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Mexican Navy Intercepts Drug Shipment to US

Posted by Rob on Thursday, 18 June, 2009

The Mexican Navy has intercepted and seized a cocaine shipment bound for the United States.

Not necessarily unusual news. There are reports of illegal drug smuggling and other contraband items confiscated all the time.

Drug cartels are routinely going to great lengths in attempts to conceal their illegal cargo and get stuff across borders. The simple mislabeling boxes doesn’t work anymore.

“40 crates of [ S O A P ], huh? Let’s pop one open and see here…”

Some of the more creative ways include packing narcotics inside sealed beer cans, living room furniture, crates of hollowed out religious statues, the list goes on and on.

Remember that story about the “soiled diapers” stuffed with sausage?

But back to the latest bust by the Mexican Navy. Probably the most creative attempt I have heard yet…

Over a ton of cocaine was stuffed inside 20 frozen shark carcasses. The sharks were gutted, filled with slabs of cocaine, and frozen to be passed off as a shipment of seafood.

When initially discovered by X-rays and drug-sniffing dogs, the crew attempted to convince the Navy officers that the packages were a conserving agent to keep the seafood fresh. Not buying the ruse, the conserving agent was further tested to reveal its true composition.

Felipe Calderon, President of Mexico has been patrolling almost 50,000 federal police and military troops across Mexico in attempts to crush the powerful smuggling cartels’ efforts. However, heavily armed drug traffickers with huge arsenals of grenades and automatic weapons are far being defeated as violence has begun to spill over into U.S. states like Arizona.

Since the Mexican Navy has spilled the beans, it looks like we will have to stick to our normal diversion safe products for now. Our development into the Frozen Diversion Safe Shark carcasses will have to cease. Which is unfortunate, because that would have been pretty cool.

No pun intended.

Be Safe, Be Prepared.

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Woman Trashes $1 Million left in Mattress

Posted by Rob on Wednesday, 10 June, 2009

Normally, diversion safes are constructed of regular household objects, like soda cans, cleaning products, books or flower pots. They are a pretty ingenious device to store your valuables safely, in plain sight.

Besides the commonly used objects, if you did it correctly, you could use just about anything to deceptively hide valuables around the house. The worst (or best, depending on how you look at it) I have actually seen for sale was fake “dirty underwear” with a hidden compartment to hide cash. Not something a burglar would want to sift through looking for an easy score, unless of course skid marks were your thing.

Now I have heard of hiding money under your mattress before, but this Israeli woman in Tel Aviv took this a little too far. Citing some sort of “traumatic experiences with banks” in the past, this woman decided to hide her life savings inside an old mattress.

That’s all well and good, except when she bought her elderly mother a new mattress as a surprise present, she threw out the old mattress. Yes, the mattress that she claims was stuffed with almost $1 million dollars in Israeli Shekels and US Dollars.

That is one heck of a Diversion Safe.

I can imagine a mattress with that much cash would be slightly uncomfortable to sleep on, no wonder the mother wanted a new bed. But then on the other hand, that is something I would NOT forget about retrieving before pitching out the trash.

“I woke up in the morning screaming, when it hit me what happened,” said the woman when she finally realized what she did the day prior. “It was all my money in the world.”

Efforts to locate the discarded mattress and cash have so far come back unsuccessful. The trash was already picked up and sent to a local landfill, but after searching at least three locations, she has turned up zilch.

There is really no way to verify her claim, and she isn’t disclosing too many details yet. Wouldn’t want every treasure hunter in Israel looking for an old mattress stuffed with a cool million. Israeli authorities did not have a report filed.

Wonder how this “traumatic experience with beds” is going to change her banking habits?

A manager at one of the dump sites said his staff was assisting the “totally desperate” woman, but with over 2,500 tons of garbage arriving every day, chances of finding the mattress in the garbage stack are getting slimmer.

The manager also reported he increased the security at the facility to keep other would-be treasure hunters out.

Sure… Good luck with that.

Be Safe, Be Prepared.


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Diversion Safes, Better than a Cardboard Box

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Fake Coyotes cause a stir, Geese are unimpressed.

Posted by Rob on Thursday, 14 August, 2008

A bunch of fake wooden cutout coyotes are fooling motorists on the islands in Wolf Lake near Hammond, Indiana. However, the ducks and geese that they are supposed to be scared off are not discouraged. These islands in Wolf Lake are protected wetlands, and two-dimensional phony coyotes were set up to try to prevent the fowl from eating seeds and fresh shoots from the local flora. I would have imagined decoy wolves would have been chosen for Wolf Lake, but they opted for coyotes.

It is reported that the geese were fooled for a short time, but within a few weeks were on to the ploy. However, motorists and neighbors are continuing to be fooled and keep reporting dogs trapped on the islands. Even PETA and city officials got involved to inspect the wooden coyotes that an Army Corps of Engineers contractor devised over two years ago.

