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William Wilberforce said it best…

Posted by Rob on Monday, 22 February, 2010

William Wilberforce was a British politician and a philanthropist. He was also a leader of the movement to abolish the slave trade. Yes, I had to Google him, but I found this quote on a dog training blog. The quote is quite versatile, and has been referenced many times for many different topics. Originally he meant it during an anti-slave trade speech.

“Having heard all of this, you may choose to look the other way … but you can never say again that you did not know.”
- William Wilberforce (24 August 1759 – 29 July 1833)

I was just reading a story about a home invasion in Tallahassee, Florida where a suspect was shot. The comments that followed the story were rather odd. Many people agreed that it was good that there was a gun in the home, while some others had a quite different reaction.

I have used the quote “When seconds counts, police are minutes away,” numerous times. Personally I see this as an accurate statement, in that when a crime of any form is actively occurring, you can either defend yourself immediately, or call the cops and wait for them to arrive a few minutes or more later. This is in no way an anti-police sentiment.

Seriously, while you call 911 and wait for the police to show up, do you honestly think the burglar, rapist, mugger or murderer will also wait for the police to show up before they finish committing the act? Do you think they will willingly allow you to even make the phone call in the first place? I’ll give you the benefit of the doubt and say that in a few cases, you will get your phone call off. But that is only if you had warning or someone else not immediately involved called it in.

More often than not, your opportunity to dial the phone will come after the incident has ended and the police will be able to come take your statement if you are still able to give one. The cops just cannot be everywhere at all times. It would be nice, but it ain’t happening.

The most troubling comment on this Florida home invasion story was some holier-than-thou guy that was quite offended by someone using the “minutes away” quote, claiming it was riot inciting.

“Who are you to think you are better at protecting yourself than the police?” was his follow up.

Are you serious? Obviously this individual has lived in a bubble his whole life and has never been in any situation where any sort of violence or crime has ever affected him, a loved one, or anybody he knew personally.

I would have to imaging that him facing armed home invaders at 2 AM in the morning that would not allow him to phone for help might be the only way to change his tune. Which is unfortunate, hopefully his bubble is never popped. Not all bad things go away when you turn off your television set. There are for real bad guys in the world.

Some people need that proverbial 2 x 4 to come crashing down on them. Preferably not in a “Last House on the Left” fashion.

And it’s not just William Wilberforce that will tell you “I told you so.”

Be Safe, Be Prepared.

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Grand Theft Skunk? Something stinks here…

Posted by Rob on Tuesday, 7 July, 2009

Police arrested two people last week for the theft of a baby skunk from a Animal Crackers Pet Store in Sarasota, Florida. It is reported that the animal in question was valued at a whopping $400.

$400 for a freaking skunk? I have those in my backyard. Anyone want to buy a skunk? They are not descented, but that can’t cost that much…

I suppose baby skunks are cute enough, but they only grow into one thing. Big ugly skunks. Pepe Le Pew they are not.

Authorities reported they arrested the 21-year-old skunknapper the next day when he tried to return the skunk to the store.

What’s the matter? After a day he realized the skunk stunk as a pet?

Authorities also arrested a 20-year-old woman connected to the theft while she was at work.

The man who actually stole the baby skunk, was charged with grand theft (skunk). The woman was charged with accessory to grand theft (skunk).

Be Safe, Be Prepared.

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Bus Brawl over News of Michael Jackson’s Death

Posted by Rob on Tuesday, 30 June, 2009

It seems the news of Michael Jackson’s death sparked a heated and potentially fatal debate on a Florida bus.

According to Police reports, bus passenger James Kiernan received a text message about the pop star’s death on his cell phone while riding the bus through downtown North Lauderdale this past Thursday.

the 60-year-old Kiernan proceeded to read the late breaking news aloud to the other passengers on the bus.

Apparently the bus driver quickly voiced his opinion “Michael Jackson should have been in jail long ago,” referring to the myriad of child molestation charges and other questionable activities that have plagued Jackson’s personal life over the past several years.

“The world just lost a great musical talent,” retorted a sympathetic Kiernan.

It was then that another passenger, Henry Wideman entered the exchange and escalated the debate into a swearing match. It was reported the Wideman then further escalated the situation by pulling a knife and chasing Kiernan down the bus aisle.

