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  • BLOG: Violence against Sikhs abhorrent to American values

    BLOG: Violence against Sikhs abhorrent to American values

    Thursday, March 9 2017 1:08 PM EST2017-03-09 18:08:20 GMT

    The majority of our national population are not isolationists.  We are active members of our neighborhood, our workplace, our community, our religious centers. 

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    The majority of our national population are not isolationists.  We are active members of our neighborhood, our workplace, our community, our religious centers. 

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  • BLOG: Safety for real estate agents

    BLOG: Safety for real estate agents

    Wednesday, February 8 2017 12:00 PM EST2017-02-08 17:00:06 GMT
    source: wikimediasource: wikimedia

    With spring soon upon us, the busiest season for purchasing a home is fast approaching. I'd like to address some concerns and ways to enhance the home buying experience through safety and security, not only for the real estate agent but also for the buyer. If someone were to ask you for a list of dangerous professions, I'm sure that real estate agent would not be a top pick. But something I never realized until researching this story was that it's been known within the real estate in...

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    With spring soon upon us, the busiest season for purchasing a home is fast approaching. I'd like to address some concerns and ways to enhance the home buying experience through safety and security, not only for the real estate agent but also for the buyer. If someone were to ask you for a list of dangerous professions, I'm sure that real estate agent would not be a top pick. But something I never realized until researching this story was that it's been known within the real estate in...

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  • BLOG: Immigration restrictions

    BLOG: Immigration restrictions

    Tuesday, January 31 2017 6:36 PM EST2017-01-31 23:36:46 GMT
    There has been so much controversy about this recent executive order on immigration put in place by the new administration.  I want to take a minute and address it from strictly a non-political perspective, as it pertains solely to our national security interests.  While the effect has been widespread, the law was written for one purpose, to protect the United States from further terrorist attack by those from foreign lands.  But...More >>
    There has been so much controversy about this recent executive order on immigration put in place by the new administration.  I want to take a minute and address it from strictly a non-political perspective, as it pertains solely to our national security interests.  While the effect has been widespread, the law was written for one purpose, to protect the United States from further terrorist attack by those from foreign lands.  But...More >>
  • BLOG: Safety in Mexico

    BLOG: Safety in Mexico

    Cancun. Photo: dronepicr via Wikimedia CommonsCancun. Photo: dronepicr via Wikimedia Commons
    The holidays have now passed, and after making it through that busy season, many are beginning to plan their summer vacation. But this year, be warned; for those who travel south, the beach resorts of Mexico might not be as safe as they seem. This weekend marked the 10th year for the very popular BPM Music Festival in the Cancun resort area of Playa del Carmen. Early Monday morning while the party was in full swing, a lone gunman at the festival approached an open window at the ...More >>
    The holidays have now passed, and after making it through that busy season, many are beginning to plan their summer vacation. But this year, be warned; for those who travel south, the beach resorts of Mexico might not be as safe as they seem. This weekend marked the 10th year for the very popular BPM Music Festival in the Cancun resort area of Playa del Carmen. Early Monday morning while the party was in full swing, a lone gunman at the festival approached an open window at the ...More >>
  • BLOG: Soft targets don't have to be easy targets

    BLOG: Soft targets don't have to be easy targets

    place where people gather in large numbers inside a civilian setting (i.e. carnival, block party, parade, etc.) could be considered a 'soft'target.'

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    place where people gather in large numbers inside a civilian setting (i.e. carnival, block party, parade, etc.) could be considered a 'soft'target.'

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  • BLOG: Preventing abduction

    BLOG: Preventing abduction

    Thursday, January 5 2017 8:53 PM EST2017-01-06 01:53:13 GMT

    For many of us, when we hear the word "abduction," scenes from the movie Taken come to mind.  While certain things in that movie are accurate in the area of tradecraft, seldom are criminal abductions so filled with mystery and suspense, especially from the perspective of the victim. Like any other crime prevention issue we discuss, having a plan is essential.  But first, here's some background information on the topic. Hollywood has fashioned our perception ...

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    For many of us, when we hear the word "abduction," scenes from the movie Taken come to mind.  While certain things in that movie are accurate in the area of tradecraft, seldom are criminal abductions so filled with mystery and suspense, especially from the perspective of the victim. Like any other crime prevention issue we discuss, having a plan is essential.  But first, here's some background information on the topic. Hollywood has fashioned our perception ...

