Real Self Defense by Coach David Alexander

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I’m glad to see Coach David is “back in business” and working on his B.E.T. personal self-defense system which I purchased and reviewed a while back and was very gald I did. Sadly, I NEED to get it back out again and review, review, review.

David recently contacted me to let me know he’s revising his B.E.T. system and so I’m excited to share it with you today! The best part is that David has decided to allow you multiple ways to get this information, including as a DVD and via membership area. Personally, I wish he would have done this a long time ago as I certainly would have choose the membership option but that’s just me. 🙂

If you want to get yourself and your family as ready as you can be for hand-to-hand combat should the need ever arise, skip all the “fluff” martial arts and read below to see what he’s got for us today…

Coach David Alexander here for rethinksurvival.com.  I have been working on re-editing my B.E.T. “Target Based” Self Defense System.

You can watch the re-edited and updated version of Part 1 (Empty Hand Self Defense) if you buy The Ultimate Survival Bundle (http://ultimatesurvivalbundle.com/coachdavid) or go to http://www.howtokillwithyourhands.com.

I am also starting a new idea for my YouTube channel called “Ask Coach David”.  Ask me a question on Self Defense, Paleo Diet, Strength & Conditioning and even Economics and I will do my best to make a video answering your question.  Here is an example:

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Here is a video of me practicing with “Bob”

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The following two videos were shot during one of my MMA Classes.  Tell me what you think.  Coach David Alexander (http://www.coachdavidalexander.com)

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If you have any comments, leave them below and I will do my best to answer.  Thanks, Coach David Alexander

OnlineCarryTraining.com – Possibly the Easiest Way to Get Your Concealed Carry (CCW) License on the Planet

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Getting my CCW permit has been one of those things on my to-do list that never quite gets done and, sadly, is probably one of the more important prepping actions to GET DONE! Fortunately, a few weeks ago I was contacted by the folks at OnlineCarryTraining.com about their course. To be honest, I had no idea you could even take a CCW course online as I always figured you had to do it in-person at a local establishment. Well, happily that’s not the case!

As you might suspect, I had a few questions before I opted to take the course…

How long does the course take?

Hey, I’m a busy man… I can’t spend days doing this! As it turns out the course video is ONLY 15 minutes long. When you’re done you take a test and print out a certificate of completion and that’s about it! In fact, I decided to look into local courses here in goold ol’ Kansas City, Missouri and every course I could find was eight hours long. Really? I would suspect most of that is fluff for people who have never fired a handgun in their life but I honestly cannot say. I would suspect, however, that if you’re confident enough to seek a CCW permit then you’re probably well-versed in appropriate safety considerations and really don’t need to spend 8 hours discussing things like “don’t point the handgun at anybody you don’t want to kill…” and stuff like that. Personally, I was glad it only lasted 15 minutes.

How much does the course cost?

The cost is $70. At first I thought that was a tad expensive, until I noticed the prices for local courses and darn near every single course was $100 or more. I did, however, find a few that only charged $50 but then there’s still that problem of having to spend 8 hours trying not to fall asleep. 😉 I’m not sure the cost of CCW courses in your area but if it’s anything like what I found then $70 is a bargain.

Now the real question…

How does this really work?

The course you’re taking actually qualifies you for a Arizona non-resident permit, assuming you don’t live there, of course. Actually, there are a few other states where you can apply for a resident’s permit but most states are a non-resident permit. See their FAQ for more info.

This is actually where I got a bit confused but it appears that instead of applying for a permit in the state where you reside, in most cases, you’re actually applying to Arizona but there are a few states where that is not the case. You should locate your state here and follow the instructions. In Missouri, for example, I would be applying to Arizona for a non-resident permit. I would then need to follow the instructions at the bottom of the aforementioned page on “How to Apply for Your Arizona Non-Resident Permit” which basically requires me to contact Arizona’s DPS CCW Unit, request an application kit, pay their $60 fee, then hurry up and wait.

Is this legal to do?

This was my biggest concern. They discuss this in the FAQ but basically I think this is ok to do because of reciprocity rules between Arizona and the states that qualify. In fact, you can verify this at Handgunlaw.us [PDF File] under Arizona. You can also use this “cheat sheet” [PDF File] that lists state-by-state who honors which permits.