The driver, who seeming fueled the initial altercation, called his dispatcher to report the scuffle to the police. He then pulled the bus over at a nearby convenience store and waited for police to arrive.

54-year-old Wideman was arrested and booked on the charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

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Burglar Smacked Silly with a Shovel

Posted by Rob on Monday, 1 June, 2009

Apparently this guy picked the wrong mobile home to mess with.

A 31-year-old woman in Lake Placid, Florida returned home around 9:30 PM to find an unfamiliar bicycle in her front yard. On further inspection, she also heard footsteps in her mobile home.

Since her home had been burglarized in the past, she left to get a male cousin to help here investigate. Armed with a shovel, they found many of her belongings ransacked throughout the home. When they entered the master bedroom and turned on the lights, the 22-year-old burglar was spotted attempting to hide in the closet.

The woman clocked the burglar upside his head with the shovel and her cousin wrestled him to the ground. While subdued, the woman called the police.

Authorities reported the burglar had “considerable difficulty standing and appeared to be slipping in and out of consciousness” after being handcuffed and led the patrol car.

The would-be burglar was taken to a local hospital and checked out, but was unable to give a “cognizant statement” to the police due to the trauma he received at the hands of the home owner that evening.

They booked him on an unarmed burglary of an occupied dwelling charge and coincidentally he had just gotten out of jail a few weeks ago on a charge of first-degree arson of an occupied building. He also has a lengthy arrest record.

“It worked out, but that wasn’t the safest course of action,” says one of the local authorities. “When she saw the bicycle, she should have called us and we could have gone inside for her.”

Kind of reminds me of the Man Steals Burglars’ Getaway Van story from February. She should have taken the burglar’s bike and hid it somewhere. Dude, Where’s my bike?

Be Safe, Be Prepared. Check out some of our Home Protection options, you never know when your shovel won’t be readily available.

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Recent Laptop Snatching Attempts in Florida

Posted by Rob on Tuesday, 24 February, 2009

We have two attempted laptop snatchings recently, one in Bradenton and one in Stuart, Florida.

The first one took place inside a Starbucks. Apparently, a social networking 19-year-old just had to check out what was going on Facebook this past Saturday.

He walked up to a customer using a laptop and asked if he could check his Facebook profile real quick. When the customer refused, the guy started to walk away, then made a grab and snatched the laptop and ran out of the coffee shop.

Two other customers in the parking lot tackled the thief and held him there until mall security arrived.

The victim got his laptop back and the guy was charged with felony robbery by sudden snatching.

Next, we have a 75-year-old man standing outside of a Best Buy in Stuart. He just bought a new laptop and printer, and was waiting for his wife to pull up to the door to load the car with his new tech gear.

A 29-year-old guy, thinking he saw an easy target, attempted to snatch and run with the Best Buy bags. Sadly for the 29-year-old thief, he didn’t even make it 10 feet when the old man caught up with the much younger assailant and grabbed him before he could get any farther.

An off-duty police officer was nearby and assisted the victim.

This guy was charged with robbery by sudden snatching and battery on a person over the age of 65.

Tips for Preventing Computer Laptop Theft

Why Do Thieves Target Laptops?

Computer Laptop are a target of choice all over the country.

Why? Because laptops are small, can be removed quickly, are easily hidden, and are quite valuable. There is a good market for them as a good laptop could be worth up to $5,000 or more.

Stolen laptops can easily be sold to an unsuspecting used computer store or pawnshop, and thieves may receive up to half its value in cash, just for the hardware.

The Real Cost of a Stolen Laptop

The actual cost of a stolen laptop is more than just its replacement cost, which can be hefty. Peripherals such as modems and network cards, all of the installed software, additional cost of configuring and reloading replacement software, and all the lost time for the owner while the laptop is being replaced is often overlooked.

An even greater cost is involved if your employer issued you the laptop. The potential exposure and liability that results from compromised confidential corporate and client information can be enormous.

How Can You Reduce the Risk of Laptop Theft?

* Never leave a laptop in an unlocked vehicle, even if it is in your driveway or garage. Do not leave laptops in plain sight, even if you vehicle is locked. You are just inviting trouble. If you must leave the laptop in a vehicle, lock it in the trunk. If you don’t have a trunk, at least cover it up and lock the doors.

* Parking garages are likely areas for vehicle burglaries, as they provide many prime targets and cover for thieves. Again, never leave a laptop in plain sight in your vehicle, cover it up or lock it in the trunk.

