Think Like a Criminal

This week’s batch of must-read articles covers all sorts of threats from disease to digital and everything in between.

But first, see why sometimes it pays to think like a criminal.

Let’s get started.

1. The Security Device Actually Putting Your Home at Risk

The locks on your doors are designed to keep you safe, right? To deter criminals, protect your belongings and help you sleep easier at night.


Most homes are built with shoddy locks. Instead of securing your home, they’re basically an invitation to criminals looking for an easy mark.

But how do you know if you’ve got quality locks? A simple way to test them is to try to pick them yourself. I promise you: Once you see how easy it is, you’ll re-evaluate your entire home security plan.

Even if you’ve never picked a lock before, I can show you how to do it in 30 seconds or less. Click on the link above to discover the only two tools you’ll need to pick a lock — and watch me teach someone from my production team how to do it on camera.

2. Cybercrime Protection Tips: Protect Yourself Against Internet Fraud

A cyberattack occurs every 39 seconds. In fact, about 33% of Americans will experience a cyberattack this year. By these numbers, you are more likely to be the victim of a cybercrime than a physical crime such as a terrorist attack, a home invasion or even a mugging.

Check out this in-depth piece by our friends over at Survivopedia. It runs down a whopping 16 steps you can take to protect yourself — and your privacy — online.

Cybercriminals are constantly developing newer and sneakier ways to trick people into giving up their information. But if you’re careful and remember these precautions, you can hopefully avoid being a statistic.

3. Four Things You Need to Know to Be Prepared for a Chemical Attack

Chemical warfare is a terrifying prospect. Unfortunately, between unstable enemy nations and radical terrorist groups, it is an ever-growing possibility.

But what is chemical warfare? Are there different kinds? And what effect do chemical weapons have on humans?

Read the above article from The Prepping Guide to find out the answers to these questions and — most importantly — what to do in the event you are exposed to chemical agents.

4. How Cape Town’s Water Crisis Could Make People Sick

As if a severe water shortage isn’t enough of a problem, one side effect of a lack of water is the increased potential for disease. Residents in Cape Town, South Africa, may soon have to come to grips with this reality as “Day Zero” — now set for July 9 — creeps closer.

This piece from Eyewitness News discusses three ways water scarcity contributes to disease and what the authorities in South Africa are planning to do about it.

Take a look. It’s a great reminder why it is critical to build up an emergency water supply for your family. Remember, one gallon per person per day. Shoot for a 30-day supply. Start with one week and build from there to keep yourself and your loved ones hydrated and healthy in a crisis.

5. Why Is Taiwan Panic-Buying Toilet Paper?

Toilet paper is one of those things you might forget about — until you don’t have it. Then you’ll be sh*t out of luck, as they say.

Click on the article above to find out the surprising reason why Taiwan is running out of TP. And the next time you’re at the store with a few bucks to spare, be sure to pick up a few extra rolls to keep in reserve.

You never know when you might need it…

Stay safe,

Jason Hanson

Jason Hanson

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