Book Review The Guardians: The New Homefront Volume 2

The Guardians

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com

I previously reviewed The Last Layover:  The New Homefront Volume 1 by Steven C. Bird as part of Survivor Jane’s preparedness books blog tour.

The Guardians is the second book in the Homefront series.  The story continues to cover the main families from the first book, and introduces two sons of one of the original female characters.

Without giving away too much, one portion of the book deals with fighting the Mexican cartels trying to seize power in south Texas, and another part covers some of the characters in Tennessee who are fighting with marauders.

As far as the story lines, I was not keen on the overpowered cartel.  While I agree that cartels would cause a lot of trouble in a grid down disaster, I imagine they would not be as profitable or have the economic ability to fund a war if the economy collapsed and drug sales went down.  Another aspect of the story I was wondering about was what the federal government was doing and why the states pulled away.  However, there was enough action in the story to keep me turning the pages.

Besides the action in the book, I liked the continuing focus on the small group of characters.   I hope to see the characters continue to develop.  The author also has an extensive knowledge of firearms which provides some good detail.  I look forward to the next installment of The Homefront series.

© Apartment Prepper 2014

 

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20 Tips on Staying Safe During the Holiday Season

20 Tips on Staying Safe during the Holiday SeasonThis 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 couple of policemen and the building management were in attendance. The reason for the meeting was to discuss recent criminal activity in the area, and to warn residents about personal safety.

My neighborhood is in the middle of the city of Houston. If you ever visit the city, you will notice very quickly that the city does not have strict zoning laws. As a result,most areas include a mix of residential, commercial and industrial. One block could be a nice residential area, and across the street would be high rises or industrial parks, unless you live in a planned community in the suburbs. So you can live in a block with nice residences, but go two blocks and you can quickly find yourself in an unsavory looking area. Being careful and aware of your surroundings is very important. Not being critical or negative, that is just the way it is. While we carefully picked the apartment we live in, checked crime statistics and all that, crime in any area is inevitable.

Back to the meeting. Apparently, the management company decided to have a meeting due to a recent shooting that occurred in the complex. They wanted to reassure the residents that it was not a random event but a shooting between acquaintances, a “drug deal gone bad.” There were no fatalities, the shooter was arrested and the victim was shot in the leg. I was still unsettled by the incident – it is not very reassuring to hear that a resident was doing a drug deal. The resident has since been evicted; at least he is not around anymore. The cops also informed us there have been car break-ins and some theft.

Staying safe during the holiday season

  1. This meeting has just reinforced my feeling that there is no such thing as a “safe area.” We need to be on guard at all times, and always aware of our surroundings. Always find out about what’s going on around you. Surprisingly, for a complex this large, not a lot of tenants attended the meeting, considering it was about something important.
  2. Maintain an alert stance and scan the people around you.  Thieves avoid people whom they perceived is too alert and may have already noticed them
  3. If you start to have a bad feeling about your surroundings, stop and pay attention to these feelings, it is your intuition telling you not to proceed.
  4. Thieves try to target people whom they perceive as more vulnerable: the elderly, women alone or women and children.
  5. To avoid being targeted by thieves, think about what attracts these criminals: flashy jewelry, a large purse that looks stuffed with goodies, smart phones, shopping bags, etc.
  6. Carry only what’s necessary and leave the rest at home.
  7. When shopping, always lock your vehicle and do not leave your items in the car, lock them up in the trunk. The cop revealed that they patrol certain malls because thieves are known to “harvest” items that people leave in the cars while shopping.
  8. Consider a protection device such as mace, pepper spray or a concealed gun if you know how to use them and are licensed in your district.
  9. When in public, avoid being engrossed in your phone or tablet.  This sounds simple, but I have seen so many people with their heads buried in their cell phones even while crossing the street.
  10. When walking to your car, have your keys ready in your hand, no fishing around the parking lot for missing keys. Brief inattention to your surroundings can cost you your life. If leaving at night, try to walk with someone or have security escort you.
  11. Train the kids to only open the door to family or friends who know the “password” and never open the door to strangers.
  12. Keep your curtains or blinds closed. The more passersby see your appliances and items, the more likely a thief will get interested in you.
  13. Consider an alarm system or a dog if your building allows it.
  14. Make sure you always lock your doors and windows.
  15. Look around the area before you open your door or garage, as thieves have been know to follow people in as they get home.
  16. Be careful about announcing your activities and plans on social networking sites such as Twitter or Facebook, this will give potential thieves a “heads up” that your house is available.
  17. Before walking or driving up to an ATM machine, make a note of who is in the area.  Is there a car just parked nearby?  Are there a lot of bushes where someone can hide and jump out at you?  If you are not sure, just bypass it and go somewhere else.  The most you will lose is time and possibly gas, but at least you’ll be safe.
  18. When in crowded shopping centers, be alert for pickpockets especially when someone bumps into yo
  19. If you are working late, walk out with a co-worker or call security and have them walk you to your car.
  20. If you feel you are being followed home, don’t pull into your driveway.  Instead, keep driving and go to a crowded area, police or fire station.