* Besides, try to avoid leaving your laptop in a vehicle anyways because of the damage extreme temperatures can cause to computers.

* Carry laptops in a nondescript carrying case, briefcase, or other bags. Using cases designed for laptop computers are dead giveaways to thieves that you have a laptop.

* Going to lunch, or taking a break? Don’t leave your laptop in meeting or conference rooms. Take it with you, or it may not be there when you return.

* Always lock the laptop up in your office during off-hours.

* Don’t have your own office? Use a specially designed cable lock and wrap it around your desk or chair leg. Alternately, you can lock the laptop in a closet or cabinet.

* Don’t let unaccompanied visitors wander around in your workplace. Offer assistance and accompany the visitors to their destinations. Make sure it is office policy.

* Apply distinctive paint markings or etch your name or other distinguishable marks on the bottom of the laptop to make it unique and easily identifiable. Record the serial numbers, make and model of your system.

* Consider purchasing a theft alarm systems specially made for laptops, either hardware or software.

* Be aware that if your computer is stolen, any automatic log-ins you have stored on the system can easily allow the thief to send inappropriate messages with your accounts or gain unauthorized accesses.

* Back up your important information on CDs or DVDs today, and safely store the disks at home or the office.

Tips For Flying With Your Laptop

Flying to a conference? Never check laptops as luggage at the airport because they can disappear or otherwise be damaged in transit.

The FAA has issued warnings about an increasingly common scam of stealing laptop computers from the conveyor belts of metal detectors.

At the X-ray scanner two thieves get in the line. The first one walks through the scanner quickly. The second person delays the rest of the line by emptying pockets full of change, keys, or other cumbersome items.

Meanwhile, the travelers stuck behind the slow thief may have already placed their belongings, including laptops, on the conveyor belt. The first thief can pick up a laptop case as if it were his own and walks away while the other accomplice continues to hold up the line.

Only put your laptop on the conveyor belt when you are the very next person to go through the metal detector. Keep your eye on your laptop the whole time as it comes off the conveyor belt. Alert the security personnel immediately if you think someone is attempting to steal your computer.

If a theft does occur:

Report it to the police department as soon as possible.

Users should have the make, model, and serial number available so authorities can file a complete report and enter the stolen laptop information to the National Crime Information Computer.

If you have backed up your data, all will not be lost. If you have sensitive and confidential information on your laptop, you should consider using encryption software to protect the data.

Be Safe, Be Prepared, Stay Aware.

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Pants fall down, trip burglary suspect

Posted by Rob on Thursday, 19 February, 2009

Note to Self: Pull up your pants when robbing a store.

I never quite understood the reasoning for the sagging pants craze. You know the style where the guys wear their pants pulled halfway down, secured (barely) by a belt so their boxers show?

Well here is a case where this fashion statement came back to bite the guy where his pants weren’t covering…

Apparently around midnight, a guy was caught leaving a Beer City store in Pensacola, Florida through a smashed front door. The guy triggered an alarm when he broke in and the police responded by the time he was coming out. Pretty good response time, I’d say.

The guy’s hands were full of stolen packs of cigarettes, so when he saw the cops and tried to run, he was unable to hold up his sagging trousers. So now his pants fall down.

Have you ever tried to run like that? Well ask this guy, it doesn’t work. He tripped and fell over in the parking lot as he attempted to flee the scene.

When the responding officer caught up to him, “he had cigarettes scattered all around him, and his pants were down by his ankles,” said the Sheriff’s Office spokesman.

The guy was charged with criminal mischief, burglary, theft and possession of drug paraphernalia.

Hopefully next time his Mom will yell at him to pull up his pants before going out. Even if he was 37-years-old.

Be Safe, Be Prepared, Pull up your pants.

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Lost Cell Phone, Sleeping Bags and Drug Deals caught on 911

Posted by Rob on Saturday, 7 February, 2009

An 18-year-old guy from Mesa, Arizona was arrested on suspicion of breaking into a car early Tuesday morning. Nothing says guilty like leaving your cell phone behind, and then going back to the scene to ask the owner if you can get your phone back…

Apparently the Police were responding to a call from the victim, who reported that a garage door opener and money had been taken from his car. Before the police arrived, the vehicle owner noticed a man hanging out across the street from his house. The owner asked the guy what he was doing there.

