    At least have a sold core or steel door with a dead bolt into a sold door frame. Include a peep hole, or camera that can be viewed from the Safe Room.

    Try to choose a room with no windows or hard to get into windows. (Remember barred windows can be hard to get out of in case of fire. If you choose bars, have the type that can be opened from the inside and test them often. Paint and rust can make openable window bars unusable)

    Try to have a hard wired phone, cell phone, and a computer with communication abilities in the room. You have to be able to call for help. (If you have an alarm with phone dialer, it will tie up the hard line phone when activated by the panic button.)

    Have emergency supplies for water, food, and first aid.

    Consider Self Defense:

    Have Self Defense weapons locked up and available in the safe room. I prefer non-Lethal types, like Pepper Spray, Stun Gun, or Taser over firearms. (You never really know who is coming down the hallway during the excitement. You don't want to kill a police officer, rescuer, or even a family member with a stray bullet).

    If you need to use the safe room:

    Call the police and stay in the room until the police tell you to come out. The dispatcher will ask for as much information as possible to help responding officers. Try to be calm and don't get discouraged. The police will be on their way while you are on the phone. If possible, many dispatchers will stay on the phone with you until the police arrive. You can confirm police presence through the dispatch center via phone call.

    We want you to be safe out there.

    Zeb Hammonds spent forty years in Law Enforcement that included Crime Scene Investigation, Photography and Videography. He served 30 years full time as a Patrol Officer, Detective, and Street Sergeant. In the last 6 years of full time service he was also in charge of Technology Development within the Manteca, Police Department in California. Many of his stories are from personal experience. www.ForSecuritySake.com is a way to share these stories and to provide products that can help people be more secure and safer in their daily lives.

  • Cat Burglary Anti Theft Tips

    The Cat Burglar Used with Permission by Will Bullas The Cat Burglar Used with Permission by Will Bullas

    Updated 05-23-2016

    A prior article explained the real dangers of the  Cat Burglar. This article will touch on one of the many ongoing cases and more tips to help keep the Cat Burglar out of your home.

    Although this Cat Burglar was around in 2011, these type of crimes continue all over our country today.

    This case started on February 2nd, 2011, when reports started coming in about a Cat Burglar entering apartments in Davis, California. Since then, he had entered five different apartments while the victims were sleeping. His last reported victim woke up and watched him run out the front door of the apartment. He was described as thin and wearing dark clothing. He kept his arms free by using a Forehead type flashlight. There is little more information, because other than this one victim, the Cat Burglar has completed his crime without waking occupants and no other witnesses have come forward.

    Davis has a large number of college students from U.C. Davis and  it is not unusual to see students out at night. This case will probably continue until the Cat Burglar is either captured, arrested for an unrelated crime, or moves to a different community.

    Help keep the criminal out of your home by following these Cat Burglar anti theft tips:

    Remove plants and objects that someone can use for cover and be hidden from the street. These give a burglar extra time while working to enter your home.

    It is as important to keep your doors locked when you are home, as it is when you are away. Even if you are outside and close to the door, it only takes a few seconds for a Cat Burglar to sneak in.

    If you have windows open for fresh air, only have them open a few inches and install hardware to insure they can't be opened further. You often see pictures of burglars with a crow bar, because older sliding windows and doors are designed to be lifted out of the track if unlocked.

    If you have children on the ground floor, I don't recommend having their windows open or unlocked at all. (I also do NOT recommend window bars because of how hard it is to get out in the case of fire). Consider Baby monitors as a way to alert you to sudden noise in their rooms.

    Do not leave ladders out in the back yard. These can be used to access the second story of a house.

    Add  glass breakage, perimeter, and movement sensors to your home alarm system plan.

    Close open blinds, or drapes at night, because Cat Burglars like to watch their victims. Be aware that at night, when lights are on inside, anyone can see into your home as if they were watching TV.

    If you live alone, make it appear that you don't:

    Talk out loud as if you have a room mate. Make cell phone calls, instead of texting.

    Leave a talk radio station on in a back room with a light on a random timer.

    Before leaving your home, turn on your porch light and check your door peep hole to see if anyone is waiting outside.  A Cat Burglar can turn into an assailant in a moments notice. It doesn't have to be a stranger to be dangerous. A large percentage of sexual assault suspects are someone the victim knew.

    Think about locations you can hide Pepper Spray, Sun Guns, and Tasers. Keep them a secret and practice how to use them in an emergency.

    Live your life as you wish, but by being prepared will help ensure your security and safety.