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  • BLOG: Mall safety

    BLOG: Mall safety

    Wednesday, December 28 2016 6:18 PM EST2016-12-28 23:18:53 GMT
    (Source: WBTV/File)(Source: WBTV/File)

    A mall is designed to be enjoyable and entertaining, a place where people can feel comfortable and shop. But a situation can develop very quickly inside a crowded mall.

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    A mall is designed to be enjoyable and entertaining, a place where people can feel comfortable and shop. But a situation can develop very quickly inside a crowded mall.

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  • BLOG: Don't fall for fake news

    BLOG: Don't fall for fake news

    Edgar Maddison Welch, 28 of Salisbury, N.C., surrenders to police in Washington. (Sathi Soma, AP)Edgar Maddison Welch, 28 of Salisbury, N.C., surrenders to police in Washington. (Sathi Soma, AP)

    Recent studies show that many Americans now get their news in short headlines from social media sites.  Anyone with a Facebook account can see the multitude of news stories that are generated on an hourly basis. But how do we know if the news we're reading is fake? 

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    Recent studies show that many Americans now get their news in short headlines from social media sites.  Anyone with a Facebook account can see the multitude of news stories that are generated on an hourly basis. But how do we know if the news we're reading is fake? 

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  • BLOG: Using pepper spray for personal safety

    BLOG: Using pepper spray for personal safety

    The majority of pepper spray today is just that, peppers.  Technically known as oleoresin capsicum, or OC spray, the active ingredient is capsaicin, a chemical derived from the fruit of plants in the Capsicum genus, which includes chili peppers.

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    The majority of pepper spray today is just that, peppers.  Technically known as oleoresin capsicum, or OC spray, the active ingredient is capsaicin, a chemical derived from the fruit of plants in the Capsicum genus, which includes chili peppers.

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  • BLOG: How to sink the porch pirates

    BLOG: How to sink the porch pirates

    Some estimates indicate that over 23 million of us have had delivered packages stolen from the front of our homes.  Enough for the term "Porch Pirates" to recently hit the American lexicon. So how does this happen?  

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    Some estimates indicate that over 23 million of us have had delivered packages stolen from the front of our homes.  Enough for the term "Porch Pirates" to recently hit the American lexicon. So how does this happen?  

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  • BLOG: Firearm safety in the home

    BLOG: Firearm safety in the home

    Today a Lincoln County (NC) deputy sheriff lost her job after her 11-year-old daughter was struck, while at home, with a bullet from the mother's handgun. These are not the kind of news reports anyone wants to hear about.  Regardless of your feelings toward firearms, we all agree that if you are going to possess any type of gun, you must handle it in a safe manner and you must ensure the safety of that firearm at all times. 

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    Today a Lincoln County (NC) deputy sheriff lost her job after her 11-year-old daughter was struck, while at home, with a bullet from the mother's handgun. These are not the kind of news reports anyone wants to hear about.  Regardless of your feelings toward firearms, we all agree that if you are going to possess any type of gun, you must handle it in a safe manner and you must ensure the safety of that firearm at all times. 

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  • BLOG: Child safety around vehicles

    BLOG: Child safety around vehicles

    Photo: CustomKlicks via Wikimedia CommonsPhoto: CustomKlicks via Wikimedia Commons

    The next time you find yourself in this situation behind the wheel, take a deep breath and begin to get hyper-vigilant of your surroundings. Maintain that vigilance until you get into the flow of traffic.

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    The next time you find yourself in this situation behind the wheel, take a deep breath and begin to get hyper-vigilant of your surroundings. Maintain that vigilance until you get into the flow of traffic.

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  • BLOG: Safety in Matthew's aftermath

    BLOG: Safety in Matthew's aftermath

    I've always believed that if you are going to err, then err on the side of safety.  Some might criticize you, but if your decision was based on reason, logic and credible advice, then at least you have lived long enough to have the ability to bypass the critics.   

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    I've always believed that if you are going to err, then err on the side of safety.  Some might criticize you, but if your decision was based on reason, logic and credible advice, then at least you have lived long enough to have the ability to bypass the critics.   

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  • BLOG: Crisis gone, wisdom gained

    BLOG: Crisis gone, wisdom gained

    Thursday, October 6 2016 2:41 PM EDT2016-10-06 18:41:38 GMT

    If we do not learn from that day, if we do not better our city and ourselves as a result of that action, then all that was lost, and all that was gained, will simply disappear into history.

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    If we do not learn from that day, if we do not better our city and ourselves as a result of that action, then all that was lost, and all that was gained, will simply disappear into history.

