Self Defense 101

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Would you be able to defend yourself and your loved ones if someone were to physically attack you? It’s a question most of us don’t want to consider, but violence is, unfortunately, a fact of life. Thankfully, regardless of strength, size, or previous training, anyone can learn several effective self-defense techniques. Here’s how to prepare for and stay safe in common real-world violent situations.

 

The Most Effective Body Parts to Hit:

When you’re in a confrontation, you only have a few seconds and a few moves to try before the fight may be decided. Before an attacker has gained full control of you, you must do everything you can—conserving as much energy as possible—to inflict injury so you can get away. (This is no time to be civil. In a physical confrontation that calls for self-defense, it’s hurt or be hurt.) So aim for the parts of the body where you can do the most damage easily: the eyes, nose, ears, neck, groin, knee, and legs.

 

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Gun Safety

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Keep your guns safe!..

Today we're talking about gun safety. There are many different ways to keep guns safe. Such as, educating yourself and others about your gun or guns in general. over all respect for a gun and knowing how to properly handle it. The correct way to clean and load a gun. And how to correctly lock it up.

 

Here are a few tips on how to keep your gun safe from children.

 

  1. Store guns in a locked location, unloaded, out of the reach and sight of children.
  2. Store ammunition in a separate locked location, out of the reach and sight of children.
  3. Keep the keys and combinations hidden.
  4. When a gun is not in its lock box, keep it in your line of sight.
  5. Make sure all guns are equipped with effective, child-resistant gun locks.
  6. Educate.

 

Some people think if you teach children about guns it will make them want to play with it. Infact this is opposite of the truth. A study from 1994 to 2014 has shown children from age 8 to 16 showed less interest in using a gun that they knew about.  The children that learned the in's and out's, safety and how to respect gun became less curious about the gun then children that didn't know about it. The children that were not told about safety, the in's and out's and to respect the gun wanted to play with it once the adults left the room. They became heavily curious and if it had been loaded at the time of the experiment they would have been harmed. If you have a gun in your home or other think about what you'd prefer... Your curious child finding it randomly and not knowing anything about it except what they've learned on tv or would you rather them know the true facts and how to understand and respect a gun?..

 

There are also free programs where they talk about gun safety and even give out free locks you guns. You can find more info at ChildSafe.com & Kidshealth.org.


