Are you Prepared Part 2

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With the recent increase in crimes in and around our area I thought it was time for a Part #2 of my Prepared blog.
As we discussed in Part #1 you cannot be prepared for everything.. It is in fact impossible. You can have all the food, water, ammunition, bugout bags and tech you might need to survive a Biological attack and a Backpack Nuke is detonated outside your place of work or an Asteroid impacts and takes out the East Coast.
What you can do is be prepared for as many contingencies as possible while still going about your everyday life. So with that in mind let’s get started….

Many have talked about what to do to prevent crime. There is talk about getting involved with the Community and adding Police. All good suggestions but what do you need to actually do.
First there are two options… Armed and not armed. These are your only options… each requires steps you need to take to be sure you are safe. We are going to discuss each.

Armed:
If you have chosen to be armed then you will need to select a proper carry weapon. First you must decide what is the maximum firepower you can safety shoot and become proficient in the use of the weapon. For example if you have small hands or a small frame then a .45 or .40 might not be the weapon you should choose, conversely neither is a .22 for other reasons. This is a personal decision that you and the Armorer should make after firing many makes and calibers.
Once you have chosen a weapon, in a caliber you are comfortable with, the next step is to become proficient in it use. Deciding to carry a weapon carries’ with it inherent risk. If you chose to draw and fire your weapon remember, everyone is going to second guess that action. You could be subjected to Criminal and Civil litigations potentially costing you everything. So it behooves you to train like your life depends on it, because it just might.

Let’s not forget if you miss and hit someone else. Let’s just say I hope your Personal Liability insurance is paid up and have a hefty savings account.
So if you decide to carry…be sure. Be absolutely sure you are proficient in its use and have trained using that weapon in as close to real World scenarios as possible.

Practice…practice…practice. It does no good for you to have purchased a weapon then be faced with a life and death situation and you lose your life because you never trained TAKING THE SAFETY OFF.

Unarmed:
If you have an aversion to Firearms or just don’t want the risk of carrying.. Then your options become a little more limited but there are options. First forget Kung-Fu. Unless you have trained for years you are not going to disarm someone with a knife or firearm. The odds are you will get injured if you try. However, that being said, there are tools you can use.
Capsicum spray:
Aka: Mace… This should be attached to your key-ring and should be able to be accessed immediately. Mace can give you the time needed to retreat… BUT… remember the spray works on you too. If you use it at close range the attacker may still be able to grapple with you and effectively take you out of the fight, as well. Wind is also a factor. The spray can be blown back into your own face incapacitating yourself.

Taser:

Aka: Stun Gun… Much like Mace this should also be readily available. It is too late to deploy a taser when the suspect has a knife at your throat.
Be aware that deployment of a taser has been equated to the use of Deadly Force in some cases, so much like a Firearm be sure if you use it.

These are just a couple of options.. There are many, many more, however you chose to protect yourself, nothing works, as well as, vigilance.

Situational Awareness:
This is just a fancy term for looking around and seeing what and who is near you. For example.. When you parked your car to go to dinner it might have been daylight when you leave it may be dark. Is the parking lot lighted? Are there other cars parked near you? Do you see people loitering around your car? All of these questions need to be asked and answered.
When exiting the facility you should already have your keys in your hand and if you have chosen Mace or a Stun Gun it should be ready to be deployed should someone surprise you as you near your car. If you have neither then the only option you have is your cell phone… You should have already setup your speed dial for 911 under the Number 1 spot. Have it out and ready. This way, should you be accosted, all you have to do is press the button. At least even if you cannot answer the operator can hear the attack. Remember they are LISTENING; give them something to listen to like where you are and what is happening.

Profiling:
I know in today’s PC Society that’s a dirty word but it is also completely necessary to your survival.
According to the FBI Crime Stats and the report “The Color of Crime” by the New Century Foundation the typical violent Criminal is a 16-25 year old Black male.
I know this might make some uncomfortable and for that, well I am not sorry. Facts are not racist. Facts are just what they are… facts. Should you fear every black male…NO.
But if you were looking at an 80 year old Grandmother in a 70’s styled pantsuit or a 17 yoa black male wearing a hoodie with his pants hanging to his knees who do YOU think might carjack you?
So you have to profile. At least be aware of your surroundings. If you see someone that makes you uncomfortable it’s OK.. Listen to your inner voice of caution… that’s just your survival instinct trying to wake you up. It doesn’t make you a racist it just makes you a potential survivor.

