Evil, cowardly individuals target churches because of the unique vulnerabilities they present.
The reasons churches are being targeted can be summed up with one word, “hate”. Evil, cowardly individuals target churches because of the unique vulnerabilities they present.
Prevention of these heinous events requires vigilance, preparedness, and faith that your community will support you as a good/vigilant neighbor.
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-Aegis of Alaska
If you have been watching the local news or reading frustrating posts on social media, you will know by now that Alaska now ranks in the top 10 most dangerous states to live. Many link this upward tick in criminal activity to the enactment of Senate Bill 91, "Omnibus Criminal Law & Procedure; Corrections Act," and the current budget crisis.
For the record, had the State of Alaska implemented the rehabilitation facilities and programs FIRST, this bill, designed to lower recidivism and prison populations, would have seen more success. Instead we find criminals are committing more crimes due to the lower bails or no bails, reduced pre-trial incarceration, and lack of rehabilitative programs designed to correct/treat the root cause of their criminal activities. Now add the factor of lower law enforcement presence, and you have the perfect environment to nurture progressive criminal activity.
Criminals break in to your mail boxes, steal your vehicles, burglarize your homes, and much worse, as the message is sent “do as you wish, there is NO consequence.”
Alaska lawmakers that have listened to the voices of victims at townhall meetings, etc., are undoubtedly going to consider the complete repeal of this bill and take actions to increase recruitment and retention of public safety personnel, mental health professionals, and educators, if they wish to seek reelection.
Until then you must consider taking precautions to protect yourself and family members. If you wish to prevent yourself or loved ones from being the next victim, you have to take action today!
Firearms: If you are considering the purchase of a firearm for home protection, do your research first! The most important question you MUST ask yourself before purchasing a firearm, “are you willing to use it on a fellow human being?” If the answer is “no” then consider another option as a firearm in the hands of someone not committed or respectful of its use, will potentially just end up putting it in the hands of the criminal. There are several respected firearms instructors in Alaska. Seek them out and ask questions.
Home security systems: There are two primary choices, aside from the four-legged “man’s best friend”. You have the DYI systems that are monitored solely by the homeowner, such as the Ring system (see our Recommended Products section), or the professionally installed systems such as ADT, Vivint, etc. Due to the current workload already placed on law enforcement, you must consider the fact that officers/troopers will not respond immediately (if at all) to an activated burglary alarm “that is not verified.” You can reach out to your local law enforcement leadership to get a definition on this issue, however, the only valid solution, aside from good neighbors willing to be eyewitnesses, is a camera system. Video surveillance confirmation of a burglary will almost certainly guarantee a response from any agency.
Identity theft prevention products/services: If your personal information or that of your ever-trusting elderly family member (or your kid sharing too much on their online gaming network) is stolen, you may not even know until that moment you log into your bank account and see it’s been drained. Services currently are offered which provide 24 hour/7 days a week protection of your personal information. The services we recommend don’t just alert you that something happened, they take action in preventing it from happening in the first place using some of the most advanced AI software tools available. See our Recommended Products section for more information.
Conduct a home assessment today to see where you are lacking. We have provided a free checklist for download below. Make sure you take inventory of your personal items, to include serial numbers, photographs (if you have time to take a selfie, you have time to take a picture of your valuable belongings), etc. In the event the worst happens, law enforcement have a stronger chance of recovering your items with this information.
Join a Neighborhood Watch and participate/support your local Crimestoppers Program! Thanks to social media, it has never been easier to relay suspicious activity to your friends and neighbors in real time.
REMEMBER TO REPORT ALL SUSPICOUS ACTIVITY TO YOUR LOCAL LAW ENFORCMENT OR TROOPERS.
Stay safe and please leave comments below on other recommended safety tips for others to read.
-Aegis of Alaska
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There is a big difference between leaders and managers.
If you are looking for an article that is going to bash individual politicians, their families, or political parties, this is not the article for you. There is plenty of that occurring on the national stage.
We applaud those that have “put themselves out there” to take an office such as the Governor of the largest state in the union. Their success or failure at the end of their terms is typically measured by whether they balanced the budget and reduced crime/increased public safety. There are other metrics, but these two seem to be the major bullet points during the political campaign season.
Being a successful Alaska Governor requires the ability to lead 14 politically appointed Department Commissioners to act as one team to fight one fight. A list of the current Commissioner’s and their contact information is located here. 14 individuals with multiple politically appointed Division Directors below them. These cabinet members are responsible to provide the Governor with the best advice/information available for decisions such as the usage of funding sources like the PFD or legal loopholes in laws such as SB91.
An example to explain the dynamics of Alaska Department Commissioners in action:
Department of Public Safety (DPS), Division of Alaska State Troopers has a need to select and put into service new patrol vehicles that can be used statewide in various road conditions. Public Safety has the budget to make the purchase, but not the sole authority. They must approach the Department of Transportation & Public Facilities (DOT) to approve the bid, selection, and placing into operation of the vehicle (with DPS’ money) in accordance with the Department of Administration’s (DOA) purchasing guidelines.
This is the same for employee housing, patrol facilities, administrative support, etc. For example, if the DPS needed to add or move a civilian support position to a particular posting, in order to provide relief in administrative duties (allowing a Trooper to spend more time out on patrol instead of at the post processing evidence or other inventory requests), they would need approval from DOA.
Now imagine if DPS needs to build or add a new Trooper Post to a location in dire need of public safety services?
The above examples demonstrates great accountability on behalf of the residents of Alaska. Issues of delays and lapses in services, or ability to get an employee and his/her family to occupy rural housing units, depends ultimately on these separate departments, operating under different department leadership, to communicate effectively and “get along”.
Successful Governors and their administrations have solved these issues by having a solid leader reigning in this group of individuals and converting them into a team. That leader is the unsung hero known as the Chief of Staff. This leader is able to lead, mentor, organize, motivate all 14 of these individuals, converting them to an effective team! A team that is focused on making Alaska safer while being fiscally responsible. NO EASY FEAT.
Ultimately when a Governor is successful, it is because his/her cabinet is a “leadership team” NOT a “management team”. For those that have been assigned to successful military units or other organizations, you know there is a significant difference between a manager and a LEADER!
We wish success for the next Governor of Alaska, whomever that ends up being. If they wish to be truly successful, he/she needs to surround themselves with the right leaders in place…leaders that are mission and team oriented! One Team, One Fight!
-Aegis of Alaska
Some recommended reading on successful leadership practices in links below