Sorry if this article sounds a bit paranoid, but these are the times we live in. A big part of survival mentality or preparedness is paying attention to your own personal and family security.

 

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How to Keep Your Apartment Warm

Staying Warm in a Drafty ApartmentThis post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com

This week, a cold front, AKA polar vortex is coming to town.  Indeed, it was much colder getting out of work this afternoon than it was early this morning.

Our apartment windows are very flimsy.  They are single paned aluminum windows that let in the frigid air.  You can really feel the cold air seeping in as you get closer to the windows.  We had to come up with ideas to keep the apartment warm without doing any major work.  These are the options we considered:

Option 1:  Install window films.

Because we rent, we cannot do anything that involves major alterations, and we want to make sure we get our security deposit back if we move.  Window films are hard to remove, and after pricing them out, we found that window films were also far above the budget.

In a pinch, you can try using clear plastic wrap- just stick it around your windows to keep the draft out.

Option 2:  Plastic Trash Bags

On the opposite side of expensive, some people use plastic trash bags to line the cracks and the windows.  Sounds like it can work, but that would be too unsightly.  It is our windows after all, and I don’t think I want to look at plastic trash bags for several days.

Option 3:  Bubble Wrap

We opted for the middle ground:  bubble wrap insulation.  It is temporary but not so ugly.  Please keep in mind this works because there’s trapped air between the bubble wrap and the window.  If the window is leaking around the frame, this will not work and the window would need caulking instead.

If you are planning to do a project like this, please research the various options carefully.  I am not an expert in insulation or window reinforcements, so your results may vary.  You may find something else that works better in your situation.  Just sharing what worked for us.

Here is how we did it:

We went to the home improvement store and bought several rolls of bubble wrap.  We spent about $28 total for 2 large rolls of bubble wrap and a couple more dollars for painters tape.  Upon returning home, we raised the blinds and started lining the windows with bubble wrap.  We then taped the bubble wrap to the window sill with the painters tape.  We lined each window of the bedrooms with the bubble wrap, making sure the drafty crack between the windows and window sills were covered.

The result was great!  You can really tell the difference in the room temperature.  The cold air stays out, and you can no longer feel the temperature drop and you approach the windows.  From the outside, the bubble wrap does not look obvious so the apartment management won’t notice anything odd.  As you can see from the photo above, the downside is, you can’t see the outside too clearly.   This is only temporary though.  In a few weeks, normal warm temperatures should come back, and the bubble wrap insulation will come off.  Then I can recycle the bubble wrap as packing material.

What are other ways to keep your apartment warm?