“The geese are very wary of them, then eventually they figure it out,” said a spokesperson for the contractor. “They’re very striking when you first come upon them. I could see how it would be for someone driving by at 70 miles per hour.” Yeah, looking at the picture, they are very “realistic”… Guess you need to be smarter than a goose.

Apparently, the wetland plants are now past the point where the fake coyote guards are necessary, so they can be safety removed and the plants will continue to thrive. “They don’t seem to be doing any good anymore and it appears they are upsetting some people,” said the spokesperson.

I say leave them up. The ducks and geese seem to like them.

I wouldn’t suggest using these diversion coyotes to protect your home, but if you are looking for a unique option to fake out burglars, you may consider our specially designed diversion safes.

Security experts estimate that most burglars will only spend about 8 minutes in your house. They are in a hurry and will attempt to grab the most obvious valuable items. The burglar certainty isn’t that bright, and may have even been fooled by a wooden coyote, but will follow the course of least resistance in ransacking your home.

That’s why Diversion Safes work so effectively. Sure some idiots who break into your house might know that these Decoy Safes exist, but they are going to be scared and in a hurry. These creeps just want to get in and out, grabbing what they can quickly.

We have a wide variety diversion safes that look like personal care items, household products and food containers. Your valuables can be secretly hidden inside these look-a-like diversion safes and kept in their seemingly rightful places. These diversion safes are indistinguishable from the genuine product and are even weighted to feel full. Out of our soda cans, cleaning products, books or flower pots, pick the ones that will blend in best with what’s in your home.

And if you end up coming across a real coyote, you may be interested in having one of our ultrasonic dog repellers or Mace Pepper Spray for dogs. Designed for canines, these products work effectively on most dog-like animals including coyotes.

Be Safe, Be Prepared, and Be smarter than a Goose. Don’t be fooled by scary wooden cutouts. Grrr.

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Shameless Squidoo Plug

Posted by Rob on Saturday, 31 May, 2008

Quick post today to get some Squidoo hits…

Bear Pepper Spray

Telescopic Steel Batons

Diversion Safes

Non-Lethal Self Defense

How Hot is Pepper Spray?

Nanny Cams

Cell Phone Stun Guns

C2 Tasers

Every Little Bit Helps.

It would be nice to believe that nothing will happen to you, but the reality of it is that an ounce of protection could be worth more than a pound of cure. What is Worth Protection to you? Your belongings? Your family? Your personal well-being?

Yours in Safety,


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Self Defense Summer Sale

Posted by Rob on Thursday, 15 May, 2008

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It would be nice to believe that nothing will happen to you,
but the reality of it is that an ounce of protection could
be worth more than a pound of cure. What is Worth
Protection to you? Your belongings? Your family? Your
personal well-being?

Yours in safety,


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Diversion Safes, Better than a Cardboard Box

Posted by Rob on Saturday, 15 March, 2008

Two sisters were arrested by Japanese authorities for
hiding just under 60 million dollars in cardboard boxes.
It took 50 cardboard boxes stuffed with cash, and they
stored it in a shed attached to one of the sister’s

They inherited the money from their father, who died
three years ago and tried to evade the tax on 6 billion
yen of their 7.5 billion inheritance. So they stored the
cash in cardboard boxes… In a shed… Wow.

As misguided and ill-intentioned this attempt was, there
is a more practical and effective way of hiding your
valuables. (Not getting into the government crooks and
taxes debate right now..)

Diversion Safes are a unique home-security product.

We offer a wide variety of personal care, household
products and food containers with removable tops and
bottoms. Valuables can be discreetly stored inside
these look-a-like containers and kept in their seemingly
rightful places. Each container is indistinguishable
from the genuine product and is even weighted to feel

The Chicago Crime Commission states that a typical
burglar only spends about 8 minutes in the victims home
on average. Put the odds in your favor…hide your
valuables in plain sight.

Hide stuff in your pantry in a can of soda, Pringles,
fruit cocktail or other food product
. Hide items in the
bathroom cupboard in a hair spray, shaving cream or
bathroom cleaner can
. Squirrel away some stuff in the
garage in a fake can of Gunk, JB Oil Treatment or
engine degreaser

Stash a book safe on your book shelf (what place would
be safer, crooks don’t read), or stick a potted plant
anywhere in the house. Just keep it near a window
so your plant doesn’t die.

Make sure you remember what items in your house are
diversion safes, and what items are real products.
Nothing would be worse that sticking your last can of
root beer in the fridge and realizing just before you
crack it open to enjoy it that in fact it is NOT a
refreshing thirst quenching A&W beverage.

If that happens, hopefully it contained a small stash
of cash you were saving for a rainy day. No time like
the present, run to the store and buy a chilled 6-pack
of root beer to satisfy your craving. Put the rest of
the money back in your diversion safe and stick it back
in the pantry.

Fake out yourself, fake out the bad guys. Hide your
valuables in plain sight.

It would be nice to believe that nothing will happen to
you, but the reality of it is that an ounce of protection
could be worth more than a pound of cure. What is Worth
Protection to you? Your belongings? Your family? Your
personal well-being?

Yours in safety,

Rob Cook

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