June 25, 2017

five security tips you may not have thought of

I have covered situational awareness and the Cooper Color Code in the past.  Here are five security tips that you may not have thought of. 


Advertising on Your Vehicle

Bumper stickers advertise our opinions on various issues to the world around us.  They also tell Joe Dirtbag about us as well.  Do you have an NRA sticker? If so, Joe Dirtbag now has a pretty good idea you have guns at home.  He might not break in when you’re there, but now he knows what your car looks like and can wait for you to go to work.

The white decals that people put on their back window showing off mom, dad and the kids as well as what each loves also tell Joe Dirtbag about you.  He might now know that you have expensive sporting equipment at home or whether or not you have any pets.


Firing Range Safety


You may be aware of how Navy SEAL Chris Kyle and one of his friends and coworkers was murdered at a gun range by someone suffering from PTSD.  People committing suicide, committing murder or both is more common at gun ranges than you may think. 

I recommend keeping one firearm loaded and on your person.  If you go with a partner, one can be practicing situational awareness for you both while the other is shooting.


Public Restrooms

A few years back, I read that there was a survey of sorts done, asking convicted criminals the locations they preferred to commit their crimes.  One of the most popular was men’s restrooms.  One criminal said it was the easiest, by far, as men are less likely to put up any kind of fight when they are exposed at a urinal.

There was a man going into men’s restrooms in Minneapolis, blitz attacking men.  He would walk behind a man at the urinal and then slam their head into the wall in front of them, hard enough to knock them out; he then emptied their pockets.  Women might be onto something with the group trips to the rest rooms!  Men, another option is to always use the stall.


Smart Phones

A recent crime wave includes Joe Dirtbag ripping a smart phone out of people’s hands as they absentmindedly use them in public.  Situational awareness can aid with this in large part, but it might also be a good idea to leave it secure in a pocket or purse while in public.



There have been many reports of criminals waiting for church members to go forward for Communion.  They then go through their purses and jacket pockets looking for cash.

A sad fact is that many places that were once sacred, no longer are.

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  1. Wow….criminals are getting a little more brazen….or I just fell off the turnip truck. (Which is quite possible) Church? Sad. I’ve always worried about the stuff people put on their cars. There are crazies everywhere…..but I really need to tell my son about the head smashing in the men’s room. How scary is that! No wonder I want to “get away” from it all! Thank you for this insightful information.

    • Chris Ray says:

      Car prowlers are another very common problem at churches. Having an usher or two check the lot from time to time can help to some extent.

  2. These are good tips. As a father with a 7 year old son, we will be using restroom stalls exclusively from now on. We will also be using “family restrooms” where available (e.g. at rest areas.)

    Our church doesn’t go forward for communion and I’ve never been a bumper sticker fan.

  3. I am also concerned about those white decals especially the one’s that show just a single Mom with kids. I don’t think it’s safe to let strangers know that if they follow you home there’s no husband waiting.

    • Chris Ray says:

      You make a very good point.

    • Bobby Bill says:

      I suggest, in our times, a new “family sticker” for your car – a couple kids (others will see them in your car anyway, so why lie?), the beefy mother in spandex with muscles bulging and an Uzi strapped over her shoulder and a Golani Brigade emblem on her arm, and hubby standing next to her holding a couple Muzzies’ (or innercity scumbags’) heads in one hand and a machete in the other. Why take chances?

  4. I wonder if a bumper sticker that says “I SHOOT TO KILL” is illegal? That MIGHT deter someone…lol!
    Seriously though, isn’t it a shame that you even have to write such an article, Chris?
    What a world we live in….I will pass along that info about the men’s bathroom…I know my husband and four boys have never thought of that!!

    • Chris Ray says:

      lol or just tape a target from the range with all bulls eyes to the back window.

      It is a shame that we have to worry about these kinds of things, I wonder what we’ll be concerned with in ten years.

  5. Gramps says:

    My NRA sticker came off after the last election.

    The time has come to keep our ears and eyes open, our heads down, and our mouths shut.

  6. Jim Moore says:

    Good stuff!
    Refraining from repeating the mantra “the paranoids are after me,” I agree, it’s a shame that we even have to bring this stuff up. There’s a fine line between being practically safe and being terrorized. Using logic and common sense to separate the two, sometimes it’s a struggle to keep fear away. One trouble is, common sense ain’t that common anymore.
    Another issue I have reminded many here in small town America, don’t print your child’s first name on their tee shirt. A pedophile or any abductor could gain a lot of value knowing a child’s first name.
    Father God, help us to not live in fear and help us to adapt and overcome to all situations that might cause us to live in fear!

  7. Be careful about hanging a purse or pack on the hook on the public restroom stall door. While you are comfortably seated, the thief reaches over the door and snags your purse. Criminals come in all shapes, sizes and genders.

  8. Don’t print a child’s name on the outside of school backpacks.

    If a policeman or statetrooper tries pulling you over at night or in secluded areas, especially interstates, signal you’re going to pull over and keep driving until you get to an area with people outside like convenience stores. There are law enforcement imposters.

    If you notice someone following your vehicle, don’t drive home and pull into your driveway so they’ll know where you live.

    Lots of home invasions are occuring. If someone knocks on your door talk to them through the door. Opening the door gives them the edge to push the door open and enter.

    • Chris Ray says:

      Good additions.

      Depending on how far you keep driving you may find yourself in more trouble. It might be a good idea to pull over and let the officer know you would like to go to a more populated area, or have them radio for a another squad car. If they are able to radio for another squad car, they are legit.

    • If you put on a turn signal to show you will pull over, and drive at or below speed limit, you should not be in more trouble. A high speed chase or trying to evade them is what gets you in more trouble. If you are worried, call 911 and tell the dispatcher that you are concerned about this, and ask if that is a real cop. They can radio the officer that you are looking for a better lit/populated location, or if it’s closest, go right to a police station to get pulled over.

      I recently heard about a woman who was murdered by a legit police officer (not an impostor) on a lonely back road. They did eventually convict him, but she’s still just as dead, though. Can’t be too careful nowadays.

      • Chris Ray says:

        You may or may not get in more trouble, it depends on the jurisdiction and officer. I think calling 911 if your unsure and letting know, and asking them to let the officer know is a great idea.

  9. In ten years I was “approached” two times while pumping gas. I have always left a rear door open to cover a route of approach and I position my car so that I have only one way to get approached from. Because of this both attacks failed.

    • Chris Ray says:

      That thought actually crossed my mind the last time I got gas. I was getting eye balled so started making plans on what I would do. I’ll keep the door open as an idea going forward.

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