How To Think Like A Spy

From The Mind of Gabriel Shear

Saturday, January 16, 2016

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Mind

How To Think Like A Spy

“The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes.”

– Sherlock Holmes

– The Hound of the Baskervilles

You see it in the movies… On TV. You read it in the books. Spies, Secret Agents, Special Forces. Men that remain calm, cool and collected even during the most dangerous moments. They seem so in control of the situation. One step ahead of everyone else. Resourceful, smart and strong. Almost as if they can see whats going to happen before it does and so are able to predict and act. Not react. This man, this idea is not totally in the realm of imagination. There is a large grain of truth to these representations. This is a desirable state of mind for anyone to be in. So we ponder in amazement at such skill and intelligence, wondering if we too can be like that guy.

We can…

Nature has honed your instinctual survival skills over thousands of years. Your gut feelings, the hair standing on the back of your neck, instantaneous reactions to spiders or snakes(or anything that looks like them). These things go to show that your animal mind does one thing, and it does it well.  KEEP YOU ALIVE!

To understand how you can use this primitive mind to allow you to perform almost superhuman feats of memory, reaction and recognition. You must first realize one thing. That one thing is the fact that you have two minds. Now, no I don’t mean that you have split personalities… well, at least most of us don’t. No no, what I mean is that you have two parts to your mind. The conscious mind and the sub-conscious mind. To start, the conscious mind is what you’re using to read this, it’s the advanced part of your brain. The part that makes you “intelligent”. This part of the mind is indivisible. That is to say, it cannot think of two or more things at once. Magicians, con-artists and pickpockets make use of this very fact by using miss-direction. They draw your attention away from what they are really doing so that you won’t notice. Because you can’t focus your attention on more than one thing at a time, you don’t notice what else they’re doing. The conscious mind is not very good at keeping track of multiple things and hence can’t be relied upon to notice every little detail or hint of danger.

For that function we go back to the more primitive sub-conscious. This older part is very, very, good at noticing details and catching little things the conscious mind would miss. That’s because it records everything. Everything you’ve ever seen is stored in your mind. Although most people are unable to recall these memories. Some children with Eidetic memory (photo graphic memory) are able to recall these memories. For most though, the conscious mind is limited in this ability. Very tragic or scary events in one’s life are usually the exception. Most are able to recall very vivid details of an event that had a traumatic or scary effect on them. The sub-conscious is always watching, listening, smelling, feeling and tasting. It doesn’t have emotion. It doesn’t understand lies, sarcasm or jokes. It’s always on, even when you sleep. If you’re having a hard time understanding this, then just think of a dog.

Now the way the sub-conscious mind works with the conscious mind, is through what I would describe as interrupts. Using the analogy of a computer program. You have your main program running. This would be equivalent to your conscious mind. It runs normally doing the things you would normally do. Then you have interrupt routines. These are special programs that are activated when some input is triggered. They run only when an interrupt is received and once done, the main program takes back over. For example your moving some boxes into the garage. This action would be your main program running. Suddenly your sub-conscious detect what it infers to be a spider on your arm. This would be the input that triggers the interrupt routine.  You stop what you’re doing and immediately swipe it off your arm without even “thinking”. This would be the interrupt routine running while your main program is stopped. You then collect yourself and continue on. Your main program is now back to running.

After reading the above. You should notice a few things. Number one being, that you didn’t really have control when your sub-conscious acted and number two. It took a special input to trigger it. In this case the spider on your body. This is the key to using your sub-conscious mind. Learning to use inputs to trigger specific reactions. People gain and lose these reactions through out there lives and so it is possible to program them into your sub-conscious with a little work.

The main way sub-conscious programming is done is through the  Input+Emotion+Repetition  cycle.  This works well enough for subliminal advertising and getting rid of fears. It is however limited though, in that you can only program one thing at a time. There is another way that I personally use that has been very effective. This method creates more of a connection between your two minds. Giving you the ability to apply your “thinking” mind with your “reacting” mind.  It’s not terribly difficult to do. Although it can get mentally exhausting at first but soon becomes like second nature and like all things, if you don’t continue to do it you will slowly lose it.

So whats this big SECRET!

Why nothing really. You just have to force your two minds to work at the same time by simply observing things around you and then saying out loud what they are. There, that is all there is too it. Observe and speak. The observation activates your conscious mind and speaking it aloud binds it to your sub-conscious. You must say what it is you’re looking at out loud or it doesn’t work. The more boring the details, the better. Since walking around saying what you’re looking at would quickly get you stares and probably a trip to the mental health department. I prefer to do it while I’m driving. Reading license plates and details about the cars, road signs and the people in them will quickly start to cement the ability to notice these details without thinking about it.

