Sgt. Mark Buschena interviewed by Chip Cummings, host of the Financial Fitness Show

Kick Ass Home Security

Chip Cummings, Host of the Financial Fitness Show! a nationally-syndicated radio program recently interviewed Sgt. Mark Buschena about “Kick Ass Home Security!” 

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How to Choose and Use a Personal Alarm For Personal Protection

Despite your best efforts to stay safe by preventing an assault and staying alert to your surroundings, the worst has happened. You’re being attacked. How do you “sound the alarm” and call for help?

Sound has been increasingly recommended as a way to protect yourself during assaults and other personal crimes. Sound helps to attract attention, startle or disorient the attacker, or give him the perception that he might be caught. It also shows that you are assertive, that you are not a willing to be a victim.

There are advantages to using sound. You can use it in a threatening situation, before the attack takes place. Because sound is non-violent, there is more of a chance that you might use it without hesitation. Sound can’t be used against you, like a gun or knife if it’s taken from you. It requires little training or skill to use it. (more…)

Know Exactly Who You’re Dating By A Complete Background Check


Do you really know the person you are dating?  It is true you may know their name, hobbies and where they work.  But what do you know about their real background?  You probably do not really want to consider that the person you are dating or contemplating dating may have a criminal background.  The more you know about the person before getting too involved, the better for you.


Maybe the person you've got your eye on, instant messaging or currently dating seems like a good person.  That is a great job, well adjusted loving family and many healthy interests.  Even so, an identity is something that can easily be created to hide a not-so-good background.  Even if the person turns out to be legitimate, why not be sure they are on the up and up before committing your love and life?  Check this person for a negative background.


On the other hand, maybe your love interest seems a little mysterious or shady, not giving up a lot of details on past relationships, occupation, or not letting you see where they live or work.  These are definite warning signs.  They could be cheating on their spouse, be involved in criminal activity or some other deviant behavior in their past.  Check this person for a negative background.


Here's the bottom line.  There is really no difference between the man or woman you are dating in the first character profile and the person who fits the second profile, except one is better at hiding information than the other.  And some, not all, but definitely some, have information they are trying to hide.


So how do you go about checking them out?  Easy.  By doing a complete background check that offers current and complete information on the person of your choice.  And it's a lot easier than you probably suspect.  In the past it took days to do a complete background check, to sort through numerous resources for needed information.  Now background checks are done instantly.  The only thing you need is a full name.  They are also confidential.  The person you are dating will never know you checked up on them.


You probably are curious as to what type of specific information you can learn about your date through a background check.  This service offers you the ability to locate all the information you'll ever want or need on a person in one easy search.  More precisely, the complete background check offers detailed accounts of: 


  • State and National Criminal Records
  • Arrests and Warrants
  • Felonies and Misdemeanors
  • Convictions and Incarcerations
  • DUIs and Criminal Driving Violations
  • Aliases/Maiden Name Information
  • Address and Phone Number History
  • Date of Birth
  • Email Addresses and Social Networking Site Memberships
  • Property Records and Details
  • Civil Filing Information
  • And more!

If you are starting to date or even contemplating dating someone, this is the type of information that is critical if you want to see your relationship progress and grow without disaster.  Getting your hands on this type of information gives you the ability to make a more informed decision on who exactly you are letting into your life.  There are really no excuses anymore.  The only results will be to reassure or to safeguard yourself.  Plug in their name today for quick and accurate background information.


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Not Sure If That’s a Real Police Officer Pulling You Over?

From time to time, law enforcement will receive a report of someone who is apparently impersonating a police officer. Remember, not everyone who shows a badge is necessarily a cop. Although sale of authentic badges is supposed to be restricted to legitimate law enforcement personnel, badges are easily obtained through catalogs, collectors or even toy stores.

Nor can you assume that because a vehicle has a red light flashing on the dash, that that is a true police vehicle. Red lights of the type used by law enforcement can also be obtained through several sources.

Many cities have had serious incidents, when someone was pulled over by a police impersonator. To protect yourself, if someone is trying to pull you over and he isn't driving a marked police vehicle, trust your instincts and follow these safety suggestions:


  • If you're not sure if the person stopping you is a police officer, stay in your vehicle. Keep the doors locked. Roll down your window a crack, and ask to see the person's identification card. Most police departments issue identification cards to their officers that have the officer's picture on it.
  • If it is night and its dark out, ask the officer to follow you to a well lighted area. Police want to make you feel secure when they stop you, and shouldn't have a problem following you somewhere with better lighting.
  • If you're still not convinced the officer is real, ask him to have a uniformed police officer in a marked squad car come to your location. Police departments don't usually have plain clothes officers in unmarked cars making routine traffic stops. If they would have to stop you, a marked squad car is usually close behind.
  • At any point call 911 from your cell phone to verify this is really a police officer stopping you.


Sgt. Mark Buschena is a veteran police officer with 32 years experience. He is the author of "The Naked Truth About Personal Protection!" How to protect your life, family and property. Simple ways to protect yourself from thieves, muggers, rapists, robbers, burglars, con-artists, pick-pockets and other scum-of-the-earth! For more information, hurry on over to

How to Prevent Theft From Your Gym Locker While Working Out

One of your resolutions may be to start working out, doing some exercise and getting in shape. And for many people this means going to a gym or other workout facility. But when you pack your exercise gear, think about what you won't need while working out.