Crime is increasing and it is going to get worse.

Having Police in the area will help, but nothing will keep you safer than your own self. If you depend solely on the Police, remember the saying.. When second’s count Police are minutes away. It only takes about 15 seconds to have your purse snatched. 30 seconds to carjack you… and 45 seconds to rob you. Even if the Police are in the parking lot, they may not be aware of the event even happening. It is little solace to have the perpetrator captured only after you have been attacked and maybe beaten, if you are lucky.

So having a Police presence, while making you feel better, may not actually do any good. It may discourage criminal elements from coming to the Pavilion..but it won’t stop them and those few that will vacate the area will simply find another easier target rich environment.

Criminals are indeed lazy, that’s why they are criminal’s after-all, but they are inventive and adaptable. They will simply wait for the Police to leave the area or go where they are not.
So your safety is up to you. Remember no one is truly safe, but you can do some things that will mitigate your risk. Do so or not it is ultimately up to you.

Personal responsibility is never clearer when someone has a knife at your throat. Then it is most likely too late.

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Tips on safety...at the Pavilion or anywhere...

Never carry a purse.

Carrying a purse makes you a target. Instead carry a smaller "billfold" that can be placed in a pocket. You don't need makeup, kleenix, a hundred keys, 14 pens and pencils, notebooks etc to go to the store. You need ID and a form of payment that's it.
Carrying a purse simply for it's fashion statement flies in the face of safety. Most women carry too much "stuff" in their purse. If you have Mace or a gun forget about finding it when confronted by a knife welding Criminal.

Men should carry two wallets.

Never keep your wallet in your back pocket but carry a "fake" one there that will give the criminal what he THINKS he wants.

Keep all of your "vital" stuff in your real wallet and in a second wallet some old expired credit cards and other stuff like pictures (not of you of course) and Ten dollars in ones. It looks like a real wallet with credit cards and cash... Everything an aspiring Criminal wants.

If you are caught unaware of your surroundings it is easier to give up your "wallet" then get shot... This way you only lose $10 bucks.

Stare, look, pay attention

Most Criminals are like Jackals, they prey on the weak and defenseless. We have been taught to be victims by Society and by our Mother's.

How many times where you told "not to stare"?

Looking down, looking away when the thug snarls at you means you have accepted his dominance. Much like the Jackal the pack leader will attack to gain submission. So take notice of them.. actually make eye contact. This in every way tells him you will not be easy prey.
You might get the proverbial "what are you looking at" but 99 out of a 100 times they will look away first.

Lastly... slow down

Getting in a hurry only gives you tunnel vision at a time where you need to be completely aware of what is around you.
So slow down, look around plan you path and don't get distracted. DON'T TALK ON YOUR CELL PHONE while walking to your car... Nothing says ROB ME like talking on a sweet Iphone while walking out to a parking lot...

A few tips... feel free to add your own....

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S. Lindsey wrote:

Never carry a purse.

Carrying a purse makes you a target. Instead carry a smaller "billfold" that can be placed in a pocket. You don't need makeup, kleenix, a hundred keys, 14 pens and pencils, notebooks etc to go to the store. You need ID and a form of payment that's it.
Carrying a purse simply for it's fashion statement flies in the face of safety. Most women carry too much "stuff" in their purse. If you have Mace or a gun forget about finding it when confronted by a knife welding Criminal.

Men should carry two wallets.

Never keep your wallet in your back pocket but carry a "fake" one there that will give the criminal what he THINKS he wants.

Keep all of your "vital" stuff in your real wallet and in a second wallet some old expired credit cards and other stuff like pictures (not of you of course) and Ten dollars in ones. It looks like a real wallet with credit cards and cash... Everything an aspiring Criminal wants.

If you are caught unaware of your surroundings it is easier to give up your "wallet" then get shot... This way you only lose $10 bucks.

Stare, look, pay attention

Most Criminals are like Jackals, they prey on the weak and defenseless. We have been taught to be victims by Society and by our Mother's.

