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“The police do not provide security in your home, your business or the street. They show up after the crime to take reports and do detective work. The poorer the neighborhood, the riskier it is for peaceful residents. Only an armed citizenry can be present in sufficient numbers to prevent or deter violent crime before it starts, or to reduce its spread.”
-Libertarian Party Platform-
- Home Security Philosophy
- Home Invasion
- Fundamentals of Home Defense
- Harden Your Home
- Look As Though You Are Home
- Door & Window Locks
- Exterior Doorss
- Alarm Systems
- Motion Sensitive Security Lights
- Light Timers
- Security Cameras
- Yappy Little Dogs
- Social Media OPSEC
- Stage Your Guns
- Home Security Hacks
- Travel Security
- Public Transportation
- Automated Teller Machines
- Hotel Rooms
- Hotel Room Doors
- Hotel Room Safes
- Parking Lots
Misinformation & Misdirection:
Operational Security (OPSEC):
“Somewhere out there right now someone is preparing for the day you both shall meet. How prepared will you be?”
Personal Security Philosophy:
- Practice situational awareness.
- Practice avoidance.
- Always have a way out.
- Always have a weapon: firearm, knife, pepper spray, improvised weapon.
“When a strong man, fully armed, guards his own palace,
his goods are safe.”
Home Security Philosophy:
Fundamentals of Home Defense:
Rob Pincus’ 5 Fundamentals Of Home Defense:
- Evade: Run like a lil’ bitch and let the bad guy have the things you worked hard for.
- Baracade: Hide like a lil’ bitch inside your own home.
- Arm Yourself: Your hiding spot should have weapons.
- Make Contact With The Police: Call the cops and warn the bad guy you’re prepared to shoot him.
- Respond To The Threat As Appropriate: Shoot if necessary.
Harden Your Home:
Look As Though You Are Home:
- Add timers to lamps so that lights will turn on and turn off at random times as though someone is home.
- Have a trusted neighbor collect your mail when you are out-of-town, or have the post office hold your mail for you.
- When you are out-of-town have a trusted neighbor park their car in your driveway so as to look like someone is home.
- Make it difficult to break in. Add dead-bolts if you do not already have them.
- Fit window locks to all downstairs windows, and to easily accessible upstairs windows.
- Lock all outside doors and windows before you leave or go to bed.
- Rekey or replace your locks. When you move into a new property or lose a key, your home needs to be rekeyed. When we moved into our home there were quite a few people who had a key to our house. The previous owner, the Realtor, the owner’s attorney, the neighbor, and goodness knows who else. It cost $75 dollars to have all exterior door rekeyed and it provided a great deal of peace of mind.
- Change locks immediately if your keys are lost or stolen.
Exterior doors should be made of a solid material such as wood or metal, a dead-bolt, a lock on the door knob, and a Double Strike Plate with 3-inch long screws so there are no weak points if someone attempts to kick the door down.
Noise scares burglars away. More soon.
Motion Sensitive Security Lights:
Keep your property well-lit. Install motion sensor lighting near the exterior doors. Add solar landscaping lights to brighten up shadowed areas.
While you should install motion sensitive floodlights around your property, it is important to note several deficiencies with these systems:
- Floodlights are only effective if someone is watching the area.
- Unmonitored, floodlights only help criminals see what they are doing.
- A thief that is forced to use a flashlight is much more conspicuous. A floodlight system will help them work.
- The human eye adjusts to the brightest light around. Too bright lights conceal everything in the darkness around them.
Add inexpensive timers to lamps throughout your home so that they turn on and off at random times so that it appears that someone is at home.
Yappy Little Dogs:
A study suggested that 95% of burglars would run if they came face-to-face with a large, unwelcoming dog.
Get to know your neighbors. Neighbors that become friends can be a great resource for protecting your home while you’re away. They can collect your mail each day so that it does not pile up in the mailbox giving potential burglars the message that you are not home. They can call you or the police if they see an unfamiliar vehicle in your driveway or noise coming from your house. You can set up a neighborhood watch and keep an eye on vacant houses that are for sale. Vacant homes can attract squatters and squatters can add to crime in the area.
Social Media OPSEC:
Stop being so social! Do not use social media to announce when you are away from home.