  • Space heater.  A small space heater may help, if you set it up in the room you are in.  If you are worried about heating when there is no power, a good possible choice is a propane heater such as Mr. Heater.  However there are precautions that need to be taken when setting it up.  I have not tried it personally, so I can’t tell you how well it works, but see this review from TacticalIntelligence.net.
  • Dress in layers.  When it’s this cold, and I have to go outside, I wear a tank top, a T-shirt, a turtleneck and a jacket.  Am I bulky?  You betcha!  But it works and I don’t like to be cold so I put up with it.
  • Rearrange your sheets.    Cotton sheets are meant to keep you cool, but that is not what you need in a cold snap.  Place the fleece or micro fiber blanket closest to you.  It really works.  Flannel sheets work just as well.
  • Warm up your bed before getting in Use a blowdryer and warm up your bed right before getting in.  If you have a dog or a cat have them snuggle in the foot of your bed – they help keep you warm as well!
  • Hang old comforters or quilted blankets  Readers have suggested hanging comforters or quilted blankets as curtains.
  • Set up a warm room  If you have no power, it’s best to congregate in one room and make it the warmest one.  Set up tents and sleeping bags in the middle of the room.
  • Layer on the blankets.  We place several blankets in addition to the comforter on all the beds in the house.
  • Drink warm liquids.   Sip some herb tea and warm up.  Make a nice pot of soup.
  • Rice heating pad.   Just pour uncooked rice into an old sock, sew it closed.  Microwave it until hot and use it as a warmer.
  • Run electric appliances during the day.  Run the dishwasher, cook and bake during the day.  They all help warm up the house.

Caution:  Always make sure your room is well ventilated.  Always have a carbon monoxide detector.  Never turn on gas stoves for heat.

Each winter, I receive emails from apartment dwellers asking for ideas on warming up their space during a cold snap.  Hopefully the tips above help out.  Stay warm!

© Apartment Prepper 2014

 

Substitutes for Toilet Paper

Substitutes for Toilet Paper

I recently posted about being off-grid for 48 hours, and using a lot of baby wipes due to the lack of water during our adventure.  One thing that would run out quickly in a survival situation if you did not have a huge stockpile would be toilet paper.  Not having a lot of space we have about three months worth on hand right now, but that can run out quickly.  Also, a large stockpile of toilet paper is not portable in a bug-out situation, and in a shelter in place scenario, the TP supply is bound to run out.

Space saving tip:  Remove the cardboard insert and flatten the roll and you can fit more rolls in a small space.

What are some substitutes for toilet paper?

Back in ancient times, the Romans used a sea sponge on a stick.  They would clean themselves with it, rinse it in the running water (public bathrooms had them on the floor) and leave it soaking in salt water in between uses.

In colonial times, people used corncobs, and later, old newspapers and catalogs were used in outhouses.

Here are a few ideas:

1.  Wet wipes or baby wipes

These would work just like toilet paper, but again, a large stockpile would have to be accumulated.

2. Paper Substitutes

Newspaper may work, but the ink would turn everything black.   I read other people prefer The Yellow Pages but these days, a lot of people don’t keep phone books around.  Store catalogs may be more common, and flimsy pages instead of high end glossy paper would work best.  Just crumple up the sheet until it softens up, then wipe.

3.  Cloth

Cloth, such as wash cloths, terry cloth or  cloth diapers can be used as toilet paper substitutes.  You can even cut up old, soft t-shirts into squares.  If you want to make reusable cloth wipes, this article from Food Storage Moms has good instructions.  The method would be to wet the cloth, wipe, then launder the cloth.  Supporters of this idea feel that most people would have nothing against rewashing cloth diapers, therefore personal washcloths should be okay.  I would think it would be a good idea to throw the soiled wash clothes into a bucket of water with some bleach before washing.

4.  Plant material

Sage leaves are said to be soft and fragrant enough to use, some say banana leaves would work too..  You must have some knowledge about which plants are safe; you would not want to use something like poison ivy, poison oak or sumac by mistake!   Remember: Leaves of three – let it be!

5.  Water

Many countries already use a spray water fountain called a “bidet” as part of their bathroom facilities.  Since this is being considered in an emergency scenario, we would need an alternative to that too.  In many countries, use of the left hand in combination with pouring water in a pan or small bucket with the right hand is the way to clean up.

Possible water carriers:

Fill any of these containers with plain water, add a drop of essential oil for fragrance and wash up.  (Don’t use mint or and don’t overdo the quantity of drops, or you may irritate those sensitive areas.)  After washing, dry the area with a clean towel that can also be reused.

