Feb 112013
 
Knowing When NOT to Shoot

So there you are.  You’ve surprised three felons about to burglarize your property.  Fortunately, you have your handgun with you, and when you confront them as an armed homeowner, the three felons very sensibly turn tail and flee. Great.  So far, so good.  Bravo. But what happens next can completely change your day if you’re not careful.  There you are – heart pounding, blood surging, adrenalin levels off the scale, full of righteous anger, and […]

Sep 222012
 
Be Smart with Smart 911

A new service – Smart 911 – is slowly rolling out across the nation.  You can join it now and it is free, and hopefully sooner rather than later your local city/county 911 Dispatch Service will sign up for it too. It works so that when you call in to a participating 911 Dispatch Service from a phone you’ve registered with Smart 911, the operator’s screen will fill with a lot more information about yourself, […]

Aug 212012
 
Intruder Rapes 84 yr old Woman - Code Word Signaling Could Have Saved Her

We’ve written before about how your seemingly safest place – your home – can actually be full of unexpected dangers.  Our assumption of safety and our relaxation of our normal alertness upon entering our front door means we risk being surprised by already present intruders. There are – sadly – many dimensions to the risks we have to always keep in mind at home, and we’ve discussed several of them before – the dangers posed […]

May 012012
 
Beware When Returning Back to Your Residence

We’ve written before about the deceptive perception of safety we all experience in our own homes.  We’ve also specifically covered the dangers of opening your door to strangers. But there’s one other dimension of danger to be aware of.  This is perhaps counter-intuitive – the danger of entering your own home, yourself, when returning from any absence (whether as short as going over to the mailbox or as long as a several week journey out […]

Apr 062012
 
Intruder in Your House?  Maybe More Than One!

When someone talks to you about intruders in your house, what does your mind immediately picture?  How many intruders do you automatically think of being in your house? Some people will say one, others two.  A few might say three, but how many would say four? I ask this question having just read an article about a retired police officer who woke up after a mid-afternoon snooze to find four intruders in his house.  One […]

Mar 312012
 
Are You Prepared in Your Home - Possibly The Most Dangerous Place You'll Ever Be?

We’ve written before about the danger of opening your front door to strangers (see here and here), the dangers of selling things, and on other topics to do with protecting yourself at home. It is a vital topic, for two reasons.  First, for most of us, it is the place we spend more time at than anywhere else.  We probably spend half our lives; maybe even more, at home.  That is one of the main […]

Jan 292012
 
How Often - and Where - to Shoot an Attacker

We’ve written before, with our tongue partially in our cheek, about how many times you should shoot the bad guy when you’re forced to defend yourself. Let’s revisit the subject, and this time from a more scientific attitude.  We promise not to make any more snarky comments about police officers shooting at a guy 71 times (and hitting him 60 times) and definitely we don’t suggest that should be your objective, either, even if only […]

Nov 082011
 
Expect the Unexpected

A sleepy quiet little town of 220 people in rural Washington state with the unusual name of Humptulips, described by writer Terry Pratchett as his favorite place on earth (although it is far from clear if he has ever visited).  A law-abiding couple in their 80s, well known locally for how fastidiously they cared for their house and garden, who have been living there peacefully for many decades. Evil seems a long way away from […]

Nov 072011
 
Daylight Saving To Do List Time Again

Hi, folks Just a quick reminder – check out our article that gives a list of five different things you should do each time that daylight saving switches over. Actually, many of these things should be done more often than every six months, but the chances are they tend to be overlooked and forgotten, so each daylight savings switch is a good time to review through this list. Our list is of course far from […]