What Are The Gun Control Effects on Crime and Murder

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One of the biggest issues involving gun control is directly correlated to its effects on crime and murder. Those who support the gun control movement will claim that imposing stricter firearm laws, violent crimes such as murder will decline because of having the availability of firearms curtailed.
Conversely, individuals that support gun rights and are against gun control will argue that not only does gun control not reduce crime and murder rates, but it actually stimulates them and makes them rise. Very much like the larger scope of the entire gun control debate, it is of no surprise that both opposing factions will reach a stalemate in regarding gun control and its actual effects on crime and murder.
However, it is important to note that arguments and debate on the subject are not the main reason as to being able to determinately claim fact to one or the other, but it is the discrepancy in the statistics and facts themselves that lend to dispute. In measuring the quantifiable effects of gun control on crime and murder, there are two problems that are bound to surface.
Firstly, gun control refers to an all encompassing term that can be linked to the specific laws and regulations enforced by the government restricting firearms as well as the safety measures such as safety components or trigger locks used for firearms and guns.
It is important to see how the interaction of how the various laws and the various governing bodies in the country--meaning the levels of government: federal, state, and local--actually effect crime and murder based on the overall and singular interaction of each provision and enforcement. Because the laws not only vary from the federal to the state level, the further even more so from state to state.
The differing laws lend for the ability to measure the impact on crime to become skewed or insufficient; the various laws do not necessarily allow for a uniform reproduction of empirical data across the board. Secondly, just because the laws are written in to law does not necessarily mean that they are being enforced equally at the different levels of government. It has to be taken in to account the human aspect of fallacy of enforcing the laws as strictly as the law intends, and that not all laws will be enforced as strictly as another.
Such aspects make the measuring of crime and murder and the effect gun control has extremely difficult to calculate, and even more so, to determine accurately. However, statistics are available to show a correlation between gun control and crime, but these will also vary depending which side of the argument is presenting the data, as well as the focus or concentration of specific areas or data in order to prove one of two points: gun control lowers crime and murder, or gun control does not affect crime and murder, and may even influence it to occur more.
The effects that gun control has on crime is almost strictly correlated with crimes that are of a violent nature based on the assumption that firearms will be more likely to be employed in committing such a crime. In general, it has been reported that 60% to 70% of all homicides involve firearms. Out of this firearms, about 80% involved handguns.
Since the implementations of more restrictions and regulations involving the purchases, possession, or carrying of handguns have been more explicitly stressed since the 1970s and 1980s, there has been a general decline of firearm related violent related crimes, particularly homicides. From the early 1990s to turn of the century, this decline has been at a steady average at about 10% each year, with a total decline of about 50%.
Such statistical reports will provide for factual evidence extensively showing how crime can be reduced with pro gun control implementations. Not only do these numbers prove a positive effect about gun control, but it is a drastic and impressive one. Another report showed that there are about 6.3 million violent crimes committed in 1999. Violent crimes including rape or sexual assault, robber, and assault were considered for this statistic.
Out of those crimes, just over 500,000 involved the use of firearms, which is about 8% of the total estimation of violent crimes. This statistic essentially shows that firearms are not necessarily properly correlated with their use during violent crimes, and therefore, extensive gun control laws deem to be excessive and unfair to those citizens legally allowed to own and use them.
 An example of how stricter gun control laws did not aid in lowering crime rates is Washington D.C. In 1976, D.C. adopted what was to be considered one of the few extremely restrictive gun control policies in the country. The murder rate since the time of new gun control policy rose 134%. Yet another example is New York City, which also implemented similarly stringent gun laws as D.C. had similar results.
In the early 1970s, about 19 % of homicides involved pistols, and shortly after the new laws were in place, this number rose to about 50%. Furthermore, the restriction of firearms allowed for only 28,000 lawfully possessed or acquired firearms, yet law enforcement estimations had the number at 1.3 million illegal handguns in the city. Conversely, states with fewer restrictions such as New Hampshire and Vermont, have proven to the safest of all the states, with Vermont ranking in at 49th in crime and 47th in murders.
Another important facet to consider is the institution of concealed carry laws. Concealed carry laws allow eligible firearm owners to carry their weapons in a concealed fashion, as allowed by law. Those supporting gun control argued that no one but law enforcement or military personnel has the need to carry firearms in public, and much less so, to do so concealed from clear view. However, states that implemented concealed carry laws saw murder rates drop an average of 8.5%, rapes by about 5%, assault by 7%, and robbery by about 3%.
Texas is a great example, which saw its crime rates drop 50% faster than the rest of the nation; before the passage of the law, crime rates were above the national average by 38%. Unfortunately, the reports regarding gun control and its effects on crime and murder are subject to bias; furthermore, the information is available to those who seek it, but the general public is subject only to media outlets that may choose to present a certain aspect of statistics to further provide for gaining supporters for their own cause.
The focus of violent crimes and gun control has shifted in recent times to the subject of gun violence and youth. Tragedies such as the Columbine High School and Virginia Tech massacres have produced an outcry about gun control implementations being necessary for the protection of children and young adults throughout the country.
It is an alarming situation to consider because this age group, which is considered to be in the range of 14 to 24, seems to increase in terms of commission of violent crimes. From the mid-1980s to the early 1990s, firearm related homicides committed by children from ages 14 to 17 increased from about 850 to just over 3,000, an increase of almost 300%.
The reason as to why the numbers increased so dramatically is still yet to be determined, and just as a fervent argument and debate as gun control; issues constantly blamed include violence in TV and movies, violent or negative lyrics in music, aggressive types of music, etc. Regardless of the reasons why, it is obvious that children are gaining access to firearms in one way or another--most likely their own homes. Gun control supporters would encourage the passage of more strict laws for firearms due to such alarming statistics.
Those against gun control would argue that firearms are not the issue; the acquisition of firearms by children or other unqualified persons is directly caused individuals breaking the law, and not the community of lawful firearms users and owners. Furthermore, a valid point would also prove to be important is the consideration that the parents of children using firearms for violent crimes have to remain responsible for their own children, particularly if the firearm came from their own homes.
Firearms users must be held responsible for the proper storage and safe keeping of their weapons from all people who are unauthorized to them, especially if the weapons are kept in the house for self-defense and young children are living with them. Though it is have been proven the shooters at Columbine acquired their guns from gun shows--which at the time, did not conduct background checks--the access of firearms to children at the home must be regulated by the parents.
The effects of the Columbine shooting were a result of a community stricken by horror and anger, and demanded immediate action. Though nothing happened immediately at the federal level, Colorado passed legislature that required stricter regulations for gun shows in the state. The tragedies at both Columbine and Virginia Tech have slowly pushed pro gun control sentiments in the direction of instituting further legislation on firearms, even with the support of the NRA for stricter background checks.
However, the acts of violence themselves and gun control show that there may be a correlation between the availability of guns and crime. What the relationship is still undetermined for such contradictory data exists that can trump and repel arguments given by both sides of the gun control debate, pro gun control and against gun control.
 

