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Traveling in the Dark

Posted on September 4, 2016 at 12:35 AM Comments comments (0)


**After nearly hitting a pedestrian with my car a few nights ago, I thought a quick list of safety measures was in order. Please heed this advice and inform other people that you may know.
With it getting dark SO much earlier, we would like to remind you of a few safety tips for when you are walking, running, or riding a bike in the dark. While many of these safety tips may be a “no- brainer” for you, it may be what saves the life of someone else. Having spoken with police officers for several years now, I have compiled a list of reminders for you when it comes to being outdoors while out in the dark. These are safety tips police officers and other law enforcement personnel seem to always stress!!!
1. Never Walk Alone – If you are walking with someone police say that it is a deterrent for any possible approach. Always try to walk with or in a crowd. The more people you are with the safer it will be for you to reach your destination.
2. Walk In Well Lit Areas – If you do have to walk alone to reach a destination, NEVER walk or ride your bike in a dark area. Not only is darkness a potential perpetrators best friend, it can be your worst enemy. By walking in well lit places this allows for others to monitor your whereabouts.
3. Wear Bright Clothing – If you that you will be walking in the dark after work or school, prepare ahead!!! You know your schedule better than anyone else, plan for it. Wearing bright colored clothes will alert others, in the dark, and this may just save your life in more than one way.
4. Have A Cell Phone Nearby – Police say that one of the biggest misconceptions most of us have is to be on a cell phone while we walk alone. Being on a cell phone while walking is a distraction and actually makes you more prone to being a victim. NEVER walk alone and talk on your cell phone at the same time (or listen to music on earbuds)
5. Carry A Flashlight – Again, if you know that you will be walking in the dark pack a flashlight with you. Remember, light is your best friend when walking alone and in the dark.
6. Let People Know Your Schedule and Route – If you have a set route and/or routine, let a family member or friend know your daily schedule/route. In the event something happens to you, if a family member or friend knows your routine the proper officials will have a better chance of tracing you down. You always want someone to know where you are.
7. Follow Your Instincts - It is NEVER wrong to be too safe. If you feel that something isn’t right, take precautionary measures. Get to the nearest home or person and let them know of your situation. There is NOTHING wrong with being too safe, listen to your instincts when you are not in your own comfort zone.
8. Use Busy Roadways or Sidewalks – Law Enforcement officials stress that if you are walking, running, or bicycling while its dark, never stray off of major thoroughfares or roadways. The more traffic around you the safer it will be. Potential criminals stray away from engaging in criminal activity when there are more people in an area. The chances of someone seeing something is in your favor, not in the criminal’s. The more traffic where you are the safer it may be.
9. Carry A Whistle or Mace – The whistle can be used to draw attention towards you in the event of someone approaching you. As for mace, it can be used in your defense as you plan an escape. Both of these items need to be easy to access in the event of you needing them.
10. Plan Ahead – If you don’t have to walk, run, or cycle while its dark DON’T DO IT!! Find time to exercise during the day. Avoid putting yourself into dangerous situations. Think ahead and plan ahead…
We hope that these safety tips help. Education is your best asset when it comes to being safe and protecting yourself from a dangerous encounter.  

Kids and Gun Safety

Posted on August 17, 2016 at 1:45 PM Comments comments (0)


Following is an email from Christie Post

 

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – Each year the number of privately owned firearms in America increases.

 

And injuries from those guns are the second leading cause of non-natural death in children and adolescents. According to the latest statistics available from the CDC, in 2007 122 children were killed in accidental shootings.

 

So a Florida man invented a product claiming to make a loaded gun safe. It's called the Safety Bullet. This is the only trademarked safety devise of it's kind. You might of heard of other gun safety products like a trigger lock or lock box.

 

But the inventor said the Safety Bullet is different. It loads like a regular bullet. When you pull the trigger you will hear a small pop sound and then the gun is locked. So if someone like a child were to get hold of your weapon, they wouldn't be able to use it.

 

"With Safety Bullets you don't have to go to the gun safe. You have your weapon loaded with one magazine with safety bullet on top and safety bullet in the barrel," said police officer and Safety Bullet distributor for Texas, Glenn Barrow.

