SHERIFF IVEY: Give the Gift of Self Protection

By  //  December 10, 2013

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gift ideas that you can buy your family or friends

As promised, the next two Crime Prevention messages are my list of great gift ideas that you can buy your family or friends for the holidays.

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SHERIFF WAYNE IVEY: “Almost every gift that we are going to discuss can be purchased locally from a Brevard County business. Please make sure you not only research the item, but also make sure it is the right selection for you and your physical capabilities.” (BCSO image)

Gifts that might be somewhat unique, but are affordable and most importantly, great resources to keep those you care about safe.

Almost every gift that we are going to discuss can be purchased locally from a Brevard County business. Please make sure you not only research the item, but also make sure it is the right selection for you and your physical capabilities.

If you can’t find it locally, you can look on-line, but make sure you are buying from a reputable business to ensure your credit card and personal information is protected.

With that said, lets jump into the gifts that I would personally be excited to tear open on Christmas Morning.

NUMBER ONE: Firearm gift certificate

Potential Cost: Varied Depending On Model and Style

Regardless if it is for personal protection, target shooting, collecting, or even hunting, a gift certificate for a firearm is a great gift idea for a family member, friend, or business associate.

Beginning in January and continuing every last Saturday of the Month for 2014, our agency will host a course that is designed to make sure our citizens know how to properly handle a firearm for personal protection.

I recommend getting them a gift certificate, as the individual who is actually getting the gift needs to make sure the firearm is the right choice for them, while completing the purchase personally.

NUMBER TWO: Enroll A Family Member or Friend In A Brevard County Sheriff’s Office Class

“Self Defense Through Tactical Shooting and Decision Making”

Potential Cost: $50.00

Beginning in January and continuing every last Saturday of the Month for 2014, our agency will host a course that is designed to make sure our citizens know how to properly handle a firearm for personal protection.

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Enroll A Family Member or Friend In the Brevard County Sheriff’s Office “Self Defense Through Tactical Shooting and Decision Making” Class. (Shutterstock image)

Geared toward gun owners of all ages and levels of expertise, this class teaches proficiency, mind set, tactical shooting, weapon retention, reloading, and will provide an in-depth look at the legalities of Stand Your Ground, Castle Doctrine and laws relating to Self Defense.

This class also provides a computer generated portion that provides the attendee with split second shoot / don’t shoot scenarios. For more information, please visit our website at brevardcountysheriff.com.

NUMBER THREE: Taser
Potential Cost: Varied Depending On Model and Style

Tasers are great gift ideas and come in different styles and models that are sure to be the right choice. They are very affordable and are an excellent resource for protection.

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Tasers are great gift ideas and come in different styles and models that are sure to be the right choice. They are very affordable and are an excellent resource for protection. (Photo by Toby Talbot)

My personal favorite is the Taser that is built into a flashlight.

This multi-purpose weapon can be used when walking to your car in a dimly lighted area or when walking your pet.

There is also a “Taser Cane” that can be a great gift idea for anyone that uses a cane to aid mobility.

The taser component is built into the side of the cane and can easily be activated to scare off would be criminals.

Other styles and models are also available so please research the various styles and also make sure you are completely familiar with applicable laws in the area you reside or travel.

NUMBER FOUR: Video Cameras For Home Or Business

Potential Cost: Extremely Affordable But Varied By Models And Abilities

Today’s fast paced and technology driven world offers so many tools to help keep us safe and video cameras are one of the best.

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Affordable and manageable, these devices provide the ability to not only record what happens at our home, but also keep a watchful and pro-active eye on our homes and business even when we are not there. (Shutterstock image)

Affordable and manageable, these devices provide the ability to not only record what happens at our home, but also keep a watchful and pro-active eye on our homes and business even when we are not there.

Some of the more advanced models have applications that allow the owner to watch their locations from Smart Phones and Remote Computers.

This is a great gift idea for everyone and especially for loved ones and family members that may need some assistance like our seniors.

NUMBER FIVE: Door and Home Security Enhancements

Associated Costs: Very Inexpensive and Affordable

Imagine the added security you can give a family member or neighbor that lives alone and could use some help with security at their home.

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When first constructed, most homes have locks and security measures that are extremely limited in ability to protect the homeowner. (Shutterstock image)

When first constructed, most homes have locks and security measures that are extremely limited in ability to protect the homeowner.

For example, door locks are most often installed with smaller screws that only attach to the molding and offer very limited protection.

More secure devices can be purchased at local hardware retailers that offer greater protection and are constructed with stronger components. Properly placed lighting is another great idea for home security.

For limited costs you can install security lighting and motion detectors. You can also buy remotely controlled lighting, so lights can be accessed and turned on/off from the safety and security of other locations like the bedroom in case they hear an intruder or other noise within their home.

A little on-line research offers great lock and lighting suggestions, even for the person who has everything.

NMBER SIX: Pepper Spray

Potential Cost: Very Inexpensive

While I am not personally a big fan, Pepper Spray styled protection is a choice for those who feel comfortable using them.

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Even law enforcement officers are trained to experience the effects of the spray as we know fist hand that it can accidentally get on you when used. (Shutterstock image)

There are several different models available and they are also a great gift idea for a member of the family that is away at college.

The biggest concern with using pepper spray is to make sure that you are familiar with the effects of the spray as it may get on you when deployed.

Even law enforcement officers are trained to experience the effects of the spray as we know fist hand that it can accidentally get on you when used.

Please keep in mind that Pepper Spray has a shelf life and if kept too long, can be limited in its effect.

Number Seven: Alarm Upgrades

Potential Cost: Varied Depending On Model And Installation Needs

Many of our citizens often tell me that they have antiquated alarm systems in their homes that were installed many years ago or even were included at the time the home was built.

Security devices can be purchased at local hardware retailers that offer greater protection and are constructed with stronger components. For limited costs you can install security lighting and motion detectors. You can also buy remotely controlled lighting, so lights can be accessed and turned on/off from the safety and security of other locations like the bedroom in case they hear an intruder or other noise within their home.

A great gift idea is to upgrade the alarm system technology so it is designed to meet today’s crime trends. For example, many of the systems do not include “Pressure or Break Sensors” on the windows or sliding glass doors.

This is a simple upgrade that aids in keeping the home safe and prevents the criminal from breaking out the window and then crawling through to avoid opening the window. Regardless of the type of alarm upgrade, an inspection is always a great way to ensure you and your family are safe.

Next week we will talk about seven more unique gift ideas to help keep us and those we love safe in their homes and businesses.

Please share our Crime Prevention Tips with everyone you know so that we do everything we can to keep each other safe.


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