How many times where you told "not to stare"?

Looking down, looking away when the thug snarls at you means you have accepted his dominance. Much like the Jackal the pack leader will attack to gain submission. So take notice of them.. actually make eye contact. This in every way tells him you will not be easy prey.
You might get the proverbial "what are you looking at" but 99 out of a 100 times they will look away first.

Lastly... slow down

Getting in a hurry only gives you tunnel vision at a time where you need to be completely aware of what is around you.
So slow down, look around plan you path and don't get distracted. DON'T TALK ON YOUR CELL PHONE while walking to your car... Nothing says ROB ME like talking on a sweet Iphone while walking out to a parking lot...

A few tips... feel free to add your own....

Excellent...I never thought of the fake wallet. I am all over that one.

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Good post and with a lot of factualized information. (Gots to factualize!) I carry everywhere I go now, just not to the Pavillion. The tip on the 'fake wallet' is genius. Haven't heard that one. Someone could make some bucks selling one with some fake real looking money in it and a tracking device, similar to what they are installing in iPads now.

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The fake wallet...

I have been teaching that tactic for years in my Street Survival Courses...

It works.

The Criminal is scared too. They are in a hurry and they want to see what they believe is a easy score.
So give them what they want and live to fight another day. Of course the best way is to stop them before they get you but none of us are vigilant 100% of the time.

I see, every single day, people walking around with a cell phone stuck to their ear or head down typing away either walking, standing or sitting in their cars... Targets all.

We make it easy for the criminals. You might as well have a sign on your back... ROB ME!

They even have a name for it in Atlanta.. it's called "Apple picking" for the act of stealing peoples IPhones while in use.

So getting the Community involved is like one said, putting a finger in the dyke, it might slow it down some but as soon as crime slacks off their interest will go in another direction and all of it will start over again.

It's all about PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY. I have a responsibility to myself and my family and then the surrounding community. If we each first watch out for ourselves the "Community" will magically take care of it self.

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So getting the Community involved is like one said, putting a finger in the dyke,

Teaching your course to individuals of the community is teaching personal responsibility - or the 'teaching' is in vain.

Thanks for sharing your expertise.

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Dm...

I was not belittling your Community idea... not at all. In fact it is a good suggestion.

Unfortunately past experience has shown me that the "Community" tends to lose interest fast and sinks back into the malaise that allowed crime to take hold in the first place.

We think that the Police can actually protect us. They cannot. 99% of the time our interaction with the Police is AFTER a crime has been perpetrated. That's too late.

The Community can help if they stay involved. I just don't think many will actually do so...

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An uninvolved community

gets what they deserve. Community involvement, coupled with excellent police work caught the coward who hurt Mrs, Arrington. The community in Fayette County is educated and observant. The law enforcement agencies are doing their job, the management company is doing it's job; I hope the Fayette County community will step up and do their job. We learn from past experiences - I hope that by working together, we can meaningfully discourage criminal/domestic terrorists. If law enforcement and the management company feel that our community has lost interest in the mall - it will close. With the new businesses coming in to FC - -and new neighbors, I'm hopeful in seeing Fayetteville continue to grow. The Citizen keeping us on top of what is happening will help us remain observant. There have been some good suggestions about remaining safe
In our community.

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Dm life has made me cynical...

..but if we can work together, who knows? Maybe I can even give a class or two locally on Street Survival, a course I have been teaching for 25 years.

We need everyone to be vigilant and report to the Police anything that looks out of place.

I can bet you someone saw the perp and didn't feel right about him but didn't want to get involved and didn't want to seem racist.

Not a slam DM...but this is where all those charges that get leveled goes. People get timid and don't want to appear biased so.....

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We need everyone to be vigilant and report to the Police anything that looks out of place.

So many good suggestions have been shared here. You might want to offer your expertise to Fayetteville Police Department.
I'm sure there are citizens who would avail themselves of your experience.

Cynicism isn't all bad - as long as it doesn't stop progress. Sometimes it helps!

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DM - Community Organizer?
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I hope the Fayette County community will step up and do their job. We learn from past experiences - I hope that by working together, we can meaningfully discourage criminal/domestic terrorists.

