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Monthly Archives: May 2012

  • Serial Killers In Our Backyard

     

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    In 1984 I was a detective investigating crimes against persons. By 1987, I was A Police Patrol Sergeant in in A San Joaquin County California city named Manteca. I can remember a number of missing person reports in between those years. While we receive missing person reports often, these suspicious ones were all from the San Joaquin County Valley, California and north county detectives had leads that pointed to murder of a few of them. Our area had a low crime rate and serial killers in our backyard were not the first thought that came to mind.

    Detectives focused on two suspects;  Wesley Shermantine and Loren Herzog. These two suspects were local boyhood friends and as they grew older became involved with drugs. As the investigation continued into 1999, evidenced showed they were into methamphetamine and when their murder arrests occurred, these two suspects were named by the media as the "Speed Freak killers". It is believed that the two friends went on a 20 year killing spree, with most of the victims coming from our backyard area (San Joaquin County California). These killers were able to talk victims (friends and strangers) into going with them willingly, never to be seen alive again.

    After some diligent detective work, these two killers were arrested and brought to trial. Both were convicted and received what was thought to be justice for once. Shermantine was sentenced to death and currently is in prison death row. Herzog received a 78 year sentence that was overturned by the court of appeals after he served fourteen years. In 2010 Herzog was released on parole and was living in a trailer outside of the prison gates in Lassen County, California.

    That didn't sit well with Shermantine who was now 45 years old. Shermantine blamed the killings on Herzog, with Shermantine admitting to help dispose of the bodies. He began to hint that he would rat out his friend by showing where some of the bodies were. A Sacramento, California bounty hunter offered Shermintine money reported to be between $15,000 and $30,000 to disclose body locations. The bounty hunter also contacted Herzog with that information. A few days later Herzog committed suicide, at the age of 46.

    February 2012, after some law enforcement bickering from the San Joaquin County Sherriff about jurisdiction issues, Shermantine drew maps that led to at least four different areas that he said bodies are located. So far remains have been found on former Shermintine family property, and a capped well in San Joaquin County. It is reported that these two serial killers could be responsible for more than 30 murders. As of February 15, 2012 the San Joaquin county sheriff has received more than 65 phone calls hoping they can find closure with the location of missing loved ones.

    This was shocking to all living in the area. No one wants to believe that a crime like this happen where they live. The fact is that these types of crimes have and do happen in the area you live in too. You just don't know about it. It has to be something special before the media picks it up for sure. My adult kids were in grammar school when these crimes above were happening. They only knew about it because of the current news about the bodies being located.

    We live in what I believe is the greatest country in the world. But don't be fooled that you or your family can't be a victim.

    Teach your kids about safety. Tell them about this case and they just might think that it can happen to them.

    Google Search Speed Freak Killers for more information.

    Show them this video from our local news station covering the search for bodies. http://youtu.be/F4M3i_Ds6dc

    You can't go through life in fear, but you can be prepared just in case. Learn how to defend yourself and carry a self defense product such as a personal alarm, or as adults, pepper spray, or if legal in your area, a stun gun . If you do have a situation, you have a better chance to survive if you can get away.

    We have a number of choices here on our site. Feel free to browse   and join our free Newsletter for more information. Our mission is to help you to be safer and more secure in your daily lives.

     

     

  • Protect Your Kids From Your Swimming Pool With A Pool Alarm

    POOLALARM ForSecuritySake (4)fUpdated 03-27-2017

    This is a true story. The child involved in this tragic event was from my co-worker's immediate family.

    They thought they did all the right things. They checked out the licensed daycare home, saw that the swimming pool had a fence and a locked gate, but did not know that the toddler could get to the pool from a sliding glass door. They also did not know that drowning is the number one cause of accidental death of children ages one through four in California.

    The daycare owner knew her pool was safe, but what she didn't know is it only takes a few seconds to lose track of a toddler, especially when your distracted. So while on a five minute phone call, the toddler slipped through the open sliding glass door and fell into the pool.

    The pool had safety measures, but did not have a cover or pool alarm. The Daycare owner found the child in the pool, but it was too late.

    A pool alarm would have made the difference in this case, because it would have sounded an alarm inside the home that some one had fallen into the pool.ForSecuritySakepoolalarm

    Kids naturally gravitate to a pool. This photograph of my two year old grandson is not staged (We will call him Curious George).  We were eating during a  backyard party and the host's pool was closed for dinner. George had been caught five minutes before trying to get around the fence gate by opening it from the inside. After being warned not to attempt this, he left to get a drink and when he thought he could get away with it, here he is trying again. The gate would not open, but the point here is kids don't know danger and will try not to get caught.

    Before retirement, while working on Patrol, I received possible drowning in pool calls every year.  Your heart sinks even lower when the dispatch includes the word child. You think to yourself that if you can get there faster, this one my be saved. The lucky ones had parents or another person present that knew CPR, however in most calls this just was not the case.

    Please!, if you have a pool, know CPR. There should be clases put on by your local jurisdiction.

    Take all the steps you can to protect your children from your swimming pool with fences, covers, locks, and with a pool alarm. We offer one here at ForSecuritySake that works well for in ground pools and there are many others in pool stores and on the Internet.