 

We've got even more exciting news to share with you!..

WE ARE HONORED TO INTRODUCE OUR VICE PRESIDENT OF NATIONAL OPERATIONS.

 

Leon Bombard - Following the family tradition in joining the military with the United States Army he retires after a 40 years of activate and reserved duties with a honorably discharged. After his military career, he began in the serve on Colorado Springs Police Department while serving patrol and in the traffic division. Later was promoted and was assigned to the Detective Bureau. While on the police force of 10 years he was injuried on duty. Mr. Bombard move onto the security industry worked his way to the title of Security Director of fortune 100 and 500 companies like Walmart, Sears and the Navy exchange, including small business such as and Security and Safety for Soleil Management at Tahiti Village and Siegel Corporation as Security Manager for all Siegel properties. His vast experience in the fields of military, law enforcement, security and investigation for the past 48 years where he has covered all types of senerios in security, investigations to include Executive Protection. A membership of the Urban & Las Vegas chamber of commerce helps maintain the pulse and understands the needs of our community. His leadership, experience and his certifications in different weapons makes his ability to serve our clients with professionalism and with integrity a key to our sucess. It is with honor and great pride that Mr. Bombard brings this focused experience to servicing American Protection Group and its clients to ensure that they receive the same dedication, commitment, service and excellence.

 

Hey APG Family,

This month has brought in big changes to our California division and we are excited to share the news with everyone!

We have a new office in Irvine & Chico, CA!

Charlie Kung our former Ops Manager from San Francisco will be taking over as newest operation command for the Irvine area. He has been working for APG and has done a superior job at our former San Francisco area command. We are confident he will be leading this new office to a prosperous path.

Sacramento & Chico Divisions:

Angel Melgar has moved up the ranks in APG since he started in the Los Angeles area as a guard to now our new Operation in Sacramento & Chico Area Commands.

LA headquarters:

Jeff Conaway our former Ops is now our Sales and Customer Service Representative. He has a wide range of experience in public service, law enforcement and hospitality management that we think will be an excellent contribution to our sales department.

Jonathon Miller-Brown has been promoted to Captain, he has been working diligently to show us he is capable of the position and we are confident he will do well.

Alejandro Barajas has been promoted to Lieutenant, although he is our newest member in our leadership department, he has proven himself capable of handling the many duties that come with the position.

American Protection Group is always striving to improve the quality of our work as a company and we know that these changes will bring in a positive outcome! Congratulations to all the above mentioned and thank you to everyone that has been with us working hard to improve our services. Let’s continue to put in effort so that we can all grow and make APG a success.

 

Could You Be A Target?

Are You A Target?

This Blog was not intent to make you afraid of things and discouraging you from leaving your house. But, our point that we would like you to take away from this Blog is that you can protect yourself. But, you must be proactive to do so. You need to be aware of your surroundings, and you need to have an idea of how you will respond if you are faced with a threatening situation. No matter if you are home, on the job or even on vaction. Remeber these tips, Because one day they could save your life.

 

 

1. Don’t be predictable. Take a different route to work. Leave a little earlier. Leave a little later. Go to the store on a different day. Go to a different store.

 

2. Be aware of your surroundings. First, notice your surroundings. When you know your surroundings, you can take better notice of the things that are out of the ordinary. Consider, whether you need to tell someone or react. Don’t presume changes in your surroundings are innocent or fine. (In other words, be just a little paranoid.) Just because you are at home, in your world, does not mean you can let your guard down.

 

3. Play the “what if” game. As you are taking your different route to work, ask yourself, what if that car pulls right out in front of you … where will you go? What if that truck doesn’t stop at its red light, do you have time to stop, someplace to go? What if the driver of the car in front of you slams on his brakes? Do you have time and distance to respond? You probably already do this, it is called defensive driving.

 

4. Be prepared. Mentally prepare yourself, believe and know that you can protect yourself and your family if you need to. In the training, we saw a video of a man who starts whacking a car that is sitting at a stop light with a large metal pipe. What would you do? Did you leave yourself enough room to maneuver away? Does it matter that the light is red? Would you go through it anyway? What if this was happening to the person in the car next to you? What would you do? By being mentally prepared, you can have the upper hand. Your aggressor will be surprised at your response, take advantage of that. But, if you are taken by surprise your ability to respond appropriately and adequately is limited. This does not mean to be provocative and ask for a confrontation. This is to be prepared and know how to respond if you are confronted.

