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Suspect breaks leg during attempted robbery, calls 911

When a man from Louisville, Ky., failed to break into a home, the trouble didn’t stop there.  He then fell off a ladder, broke his leg and called 911.

According to the Courier-Journal, Kenneth Dewhawn Splunge, 34, climbed a fence onto a roof and kicked out the skylight of a home. However, he dropped a ladder into the residence and upon his descent, fell through the skylight and broke his leg.

Splunge was later found by emergency personnel after calling the police for help. He was taken to a hospital and two days later was charged with second-degree burglary. Splunge is being held on a $2,500 cash bond.

Stay safer on- and off-duty
While every call can’t be as simple as the burglar giving himself up, police need to be ready for just about anything. Whether they are on- or off-duty, they likely need an efficient place to store their guns.

Various accessories are useful for securing police gear, including a portable safe or a lockable storage box. Whether an officer is storing guns, ammunition or other sensitive police items, it’s critical to keep them out of sight and out of the wrong hands. These storage devices are essential for every patrol car and police officer’s’ home. They can be installed in the trunk or back seat of a vehicle, ensuring a police officer has quick access while being able to rely on secure storage.

A portable safe is perfect for securing a firearm as it is made of welded steel. A three-digit combination lock ensures an officer is the only one who can quickly access the contents of the safe.

On the other hand, the lockable storage box provides even more room. If an officer needs to store guns along with tactical gear, this product is the ideal solution as it offers 4,000 cubic of lockable storage space.

Tips to avoid having items stolen from a vehicle

Having a car broken into can be a nightmare. Not only might personal belongings get stolen, but you could have to wait around to file a report, then have to deal with an insurance company.

A few preventative measures can help you avoid these situations altogether, and when it comes to your vehicle it's better to be safe than sorry.

Get an alarm system
While an alarm system might cost you some extra cash, it will be worth it in the end. Criminals will shy away from cars with alarms. One simple and effective way to avoid a theft is to have an alarm system present in a car.

Lockboxes will keep items safe 
While it's a good idea not to keep expensive items in your car, sometimes it's not an option. Whether it's a GPS system or even a gun, motorists should always keep a lockbox in their car. Thieves will be thoroughly disappointed if they break into a car and find that they can't even see what's in a lockbox, much less get their hands on it.

Watch where you park
Choosing a dimly lit corner of a parking garage could be a mistake. When parking, always try to pick an area with high traffic and plenty of lighting. This will deter thieves from even considering a break in.

Jeep Wrangler Sport named cheapest car to insure

A car is likely the second largest purchase someone will make in their lifetime behind a home. Therefore, it's important – not to mention required by law – to have insurance for a vehicle. 

Consumers often neglect to factor in just how much insurance will add to the yearly costs of owning a vehicle. They might purchase a fuel efficient ride to save money at the pump, but what about purchasing a car specifically because it's cheap to insure?

Forbes recently released a list of the 10 cheapest cars to insure in 2014. The Wrangler Sport came out on top of the list, while a number of other Jeeps were also featured in the top 10.

"The Wrangler is helped by the fact that it's not expensive to repair – if you get a dent in your door, you take the door off and get another one," Amy Danise, editorial director at Insure.com, told the news source. "And while Jeeps certainly are marketed for 'adventurous' off-road driving, their appearance on our 'least expensive to insure' rankings demonstrate that they're really not used to drive up and down craggy rocks."

According to the data, the Jeep Wrangler Sport only costs $1,080 in annual insurance premiums on average. The Jeep Patriot Sport was named the third least expensive car to insure, with its annual cost only hitting $1,104, while the Compass Sport came in fifth ($1,140) and the Grand Cherokee Laredo took the 10th spot ($1,171).

Why the Wrangler's great in mud
While Jeeps are great for everyday driving, the Wrangler is also the quintessential off-roading vehicle. This vehicle has a number of features that come standard, which encourages drivers to take the roads less traveled.

Here are some of the reasons Wranglers do so well off-roading:

  • High-quality suspension ensures axles and tires handle rough terrain.
  • As stated above, repairs on these vehicles are easy, so if they get dinged up in the woods, it's no big deal.
  • The top and doors come off, improving vision and overall enjoyment while off-roading.

