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Monthly Archives: January 2012

  • Baby Squirrel Pepper Sprayed - Top Dallas News???

    In my daily pepper spray searches I find some interesting articles and stories and some that make you wonder - what were they thinking??   It seems a top story in the Dallas Pepper Spray search is about a Mesquite Policeman pepper spraying a baby squirrel on a  school campus.  This act was done in front of the students and a girl filmed it with her cell phone.  The video was then featured on many local news channels and posted on youtube which attracted national media attention.

    Here is one link to the story on YouTube titled:  Seriously!?! Police Mace Baby Squirrel On The News In Dallas.  Only In Mesquite!  that youtube user 020808 uploaded.  I have to say - I find it a little disturbing.  You hear the kids and I know it had to be upsetting for them. 

    It turns out the baby squirrel was ok. It was treated and let back into the wild.  Hopefully, it will never make it's way onto a school campus.  I hope while I'm doing my Dallas Pepper Spray searches no more stories like this will turn up!!!!

  • Using Pepper Spray for Allergies????

    This article pulled up in my daily search for Pepper Spray   I know there are a lot of different uses for pepper spray but I would never think of it for allergies.

    Pepper Spray To Treat Nasal Allergies?!

    By , About.com Guide   January 24, 2012

    We all have a pretty good idea about what pepper spray is -- the self-defense weapon that is carried by police and can be found at most sporting goods stores. And, what it does -- remember that video of the UC Davis police department pepper spraying the Occupy Wall Street protestors who were staging a sit-in on campus property -- resulting in stinging and burning of the eyes, nose, skin and lungs. Now, imagine actually squirting pepper spray, in a diluted form, in your nose in an attempt to reduce the symptoms of nasal allergies. Sounds crazy, right? Well, capsaicin nasal sprays are available over-the-counter for the treatment of nasal allergy symptoms, and they work pretty well.

    Capsaicin, the substance found in hot peppers that is responsible for the burning and stinging sensation that people get in their mouths when they eat the peppers, is very effective as a long-term reliever of pain. Creams containing capsaicin have been used for years for rubbing on arthritic joints as well as on painful skin that shingles leaves behind. Nasal sprays containing capsaicin seem to be effective at treating nasal congestion and sinus pressure related to non-allergic rhinitis, and may also be effective for the treatment of allergic rhinitis. Other than a mild stinging sensation that occurs only with the first few times the nasal spray is used, side effects are minimal. And, if the nasal spray doesn't help your nasal symptoms, you can always use it as a reasonable replacement for a bottle of Tabasco Sauce.

    I'm not sure I would want to be the one to try this out.  Perhaps I could experiment using an inert pepper spray .  Pepper Spray - it's not just for personal safety anymore!!!!


  • Electronic Barking Dog Alarms vs Real Dogs

    Are home security alarms which emit a barking dog sound really better than real dogs for preventing trespassers? When you aren’t the dog-friendly type and dislike the maintenance and care that real dogs need, you may take into account getting yourself an electronic barking dog alarm in its place.

    Live dogs need regular and consistent upkeep just like taking them out for walks, petting them, washing them and giving them food and water. However, in case you are very busy undertaking other essential things but would like to feel safe in your home, then alarms that mimic the barking of pet dogs may be excellent alternatives.

    A multi purpose barking dog alarm can alert you to the presence of an infiltrator by barking immediately like a big, angry dog once he gets into the protected zone watched by this intruder alarm system. These types of security systems can have a radar sensitivity of 10 to 20 feet.

    This distinctive kind of house alarm uses its electronic radar “eyes” that employs electronic radar-wave sense control. It could successfully “see” through thick glass, doorways and even concrete walls.

    Unlike real dogs, you certainly do not have to coach a maintenance-free barking dog alarm. You also need not be worried about it sleeping on the job because it is readily AC-powered.

    Whenever connected to the socket, it is going to stay on guard until such period that you power it down. In some dog alarm systems, you additionally have the choice of putting in backup batteries in case of a power interruption.