Why I didn’t take this any further

I totally wanted to finish the process but I’m actually moving to a state that does not accept Arizona’s permits–don’t ask, I’m not very happy about it–and since it could take two months to get my paperwork processed, we’d basically be moving shortly after I got everything in order. That’s a serious bummer! As for you, if your state accepts Arizona’s permits and you’re not moving to a “worse” state than you currently live in now, I would VERY strongly encourage you to take at most a half-hour out of your day and get your CCW permit at OnlineCarryTraining.com. I found the course to be easy enough to follow and fast enough to not put me to sleep.

Oh, and you do have to take a test at the end in order to pass the class and if you know anything at all about handgun or were even paying attention to the video then you should be able to pass with flying colors and get your certificate which can then be printed out after you pass the test.

Review of Soviet GP-5 Gas Mask – Inexpensive Yet Good NBC Mask by T.R., EAL

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Hi, Today I would like to talk about the Soviet GP-5 gas mask. When the cold war was going on, the Russians built some extensive bomb shelters in most of the major cities in the Soviet Union. The civil defense system had to equip millions of men women and children with the basics in case of war. They had huge underground warehouses full of equipment they hoped they would never have to use.

After the collapse of the Soviet Union, some of the satellite nations broke away, becoming independent, but still had the Soviet civil defense stockpiles in their country. So they started selling it off to the west. The GP-5 is one of the things they started selling, it is like all things from the old Soviet Union, simple but practical. If you are looking for a cheap, fast on, fast off gas mask, this is for you.

The GP-5s are new as they have never been used, and were kept in storage. If you are looking for a serious biological warfare mask………then keep looking. Tests made in Poland on the GP-5 rated it effective for chemical / biological / nuclear protection for up to 24 hours. That’s all fine and dandy, but I wouldn’t trust it for biological. My attitude is that with modern biological, chemical warfare the way it is, you will most likely be infected before you are even aware of the threat. That is a scary fact folks, prepping for it is like a terminally ill cancer patient stopping smoking…….too little, too late.

The reason I picked this mask up is to protect myself from the two most likely things that I will run into, and they are OC and Teargas. The GP-5 will shine against those things without any doubt, I have a buddy that was an ex deputy marshal and prison guard before that. He told me that wearing that would indeed protect me from any OC and teargas.

The GP-5 comes to you (or should) with a military cloth carrying case, a can of anti fog, disposable lens rounds (keep the aluminum can, throw the anti fogs away….junk), and a canister. Throw the old Soviet canister away, as all are expired, buy a modern industrial canister for it, most will run about $35 apiece. The Canister will cost you 3 times more than the mask itself. The mask should be sized correctly, if a seller tells you one size fits all……..they don’t know what they are selling, and you will most likely be paying too much for it.

Look for Eastern European sellers, that’s where the old warehouses were, they know what they are selling and should give you a sizing chart to order from. Its easy on, just stretch over your head, you have complete head coverage, pull the canister stopper……..and you’re in business!!!!!

For the price, you cant beat it. And it will indeed protect you from OC and teargas that will be used liberally by law enforcement in times of civil unrest. If you live in an urban area or where you think this may be a possibility, then the GP-5 is good to have.

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CONTEST POST: Protecting Your Castle from Intruders by P.H.

home securityWe face a multitude of dangers every single day. Danger can strike at any moment. Muggings happen in almost every location you can think of, from bus stops and alleyways, to parking lots and grocery stores. Most of these situations are unavoidable and criminals often target random people. There really isn’t a way to prevent these things from happening.

Unlike public areas however, your home his one place you shouldn’t ever have to worry about things like these happening. You can do simple things to protect your home, and prevent it from being targeted by criminals. There are very easy steps you can take to ensure the safety of you and your family, and the best part is, most of them are free.

First and foremost, you need a good home security system. Once you get that set up you’ll want to display that you have a security system installed in your home. Most provide you with a sign you can put in your yard as well as stickers to put on doors and windows. However, there is one small problem you may run into. The intruder may know how to disable your system and render it useless. While this generally isn’t the case, it still happens. So consider designing your own sign or hire a graphic designer to make one for you. A simple design shouldn’t cost more than 10 bucks.

