Torches are most often something that is kept in the Kitchen Draw and dug out when there is a black out or for the annual family camping trip. Even in a black out most of us are stumbling trying to remember where our torch is.
We are firm believers everyone should carry a Flash Light and be equipped to operate it as a tactical tool in a self defence situation. Not to mention being a handy help in a number of less threatening or critical situations such as changing a tyre, locating dropped items
Here is a few ways a simple cost effective torch can be used:
Identifying Potential Threats – Would be attackers, robbers and other criminals like to use the element of surprise and most often use the cover of darkness to his or her advantage. A bright light can be used to effectively illuminate the area, identifying potential threats and often just shining a torch on a would be offender is enough to scare them away.
Startling would be perpetrators – A bobbing flashlight identifies a security guard or law enforcing officer the world over. Merely seeing a flashlight darting around through a vacant carpark, construction site, unoccupied warehouse etc has the potential for the lurking villain to make an assumption of a Security Guard or Police Officer being present.
Disorientate and Disable assailants – Shining the Torch in the perpetrators eyes will temporary blind and confuse them providing you with a few seconds to gain some distance and run providing a distinct advantage.
Improvised Weapon – A good tactical Torch depending on the brand, make and construction can be used as a improvised weapon to strike the assaulter and defend yourself adequality, as a last resort. The sole purpose of a Flash Light is not to be used as a self defence weapon and should not be carried with the intention to do so.
Signal for Help – A bright LED Flashlight will draw attention from members of the public, police, security guards and any passers-by. Enabling to signal for assistant and potentially scaring off a would be mugger.
Choosing a good Tactical Torch really is a matter of personal preference. Here at RTC we like the old school Six (6) and Three (3) D Cell Maglite’s with the new LEDs for Duty Torches and Cant go past the newer Maglite Two (2) C Cells and The LED Lenser P5 and P7 for our more compact EDCs.
When choosing a suitable torch the following should be considered:
Lumens Output – At least 100 lumens should be considered. This will cause a blinding effect due to momentary retina burn when shined in the eyes and also provide sufficient visibility to illuminate most areas.
Bulb Type – LED Bulbs are significantly brighter and last longer than the standard incandescent bulbs. Whilst also causing less battery drain.
Size – A small flash light that is palm sized is easy and convenient to carry whilst a larger Torch is better suited to situations that are likely to require longer and heavier usage.
Construction – It is likely that the torch will be dropped and choosing a rugged housing will ensure that it stays lite even after being man handled, We recommend that the Torch is Mil-Spec and constructed from a Type 3 hardened aluminium or similar. Consideration should also be made for Waterproofing and most established brands come with an O Ring Gasket at both ends providing sufficient protection from water.
Price – Price is always a consideration with any purchase however we recommend you stay away from the cheap knockoffs
Brands – Stick with an established and know brand. Most come with a Warranty and parts will be readily available in the event that spare are needed which will be inevitable over the life of the Torch.
You may also take into consideration: Run Time, Battery Type, Weight, Beam Distance, Impact Resistance, Beam Type. Modes, Shape, Colour, Accessories and a many more factors when making a decision to purchase a Tactical Flash Light
Overgrown Shrubs, Trees and Bushes are a Thieves dream. They offer concealment from the Road, Neighbours and anyone passing by. The offer ideal hiding spots. They inhibit your view of the street and yard and they can offer entry points to upstairs windows and balconies.
Regularly trimming overgrown gardens and trees can minimise your chance of being broken into. We recommend all shrubs are 3 foot or shorter.
Consideration to bushes with thorns make it harder for criminals to hide in your yard and enter your house. Climbing Roses are ideal to be planed on a fence to discourage burglars. Barberries, Bougainvillea are examples of ideal bushes to be planted below windows.
Any over hanging branches should be trimmed away from Roofs, Doors, Windows and Balconies.
Park as close as possible to the Store, Building, CarPark Entry, Main Road, etc. and if possible under Cameras
If possible walk with others be it a security escort, a friend or wait for a co worker to leave to their car at the same time
Assess the Area and Environment prior to entering the Carpark. Looking for anyone lurking around or anything else you believe if suspicious
Carrying a small Torch will provide you with better vision
Walk with Good Posture, being confident and remaining Alert will keep you from looking weak or like an easy target to a would be predator
Continue to scan 360 degrees at all times remaining vigilant and aware
Listen to your Gut and trust your intuition if something does not feel safe then it probably is not. If you are unsure get out of there and return to the Building, store, etc.
Have your keys or FOBs ready to open the door, rather than rummaging through your bag / purse
Whilst getting closer to your Vehicle continue glancing and checking for any potential threat
Before you enter the car scan and check the back seat through the window
Immediately enter the Car as quick as possible
Lock your door as soon as you enter the car and start the car
Turn the Headlights on and continually glance through the Rear-view mirror as you are leaving
Regular screws that come with Door Locks are roughly 1 ½ centre meters long. One swift kick is more times than not enough to kick the door in and gain unlawful access. Replacing the screws with some longer ones from your local Bunnings or Hardware store is a cheap and easy measure that will make it much harder to kick down the door.
Electric Panel Lift Garage Doors are equipped with an emergency release lever which consists of a nylon cord hanging down. This mechanism is great when you lose power and pull the cord to release the door. Yet would be thief’s can also do the same with a coat hanger or other item and hook the cord from the outside hence gaining access to the garage and potentially house.
Removing the cord and securing the release leaver with a small cable tie may prove to be a minor inconvenience during a brown or black out, but also decrease the chance of a break in