    Plus, an electronic barking dog alarm system is realistic enough to be mistaken for a true canine because its barking will become even louder as a potential mugger gets closer to your property. Also, numerous barking-type entry alarms have adjustable volumes as well as options for varying sound effects.

    Moreover, these kinds of security alarms have to face the particular course where you would like movement to be observed. They might also include remote controls for turning the alarm off or on and for setting off a panic alarm.

    Trasi and personalsafetysource.com have been educating people how to operate personal protection products to protect themselves for many years now. There are many options, including stun guns, pepper sprays and personal alarms. She offers complete help and instruction on how to operate the products.

  • Personal Safety - Wherever you are!!!

    While I was searching for certain safety tips - I ran across this  article about safety abroad.  It was released by the Bureau of Diplomatic Security and has some really treat tips.  I can see how a few inexpensive Personal Safety Items could enhance these tips.  A diversion safe and door stop alarm can be easily used when in hotels or rooms away from home.  Pepper Spray is also small and convenient and can be used to disable an attacker and spraying a colorful dye which could help locate the person.


    Personal Security--At Home, On the Street, While Traveling



    Released by the Bureau of Diplomatic Security

    [Available in PDF format]

    For Americans living overseas, the most serious obstacle to personal safety is an attitude of complacency or fatalism. "It can't happen to me" and "if it's going to happen, it's going to happen" is dangerous thinking.

    Recent political events throughout the world have changed--but not necessarily diminished--the threats you face. Today, the most prevalent threat you face overseas is crime.

    A criminal attack against you or your family can take place at any post, as can a fire or other disaster. However, you can influence what happens to you by assuming more responsibility for your own security.

    The information presented in this booklet is general. Not all the information applies to all posts. Ask for post-specific information from your Regional Security Officer (RSO) or Post Security Officer (PSO).

    Residential Security

    Residential security is a critical component of any personal security program. The following guidelines should be used in reviewing your residential security. 

    • All entrances, including service doors and gates, should have quality locks--preferably deadbolt. Check your:

      • Front Door
      • Rear Door
      • Garage Door(s)
      • Service Door(s)
      • Patio Door
      • Sliding Glass Door
      • Gate
      • Swimming Pool Gate
      • Guest House Door(s).
    • Don't leave keys "hidden" outside the home. Leave an extra key with a trusted neighbor or colleague.

    • Keep doors locked even when you or family members are at home.

    • Have window locks installed on all windows. Use them.

    • Lock louvered windows--especially on the ground floor.

    • Have locks installed on your fuse boxes and external power sources.

    • If you have window grilles and bars, review fire safety. Don't block bedroom windows with permanent grilles if the windows may be used for emergency egress.

    • If you have burglar or intrusion alarms, check and use them.

    • Keep at least one fire extinguisher on each floor, and be sure to keep one in the kitchen. Show family members and household help how to use them.

    • Periodically check smoke detectors and replace batteries when necessary.

    • Keep flashlights in several areas in the house. Check the batteries often, especially if you have children in your home. (They love to play with flashlights!)

    • A family dog can be a deterrent to criminals. But remember, even the best watch-dog can be controlled by food or poison. Do not install separate "doggy doors" or entrances. They also can admit small intruders.

    • Choose a location that offers the most security. The less remote, the safer your home will be, particularly in a neighborhood close to police and fire protection.

    • Know your neighbors. Develop a rapport with them and offer to keep an eye on each other's homes, especially during trips.

    • If you observe any unusual activity, report it immediately to your RSO.

    • Establish safe family living patterns. If you understand the importance of your contribution to the family's overall security, the entire household will be safer.

    • While at home, you and your family should rehearse safety drills and be aware of procedures to escape danger and get help.

    • Educate family members and domestic help in the proper way to answer the telephone at home.

    • Vary daily routines; avoid predictable patterns.

    • Know where all family members are at all times.

    • Use these same guidelines while on leave or in travel status.

