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I just relocated to the Arizona desert. I’m considering installing a security film on all the windows in my home. I’ve been told this will help keep the light out, and will add another layer of security. Does this stuff work?

-From Henry S.

Answer: There are many different one-way privacy window tint products on the market that will allow you to see outside, without letting other people see inside your house.

The problem is, many of these products will do the opposite at night if the lights inside your home are turned on. What I mean is, the way the tint works is based on where the light is, so when the lights are on inside people may be able to see more.

Some privacy window tints are great at keeping the sunlight out and can also prevent your windows from shattering if a burglar tries to smash them. Basically, you just need to do your research depending on the tint you buy and make sure it’s not easy to see inside your home.

I would also have the tint professionally installed so that you have some type of warranty in case it ever peels off.


What do you think of the Glock 43. I want to make it my next purchase.

-From Tony B.

Answer: The Glock 43 is a single-stack subcompact 9mm. A lot of shooters call it a smaller version of the Glock 19, which is a great gun. It’s a good choice as a pocket gun and I know a lot of people who own it.

The only drawback is that it holds six-rounds and can be challenging for folks with big hands. But you’ll have this problem with most pocket guns.

Before you buy it, I’d just go to your local shooting range and test it out.

For a pocket gun, my #1 choice is the Sig Sauer P365, but the Glock 43 is also a solid choice.


I am a retired US Army Medic. I moved to a new state and just obtained my CCW permit. I worry the government may try to confiscate my weapons. What is the best way to buy weapons without them being traced to me? Obviously, I don’t want to do anything illegal. But, I don’t want someone knocking on my door asking for my guns.

-From Kurt R.

Answer: There are two ways to do this. First, do a private party purchase in your state. So, don’t buy a gun from a local gun store, but buy it from a private seller. In the state of Utah where I live, you can do this all day long and no records are kept.

The only restriction is a federal law requiring the seller to make sure the purchaser is of legal age to buy a gun, lives in the same state and isn’t planning to commit a crime with the weapon.

Another and better option for complete anonymity, is to build yourself a “Ghost Gun” that doesn’t have to be registered.


If I turn off the GPS on my smartphone can my location still be tracked?

-From Cory M.

Answer: Unfortunately, even if your smartphone’s GPS is turned off, your phone’s location can still be tracked. The thing is, most people who use smartphone’s typically have multiple applications downloaded to their phone.

These applications can still give away your location even if you have denied the app access to your GPS. For example, let’s say you use a fitness app on your phone.

Well, this would still use data and sensors on your phone, which could give away your location. Even the clock on your phone gives away your location.

For instance, when the GPS is turned off, the time on your phone still changes if you change time zones. In other words, if you want to completely avoid being tracked don’t use a smartphone.


I’m traveling to Europe next month for the first time in nearly 20 years. Do you have any advice about protection from pickpockets?

-From Jane T.

Answer: Pickpockets are a huge problem in lot of the world, especially in Europe. You definitely don’t want to walk around with your wallet in your front or back pocket as you normally do in the U.S.

Also, do not get one of those neck wallets that hang around your neck under your shirt. Thieves can see the wallet string around your neck and it’s a dead giveaway for where you’re hiding important items.

Instead, consider getting an ankle wallet or something that hangs down inside your pants such as the Shacke Pocket Vault.

Also, don’t keep all of your eggs in one basket, meaning you may have an ankle wallet with some cash and items and the rest of your cash is in a wallet tucked in your pants.


My family and I had to evacuate when the recent Hurricane hit the Gulf. In a case like this how can I leave my home but make it appear that someone is there? If looters come by I want them to think someone is home so they move on.

-From Harold P.

Answer: Depending on how much time you have, you want to make sure your house is as secure as possible such as all doors and windows locked and alarm set.

In addition, you may want to consider leaving a radio, TV, or even a light on to give the appearance that someone is home. Or you can purchase one of the Fake TV simulators that give the appearance someone is home.

Now, if you are planning on leaving your house you need to take an inventory of everything you have inside. You should take your cell phone and video record the entire house.

Basically, walk through the house and identify every item including TV’s all the way down to plates and cups. The more video you have the better.

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