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  • BLOG: Kids should recognize a "safe place"

    BLOG: Kids should recognize a "safe place"

    Thursday, September 15 2016 2:47 PM EDT2016-09-15 18:47:37 GMT

    This sign serves as a notice to anyone under the age of 18 that they may enter, ask for help, and a responsible adult will immediately summon whatever assistance is needed to assist the youth.

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    This sign serves as a notice to anyone under the age of 18 that they may enter, ask for help, and a responsible adult will immediately summon whatever assistance is needed to assist the youth.

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  • BLOG: Tragic games every parent should know about

    BLOG: Tragic games every parent should know about

    Wednesday, September 7 2016 1:51 PM EDT2016-09-07 17:51:46 GMT
    Photo by Levi Siuzdak - https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5225012Photo by Levi Siuzdak - https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=5225012

    There are times when peer pressure can be a positive thing that motivates excellence in achievement.  But we also know that peer pressure can manifest as a bad thing when juvenile bravado replaces common sense.

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    There are times when peer pressure can be a positive thing that motivates excellence in achievement.  But we also know that peer pressure can manifest as a bad thing when juvenile bravado replaces common sense.

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  • BLOG: Back-to-school safety

    BLOG: Back-to-school safety

    As our kids grow toward adulthood we have the expectation they will become more capable of taking care of themselves and watching out for their own personal safety and security.  But that didn't come without a proper amount of coaching for any of us.

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    As our kids grow toward adulthood we have the expectation they will become more capable of taking care of themselves and watching out for their own personal safety and security.  But that didn't come without a proper amount of coaching for any of us.

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  • BLOG: How to spot signs of human trafficking

    BLOG: How to spot signs of human trafficking

    Every day as we move around our community, we remain vigilant of threats to our personal safety. By now we're all familiar with the slogans, "If You See Something, Say Something," designed to raise our awareness, or "Run, Hide, Fight," to be used during an active shooter event.  We even know to keep watch of our surroundings as we enter and exit the mall.   As a matter of fact, all these items have been covered over the past year right here in this blog....

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    Every day as we move around our community, we remain vigilant of threats to our personal safety. By now we're all familiar with the slogans, "If You See Something, Say Something," designed to raise our awareness, or "Run, Hide, Fight," to be used during an active shooter event.  We even know to keep watch of our surroundings as we enter and exit the mall.   As a matter of fact, all these items have been covered over the past year right here in this blog....

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  • Blog: What makes an event ''extraordinary'

    Blog: What makes an event ''extraordinary'

    Speed Street is an example of an extraordinary event in CharlotteSpeed Street is an example of an extraordinary event in Charlotte

    According to the Charlotte ordinance, an extraordinary event is defined as a large-scale special event of national or international significance and/or any event expected to attract a significant number of people to a certain portion of the city.  

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    According to the Charlotte ordinance, an extraordinary event is defined as a large-scale special event of national or international significance and/or any event expected to attract a significant number of people to a certain portion of the city.  

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  • Blog: Six vital safety tips during heat wave

    Blog: Six vital safety tips during heat wave

    Thursday, July 28 2016 12:39 PM EDT2016-07-28 16:39:42 GMT
    Photo: Wikimedia CommonsPhoto: Wikimedia Commons

    We all know that extended exposure to heat can have serious, life-threatening consequences. I'd like to share with you a bit of information on some unique situations that involve heat-related incidents and possibly dispel some of the myths surrounding things you thought would keep you cool.

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    We all know that extended exposure to heat can have serious, life-threatening consequences. I'd like to share with you a bit of information on some unique situations that involve heat-related incidents and possibly dispel some of the myths surrounding things you thought would keep you cool.

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  • BLOG: Don't rush to judgment based on snippets of video

    BLOG: Don't rush to judgment based on snippets of video

    Police body cam. Image courtesy WBRC BirminghamPolice body cam. Image courtesy WBRC Birmingham

    Today, the police respond to a scene and are immediately being broadcast on social media. The viewing public then adjudicates the incident based upon what they see.  This is not fair to any of the parties involved.

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    Today, the police respond to a scene and are immediately being broadcast on social media. The viewing public then adjudicates the incident based upon what they see.  This is not fair to any of the parties involved.

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  • BLOG: How you can prepare for an active-shooter situation

    BLOG: How you can prepare for an active-shooter situation

    Wednesday, June 15 2016 12:44 PM EDT2016-06-15 16:44:11 GMT

    I seldom advocate or endorse individual training programs, but this one is free and it has the potential to save lives.  The training course I am referring to is called Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events.  It is also known by the acronym CRASE.  

