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Keep items in a lockbox while away from a car.

Prevent vehicle theft this spring with lockboxes and increased security

Having a car stolen or broken into can be a nightmare. Not only is a vehicle one of the largest purchases someone will make in their lifetime, but it’s also likely full of personal belongings.

Combined with the inconvenience of not having a vehicle to get to work and having their peace of mind taken, auto owners are encouraged to take extra precautions when leaving their cars around town this time of year. Vehicle thefts and break-ins typically jump during the spring, so it’s critical now more than ever to follow some best practices to avoiding this criminal activity.

Turn it off and lock it
Even if someone is headed into the gas station for a pack of gum, they should always turn their vehicle off and lock the door. Criminals can make off with a car or steal the belongings inside in a matter of seconds, so it’s always better to be safe than sorry.

Security products are ideal
A criminal will be less likely to break into a vehicle when they don’t see anything worth stealing. Lock boxes are the ideal solution for discouraging break-ins. Auto owners can simply mount one in their trunk, keeping valuables out of sight. Not to mention, anything inside a lockbox will be secure, if a criminal does happen to gain access to the inside of a car.

Choose your parking spot wisely
Should you park in the dimly lit third floor of a garage or out in the open in a public area? The answer is the latter. Thieves will look for vehicles to break into or steal that are parked in dark or sparsely populated areas. It gives them more time and less risk of being caught. Not only will parking in a public area keep a car safe, but a driver will also be less likely to be mugged on their way to and from their vehicle.

Jeep vehicles are hitting the roads and woods in high numbers.

Jeep vehicles in high demand this time of year

Now is time of year to purchase Jeep parts and accessories, as these vehicles are flying off dealer lots.

Chrysler recently reported that its Jeep brand had a strong sales month in April. As spring is a popular time of year to take vehicles off-roading and on camping trips, it’s no wonder Jeep sales jumped. And as these vehicles are highly customizable, owners new and old are likely looking for Jeep parts and accessories that will improve the performance of their vehicle.

“Strong consumer demand for our Jeep sport-utility vehicles and Ram pickup trucks continued in April as Chrysler Group extended its streak to 49 consecutive months of year-over-year sales gains,” said Reid Bigland, head of U.S. Sales. “The spring selling season is heating up as our Jeep brand had its best monthly sales ever.

Jeep sales jumped 52 percent in April, marking the brand’s best month ever and largest increase of any Chrysler brand in April. Both the Wrangler and Patriot had record sales in April, while the Compass posted its best sales month of all time.

April was a great month for Jeep
Even without the record sales, Jeep had a good April. The new Jeep Cherokee was named to Ward’s 10 Best Interiors of 2014 list and was also named the SUV of the Year by Rocky Mountain Automotive Press.

Jeep also debuted the all-new 2015 Jeep Renegade at the New York International Auto Show, and what it’s calling the “most capable, fuel-efficient and technologically advanced small SUV ever.”

Here are some reasons Jeep says the Renegade is so great:

  • A pair of new 4×4 systems
  • A nine-speed transmission
  • Thirty miles to the gallon on the highway

Jeep owners customize with parts and accessories
Whether someone is taking a Wrangler on a camping trip or a Cherokee on a family road trip, chances are they will benefit from adding Jeep parts and accessories to their vehicles. Jeeps are highly customizable, helping owners with everything from security to storage. As this time of year is a popular time to head out into the wilderness, owners benefit from products that improve the performance of their vehicle.

Popular products Jeep owners often turn to include external door lockers for the hard doors on a Jeep or a chubby cover, which provides secure storage space in the hidden floor compartment. Whatever the reason owners are looking to improve the performance of their Jeeps, products are available to help.

Convicted by a soda can.

Man burglarizes home, soda pop DNA gets him convicted

Every criminal isn’t as dumb as Brandon Campbell, so it’s always important to keep valuable in a lockbox.

The repeat offender left behind DNA evidence on a soda can during a robbery, giving a court the proof they needed to convict this genius.

