Blow Darts – How Not to Use a Blowgun

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Modern Blowgun

Blowguns have been in use for tens of thousands of years aiding in securing food sources. No doubt they have been an important instrument in furthering the survival of people’s whose lives depended daily on finding their next meal.

While modern blowguns are a blast to target practice with, they aren’t normally used in modern civil society for hunting. Getting your next meal is as easy as opening your refrigerator, going to a fast food place, or stocking up at your closest grocery store. While using a blow dart for food procurement used to be a life furthering advantage, it isn’t a necessity nor a requirement in today’s world.

Modern Blowgun

Modern Blow Gun

But here we have another example of irresponsible behavior on the part of some imbecile taking joy out of inflicting pain on others.

Two people walking across Golden Gate Bridge hit by blow darts

“Two pedestrians walking across the Golden Gate Bridge in San Francisco were struck by blow darts, authorities said Saturday as they searched for possible suspects.”

Photo shows a blow dart that struck a pedestrian walking on the Golden Gate Bridge.

“I’ve never heard of something like this, CHP spokesman Andrew Barclay told the Los Angeles Times. “It seems very random, and it doesn’t appear that either of the victims was targeted for any reason specifically. Neither of them had any arguments.”

The fact that the blow dart penetrated two inches into a man’s leg demonstrates how well these weapons could perform. Shooting them into people for sport and sadistic pleasure is just a sad example of today’s behavioral deficiencies.

Personal Street Protection Tools to Defend Yourself With

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We Support Israel

Imagine yourself walking down the street and out of nowhere, someone is coming straight at you with a big knife. What do you do? This is real and there isn’t a police office there to protect you. It’s you and a madman intent on killing you or inflicting as much damage as they can to you.

We Support IsraelWith the rash of violence happening aimed at killing Israelis and the intent of the US government to bring Muslim “refugees” to the United States, it’s not too far fetched to envision this type of scenario happening in one of our own cities. The Israeli government is now telling their citizens to arm themselves and to carry their weapon with them.

Over the past several days, we’ve seen a marked increase in the number of visitors to this website from the country of Israel. They are looking for something to protect themselves with that they can carry with them and use to defend against these abhorrent and unprovoked attacks on their lives.

Personal Street Protection Tools

The expandable baton tops the list of weapons people are checking out to have a self defense tool they can use on the street. This is a good choice because the baton can block an attack and give a powerful offensive capability as well. Made of steel, it is not a flimsy weapon but a strong and sturdy tool you could use to keep yourself alive.

Steel Baton for Street Protection

With one of these, you can block a thrust or a slash and immediately counter with a solid blow to the attackers head and body parts. With the crazed mind of someone out to inflict carnage upon you, having an ability to protect, defend, and counter attack can save your life and probably the lives of other people as well.

The telescopic steel baton is fairly inexpensive and its very easy to carry with the included holster. For less than 30 bucks including shipping, you can have something that save your life while providing both defensive and offensive capabilities.

While the steel stick is a good option for most, there is another self defense tool that I’ve seen used in these horrific videos that immediately put the machete wielding attacker on the ground. It’s called the TASER and it is THE most effective non-lethal tool available.

Albeit more expensive, the tazer has the ability to immediately take over a person’s body and make it impossible to move. Very easy to use, a laser makes it almost impossible to miss, and the ability to take down an attacker from a distance makes it much safer as well.

Taser - Ultimate Street Protection

While the price tag may put it out of reach for some, and some states not allowing you to possess it, it is hands down the best option to have when you need to immediately stop someone such as a crazed killer out for blood.

Having something with you to protect yourself on the street is necessary in more and more situations. Not having a weapon when you need one may cost you dearly, as we see in Israel.

10 Steps to a Safer Apartment

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There’s no doubt that getting out on your own and living in your first apartment is a very exciting time. There is a new found freedom, you make the rules and you can let your decorating style take over.

ApartmentsApartment living has always appealed to me because you’re living in close proximity to a lot of other people and if you’re a social butterfly then this is you’re heaven.

But this can be a double edge sword. Living close to other people takes away a huge privacy factor. People are more aware of your schedule, when you come and go, nights you tend to stay out with friends, when your boyfriend or girlfriend is there or away, whether you have pets or not.