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    I seldom advocate or endorse individual training programs, but this one is free and it has the potential to save lives.  The training course I am referring to is called Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events.  It is also known by the acronym CRASE.  

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  • BLOG: Hotel safety

    BLOG: Hotel safety

    As we continue this third in a four-part series on summer safety issues, let's take a look at the end of your day, the conclusion of that long journey on the road or in the air - the hotel. Here are some things you need to know about a hotel that will give you some peace of mind during your stay. When you arrive and you're driving, you have a choice of either self-parking or valet parking. If you're self parking, make sure to park in an area that is well lit and as close t...

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    As we continue this third in a four-part series on summer safety issues, let's take a look at the end of your day, the conclusion of that long journey on the road or in the air - the hotel. Here are some things you need to know about a hotel that will give you some peace of mind during your stay. When you arrive and you're driving, you have a choice of either self-parking or valet parking. If you're self parking, make sure to park in an area that is well lit and as close t...

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  • BLOG: Summer safety part 2 - on the road

    BLOG: Summer safety part 2 - on the road

    Thursday, May 26 2016 5:52 PM EDT2016-05-26 21:52:40 GMT
    Summer is almost here! In our blog last week, we discussed summertime safety and securing your home before going on vacation. Now let's address your safety once your journey has started. Vehicle Check Up There's no better time to get your vehicle checked for mechanical issues than before that vacation drive. Whether you're an at-home mechanic, or you take your car to your favorite garage for maintenance, make sure it checks out before departing.  Few things bring down a vacat...More >>
    Summer is almost here! In our blog last week, we discussed summertime safety and securing your home before going on vacation. Now let's address your safety once your journey has started. Vehicle Check Up There's no better time to get your vehicle checked for mechanical issues than before that vacation drive. Whether you're an at-home mechanic, or you take your car to your favorite garage for maintenance, make sure it checks out before departing.  Few things bring down a vacat...More >>
  • BLOG: Summer safety - securing your residence

    BLOG: Summer safety - securing your residence

    Thursday, May 19 2016 5:43 PM EDT2016-05-19 21:43:35 GMT

    We all hope for a wonderful vacation, but all too often, the return home reveals another victim of summer crime.Let's address the issue of keeping your home safe while you're on vacation. 

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    We all hope for a wonderful vacation, but all too often, the return home reveals another victim of summer crime.Let's address the issue of keeping your home safe while you're on vacation. 

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  • BLOG: Americans engaged in psychological warfare

    BLOG: Americans engaged in psychological warfare

    Wednesday, May 11 2016 1:37 PM EDT2016-05-11 17:37:16 GMT

    This type of warfare is nothing new.  It has been conducted for centuries in the hopes of unnerving one's enemies.  The best thing we can do is begin to work together at a community, local, state and federal level and begin to truly understand that we are all engaged in one global fight. 

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    This type of warfare is nothing new.  It has been conducted for centuries in the hopes of unnerving one's enemies.  The best thing we can do is begin to work together at a community, local, state and federal level and begin to truly understand that we are all engaged in one global fight. 

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  • BLOG: Will private security companies protect you?

    BLOG: Will private security companies protect you?

    Tuesday, May 3 2016 4:16 PM EDT2016-05-03 20:16:34 GMT

    It is incorrect to assume that if you become the victim of a crime that a private security officer will place themselves in personal jeopardy to assist you. 

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    It is incorrect to assume that if you become the victim of a crime that a private security officer will place themselves in personal jeopardy to assist you. 

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  • BLOG: Preventing home invasions

    BLOG: Preventing home invasions

    Thursday, April 21 2016 1:03 PM EDT2016-04-21 17:03:57 GMT
    Thursday, April 21 2016 1:05 PM EDT2016-04-21 17:05:36 GMT

    If you do become the target of this crime, there are steps you can take to go from being a victim to a defender. 

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    If you do become the target of this crime, there are steps you can take to go from being a victim to a defender. 

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  • BLOG: Another kind of ATM safety - fraud protection

    BLOG: Another kind of ATM safety - fraud protection

    Tuesday, April 12 2016 1:57 PM EDT2016-04-12 17:57:54 GMT
    Tuesday, April 12 2016 1:59 PM EDT2016-04-12 17:59:30 GMT
    (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)(Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

    Certified Fraud Examiner Steve Vaughan of Charlotte says the general public is only aware of a small portion of the crime that surrounds ATM machines and cards.

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    Certified Fraud Examiner Steve Vaughan of Charlotte says the general public is only aware of a small portion of the crime that surrounds ATM machines and cards.

