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  • 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!

  • Using The Right Home Security Gadgets Will Result in a Safe House

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    An acquaintance at the barber shop had a very good word for all of us having our hair cut that day. With today’s advances in technology, he said man can use many things to make his life as easy as possible. Unfortunately, he added, technology can be used both ways, good and bad.

    That made me think about home security for the average man. He needs to make use of modern technology to provide for a safe house setting. Modern technology is also useful to criminal elements. To be a step ahead of these elements, we must take stock of home security. The idea is to make your home a Safe House. To do that you need to scare off the criminal element away from your home.

    I searched the Internet for information about this topic. There are many affordable products for home security that will give any family a safe house environment.

    The Super Door Alarm was the first I saw. It is a door alarm with 120 db sound which alerts you of any unauthorized entry and also a door stop that will deny entry to that same person. We have replaced this door stop alarm with the Triple Action Doorstop that includes a motion detector in case the alarm is moved.

    Then I came to see the next product which is the Voice Alert System-6. It has a receiver/speaker base unit and a PIR (Passive Infrared) motion detector with sensor transmitters.

    Any motion detected from the 6 protected zones will cause the base unit to sound an alert, which are the recorded alert messages of the owner. The base unit will also trigger a floodlight in the area where motion is detected.

    Another home security device which can assure a safe house situation is the SlideAway Alarm, a compact magnetic door alarm. It has a 110 db siren appropriate for sliding doors. Its base is bolted to the door or window frame and its actuator is attached to the door or window.

    The Electronic Barking Dog Alarm is a device that can give a safe house situation. A barking dog typically scares strangers away. So, when the protected area is breached, the sound of an angry barking dog will be heard that will scare any intruder.

    ZebPet Enterprise's ForSecuritySake 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, and personal alarms. They offer complete support and instruction on how to use the products, including those listed in the article.

  • How Do You Know That Pepper Spray Works

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    You have probably seen pepper spray on a television show or movie. You might even have had a friend talk about or shown you a version of a pepper spray canister. But how do you know if Pepper Spray really works?

    Almost all police departments in the United States issue pepper spray to their officers because it has been proven, on the job, to save officers and suspects from injury or death. Just ask any police officer that works on patrol. Officers that have been on the street for awhile will tell you that pepper spray definitely works, because they have seen the effects of it personally. Of course it will be harder today to find an officer with enough time to answer your question.

    While I was growing up, in the 50s and 60s, police patrols gave our family a sense of security. Marked police cars would actually reduce the crime rate by driving around. Many crimes were prevented or caught in progress. When the police were around a suspect would move on to where there was a smaller police presence.

    Today we are moving into a changing society caused in part by the state of the economy. Police departments and sheriff offices are being reduced all over the United States; some like Maywood California, eliminated entirely. As a result, policing must be outsourced to neighboring agencies or the sheriff’s office. The police presence we have had for years is becoming the smaller police presence that criminals look for.

    On Thursday, July 15, 2010 NBC nightly news reported that due to personnel reduction, cities such as Oakland, California will no longer respond to non-violent crimes. Instead you will fill out a crime report on the internet.

    These internet report systems are generally designed to reduce the need for an officer to respond and satisfy your insurance company requirement for a police report. A search for evidence to catch the suspect, in most cases, won’t happen. The result is that the agency saves money and the suspect continues to commit his/her crimes. It also means we as citizens will have a greater chance of coming face to face with suspect(s) while a crime is in progress. A time the suspect could become violent and we would become the victim. Pepper spray is one popular way to protect ourselves from these and other types of violent threats.

    Pepper spray is easy to carry and can easily be in your hand while walking, jogging, or approaching your home or vehicle. Because of police reductions, crime has no way to go but up. We have a greater need to protect ourselves and be extra eyes and ears for our police.

    For more information on peper spray refer to our blog post: What is pepper spray and how does it work? or you can find more information in our handbook: THE FACTS ABOUT DEFENSE SPRAYS AND HOW TO USE THEM TO BRING CRIMINALS TO THEIR KNEES pictured at the top of this article

    With that I welcome you to ForSecuritySake.com. This site is where we list our home, personal protection, and other security products and specials. Pepper Spray, Personal Alarms, Home Alarms, and folding knives are just a few of the products you can find here.

