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CORVA event looks to make off-roading safe and fun.

Annual California off-roading event to be held May 17

The California Off-Road Vehicle Association is holding its 2014 annual meeting at the Historic Santa Maria Inn in Maria, California. The meeting is open to both members and non-members.

CORVA is comprised of a group of outdoor enthusiasts who look to promote positive aspects of vehicular access to public lands.

“The group is composed of many owners of street legal and ‘Green Sticker’ vehicles such as ATV’s, motorcycles, 3-wheelers, trail bikes and dune buggies, as well as 4X4 vehicles, dual sport motorcycles, bajas and desert racers,” read CORVA’s website. “Plus many others that use access for – hunting, rockhounding, bird watching, fishing and others activities.”

The association will discuss best practices for off-roading at its annual meeting and ways to promote these activities. CORVA looks to educate event-goers on the constantly changing rules and regulations associated with taking vehicles off road as well as provide the strategies necessary to help keep trails pristine for these activities.

“We are active at all levels of the land management public process with both the BLM (the Bureau of Land Management) and the USFS (United States Forest Service),” CORVA’s website read. “We do this by commenting on environmental documents on as many issues as possible and maintaining close relationships with personnel in the field as well as the staff.”

Tips for heading off road
Taking a vehicle down a dirt trail is thrilling. However, when it comes to ensuring all passengers are safe and the vehicle doesn’t get damaged, it’s a good idea to follow some advice.

  • Don’t go alone: First rule of off-roading is to go with a friend. Not only does having a companion make a trip more enjoyable, but it also makes it safer. For those who choose to off-road in multiple vehicles, having two-way radios is ideal for keeping in touch and navigating terrain.
  • Know how to get a vehicle unstuck: Getting stuck in the mud is likely going to happen at least once or twice for the avid off-roader. The best bet of for getting out of the mud is not to gun it and go full throttle, but rather slowly accelerate while turning the wheel. If possible, keeping a small bag of sand in a vehicle can help riders get the traction they need to free their vehicles.
  • Be prepared: Those heading off road are encouraged to pack survival supplies and security products. A GPS, first-aid kit and cell phone are essential to have when heading on any outdoor trip. A lockbox is something riders shouldn’t go without either, as it will keep gear and supplies safe no matter what.
Cops keep gear and guns safe with security equipment.

Police officers find practical security solutions with lockboxes

Law enforcement officers have a lot of gear to keep track of. And as some police tactical gear can be dangerous, officers have to be responsible with it, keeping it locked away when it’s not in use.

A lockbox is the ideal solution for storing a handgun. Whether they are on or off the job, a lockbox is the perfect product for giving a cop peace of mind. While at home, they won’t have to worry about their kids getting their hands on their gun as a lockbox will keep it secure. The same goes for in the field. Criminals will find it impossible to access the contents of a mounted lockbox if they happen to gain access to a police car.

Police officers put their lives on the line everyday to protect and serve, so shouldn’t they have equipment to ensure their safety on the job? Aside from keeping the contents of a lockbox safe and out of the wrong hands, it’s still easy for a cop to get inside. Tuffy Security products has an innovative keyless entry available for their lockboxes, So while it’s impossible for someone else to access a gun inside a lockbox, the owner can have it in in their hands in a matter of moments.

Tuffy’s lockboxes are made from high security welded steel, with a texture powder coat finish. This durable design makes them the leading lockboxes in the industry. Whether on or off he job, a police officer can count on this lockbox to function as it should, keeping gear and weapons safe and locked away. Those interested in purchasing a lockbox are also encouraged to also get Pick N Pluck foam, which allows the contents of a lockbox – like a gun – to fit perfectly inside without shifting around. Whether someone needs to keep fragile items safe or they just don’t want a gun moving around inside a box, this foam will help.

Storage boxes provide more space
While a lockbox is ideal for smaller items, with the amount of equipment required to be a police officer, many choose a metal storage box for added secure storage space.

Like a lockbox, this product is durable and will keep anything inside safe. These boxes can be mounted into the trunk of a vehicle, allowing officers safe storage for everything from their road flares to their ballistic vest.

Vehicle break-ins likely one man's doing.

Police suspect one man responsible for 50 vehicle break-ins

Atlanta police are trying to track down a criminal they believe has been on a frenzy of vehicle break-ins. According to WSB-TV Atlanta, police have surveillance from three people, showing a man breaking into their vehicles.

The  incidents span from DeKalb County to Decatur, as police are feverishly working to bring this man to justice. They have learned a lot about the suspect’s techniques for breaking into vehicles and are hoping this information will lead to his eventual arrest. The news source reported that in one of the videos the man broke a truck window, climbed into the vehicle, searched for items to steal, then got out and took a flashlight to the truck bed, looking for anything he could get his hands on.

It’s criminals like this that remind owners to take extra precautions when leaving their vehicles outside at night. For instance, secure truck bed storage is available that would make it impossible for a guy with a flashlight to access contents in a truck bed. Other precautions, like lock boxes inside a car, also make it a struggle for thieves, especially for someone using the smash-and-grab technique like this suspect.

Police have reason to believe this one man is responsible for as many as 50 car break-ins in the Dekalb, Decatur and Atlanta area. Lt. Brain DeLoach told the news source that the video evidence will likely lead to his eventual arrest, but it’s going to come down to the witnesses in order to convict him.

“Somebody recognizes this individual – that’s going to be the No. 1 way we catch this guy,” DeLoach said.

However, DeLoach did indicate that police managed to lift a fingerprint from one of the vehicles. They have yet to send the print to the lab for testing, so they are hoping to get a hit.

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.