To avoid disease, one would have to wash the hands well with water or antibacterial gel right after.

I’m not ready to give up toilet paper but you gotta do what you gotta do to stay clean.   In an emergency, the water route seems like the most likely one to try.  I may try making those clothes one of these days.  We will keep stockpiling toilet paper for now, and store them efficiently by flattening them for maximum use of space.   Another idea would be to decrease the use of toilet paper by combining with the methods above, thereby extending the life of the stockpile.

Toilet paper shortages sounds unlikely, but it has happened:  a year or so ago, Venezuela faced a toilet paper shortage and the government had to take over a toilet paper factory.   Before I got interested in preparedness, I can recall snagging the last package of toilet paper and waiting in a long line right before a hurricane.  Toilet paper is one of the first items to disappear if a disaster disrupts supply deliveries.  It’s good to know some alternatives just in case.

 

Reader question: How Do you Protect your Emergency Supplies from Pests?

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Photo provided by reader “S,” used with permission

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com

I get a lot of emails on Apartment Prepper, and I always respond to readers’ questions.  Here is an excerpt from a recent email from reader “S.”  (I have removed any personal references.)  “S” provided actual photos.

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Emergency bag, eaten through by mice. Photo provided by reader “S,” used with permission

I had some bad luck recently. My car broke down coming home from work.  As a result I had to leave the car at a mechanic for a week to fix a now bigger problem & figured it was wise to move my earthquake emergency bags from my trunk to my living room floor while the car was being fixed so that no one would be tempted to “borrow” from my supplies while fixing the car.

While that was happening, a restaurant next door started to be remodeled & I had to go out of town with a relative for several days. Since that relative had their own earthquake bags in their trunk I left mine at home over the trip so we’d have room for the suitcases.

I came home to my apartment & discovered something had eaten through the bags to get at the trail mix inside & had even ripped open a bag of store self tuna but decided it didn’t like it so the house smelt of rotten fish!! I had never had anything other than ants, spiders & crickets in the apartment before for years so this was a completely new experience for me!

So my question is, how do you keep your supplies safe from pests?

Reader “S” described a common problem among apartment dwellers.

She mentioned there was some remodeling going on next door.  Pests do travel from one unit to another.   I have noticed whenever someone moves out nearby and the unit is fumigated, there is an uptick in pests trying to come into our area.  That’s because the pests are driven out of one unit and they try to invade nearby units if you let them.

Preventive measure:  If you see movers, spray insecticide along entrances as well as corners of shared walls.  This should help prevent them from trying to come to you.  However this works on insects, but not mice.  We have discussed insects in a previous post, but today we are looking at rodents.

How do you protect your emergency supplies from pests such as mice?

To protect your emergency food, store them in food grade 5-gallon food buckets.  Mice or rats cannot chew through the plastic of the 5 gallon bucket.   Reader “S” has ready to eat items such as trail mix, granola bars and packaged tuna – these could all go in the 5-gallon bucket.  Place the sealed bucket in your closet.  Make sure the lid is super secure.  Hang your bug out bag (with non food items) in your closet.  In the event of an emergency and you had to leave, take the food from the bucket and transfer them to your bug out bag – this should only take 5 minutes before you run out the door.

If you are storing bulk food such salt, sugar, flour etc. for long term storage, here is a link to simple instructions: Repackaging salt for long term storage

Sometimes you can get food grade 5 gallon buckets for free.
How to Get Free Food Grade Buckets for Long Term Storage

Natural repellants for mice:

Thoroughly clean and sweep your areas, and remove any food.  Cover all trash cans so they don’t try to go in.  If you are already using 5 gallon buckets for your emergency food, make sure you are protecting your every day food as well – do not leave anything edible on counters.

There are commercial repellants available such as Rodent Defense  Spray in the areas frequented by rodents to keep them away.