For example: saying aloud Gray Honda Accord license plate 4JL3401 Toyo tires black dice in window male with black hair gold loop earring etc… As you drive by it. The smaller the details the better. Things like dents or bumper stickers. All these work. You just have to say them out loud.

As Sherlock Holmes said in the quote at the beginning “The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes.” with a little practice you will observe them. Using your sub-conscious to do it for you while giving your conscious mind access to this information, things will quickly become obvious to you and since all things are the result of the reactions of all other things you will be able to predict what is going to happen next just by observing the obvious.

– Gabriel Shear

Life Safety (Friend or Enemy?)

From the mind of Gabriel Shear

Tuesday, October 27, 2015

 

 

 

 

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do not block nursing home fire exit

Life Safety, Friend or Enemy?

 

The Good

Every day we go on about our way, moving in and out of buildings that serve a multitude of purposes. Very few ever take the time to look at these buildings. How they’re constructed, what they have in them, what they have in common (what they don’t).

Looking around though you will begin notice certain things that exist in almost every modern building. Things like fire sprinklers and exit signs above doors, emergency lighting, fire alarm pull stations and much more. The reason they have these things is due to the fact that almost every modern country on earth has some sort of life safety code.

These codes are created to make sure that buildings don’t become death traps for the people who use them. Things like fires are usually the first thing to come to mind. Now prior to modern life safety codes, a fire within a building could (and did in a lot of cases) mean the death of people trapped inside. Now with sprinkler systems and fire extinguishers within reasonable distances along with lighted exits, a fire in a building is usually not long-lasting and people can find their way out safely.

You might be asking then how can something that save lives and protect people and property possibly anything but good?

Well to begin, central to life safety is the idea of free egress. This basically means that you can’t keep people from leaving the building under any circumstances. Very few places are exempt from this rule, mainly prisons and jails (for obvious reasons).

Making sure people have the ability to freely exit a building under any circumstance means a few different things. First, all the doors must open outward. This feature along with the use of panic door hardware also know as “crash bars” makes sure that in a panic people won’t be crushed against doors that they couldn’t open as others behind them blindly pushed forward trying to escape. This feature has to work even when there is no electrical power. So these systems are mechanical.

In places that use automatic sliding glass doors this becomes a problem when there is no power. Most people don’t know that the sliding doors will actually pop open if pushed from the inside. Once again this is so people aren’t crushed against them during a panicked rush for the exits.

The second reason is life safety also overrides building security.  Even if a door is locked from the outside it must open from the inside regardless of who is opening it.  Keyed locks must freely open from the inside to go out towards the exit(s) of the building. In electronic security, use of electronic locks must not prohibit free egress. This means magnetic locks must open when the fire alarm is triggered as well as provide free egress during normal use. Usually code require a minimum of two ways to unlock the door. Normally a passive infra-red motion detector is used to accomplish normal egress unlocking,  along with a backup exit button that physically breaks power to magnetic lock in case of failure of the motion detector.

 

The Bad

You might be beginning to see how this idea of life safety might be used by someone to get into an area that normally would be secured. By manipulating mechanisms normally designed to protect people. Entry into secured areas is possible.  Magnetic locks are very susceptible to these kinds of attacks because at their core they require power to remain secured and are easily unlocked by removing that power. Another common attack vector is the request to exit sensor. This device’s  purpose, is to notify the access control system that a person is exiting the door from the non secured side and to ignore any alarm set off by the door opening without a valid credential. Sometimes they are set to unlock the lock if triggered. The majority of these sensors are passive infrared motion detectors and can easily be fooled by objects waved in front of it through gaps around the door. Particularly the gap at the bottom of the door.

Magnetic-Door-LockRequest-To-Exit-PIR-Sensors

If a person(s) wasn’t particularly concerned with being seen. Such as a heist during business hours. Then setting off the fire alarm system. Either through a fire alarm pull-station or by causing water flow through the sprinkler system. Is an effective way to bypass many alarms and other locked access points. This would be most effective in large buildings with many people. Such as hospitals or large corporate high rises and condo units. Places like these have to be concerned with moving large numbers of people out of the building quickly,so many systems are set up to do just that.