Another great aspect of a Jeep Wrangler is that they are highly customizable. Drivers often add a roll bar or skid plates to help protect themselves and the vehicle while off-roading. In addition, there are a number of unique solutions to improving Jeep storage that are ideal for drivers who head off-road often. Whether it's keeping their items secure while they are away from their car or while they're trudging through a river, accessories are available to help. 

High-tech camping gadgets

For some, camping is all about roughing it: living off the land, communing with nature and getting away from the hustle and bustle of every day life. However, building a fire by rubbing two sticks together or fishing for dinner is not everyone's idea of a good time. For those who like the idea of camping but would prefer a few luxuries, here are a few high-tech gadgets that will make your camping experience a little less rugged:

CamelBak All Clear Bottle
If you're going to be camping for a couple of nights, you usually need to bring a way to purify water. This can be a fairly time-consuming task through the use of iodine drops or boiling. However, CamelBak has released a water bottle with a UV cap that takes just 60 seconds to purify water.

Handpresso Wild Hybrid Espresso Maker
For some campers, morning coffee is not option. It's a necessity. Those who prefer espresso over filtered coffee will love this handheld espresso maker.

Camp Chef Outdoor Camp Oven Stove
When camping, most of your food is roasted over a campfire. If you're craving something a little more domestic, bring along this propane-powered stove-oven combination and enjoy freshly baked meals just like you would have at home.

Eureka Nergy 1310 Electric-Powered Tent
Sure, you've got the great outdoors at your feet when you're camping, but what if you're really itching to catch up on the last season of Parks and Recreation? This high-tech tent has a 12-volt harness system that lets you use all your favorite electronics while sleeping up to 10 people.

Brunton ADC Pro Weather Instrument
Few things are more important to a successful camping trip than good weather. This instrument will not just give you the current temperature, but a humidity rating, wind speed, heat index and a wind-chill alarm.

LifeProof Braven BRV-1 Waterproof Bluetooth Speakers
Whether you're at your campsite or the beach, music is almost always a welcome addition to any outdoor excursion. This particular set of speakers is wireless and waterproof, so you don't have to worry about the elements damaging the electronics.

Tuffy's Portable Safe
With all your new gadgets and gizmos, you'll want to be sure your belongings are safe if you step away from your campsite or leave them in your car during the trip. This mini safe is the perfect place to keep small electronics, important paperwork, cash or even your firearm.

10 camping essentials

Whether you've been camping all your life or this is your first time sleeping out under the stars, there are a few things every outdoorsman needs. Here are your 10 essential items for camping:

  1. Tent: Let's start with the obvious. You'll need to bring along a tent to protect you from wind and rain, insects and to give yourself a little privacy if you're camping with friends or at a busy campground. A tent is one of the best ways to customize your experience – if you're feeling rugged, you can get something simple and small, while those looking for a little more luxury should be able to find a tent that lends itself to a more comfortable experience.
  2. Sleeping bag: Another basic necessity, make sure you bring along a sleeping bag that is appropriate for the time of year you're going to be out camping. 
  3. Backpack: It's a good idea to bring a backpack along even if you're driving right up to the campsite. If you're going to set out on day trip or even a short hike up the trail, you can bring supplies with you.
  4. Food: Even if you feel ambitious and expect to fish for your lunch and dinner, bringing along your own food is a must. Consider granola bars for an easy breakfast, trail mix for a snack and dehydrated meals just in case the fish aren't biting.
  5. Water: Bring along as much water as you can, especially if you are driving to your campsite and don't have to haul it over miles of trails. You should also have some kind of water purification system with you at all times.
  6. Fire: There are a few ways to start a fire, so make sure you are prepared for at least a couple. Whether you bring waterproof matches or a fire starter, be sure to know how to properly and safely get a fire going.
  7. Security: Any electronics, important documents or firearms need to be kept secure, especially while you're away from your tent. Bring along a mini safe or small lockbox to keep in your tent or car.
  8. First aid: Always bring along a well-stocked first-aid kit for emergencies.
  9. Light: Whether it's a head-lamp, a flashlight or a lantern, make sure you have some kind of light for dark nights.
  10. Layers: Even if you're camping in the middle of the summer, nights can get chilly and you never know when a cold front can move in – bring plenty of layers just in case.