    Establishing a Safehaven

    Follow three basic steps in setting up a safe-haven in your home:

    • Designate an internal room;

    • Install a two-way communications system or telephone; and

    • Furnish the safehaven with an emergency kit.

    It is highly unlikely you would spend more than a few hours in a safehaven; however, the supplies listed below are suggested for your maximum safety. Your security officer can tell you more about how to select and secure your safehaven.

    The following is a checklist of possible safehaven supplies.

    • Fire extinguisher
    • Fresh water
    • 5-day supply of food
    • Candles, matches, flashlight
    • Extra batteries
    • Bedding
    • Toilet facilities
    • Sterno stove, fuel
    • Shortwave or other radio
    • Medical/first aid kit
    • Other items for your comfort and leisure--a change of clothing, books, games

    Home Security While You Are Away

    • Notify your RSO or PSO of your departure and return dates but don't otherwise publicize your travel or vacation plans. Leave contact numbers with appropriate mission personnel.

    • Arrange to have a friend or colleague pick up your newspapers, mail, or other deliveries daily.

    • Secure your home. Close and lock all windows and doors. Don't forget to lock garage or gate doors.

    • Consider purchasing timers to turn on outside and inside lights automatically at various times throughout the night.

    • Check outside lighting and replace older light bulbs. You don't want a light burning out while you are away.

    • Ask a friend or colleague to check your residence periodically, ensuring your furnace or air conditioning is functioning and that timers and lights are working.

    • The decision to set the automated alarm system may vary from region to region. Power outages and brownouts may trip alarm systems. Check with your security officer for advice on setting alarm systems when you are away for long periods of time.

    • Unplug all unnecessary appliances such as televisions, stereos, and personal computers.

    • Mow your lawn just before leaving; make arrangements to have someone mow it again if you will be gone for an extended period of time. Also arrange for watering, if that is likely to be needed.

    • In the winter, make arrangements to have someone shovel walkways if it snows. At a minimum, have a neighbor walk from the street to your door several times.

    • If possible, ask a neighbor to park a car in your driveway (if you are taking yours).

    • If you use a telephone answering machine, turn off the ringer on the telephone. If you don't have an answering machine, unplug or turn off ringers on all telephones.

    • Lock all jewelry, important papers, currency, and other valuable portables in a safe place such as a safe deposit box or home safe.

    • Ensure all personal and home insurance policies are up-to-date and that your coverage is adequate.

    Personal Security While Traveling

    • Notify your RSO or PSO of your departure and return dates, but don't otherwise publicize your travel or vacation plans. Leave contact numbers with appropriate mission personnel.

    • Check plane, train, and bus times before you travel.

    • Sit near other people or near aisles or doors. Learn the location of emergency alarms and exits.

    • Stay awake and alert when using public transportation.

    • Consider purchasing special clothing or accessories to hide your passport, money, or credit cards. Keep the majority of your funds in travelers checks and hidden; carry some in your wallet or handbag. Use a money clip. If you are robbed, you may lose the money in the clip but will retain important credit cards and documents.

    • Keep valuables out of sight and luggage close at hand. If carrying a handbag, keep it in front of you, closed, with the fastening toward your body. Keep a wallet in your front pants pocket.

    • Let go if your bag is snatched.

    • Do some research on the area you are visiting. Talk to your security officer or consular colleagues regarding travel advisories or warnings.

    • When traveling, dress casually; dress down where appropriate. Be aware of local customs.

    • Don't wear excess jewelry. Reduce wallet and purse contents, particularly cards denoting affiliations, memberships, accounts, etc.

    • At airports, proceed through security checks and go to the boarding area as quickly as possible. These areas are usually the most secure in the airport.

    • In any crowded situation, be aware of any crowding or jostling, even if it appears innocent. This is often a ploy by pickpockets to distract you.

    • Be very careful any time you use a telephone calling card. Fraudulent uses of these cards are on the rise. Look for people observing your card or your fingers as you dial your code. Avoid being heard giving the number to local telephone operators.

