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ATF Implements instant Form 3 Approvals!!

ATF Implements instant Form 3 Approvals!!

Originally posted here by The Firearms Blog.

 

In an actual blessing bestowed upon the National Firearms Act (NFA) community as a whole, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) has begun rapid approvals of Form 3 transfers between dealers, distributors and manufacturers. In case you aren’t an NFA process nerd like myself, these non-taxed transactions occur between FFL holders to move registered items that will most likely be sold and transferred to consumers.

So, if this process only involves licensees, why should Shawn Short-Barrel and Susie Silencer care about such mundane news? Because, both Shawn and Susie most likely buy their NFA toys from an out of state dealer, probably requiring a wait for the Form 3 approved transfer. Up until recently, the wait for a for a Form 3 approval had grown to one or two months, adding on to the already painfully long transfer process.

Silencer Shop, who is rumored to move an overwhelming majority of all the total NFA transfers across the country, recently posted images on their Instagram page showing Form 3 approvals coming back within hours of being submitted. Again, although this process only directly effects licensees, the individual buyer will see a benefit in quicker silencer availability from manufacturers and transfers from dealer to dealer. Although Silencer Shop has already streamlined this process with a network of local dealers and electronic form submissions using fingerprint scannerselectronic signatures and a mobile application for photographs.

My local dealer, MAC Tactical, who I Like to mention whenever I get the chance becsuse he facilitates all my TFB review guns, also just had a Form 3 approval in a few hours. Boom – ATF’s eForm system is still alive! (Well, partially anyway.)

This new trend is speeding up transfers for industry members is overdue. However, I am the first in line to applaud the ATF when it comes to streamlining every aspect of the NFA process. So on behalf of all silencer lovers everywhere, thank you.

NOTE: For clarification, the Form 3’s must be submitted through the ATF’s EForms system to take advantage of the quick approvals.  Also, the new standard Form 3 approval time is two to three days. Obviously some will be quicker and some slower. In my eyes, two to three days is “instant” compared to the recent past.

By | August 8th, 2017|Categories: News|0 Comments

Keeping Our Daughters Safe at College

By Ron Mullins and Thom Bolsch

 

If you know a college age woman, you NEED to read AND share this article.

This month, over twenty millions students will head off for college; some returning, some entering a new life experience.  And each year, almost a quarter (23%) of undergraduate women will be raped or sexually assaulted while away at college.  Take a minute to let that sentence sink in…  Almost a fourth of college women will become victims!

There is an unsavory element in society that preys on women and we provide an inadequate educational foundation for women to be alert for, avoid and/or fight should they be threatened.

At and around the college environment, half of all assaults occur in the first semester (August through November).  As new students they are learning to cope with being away from home, learning new study habits and struggling with living on their own in a new environment with people they don’t know; providing for an increase in their level of risk.

Our daughters need – MUST – know what they face and how to prepare and protect themselves.  We cannot shelter them anymore; they must learn to protect themselves.

There is a lot of information that can be written on this topic.  There are a number of programs, seminars and classes women of all ages can attend.  We hope this article will act as a spark to highlight this subject and take action to learn more.

The most important action a woman can take, and we can’t emphasize this enough; is to BE ALERT.  Just as it was important to learn to look both ways before crossing a street as a child, so is the importance of being alert to your surroundings as a young woman.  When you leave the safety of the classroom, the dorm, a group of friends; put your phone in your pocket and keep your head up and your eyes looking around you.  DO NOT let someone sneak up on you!

Additionally, try not to go anywhere by yourself.  If you can identify or find a friend to fly your wing; there really is safety in numbers.

Below are a few topics to consider; and some actions items that can help keep you safe while establishing a foundation for your professional future.

