The Most Unsafe Cities in America (Part I)

According to law enforcement, violent crime rates in cities in the US are declining. Though, there are still a few cities that have an above average crime rate. If you are planning a trip or a move for a job or any other reason, it is imperative you know what you’re walking into. If you want to know the most unsafe cities in America, they are listed below.

Indianapolis, Indiana

Indianapolis, the biggest city in Indiana and is one most violent city in America. In recent times, Indy has experienced a rise in homicide rates. A few years ago, it was documented that the murder rate in Indianapolis rose more than 50%.

Stockton, California

Stockton, California ranks high as one of most dangerous place in the US with over 1,420 violent crimes perpetrated for each 100,000 individuals. Stockton’s aggravated assault rate is very high.

Oakland, California

Oakland, California comes in as one of the city’s in the US with a high violent crime rate of 1,425 per 100,000. Crime has been an issue in Oakland since around the late 60s. Rates of robbery are high in Oakland with robberies happening to one person out of every 90 residents.

Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Crime in Milwaukee is higher than the nation’s average bringing it a high ranking on the list of the country’s most lethal cities. Even though this city ranks lower than the US average for aggravated assaults, other crimes such as rape, robbery, and homicide are way over the average in Milwaukee.

Cleveland, Ohio

Cleveland ranks high on the list of America’s most dangerous cities. Its violent crime rate is over 1,630 incidences for every 100,000 residents. Like many other cities who fight violent crime, issues such as poverty, urban decay, and high unemployment have all played a part in Cleveland’s high crime rate.

Safest Cities in the World

Busy cities such as London, New York City, or Tokyo aren’t little places where folks leave their doors unlocked or their cell phones on the tables at coffee shops.

However, these cities are safer than you think.

On a list of safest cities in the world, European and Asian cities ruled the top of the list. Want to know which ones are the safest? Here’s a list of some of them. Safety is a thing many of us take for granted but the safer your environment is, the happier and healthier you are.

Tokyo, Japan

The top safest city in the world is also the most heavily populated. Tokyo, the capital of Japan does well in digital security.

Melbourne, Australia

Melbourne is #1 for living well and #2 for infrastructure safety.

New York City

New York City is packed with folks, but it is the only US city to make the top 10 list. NYC has gotten safer over the years. In the 90s, there were over 2,200 homicides and over five murders per day. Since then, the population has really increased and murders have really diminished to a historic low. New York ranks high for digital security. Interesting for the US, so does Chicago, San Francisco and LA.

Zurich, Switzerland

Zurich is ranked #1 for both health and infrastructure security.

Toronto, Canada

Toronto is not only one of the safest places to live, but according to reports, one of the best places to live in the whole world.

Amsterdam

Generally, European cities do well when it comes to safety, hugely thanks to their health care systems. Though, a few cities battle to make it to the top of the list due to huge population sizes. Over 770,000 folks live in Amsterdam, making it one of the littlest cities to make the top of the list.

Hidden Everyday Weapons (Part 1)

These hidden weapons hide themselves in plain sight, impersonating regular household objects. With any luck if you visit someone with these items just sitting there, you’re not met with a challenge or you know what to do should you need to for whatever reason. Hidden weapons are deceiving and usable for situations when you might need to protect yourself.

Violence usually happens when you least expect it. To thwart violent attacks, you

Tube of lipstick with a hidden knife inside

must be fast and furious. Hand-to-hand combat is a good tool to know to swiftly dispatch an attacker. Nonetheless, you should constantly be looking for force multiplies, tools that make your counterattacks even more damaging, effective, and painful.

Owning a defensive weapon, regardless if it’s a knife, mace, or gun, for protection isn’t a bad idea. However, sometimes you don’t have it on you (i.e. places where weapons are prohibited). Moreover, what do you do if your attacker knocks your weapon out of your hand? Or, you are in a position in which you can’t get your hands on your weapon.

Thankfully, you’re always around potential weapons. When you want to find and use them, you only need to use your most vital weapon, your mind.

In the right hands, everyday items become lethal weapons. The only requirement is that you have to violate the original purpose of the object. But when your life is in jeopardy, you do what you have to do.

Take a look at the list of suggested everyday objects that can become improvised weapons. You can use this as a jump off point to consider how other objects could save your life in a hurry. When you’re out and about outside, get in the habit of checking out your environment and thinking about what could be used as a weapon if push comes to shove.

Weaponized Cars

Weaponized cars are proof that the best defense is a good offense. What makes these cars distinctive and very deadly is they have plenty of offensive abilities, as well as defense armoring. Every year weapon fanatics, whether it is a celebrity, revolutionary fighters, or drug lord pay top dollar for the life-saving advantages an armored vehicle offers. Why not go the extra mile for something that also has the ability to put down any probable enemy?

At the top of the list is the fully weaponized Porsche Cayenne. This mean, hard

Armored Porsche Cayenne
                      via Manhattan Armor

fighting machine is all-inclusive with bullet-resistant transparent armor to glass areas. Additionally, the roof, floor, and body is armored with a ballistic composite material and steel.

