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  • You may not need an expensive surveillance system. A Cheap dummy camera just might do the trick!

    The Woodland Hills home of Rams receiver Robert Woods was burglarized on Thursday, Sept. 27 during a win over the Minnesota Vikings in a prime-time game at the L.A. Memorial Coliseum. That was just last month. Obviously, wealthy people make prime targets, but what about the rest of us? You are more vulnerable if you don’t have a surveillance system set up. But you don’t have to go crazy if you can’t afford one. Fortunately a cheap dummy camera can achieve the same effect as a real one.

    Just earlier this month, the home of Los Angeles Dodgers star Yasiel Puig was also burglarized in the San Fernando Valley while he was at Dodger Stadium facing the Colorado Rockies. Puig's home has been burglarized four times in the past 18 months. Insane! Who knows if they had surveillance cameras installed or not but celebrities are always prime targets for robbery since burglars know there’s something of value to be attained. Often they would take the risk.

    Fortunately, the average person isn’t as prime a target as celebrities. Most criminals won’t break into your home if there’s a surveillance system installed because it may not be worth the risk getting caught on camera. But that doesn’t mean your in the clear. You should still get a surveillance system if you can afford one, but a fake surveillance camera can achieve the same effect of deterring a would be burglar.

    This fake surveillance camera only cost $14. It even has a constant flashing red LED light just like a real one and it looks realistic too. It can be easily set up in just minutes and can be mounted anywhere. The batteries are also easy to swap out just by sliding the sun shade off and inserting 2 AA batteries.

    Yes most surveillance systems are expensive but you can easily get a cheap dummy camera if you’re tight on a budget. It may feel like a prop at first, but it’s effective at deterring home invasions. Most reports claim about 60% of burglars don’t even attempt a break-in if they see security cameras outside the home. You should still get a real one if you can afford it. However most criminals won’t be able to tell the difference between a real one and a fake one. In the end, it’s better than nothing and very cheap. Most costing less than $20. If you could decrease your likelihood of being robbed by 60%, wouldn’t you? If you can’t afford the real deal, then at least get yourself a cheap dummy camera so you can minimize the chances of your home being robbed.

  • 3 Easy Things You Can Do NOW To Protect Your Home From a Burglary

    Recently there has been a bunch of celebrity burglaries in Los Angeles and all of them were targeted thanks to social media. Some of these famous people include Alanis Morissette, Nicki Minaj, Emmy Rossum, Jaime Pressly, David Spade, Christina Milian, Derek Fisher, and Byron Scott.

    Rihanna was the most recent victim proceeded by another burglar named Eduardo Leon (26 years old) a few months back, after he was arrested for supposedly breaking into Rihanna's home after staying in her house about 12 hours before being caught. He was charged with stalking, first-degree residential burglary, and vandalism. Rihanna wasn’t home during either of these robberies, and police say this is a common theme amount all of these recent robberies. Criminal seem to know when to strike their famous targets and robbers have come forth to admit they use social media to track them.

    The LAPD released info on four arrested people who are suspected to be connected to these celebrity robbing sprees.

    Tyress Williams (19 years old), Jshawne Daniels (also 19 years old), Damaji Hall (18 years old), and Ashle Hall (34 years old and also Damaji’s mother), were caught and confessed to “monitoring the celebrity’s social media accounts, tour dates, tour routes,  and travel schedules before committing the burglaries”.

    It’s scary how easily you can expose yourself online. A simple snap of your current evening dinning may seem innocent to you, but for a robber, all your telling them is that your not home. What’s worse is that in many cases of domestic robberies, most of them are committed by people who know the target i.e, your “friends”. It’s scary to think how seemingly easy it is for a group of committed teenagers to orchestrate such robberies on multiple high profile targets. It really makes you think “if it can happen to someone like Rihanna, how vulnerable am I?”

    Most people are extremely vulnerable because most people don’t have any type of security defenses at any level. It doesn’t cost much to set up some basic defenses.

    1. First of all, turn off locational services and gps on your apps. It looks something like this (if your using an iPhone or iPad). 