“I don’t think that there’s any doubt at all that this guy is the last guy picked on the prison Brain Bowl team,” said Arapahoe County District Attorney George Brauchler, told CBS4, which called Campbell a contender for “World’s Dumbest Criminal.”

So why was the news source so harsh on Campbell? It’s like because the latest conviction comes after a series of boneheaded crimes.

Last year, Campbell was arrested for stealing a GPS device. Ironically, he was fitted with his own GPS device, a court-ordered ankle monitor. Now this is when things get interesting.

Wearing the ankle monitor last November, which tracks his location at all times, Campbell decided to burglarize 15 homes. It wasn’t hard for police to figure out who committed those crimes. And now, just months later, Campbell finds himself convicted of burglarizing yet another home, only this time for a pop can he left at the scene of the crime.

Keep guns safe when not using them.

Store a firearm in a handgun lockbox to keep your family safe

Properly storing a gun is essential. And while owners want to ensure it doesn’t fall into the wrong hands – like those of a child’s – they also want to have quick access to it in the event of an emergency. So how can they find a happy medium to safety and accessibility?

The answer: A lockbox. Tuffy Security Products is a leading manufacturer of lock boxes. Made from welded steel, their products are designed to safely store a gun in a home or vehicle.

“The security box can be removed from the sleeve and can remain locked closed during hand transport,” reads Tuffy’s website. “The system mounts anywhere there is available space and extra sleeves are available to allow the box to be secured in a sleeve mounted in the vehicle and also in the home or office.”

And while these lock boxes will clearly keep a gun safe and out of the hands of children, what about when an owner wants to quickly access the weapon inside? Tuffy offers an optional pushbutton combo lock that allows owners quick, keyless access to a gun. Where a child or criminal would be unable to crack a combination, within an instant an owner will have the lockbox opened and the gun in their hands.

These products are especially popular among law enforcement professionals. Whether a police officer is storing their gun in a patrol car overnight or keeping it locked away in their house while off duty, a lockbox is the ideal product to keeping a firearm safe.

Best practices when storing a gun
Any gun owner will want to have a lockbox to properly store their weapons. But what are some other best practices when it comes to storing a firearm?

The National Shooting Sports Foundation has a S.A.F.E Summer campaign which stresses the importance of safe firearm handling and storage.

“Nearly all firearm accidents in the home can be prevented when gun owners take simple precautions, and proper storage is the No. 1 way to help prevent accidents” said Steve Sanetti, NSSF president and CEO of NSSF. “Anyone who is going to own a firearm should respect it and secure it when not in use to help prevent firearm accidents and misuse.”

The foundation issued a number of tips to keep guns safe in and outside the home:

  • Always keep the muzzle pointed in a safe direction, so if a gun happened to misfire, no one would be injured.
  • A gun should always be unloaded when an owner is not using it. Always check to make sure before storing and getting a gun out that it is not loaded.
  • Keep a finger off the trigger when holding a gun, and always keep the safety on when it’s not being used.
  • Get familiar with the weapons owner’s manual, knowing exactly how the firearm works, like how to safely remove ammunition.
  • Store in a location that children can not get to.
  • A gun lock can also be installed on the weapon, rendering it useless when not being used. The foundation suggests using both a lockbox and gun lock, not supplementing one for the other.
  • Educate family members on weapons in the home. Sit children down and explain to them the dangers of a gun and remind them never to touch it if it happens to be outside of a lockbox.
  • Be sure to properly clean a firearm after using it, and store it immediately after doing so.

Owning a gun is a big responsibility, so owners will want to take extra precautions when storing a firearm. Tuffy Security Products has everything an owner needs to ensure their gun is safe.

Keep camping gear safe and sound with security products.

Keeping your gear safe while camping: The benefits of mini safes and security boxes

The warmer months of the year have arrived, and chances are that more camping trips are being planned. Those heading out to the wilderness are likely preparing their gear, unpacking tents from winter storage and getting ready to head out into the wild. However, when it comes to where all this gear will be stored on a camping trip, sometimes the trunk of the car just isn’t adequate.

