30 November 2015



28 November 2015

Yet another shooting in Colorado, leaving 3 dead and others wounded, the need to prepare

Once again, I am sad to report that we have seen another example of how one man, now identified as Robert Lewis Dear, can lock down an entire city.  Victims were forced to wait hours to be rescued. Imagine if there was more than one shooter or location.  It is coming.  You need to be prepared and equipped.

Because we are in the business of personal preparedness and protection, we are left wondering why, with the suspect distracted, an armed citizen was not able to walk up and put a round in the back of his head and end the killing.  The second thing we wonder is for those dead or wounded, would they have survived or had better outcomes had they had training on how to treat gun shots wounds and shock.

Please keep the victims in your prayers.

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25 November 2015

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You cannot Vet the undocumented

From the feedback on 911 in a mobile society, what you need to know, once again I realize that many people’s understanding of how emergency services work is based on what they see on TV and in the movies.

How Citizens are identified- If for some reason a policeman in any state, in any town in the US, comes in contact with someone he needs to identify, it works like this.  In many cases, it will be the registered owner of the vehicle they stop, usually the registered owners driver’s license number will be on the registration.  He can get all of this information through communications even before he stops a car.  It only takes a few minutes.  Often however the person that is stopped, especially if they are not connected to a vehicle, they will not be carrying any ID at all. Of course, I realize this America and we are not required to produce “papers” while just walking out in public.  But, at least where I worked, if they had no ID they were not exercising their constitutional rights.  They were criminals who anticipated contact with the police.  In that case. it works like this.

You simply ask them for their name, including the spelling, and their date of birth, and if they have a driver’s license in any state.  With that information, using the height and weight of the person in front of you, most of the time you can narrow down who they are pretty quick.  Body language and answers to your questions set alarm bells off pretty fast if they are giving you bad information.  Depending on the circumstances, you can request a criminal history check through communications.  I say depending on the circumstances because both your name and that of the dispatcher are on that request and you better have an answer as to what your reason was for running it.
For instance, one night I had a guy stopped for DWI and he gave me a name and date of birth that came back as having a valid license, but my intuition told me he was lying. 

 After running a criminal history, I found out he was lying when I asked him how he lost his eye.  He said “what”, because on his criminal history under scars/marks/tattoos it said he was missing an eye.  The man’s name and DOB he had used was actually his wife’s new husband.

Even when it comes to illegals from Mexico, you can find out who they really are because if you have them for a crime they have probably already committed other crimes in the Border States and have fingerprints on file.

Sometimes though you have someone that refuses to identify themselves, which is their right unless they are charged with the crime.  During the booking process, their prints are taken and they are eventually identified.  What you should be taking away from this is the “Vetting” requires the person to have a documented background.  The only two ways to confirm the identity of a human being are fingerprints and DNA.

Refugees from Syria likely do not have any fingerprints or DNA on file, so even if you were to take both upon arrival there will be nothing to compare them to.  From that point on if they do something that information would be helpful.

At the time of entry, it is likely that the only thing you will have are documents which we know are easily forged.  As we found out from Cuba, using refugee status in a great way to export your criminals.  The places these refugees are coming from make Mexico seem technologically advanced.  Unless they are already on the terrorist watch list, there is no way to know if they are a criminal, terrorist, or like the majority just a refugee fleeing terror.  In any of these cases, here is the problem-

Criminal history- especially when it comes to males.  You have no way of knowing if this person is a petty thief or rapist.

No fixed location- unlike most of us reading this they will have no ties to any communities in the US.  If this was bail review, the person in question would be considered a substantial flight risk.  So, if they walk off from where they are housed, it is reasonable to believe you might never track them down.

Pandemic- this world and this country are long overdue for a Pandemic.  You are bringing people here from what is basically a different world.  Look at the questions they ask about travel when you go to the emergency room here in the US.  At the port of entry everyone coming in contact with them may be exposed to diseases that have been eradicated in the US.  Eventually the children will go to school children, children’s whose parents more and more refuse to have them vaccinated.

Ripe for radicalization- if they are not radicalized when they get here, there will be plenty waiting to help them get radicalized when they arrive.  It will all be done under a humanitarian guise by mosques coming to the aid of the refugees.  The refugees, feeling disenfranchised and angry, will provided the perfect Petri dish to be radicalized.

As far as terrorism goes, our Southern border is a moot point now.  You are talking about putting up a fence around your house while the front door is being held wide open.  Think about what would the typical background, actions, and appearance be more suspect in a group of Mexicans sneaking across the border or with a group of Syrians flowing into the US.

The idea of “Vetting” someone with no traceable background is ridiculous. 

24 November 2015

911 in a mobile society, what you need to know

Every year, approximately 240,0000 calls are made to 911 through over 6,000 call centers.  The FCC estimates that approximately 70% of those calls are from cell phones.  When 911 began in 1968, all phone numbers were tied to a physical address, obviously this is not the case anymore.  More and more homes do not even have a land line and solely rely on their cell phones.  Emergency communications professionals and the FCC are trying to play catch up, but admit that they are nowhere close and at best we have a patchwork of quick fixes.  In an emergency, the illusion of 911 being your security blanket could get you killed.