If you don’t have the funds and are looking for a cheaper solution to a security system, just buy a sign. Sure, an alarm that sounds when someone enters your home is nice to have and is invaluable; but the sight of a security system sign alone will scare off almost any criminal.

It might surprise you to know that 30 percent of burglaries aren’t forced entry. That means one of two things, either you know the person, or you just forgot to lock your doors. Now one of these can be fixed just by locking your doors, but how do you catch the other group? One easy way is to get a hidden camera. Babysitters and repairmen are often the perpetrators of this type of burglary. If you have a lot of things in your house and don’t keep an eye on them, they often take things and get away with it. Ever wonder where that old watch went or where your favorite movie disappeared to? It could have been stolen by someone like this.

Another thing that is often overlooked is when you travel or go on vacation, DO NOT post about it on social media networks like Facebook or Twitter. Unless you completely trust everyone that you’re friends with and everyone that they’re friends with – which I know is not the case for 99 percent of people – announcing to hundreds or maybe even thousands of people that you’re not home this week is one of the dumbest things you can do. This gives criminals opportunities to steal EVERYTHING in your house. It may be tempting to post pictures and updates about your exciting vacation, but it’s not a good idea.

There are so many little things you can do to protect your home as well like: keeping your windows covered, keeping your yard well lit, having a neighborhood watch program, make it appear as if someone is always home, and keeping valuable things out of sight.

Most of these things are common sense, but a lot of people don’t stop to think about it because they don’t think it could ever happen to them. It CAN happen to anyone, and we all need to prepare for it. It’s better to be safe than sorry right?

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Are You Committing These Security Blunders?

security-keysFor most of us it’s easy to let your home and personal security lapse. After all, how often is your life or property ever really in danger due to other people’s actions? Unless you live or work in “bad neighborhoods” or just have bad luck I would guess it’s a relatively rare occurrence… I know I’ve never been robbed or had my house broken into. Of course, more than 2 million burglaries are reported each year in the U.S. (at a rate of about one every 13 seconds) with two-thirds being home thefts, so somebody is getting robbed! Fortunately, it’s not me… cross my fingers. 😉

Regardless,, it’s understandable how easy it is to let things go and just live life without much thought to one’s security. I know I’ve done it and still do to varying degrees, my wife does it, my kids do it, and everyone I know does too. We’ll leave doors unlocked, windows wide open, and blare the television without a second thought.

With this in mind, I thought I would share some security blunders we should work to avoid whenever possible. Obviously, the first step in rectifying these problems is to be aware of them. The next step is then to take appropriate actions to remedy the problems.

Easy Access

The first type of blunder is making it easy to access your home or residence without the “bad guy” doing any work whatsoever. Why make their lives any easier? Consider these simple steps…

  • Lock your door deadbolts at all times (especially while home) – this should be an obvious one but among the most likely way a burglar will enter your home is directly through the… can you guess… the front door! The next most likely is the back door, followed by the garage, and sliding glass doors. Granted, you really should beef-up your door locks and hinges (which are a discussion for a different day) but start with actually using the locks provided… doing so may cause burglars to simply choose to move on.
  • Shut and latch windows in rooms not currently occupied – windows are another major source of entry for burglars. Believe it or not, many thieves prefer to enter and rob a home during the day WHILE the homeowners are there! That’s crazy if you ask me but it’s the trend. Windows are an easy entry, even those on the second floor and certainly any open windows where people are not currently occupying the room. So, if you choose to open all the windows in the house to air it out (I know I’m guilty) you might start to consider a different strategy.

Letting Your Guard Down

Letting your guard down while at home is another huge area of concern. Even if you’re great at locking the doors and windows, you still need to concern yourself with the “rush attack” which is nothing more than bullying their way in through your front door when you answer. This is probably the scariest scenario I can think of because these type of people are far more likely to want to terrorize you than to simply steal from you. Consider these concerns…

  • Not checking the peep hole before answering – even though you’re expecting the UPS man today to deliver your 12-months of food storage from The Ready Store, there’s not guarantee that’s who’s actually standing on your front steps. I could be anyone, even a junked-out hoodlum and his three buddies looking for an easy score.
  • Opening the door without a secondary latch – Even if it is the UPS man, the bad guys have been known to impersonate all sorts of business people. In this case you’ll want to utilize a good door security bar that is always latched (yeah, that’s the difficult part) in order to delay potential rush attacks.
  • Not having a ready means of self defense within reach – in the unfortunate event that you find yourself in this situation, it behooves you to have some means of immediately defending–or at least deterring–an attack. Obviously, this means immediate access to a firearm (preferably on your person) but I know that’s not an option for many people so even something like a large can of bear spray within easy reach is better than nothing.