  1. Always keep the door (and windows) to your room locked; whether you’re in the room or away (even if you’re just going next door).  Additionally, keep the door to your residence hall closed and locked.  And don’t let anyone into the residence hall that you don’t know.  Keep your keys with you at all times.  If in your room, put your keys in a specific location every time you enter the room after you’ve locked the door.
  2. If you can’t arrange a friend to join you, use the campus escort service.  Regardless, always let someone you trust know where you’re going and who you’re supposed to meet; and have your friend call you at predetermined times.  There are phone aps that provide ‘flight following’.  Find one that works for you and USE it.  While you’re at it, add emergency numbers to your phone and set them up to be at the top of your contact list.
  3. Listen to your inner self.  If something doesn’t feel right, excuse yourself and LEAVE, don’t worry about being polite – protect yourself.
  4. While in public, DO NOT let your drink leave your hand.  If you do, order a new one.  If out with friends, DO NOT leave, and don’t be allowed to be taken away by yourself.  If you feel dizzy, drowsy, fatigued or have slurred speech, immediately find your friend or a police officer.  Drugs and alcohol are most commonly associated with sexual assault.
  5. If you have access to a Victim Proofing Women or Rape-Aggression-Defense course, sign up – and bring a friend.
  6. Find a defensive tool that you can learn to use and take classes on how to use that tool. Defensive tools include:  Kubaton or Tactical Pen, Mace, Pepper Spray, Tasers, Stun Guns and of course a Pistol.  Each one requires training and practice, some require licensing and/or certification.  We recommend something that you can take to any class or facility and can easily use if needed.

As we have mentioned in previous articles, we as individuals are responsible for our own safety and security.  Take 10-15 minutes to learn, then set up a schedule to prepare and train.  If you become a target, you won’t have time to think; you only have time to react!

We don’t want you to be paranoid, we just need you to pay attention and be prepared.  You can learn more about sexual assault and prevention at www.rainn.org.

Be Aware, Be Safe.

 

Copyright © 2017 Ron Mullins and Thom Bolsch

By | August 2nd, 2017|Categories: News|0 Comments

Weapon Malfunctions in an Active Shooter Event- by Greg Ellifritz

Understanding the dynamics of an Active Shooter event is key when preparing for this all to common violent criminal action. Knowing what to look for in the event you find yourself in one of these events could give you the advantage and the ability to run, hide, or FIGHT! – Chris

Originally posted here.

Written by Greg Ellifritz

*I originally wrote this article about four years ago.  I updated it after reading Ron Borcsh’s excellent chapter on active killers in the book “Straight Talk On Armed Defense.”  Ron’s research alerted me to several previously unknown active killer cases where the shooters had malfunctions.  I did some more research in addition to Ron’s excellent work and came up with a more complete list of historic active killer events where the killer had a malfunction or an empty weapon at some point.  I have at least 27 documented shootings where this has happened.

It’s a situation we all should be watching for.  It happens in quite a few spree shootings.  If you are alert, you can use these moments to escape or attack. — Greg

I was recently doing some research on historic active shooter incidents and found these articles about an election night shooting in Canada.  This shooting didn’t get much media traction in the USA, but it was an interesting case.  Read more about it at the link below:

 

Gun jams on active shooter in Montreal

 

The shooter was allegedly mentally ill and upset at the increasing levels of government bureaucracy affecting his business.  He began to shoot up a politician’s victory celebration at a public club.  He fired several rounds from an “assault rifle” before his gun jammed and he was apprehended.  An official police statement described the events:

 

“In fact there could have been many more injuries and possibly more fatalities — the reason for that is that the man had an assault rifle…and we’re hearing from witnesses the gun appeared to have jammed after only a few rounds were fired,”

Jamming weapons are not uncommon in active shooter events.  In fact, another spree shooting with much more media coverage (the movie theater shooting in Aurora, Colorado) had a similar ending…

 

Jammed Gun Saved Lives In Colo. Shooting

 

A federal law enforcement official told the Washington Post that a weapon malfunction likely saved lives by forcing Holmes to abandon the M&P15 he had equipped with a 100-round drum magazine after it jammed.”

 

Note that both of these shooters had weapon malfunctions.  Both also had additional firearms in their possession.

 

Even more recently, victims took the opportunity to flee after the terrorists’ guns jammed in last year’s terrorist attack in Paris.