Ten Ways to Stay Safe in an Apartment

Because of this type of lifestyle it is extra important that you take steps to protect yourself and your property. Here are ten ways to make your apartment life a lot safer:

  1. When choosing an apartment, make sure you familiarize yourself with the area and scope out the current tenants and surrounding neighborhoods. For example, just because the apartment is next to a college, doesn’t necessarily mean you want shop or mingle in the nearby stores and neighborhoods.
  2. Try to get an apartment on a floor other than the first floor. I know it can be an inconvenience to climb flights of stairs but ground level apartments are more likely to get broken into because they are more easily accessible. Plus, those stairs offer a great workout!
  3. Make sure that all windows and doors have working locks and report any problems to management immediately. Chances are you aren’t the first person to live there which means other people may know of faulty entrances to your home.
  4. Get familiar with the layout of your apartment complex. Know where to check your mail and where the garbage goes. Watch out for areas that are secluded by shrubs or trees where someone could be hiding and waiting to attack. Stay away from areas that are poorly lit at night.
  5. Keep your porch light on at night and you may want to consider keeping an inside light or TV on while you’re away to make people think someone is inside your home.
  6. Find out exactly who has access to your apartment besides yourself and find out management’s policy on entering your unit. This is a good reason to keep a neat and tidy apartment. If someone enters your place and moves things around you will be more likely to realize something’s wrong. If you ever come home to something out of place such as an open door leave immediately and call police.
  7. Never open the door to strangers and use a peep hole. If you must open the door for some reason, place the heel of your foot on the floor and the ball of your foot on the door at an angle. If someone tries to force their way in your foot will stop them and allow you to close and lock the door.
  8. Use inexpensive alarms on your doors and windows. They may not call you or notify the police, but an intruder doesn’t know that and they will definitely get the attention of your neighbors.
  9. Find a neighbor or two and exchange information. Agree to keep watch out for one another.
  10. Get Renter’s Insurance. It is usually extremely cheap and will protect you from burglaries all the way to natural disasters. Most apartments offer this or you can check with your auto insurance company as well.

These are some of the ways you can stay safe while apartment living. TBOTECH has a package tailored just for you called the Apartment Survival Kit by Safe Family Life. It has an array of products that you’ll find helpful in securing your new abode.

10 Steps to a Safer Apartment

A Voice of Reason In Self Defense

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Chief Craig of Detroit

We mostly only hear about how bad guns are. Seldom do we hear about the merits of being able to defend yourself. It is, therefore, refreshing and welcome to see an authority figure not only standing up for being able to protect one’s self, but actually recommending citizens legally arming themselves.

This story is of one such citizen whose life was saved only because he had his personal weapon on him during a car robbery.

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Chief Craig of Detroit

Detroit Police Chief James Craig says legal gun ownership in his city can help stop crime. (AP/Detroit Free Press)

In a city plagued by chronic unemployment and crime and guarded by a dwindling police force, residents of Detroit are increasingly taking protection of themselves, their families and property into their own hands. Those who do so responsibly have the blessing and backing of Detroit Police Chief James Craig.

“When you look at the city of Detroit, we’re kind of leading the way in terms of urban areas with law-abiding citizens carrying guns,” Craig said recently.

The chief’s call to arms, which first came in December, 2013, has been answered by thousands of men and women tired of being victims and eager to reclaim their beleaguered city.

Without this good man’s personal weapon on him, he would be dead and the criminal would be alive – probably never caught.

Kudos to Chief Craig for encouraging a responsible citizenry to arm themselves against the ever present violence in Detroit.

Afraid To Go Outside Alone?

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Don't be Afraid to Go Outside

To many people, venturing outside alone especially at night can instill a fear that can be hard to overcome. With all the news depicting the rising crime, it’s no wonder that feeling safe is something out of reach for a lot of citizens.

You hear about crime in the news just about on a daily basis, so your anxiety about going outside alone is well founded in reality. However, there are some steps you can take to help eliminate your fears. Possessing the mental freedom to walk around and conduct your business, i.e. shopping, walking, jogging, and just going from A to B should be something you can take for granted.

Man Peeking Behind TreeHowever, that’s not to say you should be naive either. You shouldn’t think “it” can never happen to you, but you also shouldn’t have to be concerned that “it” is about to happen to you either. A happy medium can be achieved by taking a few mental and physical steps to prepare yourself for whatever could happen.