Obliviousness to Surroundings

Your security at home actually starts before you ever step foot inside. You need to think about your entire residence from the outside in…

  • Appropriate lighting, especially around entry doors, pathways, driveway – If there’s one thing it seems most burglars don’t like it’s light. Be sure you have appropriate lighting anywhere you expect to enter your home, from the driveway to the front steps or backdoor… it’s a cheap and easy deterrent.
  • Look around before exiting your vehicle – is anything out of the ordinary? Doors ajar, windows busted, lights on inside that you KNOW were not left on or vice-versa? Yes, there are reasons that things may not be the way you left them (such as other household members) but most people have a set way of being in life and you may be keen enough to pick up on anything out of the ordinary if you open your eyes and ears.

Sure, there are plenty of other actions and upgrades one could add to increase your general home security and personal safety but I would suggest these actions will have the greatest impact. That said, what might you add that I did not?

SHTF One Gun Defense by Greg Rentchler, Editor-at-Large

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I’ve been spending a lot of time at my BOL thinking about a one-gun solution for defending the family in time of SHTF. After much discussion with my survival family and colleagues, we collectively concluded that there is no such thing as a one-gun solution to address the plethora of variations of circumstances involved in a SHTF scenario.

Because times are tough and getting tougher, I decided that I would attempt to create a simple, cheap, and versatile weapon system, consisting of just one gun. The accompanying photos should give you an idea of what I have put together in hopes that many will see the attributes and limitations to this problem.

Let’s be clear. I don’t have all the answers. But I do have a background that that should legitimize my conclusions. So, just consider these words from a guy that wants to share an idea, based on a lifetime of firearms use, study and instructing.

You’ll immediately see that I have chosen a shotgun for my “one-gun option” or (OGO). The gun is a 12 gauge Mossberg/Maverick HS-12 , over/under, 18.5 inch improved cylinder barrel chokes(size of opening at end of barrel or “muzzle”). The gun is equipped with two picatinny rails, one fixed under the bottom barrel and the other on the top rear of the receiver. This is a clever rail on the receiver. The rail is cut thru with a “V”, allowing a sighted picture thru the rail to the front sight, which is fiber optic, thereby creating a very bright, clear, accurate sight picture!

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My general premise here is that a shotgun is the most versatile type of firearm produced. Let me tell you why:

  • a wide range and type of ammo available to shotguns make it capable of taking game from birds/rabbits/squirrels(with birdshot), to coyotes/2-4 legged(buckshot), to larger mammals as elk/ moose/bear (slugs, either solid or hollow point). Author’s note– I once killed a Corvette with a shotgun using a slug. What a surprise to the driver dirtbag and unfortunate for the owner.
  • ease of use- simple design, break open action, slide safety, manually activated triggers
  • shotguns can be used as less than lethal devices (bean bag or rubber rounds)
  • less expensive than assault rifles and many handguns.
  • reliability+
  • ammo available in every store and every farmhouse
  • accuracy is very good to excellent with sabot slugs
  • extreme foot pounds of energy at close distance and with slugs at distance
  • most terminal firearm made- some restrictions( I know, how terminal does a firearm need to be)
  • can launch line, signal device, fire starter, club, water portage!

Now for building this gun, I enhanced it considering my thoughts for its use as a SHTF weapon:

I immediately test fired the gun for reliability, accuracy(where it printed with shot and slugs). Then, I applied camo colors using wide shoelaces to break up the paint and outline. A 200 lumen tac light was attached to the forward rail. I felt this gun should remain simple and effective. The light gives the operator surprise to the target and a very quick sight picture for same. A side saddle type of ammo carrier was affixed the the stock(L or R side) for backup reloading and as important, the ammo is a mix of #4 buck, 00 buck and slugs. The gun is rugged and reliable. A sling could be attached easily but is not necessary on this 6.5 pound weapon. The butt stock is hollow reducing weight and allowing for emergency storage .