- 15% of Americans post tweets or updates when they leave home.
- 35% of Americans age 18-34 check in at locations away from home.
- 78% believe that burglars use Twitter, Facebook, and Foursquare to target which properties to rob.
- 74% believe that burglars use Google Street View to case homes before robberies.
Stage Your Guns:
Home Security Hacks:
“Be polite. Be professional. But, have a plan to kill everyone you meet.”
-General James Mattis, USMC-
- Never leave your purse, backpack or briefcase in plain view. Lock it up when you leave your desk or office.
- Keep the office door locked if you work alone or before/after normal business hours.
- Try to find another worker or a security guard to walk out with you if you work late.
- Do not get in the elevator with another person if you do not feel comfortable with that person; take the next one. If you have to get in, stand next to the control panel so that if you are attacked, you can press the alarm and as many of the control buttons as possible.
- Be alert for pickpockets on crowded elevators.
“Don’t look conspicuous. It draws fire.”
-From Murphy’s Laws of Combat-
Travel Security Essentials:
- Always be alert and aware of your surroundings and of the people around you.
- Always carry ID and enough cash with you in case you need it for an emergency or to call a taxi, etc.
- Keep flashy jewelry out of sight.
- Whenever possible, buddy-up to walk out to dark parking lots.
- Make casual eye contact with people when walking.
- Do not be easily distracted or take your eyes off of someone you feel looks suspicious in a possibly dangerous situation.
- Always inform family or friends if you are traveling, and give them itinerary dates and locations you will visit.
- Try to stay away from the brush or trees when walking or running. Always be prepared to run away from an attacker and scream.
- Turn and go in the opposite direction of the car if a stranger approaches offering a ride. If possible, write down the license plate and description of the car.
- Do not respond to conversation from strangers on the street.
- Walk confidently, at a steady pace, and have your keys ready in your hand.
- Avoid being on a cell phone with an iPod in your other ear unaware of your surroundings. This makes you an easy target.
- Avoid dangerous places at night time, visit them during day time hours.
- Stop and look around if you feel unsafe entering an area. You may want to return at a different time. Trust your instincts.
- Be aware of escape routes for emergencies, and post phone numbers of the Police and Fire Departments in your cell phone so you do not have to fumble pushing many numbers.
- Avoid danger spots like quiet or badly-lit alleyways, subways or isolated car parks. Walk down the middle of the pavement if the street is deserted.
- Consider heading for a public place; somewhere you know there will be other people, for example a garage or shop.
- Avoid passing stationary cars with their engines running and people sitting in them.
- Try to keep both hands free and don’t walk with your hands in your pockets.
- Walk facing oncoming traffic whenever possible, to avoid curb crawlers.
- Keep your mind on your surroundings – remember if you are chatting on your mobile phone or wearing a personal stereo, you will not hear trouble approaching.
- Trust your instincts and take action if you think you are being followed. As confidently as you can, cross the road, turning to see who is behind you. If you are still being followed, keep moving. Make for a busy area and tell people what is happening.
- Beware of someone who warns you of the danger of walking alone and then offers to accompany you. This is a ploy some attackers have been known to use.
According to the Code of Federal Regulations, 49 CFR Part 175.10, Exceptions for passengers, crew members, and air operators, One self-defense spray, not exceeding 118 mL (4 fluid ounces) by volume, that incorporates a positive means to prevent accidental discharge may be carried in checked baggage only. This makes it almost inexcusable not to have pepper spray with you when you are traveling (except while riding on an aircraft).
- Avoid isolated bus or train stops. Otherwise, continuously look all around you. Be aware.
- Don’t stay in the same spot and make yourself an easy target if at a bus or train stop and feel unsafe.
- Don’t open you purse or wallet while boarding the bus; have your fare ready.
- Sit as close to the bus driver as possible while on a bus during off-hours.
- Check your purse or wallet if someone is jostling, crowding or pushing you.
Automated Teller Machines:
- Be extra careful when using ATM machines. Make sure nobody is hovering nearby and don’t count your money in the middle of the street.
- Don’t answer the door in a hotel or motel room without verifying who it is. If a person claims to be an employee, call the front desk and ask if someone from their staff is supposed to have access to your room and for what purpose.