Camping safety checklist

Whether you are going on a hike for an hour or two or a week-long camping trip, safety is always key. From carrying a mini safe for your fire arm for proper storage to being sure to have a source of clean water, when it comes to spending time out in the wilderness, you should always expect the unexpected. Being prepared for anything also means carrying a well-stocked first-aid kit in your bag with you at all times. Here is what yours should have:

  • Bandages: Keep a variety of sizes and shapes of disposable bandages for minor cuts, scrapes and blisters that you may run into on the trail.
  • Antiseptic towelettes and ointment: Use these to clean any wounds before dressing them.
  • Butterfly closure strips: These are better for larger wounds that need to be kept closed.
  • Dressing pads: In the case of bleeding that needs to be stopped, 4 inch by 4 inch sterile dressing pads should be used.
  • Gauze roll: This will hold the aforementioned pads in place without adhesives.
  • Pain relief medication: Generally, ibuprofen is a good all-around pain reliever and anti-inflammatory drug. Keep some around in case of injuries as well as for minor aches and pains.
  • Antihistamines: These are available in both pill-form – good for general hay fever and pollen allergies as well as relief for some insect and stings – as well as a topical ointment, which is meant for bug bites or skin irritation from things like poison oak.
  • Tweezers: For splinters, ticks and removing debris from wounds, pack a set of fine-point tweezers.
  • Cotton tip swabs: A great tool for a variety of uses, like applying ointment to wounds or removing foreign objects from eyes.

Your first-aid preparations should also be dictated by where you will be and the time of year. For example, hikers in cooler weather should also consider a Mylar blanket, while those heading out on a hot day should bring rehydration salts to protect against dehydration and heat exhaustion.

Day hiking checklist

Now that spring is officially here, many outdoors enthusiasts are ready to strap into their boots and hit the trails. Before you do, make sure you have everything you need to have fun and be safe for your hike. Here is a checklist of must-have items before setting out:

  • The right clothing: Check the weather and make sure you are dressed appropriately. Bring along a waterproof later and an extra pair of socks just in case. As always. dressing in layers is the best way to ensure you're comfortable.
  • Navigation: If you're setting off an an unfamiliar trail, a map is an absolute must, though you should get in the habit of carrying one at all times, even if you know your path well. A GPS and a compass will also help ensure you don't get lost.
  • Fuel: Always bring along a water bottle or hydration pack with enough water for your planned hike. A water filter or other kind of treatment system is also an important tool in case you are out for longer than you expect. Also, keep a couple of granola bars or other easy-to-carry snacks with you at all times.
  • Light: A flashlight or headlamp is always a good item to have on hand – just make sure it's got plenty of battery life.
  • Emergency supplies: As always, keep a first-aid kit in your bag at all times. It will come in handy for everything from bandages for small cuts and wraps for rolled ankles to gauze pads for more serious wounds. A fire starter kit is also handy in case of an emergency.
  • Security: Whether you're bringing your valuables with you on the trail or leaving them behind in the car at the trailhead, it's important to make sure they're secure at all times. A portable safe is the perfect solution for electronics, important papers or small firearms.

Putting on your Jeep soft top in the rain

Whether you didn't check the weather before hitting the road or a fast-moving storm caught you by surprise, almost all Jeep owners have been caught driving a convertible in the wrong weather. Once the sky starts looking ominous or you feel those first few rain drops, you have to act fast to get the soft top of your Jeep in place, lest you, your seats and any of your belongings that have the misfortune of being exposed to the elements. Here's the best way to get the soft top of your Jeep on in no time:

Be prepared
It's essential to have an attack plan well before you ever spot rain clouds. Make sure you know how to put the top on by yourself – you can't bank on having a passenger in your Jeep when an unexpected storm hits. Many people struggle with getting the top up solo, so either practice a few times so you can do it in an emergency or have your phone charged and ready to call for help.

Find cover
Unless you are actually within sight of your dry garage, chances are you're not beating the storm home once you start seeing those first drops. Your best bet is to find the nearest outdoor. This might be an underpass, a gas station or even a nearby business that has a covered parking lot or drop-off point.

Consider a window roll-up bag
If you're one of the aforementioned people who struggles with putting up your soft top alone or you just ride with the top down on a regular basis, you may want to invest in a window roll up bag. It can be put up quickly and easily, even when you're by yourself, and because it's compact, it won't take up much of your Jeep storage.