      It usually pops up after signing into a new app for the first time or when accessing apps that require gps tracking like google maps. It should give you a brief description of why it wants to “access your location”.

      You can easily access locational services for an app by going into your settings,scrolling all the way down to your apps, then select the app you wish to turn locational services off for.

    If the app uses gps tracking, then the “location” will be an option for selection.Click on location and select when you would like gps to track you.

    Unless you want people to know where you are at a specific time when you make a post, we recommend you choose “never” for social media apps likes Facebook, Instagram, or Snapchat.

    You should select “while using the app” for certain apps like google maps. The app will only track you while your using it, which makes sense if your using gps to get from one location to another, or to track the distance your ran during your fitness jog.

    “Always” means the app will always track you, wether your using it or not.

    Turning off locations is free, so do it now if you haven’t already.

    2. If you can’t afford a decent surveillance system, It’s worth purchasing a dummy camera. They’re super cheap and easy to install. Criminals won’t be able to tell the difference and its better than having nothing at all. In fact, statistics show that 60% of burglars will not even attempt a home invasion if they see a camera outside your property.

    However that still leaves 40% of criminals who would still take the risk. Within the last 10 months, Puig's Encino’s home has been robbed four times, all while he was playing during scheduled games at Dodgers Stadium. Police said they have surveillance footage from both robberies that would help them in find the criminals responsible. So it’s still worth investing in surveillance cameras if you can. If your home is hit, having surveillance footage of the criminals is the next best thing to catching the burglars and recovering your stolen goods.

    3. If someone does successfully break into your home, they’ll obviously be looking for easy to grab valuables. Most people make it easy by leaving their stuff out in the open, not suspecting they will be the victim of a home invasion. Is that kind of person you?

    Make it harder for criminals by hiding your valuables in decoy safes. Criminals will never suspect something like a wall clock to house expensive jewelry or money. Decoy safes are a cheap last ditch effort to prevent your most valued items from being stolen.

  • Can Stun Guns Really Kill You?

    Stun guns don't kill people, people kill people. Stun guns can technically kill you, but they are not designed to. We tend to think of electricity as a harmful force to our bodies, but in smaller doses, electricity is harmless. In fact, it subconsciously drives every motor function you perform through what's commonly known as electrical communication signals. Stun guns disrupt these electrical signals your body gives off often causing you to become incapacitated. However many technicalities people may come up with to how a stun gun can kill you, never provide solid evidence to support actual deaths.

    Theoretically speaking, Yes a person with a terribly bad heart can potentially die from being shocked directly in the chest, but how many ill people with critical heart issues are out there purse snatching? Yes, technically an extremely old person can become critically injured from being shocked in the chest, but when have we last heard of an old lady attacking someone with malicious intent? If such people have the physical capacity to be considered a threat to another person, then more than likely, they are physically capable of surviving the effects of a stun gun. The circumstances that support the theory that a person could be killed by a stun gun are so exaggerated that they are completely unlikely and unrealistic. That's why there are no reports to support these claims.  Without undermining the possibility that there are people out there who have vulnerable health issues and committing crimes, the likelihood of such things are so farfetched, that it's practically nonexistent. A stun gun is categorized as more less deadly, than non-deadly. Because nothing is truly nonlethal.

    Despite any specific details regarding the cause of death, many times, the death is blamed on the stun gun or taser despite the clear use of excessive physical force. But before you let that discourage you, keep in mind that everything and anything can be used as a lethal weapon. A spoon that's designed to eat can be used to kill someone if they really wanted to, but that's not what they are designed for. And you don't see a spoon nor associate it as a deadly weapon. This is exactly true of stun guns. They are designed for self-defense and not killing. To kill someone with a stun gun would require a person to go out of their way and truly attempt to do so which is an irresponsible use of your stun gun. It would be like deliberately pouring bleach into someone's cup of water. It doesn't happen by accident. It happens with intention.