    Be safe and secure out there!

  • What is Pepper Spray and How Does it Work

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    Pepper spray is a self-defense weapon that contains Oleoresin Capsicum or (OC). OC is an inflammatory agent made from hot cayenne and other peppers. Upon contact to the facial area, it causes an intense burning sensation, temporary blindness, restricted breathing and disorientation. Depending on concentration, affects can last anywhere from 15 to about 60 minutes, which will help put a safe distance between you and an attacker.  The time you get while the suspect is affected will help you escape and call the police. Pepper spray is inexpensive, affective, and a favorite self-defense choice in today’s market.

    The reaction to pepper spray is involuntary (not dependent on pain response), so it is effective on those who feel no pain, such as psychotics, drunks and drug abusers. Pepper spray also works to control animals and is sold as animal repellant.

    Pepper spray is used by nearly every law enforcement agency throughout the country. It is non-lethal and extremely effective when sprayed in the facial area and eyes.

    Because it is non-lethal, you will be more likely to use it without hesitation. If you act quickly, avoidance of serious injuries are very possible. Pepper defense spray is not expensive, and most States allow you to carry it without a permit.

    When using it you should be aware that it must be sprayed in the eyes or inhaled directly and it may take a few seconds for it to be effective. Rain may reduce range and effectiveness and you could get mist back when sprayed against strong wind.

    OC will not degrade over time, but as the unit gets older, it may not spray as far as expected, if at all. The aerosol propellant may leak out, rendering the spray less effective. To help insure integrity you should test your spray every 90 days. Testing will reduce the contents of the canister and you may need to replace the unit every 9 to 12 months. In any case, it is recommended that you replace your spray after the expiration date stamped on the unit canister.

    You should use pepper spray if you are threatened or your life is in danger. Use it ONLY in defense of yourself. It is a crime to use self-defense sprays in an offensive manner.

    Don’t panic if you get spray on yourself; Fresh air, water, soap and time are all that is needed to decontaminate you. Do NOT rub the affected area! As soon as possible you should remove all contaminated clothing and flush the affected area with cool water. (Warm water may intensify the burning and inflammation!) Wash the affected area with non-oil or cold cream based soap. Don't apply oily lotions--they will trap OC resin onto your skin.

    Have a physician examine the exposed area if any irritation or pain persists after you are  decontaminated.

    Pepper spray is LEGAL in all fifty states. Some states and cities have specific regulations pertaining to the purchase, possession and use of defense sprays. Please check with your local law enforcement agency for any regulations your state may have.

  • A Good Folding Knife Can Save You!

    At the age of 12, Boy Scouts taught me to always be prepared. Among the many things scouting taught me was to always have my folding knife with me. I used it for many things over the years, but I never knew how important my folding knife would be until one day in 2007.

    Lake Tahoe is called the Jewel of California and I think you would agree if you go there any time of year and looked at the beauty of the area. I remember camping there as a child at what is now Camp Ground by the Lake. Not only was it the best eye candy I had ever seen, but the cool crisp pine scent was fantastic. Each time I return to the Lake Tahoe area that same crisp pine scent always brings back those childhood memories.

    Over the years our family discovered another campground across the road and within walking distance of south shore Lake Tahoe. That campground has its own great little lake by the name of Fallen Leaf. Today it is our main family campground and my folding knife continues to serve, helping us all with sorts of camping tasks.

    All of that almost changed in the summer of 2007. It was June 24th and we were enjoying our last few days of a two week camping trip at Fallen Leaf Campground.  The wind had really picked up the night before and had not yet let up. My wife and I decided to eat at a restaurant near State Line Nevada, about a 20 minute drive. After diner we came out of the restaurant to the strong smell of smoke.