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You could even put a bayonet on the muzzle using the fixed bottom rail! You might note from the photo that I keep two rounds secured by rubber band at the muzzle end of the barrels. Those two rounds are bird shot that I keep for quail egg eating crows in the area. The gun is fast to action, easy to lash down, safe, simple and powerful.

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If you look very closely on the butt stock, you will see a distinctive “Z” painted in bright green.

I hope you have enjoyed this offering as much as I do reading and discussing yours!! Be safe and Train!

Greg

” be the victor not the victim”

Author Bio

Nevada’s Southwest Tactical Inc. is a unique, multi-faceted security group with proven expertise. Our mission is to facilitate successful solutions for our clients. The president of SWT, Mr. Greg Rentchler has vast experience in the defense industry as a Security Manager for four major contractors and Project Security Manager for defense technology programs such as Tomahawk Cruise Missile, Advanced Cruise Missile, Stinger and the northern test ranges in Nevada.

One SHTF Prep Item I’ll Bet Almost Nobody Has

top-secretI’ll cut right to the chase: I’ve been pondering wireless alarm systems lately. Ever since my 99 capacities post on Detect, Deter, and Deny Intruders a few weeks back I’ve been thinking that an alarm system is a potential prep item that I’ve overlooked. Sure, we talk about alarm systems as being something you can and should use when times are “normal,” but I don’t see anyone discussing them in a SHTF scenario.

Maybe that’s because it’s a usless prep but maybe not. And, yes, I recognize there are more primitive alarm systems we might utilize such as the beer can tripwire alarm but I say we should utilize technology whenever and wherever we can… it’s kind of like one of those force multipliers Rawles talks so fondly of.

The thing is, my general experience with alarm systems is a throw-back to when I was a latchkey kid and everything was hard wired and needed to be professionally installed. Apparently, the times they are a changin’ and now they have DIY wireless alarm systems that might rival what you can pay to have installed. To be clear, I haven’t yet purchased a wireless alarm system and I’m still not sure if it’s a brilliant idea or not, but let me throw a few things at you…

It’s DIY

First, it’s supposed to be a DIY project. Reading some of the various wireless alarm system reviews suggest it’s not that difficult to install but there are a few things to pay attention to; the bottom line is to read the manual thoroughly–for whatever system you purchase–and follow the instructions… yes, guys, that means you. 😉

Low Price

Second, they’re relatively inexpensive. It seems I can purchase a complete system for around $200, such as the following. Per the description, the system includes 10 door/windows sensors, 3 motion sensors, a siren, 3 remote controllers and more:

That said, there are some systems out there that are quite a bit less expensive but only include a few sensors which I doubt would do much good for any typical home. As for the above reference system, I’m really only interested in the door/window sensors and motion sensors.

No Grid Power

Third, because it’s wireless, that means it runs on batteries–at least the sensors do–which means you don’t need grid power to work the alarm system. Unfortunately, the sensors use an A23 battery (which is about 1/2 the size of a AAA battery) so you would need to stock up on them if you intend to use the system for REALLY long periods of time. Of course, I’m willing to be the batteries last for a long time as it is, since I doubt the manufacturer expects people to be changing batteries every month or two.

The only major problem I see is that you would also need to power the siren and main unit using a small off-grid system. A bit of research on the PiSector website indicates that the base unit draws very little current but needs 220 volts–maybe just for the siren?–so I’m not entirely sure how all that would work for an off-grid setup. I’m sure someone with some electrical knowledge could enlighten me.

Benefits for “Normal” Times

Well, you could use this just like any other alarm system. In fact, these systems can be programmed to call your cell phone (or other numbers) in the event a sensor gets triggered.

Now, What Can You do With The System in a SHTF Scenario?

Well, the fact that most people’s homes are way too large to be watched at all times makes utilizing an alarm system such as this one plausible. Think about your house. How many exterior doors and windows are there? Probably dozens. It might stand to reason that, in a true SHTF scenario, you would cordon off most of the house and choose to occupy one or two main rooms to conserve resources and maybe for defense. That being the case, you would then want to be able to “keep watch” on the unused parts of the house.

For example, let’s say you have a house with a basement. You choose to occupy the basement and leave the upstairs un-guarded. In this case you could use an alarm system to alert you to intruders. You could use the door/window sensors to monitor the upstairs windows and doors and even place the motion sensors strategically upstairs as additional early-warning devices.