So the guy admits that he broke into the car and took the garage door opener and some change. He tells the victim that he accidentally dropped his cell phone in the vehicle and wanted it back.

The owner tells the guy that he already called the police so he takes off. The Police found the guy nearby, fitting the description given by the victim.

The suspect handed over the garage door opener but told police he went to a store and spent the change he obtained from the vehicle to buy some cigarettes because he knew he was going to jail.

Good call.

Next there was a report that Police in Gainesville, Florida said a 46-year-old man armed with a screwdriver and wearing a sleeping bag as a cape tried to rob someone in a parking lot.

Apparently a man approached the intended victim early last Sunday morning and asked for money.

When the victim refused, the caped man threw off the sleeping bag and pulled the screwdriver from his pants. The victim quickly ran into a nearby store and called 911.

The suspect was arrested a few blocks away and charged with attempted armed robbery. Luckily the victim wasn’t injured or screwed out of any money…

The last winner in the news today goes to that guy in Cleveland who called 911 because he felt he was in danger. Police report the guy called 911 late Saturday night and reported that two men with guns were watching him.

The guy hangs up, mid-conversation, so the concerned dispatcher called back.

The guy answered, but asked the dispatcher to hold on a second. The dispatcher, who could still hear what was going on, listened in to the drug deal the guy was now making.

Voices can be heard on the 911 recording saying:

“What you need? A 10-pack? You need a 10-pack? All right.”

Police say “10-pack” is slang for a bundle of heroin.

The dispatcher called police, who found the guy at the location he originally gave and found cocaine in his pocket.

Not the brightest guy in Ohio. But then again, none of these guys are…

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Little Old Lady Stops Robbery with Pepper Spray

Posted by Rob on Saturday, 31 January, 2009

Here’s a heart warming report out of Jacksonville, Florida. It took place after a robber tried to snatch a purse from a 77-year-old woman at a Kangaroo Express.

A “one-man crime spree” was brought to an abrupt halt by a 77-year-old woman with a can of pepper spray, Jacksonville police said Wednesday.

A 20-year-old guy was arrested Tuesday about 5:30 p.m. shortly after a robbery at a Kangaroo Express store in the 8300 block of Baymeadows Road. The Chief of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said the man entered the store, pulled a gun and pointed it in the clerk’s face, then demanded money.

According to the police report, when the contents of the cash register didn’t satisfy him, he decided to snatch a customer’s purse. The unwilling victim, Gladys Gehrig, fought back and responded with a container of pepper spray attached to her key chain.

“She got him good in the face,” said the police.

Police picked up the suspect a short distance away.

This creep was linked to six other robberies throughout the month of January on the city’s Southside by witness ids and some surveillance footage.

He was charged with 14 felonies and held in lieu of bail.

Don’t mess with this Grannie’s purse!

So for all those whiners claiming the average citizen is incapable of defending themselves and the best bet is to offer no resistance and “let bad things just happen”, take a page out of this 77-year-old woman’s book and get a clue.

You do not need to be a victim. Tool up with some self defense gear, practice using it so you are comfortable enough to deploy it, have a plan, and be safe.

Send the Message to Yourself and to Others That You Value Your Safety…

When there is no where to run and words alone cannot ward off a would-be-attacker, a Stun Gun, Taser or Pepper Spray may level the playing field.

It is Better to Have It and Not Need It… Then to Need it and Not Have It…


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Grand Theft Eggbeater?

Posted by Rob on Wednesday, 17 December, 2008

The masses never fail to amaze me.

A guy in Tampa, Florida was robbed at gun and knife-point when 2 (culinary inclined?) men entered his home and demanded a particularly unusual item.

An eggbeater.

Police apprehended the suspects outside the now eggbeater-less man’s home. Caught red-handed, one of the suspects still had the incriminating eggbeater in his left pocket. He was not afforded enough time to make an omlet or scramble an egg that the two men must have been sorely craving.

Since this crazy story wasn’t written with much detail, we can only speculate on what might have gone down.

“Your eggbeater or your life!”

“You know egg-sactly what we want, hand over your beater!”

“That’s a real purdy eggbeater you got over there in your utensil drawer…”

If its not bad enough, now we have to worry about people armed with guns and knives poaching eggbeaters. I understand the pressures of the holiday season, all the baking that needs to get done, but really a wisk or a fork would work fine in a pinch. There is no need to go postal and steal eggbeaters.