Good times are with the two remote-controlled M-16s. A 3rd M-16 is hidden behind the flip-down license plate, while aerial threats can be wiped out by firing Claymore-like mines from the back of the tailgate. What you’ll be paying: $160,000 and this doesn’t include the customized weapon system.

Moving on to the Dodge Ram 3500 Heavy Duty. What this vehicle doesn’t have in actual armor, it more than makes up for with a large assortment of offensive firepower and is the envy of revolutionaries all over the world.

Many A-Team leader wannabes would murder to get their hands on the Hybrid Army Hummer. AKA the FED Bravo, this 20,000 lbs., bullet-proof, fully-armed assault mobile is the brain child of concepts taken from Detroit’s College for Creative Studies students. If spending enormous amounts of money and time at the gas pump are of no concern to you, then this combat vehicle may just be for you.

Lastly, there’s the rightly named KillDozer, which gives new meaning to the word modification. What began as your basic Komatsu D355A bulldozer was altered into something out of the Terminator.

Hiring a Bodyguard: What You Need to Know (Part 2)

How do you hire personal protection or security personnel. Contact other executives. Talk with other executives to get a list of reputable security firms.

Make anonymous inquiries. Once you’ve gathered a list, request materials to be sent to a mailbox rental or private address. You want impartial information, and you want to process to stay on the down low.

Interview. Choose security firms or personnel bodyguards based on the info you receive. You want some with a like-minded personality and advanced skills. These individuals should be knowledgeable and working towards helping you achieve preventative, proactive security strategies, regardless if it’s an alarm system for your office or a bodyguard.

Experience. Inquire your prospective firm about the types of clients they’ve worked for and the different circumstances they’ve come across.

Hypothetical situations. Make up a hypothetical situation based on a real company event and ask the candidate how he would handle the situation. Then ask yourself: does this make sense?

Culture. Whoever you hire needs to be able to understand your culture and your business. They must to be able to adapt their experience and expertise to your environment.

Be unpredictable. Human beings like schedules and so do anyone that wants to hurt you. Change your routine, including the time you leave for/come home from work, places you go on a regular basis, and the routes you take to get anywhere.

Be aware. Look around you, when you’re going to your car. Pay attention to anyone who approaches you, regardless of age, race, or sex. Be aware of strangers and situations/people that make you uncomfortable.

Safeguard exposure and access. Is your home address listed online? Does the people around you know how to manage difficult people? By managing those with whom you are in contact and how contact is dealt with, you limit the risk.

Go with your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable with anyone or any situation, get away. Your instincts are inside you for a reason. Don’t ignore them.

Hiring a Bodyguard: What You Need to Know (Part 1)

Bodyguards, the supreme status symbol for executives, politicians, celebrities, and executives, but they aren’t just for them any longer. A private security firm provides professional protection with services usually beginning at around $30 per hour.

With everyone from mercenaries to armed chauffeurs as security personnel, there’s individuals to suit any situation. A altering economic climate in this country causing bankruptcies or layoffs creates risks, which creates people willing to attack or stalk someone else.

An executive’s perception of wealth or their political views can be liabilities. Bodyguard protection can come at around $1,500 a day. A security system is also pricey. But, these prices aren’t anything compared to a lost business or even loss of life.

Entrepreneurs typically try to talk down the risks facing them. Yet, security must be a part of the overall operations strategy. A complete evaluation of the workplace and the risks that can happen will help to decide how to respond to security needs.

Ways to assess your risk and decide whether you need a security team or bodyguard.

  1. Public exposure. Are you always doing public speaking engagements or conducting business seminars? Are you featured flagrantly in the business community? Do you always see your name online? If you answered yes to any of these questions, you are in the public and one that brings risk to your physical safety and the safety of your employees and loved ones.
  2. Corporate climate. What’s happening in your office? Recent layoffs and/or terminations? Do you have employees going through any domestic violence situations? Pressures in the workplace are a vital indicator of personal risk.
  3. Security plan. Do you have one? You need to create one. Look at what you are doing right now to protect yourself, your employees and the business. Is your staff trained to deal with complex clients? Do you have a closed-circuit-television monitoring systems with alarms and panic buttons in your office?

Shoot Better with More Training

Use your bullets with training in mind. A friend of mine states, “Each round must have a training value with it. So, don’t think about shooting a tight, 25-yard group of targets. Do some serious training.  If you have 50 rounds, this is a good way to use them to make sure you get the training you need from every round you fire.

Two-handed grip, from the holster at five yards: If you can draw from your holster at your range, get in shooting position, draw and fire one round as fast as you can accurately hit the target. Do it again ten times. If you aren’t allowed to draw from the holster, put your pistol on the shooting table and do the drill by picking up the pistol, getting into the correct two-handed grip, finding the target and firing the shot.