 

There are many more ways in which life safety systems could be used to access secured areas. I will be covering those listed above and more in greater detail in future posts. As well as methods to counter some of the issues shown. For now take a look around next time you enter a building, and think about ways that life safety might be compromising your security.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

How To Bypass Sliding Gate Security

From the mind of Gabriel Shear

Saturday October 24, 2015

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How To Bypass  Sliding  Gate Security

 

 

This information is provided for educational purposes only. The author nor the website are responsible for misuse of information provided below.

 

I’m going to outline a pretty simple and effective method for bypassing the security code/card locks on about 90% of all sliding security gates.

This method relies on understanding how sliding gates works and how to use this knowledge to your benefit, if ever the need may arise.

 

A sliding gate typically consists of a few different parts:

  • Gate
  • Gate drive
  • Motor
  • Motor controller
  • Limit sensors
  • Safety sensors
  • vehicle sensors
  • Entry keypad or proximity card reader

Most gates you will see are typically chain driven and use a large roller chain and sprocket to transmit the motors rotational force into a linear one to move the gate back and forth. The other style is the direct drive. Usually only seen on high security gates, it consists of a large flat bar attached to the gate which itself is pinched between two rubber drive rollers that spin and move the bar forwards and back, opening and closing the gate.

Here are the styles:

Chain Drive Gate

Low Security Chain Drive Gate

High Security Gate

High Security Direct Drive Gate

 

Beyond the gate and motor itself, the system needs a way to control:

  • When the gate should open and close
  • How far it needs to open and close
  • When to stop (so as not to crush anyone or thing)

To achieve the above needs, a motor controller is used with an array of sensors that help it to determine when to turn on the motor and in what direction.

Typical sensors include:

Limit switches – They tell the controller when the gate has reached its fully open or closed position.

Safety sensors – Such as crush strips on the edge of the gate, so that if it hits a car or person it can stop the motor to prevent injury or damage.

Vehicle sensors – Inductive loops placed in the ground can tell the system when a vehicle is on either side of the gate or even in the gates path.

Access control – Entrance keypads or proximity card readers. Either integrated in to the controller or part of a larger building system. They allow authorized opening of the gate.

All these sensors work in conjunction with the motor controller to determine the state of the system and along with some programming what it should do an any give scenario. It is the vehicle sensors that we are going to be attacking in order to open the gate.

While a user is required to provide some sort of security credential to the system in order to operate the gate. On about 90 percent of gates  a vehicle that is leaving is usually sensed by a vehicle detection loop and the gate is automatically opened so the vehicle may leave.Vehicle Loop

This vehicle detection loop consists of a  loop of wire embedded in the ground in the path of vehicle. I works through the principle of electromagnetic induction. An explanation of how this works is that an alternating electrical current is passed through the loop. At a given frequency the loop will have a specific inductance. This inductance resists the flow of electrical current and is compared against a known value in the controller. When a metal object such as a vehicle drives over the loop. The metal acts like the metal core of a transformer and increases eddy currents do to the inductance of the loop. The increases in eddy currents are then seen by the controller and used to tell the system to open the gate.

The thing is that anything that increases the inductance of the loop will fool the system into believing a vehicle is there. any metal will increase the inductance and fool the system.

The way to bypass the security of the gate would be to slide or throw a large piece of metal over the loop. They are easy to spot as they are usually visible as cuts in the concrete/black top (as shown above). The corners of the loop are more sensitive than the center or edges. Most gates have a rather large gap underneath to slide something like a tire iron or piece of sheet metal or a length of chain. Hell one could even break the pedestal holding the keypad and use that if one was desperate enough. In either case, if the metal piece is large enough it will trigger the gate to open and the gate security has just been bypassed.

Not all gates open using vehicle detection loops, but most do and like I’ve said this should work on about 90% of gates you might encounter. I hope this information is informative and enlightening.

 

-Gabriel Shear

 

 

 

Master Lock Model 175 Bypass

From the mind of Gabriel Shear

Tuesday, May 26 2015

 

MasterLocks

This information is provided for educational purposes only. Neither the author nor the website are responsible for misuse of the information provided below.