    Personal Security in Hotels
    • Do not discuss your business or travel plans in public areas where they may be overheard. Discuss your travel plans and movements during your stay with as few people as possible.

    • Selecting a hotel room on the third to fifth floor generally will keep you out of reach of criminal activity from the street but still within reach of most fire truck ladders.

    • Do not entertain strangers in your hotel room.

    • Be alert to overly friendly locals who may have criminal intentions. They may offer to take you to a "special" restaurant. Their ruse may be to offer drugged refreshments.

    • Never leave valuables in your hotel room exposed or unattended, even in a locked suitcase.

    • Place valuables--money, jewelry, airplane tickets, credit cards, passport--in a hotel safe deposit box or room safe.

    • Familiarize yourself with escape routes in case of fire or other catastrophe.

    • Use the door chain or bolt lock whenever you are in your room.

    • Use the door viewer (peephole) before opening the door to visitors.

    • Do not discuss your room number while standing in the lobby or leave your room key on restaurant or bar tables.

    • Keep your room neat so you will notice disturbed or missing items quickly.

    Fire Safety at Home

    Statistics about fire are frightening. In America, about 30,000 people are injured and nearly 4,800 die from fire each year. This rate is lower than in most other countries. Differences in fire codes, building and electrical standards, and even firefighting capabilities can increase your threat from fire if you live overseas.

    Three vital facts you should know about fire:

    • It isn't usually fire that kills; it is the products of combustion--smoke, toxic gases, or superheated air.

    • Fire travels at lightning speed--up to 19 feet per second.

    • The critical hours for a house fire are 11 PM to 6 AM when most people are asleep. 

    This means you need to detect fire early, and you must move quickly when you do. You and your family can avoid becoming a statistic if you:

    • Install smoke detectors in your home. 
    • Create and practice a fire escape plan.
    • Take fire preventive measures such as those listed on the next page.

    Smoke Detectors

    A smoke detector can mean the difference between life and death. They are inexpensive and are battery operated; they are not at the mercy of sporadic electrical service. You should have one on every level of your home, particularly in the hallway outside bedrooms. Test your detectors regularly, and replace the batteries as needed--usually twice a year.

    Exit Drills

    You and your family should create a fire exit plan together. Learn how to escape the house from every room. Locate two exits from each bedroom. Designate a meeting place outside the house. Most importantly--especially if you have children--PRACTICE YOUR PLAN!

    Preventive Measures

    Carelessness with cigarettes is the most frequent cause of house fires. Never smoke in bed!

    Open flames and the resulting sparks are dangerous. Don't place barbecue grills or other open flames on the balcony or near the house.

    Check for: faulty electrical wiring; overloaded circuits; faulty equipment, including cooking and heating appliances; leaking propane tanks; overloaded or frayed extension cords; dirty chimneys and vents; and flammable liquids.

    Keep a fire extinguisher in the house, preferably one on every level but particularly in the kitchen. Teach older children and household help how to use the extinguisher.

    Security Do's for Children
    • Teach children never to admit strangers into the home.

    • Teach children local emergency phone numbers, the mission number, and how to use the two-way radio. Make sure younger children know their name, address, and phone number.

    • Caution teenagers about "blind dates" or meeting anyone they do not know.

    • Teach younger members of your family not to open mail or packages.

    • Teach young children how to answer the telephone so that they do not give out personal information, such as home address, absence of adults, etc.

    • Teach children how to say no to strangers.

    • Teach children how to exit the house in case of emergency.

    Letter and Parcel Bombs

    Letter and parcel bombs generally are "victim activated" meaning that a victim or intended target must activate the device by opening it. They do not normally contain timing devices.

    Bombs can range from the size of a cigarette package to a large parcel. Letter and package bombs have been disguised as letters, books, candy, and figurines. Delivery methods have included mail systems, personal delivery, or placement at the recipient's site.