Preparing to Leave the Home or Office

First off, you can realize that for the most part, the world is not filled with people out to get you. There are certainly bad people out there, but the majority of people you encounter are just like you. They’re trying to make a living, get the shopping done, visit friends or family, and get healthier by walking or running. They’re just as concerned for their well being as you or anyone else is.

Having to leave the safety of your home or workplace can cause consternation if you are not prepared to deal with the bad elements out there. In most cases, there is really no cause for concern. However, being able to deal with a threat will give you the confidence you need to go about your business. Having a safety product with you that will help you get out of a tough situation is your main line of self defense.

An Effective Form of Self Defense

One of the most effective forms of personal self defense is the pepper spray. Made of Oleo Resin Capsicum (OC), this protective spray has been a cornerstone of stopping an assailant for decades. While there are other forms of sprays such as tear gas, real OC spray has the immediate effect you’re looking for. That’s because it is an inflammatory agent and not just an irritant.

Don't be Afraid to Go OutsideWhat that means is that once the liquid gets into the eyes, nose, and throat of someone, the capillaries – which are the very tiny blood vessels in all of us – will swell up and cause involuntary reactions that a person cannot control. They will not be able to keep their eyes open and tears will flood their sockets. They will not be able to breathe very well and will start to cough and choke as their own body tries to fight off the chemical invasion. There will be an intense burning sensation all over their skin that really hurts.

As long as facial contact is made, you are sure to be able to get away as the affected person will have no other desire than to make the burning stop and get to a water source to flush their face and eyes with. Most sprays also have an infused dye that can be used to identify the attacker. Once you spray someone, get away as quickly as you can and call for help. The police will be able to ID who the person is by the dye all over their face.

You can obtain a self defense spray in many sizes from big to keychain sized small. Cost on these is minimal and can be found starting at under $10. If you have one of these on you when you go outside, you will have no reason to feel afraid. You will know that you’re able to fend off an attack easily and at a safe distance before they even get close enough to you.

Defensive sprays have these benefits:

  1. Extremely Effective
  2. Inexpensive
  3. Lightweight
  4. Used from a distance

Stay Alert, Stay Alive

Learning to become vigilant and aware of your surroundings at all times goes a long way to providing a safety buffer. Walking tall and keeping your head up demonstrates confidence and gives you an aura of being someone not to mess with. Keeping aware of who’s around you also gives you a “head’s up” to see someone’s demeanor as they approach.

Criminals in prison have gone on record stating they are looking for someone who is not paying attention. Someone with their head down and just trudging along. Making eye contact with those you encounter shows you are paying attention and would be able to identify an attacker. This is exactly what they do not want.

Exuding the confidence that you can take care of yourself makes you a tougher target and one that most criminals would rather pass up. They do not want to deal with someone who’d give them trouble and would rather find a more docile, easier conquered person they can control.

With the protection of a pepper spray you can have that confidence because you know you have the ability to protect yourself. Not even those drunk or on drugs are able to defy basic human physiology. A blast of pepper spray to the face and anyone has to succumb to its effects.

Go Forth and Prosper

Armed with knowledge and a canister of pepper spray, you do not have to be afraid to go outside alone. If you’re a jogger, there are even cans made especially for running. Keep your head up, stay alert to your surroundings, and have the attitude that you are not a victim. Being confident makes you less of a target as the bad guys are looking for an easy score.

Keep your OC spray with you at all times and be prepared to use it if you need to. This means keeping it handy while you’re out. Hold it in your hand while walking to and from your vehicle or from place to place. It really is a show stopper and you can be sure that anyone who tries to stop you will find they’ve chosen the wrong person.


If you have a pool, you need an alarm

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We’re rapidly approaching pool season for most of the United States. People from coast to coast will be setting up and filling their pools, promising to themselves that this year will be the one where they actually make time to enjoy the pool. Sadly, on average around 900 children die each year from drowning, many in their own family pools.

A pool alarm is certainly no substitute for vigilance on the part of the parents and other care givers but it should absolutely be one of the tools used to protect children in the home.