 Bypassing A Master Lock

 Model 175

I was recently watching some how-to videos on You Tube over at ITS Tactical’s channel. A great channel, full of good information and reviews geared towards those with the survivalist mindset or a thirst for knowledge. One particular video on their channel caught my attention. It was a combo review/how-to on bypassing the Master lock model 175. It’s a common dial combination lock I see quite often. Usually used on construction sites, or places many different people need to access. Not needing to handle keys for multiple padlocks is a common reason for their use. I’ve known about this particular flaw in the locks construction, which allows for quickly bypassing the combination for some time now. So it was nothing new. It was a product that they were reviewing that I thought was unique. It’s called the EZ Decoder as seen below in this picture from ITS Tactical’s website.

.EZ-Decoder-01-330x220From ITS Tactical

You can view there video of how it works here, but basically you just insert the metal piece between the third dial and the lock housing. Then while pressing the shackle towards the lock you press downwards on the tool and then release the shackle. This bypasses the combination mechanism completely and quickly opens the lock.

Now I’m not posting this, just to regurgitate what ITS Tactical has already shown. While this is a great tool and certainly works. Not everyone in every situation is going to have access to one (especially if it’s illegal where you live to possess one) I wanted to add that it is not necessary to have one, in order to open one of these locks. While you could certainly look around for a thin (real thin) piece of spring steel just the right size to emulate this tool. Chance is not in your favor. Instead, it would be nice to use something more common probably something you already have on you. Keeping in line with the Gray Man mindset of keeping a low profile. Here is how you can bypass the Master Lock model 175 without the EZ Decoder tool.

One common object seen opening locks is the classic bobby pin. Good for handcuffs and good for this. Another common object is the small key ring loop,this will also work effectively. Paper clips can be hit or miss, newer ones are of such soft metal they are practically worthless even as paper clips. These are just a few ideas that I know work from experience but anything similar to shape, size and material should work as well.

To start, you first press the lock shackle in towards the lock just like with the EZ Decoder tool. This step is crucial as it releases the tension on the locking lever allowing you to manipulate it into place. While holding the shackle in, with the dial numbers facing up, you insert the make shift tool into the gap at the top of one of the dials and sharply to the left or right. Unlike the EZ Decoder tool, your only going in just a few millimeters .

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Use a quick upwards or downwards motion and you should feel the end of the tool claw a piece of metal. You might also hear a clicking noise. Quickly release the shackle and the lock will pop open. This takes a few tries to find the metal bar behind the lock face between the dials. It helps if the tool has a sharp tip on it to try to gouge into the metal to grab it as you force it. I find with the bobby pin that rotating it as you push it upwards helps.

Here is a video showing the motion in action.

I hope this gives you a better understanding of the mechanics of these locks and how they might not provide the level of protection you expect.

– Gabriel Shear

Bypassing Automatic Sliding Door Locks

From The Mind of Gabriel Shear

Wednesday, February 11, 2015

 

Disclaimer: Information presented here is for educational purposes only. The author and website are not liable for any damages caused by the misuse of this information.

 

Suction CupSliding Glass Door

 

 

 How To Bypass Automatic Sliding Door Locks

The two items above seemingly have no connection to each other.  A suction-cup dent puller, and automatic sliding doors. At first glance totally unrelated. They do however have one special connection. We can use the dent puller to bypass the lock on the sliding glass door.

“So how exactly can you accomplish this?” You might be asking. Well thanks to life safety laws. Like the kind that require fire extinguishers and exit signs. Doors like the one pictured above can not stop people from leaving a building. It’s called free egress, and it’s meant to save lives.

Suppose a fire broke out in the store while people were still inside. Everyone’s gonna panic and run for the exits like it’s the new thing to do. Now suppose the fire caused a power outage and suddenly those power doors don’t open. As everyone crashes into the door trying escape those up front would be crushed.

To prevent that from happening, the glass panels the door is made up of are designed to break free, and swing outward if enough pressure is applied from the inside. Normally this wouldn’t matter from a security standpoint. As there are no handles or anything to grab on too from the outside. No way to pull outward.

In comes the dent puller. By applying the puller near the edge of one of the side panels you can now pull with enough force to cause it to release. The same as if someone was pushing from inside. Once the panel has released you now have access, and have bypassed the lock. Also due to the way the doors normally function, opening the door this way will generally not trigger any kind of alarm sensor tied to the door. Manufacturers have different designs, but almost all types have this feature. A little bit of MacGyver type knowledge to keep in mind.

– Gabriel Shear

 

 

 

Shaving Can Safe (Link)

From the desk of Gabriel Shear

Monday, February 9, 2015

 

Shaving can

I came across this Instructable on how to build a small safe, or slick as they’re sometimes called. Out of a shaving cream can, and thought I would pass it on. I’d originally intended to present my own how-to for a shaving can safe, but this one is so well done, and complete. I didn’t want to end up just rehashing it. The end result looks believable and the best part is that it actually still produces shaving cream.