Other natural repellants I have heard about but have not tried:

  • Peppermint Oil: Saturate cotton balls with peppermint oil and leave them around the areas you where have found droppings.  This is said to repel mice, sending them elsewhere.
  • Apple Cider Vinegar:  Clean floors, the insides of cabinets and countertops with 50% apple cider vinegar (does not have to be organic) and 50% water.  Mice will avoid the area and leave.
 © Apartment Prepper 2014

Review of Survivor Jane’s Guide To Emergency/Survival Hygiene

Survivor Jane's Guide to Emergency Survival Hygiene

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com

Hygiene is a big concern in a survival situation, as it must be maintained in order to stay healthy and keep up morale. So when I had an opportunity to read Survivor’s Jane’s Guide to Emergency/Survival Hygiene, I jumped at the chance: I was interested in finding out what Survivor Jane’s solutions would be.

Who is Survivor Jane?

Survivor Jane runs the Survivor Jane site, which covers topics on how to survive everything from disasters (man-made and natural), to pandemics, riots, economic collapse, home invasion, self defense, weapons, food storage etc.  Survivor Jane also chronicles her journey from being a complacent city girl to an independent homesteader.  She has appeared in a recent episode of National Geographic’s Doomsday Preppers (Season 4).

Now for the book discussion…

The book contains all you need to know about keeping yourself clean all over, in a disaster or survival situation, when you don’t have access to grooming products: hair, skin, feet, body, teeth; it even covers looking and smelling great using everyday ingredients you may already have in your home.

Although the book’s title says “emergency/survival hygiene,” I think the usefulness of this book is not limited to disaster type situations. You can actually use these recipes daily, even if nothing happens and things are “normal.”

One of the hot topics in the preparedness community involves the use of toilet paper. For one thing, toilet paper is not easy to store especially if you have limited space like I do. But many of the offered suggestions out there are unappealing to me such as leaves, torn up newspaper or phone books (who keeps phone books these days?) Survivor Jane’s idea for toilet paper substitute that she describes in this book is by far the best one I’ve found. There is nothing gross about it and it is super easy to do. I am not going to give it away, you will have to read it for yourself.

She also gives a nice variety of recipes under each category such as facial care, body scrubs, acne remedies, hand care, foot care to name a few.  For the ladies, there is a whole section for making cosmetics such as lip gloss, blush, foundation, mascara, eyeliner and eye shadow.  There are so many choices that if you don’t like one or don’t have ingredients for something, you can always find an alternative in another page.

I liked that the ingredients are all either things most households have, or very easy to obtain. The instructions are easy to follow and you do not need any special equipment.
I am definitely going to try making several of the recipes such as: mouthwash, toothpaste and deodorant.

If you don’t want to stink and look like a scary mess in the event of a disaster when there are no hygiene products available, you’ll want to read this book. The ability to create hygiene commodities would be a handy skill to have if things became scarce. Or, if you are just interested in cutting expenses by making your own grooming products, using simple but effective ingredients, this book will help you as well.

© Apartment Prepper 2014

 

Tips on Avoiding Germs on a Plane

Tips on Avoiding Germs on a PlaneThis post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com

There was a news story about a man and his daughter being escorted out of a plane after he vomited during the flight.  Officials have not said what the man has, or what caused him to get sick.  Many people are already fearful of flying, and the added threat of picking up germs does not help.

Because of close quarters on a plane, it is easy to pick up germs while flying.  I am not even talking about the prevalent ebola scare these last few days – there are so many other diseases that can be picked up:  colds, flu,  enterovirus 68, norovirus…   And, flu season is almost upon us, and anyone who is flying should take a few precautions.

Here are a few general tips on avoiding germs on a plane:

  1. Disinfect your area   Airplanes are known to be full of germs- studies have shown you have a higher chance of catching a cold on a plane than other regular activities.  On any flight, by the time you board you don’t know who sat there before you.  Bring disinfecting wipes and wipe the surfaces around you:  tray table, arm rest, overhead bin handle, volume control etc.
  2. Be careful during bathroom use   After using the toilet, lower the seat cover before you flush to avoid having the water spray you.  After you wash your hands, use a tissue or paper towel to touch the doorknobs and faucet handles.
  3. Bring your own reading materials.  I used to always read the inflight magazine after boarding – it was part of the flight experience.  Until I heard how germ infested those magazines are.  I also witnessed other passengers stuffing dirty tissues inside the magazine carriers.  Now I just bring my own book or magazine to read  You can also read via tablet or e-reader as soon as devices can be turned on.
  4. Don’t touch your nose, eyes or mouth.  It is easy for germs to enter your body through your eyes, nose or mouth.  You may have picked up germs with your hands, and touching will just instantly infect you.  Be mindful of your habits and stop yourself.
  5. Wash your hands  Remember to wash your hands frequently, and do so again right after you get off the plane.
  6. Stay hydrated.  Your nostrils, throat and mouth may feel extra dry during a flight.  When they dry out, they less able to flush out irritants.  Help your body protect itself -drink water or juice to stay hydrated.
  7. What if you are sitting next to a sick person?   You could try requesting a different seat, especially if the plane is not full.  However, if all seats are completely booked then you are stuck.  Turn on the overhead air pointing from you to get some air circulation.  Wear glasses or sunglasses to protect your eyes.  Put on a protective mask if you have one.  Another option is putting a scarf around your face and turning the other way.
  8. Protect your nose  If your nose gets extra dry, use a saline spray for relief.  As mentioned in #5 above, the moisture helps your nose guard against germs.  I have not tried this trick, but at my last business trip, some of my co-workers swore by using a dab of Neosporin along their nostrils as protection from germs.  Of course if you are going to apply anything to your nostrils, you must have freshly washed hands.
  9. Bring your own jacket or small blanket.  I realize it does get cold on the plane and blankets are available.  To be really sure you have a clean one, bring your own and avoid using the ones provided.  I’d also avoid the pillow as there is no guarantee it has not been used before.  I usually roll up my own jacket and use that as a pillow.  As an added precaution, pack a face mask and wear it during the flight.
  10. Bring your own water and food  You can get ill by eating food that’s been sitting out too long or if not handled properly.  To be sure you know the source, buy a water bottle at the store after you clear security and take your water with you.  Unless you are flying first class, most flights no longer provide food anyway, and if they do they are usually sub-standard fare – you might as well bring food or snacks and avoid airline food altogether.
  11. Strengthen your immune system.  The best way to avoid getting sick is to keep your immune system strong:  eat a variety of healthy foods including lots of fresh fruit and vegetables, exercise, avoid stress and get enough rest.

© Apartment Prepper 2014



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Monday Musings: 10/6/2014

Monday Musings 10062014This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com

Welcome to another Monday Musings, where we share interesting links as well as updates on the blog and preps.

First, the blog updates…

Preparedness Books Blog Tour

I’m participating in Survivor Jane’s Preparedness Books Blog Tour  There’s always a new one being added.  Check it out!

Now for the links…

Find out: Fun quiz to find out What kind of prepper are you? DailyPrep quiz  Mine came out to be First Responder type

Get your questions heard:  Take this survey:  Preparedness Questions for a Better Online Community

Here’s a great giveaway from Skilled Survival

9 Lessons Learned from Living without Running Water

6 Simple Auto Maintenance Jobs You Should Be Doing Yourself

Bugging Out With Limited Mobility

Talking to your Kids about Ebola

Four Ways to Increase your Survival Endurance

There’s been so much worry going around lately, I thought I’d end with something more positive:

“Pray, hope, and don’t worry. Worry is useless. God is merciful and will hear your prayer. Prayer is the best weapon we have; it is the key to God’s heart.”
-St. Pio of Pietrelcina (Padre Pio)

Take care and have a great week everyone!

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The #1 Rule to Avoid Being a Victim of Sliders

The #1Rule to Avoid Being a Victim of SlidersThis post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com

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.

What are sliders?

The crime happens in a gas station where many people leave their cars unlocked, thinking nothing will happen if they are just a few feet away from the car.  A thief parks his car next to the target, and, as she is filling up the tank, an accomplice slides across the small space in between, opens the targeted car door and steals whatever is on the front passenger seat.  A lot of women leave their purses, smart phones and tablets on the front passenger seat; some even leave the window open, making it very easy for the thief to grab.