 

5. Don’t make yourself vulnerable. Trust your gut. It has been said, your gut feeling is not just a guess, your gut feeling is your body reacting based upon knowledge or experience before your mind can fully process the information it is receiving. If you are out shopping and you notice someone frequently and they appear to be overly observant of or interested in, or acting out of normal (remember, point 4), trust your gut. Maybe he isn’t so innocent. Watch yourself when you would be most vulnerable … down the hall to the bathroom which is tucked way back in the corner or in the parking lot when no one else is around. If you feel vulnerable don’t be afraid to ask for assistance. I recently had a personal experience here. I was going into a store. A man standing a few stores down yelled and asked me for bus money. I told him I didn’t have any. He started yelling at me louder. I went into the store. When I was checking out, I noticed he was now standing in front of the store I had entered. I asked the clerk for someone to escort me out.

 

6. Be aware of who you are in the electronic world. A lot of information is out there about you. Public officials have records of where you live for tax and property ownership purposes. If you participate in any type of social media, are your settings the most secure they can be? What about your friends? Do they talk with you and then everyone can see? Be careful what you put out there and how much information you put out there about your family.


APG Joins FEMA & The National Guard in Chico, CA

FEMA has delivered mutiple mobile home units to McClellan Aif Force Base in Chico, CA to aid those affected by the Paradise fire. APG's finest is posted at the location to aid and secure the location from any threat. Many Paradise fire victimes were relieved to see that the location was inclosed and had security on site. FEMA has setup an email address for proporty owners who would like to submit potential locations to help aid Paradise fire victimes at fema-housing-solutions@fema.dhs.gov.

Photo Credit to: Angel Melgar


Why do I need CCTV for my business?

CCTV or closed-circuit television is a TV system in which signals are not publicly distributed but are monitored, primarily for surveillance and security purposes. CCTV relies on strategic placement of cameras and observation of the camera's  monitors are somewhere specific.

 

So why do we need versions of CCTV for our businesses?

 

 

  1. Reduce Cost and Risk

CCTV security systems prove themselves as the best investment as soon as they are installed. Full view of your premises and real-time recording as well as remote online access by owner/manager lowers the risk and prevents costly incidents such as burglary, fire, vandalism, etc.

 

  1. Prevent and Deter Crime

Criminals target buildings and facilities when they see there is no monitoring or watchdog. The very presence of CCTV cameras on an installation is enough to deter potential criminals and prevent their action at the outset. Similarly, by the sight of a safety hazard, employees can take the necessary action to reduce the risk and alleviate the source in the shortest possible times.

 

  1. Fool-Proof Coverage

A well-designed CCTV infrastructure is practically impenetrable and can provide 100% coverage. Multiple cameras keeping an eye on each other’s blind spots in addition to keeping an eye on the most vulnerable areas of the property, full monitoring is not hampered by human errors such as the guard being on shut-eye or being busy with something else. Remote online access as well as recording of the events documents everything should it be needed by the police or judge.

 

  1. Keep Your Employees Honest

CCTV cameras on the outside prevent break-ins by outsiders, but if installed inside the facility to monitor sensitive materiel, goods, and assets, as well as vulnerable areas of a facility, it will prevent wrong doing by company employees. Even if something happens, the recorded video will prevent wrong accusation and lack of trust among all staff.

 

  1. Encourage Good Behavior

CCTV cameras help in creating discipline among employees and customers alike.  CCTV cameras encourage employees and buyers to be on their best behavior alike. It also gives customers a sense of security and safety as they know they are protected and gives them confidence in doing business with you.

 

  1. Prevent Safety Incidents

CCTV cameras can be installed in high-risk areas of a business facility or establishment. These high-risk and accident-prone areas include locations where fires can break out as well as locations where a potential danger to the building and personnel exist. Properly selected cameras can prevent potential damage because emergency measures can be taken immediately with careful monitoring.

 

  1. Assist Law Enforcement

CCTV recording of the scene of the crime, allow law enforcement agencies to use the footage and release photos and videos of the culprits to the public. A picture or a video record of the suspect can make a huge difference when it comes to making an arrest and getting dangerous criminals off the street.

 


Safety In Your Place of Worship

Sharing this info in light of what has been happening around the US lately.


How Home & Business Cameras are saving lives

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We all have known about those traffic cams sitting above traffic lights but what we all didn't know was how they are still used today yet for an other reason.

Missing people...

