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05/24/2018
by Scotsman Shield

Thank you for visiting our safety and security blog. Here we discuss the multitude of options you have available to you for defending yourself, your home, and your loved ones.

From home security to individual personal protection, you'll find answers here to your most pressing questions about self defense.

Read our latest blog post and let us know your thoughts by creating a new post at the bottom of each entry. We'd love to hear from you!

 

Stranger Danger: How to Talk to Your Kids About Safety

07/02/2018
by Scotsman Shield
Stranger Danger

Children are smarter than we give them credit for. If you don't believe us, just consider how many times you've read Curious George or another favorite to lull your little moonlighter to sleep.

Chances are your "reading" is purely from memory these days.

So when it comes to discussing the topic of stranger danger, parents have to tread cautiously. You don't want a half-crazed child running rampant through the mall and kicking anyone who smiles at him.

There are safer and effective ways of discussing strangers to the little people. We'll show you how.

Can You Text 911? Your Localized Guide

06/28/2018
by Scotsman Shield
Can you text 911?

About one-third of adult Americans prefer sending text messages to making phone calls.

This is especially true for younger adults, and one of the main reasons for this preference is the privacy that comes along with it. It's impossible for someone to "overhear" a texting conversation.

But what about 911? In many cases, contacting 911 is something you definitely don't want other people to hear (especially if you're in a dangerous situation). And if your safety is already being threatened, making a phone call can be impossible.

So can you text 911?

It depends.

Keep reading to learn when, how, and why you should send a text message to a 911 call center.

Are Nanny Cameras Legal in Your State?

06/27/2018
by Scotsman Shield
Nanny Cameras Legal?

Hiring a nanny often marks the first time that parents will be separated from their child.

The risks of leaving your child alone with someone new are real. With the news broadcasting nanny-horror stories, people are generally more cautious when hiring babysitters than they used to be.

That being said, most nannies have the best intentions and are excellent with children. It's crucial to trust whoever you hire, but to do so, you might need a little help. In search of peace of mind, parents have taken to installing nanny cameras in their homes.

Nanny cameras are an excellent tool, but there are a few considerations that you have to make before installing one. Both with legal and ethical implications, the use of a nanny camera can do damage to relationships and even get you in legal trouble.

Here's how.

Standing by the Second Amendment: The Best States for Gun Owners

06/25/2018
by Scotsman Shield
Best States for Gun Owners

The right of the people to keep and bear arms is an amendment written into the Constitution at America's founding. Like the pursuit of liberty, this is a right integral to a truly democratic nation, one where individual freedoms are not limited in light of a higher power's interest.

However, America has an intriguing and healthy mixture of voices, many of which are pronounced in state laws. As such, gun owners may find some American states more suitable than others.

Here, we've compiled a list of the best states for gun owners. Is yours listed?

Your Non-Firearm Guide to The Best Self Defense Weapons

06/25/2018
by Scotsman Shield
Best Self Defense Weapons

You're not imagining it.

Random crime and physical attacks like slashings, home invasions, and even sexual assault are all on the rise across the country.

You want to be able to protect yourself, but you wonder about your strength when it comes to fighting off an attacker or defending someone in trouble. However, you also know that gun laws, even when you're using a firearm to protect yourself, can become sticky situations quickly.

So, what's the solution?

You need to look for the best self defense weapons that aren't guns. But which ones are right for you?

Keep on reading this post to find out.

What's The Difference? Robbery, Theft, and Burglary Definitions

06/23/2018
by Scotsman Shield
Robbery, Theft, and Burglary Definitions

Although the terms are often used interchangeably, robbery and burglary are two different crimes, and theft is something different altogether. Do you know the difference between the 3 different crimes? If you're unsure, don't worry. You're not alone.

Read more here for theft, robbery, and burglary definitions.

Home Invasion Statistics You Need to Protect Your Family

06/22/2018
by Scotsman Shield
Home Invasion Statistics

We often imagine that we are entirely safe in our homes. The comfort of the familiar rooms, all of the memories that find their beginning at the front door, and all of the nights that you and your family slept safely.

Those things do bring a sense of comfort, but unless you've taken the steps to protect your home from home invasion, you may not be as safe as you imagine.

If you're not certain that a burglary could happen to you and your family, take a look at these home invasion statistics.

Are Fake Security Cameras Effective?

06/21/2018
by Scotsman Shield
Fake Security Cameras

Is it possible to protect your home on a budget?

Burglaries are fairly commonplace in America. With nearly 8 million property crimes committed in the United States in 2016, the odds of someone trying to break into your home during your lifetime are high enough to warrant taking safety measures.