    A letter or parcel bomb might have some of the following indicators:

    • Suspicious origin--especially if the postmark or name of sender is unusual, unknown, or no further address is given.
    • Excessive or inadequate postage.
    • Off-balance or lopsided letter or package. 
    • Unusual weight for the size of the letter or package. Letters also may be unusually thick.
    • Stiffness or springiness of contents. (When checking, do not bend excessively.) 
    • Protruding wires or components; unusual grease or oil stains on the envelope.
    • Strange smell, particularly almond or other suspicious odors. 
    • Handwriting of sender is not familiar or indicates a foreign style not normally received by recipient.
    • Common words or names are misspelled. 
    • Rub on or block lettering. 
    • Restrictive markings such as "confidential" or "personal" or an honorific title appended to the name of the addressee. 
    • Small hole in the envelope or package wrapping that could be a provision for an arming/safety wire. 
    • Rattling inside the envelope or package--possibly loose components of a device. 
    • Visual distractions (i.e., currency, pornography).

    If you identify a letter or package as suspicious, don't let anyone near it. Notify your RSO or PSO immediately, and leave the letter or package in an open area, such as a courtyard, where it is easily accessible to bomb squad personnel. Never submerge it in water.


    • When in your car, always keep the doors locked. Any time you drive through areas containing stoplights, stop signs, or anything that significantly reduces vehicular speed, keep your windows up.

    • Leave ample maneuvering space between your vehicle and the one in front of you. If you are approached by suspicious persons while you are stopped, do not roll down windows; drive away quickly.

    • If you are being followed or harassed by another driver, try to find the nearest police station, hotel, or other public facility. Once you find a place of safety, don't worry about using a legal parking space. Park as close as you can, and get inside fast.

    • If another driver tries to force you to pull over or to cut you off, keep driving and try to get away. Try to note the license plate number of the car and a description of the car and driver. If this effort places you in danger, don't do it. The information is not as important as your safety.

    • If you are being followed, never lead the person back to your home or stop and get out. Drive to the nearest police station, public facility, or U.S. mission. (You could verify surveillance by going completely around an arbitrarily chosen block.) Always report these incidents to the RSO or PSO.

    • If you are traveling alone and a car "bumps" into you, don't stop to exchange accident information. Go to the nearest service station or other public place to call the police. (Check with your RSO or PSO to see if this advice is appropriate for your post.)

    • Never, ever pick up hitchhikers!

    • When you park, look for a spot that offers good lighting and is close to a location where there are a lot of people. Lock valuables in the trunk, and lock all doors.

    • Extra precautions are necessary when shopping. If you take packages out to lock them in your trunk, then plan to return to the stores to do more shopping, it may be a good idea to move your car to another section of the parking lot or street. The criminal knows that you will be coming back and can wait to ambush you. By moving your car, you give the impression you're leaving. If you think you are being followed, do not go back to your car. Return to the safety of the occupied shopping area or office building and contact the authorities.

    • If you have car trouble on the road, raise your hood. If you have a radio antenna, place a handkerchief or other flag there. When people stop to help, don't get out of the car unless you know them or it's the police. Ask the "good samaritan" to stop at the nearest service station and report your problem.

    • If you are in a parking lot or parked on the street and have trouble, be wary of personal assistance from strangers. Go to the nearest telephone and call a repair service or friend for assistance. If you feel threatened by the presence of nearby strangers, lock yourself in your car and blow the horn to attract attention of others.

    By using these basic safety tips and your own common sense, you can help protect yourself.

    The purpose of surveillance is to identify a potential target based on the security precautions that individual takes, and the most suitable time, location, and method of attack. Surveillance may last for days or weeks. Naturally, the surveillance of a person who has set routines and who takes few precautions will take less time.
    Detecting surveillance requires a fairly constant state of alertness and, therefore, must become a habit. A good sense of what is normal and what is unusual in your surroundings could be more important than any other type of security precaution you may take. Above all, do not hesitate to report any unusual event.
    There are three forms of surveillance: foot, vehicular, and stationary. People who have well-established routines permit surveillants to use methods that are much more difficult to detect.
    If, for example, you leave the office at the same time each day and travel by the most direct route to your home or if you live in a remote area with few or no alternate routes to your home, surveillants have no need to follow you all the way to your residence.
    You should:
    • Vary your routes and times of travel.
    • Be familiar with your route and have alternate routes.
    • Check regularly for surveillance.

