The time is now for you to re-think your hostage strategy

Train the trainerWhat a post from a Real Estate agent.

I was LAPD between 1990-2013 – some was full time(17 years) and some was as a Full Line Reserve officer.(5 years).

I worked various assignments – Patrol, Motors, Tactics/Firearms. I taught various subjects – Drug Recognition(DRE instructor), DUI, Impaired Driver Apprehension Program (IDAP), Radar, Lead Instructor for Police Motorcycle Handgun/shotgun Transition, LASER, Shotgun, Handgun, Glock, and .45 transition school.

This posting is in my opinion only. This is something I want you to consider carefully due to the apparent changes in the world with people taking over businesses and homes.

No one would wish to be taken hostage, and I wouldn’t want to be taken hostage either!

While on the LAPD we trained for this aggressive response to an active shooter situation.

The school was a lot of fun and very dynamic – but it was nothing like real life and death. No training scenarios are…

Of course, we had the guns, vests and other items that attempt to put us on the same “level” as the bad guy or bad guys. We also had our training, but some bad guys are ever better trained, I’d hope that most are not.

I’m thinking of the horrible situation in the Bar in Orlando. 49 people were killed. 49 people executed, that is atrocious!

From the news reports, a single shooter.

I don’t think anyone knows how that horrible terrorist situation unfolded, expect those who were there.

God Bless the survivors and families of the deceased. May God Strike Down the Terrorists!

First – Dial 911 and put your phone away

You’d be surprised how this little strategy can assist you. Because your phone is now “tied up” with being connected with the 911 operator, you won’t get any “incoming” phone calls which may attract one of the hostiles to your location.

Tip – if you put your phone on speaker – you will be placing yourself more at risk. This is because the 911 operator may ask you a question etc., giving away your position or intent.

Also, remember in a dark environment the screen is going to show up like a flashlight. Use your Movie Theatre etiquette.

Plus, the 911 operator should be able to listen in to deduce what may be happening.

As far as how fast they can get your location, that will depend on the “technology” they have in place where you happen to be held up.

All I can say is it’s worth a shot and if you have the ability to communicate with them, all the better.

Just know that if you are found out to be on the phone with 911, the hostile may have issues with that.

Things to Consider

Your Phone’s camera can be your best friend. Why not take a few shots of the exterior and text/email Cameras can be a good record in a hostile enviornmentthem to a friend? Take a few photos of the interior, if all goes bad, at least you will have made some type of record and maybe have saved the day for the victims survivors.

Your Flash – you may not want this turned on at the time you are taking photos of the environment, just sayin’.

If course, I consider myself well trained. At least when you look at the civilian population. The “active shooter” and “terrorist” type are also well trained.

Look to your surroundings when you enter any location. Make a checklist to remind you until your “assessment” becomes second nature.

Look for the exits.

Look for Cover and Concealment:

Cover – things that hide you and are bulletproof. Concrete walls, many layers of wood, etc.

Concealment – these hide you but bullets will pass through.

Who else is involved? Maybe the terrorist has others he has employed in the audience acting as victims. Be weary before you make a stand.


Look for windows you can fit through.


Check “hiding spaces”, bathrooms etc.


Look for projectiles (items you can throw) for harm or distraction. (One of the best places you can be is in the soup can isle of the supermarket – for starters) – Beer bottles, shot glasses and pool balls make some wonderful projectiles. 

Don’t neglect this step. Size up the tables, are they cover or concealment? What about the seats – maybe they are solid oak and maybe they will be your best friend in a confrontation.

Just know if you throw one of these items at the perpetrator – you may be “calling yourself” out.

If you are going to take the step to get involved? If so, you maybe creating attention. Are you ready for that kind of attention or not? Make up your mind during your “visionary” state of the conflict.

Scan the location to make visual notes of the other patrons.


Check your seating position. Maybe a view of the entrance would be stellar. Having your back to the door, not such a good thing.

The Parking Lot

Don’t be in such a hurry to get out of your car.

There is a lot happening around you. There are many things to see which we normally would not see without making it a point to “open our eyes”. Act as if you are going to have to explain what you saw to a law enforcement professional.


Scan the other vehicles for “heads” inside, people waiting in their vehicles.

Bad guys typically don’t walk to the place of terror. They usually take cars. Most bad people will have associates who are waiting in a getaway vehicle.

Don’t be in such a hurry to get into your car. Stop for a moment and listen before entering.


Lock your doors immediately when you get into your vehicle.

The Garage

When pulling out of your garage – don’t do it too quickly.


Survey the neighborhood, who’s out, who’s standing around, are there any “marked” delivery vehicles? What about people in their cars – Which cars are occupied?

Mindset is the key

Will your survive?

How badly do you want to survive?

It’s going to be you versus them – You want to be the Survivor!!!

If people around you are being executed, will they stop when they get to you?