DM - What is the "job" of 'Fayette County community'? Who are you tell any private citizen what their 'job' is? You sound like you are wanting to organize the community, but I suspect that it is all talk but no action from you.

When are you going to organize the community and tell everyone what their job is? Are you going to hand out duties and assignments and put everyone on patrol or is this just more blather from the villiage idiot again? When is the first community organization meeting DM? Tell us.

I for one organize with my fellow Fayette county citizens at the shooting range every other weekend. obama's threats of our constitutional rights and civil liberties has done wonders for the ammunition and weapon manufacturers. (unintentionally, of course).

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The citizens in Fayette County are educated and observant.

I stand corrected. I should have said 'most citizens'.

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The citizens in Fayette County are educated and observant.

I stand corrected. I should have said 'most citizens'.

Yes indeed!

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Answer the question

What is the job of the community?

C'mon, DM - Factualize it! When is the first Community Organizing meeting that you are leading to drive crime out of Fayetteville?

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Job of the community

Thank you SL , G35 and others for your suggestions.

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What is the job of the community?

C'mon, DM - Factualize it! When is the first Community Organizing meeting that you are leading to drive crime out of Fayetteville?

Looks like you want the job of the "Town Bully".

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Bully?

That's a laugh. What happened, RKS? Did I make you pee your pants?

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Better yet, Joe...

...one w/ an exploding dye pack like bank bags!!

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Bait Wallet...

they actually make one with a .22 or .25 built right in... Don't really recommend it however but in a pinch it might do the trick.

http://www.bing.com/images/search?q=wallet+pistol&FORM=HDRSC2#view=detai...

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"Factualize" - Are You Sure Joe?

Joe - I keep seeing this verb appear in your posts, and I am confused at why you insist that you and others provide misleading information. The verb "factualize" is nonstandard and means "To mislead by seeming to give proof to an unproven theory or conjecture."

According to the Urban Dictionary (the only dictionary that contains this word), "Factualization is usually accomplished by highlighting the portions of a theory that align with the desired outcome of the factualization while omitting and/or downplaying the portions of the theory that do not. Factualization is generally practiced by a lawyer, a politician, a con man and/or a used car salesman. A person who is proficient at the art of factualization is known as a spin doctor."

Perhaps you mean "provide facts to support an opinion," but your verbiage suggests the opposite.

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STF - Factualize this

Absolutely. Your Komrade, David's Mom used the term "factualize" in the post below back on march 31st, and I have been ridiculing her about it ever since.

Davids mom wrote:

Nice essays. You have both been so accepting of my 'different point of view' - that it has been quite enlightening. I don't need to 'factualize' my point of view - since most of the history that I have shared, I have lived (and experienced from my point of view). I am not alone. I have acknowledged your point SL that I was incorrect in the actual timing of the transition of the political parties of the south. For you to deny what is so obvious - the south is RED - is interesting. If you will go back and read - I shared my opinion that the 'conservative' view point on many issues is not racist/especially economics - and in the past there were conservative points of views and progressive points of view on many issues in both parties. It has been difficult for 'blacks' to accept the change in the 'party of Lincoln'. My mother's generation was very supportive of the Republican Party. Mr. Atwater in the '80's changed that. As long as SL and Kawfi ,expound their theories of minorities, I will be right there to express my point of view.

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I don't need to 'factualize' my point of view -

Factualize: (\ˈfak-ch(ə-w)ə-ˌlīz) A term used by lying bedwetting liberals (usually former government educators) to justify their twisted view of American history to fit their far left wing agenda of painting all Republicans and Conservatives as racists.

There is no such word as 'factualize', but what do you expect from a gubbermint edumicator?

Got it PTCO and Lindsey? We can make up crap and it doesn't have to even be true as long as it fits our own narrative. It's what all the bedwetters are doing now. Heck, obama promised that we could keep our doctors and that the price of healthcare would be reduced! He doesn't have to 'factualize' it as long as it will get the moochers in society to vote for him!

No new taxes? Heck, hard working Americans just took a tax hike and now this moron 'president' wants to raise 'em some more. No need to factualize it. Shovel ready jobs? Factualize this- The only thing shovel ready is the words proceeding out of barry obama's mouth.
'Factualize' that, DM.