Those looking for more secure storage space for their hunting or off-roading trips are encouraged to look into mini safes and security boxes. Tuffy Security Products is a leading manufacturer of these storage devices, which are sure to help any camper be more efficient while they are away from home.

Mini safes are perfect for smaller items
No camper should head out into the wild without a bringing along a mini safe. This portable product can keep anything secure, from a firearm to the bear spray. Anyone heading out on a trip with the family who is worried about small children getting into things they shouldn’t can take comfort in the fact that a mini safe will keep them safe. Not to mention, these products can be kept in a car, home or office once the camping trip is over, protecting valuables from theft and giving them use until the next camping trip begins.

Tuffy’s mini safes are a step above the rest, weighing less than three pounds and providing unbeatable levels of a security. And while they are light, they are still made of steel. The safe also which can be mounted to any sturdy surface.

Security boxes for everything else
Organizing camping gear can be a nightmare, as there is likely a lot to consider. However, security boxes will not only ensure items are safe and sound, but also organized. A camping trip has never been easier with a security box mounted into a vehicle.

Car owners can run errands with supplies in their security box, without having to worry about someone breaking in. Not to mention, once someone gets out into the woods, security boxes will keep items out of the paws of any animals. Even a grizzly bear would have a tough time breaking into a car and accessing the contents of a security box.

Tuffy features a wide variety of security boxes that are sure to meet the needs of any owner. Owners are given peace of mind on a camping trip, knowing all their gear is safe and sound.

Storing tactical gear has never been easier.

Police secure guns and gear with lock boxes

Law enforcement officers put their lives on the line everyday to ensure citizens are safe. However, when it comes to keeping their own gear and weapons out of the wrong hands, using a lockbox is often the best solution?

While it’s a rare occurrence, sometimes police gear can be stolen from patrol cars or law enforcement warehouses. That means officers have to be extra cautious when storing police tactical gear and weapons.

Lock boxes keep guns safe
Police officers looking to improve security for their belongings, whether it’s at home or on the job, should look into lock boxes. These products are essential to giving a police officer peace of mind when their gun is not on their hip.

When it comes to what brand to choose, there is nothing like Tuffy Security Products. Their lock boxes are the ideal solution to storing and transporting firearms. Their lock boxes can be mounted into a patrol car, keeping a gun secure. However, while it’s close to impossible for a criminal to access the contents of a lockbox, for a cop it’s quick and easy to open with the optional pushbutton combination lock. Within an instant a police officer will be able to open a lock box and gain access to their gun. Made entirely of steel, these lock boxes are built to last.

In addition to putting them in a patrol car, police officers are also encouraged to use a lock box at home. With a lock box in a patrol car and inside a house, there isn’t a time where a gun won’t be safe and sound. Police officers won’t have to worry about criminals getting their hand gun on the job or have to worry about kids getting into a lock box at home.

Other security products for officers
A small lock box is critical in keeping a gun safe at home and on the job, but what about police tactical gear? A security box is the answer. These products are critical in maximizing the amount secure space.

security box can seamlessly fit into a vehicle, ensuring a police officer’s tactical gear is safe. They are typically made from steel, but aluminum boxes are available for a lightweight option. In addition, dividers inside of a box will keep items organized.

Tuffy is a leading manufacturer of security products, featuring a wide array of lock boxes and security boxes that are sure to meet the needs of police officers.

Having a car stolen is a hassle, especially with belongings inside.

Stolen vehicles remind drivers to take precautions

Having a car stolen is a nightmare. Not only is a vehicle likely one of the largest purchases someone has made in their lifetime, but their are also often personal belongings inside a vehicle when it’s stolen that might not be able to be replaced.

That was definitely the case for GEELONG musician Taylor Henderson, who recently took to social media after his car was stolen.

“Is this a joke?” Henderson said. “I have tried to be the best of who I am … and now I walk outside and my car has been stolen. What kind of sick person does this? Everything in that car, from my guitar, my brand new MacBook Pro, Sony camera and a suitcase filled with clothes is now gone. Whoever you are, you are absolute filth. Taking something that’s not yours … you’d want to hope you can play my guitar like a boss.”