    Zeb Hammonds spent forty years in Law Enforcement that included Crime Scene Investigation, Photography and Videography. He served 30 years full time as a Patrol Officer, Detective, and Street Sergeant. In the last 6 years of full time service he was also in charge of Technology Development within the Manteca, Police Department in California. Many of his stories are from personal experience. www.ForSecuritySake.com is a way to share these stories and to provide products that can help people be more secure and safer in their daily lives.

  • The Cat Burglar

    The Cat Burglar Used with Permission by Will Bullas The Cat Burglar Used with Permission by Will Bullas

    In the springtime, we finally get to leave the cabin fever behind and get out to enjoy the warmth. We get to open the windows, let in the fresh air, and allow the smell of fresh flowers to come into the home to brighten our day.

    This is also the time of the year to consider non-lethal self defense and alarm products for your home and family protection. The burglar is out more often when it is warm and may find the good weather a reason to invite themselves into your home. I would choose non-leathal products, because when accidental or mistaken identity shootings happen, they are not deadly mistakes as with many firearm incidents.   Non-lethal weapons, like the Taser®, have better stopping power, than a 9mm handgun and are safer around children.

    There is a photo of great art - The Cat Burglar by Will Bullas- at the top of the article.  I chose it because, to me, there is a rough watch out for me look in the eyes.  Study this cool cat, but remember there are real people Cat Burglars out there waiting to rip you off.

    If you find anything serious about Cat Burglars on the web, you will learn that they specialize at being stealthy like a cat. In many cases it is much more than that; the Cat Burglar looks for easy ways to get into your home ( I have some of those ways listed here), but he/she also gets a thrill from getting away with crime when the victim home has people around. It doesn't matter if you are in the back yard pool; sleeping; working on a car in the garage; mowing your lawn; washing your outside windows; warming up your car, or any activity that has you in another area of the home.

    Cat Burglars that come in at night sometimes like to sneak into your bedroom, watch you sleep, and take easy to pick items. They like money from a wallet, jewelry, or change left out. Items you may not miss right away, but if you do, you may just think you spent it or misplaced it. This type of burglar may come back and do it again.

    Two Cat Burglar cases that easily come to my mind continued victimizing people until caught.  One took a team of police officers to set up and catch him in the area with property in his pocket.  I was able to close twenty reported cases he did in just one year. While he was in prison, his son took over the family business and continued with a similar method of operation as his father did.

    They are dangerous and there are three types of Cat Burglar that I am sure you have heard of; he/she takes children or assaults adults and those Cat Burglars are called Kidnappers, Rapists, and Murderers.

    Protect yourself and your family with anti theft ideas from the Cat Burglar:

    Keep a key with you while you are at home and always have the doors locked, even if you are right there. It only takes a second to enter and grab.

    Protect yourself and family by having a noisy dog, installing motion sensor alarms, and lights.  They can be simple and do not have to be expensive. Learn more.

    Keep a Taser®, Stun Gun, and/or Pepper spray handy for home self defense.

    Think of Neighborhood Watch. Your local police agency has the most up to date information on how to set one up.

    You can't say it won't happen to me and you can't stop living just because there is danger. But you can be smart, prepared, and protect yourself and your family.

    Be safe out there!

    Zeb Hammonds spent forty years in Law Enforcement that included Crime Scene Investigation, Photography and Videography. He served 30 years full time as a Patrol Officer, Detective, and Street Sergeant. In the last 6 years of full time service he was also in charge of Technology Development within the Manteca, Police Department in California. Many of his stories are from personal experience. www.ForSecuritySake.com is a way to share these stories and to provide products that can help people be more secure and safer in their daily lives.

  • Pepper Spray OC A Good Self Defense Product

    Car Damage frontA good self defense product can be needed in every day life.   I remembered this again as I was looking at the FBI Crime Clock, a list of  statistics that  represents the annual ratio of crime to fixed time intervals.  That got me to thinking about incidents that have happened to me where I could have easily become one of those statistics. In each of those incidents, I was glad to know that I had a self defense product like OC pepper spray with me.

    The latest was an incident that happened just a few months ago. It was a case of road rage that just the sight of the pepper spray canister diffused. It is important here to remember that anyone can become an assailant.

    I was driving less than a mile from home and coming up on a red light. As I needed to slow to a stop, I happened to glance at my rear view mirror to see an older ratty looking car approaching me at a high rate of speed. As the car came closer, I realised that the car was going to hit me from the rear if I didn't take evasive action.

    I swerved off the road to my right as the car reached where I had just been. The ratty car then swerved left through a traffic lane and into the turn lane where it struck a car from behind.