 

Weapon malfunctions give victims time to escape.  They also provide opportunities for unarmed victims to violently resist the killer with less danger.  Similar opportunities are presented when shooters reload their empty weapons as well.  In looking at past active shooter events, it is exceedingly rare to find one where the killer didn’t have either a malfunctioning or empty weapon at some point in the engagement.

 

Take a look at some of the active shooter events in recent history.  The shooter had a malfunctioning or empty gun in every one…

 

1988- Atlantic Shores Christian School.  Shooter subdued by a teacher after his gun jammed.  He had hundreds more rounds on his person.

1999- Columbine High School- Two shooters reloaded several times each

1999- Fort Gibson Middle School- Shot until his 9mm pistol was empty.  At that point he was taken down by a teacher and school safety officer.

2004- Al Rosa Villa Concert shooting– Killer had a malfunction with his Beretta 92 handgun

2007- Virginia Tech. Shooter reloaded several times

2007- NY/NY Casino in Las Vegas- Gunman tackled by bystander while attempting to reload his pistol.  Suspect had more than 100 additional rounds on his person.

2009- NVCC Woodbridge College. Shooter’s gun jammed after 2 rounds

2009- Bridgeville fitness club.  Shooter reloaded at least twice

2009- Fort Hood Army Base.  Terrorist reloaded several times and had a pistol malfunction

2009- First Baptist Church Maryville, Illinois- Shooter’s .45 pistol jammed after he fired four shots.  The suspect continued his attack with a knife.

2010- University of Alabama Faculty meeting.  Shooter’s gun jammed and she was locked in a closet by coworkers until police arrived.

2010- Deer Creek Middle School Littleton, Colorado- Teacher tackled the adult male suspect as he reloaded his rifle

2011- Tucson Shooting.  Shooter had to reload and had a jammed gun at one point.  He was tackled as he fumbled an additional reload and was trying to pick his dropped magazine off the ground

2011- Norway shooting.  Multiple reloads

2012- Chardon High School, Ohio.  Shooter fired 10 rounds with .22 pistol and then ran out of ammunition

2012- Oikos College.  Shooter reloaded several times.

2012- Clackamas Mall in Portland, Oregon- Suspect fired 17 rounds and attempted to reload his AR-15 rifle, but was unable to do so.

2012- California Chicken Plant shooting– Killer fired until his pistol was empty.

2013- Sandy Hook Elementary School– Reloads and live rounds on ground indicative of malfunctions

2013- Ross Twp Pennsylvania Municipal Building- Shooter fired 28 rounds out of a Ruger Mini-14 and ran it dry.  He transitioned to a .44 magnum revolver and continued his attack.

2014- Pacific University in Seattle, Washington– Student safety monitor stopped the shooter by spraying him with pepper spray as he reloaded his double barrel shotgun.  Suspect tried to continue his attack with a knife while being restrained.

2014- Marysville-Pilchuck High School in Washington State- Teacher confronted student as he was reloading, prompting the student to shoot himself.

2014- Second Ft. Hood Shooting– Multiple reloads of a S&W .45 automatic pistol

2015- Charlie Hebdo Shooting in Paris– Multiple reloads.  Live 7.62x39mm rounds on the street indicate possible malfunctions.

2015 – Thalys France Train Shooting- Islamic terrorist fired on train passengers until his rifle jammed.  At that point he was tackeled and choked out by three traveling Americans.  The shooter was also armed with a 9mm handgun and a box cutter.  He transitioned to the box cutter when his rifle jammed and slashed several people.

2016- Kansas Lawnmower Plant– Shooter fired weapon until he was out of ammunition.

2016- Orlando Pulse Night Club– Killer reloaded multiple times.

 

There are likely many more occasions when an active shooter’s weapon jammed or ran out of ammunition.

 

Knowing that active killers often end up with jammed or empty guns really doesn’t affect the response priorities of armed individuals.  If you are armed and within range of an active shooter, your safest course of action will be to shoot the killer as quickly as possible.