Not all gunshot wounds equate to a death sentence.

Remember direct pressure and forcing yourself to be calm.

I’m not trying to make you a cop

I just want you to know you may have more options than standing and waiting to get one in the head.

Again, I have no idea what those in the nightclub went through.

In some situations, by the hunted becoming the aggressor – hostile situations cease.

At other times, it could make the situation worse.

Just think about if you were in it and what you would do.

Be safe and Be well.

From Facebook:

I stand behind you in line at the store with a smile on my face…and a gun under my shirt and you are none the wiser, yet you are safer for having me next to you. I won’t shoot you. My gun won’t pull it’s own trigger.


It is securely holstered with the trigger covered. It can’t just go off. However, rest assured that if a lunatic walks into the grocery store and pulls out a rifle, I will draw my pistol and protect myself and my family and therefore protect you and your family.


I may get shot before I can pull the trigger…but, I won’t die in a helpless blubbering heap on the floor begging for my life or my child’s life. No, if I die it will be in a pile of spent shell casings. I won’t be that victim.


I choose not to be. As for you, I don’t ask you to carry a gun. If you are not comfortable, then please don’t. But I would like to keep my right to choose to not be a helpless victim. There is evil in the world and if evil has a gun, I want one too…”

YoooHoooooo tomorrow is open houses day for the Santa Clarita Valley Cities

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BEDS: 5   BATHS: 3 full baths   SQ FT: 2,931
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23743 Stagecoach Way Valencia, CA 91354
BEDS: 4   BATHS: 3 full baths   SQ FT: 1,934
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BEDS: 4   BATHS: 3 full baths   SQ FT: 1,940
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BEDS: 3   BATHS: 2 full, 1 part baths   SQ FT: 1,684
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BEDS: 4   BATHS: 3 full baths   SQ FT: 2,212
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BEDS: 3   BATHS: 2 full baths   SQ FT: 1,782
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BEDS: 4   BATHS: 4 full baths   SQ FT: 5,048
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BEDS: 4   BATHS: 2 full, 1 part baths   SQ FT: 2,686
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BEDS: 5   BATHS: 3 full baths   SQ FT: 2,115
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BEDS: 3   BATHS: 3 full baths   SQ FT: 1,232
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BEDS: 4   BATHS: 3 full baths   SQ FT: 2,850
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BEDS: 5   BATHS: 3 full baths   SQ FT: 3,643
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The Santa Clarita real estate daily is out – February 10, 2013

Santa Clarita real estate updates for the rest of us 🙂

Real Estate companies in the Santa Clarita ValleyThis is a compilation of the last 24ish hours of blogging activity in the Santa Clarita real estate cities.  You can click on anyone of the following blog posts to read the stories in their entirety.

One note about REMAX Relocation Systems. We joined the largest and most successful real estate brand during our first few years of being licensed.

We are glad we made that choice and have seen the power that our clients have with us and that REMAX Branding standing beside them.

In Many Ways – that brand opens doors that other brands might not.  We have seen this from being listing agents in the sale of our sellers real estate listings, having access to buyers from other parts of the country.

We have also seen the REMAX Brand produces some amazing results as buyers representatives.  It is a two way street with REMAX.  The connections that it opens up for their real estate agents, if taken advantage of, are remarkable.

Have a look below, let us know if we can help you and thanks for reading The Paris911 Team’s Updates at REMAX of Santa Clarita CA.


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Happy Saturday, February 9, 2013 – Santa Clarita Housing Market update

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Top Santa Clarita valley real estate agents do their best to keep their clients updated with the current content and real estate news. Some, however aren’t used to the writing.  Writing takes practice.  That is typically what most have to do to get better at it.  I tell my 11 year old that However, like […]


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Stand by to Stand by, as we used to say while recruits with the LAPD. This Sunday, two of The Paris911 Team’s Buyers agents from REMAX of Valencia are hosting an open house in Valencia CA. This Santa Clarita open house will be the first and potentially last to be held at this expansive home. […]


How to search for real estate in Santa Clarita CA by price range in 100k increments


This video should help all of you that happen to be searching for real estate by price.  You will also be able to see all of the current real estate inventory for sale in the Santa Clarita Valley cities.

Access point for this Santa Clarita Paris911 Team’s resource is by heading over to the Main Santa Clarita realtors website – Paris911 – and typing into the MacBoX any of the following prices:Santa Clarita Valley search resources

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Thanks for watching how to search for homes by price in the Santa Clarita Valley cities.  We appreciate you more thank you know.  My BEST – Talk soon and don’t forget to check out our Newest Addition for Santa Clarita Valley Cities.

That is going to be located at Santa Clarita Valley dot org.  You will be able to search for schools, school boundaries, restaurants in Santa Clarita, Shopping Centers in the SCV, locations by name and much more.

We call it our our Santa Clarita Map Search engine. Be Safe and let us know what you think.