    As we drove down Tahoe Blvd toward Fallen Leaf Campground, we noticed a large plume of smoke in the mountains we thought was miles to the left of our campsite. We knew this was a large dangerous fire and that it would be all over the news. We called family on our cell phone to say we were OK and that the fire was not in our area. Then the road turned and the illusion of the fire being miles away dissolved as we realized the fire was very close to our campground. The forest fire is now known as the Angora fire.

    As we reached the entrance to Fallen Leaf Campground we were greeted with a mass exit of vehicles and RVs. We drove past a check point as we saw a traffic volunteer stop another vehicle. We were the last allowed to drive back into the campground because they didn’t see us drive past the check point.

    Just after hitching up our brand new 2007 5th wheel RV to our truck, a Camp Host came to us and said that the fire was expected to jump over the mountain ridge and would reach us in less than 30 minutes. Trouble was we were now hitched up and camping equipment was tied down with ropes and fishing line to the 5th wheel because of strong winds the night before. Looking up to the ridge didn’t help as the smoke and sparks from the fire looked to be right on top of us, as a monster looming, with tanker planes trying to slow it down.

    I thought briefly of driving out as is and deal with the damage to the 5th wheel later. Luckily I had my folding knife and was able to quickly cut the tie ropes and get the awning down. We were rope free and could then pull out of the campground.

    By the time we were out of the campground, the roads were closed so emergency equipment could be brought in. We were evacuated to Pope Beach at south shore Lake Tahoe and we sat there through the afternoon as helicopters dipped in the lake for water just behind us. They flew time and time again to try to put out hotspots without much luck. We watched the fire jump the mountain ridge toward us and we could see black smoke just over the ridge as structure after structure caught fire. Before nightfall 60 structures had burned.

    The Angora fire burned 3100 acres and thanks to a folding knife we only ended up with heavy smoke in our 5th wheel. I think little of that smoke damage knowing 254 families lost their homes and many other structures were burned or damaged before the fire was finally brought under control. It had to be God’s grace that no one lost their life.

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    Be Safe Out There!

  • Taser Helps Save Lives of a Despondent Citizen and Police Officers

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    June 2nd, 2010, a Manteca Bulletin Newspaper article by ERIKA HAFER describes how a Taser helped to save a life and also protect the officers using it from harm.

    It was a life and death foot pursuit Tuesday morning on the Highway 120 Bypass as Manteca Police Sergeant Julie Renfro risked her life dashing 150 yards to prevent a despondent 47-year- old man from ending his life in freeway traffic.

    While the Manteca man stepped into traffic three times Renfro nearly missed being hit by a westbound semi-truck in her attempt to restrain the distraught individual. Officers Greg Beall and Mike Keener, were also attempting to detain the man as officer John Machado used his unit to run road blocks in an effort to slow freeway traffic.

    As the man resisted arrest Beall and Keener were forced to tase him in their effort to keep him out of the traffic lanes and to take him into custody. Manteca officers transported the man to San Joaquin Mental Health in Stockton to be evaluated. No charges were filed against him. However a report of the incident was forwarded to San Joaquin County District Attorney’s Office. He could face charges of resisting arrest.

    Officers had been called to the Union Road overpass half an hour earlier when motorists feared for the man’s safety on top of the bridge, saying he was acting erratically.

  • Don't Make It Easy For A Burglar To Victimize You

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    Many burglars are amateurs, but there are some that plan ahead. To stay safer in your home, make it harder to break into your house and make it look and sound as if someone is home.

    Our Electronic Barking Dog Alarm Makes a Burglar think you have a vicious dog inside your home.  This multifunctional BARKING DOG ALARM system uses an electronic radar-wave sense control. This technology allows it to "see" through wood, cement, brick, glass, etc. When an intruder enters the 1000 triangle of protection, it automatically begins barking like an angry dog. From outside, it sounds like you have a very unfriendly dog inside. It also can announce visitors with a chime or alarm. The radar sensitivity is adjustable from 10-20 feet. Volume is also adjustable. Stands 9 inches tall. Powered by AC power supply. Also takes 8 AA back-up batteries (not included) in case of power loss. Unit needs to face in the direction you want to detect motion. Detection is limited from the sides and rear. The included remote control lets you Arm and Disarm the system, as well as set off a Panic alarm. You can also connect one additional sensor (HA-MOTION or HA-SENSOR).