    Stationary surveillance is most commonly used by terrorist organizations. Most attacks take place near the victim's residence, because that part of the route is least easily varied. People are generally most vulnerable in the morning when departing for work because these times are more predictable than evening arrivals.

    Many surveillance teams use vans with windows in the sides or back that permit observation from the interior of the van. Often the van will have the name of a business or utility company to provide some pretext for being in the area.

    Where it is not possible to watch the residence unobserved, surveillants must come up with a plausible reason for being in the area. Women and children are often used to give an appearance of innocence. Try to check the street in front of your home from a window before you go out each day.

    If you suspect that you are being followed, drive to the nearest police station, fire station, or the U.S. mission. Note the license numbers, color and make of the vehicle, and any information printed on its sides that may be useful in tracing the vehicle or its occupants.

    Don't wait to verify surveillance before you report it.

    Be alert to people disguised as public utility crews, road workers, vendors, etc., who might station themselves near your home or office.

    Whenever possible, leave your car in a secured parking area. Be especially alert in underground parking areas.

    Always check your vehicle inside and out before entering it. If you notice anything unusual, do not enter the vehicle.

    Household staff and family members should be reminded to look for suspicious activities around your residence; for example, surveillance, attempts to gain access to your residence by fraudulent means, and telephone calls or other inquiries requesting personal information.

    Tell your household staff and family members to note descriptions and license numbers of suspicious vehicles. Advise them to be alert for details. Household staff can be one of the most effective defensive mechanisms in your home--use them to your advantage.

    While there are no guarantees that these precautions, even if diligently adhered to, will protect you from terrorist violence, they can reduce your vulnerability and, therefore, your chances of becoming a victim.

    Sexual Assault Prevention

    • Be alert. Don't assume that you are always safe. Think about your safety everywhere. Your best protection is avoiding dangerous situations.
    • Trust your instincts. If you feel uncomfortable in any situation, leave. 
    • Always walk, drive, and park your car in well-lit areas.
    • Walk confidently at a steady pace on the side of the street facing traffic.
    • Walk close to the curb. Avoid doorways, bushes, and alleys.
    • Wear clothes and shoes that allow freedom of movement.
    • Walk to your car with keys in your hand.
    • If you have car trouble, raise the hood and stay inside your car. If a stranger wants to help, have him or her call for help. Don't leave your car.
    • Keep your car doors locked and never pick up hitchhikers.
    • Make sure all windows and doors in your home are locked, especially if you are home alone.
    • Never give the impression that you are home alone if strangers telephone or come to the door. 
    • If a stranger asks to use your phone, have him wait outside while you make the call. 
    • If you come home and find a door or window open or signs of forced entry, don't go in. Go to the nearest phone and call Post 1 or the local law enforcement authorities.

    There are so many good tips in this article - many are just common sense - but so often we don't think that way.  With just a few simple changes to our lives we can increase our own chances for personal safety.



  • Teen Suicide Prevention PSA

    A Facebook  special request came from the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention today....

    "Your mission this afternoon is to "share" our "Suicide Shouldn't Be A Secret" public service announcement with your Facebook friends, on Twitter, via email, on your blog or other social networking sites. Watch and click "share". Thanks".

    Teen Suicide Prevention PSA

    Taking a moment to share could make the difference in someone's life....





  • Interesting Items Confiscated - Taken From TSA Blog

    Air safety is a huge concern for everyone.  If someone mistakenly forgets their pepper spray keychain or other personal safety item it will be confiscated.  The TSA Blog shows some of the items that were confiscated at airports across the country.   After to seeing some of these items - you've got to wonder - What were they thinking!!!!


