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Thank you for visiting our safety and security blog. From home security to individual personal protection, you'll find helpful topics pertaining your own safety.

Being able to Protect and Defend yourself, your home, and your loved ones is an important topic to all of us.

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Buying Pepper Spray 101

by Scotsman Shield
Buying Pepper Spray 101

One in five women and one out of every 71 men will be a victim of rape at some point in their lives. It’s estimated that 20 to 25 percent of these victims are college students.

These statistics are shocking and illustrate the importance of a person being able to protect themselves. In a perfect world, this would be unnecessary; however, since the statistics speak for themselves, both men and women need to arm themselves with tools and methods to minimize the likelihood they, too, will become a victim.

One of the most popular options for self-protection is pepper spray. If you are interested in buying pepper spray for yourself, or someone you know or love, getting to know the options is important.

Do Stun Guns Work?

by Scotsman Shield
Do Stun Guns Work

The stun gun is one of the most popular less-lethal defense tools on the market.

They find use among law enforcement, militaries, and ordinary civilians the world over. But do stun guns work as advertised?

What Exactly is a Stun Gun?

It might be helpful to first give a specific definition of what exactly could be considered a stun gun.

The term "stun gun" is generally applied to a handheld self-defense device that emits a high-voltage, low-amperage electrical charge. If you are not an electrical engineer, what that roughly means is that the charge is backed up by a lot of pressure, but is not terribly intense.

Since a stun gun packs a high voltage, the current is potent enough to pass through heavy clothing and skin to reach the muscles and nerves underneath. But because of its low amplitude, the charge usually can't cause significant long-term damage without prolonged exposure.

What's the Benefit of Having a Personal Security Alarm?

by Scotsman Shield
Personal Security Alarms

Did you ever experience burglary? Do you feel your home is an easy target for burglars? Are you searching for ways to increase your home’s level of security?

There are about 2.5 million cases of burglaries taking in the United States every year. Out of this number, about two-thirds involve home break-ins. According to the FBI, homeowners report an average of $2,000 amount of goods they lose to burglars.

People use different methods to counter burglaries. Some reinforce their doors and strengthen their windows.

But burglars still find their way in.

A good number of these incidents happen while homeowners are sleeping soundly. Thus, you should consider investing a personal security alarm for your home.

Alarms can help fight this since they scare burglars away.

If you wish to learn more about the benefits of a personal security alarm, continue reading below.

How to Use a Stun Gun: Your Guide to Stun Gun Safety

by Scotsman Shield
How to Use a Stun Gun

Did you know violent crimes occur more often at night when the streets aren’t safe and a few people are awake to help? It should come as no surprise. This can make walking at night a little unnerving, especially when you have to walk a few blocks.

This is when self-defense techniques and items come in handy. If you can’t avoid an assailant, your best course of action would be to incapacitate them so you can run off to safety. For this purpose, a stun gun works quite well.

However, you must learn how to use a stun gun first before you can use it as an effective deterrent. Learn how to below and see a few considerations you need to know first:

How to Escape From Dangerous Situations

by Scotsman Shield
Dangerous Situations

Have you ever seen someone walking alone on a street at night? Or, maybe you get frightened when you watch the news. You've wondered to yourself, how would I get out of those kinds of dangerous situations?

It's not every day, of course, that you run into a dangerous situation. But, when you do, you need to know how to react so that you don't find yourself in even more trouble. And, you're at a great starting point right here.

In this article, we're discussing some essential techniques that you need to keep in mind for life-threatening situations when they arise. You never know when that could be.

How to Escape Dangerous Situations

From sitting around at home to almost anywhere you go in public, a dangerous situation can mean life and death if you don't know how to act fast. Whether it's yourself or someone you love that you want to protect, this article outlines the most common dangerous situations people actually encounter. Let's get to it.

Wireless Electricity?

by Scotsman Shield
Wireless Electricity

Have you ever thought of how many things around us, that we can’t see we just take for granted? Our television for one. We just hit the control and are for the most part are assured of the signal coming in for our programs, but we can’t see the signal. We have been programmed to know that the signal is forever going out and we need merely connect to it at our leisure. Have you ever seen electricity? You know it’s in the wall when you plug your lamp or in the kitchen when you plug in your blender. We just take it for granted, provided our electric bill is paid up to date.

Have you ever walked across the floor and touched a friend and experienced an electrical shook and maybe seen a blue streak of electricity pass through your finger or hand? These things happen all of the time.

Could it be that we are surrounded by electricity and we are not consciously aware of it? Could it be that the atmosphere on our planet is charged with electricity and of course like many things, is invisible?

Well, having said all of that……there are in our midst geniuses who have arrived at the conclusion that we can harness this electricity, which we can’t see and change the course of our lives…dramatically.

7 Common Household Objects You Can Use as Defense

by Scotsman Shield
Common Household Objects

Over one million home invasions happen every year.

Are you ready to defend yourself and your loved ones against a potentially violent attacker? Even if you don't exactly have an arsenal of professional self-defense tools and weapons at home, you can use common household objects to get the job done.

You'll need to think quickly and sometimes get closer to the attacker. But these everyday items could quite possibly save your life. You just have to know how to use them.

Read on to learn everything you need to know about how to make improvised self-defense weapons from the things you use every day. Then, learn where you can also invest in some expert self-defense products.