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  • BLOG: Divisiveness at home makes Americans vulnerable abroad

    BLOG: Divisiveness at home makes Americans vulnerable abroad

    Wednesday, March 30 2016 5:39 PM EDT2016-03-30 21:39:26 GMT
    Wednesday, March 30 2016 5:39 PM EDT2016-03-30 21:39:26 GMT
    An American tourist visits a mosque in Kandahar, Afghanistan. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)An American tourist visits a mosque in Kandahar, Afghanistan. (Photo: Wikimedia Commons)

    When our strength and united resolve as a nation is questioned, as it is today on a global level, then our very survival while traveling abroad is placed in jeopardy.

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    When our strength and united resolve as a nation is questioned, as it is today on a global level, then our very survival while traveling abroad is placed in jeopardy.

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  • BLOG: Vacation safety tips

    BLOG: Vacation safety tips

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    While you have your favorite vacation paradise, the bad guys have theirs too.  More >>

    While you have your favorite vacation paradise, the bad guys have theirs too. 

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  • BLOG: Safety during special events

    BLOG: Safety during special events

    Tuesday, March 8 2016 10:02 AM EST2016-03-08 15:02:46 GMT
    (Eric Johnson | WBTV)(Eric Johnson | WBTV)

    It seems that each year, as we watch the news during large special events, there's a rash of violent crime that follows in its wake. What I'd like to address here is how to adapt to increasing security concerns during special events hosted in the Queen City.

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    It seems that each year, as we watch the news during large special events, there's a rash of violent crime that follows in its wake. What I'd like to address here is how to adapt to increasing security concerns during special events hosted in the Queen City.

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  • BLOG: Safety in a winter storm

    BLOG: Safety in a winter storm

    Monday, February 15 2016 9:52 AM EST2016-02-15 14:52:38 GMT
    Monday, February 15 2016 10:43 AM EST2016-02-15 15:43:59 GMT
    Photo credit: NCDOTPhoto credit: NCDOT

    When the high temperature in Charlotte reached 33 degrees Sunday, and de-icing trucks were hitting the roads at 3:00 AM on Monday morning, I decided this is a good time to address an issue that's often overlooked when we talk about personal safety: how we protect ourselves is harsh winter weather. Protection on the road We all like to have the utmost in confidence in the performance of our vehicles, but unplanned things do happen.  And as I'm always saying in this blog, pre...

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    When the high temperature in Charlotte reached 33 degrees Sunday, and de-icing trucks were hitting the roads at 3:00 AM on Monday morning, I decided this is a good time to address an issue that's often overlooked when we talk about personal safety: how we protect ourselves is harsh winter weather. Protection on the road We all like to have the utmost in confidence in the performance of our vehicles, but unplanned things do happen.  And as I'm always saying in this blog, pre...

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  • BLOG: International radical violence

    BLOG: International radical violence

    Thursday, February 4 2016 1:12 PM EST2016-02-04 18:12:02 GMT
    Thursday, February 4 2016 1:12 PM EST2016-02-04 18:12:01 GMT
    Photo: NOAA.govPhoto: NOAA.gov
    I was asked the other day if we can expect this type of mad violence to come to America.  So I asked in return, "Would we ever allow that type of violence to come to our streets in America?" More >>

    I was asked the other day if we can expect this type of mad violence to come to America.  So I asked in return, "Would we ever allow that type of violence to come to our streets in America?"

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  • BLOG: Your safety at church

    BLOG: Your safety at church

    Thursday, January 21 2016 5:56 PM EST2016-01-21 22:56:59 GMT
    Thursday, January 21 2016 5:56 PM EST2016-01-21 22:56:58 GMT
    Since it's estimated that around 45% of Americans attend church, I felt this a worthy topic to address in our blog; your safety at church.  More >>

    Since it's estimated that around 45% of Americans attend church, I felt this a worthy topic to address in our blog; your safety at church. 

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  • BLOG: TECC training could help you save a life

    BLOG: TECC training could help you save a life

    Monday, January 18 2016 3:05 PM EST2016-01-18 20:05:23 GMT
    Monday, January 18 2016 3:05 PM EST2016-01-18 20:05:23 GMT
    US Marines apply a tourniquet during a training exercise. (Photo: US Navy)US Marines apply a tourniquet during a training exercise. (Photo: US Navy)
    What if there were one type of community preparedness that would help us in all situations?  Now there is.  And it's called Tactical Emergency Casualty Care or TECC. More >>

    What if there were one type of community preparedness that would help us in all situations?  Now there is.  And it's called Tactical Emergency Casualty Care or TECC.