    You can learn more about our Pool Alarm here 

    Please be safe out there!

     

     

  • Child Internet Safety Tips For Parents From The FBI

    Updated 05-20-16

    When I was growing up, the new electronic contraption that captured my attention, so mom could have some time and space, was the television. By the time I was 10 years old our one home television was even in color. I learned a lot from TV and still do. My children had the same experience, but by the time they were ten years old, the Internet was beginning to expand rapidly.

    Computers are interactive and have overcome the TV as the favorite gadget of children. Today there are numerous computers, some are called smart cellular phones, all with the ability to access the Internet.

    There are hand held electronic games, game consoles, desk tops, laptops, minis, tablets and even the new TVs that can interact with the Internet.

    Over the years, parents have asked the question of how they can implement Internet Safety while their children surf.

    Since computers are in our lives and a necessity at times, it is unreasonable to take computers away from our kids. Although we want to, no one can stand by their side and help with school work and watch what they see on the Internet all the time. All we can do is try to protect them the same as with any other life experiences.

    We trust our children to do the right thing, but the problem is that no matter what their age, they often do not understand that they can get themselves into trouble until it is too late.  When the Internet is involved, there are scam artists out there that specialize in exploiting children.

    Parents sometimes don't know all the threats that are out there in the Internet Cloud. The FBI has a PDF printable document titled A Parent's Guide to Internet Safety. The guide includes information on:

    . Definitions of areas your child may surf

    . How predators engage in conversation with children

    . What signs to look for that tend to show your child is at risk

    . What to do if you suspect your child has been contacted by a predator

    . An area of frequently asked questions

    . And much more

    To see the entire guide and to print a PDF copy click on the link above.

    Be safe out there For Security Sake!

     

     

     

     

  • Who Is Watching

    Phone Cameras ForSecuritySakeaHave you ever  talked to someone that is just a little paranoid about big brother watching us?  They will talk for hours about a chip camera that can see you from your TV set, drones that fly by, satellites, and black ops helicopters all watching your every move.

    It is a fact that we are being watched and recorded, but most of the photos and recordings being made today are not by the people you think of?

    If you drive down the road, shop in a mall or store, eat in a restaurant, drink in a bar, play in casino or a park, ride in an airplane, train, bus, taxi, or go to the movies, there is a good chance you are being watched and recorded on a camera system. So who is watching?

    It used to be that most recordings posted to the Internet were form systems designed to protect us from traffic collisions, burglary, robbery, and general street crimes. Due to the economy these systems are being expanded, to replace laid off employees that used to have the job of watching.  Often these photos and videos are still viewed at Law Enforcement agencies, TV stations and the home storage servers . Today there are many more reasons that photos and videos can be found on the Internet and they are of you and your family for anyone to see.

    Think about this growing threat to privacy and your security:

    According to World Telecommunications; as of 2011, it is estimated that there are close to 7 billion people in the world. One third of the population use the Internet and 45% of them are under the age of 25.  There are 6 billion mobile-cellular subscriptions and almost 1.2 billion have mobile broadband subscriptions that give wireless Internet anywhere cellular towers support it.

    Lyra Research lists; as of 2010, it is estimated that there will be more than 1.5 billion camera phones in circulation. Today's versions of these phones take high quality pictures and high definition video. Camera phone users have instant access to these devices to photograph and record anything they want.

    Many of the photos from these are uploaded to social networking, TV stations, blogs, and other Internet storage sites. A reported FaceBook engineer wrote on Quora.com; that there are over 200 million photographs uploaded to FaceBook every day, or 6 billion a month.

    Videos are also uploaded to social networking sites, TV stations blogs and other Internet storage sites. According to Yahoo answers; as of 2009 there were about 200,000 videos uploaded to YouTube every day. It would take 600 years to watch all of the video on site at the time.

    Do you use one of these social networking sites to share your personal information and do you have photos or videos that connect to your information?  Try running your name in a Google Search and use photo in the search term. Even though security is turned on, many times a profile photo will show up in the search. Friends and friends of friends may show up also.

    4G cellular service is now the norm and faster service is on the horizon. With these faster services, the big advertisements of camera phones today are the ability to stream movies and to stream photos and videos live! You can already see it work on local TV news when you hear phone quality sound of the reporter with jumpy hand held video. You will start to see more live events on TV stations being streamed form someone that just happens to be there at the time.

    Can big brother use these images, videos and information. The answer is yes and no. There are rules of law that have to do with expectation of privacy; meaning the general public would feel that they are in an area of expected privacy. But since society now allows and expects to carry and use camera phones anywhere, what happens to our expectation of privacy?  Only the courts will be able to figure that out in the years to come. My bet is that right now the answer in most cases is yes and privacy expectation will slowly diminish as we get even more comfortable watching each other.

    Can crooks and predators use the information. It is reported everyday that they do.

    So what do you do to protect your family and yourself For Security Sake?

    Limit the information you give out on the Internet and social networks. If you or a friend puts it out there, it will be seen and possibly used.

    Join our news letter to receive information on products that can help you with protection and safety.

    And remember everything you do in a place where there are other people has the likelihood of being recorded. Someone holding a cell phone pointed in your direction does not always mean they are texting.

     

    Be safe out there!

     

     

     

     

     

     

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