    Below  are some tips in the words of someone that is looking to get into your home.

    • Sometimes I carry a clipboard. Sometimes, I dress like a lawn guy and carry rake. I do my best to never, ever look like a criminal.
    • I love when you leave windows open, especially the rear bathroom window. It may be small but rest assured I can get in.
    • The two things I hate most: barking dogs and nosy neighbors.
    • I’ll break a window to get in, even if it makes a little noise. If your neighbor hears one loud sound, he’ll stop what he’s doing and wait to hear it again. If he doesn’t hear it again, he’ll just go back to what he was doing. It’s human nature.
    • I’m not complaining, but why would you pay all that money for a fancy alarm system and leave your house without setting it?
    • I love looking in your windows. I’m looking for signs that you’re home, and for flat screen TVs or gaming systems I’d like. I’ll drive or walk through your neighborhood at night, before you close the blinds, just to pick my targets.
    • Avoid announcing your vacation on your Facebook page. It’s easier than you think to look up your address.
    • To you, leaving that window open just a crack during the day is a way to let in a little fresh air. To me, it’s an invitation.
    • Hey, thanks for letting me use the bathroom when I was working in your yard last week. While I was in there, I unlatched the back window to make my return a little easier.
    • Of course I look familiar. I was here just last week cleaning your floors, painting your home or delivering your new appliance.
    • Do you really think I won’t look in your sock drawer? I always check the dresser drawers, the bedside table, and the medicine cabinet.
    • Here’s a helpful hint: I almost never go into the kids’ rooms.
    • You’re right: I won’t have enough time to break into that safe where you keep your valuables. But if it’s not bolted down, I’ll take it with me.
    • A loud TV or radio can be a better deterrent than the best alarm system. Leave your TV on when you go out.
    • If it snows while you’re out of town, get a neighbor to create car and foot tracks into your house. Virgin drifts in the driveway are a dead giveaway.
    • Yes, I really do look for newspapers piled up on the driveway. And I might leave a pizza flyer in your front door to see how long it takes you to remove it.
    • If decorative glass is part of your front entrance, don’t let your alarm company install the control pad where I can see its set. That makes it too easy.
    • A good security company alarms the window over the sink. And the windows on the second floor, which often access the master bedroom – and your jewelry. It’s not a bad idea to put motion detectors up there too.
    • It’s raining, you’re fumbling with your umbrella, and you forget to lock your door – understandable. But understand this: I don’t take a day off because of bad weather.
    • I always knock first. If you answer, I’ll ask for directions somewhere or offer to clean your gutters.
    • If you don’t answer when I knock, I try the door. Occasionally, I hit the jackpot and walk right in.

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  • Welcome To Our Blog at ForSecuritySake.com

    For_Security_Sake_ShieldDuring 30 plus full time years as a Police Officer, Detective, and Supervisor I have been in a unique position to witness crime scenes, learn from my partners and suspects, and participate in criminal court proceedings. During the last 6 years of my career, my assignment was to enhance my department’s technology.

    I traveled across the United States to meet representatives of other police departments and technology companies. We discussed crime trends and a way to combat them. We found that although crime statistics vary from location to location, criminals tend to act similarly when committing crimes.

    My reason for becoming a police officer was to help people be more safe and secure in their daily lives. Retiring from Law Enforcement did not stop that desire and www.ForSecuritySake.com is my way to continue. You will find quality protection products for Home, Business and Self protection.

    Self Protection products include  Taser,  Mace, Pepper Spray, and Personal Alarms. For a sample of products for home safety you will find  low cost alarm systems, diversion safes, and Family Life kits. For your business we currently have the Ultimate Office Safety and Security kit.

    Please sign up for our FREE e-mail news letter that will be packed with tips, news, and humor. All we need is your email address at the bottom of any of our site pages.

    While you are here, be sure to take a look at our products. Most  are to enhance your security and safety, with a few just for fun.

    Please bookmark www.ForSecuritySake.com and come back often to see what new products have been added to our Web Store.

     

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