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  • BLOG: A dangerous game

    BLOG: A dangerous game

    Tuesday, December 29 2015 2:37 PM EST2015-12-29 19:37:53 GMT
    Tuesday, December 29 2015 2:37 PM EST2015-12-29 19:37:53 GMT
    When that person is identified, one of the group move forward and strike the victim. The attacks are indiscriminate, there have been both adult male and female victims. Age doesn't seem to matter. More >>

    When that person is identified, one of the group move forward and strike the victim. The attacks are indiscriminate, there have been both adult male and female victims. Age doesn't seem to matter.

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  • BLOG: Three years after Sandy Hook

    BLOG: Three years after Sandy Hook

    Tuesday, December 15 2015 12:09 PM EST2015-12-15 17:09:28 GMT
    Tuesday, December 15 2015 12:09 PM EST2015-12-15 17:09:28 GMT
    Three years ago this week a tragedy fell upon America that was felt by all, the senseless shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. That day, 20 innocent children and six adult staff members lost their lives to an active shooter who had just killed his mother before driving to the school to create a massacre beyond anything we had seen to date here in the United States. More >>

    Three years ago this week a tragedy fell upon America that was felt by all, the senseless shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. That day, 20 innocent children and six adult staff members lost their lives to an active shooter who had just killed his mother before driving to the school to create a massacre beyond anything we had seen to date here in the United States. 

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  • BLOG: Who's going to protect us?

    BLOG: Who's going to protect us?

    Wednesday, November 25 2015 1:14 PM EST2015-11-25 18:14:19 GMT
    Wednesday, November 25 2015 1:14 PM EST2015-11-25 18:14:19 GMT
    "What good are the police if they can't protect us anymore?" a reader recently asked me. This comment, needless to say, got me thinking. Washington D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier's statements on 60 Minutes the other night drove the point home quite emphatically. Being confronted with today's threats, if you intend on being protected, you're going to have to do it yourself. More >>

    "What good are the police if they can't protect us anymore?" a reader recently asked me. This comment, needless to say, got me thinking. Washington D.C. Police Chief Cathy Lanier's statements on 60 Minutes the other night drove the point home quite emphatically. Being confronted with today's threats, if you intend on being protected, you're going to have to do it yourself. 

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  • BLOG: Hard lessons from Paris to America

    BLOG: Hard lessons from Paris to America

    Monday, November 16 2015 5:43 PM EST2015-11-16 22:43:45 GMT
    Monday, November 16 2015 5:43 PM EST2015-11-16 22:43:44 GMT
    On Friday, November 13, 2015 at around 5:00 PM local time, America began receiving the news about a Paris under siege.  A Paris we feel we all know in some way.  A Paris which many Americans, like myself, have visited and hold fond memories.  A Paris which as a government seat has stood as an ally beside America for generations, now was under attack by terrorists. More >>
    On Friday, November 13, 2015 at around 5:00 PM local time, America began receiving the news about a Paris under siege.  A Paris we feel we all know in some way.  A Paris which many Americans, like myself, have visited and hold fond memories.  A Paris which as a government seat has stood as an ally beside America for generations, now was under attack by terrorists. More >>
  • BLOG: Thieves targeting gun owners

    BLOG: Thieves targeting gun owners

    Thursday, November 12 2015 11:48 AM EST2015-11-12 16:48:38 GMT
    Thursday, November 12 2015 12:00 PM EST2015-11-12 17:00:22 GMT
    Local police statistics are telling us that car break-ins are on the rise, but what's disturbing is what we're seeing in association with those crimes.  More and more, these cars are getting broken into for a specific reason: to steal guns.As we have seen in recent local media reports, stolen guns are being used frequently to commit crimes. Many of these are the same guns that are being stolen out of your cars.So what are some of the things the criminals are looking for in selecti...More >>
    Local police statistics are telling us that car break-ins are on the rise, but what's disturbing is what we're seeing in association with those crimes.  More and more, these cars are getting broken into for a specific reason: to steal guns.As we have seen in recent local media reports, stolen guns are being used frequently to commit crimes. Many of these are the same guns that are being stolen out of your cars.So what are some of the things the criminals are looking for in selecti...More >>
  • BLOG: All crime is local