So I am wondering if these guys actually needed the eggbeater for personal use or if it was intended to be a hot Christmas present for that someone special? I mean I haven’t been in the eggbeater market recently, let alone in southern Florida, so perhaps there is an extreme shortage of good eggbeaters available down there. There is only a week until Christmas, perhaps you were unaware of the top hard to find gifts this year.

You know, Tickle-Me-Elmo, Nintendo Wii, Pampered Chef Eggbeaters…

Make sure while finishing up your holiday shopping, if you happen to see a beater left on the shelf at Walmart, grab it fast! Maybe I should check the going rate of eggbeaters on e-Bay? I might be missing out on some quick sales if I can head to the local Dollar Store and stock up.

That is unless the are all being played with by 4-year-old in the middle of the night and had to be confiscated by the police as evidence…

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Merry Freaking Christmas Dad!

Posted by Rob on Wednesday, 3 December, 2008

A man in sunny western Florida is being charged with felony assault this joyous holiday season. The report didn’t say why, but apparently this guy, upset with his father, threw a Christmas tree at him.

Before I got to the details, I kinda raised my eye at the headline “Man Accused of Tossing Christmas Tree at his Dad”. First I pictured a full-size, fresh-cut real evergreen being hurled across the room. Ok, Not likely.

Next I pictured, again a full-sized tree, but this time an artificial one. But, I just assembled our pre-lit, 3-piece artificial Christmas tree this past weekend. That thing has some poundage to it, so again, not likely.

So further reading down the page, it ended up being a tiny 3-footer used as a weapon to attack his dad. Being Florida, it was probably one of those lame white-needle foo foo trees with pink garland.

So the 37-year-old winner who still lived at home with mommy and daddy, at least before Yule-Rage set in, tosses the tree at his father. The tree missed, but then the guy tried to use the metal base to take a whack at dad.

His mom and dad were able to subdue the son by holding down his arms to prevent any real injuries. The cops said the tree could have caused some serious damage since the steel base weighs a good five pounds.

I’m thinking junior will be looking for a new residence and singing “I’m gettin’ nuthin’ fer Christmas” this year.

Normally this is where I’d plug some self-defense tools with a spin towards the story, but I am actually at a loss of Christmas tree self defense suggestions besides “DUCK!”

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He Must Have Really Needed the Deodorant

Posted by Rob on Thursday, 23 October, 2008

Police arrested and charged a man with burglary with a weapon in Dania Beach, Florida. Apparently, two men were seen stealing underarm deodorant spray from a local supermarket.

The manager followed the men into another store next door and confronted them. When asking for the deodorant back, one of the men pulled out a black handgun, which ended up being an Airsoft BB gun.

Some people steal things they want, others steal things they need. I’m thinking if you are going to shoplift personal hygiene products, you probably really need them. Or at least a long, hot shower. The manager may have wanted to give himself some extra distance with plenty of breathing room when confronting the malodorous thief, with or without a gun…

The manager and police assumed it was a real gun, so an apartment complex nearby was closed off and a nearby school was locked down. A helicopter and police dogs were summoned to help with the search but when they eventually found the guy, who still had the deodorant, they found out the gun wasn’t a real firearm, just a BB gun. It wasn’t listed if any of the deodorant was used yet.

The news story also didn’t say what aisle the men were on in the next store when the supermarket manager followed them in. Perhaps mouthwash or toothpaste?

Luckily no one was shot in the eye with a BB, or sprayed in the face with deodorant. That would have stunk…

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Truck Theft, Sub Sandwiches and Missing Gorillas

Posted by Rob on Wednesday, 3 September, 2008

Couple winners in the news today.

First we have a 22-year-old truck burglar in Tampa, Florida. Looks like he was doing the rounds in a parking lot when the owner of the truck he was breaking into shows up. A fight breaks out and the suspect flees the scene. The owner chases him to a construction site where the burglar ducks inside a Portable Toilet and attempts to hide.

The truck driver sees the man enter the construction site restroom, and tips the entire housing over. Needless to say the toilet had in fact been used a number of times, and the spill covered “him in huge amounts of human waste.”

Not cool.

Next we have a 25-year-old drunk driver in Iowa City, Iowa. Early Sunday morning a police officer sees the drunk man driving without his headlights on and pulls him over. The driver is arrested and put into the police car. While driving to the station, the man offers “free sub sandwiches” to the cop in exchange for letting him go.