No matter where you are in the US, if you call 911 the first question you will hear is “where is your emergency”.  It is the single most vital piece of information you will need to provide.  In the best case scenario, you know where you are and help is on the way.  But, we know that best case scenarios cannot be counted on, especially in an emergency.  As required by the FCC, if you call 911 the GPS in your phone immediately turns on whether you had it turned on or not.  If you cannot speak, or the call is dropped, the closest tower can sometimes provide the longitude and latitude of your location within 50 meters.  Notice that I said sometimes.  Even if it works and you are at a fixed location, they have been known to be a mile or more off.  You also need to understand that the tower does not give your elevation.  It is pinning you down to street level location.  If you are in an office building, not only can they not tell what floor you are on, but it is likely because of being in a building and up high that you are pinging between towers or not hitting any at all.

Like I said earlier, 911 was designed to send emergency services to fixed locations.  There is a high probability that when you call 911 on your phone you will be walking or driving.  If you are driving, your location is changing rapidly and you are going to be pinging against different towers.  In this case if you cannot give your location because you don’t know where you are, because for an example have been abducted, it is unlikely that emergency services will be able to keep up with you.

Something else that many don’t realize is that in most cases you cannot text 911.  That means in a situation such as a burglar in your house, or an actives shooter in your school, if you are hiding, trying to be quiet, you will need to try to call 911, and possibly alert the attacker to your hiding place.

Taking the above information into consideration, here is our advice-
Don’t rush to call 911- Putting your head down to do so does not give you a “time out” from reality.  Just because you are on the phone does not mean you cannot get hit, shot, or struck by a car as you stumble around an accident scene.

Call 911 when it is safe to do so- preferably from a fixed location where you don’t have to move from.  This is going to require you to take action to protect or treat yourself or someone else before calling 911.  A person will not start breathing or stop bleeding because you are calling 911.  If you don’t have personal protection and preparedness skill sets, now is the time to get them.

Landmarks, landmarks, landmarks- from experience I can tell you that police will usually find a landmark faster that an address.  If you are in a vehicle, try to tell them what you are coming up to instead of what you just passed.  Even at that rate you will likely be past that point, continue to update if possible.  Business names are easier to read at a distance than street signs.  If you cannot see any buildings, let them know roads you are coming up to.

If you cannot talk- send a text to someone that you know will most likely answer.  The text should look something like this “CALL 911, ANYTOWN USA”  This is going to require them to call their local 911 and tell the dispatcher that they got a 911 text from someone in ANYTOWN USA.  They will have to put you in contact with that call center.  When they answer you back, you can say something along the lines of “201 EAST ELM ST 3RD FLOOR ACTIVE SHOOTER I AM IN A CLOSET”

Giving information- whether talking or texting during an emergency, take a breath, think about what you are going to say and type before doing so.  Share as much information as possible with the least amount of words.  The longer the dispatcher is listening to you, the longer it takes for her to send the appropriate assets your way.  They can get the details as they have units heading in your direction.

Texting pictures- if you find yourself in an unfamiliar building and can take a picture out of a window and text it, emergencies can use that to pin point your location.

Remember, even a successful call to 911 will only bring emergency services to something that has likely already occurred.  It does nothing to stop what has happened or is happening.  Prepare yourself accordingly.

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23 November 2015

MCS partners with Not One More to provide training for women in recovery

We are happy to report that after almost a year of jumping through hoops and getting things in line we have started providing our Personal Protection Course through Not One More to women in recovery.

Click here to read the story and watch the video about the first class Featured on Fox43.

19 November 2015

How to give a good suspect description

 More than ever it is important for the Citizenry to prepare for the worst.  When something happens that involves bad guys getting away, a good suspect description can save lives.  Many descriptions contain lots of information but are not all that helpful.

Report what you noticed the most-  they will be the same things that make people stand out in any normal situations.  Things like accents, piercings, and scars/marks/ and tattoos.  If there was more than one suspect did they call each by name or nickname.

What shoes were they wearing-  yeah, you read that right.  Very often it is a shoe print that solves a crime.  Clothing descriptions are good but people will often change their clothes immediately after a crime.  More often criminals will wear several layers of clothing allowing them to just shed the top layer.  It is much more uncommon for them to change their shoes.  Color of shoe, type and condition can be important details.  Shoes are one of the first things I look at when visually patting down people I come into contact with.

Physical description-
Race (black, white, Hispanic, mixed, other)
Head hair
Facial hair
Height in 2 inch increments
Weight in 5 lb increments
Age in 5 year increments
Clothing (color/brand/logo)

Vehicle description-  from experience I can tell you that sitting on the side of the road looking for a suspect vehicle identified only by make, model, color, and partial tag (most often one or two of those things) can be frustrating.  Again, try to concentrate on things that stand out.  The easiest thin to change on a vehicle is the license plates.  Body damage, stickers, and after market parts like custom rims or spoilers can be spotted by responding officers at a distance.  Don't forget direction of travel.

For this and many other reasons the prepared should always have a pen and something to write on.  An index card folded in half is great tor taking notes.