    In many cases of what can be considered police brutality, there is evidence of people being killed while using a stun gun or taser, but as stated, excessive force has always been applied. Many of these cases, the target is already on the floor and defenseless, but yet they are continuously stunning the target even after they submit. As part of police procedure when dealing with a person already deemed a threat, they often use added physical force by typically placing their knee against the targets neck or smother the target by multiple officers jumping on the target in an attempt to handcuff them. Many debate whether it's the taser or the physical force from such tactics as smothering the target in an attempt to subdue them, as the cause of death since we are rarely given the specific cause of death. Regardless of what we are left to speculate, the truth is that even cops don't use tasers responsibly. Excessive force is a common issue with law enforcement, and using your stun gun past the point where an attacker is already on the floor is an irresponsible use of your stun gun or taser. Stun guns are designed as a defensive weapon specifically to deter someone from engaging you. They are not meant to be an offensive weapon to help subdue a person. Unfortunately, they are commonly misused by our law enforcement which gives it a negative perception in the public eye.

    It can be frustrating whenever a taser is used in the event of a death, that despite the absence of specific reports leading to the cause of death, 9 times out of 10, people automatically conclude that it was the taser that killed the person. There are so many misconceptions about stun guns. There are a lot of false studies out there about stun guns potentially killing people or having the ability to. But in all of these reports from so called professionals & doctors, they base their findings on vague theories and unsupported data. Almost every theory claims stun guns can kill people because they seem to have enough power to do so. It's true that stun guns are a very powerful self-defense weapon, but they’re not strong enough to kill anyone. Something like the runt stun gun, for example, it packs a big punch with its 20,000 volts, and can easily drop someone faster than they knew what happened. But it won’t kill a person, especially when used as intended.

    Tasers as well, which can be thought of as the big brother to stun guns are sometimes even more powerful and are generally what people often think of when they think of stun guns. They’re very powerful and are usually a projectile alternative of the stun gun. They’re a stark contrast to the up close and personal stun gun. It's no wonder they are favored by law enforcement as a nonlethal alternative. Take for example the X26P. These babies are the standard sidearm of law enforcement and can within seconds, cause a person to suffer from involuntary muscle contractions, loss of body control, and sensations such as pain and extreme fatigue which can lead to knocking them unconscious, or at the very least, incapacitating & rendering them incapable of attacking you. But they will not kill a person. This accurately describes what a stun gun and taser will do and is why they are generally favored as self-defense weapons. Despite it being non-lethal, it's still very important to practice responsible use of a stun gun.

    Stun guns come in many shapes and sizes. There is no better example of this than the cell phone stun gun. They are inconspicuous, extremely powerful, and no one would even second guess a cell phone to be a stun gun. Which comes as a big shocker to anyone stirring up trouble… No pun intended.

    As a general rule, a one-half second stun from a stun gun will repel and startle the attacker, giving pain, discomfort, and muscle contractions. One to two seconds will cause muscle spasms and a dazed mental state. Over three seconds will cause loss of balance and muscle control, mental confusion, and disorientation. And extended use can even render a person unconscious. Although you can't kill someone with a stun gun, it's also true that you shouldn't over do it. Unnecessary force is not tolerable and is an irresponsible use of your stun gun.

    So how long should you hold the stun gun to your attacker? The short answer is- however long it takes to stop them from being a threat to you. You should hold your stun gun to the assailant until they are no longer a threat or until your safe & you can get away and call the police, whether that takes one second or six seconds. Everyone is different, and everyone has different tolerance levels, so times can vary. Use your common sense to decide if the person is still a threat or not. You do not need to overdo it when your assailant is clearly defeated. It can be hard to resist the temptation of giving them "what they deserve", but causing your attacker extreme harm out of rage is not the right thing to do. Don't stoop to their level, you're better than that! Remember, stun guns are for defending yourself not assaulting people. Use them responsibly as intended, & don't worry about killing someone with it.

  • Why people don't care about their personal safety?

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     It's a question that people don't ask themselves very often if it all. And the sad part is that it doesn't become important until it's too late. Considering this is our first post, I feel it's appropriate to acknowledge self-defense as a whole & why it sits in the foreground of our thoughts.

    Your personal safety should be one of the most important concerns in your life. It's taken for granted too often and many people overlook it on a daily basis. Stop for a minute and ask yourself "what do I have to defend myself?" Then ask yourself, "can I take it with me everywhere I go?” If you’re having a hard time answering that, then you may need to reevaluate your priorities.