 

If you are unarmed, things get a little more tricky.  Rushing a shooter with a fully functional firearm may or may not be successful.  Seeking cover and waiting for a better resistance (or flight) opportunity when the shooter’s gun stops working is a much safer strategy.  Knowing how to recognize and unloaded or malfunctioning gun is key.

Most shooters will understand what an empty or malfunctioning gun looks like.  If you are reading this article and you don’t know how to tell if a gun is jammed or malfunctioning, have a friend who owns guns show you what it looks like.  Such knowledge may one day save your life.

Even more importantly, do your children know how to identify jammed or empty guns?  They need that information as well.  Take the time to discuss some response options with your children if they are old enough to understand.  Stress rapid action, either by attacking or escaping, as soon as they notice that an active shooter has a jammed or empty gun.

Making your move when the shooter’s weapon is empty or jammed makes good tactical sense.  Two cautions are in order, however…..

 

Don’t wait until it’s too late.  Use this strategy only when you have cover or are hidden from the shooter.  If the shooter has you in his sights and is firing, act.  Don’t wait.

 

Many active shooters  carry more than one weapon.  Be prepared to deal with the shooter attempting to access a backup gun or knife as you attack.  Don’t let your guard down until you are sure the fight is over.

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By | July 28th, 2017|Categories: News|0 Comments

Don’t Take Murphy on your hunt!

OK Bowhunters!

Our favorite time of year is fast approaching and I’m sure that you are as excited as I am. Right now you are busy finding places to hunt, scouting out places that you already have, planting food plots, working extra hours to build up some time off or any one of a thousand other things to get ready.

I have been doing this for a long time and have probably (hopefully) made every possible mistake, so I thought I would make some notes and hopefully save you some disappointment.

While you are hustling around doing the multitude of things that have to be done, DO NOT overlook your equipment. What follows is my list of things to check and things to do so that you can keep the infamous Mr. Murphy from joining you on your next hunt.

 

BOW:

  1. Check the strings.

How long have they been on there? If you don’t know, change them. Now. If it is more than 2 years, I would change them.

Look at the serving. Is there a gap in the serving in or around the D-Loop? Does it show a lot of wear from the nock? If so, have it re-served.

Check the axle-to-axle length, brace height and cam timing. If they are off, the strings have either stretched from extended use or they are worn out. Each bow make/model are different so you may need to bring it to us if you are not familiar with these specs. If they are off too far, the strings will need to be replaced.

Check the actual stands of the string. Are any of them broken or loose? If so, replace. Are they “fuzzy”? If so, apply a good coat of string wax and rub it in.

Is the D-Loop tied correctly? Or does it look like it was tied by a stock boy at a box store? If it’s tied CORRECTLY it will not move. If it does move, your “shot of a lifetime” just went down the drain. Is the loop in the right spot?

Check your peep sight. Make sure it is tied in securely. A tiny shift in the rear sight is huge downrange.

  1. Check the limbs.

Are there any cracks? Splinters? Anything that looks suspicious? I so, get it taken care of now! If you are thinking “It’ll probably make it through another season,” you can bet that it won’t. Any issues with limbs will require replacement parts that may take some time to get. Even longer as the season gets nearer. Don’t wait until it’s too late.

  1. Check the riser (handle) 

Is everything tight? Rest? Sight? Stabilizer? Quiver?

Are there any shiny spots that will glare and get you busted?

Does the grip squeak or creak when you draw the bow?

  1. Check the cams/wheels. 

Are they bent from when you dropped it out of your stand last year?

Check every bolt/screw on the cam. Are the modules tight? WARNING! Steel screws into aluminum cams are easy to strip out. Don’t over-tighten.

Check the string and cable tracks. Any dings or dents on the inside of the tracks will wear the string, possibly cut it. If there is any debris in the track, remove it. This could cause a derailment and turn you into a spectator in the blink of an eye.