But what if you can't afford an expensive security system, complete with camera surveillance?

Believe it or not, fake security cameras have become an effective alternative. Discover the benefits of this affordable deterrent below, along with the reasons why you should invest in them.

5 Reasons Women Should Enroll in a Self-Defense Course

06/21/2018
by Scotsman Shield
Self Defense Course

Are you tired of living your life in fear of attack? Wish you knew how to avoid or respond when faced with a potentially scary situation?

While having a can of pepper spray or stun gun can be effective in deterring a criminal, it may not always be enough. If you're looking for a way to increase your safety (and peace of mind), you should consider taking a self-defense course.

Not sure what a women's self-defense class is or why you should consider taking one? In this article, we'll outline everything you need to know about these classes, so you can decide if signing up for one is right for you.

7 Reasons You Need a Wireless Security System

06/19/2018
by Scotsman Shield
Wireless Security System

Home security is a real priority for you and your family. Especially when statistics show that 3.7 million home burglaries happen each year. So, there's no better time to get a wireless security system for your home than right now.

But what are the advantages of a wireless system? Why would it be better for your home versus other security options out there?

There are actually many advantages to a wireless system. Many that you may not have known existed.

Let's discuss why you need a wireless security system for your home and how it can make your family's way of life more safe and convenient than ever before.

5 Safety Items to Give Your College Bound Kid

06/18/2018
by Scotsman Shield
College Safety Items

Did you know that overall crime on college campuses in America has dropped 35% since 2005?

As a parent with a college-bound teen, that figure must give you some reassurance. But before you breathe a big sigh of relief, consider another fact: There's no such thing as a 100% safe college.

Despite reduced rates, in 2016 alone there were 37,389 criminal offenses reported on campuses nationwide. 16,201 of these crimes were against women.

We say this, not to frighten you, but to make you aware. There are certain things every college kid needs--personal safety items being the most important.

If you're not too familiar with this topic, don't worry. In this post, we'll outline five personal safety devices for college students.

5 Benefits to Carrying Pepper Spray

06/17/2018
by Scotsman Shield
Pepper Spray for Self Defense

1 out of 6 women have been the victim of rape.

These kinds of statistics should terrify anyone. Unfortunately, there are large amounts of rape, assault, and battery taking place every day. Despite the fact these problems shouldn't even be happening, taking precautions is needed because they do.

One of the best ways to stay protected is carrying pepper spray. Pepper spray may seem scary to some and while it should be used appropriately, it's good to have in case danger approaches.

Below are 5 reasons to use pepper spray for self defense. Keep reading to see why you should be carrying some to help stay protected against harm.

7 Benefits to Using a Nanny Cam

06/16/2018
by Scotsman Shield
Nanny Cam Benefits

The national unemployment rate in the United States is hovering around a record low at just 3.8%. What that number means beyond a strong economy is that parents have less flexibility in watching their children during work hours due to their career obligations.

Consequently, they're turning to nannies to help.

Nannies can provide high-quality child care services when you're not able to. Unfortunately though, not all nannies are created equal. For many parents, when leaving their children in the care of a nanny, they worry about their child's well-being.

A solution to this worry is installing a nanny cam.

To help you better understand the benefits a nanny cam can afford you, our team has put together this article outlining their key advantages.

6 Types of Security Systems and What You Should Know

06/15/2018
by Scotsman Shield
6 Types of Security Systems

Did you know there is a robbery approximately every 1.6 seconds in the U.S.?

Are you prepared for a possible home invasion? It can happen when you least expect it. Keep reading for types of security systems to make you feel ready.

Do Security Systems Actually Work?

As expensive as some home security systems can be, it's easy to think they aren't worth the expense.

You might be weighing your options. Do you keep locking your doors and being as vigilant as you've always been? Or do you invest in a security system? How well do they work, anyway?

7 Concealed Carry Tips You Need to Know

06/14/2018
by Scotsman Shield
Concealed CarryTips

There are more than three million Americans who carry concealed weapons with them every day.

The vast majority of them say they do it in an effort to protect themselves and their families.

If you're going to start carrying a concealed weapon, the first thing you should do is make sure it's legal in your state. All states have slightly different gun laws, and only a handful of them allow people to carry concealed weapons.

You should also take the time to learn some of the concealed carry tips that will help you and those around you to stay safe when you have a loaded gun on you. This will also make it more comfortable for you to carry a gun on a daily basis.

Check out the seven concealed carry tips you need to know below.

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