I briefly considered placing the motion sensors strategically outside but I feared too many false alarms. If they were adjustable then maybe this would be a viable option but nothing I’ve read says these sensors can be adjusted to be more or less sensitive to motion. If they were, I would probably attempt to use them outside as even earlier warning devices.

Of course, you could also use the alarm as intended to better secure the area you’re actually inhabiting. In addition, you might be able to use it to secure other structures on your property such as a shed or RV.

I’m also thinking that perhaps you could use the alarm system without connecting the siren. Though I can’t tell for sure, it seems like the unit will indicate if a “zone” or alarm has been triggered. If so, you could then have someone designated to monitor the base unit at night while others are sleeping and be able to respond to a perceived threat without an intruder being aware that they’ve been detected. Sure, it might only be a few to several seconds warning but I’d rather have that than no warning at all.

Now, perhaps an alarm system wouldn’t matter if you’ve properly boarded up windows with plywood or security bars and done something similar to your doors. But, I would suspect you could find good use for it in some manner.

So, what do you think? Useful or not?

Guest Post: Surviving a Home Invasion

Home invasion is on the increase and for many people there are few things more terrifying than the thought of someone forcing their way into your home, especially when it occurs at night when your family are tucked up in bed. Few people have any idea of how they would react if they woke to the unmistakable sound of someone entering your home uninvited. This type of situation is becoming all too common and it can happen to anyone and in any neighborhood. According to the FBI statistics on burglary (not all states count home invasion as a separate crime) there is an American household burgled every 12 seconds.

Planning And Preparation

No-one wants to believe that they are at risk from a home invasion, but the truth is that it could happen to you and your family at any time, so how do you deal with it? The key thing to remember is that home invasion often occurs when you least expect it. The majority of reported cases occur when the household is sleeping.

In a situation like a home invasion you will all be likely to panic and that makes it more difficult to make smart decisions. The best option is to be prepared ahead of time, so sit the family down and discuss the possibility of a home invasion. Talk through escape routes, hiding places and reactions. The key is not to scare the kids into thinking that a home invasion will happen, but to prepare them if it ever does. It is far better to have a plan and never need it than to find yourself facing this situation without any idea of what to do.

Keep Your Alarm System Armed

There are a few practical tips that you can keep in mind which can also help you to survive a home invasion. The first is to have a monitored alarm system fitted in your home and to keep it armed at all times. There is a common misconception that alarms should only be set when you leave the property, but this is not true. At the very least you need to arm the alarm system before going to bed at night, but the best option is to have it armed at all times. Your monitoring company can be made aware of when you are likely to be at home so that they have a better idea of when there will be people coming and going in your property.

The Importance Of A Phone

In the event of a home invasion, one of the best pieces of security equipment you can have on hand is a phone. The best thing you can do is keep a fully charged cell phone within your reach at all times, especially when you go to bed. This could prove to be a life saver if you cannot reach your land line in the event of a home invasion.

The moment you hear someone entering your home unexpectedly you need to dial 911 – do not wait to see if it is someone that has a right to be there. If for example, your partner arrives home in the middle of the night from a business trip earlier than expected, it is easy enough to cancel the police once you know you are safe, but if you wait to identify the intruder you could be leaving it too late and putting yourself at unnecessary risk.

If You Can’t Escape – Hide!

Although you may have a planned escape route, on some occasions you will find that getting out is not possible for whatever reason. In this case it is important to have a hiding place. Few people have a panic room in their own home, but it is a good idea to have identified a room which has a very sturdy door and make sure it can be locked from inside. If you cannot get out of the house then the next best option is to barricade yourself in the room until help arrives.

When a criminal attacks you in your own home they are expecting you to be defenseless, so the biggest strength you have is to be prepared. If you know what to do in this situation you have a greater chance of surviving and of making sure the criminal is brought to justice. The main thing to keep in mind regarding home invasion is to be prepared.  Having a good home security system, an escape plan and a hiding place if escape is not possible will allow you to survive any home invasion.

Jim Dalton is a security and safety expert. He has published articles on various blogs and online publications covering a number of security related topics, although he specializes in home alarm systems.

