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I’m worried my ex-husband is following me around. I have run into him when out to dinner and while grocery shopping. It’s happened more than once and I don’t think it’s a coincidence. How would I go about checking my car for a tracking device?

-From Shannon T.

Answer: The simplest way to detect a tracking device is by using an electronic sweeper that detects the cellular signal from the GPS. Now, these devices can be very expensive so if that’s not something you want to purchase, I would recommend contacting a local private investigator.

You could ask them how much it would cost for them to sweep your car for a GPS tracker. If you aren’t too concerned and don’t want to pay someone you can check the most frequent areas of your vehicle for trackers.

You would need to check wheel wells, bumpers and the undercarriage of your car. In addition, you would want to check glove boxes, under all the seats, and basically anywhere on the interior that someone might hide a tracker.

Don’t forget to pop the hood and check the engine area too.


I’m looking at new holsters. What kind do you recommend as far as where to wear it on my body?

-From Luke R.

Answer: If I’m carrying my Springfield 1911, I’m carrying it on my hip, outside the waistband in a kydex holster.

If I’m carrying my Sig P365 then it’s in my pocket in a kydex holster.

So, I like kydex holsters and either carry in my front pocket or on my hip.


I live in a small town where nothing ever happens. Of course, the dirtbags from the city made their way to town and broke into my house. For the first time in my life I want to install a home security system. Which one is the best?

-From Randy M.

Answer: First, I would decide whether you want to install a Do-It-Yourself system or have a professional company come to your home and install it for you.

Also, in some cities police don’t respond to residential alarms. The company providing your security system usually has a security guard respond.

If you live in a small town like I do, our police department does respond to alarms so that can make a difference.

For example, if you live in a big city, it might make more sense to use a DIY system, which can alert you to the alarm and you can have someone check it out.

Most DIY systems are cheaper than a major professional company and they usually don’t require a long contract. If you decide to use a DIY company, check out SimpliSafe.

If you want to use a major company, look into ADT since they are one of the biggest companies in the market.


Where do you put all your everyday carry gear? I’ve bought everything I want to carry and I’m worried that it will be hard to carry all of it on my body.

-From Colby M.

Answer: I have a knife clipped to my pant pocket. I have a tactical pen clipped to my other pocket.

I have either a gun in my front pocket or a gun on my hip. I wear a gun belt that has hidden compartments inside where I can carry lock pick sets, cash, a handcuff key etc. I keep my wallet in my left, front pocket.

While it might sound like a lot of stuff, it really doesn’t take up that much space or draw attention. But make sure you wear a quality belt to help hold everything up.

I also wear cargo pants so I can put my phone or keys in another pocket if I want to.


Do you have a headlamp flashlight as part of your bug out gear? Is this a good piece of gear to add?

-From David C.

Answer: The headlamp is one of my favorite pieces of survival gear. The fact is, whether you are setting up a tent in the dark or are bugging out and need to carry a firearm, having your hands free will make a huge difference.

I recommend having multiple headlamps in your survival gear for each family member so you can still move or do whatever is needed even in the dark.

If you are looking for a headlamp flashlight, quality brands are Fenix and Black Diamond.


My husband and I love your newsletters! We truly appreciate the advice you’ve given us. We have stocked up our gear and have plenty of flashlights. What batteries do you recommend for flashlights? We don’t want to go cheap.

-From Brenda W.

Answer: I recommend using Panasonic Eneloop batteries. These can be purchased online and can be recharged up to 2100 times.

In addition, these batteries maintain up to 70% of their charge after 10 years (when not it use) and include battery detection technology, meaning they automatically shut off when charging is complete.

I use these batteries in many of my electronic devices and they are incredibly dependable.

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