A Pool Alarm Saves Lives

The Pool Protector Pool Alarm is simplicity itself. It has two components. The sensor unit rests on the side of the pool with part of it extending into the water. The second component is the receiver, which is placed anywhere within 200 feet of the sensor, such as perhaps the kitchen or living room of the home.

Pool Alarm

When the sensor activates, the receiver emits a 100dB alarm, easily loud enough to get the attention of everyone in the home. The alarm also sounds right at the sensor unit, doubling the amount of noise and alerting anyone who might be outside.

The sensor, once installed, cannot be deactivated. There is a sleep button that is activated when people are using the pool. When the sensor detects no movement in the pool for a certain period of time, it automatically reactivates itself. Also, the sensor will detect if someone tries to deactivate the unit and, if that happens, the alarm goes off. Many pool owners fear neighborhood children from jumping the fence and using the pool when no one is around. That won’t be happening more than once with the Pool Protector.

It isn’t just for detecting illicit pool use, either. In ground pools in particular can pose a serious hazard for those walking near them. Countless adults have slipped and fallen into the pool when they weren’t paying attention to where they were going. Fortunately, the vast majority of those accidents did little more than bruise the ego of those involved. Children like to explore and they love to explore places and areas that are off limits to them. As many a parent has found, children are little escape artists and can often find their way over, under, or through gates, fences, and other obstacles quite easily. You can’t always rely upon such devices to keep your children safe. A pool alarm provides that extra layer of security.

A pool alarm is not magical, though, and won’t create some sort of force field around the pool, preventing anyone from entering or falling into it. However, the alarm can provide you with those precious extra seconds to respond to an accident, something that certainly could mean the difference between life and death.

Hidden Camera Catches Boyfriend Doing the Unthinkable

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Here is another reason to stay vigilant concerning your children, even around people you supposedly know. That this was able to go on for so long is even more damaging for the child.

Piece of Slime

“RAYTOWN, Mo. — A Missouri mother used a hidden camera to catch her boyfriend allegedly taking nude photos of the woman’s 6-year-old daughter, police said.”

“After placing the camera in her daughter’s room with a clear view of the bed, the mother and her friend left the home to “run an errand.” A few minutes later, Bibby apparently entered the girl’s room and the hidden camera captured Bibby taking photos of the girl’s private area, investigators said.”

“…had been suspicious of Bibby in recent months, which prompted her to install the hidden camera”

Hidden Camera catches Pedophile –

I’ve always been an advocate of installing hidden cameras in your home to help you keep track of how your children are being treated. Background checks for nannies or caregivers is a good start but actually seeing with your own eyes how others interact with your loved ones is your best bet.

You can find hidden cameras and spy gear available by clicking on these links. It’s better to have peace of mind than to wonder and always having that nagging thought in the back of your mind.

Prepping for vacation

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Prepping for Vacation

What is vacation season for most of us is a busy time of year for burglars. They love to find an unoccupied home, one where they can take their time searching high and low for the good stuff. As you plan your next out of town vacation, take the time to make preparations to keep your home safe while you’re away.

First, keep your mouth shut about planned trips! Crooks and thieves frequent the same social media sites as you do. They are always searching for posts about upcoming trips and such. Don’t post about your trip until you’re back home. And whatever you do, fight the urge to make your friends jealous by posting pics of you and your family on vacation while you’re still out of town. I know, that can be nearly impossible not to do in this day and age. Recognize the risk of doing so, though.

Prepping for Vacation

Talk to a trusted neighbor about having them keep an eye on things while you’re away. Ask them to collect the newspaper every day, feed the fish, and take a walk through the home to check for anything amiss. You might go so far as to ask them to park a vehicle in your driveway so it looks more like someone is home.

You might consider having the post office suspend delivery while you’re gone. Otherwise, ask your neighbor to collect your mail every day. What I’ve found works really well is to give the neighbor one of those canvas shopping bags you see everywhere. They can toss all mail and newspapers right into the bag each day. Personally, I much prefer having my neighbor collect this stuff rather than suspend delivery. This way, I can access everything as soon as I get home, rather than having to visit the post office to grab it.

Timers work great for turning lights on and off in the evening. Consider adding a radio to the mix, too, so as to provide some audio as well as visual evidence that someone is home. Exterior lights are hopefully motion activated. If they aren’t, you might consider installing new lights, not just for your vacation, of course, but because motion sensitive lights are an excellent security tool.