It didn’t take long for fans of Henderson’s to comment of the post, expressing their disgust with the crime. “Hopefully police will catch the scum bags that took your car,” Jean Muggleton wrote. While Vicki Cessar noted that it’s a learning experience adding that “I wouldn’t leave my phone in my car let alone all that.”

Utah State student learns similar lesson
In a separate incident, Tammi Seamans, who is enrolled at Utah State University, had a similar experience to Henderson’s, according to a recent report from KSL.com. Seamans’ car was stolen, and like Henderson, had a number of personal belongings taken as well.

Here 1993 Honda Civic hatchback contained clothes, a brand new laptop and a backpack with her identification and debit cards.

“All of my books, all of my notes from class, from the whole semester of lecture. I have cumulative finals, so I need this information and it’s all gone,” she told the news source.

As stealing a car can happen in no time, Seamans couldn’t have seen it coming.

“With basic tools, they can break into the car rather quickly, and once they get inside the car, it’s usually less than 60 seconds,” said Charlie Roberts, spokesman for the Division of Motor Vehicle Enforcement Division. “They get in the ignition and drive away.”

As Seamans’ laptop was in plain view, that might have been enough to encourage a break in. Motorists are encouraged to equip their vehicle with a lock box in order to keep items safe and out of the line of sight of any criminals.

Best and worst cities for the outdoorsy type

Spring is in full swing and campers, hikers, hunters, mountain bikers and fishermen are taking to the woods. As this time is perfect for outdoorsy types, it’s helpful to know where to go for these types of activities.

A recent article from Outside Magazine helped answer that exact question, investigating 50 of the most populous cities across the country and looking for six that are all wrong for the woodsman. So what did the magazine consider when looking into outdoor-friendly cities?

“First, a few tangible factors have to be taken into account, such as a lack of green space, poor access to parks and little to no municipal investment in recreation,” the article stated. “Then there are the intangibles to consider. Is the vibe hostile, or at least ambivalent, enough to the environment? Is there a sufficient enough absence of gear shops and outfitters?”

The magazine took into data from the Trust for Public Land Park Score Index as well as Siemens Green City Index. It also investigated what it calls “our own revealing, statistic: the number bike shops per person within the city limits.”

Portland, Ore. – one of America’s most outdoor- and bike-friendly cities – has one bike shop for every 6,500 people, while the six least outdoorsy cities in America ranged from one bike shop for every 21,000 to 87,000 residents, the measure becomes revealing as a trend of places cyclists might want to avoid.

Here’s the list of the six worst cities for the outdoorsy type:

  1. Dallas
  2. Detroit
  3. Memphis, Tenn.
  4. Charlotte, N.C.
  5. Fresno, Calif.
  6. Cleveland

So what makes Dallas such an atrocious place to live for someone who loves the outdoors? According to the magazine, only half of residents are within walking distance of the city’s parks. Not to mention, the city’s lacking public transit system and few bike lanes cause residents to drive almost everywhere. It is also noted that the one large park that does exist, the Mountain Creek Lake reservoir, prohibits people from eating the bass or catfish caught there because of fears of PCB contamination.

Dallas also has one bike shop for every 59,000 people, according to the data. Those in Fresno likely have the least luck when it comes to getting their bike tuned up, as there is only one bike shop for every 87,000 residents.

Best cities for the outdoorsy type
Enough with the places to avoid. Mother Nature Network has highlighted 15 cities where the outdoorsy type will flourish. Whether it’s because of a short distance to a snow cap mountain or an abundance of hiking trails, these cities stand above the rest when it comes to activities to take advantage of outside.

Here’s the list, in no specific order:

  • Portland, Ore.
  • Jackson Hole, Wyo.
  • Burlington, Vt.
  • Fort Collins, Colo.
  • Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Asheville, N.C.
  • Flagstaff, Ariz.
  • Seattle
  • Knoxville, Tenn.
  • Juneau, Alaska
  • Boulder, Colo.
  • Bend, Ore.
  • Rapid City, S.D.
  • Portland, Maine
  • Bozeman, Mont.

