Friday, November 21, 2014

A short history of the Crips and Bloods

The Crips gang was started in 1969 by 15 year old Raymond Washington, in Los Angeles. The original name was Baby Avenues or Avenue Cribs. The name Crip became so common among the Avenues Cribs that it became the acceptable name in 1971. Many Crip sets were formed during this time they included Avalon Garden Crips, Eastside Crips, Inglewood Crips and the Westside Crips. Also around this time Stanley "Tookie" Williams, started the Westside Crips. The original intent was to continue the revolutionary ideology of the Panther's and to act as community leaders and protectors of their local neighborhoods. They became increasingly violent and constantly expanded their turf. In the early 1980's, the gang was heavily involved in the drug trade.
The original style of dress was to wear black leather jackets. They walked with a shuffle like a limp and also carried canes.
In the 1970's colors became a way to signify allegiance to one gang or another. The Crips began using the blue bandanna or blue flag and displayed them in their left side as their color. It has been suggested that the color selection was because blue was the color of Washington High School. The Crips use the letter C to replace the letter B in their conversations and writings. The initials BK represent their status as "Blood Killers." And the Bloods used the red bandanna and started displaying them on the right side.

The Bloods were originally Crip Sets. The Pirus, at one time hung out with the Crips they were called or known as the Piru Street (Boys) Crips. Several members of the Pirus gang had a conflict with some of the Crips and warfare ensued. During the summer of 1972 Robert Ballou, who was not a member of a gang was killed for his leather jacket the Pirus felt that because he was not a member of any organization and neutral he should not have been killed. They got together with the Lueders Park Hustlers, L.A. Brims started in 1969, Denver Lanes, the Bishops. and other organizations targeted by the Crip Sets and formed the Bloods.

Street gangs in Los Angeles had rumbles before this time and were usually over control of parties or hangout spots and high school rivalries. Weapons were not used often, gang members preferred fistfights. It was considered a punk move to get a weapon to retaliate after a fight. The most common weapons included baseball bats, bumper jacks, or an occasional knife.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Home Security

DOORS: Are the primary point of entry for many burglars. All exterior doors should be metal or solid wood and have strong door hinges with hidden or non-removable pins on the inside of the door. Install good quality deadbolt locks.
Windows: Are the most utilized access point to unlawful entry. One could plant thorny bushes around windows to make illegal entry more difficult.
Cut back tree limbs that might allow thieves to climb into windows.
Lighting: A well-lighted house can expose any individuals attempting to commit criminal acts. They increase visibility and eliminate hiding places.
Garages: Are commonly overlooked. If the door that connects the garage to the house is not kept secure, then anyone entering the garage can also enter the house. Always lock this door.

Sunday, November 16, 2014

Safety Tips tips during a power outage

Causes of power outages

Trees, limbs or branches knocked down by wind, snow or ice.

Equipment overload when electric heaters are turned up throughout the electrical system

Animals that contact the lines

Circuit overloads within you own home. Check your fuses and breakers.

What to do first

Check the breakers or fuse box to determine if the cause of the outage is a blown fuse or tripped breaker. Look for lights on in your neighborhood to see if others are affected.

If it's not a breaker or fuse box call the electric co. Keep your account number handy.

Turn off all electrical equipment to prevent overloading the circuits in your home when power is restored.

Check on any friends and neighbors who may need help.

Keep on hand and let everyone know where the following are:

know where the fuse box is

Flashlight with extra batteries

blankets and/or sleeping bag

battery powered radio


first aid kit

In your home

Never use kerosene, or propane heaters, or charcoal

Preserve body heat by wearing multiple layers of clothing.
Blankets and towels around your windows and doors help keep the heat in.

Wrap your pipes during freezing weather with insulation and leave faucets dripping so water won't freeze and crack the pipes.

Keep you freezer door closed.

Generator safety

  • Never plug your generator into an outlet, and don’t connect a generator directly to your home’s main fuse box or circuit panel.
  • To temporarily power an appliance, plug it directly into the generator.
  • Use properly sized and grounded extension cords and keep cords hidden so they don’t present a tripping hazard.
  • Always properly ventilate a portable generator. Gasoline-powered generators produce carbon monoxide and the fumes can be deadly.
  • Make sure that the total electric load on your generator won’t exceed the generator’s rating.

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