Apparently the man has some sub shop connections and free food at his disposal. The officer declined the offer. Perhaps if the man worked in a donut shop a better deal could have been made?

The last unusual crime story of the day is the apparent theft of am 8-foot mechanical gorilla. AN outdoor flea market in East Machias, Maine displays, well used to display this primate statue at the entrance to the marketplace. All of the sudden in broad daylight, the flea market owner noticed this rather large and heavy monkey was missing.

At first, he asked his clerk if he had wheeled in inside, but the clerk thought the owner must have moved it. Which in either case would have been a feat, as this huge gorilla has a concrete base and some heavy electric motors that moved the arms up and down when running.

“Who the hell would ever steal a gorilla as heavy as that thing was?” said the owner. A Maine State Police Officer said he believes the 8-foot-tall, concrete based, electronic moving armed gorilla might be “decorating some college student’s apartment.”

That must be some determined group of college kids pulling off a prank of that magnitude. It would be one heck of a conversation piece at the next frat party.

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Don’t Tase the Emu, Bro!

Posted by Rob on Thursday, 21 August, 2008

Sheriff’s Deputies of Bay County in Florida ended up deploying a Taser on an unruly emu. Yes, an emu. Apparently, a female emu named Plop-Plop, escaped from a farm and ended up camping out in a pen with some horses and goats.

Local deputies were called to aid in her capture, but Plop-Plop “went kind of crazy” when they arrived. Fearing the large bird would injure itself or the deputies, a Taser was used to subdue and immobilize the animal.

After the tasing, Plop-Plop fizz-fizz-led out, was brought to the Bay County Animal Control Center and made a full recovery. Oh what a relief it is.

The emu’s owner, probably in need of an Alka-Seltzer, is expected to claim his runaway emu soon.

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When Seconds Count, the Police are Minutes Away…

Posted by Rob on Wednesday, 6 August, 2008

Here is a scenario for you. You or a loved one is walking down the street, an alley, a parking lot, you pick the locale. One, two or three guys, the number doesn’t really matter, start to verbally accost and threaten physical harm.

You have a standard cell phone. What do you do? Dial the police and hope for the best? Get mugged, beat up, raped, or killed?

Or have you armed yourself with a selection of self defense tools to aid in your survival? I hope that you are not encountering dangerous situations on a regular basis, if you are you may want to modify your daily routine or whereabouts.

But making a conscience decision to carry some pepper spray, a stun gun, a C2 taser, telescopic steel baton or any combination of those and other available self defense weapons to have at your disposal can help sway the odds in your favor. Perhaps you can talk your way out of the situation, which always would be best. Perhaps a cop is just happening to be in the immediate area.

But more realistically, when seconds count, the police are minutes away… Self Defense means just that, defending yourself. Don’t be caught unprepared, waiting for someone to swoop in the rescue. Take matters into your own hands, and buy, practice using, and defend yourself or loved ones quickly and effectively.

So if seconds count and the police are at least a couple minute away, where are they? And don’t say the local donut shop.

Well in the past couple days we have had a few reports of why the police may be too busy to respond at a moments notice, especially in the Florida area.

Last week in Jacksonville, a guy called 911 to complain that a Subway left the sauce off a spicy Italian sandwich. Now this guy was really irate, was asked to leave the restaurant, got locked outside, while he called 911 and the workers called the police. All over a sandwich.

Next we have a guy at the Hard Rock Hotel & Casino near Tampa, who was having some bad luck and called 911 to say the slot machine stole his money. Not just once, but he called a second time once he left to casino. I mean I get ripped off every time I go to the gas station and the pump “steals” my money, but I’m not calling 911 about it.

Then yet another man was arrested after calling 911 during an heated, not serious argument with his brother. He called 911 five times to demand that dispatchers send the police to help sort things out.

All were charged with making a false 911 calls.

Not that long ago I heard at least 2 or 3 stories about some drug dealers and buyers who each were calling 911 after a drug deal went wrong. Now those calls I don’t mind.

So the next time you actually need to call in an emergency, don’t forget you are competing with condiment emergencies, gambling losses and shady drug deals.

Protect yourself and loved ones now. And remember, when seconds count, the police are minutes away…

Yours in Safety,

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