Leaving valuables in an unlocked locker at a gym, rehab center or school is risky business. It's the same thing as leaving valuables in an unlocked vehicle or unlocked garage-sooner or later they will be stolen.

To prevent thefts of your valuables while working out:


  1. GET YOUR OWN LOCK-Every workout facility I contacted said they not only allow you to use your own lock, they encourage it. What kind of lock you use is up to you. With a combination lock there is no key to lose. With a key lock there is no combination to forget.
  2. USE A LOCK PROVIDED BY THE FACILITY-This is better than no lock, but not as good as having your own. When you use a facility lock, there is a chance someone else may know the combination or have a key.
  3. LOCK UP ALL YOUR POSSESSIONS-Your jacket or shoes are just as apt to be stolen as your wallet.
  4. CHECK YOUR VALUABLES IN AT THE DESK-Not all facilities provide this service. And for the ones that do, there is really no guarantee that your valuables will be safe, although they will probably be safer than in an unlocked locker.
  5. LEAVE YOUR VALUABLES AT HOME-Take only what you will absolutely need at the gym and leave the rest at home. If you don't need your wallet, watch, cash or credit cards to work out, don't take them along. If you don't take them with you, they can't be ripped off. Lock these things securely in the trunk, or better yet, leave them at home.


Sgt. Mark Buschena is a veteran police officer with 32 years experience. He is the author of "The Naked Truth About Personal Protection!" How to protect your life, family and property. Simple ways to protect yourself from thieves, muggers, rapists, robbers, burglars, con-artists, pick-pockets and other scum-of-the-earth! Get your copy at

How to Keep Burglars Out of Your Home or Apartment

If you do not want burglars entering your home, you have got to make your house the "toughest target" on your block. Unfortunately, many people make it easy for the thief to choose their home as their next target. How? By leaving doors and windows unlocked and even open. Leaving garage doors open. By letting shrubs and bushes grow that covers their windows making it easy for window peepers and burglars to hide. And by failing to install motion sensor exterior lighting.


While there are no guarantees, police say the number one step to prevent residential burglaries is to install and use deadbolt locks. It's just as important to keep your doors locked when you are home as when you are away from home. A good deadbolt lock should extend a minimum of 1" when fully locked.

Doors–All exterior doors should be solid core in construction, or metal clad. Hollow core doors are easily kicked or battered in.

Strike Plates–This is the metal piece that mounts on the door jamb. The screws that hold this in place should be a minimum of 2 1/2" to 3". This will help prevent the door from being kicked open.

Motion sensor lights–These are an excellent investment. Burglars don't like to take a chance of being seen. Motion sensor lights will help light up your entrance, helping to scare away prowlers, and also lighting up the area for you or your guests.

Trim your shrubbery–Keep the bushes, hedges and shrubs around your house neatly trimmed and cut low. A jungle may be beautiful in the wilds or in a zoo, but a jungle around your house might conceal a hiding burglar or peeping tom. Shrubs should be 18 to 24 inches away from all entry points. Hedges should be cut 6 inches below the bottom level of all windows.

Other Tips–Before an extended absence, ask someone to watch your home, collect the mail and papers, and cut the lawn. This will give your home a "lived-in" look.


Sgt. Mark Buschena is a veteran police officer with32 years experience. He is the author of "The Naked Truth About Personal Protection!" How to protect your life, family and property. Simple ways to protect yourself from thieves, muggers, rapists, robbers, burglars, con-artists, pick-pockets and other scum-of-the-earth! Your home is your castle. For more information on how to protect your home, your family and yourself, hurry on over to

Safe Online Shopping

        Shopping online offers lots of benefits that you won’t find shopping in a store or by mail.  The internet is always open—seven days a week, 24 hours a day—and bargains can be numerous online.  With the click of a mouse you can buy an airline ticket, book a hotel, send flowers to a friend, or purchase your favorite fashions.  The following tips can help you stay secure while doing your shopping online:  

  • Know who you are dealing with.  Anyone can set up shop online under almost any name.  Confirm the seller’s physical address and phone number in case you have questions or problems.  Contact the seller promptly if you have any problems with your order.
  • Beware of pop-up windows and sudden emails.  If you get an email or pop-up message while you’re browsing that asks for financial information, don’t reply or click on the link in the message.  Legitimate companies don’t ask for this information via email.  In fact, clicking on the link in the email might allow spyware on your system.  Giving out confidential information via pop-ups or email can also lead to fraud or identity theft.  Delete any suspicious emails, and close unwanted pop-ups by clicking on the “x” box in the top right corner—never click inside the pop-up window itself.
  • Know exactly what you are buying.  Read the seller’s description of the product closely, especially the fine print.  Words like “refurbished,” “vintage,” or “close-out” may indicate the product is in less-than-mint condition, while name-brand items with “too good to be true” prices could be counterfeits.
  • Know what it will cost.  Check out websites that offer price comparisons, and then (more…)

How to Protect Yourself and Your Valuables While Staying in a Motel Or Hotel

One place people occasionally become crime victims, is while staying in hotels-motels. When planning your trip, consider the location of the hotel/motel where you will be staying. Obviously you want to avoid staying in locations in the "bad" part of town, which you would be more likely to find in the larger cities. Check with your travel agent if you aren't sure. Or you can try calling the police department in the city you will be visiting and asking for someone in crime prevention or community services. Frequently the police will be hesitant to recommend a specific hotel, but they should be able to tell you which location they would feel safe staying in if they were on vacation in that city.

