Home Defense Weapons

Tweet From time to time I have people ask me about weapons for home defense. Below are some guidelines for selection, storage, or use. My one overarching piece of advice for any weapon system or self-defense tool is to get trained, and get trained well. This goes for any person in your family who may […]

Preventing Carjacking

Tweet Carjacking is a relatively rare occurrence in Maine. However, you can learn to be safer in your car no matter where you are. Here are the most important steps you can take:

Relying on Calling 911 in Maine – Is This Your Best First Line of Defense?

Tweet During several of my self defense seminars I’ve had students tell me that their first planned line of defense against violent crime was to summon the police by calling 911. One woman said that she would dial 911 on her cell phone and hold her finger over the send button while walking alone at […]

Prevention, Detection, Response

Tweet Last night I attended a talk on information security given by a representative of a major endpoint security company. They make antivirus software for those who aren’t fluent in geek. The presenter made an interesting point that I think is relevant to personal security and self defense. He showed an image of a house […]

The Weakest Point in Every Security System

Tweet Growing up in Maine, we never locked our doors  (car or home) until the day we were burglarized. Now I live in a relatively crime-free area or rural Maine, yet I own a sophisticated alarm system and lock all my doors. I know people who do not and want to believe that there is […]

Escape Awareness Drill

Tweet I am a big fan of unconventional training and, since awareness is the greater part of self-defense, here’s an unconventional drill you can do during the day: I once read that the first thing a professional burglar does after breaking into a building is to look for escape routes. This would be pretty important […]