Long-Term Food Storage

Long-Term Food Storage

The question is not “will the food supply fail?”, the question is “when and where will the food supply fail next?” Food scarcity caused famine and death in China in the 1950’s, across Europe in the 1940’s, in Russia in the 1910’s, and in the American South in the 1860’s. During these time periods, millions of people were cut off from reliable supplies of safe and nutritious foods. In China alone, approximately 30 millions people died of starvation during Mao’s “Great Leap Forward.” Historically, bad government is the #1 cause of famine, but food shortages can also be caused by […]

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Car Alarms

Car Alarms

Car alarms have a bad reputation, due to poor quality equipment, incompetent installation, incorrect configuration, and owners who ignore their own alarm sirens.  However, your car alarm doesn’t have to suffer from those issues.  You can buy a quality vehicle alarm system and have it professionally installed and configured.  You can also refuse to be one of the people who installs a loud siren and then ignores the siren when it activates. Why Buy a Car Alarm? The average car theft costs $6,600.  This is because car thieves tend to steal older cars to chop them up and sell them […]

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Economic Security

Economic Security

David Stockman, Ronald Reagan’s budget director from 1981 to 1985, recently stated, “I invest in anything that Bernanke can’t destroy, including gold, canned beans, bottled water and flashlight batteries.” It is shocking for most people to hear this hard-nosed survivalist mentality from a well-known Washington figure. Americans are used to constantly being told “everything is under control; we in the government know what we’re doing; trust us.” The truth is that the people in government don’t know what they are doing, that we can’t trust them and that the only thing under control is us. A comprehensive economic security plan […]

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Fire Security

Fire Security

Home fires kill approximately 2,500 Americans every year and injure five times that many. They also cause more than six billion dollars a year in property damage. Burns and smoke inhalation damage can be extremely unpleasant, even if you do survive. Children five and under are twice as likely to die in a house fire as adults. Nearly 100% of these tragedies are preventable. Fire security begins with preventing unintended fires from occurring in the first place. Grab a notebook and a pen and walk through your house, conducting a fire audit of each room. Note the presence of any […]

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Charlie Bars

Charlie Bars

Charlie bars are an extremely simple and cheap way to significantly increase the security of sliding doors and windows. Sliding doors can be insecure because many can be pried open fairly easily. They tend to be secured with small hook locks which can be forced up and out of their loops. A charlie bar will make this technique far less effective. You can make a charlie bar yourself from an old broomstick or rake handle. Just cut the handle to the right length and place it in the track of the sliding door or window. Heavier stock works better, because […]

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Garage Door Security

Garage Door Security

Garage doors create a number of security vulnerabilities for the average home.  They are often weak points against entry, but they can also enable surreptitious entry where attackers can then wait for your family or attack your main defenses without being visible. Remote Garage Door Opener Security Remote control garage door openers work by sending an electronic code from the remote to the receiver in the garage door opener. Remote garage door opening systems have had many security vulnerabilities since their introduction: The first remotes featured no security. All remotes opened all doors of that model. The next generation of remotes […]

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Car Remote Jammers

Car Remote Jammers

Thieves have discovered an easy way to get into vehicles — car remote jammers. These are cheap electronic devices which block the signal between your car remote and your car. Many people click their car remote to lock their vehicle and then fail to verify that their vehicle actually locked. The thieves know this and they wait for vehicle owners to leave their cars and jam the signal so that the cars do not successfully lock. The thieves may not be intending to steal the vehicles, but may only be interested in stealing the contents of the vehicles. This can […]

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Perimeter Security

Perimeter Security

Perimeter security defines protection layers against both physical ingress and information egress of your property. Defining Your Perimeters If you have a single family home in a fenced yard, you might define your fence as the outer perimeter and the walls of your home as the inside perimeter.  In an highly urbanized environment, you might not have a yard and a fence.  The walls of your home might be your only perimeter.  On the other hand, if your home is a farm house far from civilization, you might define an outer perimeter far from your house which is not protected […]

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Home Security Safes

Home Security Safes

Over the past two decades, it has become increasingly popular for consumers to purchase home security safes to store valuables and private documentation. Making a smart choice on the type of safe or lockable box can save valuable time and / or money in the event of a home break-in or fire. There are a variety of safe-types available on the open market today depending on one’s budget, value of material to be safe-guarded, and whether or not the purchaser needs to buy a fireproof container. Home Security Facts Before making a decision regarding the type of safe to purchase […]

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Apartment Security

Apartment Security

Apartments are 85% more likely to be the target of burglary than single-family homes. Apartments represent unique security challenges because of the many techniques which tenants are prevented from using to enhance the security of their persons and possessions.  However, there are many which tenants can and should use to improve their security postures. Start with a Secure Building The best first step to achieving a secure apartment is to rent an apartment in a secure building.  The optimal security building should feature: A location in a low-crime neighborhood External gates to prevent unapproved vehicular or foot traffic A keyed […]

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