July 24, 2016

Security and Home Alarms for Your Apartment

June 15, 2016 aptprepper 2

I mentioned a while back that there had been a couple of burglaries in our apartment complex.  I spoke to building management to get the scoop on the latest one.  He said there is usually an increase in theft during the summer months, especially when there are teens with nothing better to do so be on the lookout.    He said tenants  are responsible for making their apartments more secure as long as the changes don’t violate the terms of the […]

How to Think Like a Thief and Save Yourself

May 20, 2016 aptprepper 6

  This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I’ve been receiving emails from the building manager regarding other tenants who have been robbed this past week.  We live in a gated community, in a quiet neighborhood, yet burglaries still happen.  I’ve written about this subject before, but the issue has surfaced yet again.  One tenant’s car was stolen right in the parking lot by our building, and another unit got broken into in the middle of the day. Building management […]

How to Avoid Getting Robbed During the Holiday Season

December 2, 2015 aptprepper 12

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com It seems that during the holiday season more and more thieves are out and about.  A couple of days ago I heard on the news that armed men robbed a lady who was who unloading packages in her own driveway.  The cops were not sure if the thieves followed the shopper from the mall or they were just cruising around looking for an opportunity to target unsuspecting victims. I know it’s the time […]

Are Gated Apartments Safer?

November 7, 2015 aptprepper 7

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com In the local news yesterday, the lead story was about a man who was accosted by a robber as he exited his car in his apartment parking lot around midnight.   His wife and baby were still in the car when this happened:  the robber demanded cash and when the man reached for his wallet, the criminal shot him in the chest.   The only witness did not get a good look at the shooter.  […]

Protect your Computer and Smart Phone from Ransomware

February 12, 2015 aptprepper 1

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I heard on the local news that a lot of people have been victimized by “ransomware”  According to the people who reported the crime, their computers are held hostage for ransom and unless they pay, everything in their computer or smart phone is no longer accessible.  The scammer gains entry when the target clicks on a link usually sent through one of those phishing emails.   Other reports indicate entry could also be through […]

Should You Answer the Door When a Stranger Knocks?

December 4, 2014 aptprepper 14

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com During the holidays you may notice an increase in people coming up to your door:  leaving flyers, selling something or just being neighborly.  But you never know what their intentions are. The local constables in our area have been warning people to be more vigilant due to a rising number of burglaries.  One of the more controversial questions is whether you should answer the door when a stranger knocks or pretend you’re not […]

20 Tips on Staying Safe During the Holiday Season

November 19, 2014 aptprepper 11

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Thanksgiving is less than two weeks away and the Christmas season will soon be in full swing.  Theft and other crimes seem to increase when people are out and about shopping or partying and not paying much attention to anything else. The other day the management company left a flyer on our door about a “Resident Meeting” regarding apartment safety. I was concerned enough that I attended the evening meeting after work. A […]

The #1 Rule to Avoid Being a Victim of Sliders

October 2, 2014 aptprepper 3

This morning our local news reported that several women all over town have been victimized by the latest crime wave, called “sliders.” I mentioned this a while back as a local crime, but the incidence of these crimes have become more widespread. It is happening in cities all over the country. […]

HTTP vs HTTPS and Why You Should Care

September 3, 2014 aptprepper 3

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Yesterday, I got a couple of emails from readers that my site was not loading and people were getting an error message the site was not secure and another site name was popping up.  I immediately opened a priority ticket with my hosting provider to investigate the problem.  They looked into and they responded that the error would pop up if the reader tries to access the site using https://apartmentprepper.com instead of http://apartmentprepper.com […]

Some Simple Vigilance, Shred Your Trash

July 26, 2014 aptprepper 2

This article first appeared on geekprepper.org Written by John, geekprepper.org   Operational Security is key. I was talking to a retired Law Enforcement professional a few weeks ago and he commented about how he could learn almost everything he needed to know about someone by going through their garbage. They can determine everything, from your favorite restaurants to how much your car payment is and who you pay it to. Shred your trash I’ve known about this for a while, […]

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