    BLOG: All crime is local

    Wednesday, October 28 2015 5:33 PM EDT2015-10-28 21:33:58 GMT
    Wednesday, October 28 2015 5:33 PM EDT2015-10-28 21:33:57 GMT
    Interesting what we saw happen this past week in the small town of Pageland, South Carolina. Thousands of guns and other property, suspected to be stolen, were found in a residence, business and other facilities occupied by a long-time area resident. How could this happen in such a small, quiet neighborhood? The answer is... all crime is local.More >>
    Interesting what we saw happen this past week in the small town of Pageland, South Carolina. Thousands of guns and other property, suspected to be stolen, were found in a residence, business and other facilities occupied by a long-time area resident. How could this happen in such a small, quiet neighborhood? The answer is... all crime is local.More >>
  • BLOG: Modern threats require modern responses

    BLOG: Modern threats require modern responses

    Friday, October 23 2015 1:21 PM EDT2015-10-23 17:21:01 GMT
    Friday, October 23 2015 1:21 PM EDT2015-10-23 17:21:01 GMT
    "In today's world, what can I do to protect my family and myself?  How do I maintain situational awareness and what can I do if gunfire breaks out in a crowded public location?"More >>
    "In today's world, what can I do to protect my family and myself?  How do I maintain situational awareness and what can I do if gunfire breaks out in a crowded public location?"More >>
  • BLOG: Safety & security in a natural disaster

    BLOG: Safety & security in a natural disaster

    Monday, October 12 2015 2:59 PM EDT2015-10-12 18:59:19 GMT
    Monday, October 12 2015 2:59 PM EDT2015-10-12 18:59:19 GMT
    As our neighbors in South Carolina continue to recover from a natural disaster that rivals anything in recent memory, I am drawn to the ever-present safety and security aspects of such an event.  We have all heard the saying that prior planning prevents poor performance (or something like that). It could not be more true in this instance.  This has everything to do with prior planning.More >>
    As our neighbors in South Carolina continue to recover from a natural disaster that rivals anything in recent memory, I am drawn to the ever-present safety and security aspects of such an event.  We have all heard the saying that prior planning prevents poor performance (or something like that). It could not be more true in this instance.  This has everything to do with prior planning.More >>
  • BLOG: Armed security guards not present at Oregon community college

    BLOG: Armed security guards not present at Oregon community college

    Tuesday, October 6 2015 10:48 AM EDT2015-10-06 14:48:37 GMT
    Tuesday, October 6 2015 11:12 AM EDT2015-10-06 15:12:44 GMT
    Candles spelling UCC for Umpqua Community College, are displayed at a candlelight vigil for those killed during a fatal shooting at the school. (Source: AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)Candles spelling UCC for Umpqua Community College, are displayed at a candlelight vigil for those killed during a fatal shooting at the school. (Source: AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli)
    We've now added another town's name to the roll of active shooter targets in America, this time in Oregon. Another "Anytown, USA" tragedy brings us one step closer to desensitizing the American public toward the rapid carnage created by one lone wolf coward.  He was prepared, the school was not.More >>
    We've now added another town's name to the roll of active shooter targets in America, this time in Oregon. Another "Anytown, USA" tragedy brings us one step closer to desensitizing the American public toward the rapid carnage created by one lone wolf coward.  He was prepared, the school was not.More >>
  • BLOG: 'Silent majority' must unite to make communities safer

    BLOG: 'Silent majority' must unite to make communities safer

    Tuesday, September 8 2015 3:16 PM EDT2015-09-08 19:16:15 GMT
    Tuesday, September 8 2015 3:16 PM EDT2015-09-08 19:16:15 GMT
    It is not the sole responsibility of the police department to stop crime.  It is the responsibility of the community to correct itself.  The police, and many others, are there to assist.More >>
    It is not the sole responsibility of the police department to stop crime.  It is the responsibility of the community to correct itself.  The police, and many others, are there to assist.More >>
  • BLOG: News crew slayings offer lessons for us all

    BLOG: News crew slayings offer lessons for us all

    Friday, August 28 2015 7:44 PM EDT2015-08-28 23:44:25 GMT
    Friday, August 28 2015 8:17 PM EDT2015-08-29 00:17:05 GMT
    It's 2:00 in the morning and I am recalling the past 20 hours of history as it unfolded from an epicenter we know as Roanoke, Virginia. A sudden and tragic loss of life, times two has occurred.  Young lives, both headed toward future goals with ambitions of success.  Now suddenly gone from our world.  In my profession, we are expected to step into harms way.  But journalists, working in a peacetime environment, are not.  More >>
    It's 2:00 in the morning and I am recalling the past 20 hours of history as it unfolded from an epicenter we know as Roanoke, Virginia. A sudden and tragic loss of life, times two has occurred.  Young lives, both headed toward future goals with ambitions of success.  Now suddenly gone from our world.  In my profession, we are expected to step into harms way.  But journalists, working in a peacetime environment, are not.  More >>
  • BLOG: What is the Castle Doctrine and how does it affect your personal safety?

