Winter Home Security

winter home Winter officially arrives this month bringing with it a lot of distractions. It can be easy to lose sight of home security. Don’t let the shorter days and colder nights deceive you. Winter is the season when home accidents and burglaries are more likely to occur. [Read more…]

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Trail Cameras and Hunting

trail camera videoLocation is everything when you’re hunting. But scouting for deer can be troublesome if the terrain is difficult to access and you’re short on time. Advancing technology in trail cameras is taking some of the guesswork out of tracking. Before heading out with your buddies make sure to pick up a trail camera.

Although not new to serious hunters, trail cameras experienced an uptick in the last decade as technological improvements have made capturing the patterns of mature deer more specific to their natural habits and your hunting preferences. [Read more…]

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Trail Cameras and Home Surveillance

Bushnell Trophy CameraIn the late 19th century, the only way to grab a photo without being present to snap it yourself was a trail camera – introduced with the intent to study deer and other wildlife in Michigan. We don’t have that problem in our digital world but trail cameras and  home surveillance are becoming a popular topic.

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Drones and Home Defense

drones can invade privacyEven as we continue to fight to save our Second Amendment rights, we have a new battlefield popping up and this time it’s our Fourth Amendment right that’s taking the hits. Under the Fourth Amendment, we have an expectation of privacy but ever-changing technology – specifically drones –  is corroding that expectation.

With the use of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, on the uptake, our right to privacy is blurred. Until the Federal Aviation Administration (which regulates air space over the United States) is able to get a handle on what is acceptable and what isn’t — well, we’re in for a ride. [Read more…]

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Home Surveillance Drones – Should You or Shouldn’t You?

drones for home surveillance?To drone or not to drone – that’s the question. Many of you who are serious about home surveillance and defense strategy have been chewing on this question.

Drones – unmanned aerial vehicles – are getting more common. Yes, you could use them as a home surveillance tactic. The technology’s solid.  “Hobby” drones  have been available for a few years now. They have stirred up controversy along the way. We’re going to take a look at the basics here and see if it’s a good fit for home security.

Let’s be clear. We won’t come to a final decision in just one post. In the end, whether you choose to use a home surveillance drone or not is up to you. [Read more…]

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D-STAR and Emergency Communications

D-STAR emergency communicationSeptember is National Preparedness month. It is the perfect time to review your family’s emergency plan. When you decide how you’ll communicate during a crisis situation or event, include D-STAR in your thinking. We’ve already talked about creating a communications plan to keep you and your family connected. But what do you do when traditional communication channels, like landlines, cell phones, Wi-Fi calling and Internet access aren’t available? [Read more…]

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Home Defense Surveillance Ideas

home defense surveillance camerasA (wo)man’s home is his (her) castle. That’s no secret. It dates back as far as anyone can remember. Even in the hustle of today’s busy world – your home is your sanctuary and protecting it from thieves, intruders, fires and everyday life is top priority.

There’s good reason for home defense surveillance. Every 13 seconds a home is burglarized in the U.S. for a total of more than $4 million in lost or stolen property. [Read more…]

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Stolen Guns And You

stolen guns are everyone's problemGuns are a lot like dogs; they do more for us they we could ever possibly do for them. Like our responsibility to take care of man’s best friend, we have a duty to keep our guns safe from prying eyes and hands. Stolen guns are a big problem for everyone.

Thinking you’re safe from gun theft because you live somewhere “it would never happen” is downright reckless. Whether you’re willing to admit it or not, where you live has no bearing on gun theft stats. About a million firearms are stolen annually, according to federal stats. [Read more…]

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Who Needs A 30 Round Magazine to Hunt Deer?

Hunt deer with what kind of rifle?If you have been following the gun control debate in recent months you probably heard the “common sense gun control” groups ask:  “Who needs a 30-round magazine to hunt deer?”  To the non-deer-hunters in the world this seems to be a fair question.

So let’s start with a fair answer. To be honest – no one needs that.  As a matter of fact many states regulate the number of rounds that hunters can carry in their rifles when hunting deer.  This is also true for bird hunters using shotguns. [Read more…]

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Common Sense Self Defense

common sense self defense for your houseIf you’ve got it flaunt it, right? Wrong; though you’d never know from society’s obsession with over-sharing their personal lives on social media. Folks post everything from checking into a restaurant or vacation hot spot to photos of the interior of their home with new flat-screen televisions or gaming systems in the background. Heck, some people even share photos of their new firearms. Time for some common sense self defense pointers.

The truth is: sharing isn’t so bad if you know your EXACT audience. But you don’t; not online or even at the local hardware store. The smallest piece of information can aid a criminal.  [Read more…]

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