- When returning to your hotel or motel late in the evening, use the main entrance of the hotel. Be observant and look around before entering parking lots.
- Close the door securely whenever you are in your room and use all of the locking devices provided.
- Don’t needlessly display guest room keys in public or carelessly leave them on restaurant tables, at the swimming pool, or other places where they can be easily stolen.
- Do not draw attention to yourself by displaying large amounts of cash or expensive jewelry.
- Don’t invite strangers to your room.
- Place all valuables in the hotel or motel safe deposit box.
- Do not leave valuables in your vehicle. They will not be there the next morning.
- Check to see that any sliding glass doors or windows and any connecting room doors are locked.
- If you see any suspicious activity, report your observations to the management.
Hotel Room Doors:
ALWAYS keep your hotel room door locked. Several times I have been given the key to someone elses room and have walked in on them. Even if someone has innocent intentions, you may find them walking in your room. Lock all of the available locks on the door while you are in your room. ALWAYS.
Hotel Room Safes:
Some of these videos may suggest that it is easy to hack digital hotel room safes. I have found several instances where the “master code” is the last four digits of the hotel’s phone number or fax number (listed on your hotel room’s phone). Most times the code isn’t that easy to figure out. Also, I haven’t seen a hotel room safe that uses more than four numeric characters as suggested by one of the videos.
The lesson to learn from these videos is that there is a master code,and that someone besides you can open your safe.
Vehicle Security Philosophy:
Guns in the Car:
Driveway Motion Sensors:
These Driveway Patrol Sensor and Receiver Kits are motion sensors that wirelessly send a signal to the indoor receiver which rings a doorbell type chime. These can be placed at the entrances to driveways and walkways, or anywhere else around your perimeter that you want to be notified if someone is present. You can mask off the eye and camouflage paint the box so that it isn’t as noticeable.
If you need to deny vehicle access to an area use a chainsaw to bring down a tree across the road. Look for trees now that you can use in the future should you ever need to. Of course you need to keep in mind that any vehicles on the inside of where the tree falls will be trapped.
An alternative vehicle denial method might be to string a heavy-duty steel cable between trees across the road. Be sure to hang “no trespassing” or similar signs and orange safety ribbon so that no one accidentally drives into the cable. When secured with a padlock it will be easy to deny or grant vehicle access as necessary.
Neighborhood Watch and Mutual Aid Philosophy:
The police hold a duty to protect the community at large, not individual citizens. The United States Supreme Court ruled, in 2005, that police do not have a constitutional responsibility to protect a person from harm, even when a known danger exists. Translations: After a major disaster or during social unrest you and yours are on your own. Looters will roam the neighborhoods in packs, usually at night, looking for easy targets. The cops on the street, besides the ones who are still at home keeping their own families safe, will stay mostly in the public and commercial areas. They probably won’t venture into the suburbs or residential areas. The National Guard will be assigned to major, strategic intersections and locations. The security and enforcement personnel will quickly become exhausted and reactive. You will have a much better chance of handling an emergency or security issue if you have some type of group organization in your neighborhood or on your street.
During the good times pay attention to who are the able-bodied, similar minded people in your neighborhood. Keep mental notes of who has had military, law-enforcement, medical, or similar training. Also keep in mind who has firearms. When the opportunity arises, strike up conversations regarding a possible collective plan on how to protect your community after a disaster or during social unrest. Small town fire and police departments have mutual aid agreements. If there is a disaster or emergency on a scale greater than a department can handle, the adjoining agencies will pitch in to help. Adopt a mutual aid policy with your neighbors. There is strength in numbers.
Suggest that all the members of your mutual-aid agreement have a set of Motorola or similar brand of GMRS radios (as discussed in Savannah Arsenal’s Communications page). Cell phones and landlines will most likely be out of service during a serious crisis. If all the members of your “neighborhood watch” or “mutual assistance group” monitor their radios, it will be much easier and safer to summon help, especially at night when it isn’t necessarily safe to go around knocking on doors. Have a mutual plan of how everyone should respond to various types of emergencies.
In addition to security there are many other benefits to creating a mutual-aid policy.