    No one was seriously hurt in the collision, and as I dialed 911 I could see the Middle aged female driver angrily get out of her car. She started yelling obscenities at the young driver and passenger of the car see had just run into.

    I had responded to many calls like this before I retired from law enforcement, but since the fights are usually over with by the time we get there, it amazed me.

    Here was a lady that obviously was driving erratically and had caused this accident. Now she was yelling at a driver stopped at a traffic light because he was in her way. The young driver and passenger moved out the passenger door of his damaged car with this angry lady swinging a hard purse at him. He and his passenger started running around the two cars with the lady in chase as if they were playing musical chairs.

    I realized that the situation was out of control and I ran over to the still yelling and swinging out of control lady. I told the lady to calm down and while holding my OC Pepper Spray at her eye level. Like a light switch she, calmed down and sat on the curb. I never had to use the spray and I never had to touch her to calm her down.

    When the police arrived, I gave my story and left knowing that the situation could have been much worse if not for pepper spray.

    Be proactive and always have a way to defend yourself and your family.

    For information on what OC Pepper Spray is and how it works, please refer to our blog what is pepper spray and how does it work.

  • Date Rape Protection and Evidence UOP

    OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAYou don't need to be forced to have sex for it to be rape. Date Rape can be emotionally coerced with threats, name calling, too much alcohol, and or drugs. It is the most common form of Rape.

    Many Date Rapes are planned. The use of Date Rape drugs is one way a rapist plans an attack.

    You may hear Date Rape Drugs called, Rohypnol, GHB, ActiveSex, Rope, Rib, R-2, Roofies, Roche, Ruffies, and Liquid Persuasion. These drugs are difficult to detect when mixed with drinks or other drugs. They are odorless and tasteless.

    At Parties or gatherings:

    1. Never drink from a glass or open bottle you have left unattended for even a second. It takes a blink of an eye to drop powder or liquid into a drink.

    2. Never accept drinks from strangers even if a waiter delivers it from the stranger

    3. Open cans or bottles of drink yourself and listen to that rush sound when it opens. Discard anything that doesn't.

    4. Punch bowls are often spiked with drugs. Never accept drinks from one.

    5. If you order a drink from the bar, always take yours directly from the bartender

    6. If possible drink from a bottle, because  it's harder to drop a drug into a bottle than an open glass

    7. Don't go to bars and clubs by yourself - always go with a trusted friend

    8. If you feel drunk after just one alcoholic drink, you may have been drugged. Seek help from a trusted friend, if possible one you pre-planned to come with.

    9. If possible always have one designated non drinker when you go out; if not have Taxi money and use it.

    10. Never share some-one's drink. It is a known way to get a victim to drink a drugged drink.

    11. If you think you have been targeted, leave with your friends and have your planned self defense, such as Pepper Spray, Ready to use.

    Other Places:

    1. Avoid secluded places, even your own, or partners room until you trust your partner

    2. If you are with someone and you feel uncomfortable or uneasy, your instincts are kicking in. Listen to them, make an excuse and leave.

    3. If you walk, jog, go to the movies, or any other activity try to go with trusted friends.

    4. Always have your self defense in mind. Have your Pepper Spray ready to use.

    When any kind of rape does occur, any evidence that can be preserved is a better chance to convict a rapist. Once a rapist gets away with it, he/ she will do it again. What you as a victim can do to help stop it:

    1. If your a victim of rape and you are injured, get to a hospital emergency room. Most Hospitals have staff trained specifically to help and treat victims of this type of crime.

    2. Notify the police. Don't change clothes, wash up externally or internally, smoke, eat, or drink. If you must drink, try to use a straw and only drink water. Saliva, semen, sweat, blood, or other trace evidence can help positivly identify the suspect and /or prove the crime.

    3. Try not to go to the bathroom until a urine sample can be taken. Drug metabolites can be found by toxicologists for evidence.

    4. Write down as much information as you can, as soon as you can and while your memory is fresh. Try to do this before you talk to friends about what happened, because you may forget to repeat small details to the police.  In police work we try to write down who,  what, when, where, why, and how.  As examples: try to remember suspect(s) description; race, clothing, facial hair, glasses, scars, tattoos, and weapon (if there is one);  location, day or night, vehicle description-make- model- license number; and any other detail you remember leading up to and after the rape happened.

    5.  Call a trusted friend or family member to come and be with you for emotional support. Tell them what happened after you write it down. Have them bring a change of clothing, including under wear, because the clothing you are wearing will be collected as evidence.

    6. Rape is an assault and you are the victim. Don't let a rapist let you feel otherwise.

    For more information, read our post that includes Rape Myths 

    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.

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