Protecting Yourself Against Pick-pocketing

In this week’s mailbag we cover…

Where law enforcement officers train to shoot…

Whether or not to stay put during an emergency…

How to protect yourself against pickpocketing…

Tackling gas masks when you wear glasses…

How people are making calls from dummy numbers…

And how to protect your home during a forced evacuation.

Let’s dive in…

I live in Chesterfield, Virginia and I’m ready to start pushing my local government to accept the offer from W.Va to become part of that great state. Don’t know how all that will work, but if it means keeping our 2nd Amendment Rights it will be worth it.

I belong to a private shooting range and the government says ranges need to have 90% of users as law enforcement. I thought most LEOs had county-owned ranges? Is that not true?
-William T

Answer: As a former resident of Virginia, I share your disgust for the current actions by state leaders. The fact is, Virginia is a state that is rich with American heroes such as George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, and James Madison.

These men helped shape our nation granting us rights, including the 2nd Amendment. As for shooting ranges, most law enforcement have their own shooting range.

Unless they’re shooting with their buddies off-duty, they are not going to go to a public range. The 90% requirement is simply a way to make it impossible to have a shooting range.

During an emergency what are your thoughts about the idea of just staying put, not immediately running for an exit and waiting for police and others to secure the area? Any pros or cons to this strategy?
– Chandler C

Answer: This is a complicated decision that needs to be made on the scene. While staying out of the way of the trampling masses is always a good idea, it’s impossible to know if there will be any secondary attacks or effects.

For instance, if a bunch of gunmen are headed your way, you might not want to stay where. (Unless you think you can take them all down, then certainly do it.)

Do you have any advice about protection from pickpockets?
– Trudy M

Answer: Pickpockets are a huge problem in lot of the world, especially in Europe. You definitely don’t want to walk around with your wallet in your front or back pocket as you normally do in the U.S.

Also, do not get one of those neck wallets that hang around your neck under your shirt. Thieves can see the wallet string around your neck and it’s a dead giveaway for where you’re hiding important items. Instead, consider getting an ankle wallet or something that hangs down inside your pants such as the Shacke Pocket Vault.

Also, don’t keep all of your eggs in one basket, meaning you may have an ankle wallet with some cash and items and the rest of your cash is in a wallet tucked in your pants.

I agree that a good gas mask is essential for chemical protection. But I wear glasses and I cannot find a gas mask that allows for glasses. Is there such a thing? Or do I need to go with a full body suit with a hood?
– Jeffrey D

Answer: Some gas masks are designed to be used with glasses, however to avoid the risk of it not fitting properly I would recommend purchasing a full hood such as the Honeywell Emergency Escape Hood.

Now, this is definitely a more expensive option as this hood sells for around $200, but it may be your best option in a survival situation. One drawback with the hood is that they have limited amount of time they are effective and the Honeywell is designed to work for 30 minutes.

Is there a way to call someone using someone else’s phone number? Lately, I have been getting a lot of calls where when I call back the number has been disconnected.
– Darrell T

Answer: Unfortunately, this is a common way scammers will trick you into answering their phone calls. There are multiple apps that can be used to spoof a phone number.

Essentially, someone can call your phone and make any number they want appear on the caller ID. For example, my friend once received a phone call on his phone from his own number.

Can you give me a checklist of the things I should do to close up my house in the event of a forced evacuation? If I have to leave and I don’t know when I will be back, how do I protect my home from criminals and bad weather?
– Timothy A

Answer: Depending on how much time you have, you want to make sure your house is as secure as possible such as all doors and windows locked and alarm set. In addition, you may want to consider leaving a radio, TV, or even a light on to give the appearance that someone is home.

Now, if you are planning on leaving your house you need to take an inventory of everything you have inside. What I mean is, you should take your cell phone and video record the entire house.

Basically, walk through the house and identify every item including TV’s all the way down to plates and cups. The more video you have the better, since it could potentially be gone when you return.

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