Monday, January 4, 2016

REI Self Defense For Sissy’s, I Think Not!

Across the country landlords get attacked and killed on a regular basis. Many of these landlords are killed when their tenant gets angry at them. This is not something that you just have to be wary of in a big city. Several landlords have been killed while on the job in Roanoke. Some of which were killed by their tenants.

One of a few examples of this was the murder of landlord Harold Markum who was beat to death by his tenants Meghan and Justin Musser. He was found dead with a tear streaming out of his eye.

The first step in protecting yourself from getting attacked or killed is avoiding situations where you have a higher likelihood of something happening to you in the first place.

Some tips that I have learned over the years that keep me from having to hurt someone while protecting myself include:

* Never physically pick up rent. Have a drop off location such as a UPS Store that will collect your rent for you. Have a mailing address that is not your home where tenants can mail their rent. Everywhere you write your address, including court documents, should list the P.O. Box or UPS Box address, never your home address. Including but not limited to the address you have your tax bills sent to that shows up on the GIS. Look at your home as your bunker. The only people know where it is, is your friends.

* Be nice to your tenants at all points in time. Yes I realize that there are PITA tenants that can really get under your skin. Keep your cool and keep it professional always. If they cuss you out on the phone simply tell them you aren’t in business to listen to this garbage, good bye, and hang up on them. They will likely blow your phone up for a while with continuous calls. Don’t answer them. Give them a cooling off period before talking to them again. That is if you decide that you are going to talk to them again. The next time you see them may be in court.

* Have a contractor do all repairs / maintenance when there are tenants living in the house. Also have your contractor meet the deputy for your evictions / set-outs. Your tenants aren’t mad at your contractor. They are mad at you for putting them out. Avoid confrontations by avoiding the drama.

There are times where you have done all of the right things and you still are in a situation are in danger. That’s where our guest speakers come into play.

There are a couple schools of thought regarding how you protect yourself when your life is in danger. The Roanoke City Police department suggests that you run away. However in many cases running away isn’t going to help you. Such as the case with the elderly landlord, Mr. Markum. Sure you can try to run but who’s to say that you are faster than your attacker. And do you really want to die without at least trying to give up a fight. Die while on the run? Not me!

Our special guest speaker will be Tim Habla of Counter Response Tactical. Tim is an expert at standing and fighting. And Tim is coming to our group to give us some tips that don’t include sticking your tail between your legs and running away.

I tried to find an embed code to embed this video but it doesn’t appear that they have one. Have a look at the link below. Our guest speaker is around 2:35 of the clip.

By The Way, if I was an attacker and the person I was attacking was using the push away “Get Back” tactic that the Roanoke Police were teaching in the video, I’m going to hurt them…bad. You could not stop or even slow me down doing that. That will only make me mad.

And if you’re going to wait it out for the police to show up, they will be there after you have already been assaulted or killed. Not during or before the attack. Police get there AFTER the crime has already happened. Only on a very rare occasion do they get there during the crime.

You NEED to be able to protect yourself with a weapon if necessary so you don’t have to worry about your safety. That is unless you are in an area where weapons are not allowed such as the Virginia Tech campus which is referred to in the video. I guess it’s different in areas like that where mass murders pick to do their killing since they know no weapons are allowed. The anti gunners logic though says you’re safe there since weapons are banned.

Come on out to the meeting this week. It’s going to be a fun one!


Paul on January 6, 2016 at 1:00 PM said...

I thought Tim and Dave did a great job last night providing very timely and valuable insight on an important life and death topic. Personally, I very much enjoyed their presentation and helpful Q&A and will obviously be more mindful of my surroundings at the least and will more likely take further action to be better prepared for the confrontation we all hope never comes to pass.

Speaking of unexpected confrontations, I just stumbled across this posting below and thought I would share....

Thanks again to Tim and Dave,
respectfully, Paul (

To the Guy Who Tried to Mug
Me in Downtown Savannah night before last. I was the guy wearing
the black Burberryjacket that you demanded that I hand over,
shortly after you pulled the knife on me and my girlfriend,
threatening our lives. You also asked for my girlfriend's purse
and earrings. I can only hope that you somehow come across
this rather important message.
First, I'd like to apologize
for your embarrassment; I didn't expect you to actually crap in
your pants when I drew my pistol after you took my jacket. The
evening was not that cold, and I was wearing the jacket for a
reason. My girlfriend was happy that I just returned
from my 2nd tour
Combat Marine in Afghanistan. She had just
bought me that Kimber Custom Model 1911 .45 ACP pistol for my
birthday, and we had picked up a shoulder holster for it that very
evening. Obviously you agree that it is a very intimidating weapon
when pointed at your head, isn't it?!
I know it probably wasn't
fun walking back to wherever you'd come from with crap in your
pants. I'm sure it was even worse walking bare-footed since I made
you leave your shoes, cell phone, and wallet with me. (That
prevented you from calling or running to your buddies to come help
mug us again).
After I called your mother
or Momma" as you had her listed in your cell, I explained the
entire episode of what you'd done.
Then I went and filled up my
gas tank as well as those of four other people in the gas station,
on your credit card. The guy with the big motor home took 153
gallons and was extremely grateful!
I gave your shoes to a
homeless guy outside Vinnie Van Go Go's, along with all the cash
in your wallet. [That made his day!]
I then threw your wallet
into the big pink "pimp mobile" that was parked at the curb, after
I broke the
windshield and side window
and keyed the entire driver's side of the car.
Earlier, I managed to get in
two threatening phone calls to the DA's office and one to the FBI,
while mentioning President Obama as my possible target. The FBI
guy seemed really intense and we had a nice long chat (I guess
while he traced your number etc.).
In a way, perhaps I should
apologize for not killing you, but I feel this type ofretribution
is a far more appropriate punishment for your threatened
I wish you well as you try
to sort through some of these rather immediate pressing issues,
and can only hope that you have the opportunity to reflect upon,
and perhaps reconsider, the career path you've chosen to pursue in
life. Remember, next time you might not be so lucky. Have a good
Thoughtfully yours,

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