    BLOG: What is the Castle Doctrine and how does it affect your personal safety?

    Friday, August 28 2015 7:52 PM EDT2015-08-28 23:52:58 GMT
    Friday, August 28 2015 8:01 PM EDT2015-08-29 00:01:21 GMT
    This law states that a person's home is any property with a roof, where a person lives. More >>
    This law states that a person's home is any property with a roof, where a person lives. More >>
  • BLOG: Safety in movie theaters

    BLOG: Safety in movie theaters

    Friday, August 28 2015 7:50 PM EDT2015-08-28 23:50:29 GMT
    Friday, August 28 2015 7:59 PM EDT2015-08-28 23:59:12 GMT
    We have all heard this on radio or TV, "We interrupt our regularly scheduled programing to report breaking news: There has been another theater incident in (any town USA)..."  For a family living a hundred or a thousand miles away, this is merely media news.  But what about those Americans that are living this nightmare?  Could anything have been to done to help prevent or deter the incident in the first place?  More >>
    We have all heard this on radio or TV, "We interrupt our regularly scheduled programing to report breaking news: There has been another theater incident in (any town USA)..."  For a family living a hundred or a thousand miles away, this is merely media news.  But what about those Americans that are living this nightmare?  Could anything have been to done to help prevent or deter the incident in the first place?  More >>
  • BLOG: Safety at ATM's

    BLOG: Safety at ATM's

    Wednesday, August 12 2015 11:30 AM EDT2015-08-12 15:30:53 GMT
    Wednesday, August 12 2015 11:34 AM EDT2015-08-12 15:34:13 GMT
    (Source: Monroe Police Department)(Source: Monroe Police Department)
    Sometime this week, the majority of you will do this one thing: make a visit to your local ATM. It’s a task that we’ve all become very comfortable with. It is that “cash in hand” that is still a serious attraction to criminals.More >>
    Sometime this week, the majority of you will do this one thing: make a visit to your local ATM. It’s a task that we’ve all become very comfortable with. It is that “cash in hand” that is still a serious attraction to criminals.More >>
  • BLOG: Scene management from a veteran cop's perspective

    BLOG: Scene management from a veteran cop's perspective

    Wednesday, August 12 2015 11:22 AM EDT2015-08-12 15:22:38 GMT
    Wednesday, August 12 2015 11:22 AM EDT2015-08-12 15:22:38 GMT
    Many times we’ve heard on the news recently that a police officer made contact with someone, and the situation turned confrontational or deadly. I invested years of my law enforcement career learning to interact with people. For me, it was an education.Let me share some of that knowledge with you. More >>
    Many times we’ve heard on the news recently that a police officer made contact with someone, and the situation turned confrontational or deadly. I invested years of my law enforcement career learning to interact with people. For me, it was an education.Let me share some of that knowledge with you. More >>
  • BLOG: You're in a business being robbed. What are your options?

    BLOG: You're in a business being robbed. What are your options?

    Wednesday, August 12 2015 11:13 AM EDT2015-08-12 15:13:39 GMT
    Wednesday, August 12 2015 11:13 AM EDT2015-08-12 15:13:38 GMT
    (Source: YouTube)(Source: YouTube)
    When your visit to the convenience store goes bad, what do you do?  Knowing that you must do something, and under no circumstances do you want to become a victim, it all comes down to one question.More >>
    When your visit to the convenience store goes bad, what do you do?  Knowing that you must do something, and under no circumstances do you want to become a victim, it all comes down to one question.More >>
  • BLOG: What an open garage door means to criminals

    BLOG: What an open garage door means to criminals

    Thursday, August 6 2015 6:48 PM EDT2015-08-06 22:48:14 GMT
    Thursday, August 6 2015 7:03 PM EDT2015-08-06 23:03:52 GMT
    So often we are willing to let convenience get in the way of our personal safety, and we get lured into a false sense of security.More >>
    So often we are willing to let convenience get in the way of our personal safety, and we get lured into a false sense of security.More >>

Karl de la Guerra, PPS, CLSS

Don't let the bad guys win. Karl de la Guerra is WBTV's expert on personal security. He has spent the past 36 years in the protective services industry, with experience in the U.S. military, law enforcement, and international corporate security. For more information, visit teamKDI.com.
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