What is the motivation for the surge in firearms purchases in recent years? Some of it is motivated by fear, mostly due to politicians threatening to restrict civil rights like the Second Amendment. Another aspect though is the realization that an armed representative of The State will not be around to protect you. After all, bad things happen…especially when guys like this show up.

robbery

Continue reading

Even new garage doors have inherent vulnerabilities which make them susceptible to thieves. One of these is the emergency release, which allows the door to be disconnected from the garage door opener. As you can see in this video, it doesn’t take long to break into a garage.

The good news is you can mitigate this threat and it will only cost you a few minutes and around $20.

Continue reading

Most burglars break into a house via a door (56%), so it is important to make these entry points more resilient to forced entry. According to the FBI, over 1.5 million burglary attempts were made on residential structures in 2010. It makes sense to protect your home against this type of crime, one way to do this is by installing Door Armor.

Besides this; I also installed a new fiberglass door, lock hardware, and a single-side deadbolt to my front door. This has made my home more resistant to forced entry and a less-appealing target for a would-be thief. I strongly recommend that you install Door Armor on all your entryways in order to reduce your changes of being a victim of crime. For less than $80 a door, your home can have a superior level of safety and protection. Click here to order, you will glad you did!

One technology threat that is becoming more evident this year is ransom ware. This is a particular type of malware that holds computers and data hostage until a ransom is paid. It has become a popular way of hackers to monetize cyber crime, which is why such incidents are on the rise. For regular computer users, the costs of ransom ware usually runs into the hundreds of dollars and/or the loss of data. For critical infrastructure though, the costs are much higher.

Continue reading

It’s evident that prepping has gone mainstream, which is a good thing. When center-right political blogs like Ricochet and PJ Media publishing posts on the subject, you know prepping has gained newfound acceptance. One recent post deserves more attention since it represents actionable steps we can all take to make our homes more secure. This post talks about how to make your home a harder target and it’s worth a read. Here are some posts I have done on the subject that go into greater detail on some of those steps:

The goal isn’t to make one’s domicile into a suburban Fort Knox, that is neither feasible nor desirable. The objective is to make your house less attractive to a criminal so that he doesn’t target your house. Take the first steps now and see which of these actions you can take to harden your home.

The proliferation of cameras, social media, and a 24-hour news cycle has meant certain crimes get quickly elevated in the public consciousness. Over the last seven years (hmmm, wonder what changed?) there have been several high-profile crimes involving both police officers and armed civilians that have caused various degrees of civil unrest. This post from PJ Media discusses the “Ferguson Effect” that has affected police departments across the country.

…having the police there is only half of the solution to the rise in murders. Cops have to be there, and they have to be willing to get out of their cars and question people acting suspiciously. Police officers have always been willing to risk a shootout in the cause of defending the defenseless, but they are wary of becoming the next cop to star in some political prosecution.

What this means for civilians is that relying on the police to be there when you need them is wishful thinking. That means people need to be ready to be their own first responder and not expect fast response times from law enforcement. The bad news is that this will place a greater burden on citizens and require people to step-up their preparations. The good news is this could provide a catalyst to engage neighbors and like-minded people for mutual assistance. One thing is for sure though; policing is in a state of flux right now in America…plan accordingly.

A few weeks ago, I read a fascinating post about how active shooter scenarios would play out if some of the participants were CCW permit holders. It is worth your time to read and watch the accompanying video segments. I won’t reveal any spoilers but they key takeaway is this:

Weapons trainer Travis Bond said the best way to overcome the unknown is to prepare for it. “By going through the training and experiencing different things — and specifically looking for opportunities to engage, and knowing when not to engage — is as important as anything,”

This has applications beyond the (unlikely) event of various active shooter scenarios at work. Think about how you can gain experience at various activities in a safe, controlled setting so that you can learn without exposing yourself to risk. This will equip you with knowledge that you can apply in emergency situations.

HT to Kevin at Misfires and Light Strikes.

 

A while back a friend of mine wrote a thought-provoking article on playing the odds. The essence of the article is that most people don’t think twice about preventing residential fires, but the debate changes entirely when it comes to firearms ownership. There is no stigma attached with buying fire extinguishers, smoke alarms, and emergency lights to deal with fires. Nor should there be, after all household fires still happen regularly.

Continue reading