    TSA Week In Review: Gassed Up Chainsaw & Deadly Lipstick

    Gassed Up Chainsaw: Believe it or not, the chainsaw found at Elmira (ELM) was not the problem here. You can travel with your chainsaw as checked luggage, however, gassing it up is the problem. You know… Gas? Highly flammable liquid...
    Lipstick Stun Gun: A 350,000 volt stun gun designed to look like lipstick was found in a passenger’s carry-on bag at Burlington (BTV). This particular lipstick is known to leave your lips looking stunning.
    Lipstick Knife: A 4-ounce canister of mace along with a lipstick knife were found in a carry-on bag at Akron (CAK). I guess if you’re going for blood red lips, this is for you.
    11” Machete: An 11” machete was discovered in a carry-on bag at San Diego (SAN).
    More Throwing Knives: Once again, throwing knives were found (in the usual set of three) at Salt Lake City (SLC).
    False Bottle Marked “Lotion”: Three bottles alarmed the Explosive Detection System in checked baggage at Philadelphia (PHL). After searching them, two bottles were shampoo and the other was a bottle marked “lotion” which had been cut in half and taped back together. Inside the bottle were two clear bags containing a green leafy substance. Green leafy lotion?
    Walking On A Knife’s Edge?: A passenger at Miami (MIA) was concealing a steak knife with a 4” blade in their shoe. We found it…
    Odd Turducken-Like Concealment Method: Officers at Charlotte (CLT) discovered a green leafy substance in a plastic bag, artfully concealed inside of a bag of sand and another plastic baggy containing a green leafy substance pushed down inside a piece of bread, stuffed inside a shoe. We’re not looking for drugs, but when something is packed like this and stuffed in a shoe, it’s going to look ominously odd.
    Pepper Spray: A passenger at Boston (BOS) had two canisters of pepper spray in their carry-on bag. Pepper spray drifts after it’s been sprayed and if you happen to be close to it, you’ll get to experience the sting. Imagine this stuff going off in a close quarters pressurized cabin.
    O Happy Dagger!: A 3” double-edged dagger was discovered in a carry-on bag at Chicago O’Hare (ORD).
    Miscellaneous Prohibited Items: In addition to all of the other prohibited items we find weekly, our officers also found firearm components, ammunition, switchblades, batons, stun guns, knives, knives, and more knives, a realistic replica firearm, brass knuckles, a kubaton, and a baton.
    Firearms: Our officers found 13 loaded firearms and 7 unloaded firearms in carry-on baggage since I posted last Friday. Here’s a rundown of the 20 firearms our officers kept off of airplanes this week: 
    1/6: ANC – Unloaded .40 – MIA – Loaded .380 – ATL – Unloaded .22 – HOU – Unloaded .25
    1/7: SNA – Loaded .45
    1/8: TPA – Unloaded .22 – CLT – Loaded .22 – DTW – Loaded .380 w/ Round Chambered
    1/9:CLT – Loaded .22 – IAD – Loaded .22 – TPA – Unloaded .25 – ATL – Loaded .380
    1/10: PHX – Loaded .45 – PVD – Unloaded .22 – MGM – Loaded .380
    1/11: SEA – Unloaded 9mm – DTW – Loaded .380 w/ Round Chambered – SAT – Loaded .22
    1/12: RIC Loaded .38 – SEA – Loaded .22 w/ Round Chambered
    You can travel with your firearms in checked baggage, but they must first be declared to the airline. You can go here for more details on how to properly travel with your firearms. We also look for explosives and bomb components as well, but thankfully those are extremely rare and we're happy to keep it that way. 
    Unfortunately these sorts of occurrences are all too frequent which is why we talk about these finds. Sure, it’s great to share the things that our officers are finding, but at the same time, each time we find a dangerous item, the throughput is slowed down and a passenger that likely had no ill intent ends up with a citation or in some cases is even arrested. This is a friendly reminder to please leave these items at home. Just because we find a prohibited item on an individual does not mean they had bad intentions, that's for the law enforcement officer to decide. In many cases, people simply forgot they had these items in their bag. That’s why it’s important to double check your luggage before you get to the airport. 
    Including checkpoint and checked baggage screening, TSA has 20 layers of security both visible and invisible to the public. Each one of these layers alone is capable of stopping a terrorist attack. In combination their security value is multiplied, creating a much stronger, formidable system. A terrorist who has to overcome multiple security layers in order to carry out an attack is more likely to be pre-empted, deterred, or to fail during the attempt. 
    It's up to each of us to try and remember what we may have that is illegal to have in airports or other restricted weapon areas.  While the items may be perfectly legal - they aren't legal to carry everywhere!!!!