These cities all have their own benefits when it comes to outdoor activities. Portland is one of the most bike-friendly cities in the world. Jackson Hole is right next the Grand Teton National Park and is just a short distance to Yellowstone National Park.

Ideal gear for the outdoors
Because it is a popular time to purchase outdoor gear, those heading up a mountain or planning a fishing trip are encouraged to secure their items with car roof racks or aluminum truck boxes.

When it comes to keep anything safe out in the wilderness, durable products are the ideal solution. And as the same suggests, Tuffy Security will get the job done.

Criminal fails at bank robbery.

Failed bank robber left behind note containing his name

Bank robbers usually don’t give out their personal information. Well, at least good ones don’t.

In that case, Felipe Cruz is an amateur. The southern Florida man walked into a bank dressed in a baseball hat and long sleeves and handed a teller a note.

“Give me the 100s, 50s, 20s now,” the note stated. “Do not set the alarm. Hurry!”

Doesn’t sound to dumb so far? Well here’s where things get interesting. Cruz hand the note to the teller, who was behind bulletproof glass. All the teller did was back away from the window, knowing she was protected from any harm Mr. Cruz thought he could inflict. With no options to go on, Cruz walked out of the bank empty handed.

Easily identified
It’s usually tough for investigators to track down a bank robber. Even if they have them caught on camera, it’s still tough to attach a name to a face. Luckily, Cruz did all the work for them. The stick-up note he handed to the teller was actually the back of a job application form, and sure enough, it contained his name as well as the online username CRUZFELIPE36, along with his password. Sure enough, police fingerprinted the note, entered the information in a database only to find none other than 39-year-old Felipe Cruz, who lives just four miles from the bank he tried to rob.

“By trying to rob a bank with a demand note written on the back of his employment search form, the robber has given us a clue,” FBI agent Michael Leverock said. “He probably should have continued looking for honest work.”

While the criminal above might not scare home and auto owners into protecting their belongings, extra precautions are still necessary. Not every robber is this dimwitted. For those looking to improve security, lockboxes in a house or vehicle are the ideal solution.

Keep police gear safe with a lock box.

Extra security gives cops peace of mind

Police officers put their lives on the line to keep citizens safe. However, when it comes to keeping their gear out of the wrong hands, many cops might not know where to turn.

The equipment police officers use is supposed to be for the good of the people, but too often criminals target law enforcement officials because they know where to find weapons. While the promise of a harsh sentence should be enough to keep a criminal out of a police cruiser, some people just don’t get the message.

There are a variety of products specially made for police officers looking to keep their gear and weapons safe. If anything, having a secure place to put a gun gives an officer peace of mind while on and off the job. A lock box will keep a gun out of the wrong hands – it’s products like these every officer should have.

Security boxes provide ample storage space
Another ideal solution for cops looking for more secure storage is a security box. For police officers in need of a lot of storage space, the security box is essential for keeping gear safe, while still ensuring it is accessible for an officer. And when it comes to which brands to choose, there are no products like those made by Tuffy Security.

“Each drawer features Tuffy’s patented Pry-Guard II locking system which incorporates a 1/4″ thick steel security latch,” reads the company’s website. “Unlike other cabinet type drawers on the market that use retrofitted cabinet or house locks, the Tuffy drawer incorporates a patented pushbutton latching mechanism similar to typical OEM automotive door latches for security and to prevent rattles and squeaking. This type of latching system secures the drawer shut while operating the vehicle without the need to lock and unlock the drawer every time access is needed.”

Police tactical gear has never been easier to store than with a security drawer. The options Tuffy provides are nearly endless, as police officers can customize drawers to fit the specifications of their vehicle. Whether they want single, side-by-side or stacked drawers, Tuffy can accommodate their needs.

When it comes to keeping gear and guns out of the wrong hands, not to mention giving a cop peace of mind while in the line of duty, Tuffy has the solution.