May 20, 2009

New Wave of Kidnappings

Posted in Society tagged , , , , , , , at 3:51 pm by ledefensetech

Phoenix, Arizona can’t seem to catch any breaks. First the sniper attacks, then a rash of home invasions and now a veritable plague of kidnappings. You can read about it here.  It’s one thing to have these scumbags to kidnap each others kids and family members, it’s another thing entirely to kidnap innocent kids and terrorize law abiding citizens.

And in California, we apparently have gangsters now kidnapping kids and taking them to Mexico.  These scumbags, after realizing they screwed up, left this poor kid in a border town on the wrong side of the border.  Things are getting way out of hand here.  One must ask why is all of this happening.

One problem is the wrongheaded war on drugs we’ve been fighting and losing for the last four decades now.  Prohibition was repealed after only one decade.  One would think that our resources would be better spent in other areas like rehabilitation, rather than criminalization and turning otherwise regular people into criminals.  Just like in the 20’s and 30’s we have a burgeoning prison population that will cause us trouble down the road.

Like I posted before, law enforcement is going to be inundated with cases and won’t have the manpower to deal with it.  The worsening economic crisis and budget cuts will see to that if nothing else will.  Home invastions, too, are on the rise.  The worst part about that case that I linked to is that the invaders posed as cops.  Now you can’t be sure who to trust.

So what’s a person to do?  Well I’ve noted before that the most underutilized home security device can help as can a series I’ve been posting on Hubpages about home security.  When it comes right down to it, politicians can’t save us, cops can’t save us, good intentions can’t save us.  the only thing that can  save us is ourselves.  We have to learn about personal protection, self defense and home security so that we can defend ourselves and our families in an increasingly dangerous world.

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April 22, 2009

The Most Overlooked Home Security Device

Posted in Safety, Security Devices tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , at 9:46 pm by ledefensetech

As I’ve been looking around the forums and different news sites one of the things that I’ve noticed is the relative ignorance of driveway alarms. Granted they’re useful only for single family residences and possibly duplexes and townhomes, but it is a useful tool in your self defense arsenal nonetheless. Many people ask what the best home alarm system is or the best home security company, and quite a few miss this one simple item.

A driveway alarm is a simple motion alarm with dialing capabilities. Much like a do it yourself home security system, you can set a driveway alarm to phone if it is set off.  Other all inclusive residential alarm systems have a base unit in the house that notifies you if someone has set off a particular motion sensor.   This is very important. With motion alarms in place you know instantly if someone is approaching your home and have time to prepare.

Many times home invaders like to pretend that they are a service worker or need directions or something to get you to open your door.  Or perhaps they’re the new breed of home invaders who kick in your door pretending to be police.  In those cases people don’t have much time to get themselves ready and activate their safety plans, so anything that would increase the chance of acting in the face of a threat rather than reacting to the threat is helpful.

The Voice Alarm 6 is one such device.  It consists of a wireless sensor and base unit.  Additional wireless sensors can be added to expand coverage, up to six sensors per base unit.  This can provide coverage for a wide variety of areas iincluding front and back doors, ground floor windows, pools, etc.  Coverage can also be tailored to your unique needs.

The Voice alarm 6 can have up to six motion detectors provide early warning for visitors, both expected and unexpected.  They’re also great if you own a pool and have little ones running around.  It’s every parent’s nightmare that their child might have an accident involving the pool.  Let’s face it, kids are adventurous, if you tell them they can’t do something, they’ll probably do it.

If you set one of the Voice Alarm 6 motion detectors around the pool, you’ll know when your kid has decided to do a little forbidden exploration into dangerous territory.  So even if you’re busy in another part of the home, the Voice Alarm 6 will be ever vigilant, protecting you and your family.  Then you can intervene and make sure they know why they aren’t supposed to play around the pool without adult supervision.

Overall the addition of a wireless residential alarm system can make you much more secure and safe in the home.  Using a do it yourself kit can be a cheap way of reaping all the benefits of a home alarm system while avoiding the high cost of a monitoring service.  Another final benefit of doing it your way is that you are forced to think about your security and as a result adopt an active defense, rather than the let someone else worry about it passive defense that tipify many home alarm companies.