August 20, 2018

A Burglar’s Universal Search Pattern – How a Burglar Robs Your Home in 8 Minutes

There are a lot of things that a person can do in 8 minutes. For example, wash the dishes, make a sandwich, check email, or make a cup of coffee. Eight minutes is all a burglar needs to rob your home. That’s pretty fast considering this is a new environment for him, because all homes are different. Burglars don’t like to hang around inside your house for long. The longer they are inside, the higher the chances they’ll end up […]

A Review of Holding Your Ground: Preparing for Defense if it All Falls Apart

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com I just finished reading Holding Your Ground:  Preparing for Defense if it All Falls Apart.  I can safely say I have never read a book like it.  It is a manual on how to defend your home and your family in the event of a breakdown.  When I first started preparing I first focused on water, food and shelter; I will admit that defense was not on the top of my list.  Holding […]

Make your Apartment Doors and Windows More Secure

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com In my post Five Free Things You can Do Now to be More Prepared, one of the recommended steps was to evaluate the safety of your home or apartment.  If the doors and windows don’t seem too secure to you, now is the time to reinforce them. Apartment dwellers have the additional challenge of not being able to make major alterations to their structure.  Some apartments allow the residents to obtain their own […]

Can Helping Out be Hazardous?

I was reading Arsenius post over at Living Out There blog (update:  blog is no longer published), in which he describes passing by stranded motorists on the freeway, and feeling bad about not being able to help out because of safety concerns.  This is such a valid concern these days, I felt compelled to write a post about it. Last week in the local news there was a story about three female criminals who were using their kids to get […]

Tips to Avoid Fraudulent Home Security Deals

With uncertain times upon us, homeowners and apartment dwellers alike are becoming more concerned about their home security.  Many big city and suburban communities are targeted by burglary rings.  Some residents opt for home security systems.  The following article contains helpful tips when shopping for a home security security system. Tips to Avoid Fraudulent Home Security Deals Consumers who are shopping for a home security system should definitely steer clear of the overpriced contract deals. When shopping for a home […]

Threatening Flash Mobs Becoming More Common

When the first stories about flash mobs first came out, they seemed harmless enough, just people suddenly breaking into dance, singing or making a statement.  The latest stories about flash mobs seem to have taken a more sinister angle.  The recent story about the Maryland flash mob that robbed a 7-Eleven store in less than a minute caught my eye. There have also been a few other stories about random beatings and other robberies.  The mayor of Philadelphia recently announced […]

First Line of Defense against Identity Theft

Identity theft is so widespread these days, almost everyone including me, has been affected at one time or another.  (See previous article:  Prepare Now Before this Happens to You  http://wp.me/p1dmhM-2o) When it does happen, it is hard to discover how exactly it happens, but the sooner you discover the better.  This way you can close the affected accounts before too much damage is done. Besides being vigilant about shredding your sensitive documents, there is one important area that I did […]

Pressure to Go Paperless

Every time I pay a bill, or check my account balances online, I get messages from the financial institution to “Go Paperless!”   They’ve tried various tactics: Contest opportunities and prizes Money, such as a one time check for $5 Scare tactics about identity theft Guilt trip route- “Go green” or “Save the environment.” I have not given in.  I am still resisting the idea to go completely electronic, as I like to see proof. In a previous post, I talked […]

Avoid a Hard Drive Disaster

We are having a spectacular thunderstorm as I write this.   A flash of lighting, followed by a loud thunderclap…  Then the lights flickered, I heard a loud ZAP! and my computer turned off.  My heart raced in a panic, as I envisioned my hard drive getting fried from the huge power surge that just happened.  I have a surge protector but somehow it failed me.  A few more angry beeps came out of my CPU.  I restarted my computer and […]

Savings vs Safety

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Now that gas prices keep rising rapidly, most of us are looking for ways to save money.  Well, that was the idea I had in mind the other day when it was time to fill up my gas tank. I should mention that due to a preparedness mindset, I try not to go too far below half a tank of gas, maybe a quarter tank at the very least, when I go fill […]

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