ARROWS:

  1. Are they the CORRECT spine for your bow? Or did you buy them on close out on your way to the lease last year?
  2. Are they the correct length? Will your broadhead make contact with the bow at full draw? If so, disaster awaits.
  3. Are they all identical? Any variation in the arrows WILL effect accuracy.
  4. Inspect the fletching. Any holes or tears? Is the glue joint secure?
  5. Are they cracked or “dinged”? Inspect them. Flex them. Twist them. If you see ANY or feel ANY cracks, dents or dings, do not shoot that arrow! Ever. Destroy it and throw it away.

I’m sure most of you have seen some gruesome pictures of what a broken arrow through the wrist or hand looks like. 99.9% of could’ve been avoided by following # 1-2-5 above.

BROADHEADS

  1. Do you have enough? Pick a quality broadhead and make sure that you have plenty and that they are all identical.
  2. Are they sharp? I’m not talking sharp like the average pocket knife. I’m talking sharp like a surgeon’s scalpel. My dad always said “If it’s not so sharp that you’re afraid of it, it’s not sharp”.
  3. Are they “true”? Broadheads must be straight, no wobble when they spin. There are lots of ways to check them and most of them are not OSHA approved. Go on YouTube and watch a few different techniques. You will see people spinning them in their palm. Not OSHA approved and if you use this technique have lots of Band-Aids handy (See #2)

RELEASE AID

  1. Does it work? If you threw it in your pack after that hunt in the rain last year, doubtful. At the very least it will be rough and jumpy. A drop or two of oil will smooth it out.
  2. How does the wrist strap look?
  3. Is it torn?
  4. Buckle OK?
  5. If it’s Velcro, does it snap crackle pop like a bowl of Rice Krispys when you draw?
  6. Does it stink? All that sweat from summertime practice is soaked up in that strap. No amount of cover scent will mask it if smells like a truck stop bathroom.
  7. Do you have a spare? If you shoot a fancy/expensive release and loose it, you will be upset. If you loose it and then end up having a huge buck walk by as you are trying to pull your bow with your pinkie in the D-loop, it’s even worse. Carry a spare.

SIGHT

  1. Is it sighted in? Are you as accurate as you can be? Or is it “close enough”?

“Close enough” is not close enough. Put in the effort to get it right.

  1. Is everything tight on the sight? Remember… steel into aluminum.
  2. Does your sight light still work? Or did you leave it on last year and kill the battery?

BOW QUIVER

  1. Is it tight? Or does it rattle?
  2. Will the arrow clips hold your new micro diameter shafts?
  3. Does the hood completely cover those ridiculously sharp broadheads that we discussed earlier?
  4. Are you sighted in with the quiver ON the bow or OFF? Decide now which it will be and sight in accordingly. It will shoot differently with or without the quiver.

 

This list could go on for days, but I think I’ve covered most of Murphy’s favorite equipment failure opportunities. Look over your gear. Bring it in to Saddle River Range and let’s get everything ready to rock. Do it now! Don’t do like a lot of bowhunters and wait until the last second. Do it now! That’s right. You are probably reading this on your phone. There’s no cord tying you to the couch. Stand up. Take your phone with you. Go dig that bow out and look it over.

Come See Me!

Toby

By | July 13th, 2017|Categories: News|0 Comments

Federal judge throws out effort by UT professors to overturn campus carry

  

Originally posted in the Texas Tribune here.  

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A federal judge has dismissed a longshot lawsuit filed by three University of Texas at Austin professors seeking to overturn the state’s 2015 campus carry law, which allows people to carry concealed handguns inside most public university buildings.

District Judge Lee Yeakel wrote in his decision that the professors — Jennifer Lynn Glass, Lisa Moore and Mia Carter — couldn’t present any “concrete evidence to substantiate their fears” that campus carry would have a chilling effect on free speech.

The professors claimed, among other arguments, that the law violated their First Amendment rights since the possibility of a gun being in their classrooms might make them hesitant to discuss controversial issues. In dismissing the suit, Yeakel said the professors didn’t have standing to sue.