You got a problem with that, jaggoff?

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Disharmony between usual comrades

Interesting. I thought you were affirming S. Lindsey above when you posted:

"Good post and with a lot of factualized information."

I guess you were taunting him.

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Nope

Try again, Jaggoff. That was a taunt aimed at DM.

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Stray bullets

Well that's what happens with stray bullets. Sometimes you shoot your friends. I'm sure Mr. Lindsey will recover.

With such beautiful weather, I hope you enjoy your weekend!

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Wrong again, STF

Wrong again, Jaggoff. 'factualize' is not part of the english language, therefore there was no taunt aimed at him.
No, 'factualize' is part of the ghetto-thug vernacular and is only used by illiterates.

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Sweet dreams Joe

Goodnight!

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I don't see what the problem is here.....

What is the problem if Joe and SL are trying to conversate with each other and factualize ideas on how to get the thugs out of our county and back to wherever they stay?

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moc..it sort of like...

...those bleeding heart liberals weeping and moaning over the perp walk of the thug and the Citizen not screaming out loud "IT'S ALLEGED" instead of being "Charged".

The problem is growing. I just watched on the news where two home squatters
filed false Quitclaim deeds for 18 properties in and around Atlanta. These guys where allowed to stay by the Atlanta Police even when the OWNERS of the home tried to have them convicted... one of them was even arrested last year for the same thing and the JURY of his PEERS let him go???????

Finally the FBI had to FORCE the Atlanta Police to arrest and remove them from the property owned by someone else.

This only encourages the thugs behavior...if the Police won't arrest them then why do they care?

http://www.wsbtv.com/news/news/local/2-investigates-home-buyer-nightmare...

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Police presence in the Pavilion

Lt. Whitlow issued a press release. (Police presence in The Pavilion)

The Mayors Office, DDR and the Police Dept. are working together and they need the cooperation of our community against domestic terrorists/criminals. There have been excellent suggestions for staying safe, wherever one decides to shop .

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Fayetteville Police Increasing Presence in Fayette Pavilion

Fayetteville, Georgia. May 3, 2013

The Fayetteville Police Department has developed an action plan to increase police presence to promote public safety and awareness for our visitors to the Fayette Pavilion. This increased presence shall also serve as a deterrent for those persons considering the commission of criminal acts in the Fayette Pavilion. This plan will be implemented with the understanding that coverage in all other areas of the City must be maintained.

The Fayetteville Police Department’s patrol division will increase security patrols and traffic enforcement in the Fayette Pavilion. Officers are being directed to increase security checks on the businesses in the Pavilion and the officers assigned to the department’s Traffic Management Team will also increase their enforcement activities on Pavilion Parkway. The patrol division will begin holding some pre-shift briefings in and around Station 92 locate on Pavilion Parkway. These actions will immediately increase the number of officers in the Fayette Pavilion at different times throughout the day.

The Fayetteville Police Department is committed to supporting the Fayetteville Auxiliary Force and will continue to utilize them in the Fayette Pavilion. The department will continue to work closely with DDR Corporation, the property managers of the Fayette Pavilion, as we explore options of procuring License Plate Readers and cameras for the Pavilion and by having a DDR funded police officer work off-duty security everyday at the Pavilion.

Finally, the Fayetteville Police Department will encourage all visitors to the Fayette Pavilion to report any suspicious circumstances, activities, or encounters to the police department immediately. An alert public is a critical partner in this effort.

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Lieutenant Mike Whitlow

The articulate Mr. Joe Kawfi accused me of releasing information that the police did not want circulated - he also referred to me as a Nazi

Below, my response:

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I was asked to share the information. The Police have issued a press release. The Pavilion is not being used as a 'catch 'em' point. The plan that is being shared throughout the county hopefully will discourage criminals. A 'tough' court system and an aware public is certainly important. To do nothing and expect change is 'stupid'.

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Citizens Front Page Story

More Cops at Pavilion

Thanks Citizen!! Thanks Ben Nelms for keeping us informed!!

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paragraph 3-armed

think about it. what if it was you that shot Trayvon Martin