When you make your reservation, request a room near the elevator. Often hotels will book rooms starting in the far corners of each floor, and working in. You probably don't want to be stuck in the farthest corner. Your room may be more likely to be burglarized the farther it is away from the central area. By taking a room near the elevator, there will be more activity past your room day and night. The theory is that a burglar may be reluctant to break into your room, or enter with a key, if there is a chance that the elevator door will pop open any second and he'll be caught in the act.

Here is where police and fire personnel disagree. Firemen will tell you to take a room on the ground floor, so in case of fire it will be easy for you to escape out a window. That also means it will be relatively easy for a criminal to break into your room and rape, rob or kill you. For that reason, police advise against taking a room on the main floor. So maybe you can compromise. When you reserve your room, take one on the second floor. That way it will be harder for a burglar to get in, and it won't be so far for you to jump, and easier for fire personnel to reach you, in case of a fire. Obviously you don't want to be carrying valuables with you when you are traveling. But if you are, (more…)

How to Prevent Thefts During Holiday House Parties

By Sergeant Mark Buschena

The holiday season is a prime time for parties in the home.  It’s hard to imagine that someone you invite into your home for a party would commit a crime, but it’s true. And the larger your party, the more likely something will get stolen or damaged.  Thefts during a party can be greatly reduced by following these simple precautions:

1.    Put your valuables away in safe places.  Your bedroom is an obvious place for thieves.  I can probably predict to within a few square feet where your valuables are in your home.  Ladies, yours are in the bedroom, on top of your dresser, or in the top drawer.  This is where you keep your jewelry, watches, wallets, purses and other valuables.  Men, if you’ve got firearms, you’ve got them stored where you can get your hands on them at night, so I’d look in the nightstand near the bed.  Thieves know this too.  So when you have a party, lock-up these items, hide them or lock your bedroom door (if you’ve got a lock on the door more substantial than one that can be picked with a bobby pin.)

2.    Be a good host and collect your guests’ coats when they arrive and retrieve them from wherever they were kept when your guests leave.  This helps prevent people from wandering through your home.

3.    Only allow invited guests into your home.  Uninvited guests may not be well known to you, and may not respect you or your property.  The real trouble begins when you invite the whole bar crowd to your home at closing time.

4.    Keep the number of guests to a manageable number and keep the activities centrally located.  The more people you have in your home, the greater the chance for loss.

Most of us would never dream of committing a crime in a friend’s home, holiday time or not.  Police Department files are full of reports from victims who were ripped off by their supposed “friends” during parties.  Don’t give a thief the chance to commit a “crime of opportunity.”  Before your next gathering, take a few steps to keep your property “party-proof.”

Sgt.  Mark Buschena is the author of  “The Naked Truth About Personal Protection.”  Check it out at

Prevent Your Child From Becoming Lost While Shopping

By Sergeant Mark Buschena

You are shopping with your child.  You turn around, and your child is gone.  What do you do?  Losing your child can be a parent’s worst nightmare.  And with stores and malls crowded with Christmas shoppers, it may be even more difficult to keep track of your children while shopping with them.

The preparation for keeping your children safe while shopping begins long before you get to the mall.  Teach your children that if you are lost or separated, to STAY IN THE STORE!  Don’t go out into the lot, or back to the car to wait for mom or dad.  In the lot they are much too vulnerable to traffic and weather.  Stay in the store.

Before you go shopping, decide with your children on a spot in the store t o meet if you get separated.  Make it something easy, like the ice-cream counter.  They should be able to remember that.

While we teach our children not to talk to people they don’t know, if they get lost they should know who to go to for help.  Teach children that if they need help in a store, to find a person who works at the check-out (or in children’s terms “where you pay.”)  You can also teach your children to look for someone wearing a nametag, or a uniform shirt, smock or vest (like the red or blue ones in some of the larger retail chains.)  And dialing 9-1-1 is always an option, provided the child can find a telephone.  (And remember, you don’t need a quarter to dial 9-1-1 from a payphone, the call is free.)

Parents can also help by making a mental note of what their children are wearing, not only when shopping, but everyday.  In the event they are lost, clerks and police will better be able to know who to look for.  Also very helpful is a current photo of the child.

If you loose a child while shopping, don’t panic.  Alert a clerk to help you look.  Some of the chain stores have policies to help find lost children, including making announcements, and watching exits.  And if you have very young children, consider not taking them shopping.  Young children will be more comfortable and your shopping will be more enjoyable if your children are at home with a competent sitter or adult.

To learn more, grab your copy of “The Naked Truth About Personal Protection” at