Driverless Vehicles

by Scotsman Shield
Driverless Vehicles

You don’t have to be a wizard to see what is coming down the road, no pun intended, but driverless automobiles will soon have a major impact on everything in our lives and much more then we could imagine. Real estate development is in for major changes and many more events will change much in our daily lives, which I will touch upon. I am sure the reader can think of a lot more with just a little thought.

To start off with just a few, parking lots will become thing of the past. With driverless vehicles…why do you need to park? This alone will have a major impact on building requirements. Plans can now expand to the extent that a larger building can be built on a smaller piece of property; without the need for parking areas, a building's footprint can change materially. Existing parking lots and parking areas will offer expansion on existing properties, the likes of which we can only imagine.

10 Self Defense Weapons You Can Carry in Your Purse

by Scotsman Shield
Self Defense Weapons for Your Purse

35% of women in the world have experienced violence in their lifetime. 16% of women fear for their lives because they believed they would be a victim of violence by a close relative or friend.

While violence against women has many facets, one thing that is key is educating and arming women with self-defense weapons so they can defend themselves should the possibility of violence arise.

But what are the best self defense weapons for women? We've compiled a list of 10 best self-defense weapons to carry so you can feel calm and confident should you be met with violence.

7 Reasons Why It Is Important to Teach Self Defense for Kids

by Scotsman Shield
Self Defense for Children

When it comes to our children, we as parents are very protective. We want to keep them safe from every danger!

The reality is that there are times when they are alone out there and we have to trust their ability to take care of themselves.

Knowing how to protect oneself is not exclusively an adult activity. It is actually a useful skill for the growing child. Learning self-defense for kids helps them know how to take life on fearlessly on a number of levels.

When most people think of self-defense, they think of hitting back.

On the contrary, a large part of self-defense has nothing to do with hitting or striking another person. It is being aware of your surroundings.

It is carrying yourself with an air of confidence so attackers won't even bother. It is listening to your gut and leaving before a problem arises. It is using an assertive voice once there is a problem. And it is knowing when to get out of a situation.

Read on for seven reasons why all children should learn self-defense.

Digital Self Defense: Protect Yourself from Doxxing and Stalking

by Scotsman Shield
Protect Yourself from Doxxing and Stalking

While it remains a crime and a form of harassment that can lead to jail time, doxxing and cyberstalking are on the rise, especially motivated by politics. Doxxing someone because you disagree with their politics causes them to be open to being harassed and could hurt their family. It's a dirty trick that you need to prepare for if you think you're a potential victim.

Here are four ways to protect yourself online with some digital self-defense actions.

Freedom Thru Guns

by Scotsman Shield
Freedom Through Guns

For those who have not thoroughly thought through their innate hatred of guns, which is certainly based upon thoughtless nonsense, I offer the following for the purpose hopefully disposing of this erroneous thinking.

First of all, how can a piece of metal object be the basis for the blame of the Homo sapiens' violence?

Since the beginning of time man has enjoyed taking each other lives. Whatever object was available: a club, knife, sword or whatever was eagerly used. History is full of these sordid occurrences. I don’t believe historically any group of people singled out the foregoing objects, with blame. Who then was to blame?

Since these objects needed someone to act with them, as they could not act on their own accord, would it not be logical then that person or persons would be the culprit? Let’s argue that if you deprived those someone’s with these objects, do you think this would prevent their basic primordial desires to destroy life? If you do, you live in another world…not this one.

What Creeps in the Darkness: How to Stay Safe When Walking Alone at Night

by Scotsman Shield
How to Stay Safe When Walking Alone at Night

Even the streets we walk every day can feel unfamiliar and scary at night.

The shops are closed, the sidewalks are empty, and every shadow feels like a potential threat. As a result, late night walks can leave many of us feeling a little uneasy. In fact, 37 percent of Americans report not feeling safe when walking at night, which includes 45 percent of women and 27 percent of men.

But most of us have been in that situation many times. It could be a common occurrence for those of you who work unsociable hours. While for others it might have been unplanned, and due to missing the last bus or your car breaking down.

To make sure you're prepared for the next time you find yourself solo on a dark street, here's how to stay safe when walking alone at night.

To Snoop or Not to Snoop

by Scotsman Shield

To snoop or not to snoop? That is the question.

I remember the day the school district said they were going to put cameras in our classrooms and my fellow teachers became outraged at the invasion of privacy. I also remember turning to them and saying that I have trained every one of my student teachers with the notion that they will teach as if they are constantly being filmed because there should be nothing they do in our classrooms, you wouldn’t want the whole world to see.

Yes, we have security cameras!

Now fast forward to my home which has an array of cameras outside and inside. My husband probably likes them way too much but I love him and so I let him play with all his angles and security because it makes him happy and safe. We have a backyard camera, a front yard camera, a camera pointing in the alley, a camera in the grandkids room, and a camera inside the house pointing at the front door. Extreme I know, but I deal with it.

The Magic of Gold

by Scotsman Shield
Gold Standard

Since the beginning of time, mankind has had a love affair with gold and it’s cousin Silver. Ancient history shows it was worn as adornments, as it is today and throughout history as money. We used it in the United States as currency in our early history.

Not too many years ago, our Treasury issued gold and silver certificates, which looked similar to our federal reserve notes we use today, which are backed up by nothing, but back then you could take these gold and silver certificates and exchange them for the actual gold or silver relative to the denomination on the Treasury note.


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