All the victims who were interviewed were women who lost purses, electronics and cash, all while they were standing next to the car putting gas.

Why is this so common?

If you think like a thief for a moment, you will realize that although risky, the perpetrator of this crime can get away with a lot of loot for just a few seconds worth of “work.”  All they have to do is sneak up to someone’s car, grab whatever they can take and run away.  Then they sell purses, smart phones, tablets for whatever they can get, take the cash and use the credit cards for more stuff while they can.

At the same time, so many people are on autopilot, not bothering to lock up or even look up from whatever they are doing.  One of the victims in the news report didn’t even realize she had been robbed, until a bystander several cars away yelled that someone was taking off with her purse.  Unfortunately, it was too late for anyone to do anything – the thieves had already driven away.

In the same report, the police admitted it is very hard to track down the criminals because the camera footage is usually very poor quality, making it hard to identify anyone.

How to Avoid Being a Victim of Sliders

  1. Pay attention to your surroundings, wherever you are.  Situational awareness is the number one rule to avoid becoming a victim.
  2. Even if you are familiar with the neighborhood, never let your guard down.
  3. Don’t leave your purse, shopping bags or any valuables on the front passenger seat, where it attracts attention.
  4. Lock your car every time you step out, even if it’s only for a few minutes.
  5. If you are going inside the mini mart, hide your purse under the seat and don’t forget to lock your car.  Or, take your purse with you, and keep a tight hold on it.

This is a crime of opportunity.   If every car door was locked, the thief would not have such easy access to the goods.  And, if more people were paying attention to their surroundings, these criminals would be easily spotted.  Unfortunately, not everyone pays attention, making it easy for criminals to take advantage.

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Monday Musings: 9/29/2014

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This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com
Welcome to another Monday Musings, where we share interesting links about all things preparedness, as well as updates on the blog.

First the blog updates…

I haven’t had as much time to work on Apartment Prepper this past week due to a tight work schedule.  I hope this week will be much better.

Fall is here and I am so glad the weather is starting to cool off (not a let yet, but I am grateful)  I have some interesting projects coming up, one of them is how to make a heat retention cooker aka, a wonder oven, thanks to instructions from fellow blogger Megan who runs the My Food Storage Cookbook site.  As always, I will let you know how it turns out.

Now for the links…

One Awesome Article site launch

Todd of Prepper Website has a neat new site: www.oneawesomearticle.com. The idea is that guys will receive one AWESOME article in their inbox a day.  It is geared towards guys, but you ladies will want your guys to get this to make them a better…..guy.  The article will include a link to an awesome article on the web, special offers, book suggestions or cool products.  This great info will only come through the daily email, so make sure you sign up.  This is not a paid endorsement.  I just know that after visiting  Prepper Website for several years now, I can always count on Todd to point me to some great leads on the web.

oneawesomearticle.com

 

New NatGeo show

The new show is called Live Free or Die.  While not prepper focused, the series focuses on self-reliance and homesteading which is always of interest.

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Live Free or Die photo, Courtesy of National Geographic, with permission

 

Live Free or Die examines one of America’s most remote subcultures, following five individuals living in the country’s backwoods and swamps with few of the trappings of modern society. Freed from the constraints of a technology-fueled existence, they are modern-day pioneers who rely only on skill and intuition to harness the natural environment. Here is a clip, courtesy of National Geographic.

Live Free or Die: Road Kill: It’s What’s For Dinner!

North Carolina homesteaders, Tony and Amelia, cook road kill given to them by Amelia’s Dad.

Link: http://channel.nationalgeographic.com/channel/live-free-or-die/videos/road-kill-its-whats-for-dinner/

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More links…

Chlorine Bleach For Sanitizing Raw Fruits And Vegetables

I’m Going To ???

An Open Letter to My Past Female Students Entering College

A Prepared Cook’s Guide To Creating An Ideal Kitchen Space

From Dehydrated to Dinner

17 Clever Food Storage Tricks

Castile Soap – Make Chemical Free Products for Your Family

Getting a Child and Yourself Ready for College

 

Take care and have a great week everyone!

 

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