– Gabriel Shear.

Key-Switch Flaws

From The Mind of Gabriel Shear

Tuesday, July 1 2014

                                                              

Why You Shouldn’t Use Key-Switches

KeyswitchI come across this type of setup quite often.

You’ve got an electronic access control system installed.Worried that one day your system might not work you decide you need key overrides (This defeats some main points of using electronic access control) While usually on doors that use electric latches, or in handle solenoid release mechanisms a normal keyed door handle to unlock the handle in an emergency is the norm. On the other hand, doors that use magnetic locks or other means not related to the normal method of opening a door require a different approach. Enter the key switch.

Like its name implies, this device contains a key cylinder and an electrical switch. When a key is inserted into the lock and rotated, a cam on the rear of the cylinder depresses a switch which is normally used to break power to magnetic locks or signal the access control system to release the lock. Regardless of the way in which it controls the door it still boils down to the fact that A KEY IS USED TO RELEASE THE LOCK!

Looking at the photo above you will probably notice to very immediate things. First the key-switch is easily accessible and second, it is attached using the very insecure security screws. If someone were to remove those two screws. This is what they would see on the other side of the key switch.Keyswitch backA switch mechanism which can easily be bypassed with one finger… One little finger!

 

Seriously, this is all that is required to bypass this high-end access control system. While not a fault in the system itself, this situation has none the less been created. Granted not all key-switches have this exact design. Some have the switch built into the cylinder. Still the purpose of the switch is to make or break an electrical circuit, and whether or not it has an exposed switch is beside the point. As long as the wires are exposed you can either open the circuit (cut the wire) or close it (short the wires together).

There are a few ways in which you can increase the security of key-switches.

Possible solutions:

Move the key overrides to a more central and secure location.

Install a local siren with a sensor (plunger or magnetic reed type) installed on the key-switch so as to draw attention if the device is removed. (Alarm must latch to on state once set off to be affective)

If using security guards. Monitoring of the access control system for alarms is an option.

Email notifications from the access control system are possible if available and responded to in a timely manner.

Generally in this setup the switch just disengages the locking mechanism but doesn’t inform the access control system that it has done so. Once the door is opened the system will set an alarm condition. Depending on the system and the response programmed, it may only log that information or set off a linked burglar alarm or local siren. It is usually the case that, do to the high number of alarm conditions triggered by normal everyday use, that not much is done to alert anyone of the alarms do to the nuisance factor. People generally are not very security conscious and convenience usually triumphs.

If you use, or are planning to install such a system, you have been warned! Criminals have this information and know the flaws!

– Gabriel Shear

 

 

 

 

Not So “Secure” Screws

From The Mind of Gabriel Shear

Thursday, April 24 2014

 

Not So Secure Screws

 

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I’ve been working in the security industry for many years.

I have clients that to this day; still require, or call out for in specifications. The use of tamper-proof hardware on any equipment that’s publicly accessible.

I have, and will continue to argue. That this practice is at best a waste of resources, and at its worst gives a false sense of security.

What Is Tamper-Proof Hardware?

In the world of physical security, It’s common to use what is referred to as “tamper-proof” hardware. Normally these are used on locks, and other equipment as a deterrent to theft, vandalism, and/or tampering. There are a few different designs used to meet this aim. (torx, star, spanner, etc) Most designs are of common hardware with a modification so that a normal tool would not work with, or fit in to the tamper proof hardware. There are also designs that prevent the use of common objects, or makeshift tools from being used. (common in prisons).

The main premise of using such a design. Is that the availability of the special tools required to remove the hardware would be limited, so that only authorized users would have access to them.

In reality, this may have been the case many years ago, but that is not the case today. A quick search of the internet. Will provide you with plenty of online stores to purchase the required tools, and they can easily be purchased at a local electrical distributor. Recently I was not surprised to see that they are now, even being sold at Home Depot.

 

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With these tools so widely available. The original purpose of tamper proof hardware is all but destroyed, and now does nothing, but present a false sense of security. Their only affects now, are possibly to slow down an attacker, or there use in correctional facilities. were access to tools would be non-existent.

Next time your out an about. Look to see if you can find any of these, and then think about how easy you could bypass these with a quick trip to the hardware store.