When an amber alert goes out traffic cams are looked at in the area. Also home and business cameras. Last year many kidnapped children and missing adults were found because of information received through the records of cameras near the kidnappings. Also stolen items and vehicales were recovered thanks to business owners and home owners who had private cameras on their property.

 

These are just a few great reasons why you should have cameras on your property.

 

Catch Intruders.

Catch Late Employees.

Catch Employee Stealing.

Catch Carriers Delivering Packages. (safely or not)

See Who Damaged Merchandise.

See What Time Someone Left or Came Home.

See What Happened To Your Pet While You Were Out.

 

There are endless possibilities to what a camera can do and how it can save a life. . .

 

 


Which service do I need?

Armed, Unarmed or PI ?

 


Understanding the differences between A, UA & PI well help you understand which service would fit your needs best.

 

 

Unarmed Security

Unarmed security guards generally aren’t equipped with firearms. They may have non-lethal weapons, like capsicum spray, a baton, or in some areas a taser. Unarmed security officers tend to be a choice that is most popular when the risk of an actual threat or disturbance is relatively low.

Armed Security

In security situations, an armed security guard is generally one who is allowed to carry a weapon that would be considered lethal – a gun. It is very common to find armed security officers in settings that are considered at more moderate or high risks for crime.

 

Private Investigator

Private investigators must have a keen eye, excellent observation skills, and an analytical mind. Often referred to as private detectives, these professionals use a number of surveillance and investigative techniques to gather accurate information on the subject or situation in question. Private investigators are licensed to practice in the state in which they work, and may either work full time as employees or be contracted to work with private detective firms, police departments, private businesses and organizations, as well as individual clients.

 


What should you keep in your car for an emergancy?

In case you are stranded, keep an emergency supply kit in your car with the addition of these automobile extras:

  • Jumper cables

  • Flares or reflective triangle
  • Ice scraper
  • Car cell phone charger

  • Cat litter or sand for better tire traction

Prepare Your Vehicle for Emergencies

Have a mechanic check the following on your vehicle prior to an emergency:

  • Antifreeze levels

  • Battery and ignition system

  • Brakes

  • Exhaust system

  • Fuel and air filters

  • Heater and defroster

  • Lights and flashing hazard lights

  • Oil

  • Thermostat

  • Windshield wiper equipment and washer fluid level

Vehicle Safety Tips

  • Keep your gas tank full in case of evacuation or power outages. A full tank will also keep the fuel line from freezing
  • Install good winter tires and ensure they have adequate tread or any jurisdiction-required chains or studs

  • Do not drive through flooded areas. Six inches of water can cause a vehicle to lose control or possibly stall. A foot of water will float many cars.
  • Be aware of areas where floodwaters have receded. Roads may have weakened and could collapse under the weight of a car.
  • If a power line falls on your car you are at risk of electrical shock, stay inside until a trained person removes the wire.
  • If there is an explosion or other factor that makes it difficult to control the vehicle, pull over, stop the car and set the parking brake.
  • If the emergency could impact the physical stability of the roadway avoid overpasses, bridges, power lines, signs and other hazards

APG does what?..

We all wonder what makes one company different from the next. Is there better service, more qualified staff or even just better customer reviews. Reguardless of how you rate a company I believe it comes down to how much they really care. If a company does a good job and thats it, its kinda mediocre. If a company does a great job and follows up after. Now thats a company I want working for me.

 

At APG they strive to push the limits. They go above their requested duties all the time. Offering more then just your average security services!

 

So what do they offer?

APG offers a variety of services. You have walking patrol, vehicle patrol, camera surveillance, security sureillance installation and service, gated surveillance, ID checks, private investigations and even much, much more!

 

So why are they better?

APG towers over many of the competing companies because they do one major thing different then the rest... They never stop upgrading their level of professionalism. Staff is updated multipe times throughout the year on current changes in services, techniques and over all customer service. Staff goes through training courses where they must pass new regulations in order to continue and recertify as staff or guards. APG has strict guidelines and rules. They have a zero tolerance for negligence and anything not showing the highest form of professionalism. I have never seen a company more adequate in every department of their business. That's why when choosing APG for your security services you will never be let down. They just simply do not allow it. Yet, if an unfortunate event does occur trust me when I say they jump right on the issue. Every client gets immediate action from a Supervisor and/ or a Operations Manager. APG belives in amending any issues that may occur right when it happens. Speed and accuracy is everything when it comes down to great service.


A promise

APG makes the promise of great and reliable service to their clients. For over 30 years APG has taken their work performance one step further then just great service. Each contract is personalized to meet your expectations and customized to give you the greatest service. APG is fast to respond and each client feels as if they are APG's number one priority.