Let the local police department know when you’ll be out of town. They can let the officers in your neighborhood know to keep a closer eye on the area. Be sure to tell them that you’ve arranged to have your neighbor check on things, too, so as to avoid any surprises.

If you are truly concerned about home security while you’re out of town, you could purchase one or more IP cameras. These transmit over a wi-fi system and you can access the footage in real time using a laptop or smartphone.

Plan ahead so your vacation isn’t ruined by what you find when you return home.

Avoiding the Violence of Riots

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Baltimore Riots

Despite the Gray family’s plea for peaceful demonstrations, innocent citizens of Baltimore are now victims of what many are calling an all out war. While the reasons may be justified, these actions are not.

We believe that the majority of Americans agree that proving a point and having an opinion about a situation does not have to – and shouldn’t – involve or end in violence. Would you agree that the meaning of this incident has now lost its value, no matter what side you are on?

What about those with no opinion at all? Those who do not take a side because they feel it is none of their business. What about our emergency responders, those who are sacrificing their lives to save others? Why are they being targeted? Why are these protesters throwing cinder blocks at a moving fire truck? What is that proving?

The Gray family has lost a loved one. No matter what his past included, he had a family who loved him and now he is gone. Is this further violence helping his family to grieve? The family asked for peace. The American people should respect at least that. Are we?

Baltimore Riots

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There are videos upon videos of innocent bystanders getting caught in the crossfire of these riots. Vehicles driving by only needing to get to their destination while dodging flying objects. People are running in the street avoiding getting in harm’s way to make their way back home, or to their job, or to a safe place.

Although it is obvious that the best protection is to stay away from a riot as violent as this, it is also important to make sure you carry something to defend yourself. What may start as something peaceful could turn violent the blink of an eye. Innocent bystanders should have the means to protect themselves and their loved ones.

Make sure you stay protected. Carry a stun gun or a pepper spray. Be aware of your surroundings. Leave when you feel uncomfortable about your safety. No matter your side, try to remember that violence only hurts further, it does not resolve anything.

Do You Overshare?

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Beach Trip

I’ll admit, sometimes I feel like a crusty old curmudgeon, even though I’m only in my 40’s. People today seem like they need to share every…single…detail of their lives with the entire planet. See, the problem with oversharing isn’t just that it is extremely annoying to many of us, it is also putting you and your family at risk for some pretty serious situations.

When you post how you’re getting ready for your trip to the Bahamas, we all know you’re just wanting to make everyone else jealous. We get that, really. But, you’re also telling people you won’t be home for a week or so. That’s an open invite for ne’er do wells to pay your home a visit. Same thing goes when you post pics from your trip in real time.

Beach Trip

Posting pics from the art class you’re taking? Do it often enough and it becomes rather easy to predict exactly where you will be on Wednesday nights from 6:30PM-8:00PM. Could be the bad guy isn’t interested in what you have in your home but would much prefer getting to know you up close and personal.

One of the more popular online activities is buying and selling on various rummage sale oriented sites and groups. Be careful with those, particularly if you’re posting pics of items you have for sale. Pay attention to what is visible in the background of the picture. Avoid showing things like big TVs and other electronics as those can be very tempting to criminals. They could make arrangements to buy the diaper pail you’re selling just to find out your address, then come back later for the TV.

Here’s a really scary one. The pictures you take with your snazzy smartphone are often embedded with GPS coordinates. With the right software, a picture downloaded from your Facebook profile page could lead someone right to your door, even if you’ve never posted your address anywhere online.

Something else worth considering – anything you post online is conceivably there forever. Even if you later delete it from your Instagram or whatever, it is possibly still on a server somewhere and could be there for all time. Think twice before posting that pic.

Oversharing isn’t limited to the cyber world, either. Those cute signs parents put in their yards, the ones that tell one and all how proud they are of their son, #57 on the football team? Yeah, that just tells people that during football season, no one is probably home on Friday nights.

Bumper stickers can be the worst offenders. The stick figure families? Many of them note the names of the kids, something child predators love to see. Couple that with the sticker that says, “I’m a proud parent of an honor student at XYZ Middle School” and they know who the kid is and where to find him or her. Lovely.

Take a good look at your social media accounts, your yard, and your vehicles. Are you oversharing?