– Gabriel Shear

Meditations On Violence (Review)

From the mind of Gabriel  Shear

Sunday, December 8, 2013

 

Meditations On Violence

Meditations on Violence Cover

It’s been a few years since I had regularly practiced any kind of martial art. I was considering reapplying myself in that direction, and wanted to look into some of the various disciplines. To see what art I should move forward with. Looking around at the local book store I came across; Meditations On Violence.

I opened up the book,and began reading the foreword written by the author. Sgt. Rory Miller.

After reading through the forward. I came to the end. Where the author gave this warning about his message within the book.

I present this as a warning. You are what you are, not what you think you are. Violence is what it is, not necessarily what you have been told. This book is about violence, especially about the difference between violence as it exits “in the wild” and violence as it is taught in martial arts classes and absorbed through our culture.

Now, I quickly dropped down my cash and left. After finishing the book. I can tell you it was worth every penny and more. You could spend thousands to train with, and receive this kind of knowledge from someone with so much experience and intelligence in this subject.

Miller’s book starts out discussing how we make assumptions about violence. How we think, and how we should think. Our sources for these assumptions; when we have never experienced a violent encounter, and how these “beliefs” can get us killed. He then moves on to the heart of the matter. Violence itself. Types of violent encounters; truths about violent assaults; how our bodies respond to these situations. and common situations and places that can lead to violent encounters.

Next the book deals with those that would use violent actions against others. Predators. How they think, and what they look for in their prey. Laying out the various types of predators that exist in our world.

The second half of the book deals with training yourself. How to respond to a violent encounter. How our training does and doesn’t prepare a person for the realities of a real situation. Conditioning your body and mind to work together instead of fighting against each other. Making physical defense work. Knowing when to “Go” and what is worth fighting and possibly dying for. These are real and serious questions. That need to be asked for you to effectively defend yourself.

The last part of the book deals with something that is usually overlooked. How violent encounters affect our mental health once we have physically survived. The costs that are paid. People replay these moments over and over in their mind and different people will react differently to such a traumatic experience.

My favorite quote from Miller…

It’s better to avoid than to run; better to run than to De-escalate; better to De-escalate than to fight; better to fight than to die. The very essence of self-defense is a thin list of things that might get you out alive when you are already screwed.

This is in line with my personal beliefs. That avoiding conflict is to outsmart it. Not being a target in the first place. Is better than trying to defend yourself once you have been attacked. Meditations On Violence is one of those rare books that just by reading might actually save you, and your family someday.

I highly suggest you get a copy, and start learning how to save your life.

– Gabriel Shear

 

Black Out Kit

From the mind of Gabriel Shear

Tuesday, December 3, 2013

 

SnapSprayBlack Out Kit

 Creating a black out kit is a simple, and inexpensive way to effectively help you survive. By doing that one thing, during a “SHTF” scenario that matters most.

 

Whats that one thing you might ask?

 

 

 

Keeping a LOW PROFILE!

Like my mother always says “It Don’t Pay To Advertise!”

Well… Maybe in business, but when everybody is after you and your stuff it sure don’t.

So what is a black out kit?

Well, basically it’s just a way to keep everyone, from seeing through the windows of your home/bug out location.

During World War II, people in England would black out their windows, with what ever they had. Usually this was just a bunch of large curtains. The reason for this was so German bombers (who did their bombing at night) could not make out the cities very well, due to the fact no light was coming from the buildings. This made it hard to hit their targets.

Now, today this would be pointless, due to GPS, Satellite Imagery, and a host of other technologies.

Still, when everyone is looking for food or supplies, and unless you plan on just going to bed as soon as it gets too dark to see. Your gonna want a way to use lights inside at night, without being a huge target to everyone looking to do you wrong.

I found, that the cheapest and most effective way to achieve this, is good old black spray paint. It can be quickly applied to a large area, so getting it done fast is a given. One can will cover 18-25 Sq. Ft.  So an average home would only require around six cans. At $4 dollars a can, that’s only $20 dollars. Spray cans take up a lot less room to store than thick curtains or a tarp would. Curtains and tarps could also accidentally get moved, allowing light to escape. During the day if you wanted, you could simply open the window to get some day light. Along with the paint, I would also recommend getting a spray can gun to speed up the process, and save you your finger tips.

Keeping a low profile, and not attracting attention, either to you or your property is a surefire way to survive. A little bit of paint can go a long way, in helping you achieve that goal.

– Gabriel Shear