    People are too easily distracted by things that really don't matter. They concern themselves with social media, the latest smartphones, new clothes & shoes, or partying. All of that is great, I know. We all like to have fun and enjoy our fair share of shopping. But what good is that stuff without your health? Could you imagine living the rest of your life without one of your eyes? God forbid you lost 1 after being attacked one night. I can hardly keep one eye closed for 10 minutes if I tried. It’s easy to forget the little things that we overlook every day. And it's usually the most important; we just don't realize it until we lose it. This world can be cruel & unforgiving. It's never a question of if; it's a question of when. Having something like the keychain alarm can make all the difference. It's one of the most reliable self-defense products around. It's small, affordable, loud, & made to attach to your keychain and go anywhere, making it a very popular choice for safety on the go.

    Below is a video about some personal safety tips for you. They may seem obvious, but the repetitive nature of the things you do on a daily basis become a habit. Use it to your advantage to make safe practices a habit. Remember, building situational awareness is very important. Preparation sets you up for success. Most crimes occur because people do not anticipate them coming, and so they are caught off guard and are completely defenseless as a result. Follow these tips so you can be more prepared for anything. And remember this, lack of knowledge and experience creates fear. But the more you prepare yourself for the unexpected, the more control you have over yourself which allows you to make better decisions where other people would panic and make more mistakes, which puts them in a worse position.

    So why don't people care about self-defense? Well, it’s not that people don't care; they just care about other things more and forget how important it is. With so many distractions in life, many things get pushed into the background. People have that mentality that "it won't happen to me, it's never happened before and I doubt it ever will". But life usually hits you the hardest when you’re not expecting it to. So it’s worth investing in your safety. Better safe than sorry is my motto and having something, even like the heart attack key chain, is better than nothing. Make sure you have something to defend yourself with at all times (not just at home) because something is better than nothing.

  • Volts vs. Amps What’s more important?

    OK so in order to understand which is more important. You have to understand what they are.  Volts are the unit of electromotive force, which determine the potential of amps of current against resistance. An amp which is short for ampere (named after French mathematician and physicist André-Marie Ampère) is a unit of electric current equal to a flow of one coulomb per second. Both of these are the scientific definitions which are confusing for most people. To keep it simple, think of volts as the power of the current and think of the amps as the amount of power that goes through the current.

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    Now just remember that these are not literal representations of how all this works. It’s actually more complicated than this. I’m just simplifying it in a way that you can mentally picture and understand easier in your head. I’ve left out many parts of the equation like resistance and specific terms like milliamps or ohms, but I’m focusing mainly on volts and amps. I feel these are good ways of explaining it so that it doesn’t over complicate or confuse you. You still following along? Ok. So remember how I brought up the running faucet? Let’s say you turn the water on just a little. The current which is determined by how much you turn the water on, is pretty weak right now. This is your voltage. Your voltage is also being controlled by how much you turn the faucet on. So basically, the power (aka the voltage) of the water (aka the current), is being determined by how much you turn the faucet. The amps are flowing through the current (the water). Now if you turn the faucet all the way on, you are increasing the flow of water (current), and making it (the voltage or power behind current) stronger. This will also increase the amount of amps in the current coming out.

    If you’ve been following along up to this point, you hopefully have a general idea of how all this works. But now you’re wondering how this all applies to a stun gun or taser. Well stun guns are not like faucets but they work somewhat the same way. Stun guns and tasers are designed with a limiter. That’s why you will see stun guns with voltage as high as 18 million volts. That’s the limit of that specific stun gun, and they’re designed this way to disable a person, not kill them.

    So which is more important? They both are! Yes technically amps are what causes the initial shock, but the voltage is what carries the amps and makes it strong enough to shock you. It’s like if someone was hit by a car (god forbid). The driver couldn’t kill someone by simply running into them with their own force. It’s the power behind the car that can kill, but the car doesn’t drive itself. It’s the driver that controls how fast and in what direction the car goes, so both are needed in the equation, making both equally as important.

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