Latest Santa Clarita real estate unfiltered Yelp Review

I cannot thank our most recently closing clients for choosing and working with our team. They were and are a real blessing to Paris and I!!

“I don’t even know where to start since our home hunting began 9 year back in 2003. I am on housing blogs, finance boards every single day looking for RE news and economic trend in general. And we did not buy into the mass home buying , kool-aid drinking hysteria during the mid 2000s. And after 9 years of searching (sometimes sporadic and sometimes fast paced), we still cannot believe we closed escrow last week and we own a home in Stevenson Ranch CA.

Call it serendipity. It all started one lazy August Sunday afternoon. I was browsing for foreclosures and short sales data on Google in 91381 zip code as I couldn’t find them on or Guess what popped up in the Top 3 search results? Yes, it was SEO is at its best on I can tell you that as I am myself a software engineer and I know how SEO worths in depth and what it means to business. If you want visitor conversion rates high for your site you need to be on the top 3 organic search results.
What caught my attention was the pre-foreclosure search form on Connor’s website. I entered my criteria and hit search and it gave me a few results. I then emailed Connor about details of these properties and he immediately replied back. I also ended up on his Linkedin connections by the end of the day 🙂

Me and my wife met Connor at his office as is the custom and immediately liked him on Day 1. He is not your typical high pressure, pretentious realtor. He is patient, a good listener, no pressure and easy to get along with person. He is extremely polite, humble and gets back to your questions ASAP. Ditto goes with his wife Paris who is as gentle as Connor.

The team’s strength lies in their experience with the local market and expertise in all kinds of sales including standard, short sales, foreclosures etc. Our purchase was a short sale with 2 lien holders. Getting it done was not an easy task. Connor and Paris were on our case like white on rice and we closed escrow in about 4 weeks of approvals from the 2 lien holders.

They were also very helpful in recommending handyman, painters etc for our projects after close.

I would highly recommend the team for all your RE needs. Kudos and 5 star ratings to the team !! We are moving in on dec 5 to our new home.”

We are truly honored by you taking the time to post this five star review on Yelp for the Paris911 team at Remax of Santa Clarita. Thank you. We will be in touch and thanks for the friend you already referred!!!

How to improve the public view of the DMV

While at the Department of Motor Vehicles today, I could not help but think, whew – the people that work here must have to put up with a lot. Watching all of the influx of people that had different questions and concerns, most involving having to pay money, some are not as nice as they could or should be.

I thanked the lady that helped my son and I, she looked at me and was very surprised. No, she was not the best in customer service. She was not the most pleasant to deal with. She was not the fastest, prettiest, or most compassionate. She was just doing her job. She did not cuss at me or call me names – she was doing what she was supposed to do in response to my request.

It was not much more than placing a round peg in a round hole. She did it very well and I was quite happy she did. However, when I thanked her, from her reaction – you would have thought I slapped her. She looked at me and said, “What do you mean, thank you???” I responded, “Thank you for helping my son and I.” She still sat there looking at me with a perplexed gaze. I said, “apparently you don’t get “thank you” type comments very often do you?”

She and her co-workers on either side of her said while chuckling, “Nope, this is the DMV after all…” It was almost in unison. Together – almost as if this scenario had happened before. I thought to myself right at this moment, it’s not the World View of the DMV that is creating the problem. It is some of those that work for the Department of Motor Vehicles that have a bad view of the DMV.

I’m wondering if the Management at the DMV realizes this? I also wonder if they care? Could the solution to the DMV’s bad disposition in the public’s eye be the fault of the Management at the Department of Motor Vehicles?

I think it could. There should be more praise given to the DMV employee for just doing their job. More attention paid to an employee that gets to work on time for a period of 30 days. How about a special spot to park for those employees at the DMV that have not used sick time in a year? They could get a pole position spot at the front of the building with special congratulatory markings setting them apart for a job well done.

I bet dollars for donuts other employees would strive to get a month of special parking privileges, even though secretly.

There could also be incentives given to the specific employees for doing a good job when the accolade is paid to them in written form. Comment Boxes – places to leave a comment would be mandatory at all of the DMV offices to give room for those who wanted to leave feedback as to how they were serviced. The DMV could also have a on-line “leave a comment or give feedback” button on their website. Someone would have to monitor this channel – but I know it would work wonders on improving the DMV employees view of where they work.

Here is an example of a comment that would be left on the comment form on their website.

“Today at the Newhall DMV, _______(insert name), had the pleasure of serving me today. I asked to renew my drivers license and she took my money and issued me a new license…” How awesome is that – All that praise for a job well done by ________!

I’m excited – I have a feeling that this could improve the already fine attitudes at the Newhall DMV. Remember, driving is not a right, it’s a privilege. So get out there and let every DMV employee know how “privileged” you feel by allowing them to serve you at the Department of Motor Vehicles.