But Renea Hicks, the attorney representing the three UT professors, said the specifics of the ruling leave the case’s future uncertain. While Yeakel threw out the case entirely, he only addressed the question of a First Amendment violation and not the plaintiffs’ other legal arguments.

 

“We had other claims in the lawsuit beyond that — a Second Amendment claim, an equal protection claim. The order accompanying his dismissal doesn’t seem to address those issues,” Hicks said in an interview Friday. “So there’s a bit of confusion on our part.”

Hicks, who had not yet conferred with his clients when reached Friday, said he is not sure what course of action he and the plaintiffs will take. They have 28 days from July 6 to ask Yeakel for clarification and 30 days to file an appeal to the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals.

The ruling was issued late Thursday, exactly one year after the original lawsuit was filed. On Friday, Texas Attorney General Ken Paxton, whose office defended the state in the case, praised the decision.

“The court’s ruling today is the correct outcome,” Paxton said. “The fact that a small group of professors dislike a law and speculate about a ‘chilling effect’ is hardly a valid basis to set the law aside.”

Campus carry became law in 2015, but didn’t go into effect until Aug. 1, 2016. It stirred up widespread opposition among faculty and many students — especially on the UT-Austin campus. But so far, there have been no major incidents, and protests on campus have all but disappeared.

 

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By | July 8th, 2017|Categories: News|0 Comments

Burglary of Residence Prevention Tips

Some great tips as vacation season is in full swing.

Article Originally posted here.

Burglary of Residence Prevention Tips

In my neighborhood NextDoor.com, one of the leads of the Neighborhood Watch posts periodic information about the crime in our area of Austin and how it can be prevented. His most recent post was on Burglary of Residence and some tips for reducing your risk.

Here are some helpful tips to help prevent home burglaries. Some of these are common sense strategies but sometimes we as citizens become comfortable in our surrounds and think it will never happen to use. This was my thought before we got broken into. Being PROACTIVE IS THE KEY. Doing these will limit your chances of being burglarized but will not prevent all burglaries. If someone wants to get into your home and they have time/means/opportunity, they will get in. Property Crimes are crimes of opportunity. Criminals have the means, they have the motive but let’s not give them the opportunity to steal from us.

1. Lock all of your doors. This means front, back and the door in your garage at ALL TIMES. Even when we are home. This will not give a potential burglar the opportunity to just walk in when they want when you or your family are home.

2. Dogs are the #1 Deterrent to a burglar. I recommend putting up Beware of Dog signs. Even if you don’t own a dog, put one up. The burglar will never know if you do or do not have a dog. They will just move onto another home. A Beware of Cat sign does not work ?

3. NEVER open your front door to someone you don’t know. ALWAYS let them know that you are home by talking through the locked door and letting them know you don’t want any or turn of the front porch light when they knock to let them know someone is home. If you don’t answer the door and you just go about what you are doing, the potential burglar could kick in your front door or walk around the side and make entry through your back door thinking no one is home.

4. Put up a No Soliciting Sign.

5. Add 3” + Screws in all dead bolts and hinges on doors leading outside. Should be 3 doors. On the hinges just 1 screw in each hinge should be fine. Replace 1 screw for 1 screw, do not take off the whole door. Most screws are less than 1 inch.

6. Keep your front lights on at night. Motion activated lights are amazing.

7. Add cameras if you can afford. Being able to see what’s going on in front of my house and inside 24/7/365 with my Nestcams has been great. There are plenty of options today this one just fits my needs.

8. Trim your bushes so they are not too high. Bushes next to doors and windows can be hiding places for them. Trim your trees up 7 feet tall so you can see through them.

9. Keep your garage door closed at all times, this means day and night. This is a no brainier but garage doors are let open all the time by mistake. Again, if you accidentally leave the garage door open and you don’t lock that door leading into your home, now burglar has access to your home. Not a good thing at all. Some people leave there garage doors open all day/night because they have an “alarm” in garage letting them know if someone is in their garage. I really really discourage this! Even though you want it open and you are protected, what you are doing is leaving bait out for the burglars basically inviting them into the neighborhood. They just don’t hit one house they hit many. Please stop doing this and think of the whole community.