 

It's taking aim at making a loaded weapon safe for less than $25. "I don't know if I've ever seen anything like it. It's easy to use, very easy to handle, very easy to eject. Once it was activated the gun was unusable," said parent and gun enthusiast, Jason Robertson.

 

Jason Robertson is an avid gun user who hunts and does a lot of target practice. But he's also a father of four young children. He said he keeps a pistol in his home for personal safety.

 

"I keep it in a lock box next to the bed. It's a security safe," said Robertson.

 

Glenn Barrow a police officer and the Texas distributor for Safety Bullet said the product allows you to get a hold of your gun much faster if an intruder enters rather than using a safe.

 

"You can clear that gun even if the device is lock in five second. Still quicker than having to get out of your bed and go to a safe and get your handgun under stress," said Barrow.

 

But others packing heat not using a safety device have not been as fortunate. In the news here in Lubbock, accidental shootings have occurred more than once. Which is why the inventor of Safety Bullet made the device because someone close to him had the same experience ten years ago - a senseless accidental shooting.

 

"Mike Worley knew this and felt there had to be something done about guns and protecting children. Children are our most valuable asset they're our future. So he invented the safety bullet to protect children from uncontrolled handguns," said Barrow.

 

We had Robertson try the Safety Bullet for him self to see if what the product claims to make the impossible – possible, is really true.

 

"I've loaded the safety bullet into the clip, loaded it into the chamber and see what it does. The gun is locked. It's completely safe. You cannot load another round into the chamber," said Robertson.

 

Robertson was shocked by how well the product works to keep the gun safe. "It's actually a lot quicker to eject the safety bullet than it is to get the pistol out of the lock box and load a round in it," Robertson.

 

"Get your product practice with your gun. Rack, rack, boom," said Barrow.

 

"After this test I'm going to go out and buy them and put them in all my weapons," said Robertson.

 

And if you use the Safety Bullet, you can send it back to the inventor and he will send you a new one for free, you just pay shipping costs.

 

"It's the only insurance policy you'll pay once for," said Robertson.

You can buy a pair of Safety Bullets (and removal rod) here


Home Invasion - Would you know what to do?

Posted on August 16, 2016 at 9:25 PM Comments comments (0)

Possibly the most often recommended strategy is to set up a Safe Room in your home. A Safe Room really is just a room in your home where you can position yourself to best defend yourself and your family in the event of a home invasion. Taking the time to think the unthinkable and to prepare as best we can to deal with the possibility of our home being invaded is really the first step. How do you prepare? Easy. You create a plan. What will you do in the event your home is invaded? Where will you go? Do family members know where to go and what to do? What kinds of things do you need there to be ready? Let's start with “where will you go”. Identify a room in your home that you and the rest of your family know is the place to get to immediately and in which you can position to defend yourselves. This is your Safe Room. This room should only have one doorway, one you can lock, a master bedroom is typically chosen. It is highly recommended that you install a deadbolt on this door and purchase a door brace or jam that can be inserted under the doorknob and wedged against the floor to add additional security. Determine a code word that is shouted when an invasion is suspected which instantly triggers everyone to get to this room immediately.
Next, there are some important items that should be in stored in your Safe Room, items that are left there and always available. When an invasion happens, there is no time to prepare and think, "What do I need to get". During a home invasion is not the time to prepare for one! Here is a list of items to have ready. You may have additional items you’ll want to add.
· Your firearm along with extra ammunition, and/or other self-defense tools should be safely stored here and accessible.
· A telephone and/or cell phone. Keep any other important emergency phone numbers taped to the phone. It is a good idea to also write down your     address and phone number so you are prepared and can read the information, to give accurate information to the 911 operator.
(Keep an old cell phone and keep it charged. Even if the cell phone does not have service, it is capable of calling 911. It must, however, be charged and have a signal.)
· A defensive flashlight is an important item, a defensive, high power flashlight. Keep extra batteries here as well and check them frequently. · An extra set of house keys that you could throw to police out the window to permit their easy entrance into your home.
· A first aid kit.
· A jacket and pair of shoes for each person (in case of broken glass, egress to rough terrain, etc.)