  • About Personal Safety

    Personalsafetysource.com is dedicated to helping people protect themselves and to learn more about personal safety.  Many people take their safety for granted - until something happens.  Something that makes them wish they had taken some precautions in the beginning.

    There are simple steps each of us can take to prepare ourselves for what if!!

    1. 1.  Be aware of your surroundings.  Look where you are going, where you have been and who is around.  Know where you are going.
    2. 2.  Don' be distracted - limit electronics or keep things like Ipods at a low volume, don't be engrossed   in  texting or talking on the phone.
    3. 3.  Stay away from dangerous areas or parts of town.  It's okay to take a longer route.
    4. 4.  Keep an id with you at all times as well as a cell phone and either a pepper spray or personal alarm.
    5. 5.  Trust your instincts - if something doesn't seem right it probably isn't.

    While these tips seem rather simplistic...they are, but many times in our chaotic lives we forget to think about our personal safety.  If taking a moment to implement these tips helps us avoid danger then the are indeed worthwhile!!


  • About Pepper Spray Law – Dallas & Texas

    Many people don’t realize what the laws are regarding Pepper Spray. Each State is different and even within the State there can be different local laws.

    Pepper Spray laws in Texas are governed by the Texas Penal Code. Specifically,


    Pepper Spray can be considered a weapon. What is considered illegal is: "Chemical dispensing device" means a device, other than a small chemical dispenser sold commercially for personal protection that is designed, made, or adapted for the purpose of dispensing a substance capable of causing an adverse psychological or physiological effect on a human being.

    Basically, what this is saying is that a small dispenser is ok. What exactly is “small” is not considered. The law goes on to say where all weapons can be used and in what areas even legal weapons are illegal. Such locations are a school or educational institution, polling places when an election is happening, in a secure area at an airport, government court or offices used as courts (written permission can be requested), racetracks, and within 1000 feet of the location of a place of execution.

    Further research into pepper spray Dallas laws brought no results. Most cities across the country follow their state as to what the specific weapons laws are. There are some cities such as New York that don’t allow pepper spay. Always check your State laws to be sure. Personal pepper spray can be found here:

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  • Pepper Spray All Over The News

    Pepper Spray has been all over the news lately.  Some stories are good and some are just crazy.  I get daily alerts for pepper spray and have come to understand that crimminals all have this stuff.  Even people that probably didn't start out wanting to harm someone with pepper spray actually did.

    Now who can forget the Black Friday pepper spraying at Walmart.  A woman used pepper spray to ensure she had a place in line for a deeply disounted deal on an x-box.  Over 20 people in the store were victims of this - including children.  News reports say she sprayed people in more than one area of the store.  She did come forward at a later time and turned herself in.

    About the same time as the Walmart incident, Pepper Spray was used by campus police at UC Davis during a peaceful rally.  A line of students who were not causing any problems were sprayed.  You get the media and even Senators involved in this situation and you'll get put on immediate leave.

    Pepper Spray really is a useful personal safety source - Yet it is missued when put into the wrong hands.  Hopefully, there won't be too many more of these crazy incidents of pepper spray gone wrong!!!

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