10. Use your alarm system if you have one. You are paying for it so use it. Put out alarm company sign in front yard and put alarm company sticker by front door and back door.

11. Let your neighbors know when you are leaving for a vacation. So they can watch your home while you are gone, get any packages left on porch, put garbage cans away, get newspaper or any flyers left on your door. All indicators that you are not home. Help each other out!

12. If you are on vacation set programmable Christmas timers you normally use once a year for lamps in living room or bedrooms to make the home look occupied while you are gone. This is easy and very effective.

13. Get serial #’s of everything you can of value and pictures if possible. If something is stolen and pawned now the police department can track that property if it pops up in a pawn shop.

14. Don’t leave wallets, money, jewelry or purses in plain sight. A burglar could walk by and peek in and see the valuables and make his move.

15. Put a pad lock on back gate. Very easy to do. I like using the Word locks rather than number locks. They are earlier to remember and your kids will remember as well.

16. Be wary people who you let in your home that you do not know. If someone knocks on your door and ask to use your bathroom or for a drink of water do not let them in or even open the door. If you do they could be checking out to see if you have a dog, if your door chimed when you opened it which would indicate a security may be active and taking a mental note of what you have of value. Just be cautious of who you let in your home.

17. Don’t leave whole boxes outside that say 75” Samsung TV or anything of value boxes. Just break them down into smaller pieces and put in your recycling container. Don’t put the cut up boxes in the big TV box by the curb. You’re telling the burglar that you got a new awesome big screen.

18. Add a lock you the Breaker box outside on the side of your house. If you don’t anyone can just lift the lid and turn off your power. Never good. See picture.

19. If you are being broken into call 911!! Sleep with your phone next to you so you can make that call. Do whatever you can to stay safe.

To expand on a few of his points.

Point 1. This above all things. Locking your doors and windows is the single best thing to help out. Too many stories of break-ins of homes or vehicles involve the owner leaving things unlocked.

Even if it’s just for a few minutes to walk down to the mailboxes.

Point 3. This is a big one. A lot of people prefer to not answer the door at all; no, it’s better to answer so they know someone is in fact home. But when you do answer, there’s zero need to open the door. If you have one of those new video/audio doorbells, that can be useful to minimize the yelling through the door, but yell away if you have to.

Point 9. People often keep their garage doors open when working in the yard. Does your garage have an electric opener with a remote control? Put the remote in your pocket while you work. You can then easily open and close the door, without leaving it open while you’re in the backyard working.

To that, if you park a car in the driveway or street but keep a garage door opener in that car? Don’t. If they break into your car, now you’ve given them a key into your home.

Point 10. This too. I see numerous people with alarm systems but they never or rarely use them. You don’t get to choose when you will be the victim of a crime, so do use the alarm system and get something out of that monthly bill you keep paying.

Point 12. Not only should you consider lamp timers, but you can go to Lowes or Home Depot and pick up programmable timer for your wall switches. I have these for the switches that control my exterior lights (e.g. porch lights), and they are semi-smart, able to keep the time and self-adjust for the seasons.  Thus they come on “at sunset” and go off “at sunrise”. Works well, and having it fully automated ensures they always come on (and doesn’t matter if I forget).

Points 15 and 18 are things we don’t often think of but matter. Do the cameras, video doorbell, alarm system, your internet connection (router, modem, etc.) that connects all these things so they can work, etc. you have run off electricity? Do they have battery backups? If the power goes out, what happens?

The locks aren’t necessarily going to be high security – I mean, if our fences are just 6′ cedar pickets, it’s not high-security anyways. But it provides additional obstacles and deterrents, reducing crimes of opportunity.

I admit, it’s sometimes a weary thing to have to live by the rules and take additional effort to keep some people from ruining your day. But these are small steps, most of which are “do it once and done”, or just small changes to our habits – but they do go a long way to keeping one’s life overall in a good place.

 

By  Hsoi 

 

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