September 5, 2019

Should You Answer the Door When a Stranger Knocks?

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

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

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

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

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, […]

Even your TV can Spy on You

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com It’s bad enough that our smart phone can track us, but I found out something even more creepy than that:  your TV can actually spy on you.  The TV is so common and unnoticed, it is present in most homes, with some households having them in nearly every room. First, a quick story…  I was loading an exercise DVD into the DVD player and I turned on the TV.  As soon as I […]

Where to Hide Valuables in an Apartment

  This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Recently, one of our awesome readers, Sara, brought up a great question: I was wondering if you could advise me for a particular apartment security measure? I live in an apartment, but I am unable to drill holes into the floor. I am wondering what kind of safe I could buy and how I could secure it? This safe would ideally house a laptop and a few files.  Hypothetically, if a thief […]

Hide your Emergency Supplies from Strangers

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Living in an apartment, you frequently have strangers coming to your space:  the “once a year” inspection, fire and smoke alarm inspection, pest control and let’s not forget the maintenance guy coming in to change vent filters and what not.  Apartment dwellers are not the only ones who have visitors, anyone can have pizza delivery, cable installer, plumber and other repair technicians may enter your house. Emergency supplies are your own business, and […]

How Much Does that “Free” App Really Cost You?

This post is by Bernie Carr, apartmentprepper.com Not too long ago I posted about how to avoid being tracked by your smart phone.  But couple of small incidents this past week made me revisit this issue. My cell phone tracked me! I mentioned I felt I needed to supplement my food storage by picking up at least one item a week for emergencies.  While I was at Costco, my phone started beeping at me.  Thinking I got a text, I […]

Three Ways Thieves are Targeting You

This past week we had three news items that grabbed my attention:  potential ways that you could be robbed while going about your day: 1.  Thieves called “Sliders” can steal your purse or emergency backpack right out of your car while you’re filling up your tank I’ve talked about things I’ve witnessed in the gas station before; another thing I noticed was many people do not bother to lock their cars when they get out to pay and pump gas.   […]

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