When should you flee your Safe Room? It isgenerally recommended that you should only flee when and if you can do so safely. It is always better to leave your home and avoid the direct confrontation, but in many situations, this is not an option that will be available to you. Part of your planning should include walking through some scenarios and determine under which circumstances and how you would flee. Take time to decide who will be responsible to do what. The better you plan now and cover things ahead of time affect the outcome if such a terrible thing as a home invasion were to take place. I realize it is difficult to acknowledge that something like that could happen, but we must arm ourselves with forethought and careful planning. Take your safety personally!

Staying Safe While Out and About

Posted on August 16, 2016 at 7:35 PM Comments comments (0)

When you're out of the house shopping, driving or walking you could become a victim of street crime. Use these safety tips to help stay safe.

 

While Shopping:

 

Keep one hand free - Allowing you to fend off a would be attacker, and not positioning yourself as a victim.

 

Watch reflections in store windows – This can be a terrific tool to aid you in observing your surroundings. If someone is following you, go into the nearest store or building until the potential predator has left.

 

Wear your purse’s shoulder strap across your body – This gives you much more control over your purse and its contents. (consider a pepper spray clipped on the outside of your bag) When walking to your car have your keys in your hand - Check around and under the car, then in the back seat and floor when the door is open. If you have parcels to put in the car, don’t be so focused on your task that you are oblivious to what is around you. I like to walk around the vehicle, looking at the tires and in the process I will notice anything else that is amiss.

   

While Driving:

Always keep your car doors locked – Most late-model cars will lock automatically, if not, you’ll need to lock your doors.

Keep enough gas in your car - So that if you need to drive to a safer, busier place or police station you won’t worry about running out of gas, thereby creating a new possible danger.

When stopped leave space ahead of you - You should be able to see the rear tires of the car directly ahead of you. Check all your surroundings for any unusual activity.

Pay attention - Carjackers like to do the “bump and rob” ploy. If this happens, stay in your car with your car running and roll down your windows ever slightly, or speak through the glass. Call the police immediately and even drive to the nearest police station, if you feel threatened.

While walking:

When walking, always face traffic - (even if on a sidewalk) It is much better to see any possible threat before it becomes a threat.

Don't walk too closely to buildings - Try to keep further than an arm's length away. Two reasons, first, doorways you pass could pose a potential threat with someone waiting to grab a victim, and second, when you reach the end of the building, or block, you have a better view around the corner.

Avoid outdoor ATM'S – Walk-up ATM’s can be a fertile area for criminals to quickly grab your cash while you are busy putting your card and money away.

When You're Away

Posted on August 16, 2016 at 7:05 PM Comments comments (0)

Are you confident that your loved ones can defend themselves without you? A friend of mine was away, instructing a class, after they moved to a quiet subdivision a little over a year ago. His wife, Tracy, noticed a truck circling the block. The driver stopped in front of their house, exited the truck, and approached the gate. Their dog moved quickly to inform him of his unwanted presence. About 35 feet away, on the other side of the fence, Tracy opened the door to ask about his needs. The driver gave a story about delivering construction materials and did not have a street address, only a lot number. Seeing the empty truck, she knew the story was not truthful. She told him she couldn’t help, then closed and locked the door. We later found out through friends at the local police department that a house 200 yards behind theirs had a break-in that same day. The suspect vehicle used in the burglary was the same one parked in front of their house. Protecting our families means giving them the skills to avoid danger when possible, but also the knowledge to defend themselves when evasion is not an option. Tracy had the means and knowledge to defend herself had it gone differently that day. Knowing protection exists when we’re not around gives us peace of mind. Education and training are key to that protection (and peace of mind) Sometimes spouses try to take on the role of teacher when training near their significant other. The spouse can also add to the intimidation factor. For these reasons, most instructors will try to separate couples during courses. It might be better to seek instruction from someone other than your spouse. For beginners, shooting can be very intimidating, and trainers should be conscious of this. It’s very difficult for someone who is intimidated by gunfire to learn and absorb new skills when they are only thinking about other shots going off. When looking for a training course for a new shooter, it’s also important to find an instructor who teaches smaller groups and offers personal attention. Something I usually explain to beginning students is that shooting is very easy. It’s really not much different from driving a vehicle or hitting a tennis ball with a racket. Anything new is outside our comfort zone, so learning to shoot a firearm will be too. It usually takes about 50 shots for a new shooter to become comfortable with the operation of a handgun. After getting over this hill, most students find shooting very enjoyable. So be safe, educate yourself and be sure to practice what you learn.


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