Guest Post: Creating Burglar-Proof Front Door

These days, you can’t be too sure about your safety even if you’re inside your home. With crime rate increasing in recent years, you need to make sure your house is safe from intruders. One way of doing this is by making sure you have a secure door.

Aside from the obvious solution of locking your doors, there are several other means of turning your door burglar-proof. Most home burglars would try to kick your door or pick the locks to force entry. After reading this article, you’ll learn more about how to protect yourself and your family from harm.

Reinforcing Doors, Locks, and Doorframes

The primary thing you should look at is the type and quality of front door your house has. If you want something that can withstand any strong force, you can go with a reinforced metal door. Note that it should be reinforced or else it can be easily bent off the door frame using specific tools. However, these are prone to rusting so extensive maintenance is needed. Another good option is fiberglass doors. They’re strong and durable so you don’t have to worry too much about taking care of it. Then there’s the ever reliable solid wood door. Not only do they provide a classic look to your house, wooden doors can also last for years especially with proper maintenance.

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It would be best to pick doors without glass panels, sidelights, or windows installed. These can be used by burglars by breaking them so they could reach for the locks of your door. If your door was just recently purchased or if it is still in good condition but it has these features, you should use laminated glass as they don’t easily break.

You should also make sure your doors are properly installed. Even if you have sturdy front doors, it won’t make a difference if it isn’t hung properly. Tightly screw the hinges in the inside to attach it securely. Some doors will require you to place the hinges on the outside. For this type of doors you should add locking pins to the hinges.

Making Sure Locks Are Secure

Front doors should have deadbolts that are at least one inch long into your doorjamb. If the bolt is short, burglars can easily pry apart the jamb using a screwdriver. To ensure security, you may also install a second deadbolt which locks from the inside leaving a blank faceplate outside.

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First class deadbolts cost about $150 each. You should look for the BHMA (Builders Hardware Manufacturers Association) seal as this certifies that the lock has a high standard. Medeco is a well-known brand when it comes to providing maximum security. It is said that even the Pentagon and White House make use of Medeco for their doors. Medeco locks are hard to duplicate and can withstand the common methods of forced entry such as picking, prying, drilling, and bumping. Bumping is the newest trick used by lock pickers where a universal key is used.

Fortify the Door Frame

You shouldn’t forget about making the jamb and frame of your front door stronger as well. If an intruder kicks your door, it’s usually these parts of the door which gives in and not the door itself. The easiest way of fortifying the door frame is by replacing the existing screws that hold the strike plate in the doorjamb with longer screws. If the screws used are shorter than one inch, the doorjambs can be easily broken during a kick-in attack. The ideal length of screws should be at least 3 ½ inches long. It’s still possible for the door jamb to be broken but it will take a lot of time, energy, and effort to do so.

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There are some brands who sell strike plates which are specifically designed to enhance the security of your door. These are usually made of reinforced metal and have a wrap-around design which can take heavy force.

As for the door frames, wooden door frames are popular among home owners as they are inexpensive. The downside to this choice is that it is susceptible to termites and rotting. Wooden door frames also require a lot of attention to keep it from weakening. Experts advise the use of steel frames or high-heat composite frames instead. You can also apply the Door Jamb Armor to make your steel door jamb even stronger. The manufacturer even claims this can take the power of a battering ram. The Door Jamb armor adds a strip of galvanized steel around the entire door to make it sturdier.

Jove Arthur is dedicated to his work as online sales manager for Door Emporium, which sells a variety of beautiful solid wood interior doors as well as mahogany doors, knotty alder doors and wood French doors. He loves to do a lot of research first before starting a certain project as he is very meticulous about his work.

2-DISC “HOW TO KILL WITH YOUR HANDS” DVD IS READY TO SHIP!

Looks like my friend, Coach David Alexander, has chosen to offer his 2-disc set “How to Kill With Your Hands” to us normal people. I had a chance to review it (he briefly offered it on YouTube). Fortunately, he’s now offering it in a variety of formats but the biggest point is that he’s selling it at a good discount here: http://coachdavidalexander.wordpress.com/2013/03/19/2-disc-how-to-kill-with-your-hands-dvd-is-ready-to-ship/. I’ve ordered mine already and I suggest that YOU do so as well. Your ability to truly defend yourself and your family cannot be overstated!