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Category: Derek Smith

Special Agent Tactics: Creating A Safe Room

Special Agent Tactics: Creating A Safe Room

In another article I wrote on how to safeguard yourself during a home invasion, I mentioned retreating to a safe room. I thought it important to provide you more information about how to actually create a safe room within your home or business. Establishing a safe room is a vital part of good home security Read More

Special Agent Tactics: A Guide To Lockpicking

Special Agent Tactics: A Guide To Lockpicking

I learned how to pick locks when I attended the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center’s Advanced Physical Security course. It is not as easy as it looks on TV. Some cop or bad guy walks up to a door, sticks a lock pick tool into the door and opens it in 5 seconds. The movements Read More

5 Tips To Surviving A Violent Home Invasion by Derek Smith

5 Tips To Surviving A Violent Home Invasion by Derek Smith

Do you know that you’re eight times more likely to be involved in a home invasion attack than you are to be involved in a house fire? When intruders force themselves into your home, whether for the thrill of it or to rob you and take your family hostage, this is considered to be a Read More

Special Agent Survival Tactics – How To Survive A Hostage Situation

Special Agent Survival Tactics – How To Survive A Hostage Situation

Two days deep in a mission based in Turkey, I went out with a fellow agent. I was briefed before going out that if gunmen tried to stop us, don’t stop. Do what we can to barrel through them and get away, or we would surely be taken hostage and perhaps killed. I was also Read More

Special Agent Tips: How To Become A Master of Disguise

Special Agent Tips: How To Become A Master of Disguise

There is no such title as a spy, but there are spies. When I was a special agent with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations stationed in Turkey, technically, I was a “counterintelligence agent.” As such, my job was to spy on my opponents, and they spied on me. You will never see an Read More

How to Tell if Someone is Spying on You by Derek Smith

How to Tell if Someone is Spying on You by Derek Smith

As a special agent working counterintelligence one of the things I often had to worry about was if someone was using the same techniques I was using to spy on them to spy on me. If your “sixth sense” is telling you that someone is spying on you or your family, you are probably correct. Read More