One-handed grip, from the holster at five yards: Just like above, but shot with only one hand. Do it ten times.

Transition to one-handed grip, your other strong hand: Draw from the holster or pick up the pistol with your dominant hand. Change to your other hand and shot two rounds as fast as you can accurately hit the target. Repeat your movements, shooting 3 rounds. Do this twice.

Drive the gun, fire at extension: From what is typically known as the “high ready,” have the gun in a two-handed grip with your elbows placed at your ribs. Come to full height and shoot at the target as quick as you can, correctly hitting the target. Shoot two rounds. Then fire 3 rounds. Repeat 4 times.

You should have used a whole box of ammo, 50 rounds, with these simple drills that will improve your gun-fighting skills. If you are looking to hit your target better, start with these now.

Should You Have a Taser for Self-Defense

A taser is the best law enforcement subject control creation since the nightstick.  It has saved numerous officers and suspects from seriously getting hurry and is more efficient than any other less lethal control method.

Like in law enforcement, not everyone who comes into contact with miscreants need to use deadly force.  Civilians have just as little requirement for lethal force as the police. Tasers come in many versions for this purpose.

There are some facts you should know about which type of taser you should get before you buy one:

– A taser might not be legal everywhere in America, including on commercial airplanes

– Tasers aren’t foolproof.  Both of the darts need to hit the individual you’re using it against in order for the person to feel its full effect

– If both darts don’t strike, it can still be utilized as a stun gun

The probes are what makes the difference than the cheaper stun guns. Regardless of how many volts they claim to possess. Stun devices only bring hurt when they are utilized against an assailant due to the little distance separating their electrodes.  The spread of the taser darts triggers neuromuscular breakdown. Another huge advantage of a civilian taser system is that, according to which system you get, you can be up to 20 feet or more from the attacker when you trigger it.

Taser currently markets four civilian models for anyone who wants one to purchase. The 1st is the C2, the most compact-size taser. It varies from the standard tasers in that it operates for 30 seconds, instead of 5, when deployed.  That may be a sufficient amount of a jolt to make an assailant pass up his life of crime. A taser with a laser sighting system will cost you about $400. If you’re going to invest in a taser, get this one.

Top Women Personal Safety Apps

When safety and security of women is an issue, a smartphone can serve as a powerful tool against crime. Here are a few apps exclusively created, keeping in mind women’s safety and to fight against criminals.

Life 360 Family Locator

This app not only aid you in finding your family members, but you can get alerts when your family member gets to a specific location or if your family is safe or not.

This app is battery efficient and comes with other features like group chat. The app tracks your family members by using Wi-Fi, cell network, or GPS. The panic mode can send a message, email, or text with your current position. This app is nearby when it comes to safety of your loved ones.

 

Circle of 6

This app lets you send your circle of friends a “come and get me” message with GPS coordinates on map. The app also lets you call local emergency numbers and hotlines of your choice.

Fightback

This app is devoted to fight crimes against women who are void of any help from law enforcement. The app tracks the whereabouts of the individual who has the device and shows the location on Google map by getting the coordinates of GPS. This information is consistently updated at the server and user can send SOS messages only by pressing the panic button. SOS can be sent to five contacts.

Bsafe

You can construct your personal safety network of family or friends whom you want to help you out in case of emergency. One press to SOS button and your family members will be alerted to save you by a text or call.

Top Gun Safes

A gun safe is a good investment if you’re a gun owner. It will safeguard your gun from theft and keep a kid from getting access to the firearm. Many gun safes also shield your gun from being damaged by water or fire. Many states have passed the law that your gun must be locked up regardless if you do or don’t have children in your residence.

If your state is one of those which have passed the law, you should protect your gun from fire and water with a waterproof/fireproof gun safe. Check out our list below of the top fireproof gun safes. It’s not only for your weapons. You can lock your valuables in the safe too.

Some home insurance companies will offer gun owners a discount if they have a gun safe to keep their firearms locked in. You should see if your insurance companies provide this discount. In order to find the best gun safes on the market, some extensive research was done to generate a list of the top-rated gun safes you can buy.  But these are generally small safes. If you are looking for a bigger safe, search online for many results. Below are a few of the top gun safes:

SENTRY SAFE QUICK ACCESS SAFE

Sentry Safe Quick Access Safe

Access Options: 4 Fingerprint Capacity
Safe Type: Combination
Body Material: Solid steel construction
Power: No Batteries Required

 

 

GUNVAULT SPEEDVAULT SV500 GUN SAFE

Gunvault SV500

Safe Type: Combination
Access Options: 120 Fingerprint Capacity
Body Material: 18-Gauge steel construction, with protective foam-lined interior
Power: 1 9V batteries required

 

FORT KNOX FTK-PN PERSONAL PISTOL BOX HANDGUN SAFE

Ft Knox FTK-PN Safe

Access Options: 1081 user combinations
Body Material : Heavy 10 gauge body and a 3/16 plate door
Power: No Batteries Required
Safe Type: Quick access