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We asked 86 burglars how they broke into houses

What burglars said were the biggest deterrents, what didn't stop them and how you can protect your home.

Hat's off to the investigative team at KGW8 Portland who surveyed convicted burglars to come up with an up-to-date list of how burglars do what they do.  Additionally, in the survey, burglars provide some honest answers on how to thwart their crimes.

Even for those still active in public safety, you'll likely learn something new from this study...or, get a fresh reminder to practice what you preach.  At very least, this study is excellent material to share on your personal or agency social media account...it's bound to help someone!  

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DRONE NOISE LEVEL TEST - WHICH DRONE IS MOST QUIET

DRONE NOISE LEVELS

Perhaps the most frequent drone question we get at MAXSUR is, “Which drone is the most quiet?”. Secondly, “How low can the drone fly and still maintain a degree of stealth?”. To date, very few people have answered those questions outside of general vagaries. To provide more objective answers, the MAXSUR team conducted a drone noise level test and the results were very surprising.

Before we get into the details of the test, I want to address an obvious reason why there are little details about noise levels and drones: Most people in the community have a fear of being labeled with the...

TAKING CARE OF DRONE BATTERIES – BEING MISSION READY

DRONE BATTERY DANGER

TAKING CARE OF DRONE BATTERIES - BEING MISSION READY

Hard-earned, must-have info for public safety adopting a drone program

It stands to reason, if drones are unique…so are the batteries, and they certainly are! Drones, more specifically multirotor drones, demand massive amounts of burst power from battery sources that must also be light and small as possible for maximum flight time. To meet this demand, the industries long-held answer for flight batteries is lithium-polymer, a.k.a LiPo. In many cases, these LiPo batteries are capable of delivering car battery levels of amperage, but at a mere fraction of the size. As you might imagine, with such power comes danger and...

FAA Part 107 Test - How to pass the test with ease and score high

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IMPORTANT PART 107 LINKS ARE FOUND BELOW

If you’ve been putting off getting your Part 107 Remote Pilot Certificate because you think it’s difficult, or maybe expensive…well, I’m going to take those excuses away today.

First for a personal testament, I am not a pilot by profession and have never previously studied to be one. I’m prior law enforcement, military and now a business person. I mention this because all too often, I hear from my contemporaries that the Part 107 seems too difficult.

Admittedly, when I first started studying the FAA Remote Pilot study...

Police Rescue Autistic Boy's Birthday Party

Our hats are off for the fine folks at Yukon PD (OK).  Their hearts are huge, and they know how to save-the-day well beyond the call of duty.  

Drone Weatherproofing, Is This Something We Need?

Nearly at the same time drones became popularized, another technology was introduced…electronic weatherproofing. The service and chemicals applied can in some cases allow electronics to be completely submerged with no interruption of operation. This weatherproofing is certainly ideal for any drone operation as they are routinely exposed to significant levels of moisture on misty mornings. For public safety operations, weatherproofing is even more recommended as operations may occur in a wide variety of weather conditions.

As we all know, drones can be a lifesaving tool for both rescue and tactical operations. As a veteran peace officer and drone pilot, should a drone under my control be required to save a life, I would fly regardless of weather conditions. In such...