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I grew up and spent a good deal of time with petty criminals, a handful of whom had a dangerous human nature. Maybe that doesn’t say much for me, or maybe it does, because it quickly hit home with me that I preferred being a law-abiding citizen rather than a law-breaker. For any number of reasons, the law enforcement career I had planned on just didn’t happen, but over the years, I’ve spent more time learning about and observing criminals than most civilians.
It’s been eye-opening, to say the least. As a psychology major, I was able to learn even more about how the criminal mind works, as explained in this excellent book by a former FBI profiler.…Read More...
If you are watching the news and following events you know that the country could be in major crisis with very little notice. The average citizen in Venezuela had little time to prepare for the collapse of their economy, and the author of this book lived through Argentina’s multiple collapses and can give you tips for preparing and surviving.
An economic collapse, an EMP, war — these worst case scenarios are part of the reason we all prep, so that we can handle the unexpected. But suppose you have a few hours notice? What are the 10 last minute things that are most important?…Read More...
I didn’t grow up with guns in the house because my family didn’t live in the continental United States. Due to my Dad’s job, we were all over the globe and living in places that didn’t exactly have Second Amendment rights. However, during my high school years, two of my older buddies were finally of age and could legally go through the process to purchase firearms. We started target shooting. Not advanced shooting classes, but just shooting for fun.
Living near the ocean, we would sometimes go out to remote places where we could shoot into the water. We’d throw empty gallon milk jugs into the water and then do our best to shoot at them while they were bobbing on the waves.…Read More...
You are driving with your family in a rented car in a foreign country on vacation. You make a wrong turn and find your vehicle and other cars around you swarmed by demonstrators. Car windows start being broken out and down the block you see Molotov’s being thrown.
What do you do? If you just hit the gas and run folks over, depending on ground clearance of your vehicle you will move only a short distance before getting high centered on bodies.…Read More...
What happens if you are stuck in a large riotous crowd? Now this can be the result of an evacuation or bug out situation, a protest, food riot or any other mob-ruled violence.
Now, back in the early 70s, I was working undercover and got caught in a couple of the anti-war riots that occurred during this period. Once, I even ended up on the wrong side of a police line, not the right place to be.
Last night I was watching a movie and they showed the people traveling in a large, panicky crowd. Our heroes made several dumb moves.…Read More...
Now when you go to choose guard animals, the first and most important thing that you have to decide is what do you want the animals to do. If you live in an apartment or house in an urban area your needs will be entirely different that someone who lives in the country and raises animals.
If you live in an apartment you may want a small dog that will give you early warning of a threat. A good example would be one of the smaller terriers. They can be trained and are fairly alert. …Read More...
A while back, I was at a friend’s house and noticed that as part of his layered security, he had some outside areas secured with old warded padlocks. (See the picture to the right) At first, he thought this was no big deal, until I showed him that I could open them as fast as he could with a key. I used a simple devise that is easy to make and is well known to every criminal out there. No, I am not going to show it here, there is no sense in educating the few that don’t know the trick.…Read More...
If you are a parent or grandparent you always worry about protecting children from harm during any life threatening emergencies. Now when I mention harm I am including psychological damage that can be caused by us creating an atmosphere of fear. We don’t want to stress our children out.
After giving this some thought and research I have came up with the following steps for protecting children
1 – Don’t scare them. Don’t start with camo face paint, smoke bombs and talk about killing people or violence.
2 – Make them feel safe. Here is the story of one young child who was raised in hurricane country and was faced with the threat of storms on several occasions. …Read More...
One question that I hear regularly is if there is a food shortage, how do you go about hiding cooking odors from others. Depending on where you live, this can be a serious problem. Food odors can carry for some distance and if people are hungry, it seems like their sense of smell is sharper. After some thought I have put together a list of ideas that may help with hiding cooking odors.
12 tips for hiding cooking odors
- Avoid strong smelling spicy foods.
The other day I received this information from a friend. It involves the manner in which the door locks work on many of the newer cars. I feel that this is a serious safety issue that could put someone’s life at risk. First, here is the article my friend sent me followed by some additional information I found.
“Some car models, at least newer GM products, will unlock the doors when you stop and put the car into park… For the second time in a few months, I have a rental car as a result of flying to an event. To make things worse, much as I like this Impala, there is no owner’s manual with it, so I can’t tell if there is a way to unscrew that. …Read More...