Archive for January, 2009

Little Old Lady Stops Robbery with Pepper Spray

Posted by Rob on Saturday, 31 January, 2009

Here’s a heart warming report out of Jacksonville, Florida. It took place after a robber tried to snatch a purse from a 77-year-old woman at a Kangaroo Express.

A “one-man crime spree” was brought to an abrupt halt by a 77-year-old woman with a can of pepper spray, Jacksonville police said Wednesday.

A 20-year-old guy was arrested Tuesday about 5:30 p.m. shortly after a robbery at a Kangaroo Express store in the 8300 block of Baymeadows Road. The Chief of the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office said the man entered the store, pulled a gun and pointed it in the clerk’s face, then demanded money.

According to the police report, when the contents of the cash register didn’t satisfy him, he decided to snatch a customer’s purse. The unwilling victim, Gladys Gehrig, fought back and responded with a container of pepper spray attached to her key chain.

“She got him good in the face,” said the police.

Police picked up the suspect a short distance away.

This creep was linked to six other robberies throughout the month of January on the city’s Southside by witness ids and some surveillance footage.

He was charged with 14 felonies and held in lieu of bail.

Don’t mess with this Grannie’s purse!

So for all those whiners claiming the average citizen is incapable of defending themselves and the best bet is to offer no resistance and “let bad things just happen”, take a page out of this 77-year-old woman’s book and get a clue.

You do not need to be a victim. Tool up with some self defense gear, practice using it so you are comfortable enough to deploy it, have a plan, and be safe.

Send the Message to Yourself and to Others That You Value Your Safety…

When there is no where to run and words alone cannot ward off a would-be-attacker, a Stun Gun, Taser or Pepper Spray may level the playing field.

It is Better to Have It and Not Need It… Then to Need it and Not Have It…

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Officer In Distress Helped By Woman With Stun Gun in Atlanta

Posted by Rob on Friday, 30 January, 2009

I just saw a story about an Atlanta woman who saw a policeman struggling with an suspect on the side of the road and grabbed her stun gun and went to his aid.

Tanisha Cross, who recently got a stun gun this past Christmas from her husband, never thought it would come in handy so soon.

Apparently Cross was headed to the Wal-Mart in Lithonia with her mom when she noticed a DeKalb County police officer being attacked by a suspect.

“I just told my mom pull over, … let’s try to help,” said Cross.

The 20-year-old mother kept her new stun gun in her diaper bag, just in case. She said that while others were gathering around watching what was happening, she sprung into action.

“I went straight for my kid’s diaper bag and I got it and asked it if he (the officer) wanted me to do it and he said, ‘Yea,’” said Cross.

The officer appeared to be having a hard time defending himself because the suspect had taken the officer’s radio and managed to rub some pepper spray in the officer’s face and eyes.

Giving the attacker a hefty jolt, Cross’ timing couldn’t have been better, stunning the suspect in his arms and legs.

The officer was able to regain his composure and fight back until a security guard came to their aid.

“He’s brave,” she said. “He did his best to keep him from his gun. He handled the situation very well. I was just glad I could help him,” said Cross.

Cross doesn’t consider herself a hero, although the officer appeciated the well timed and effective assistance.

“I’m just a bystander trying to help do the right thing,” said Cross.

I’ve got another interesting story about a little old lady in Florida who used a pepper spray on a guy trying to rob the convenience store she was in.

I will post it later on, but until then Be safe, Be prepared.

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Never leave your wallet in another man’s pants.

Posted by Rob on Thursday, 29 January, 2009

An uninvited tenant has been making the rounds between unattended vacation homes in the North Webster, Indiana area. Apparently, this guy would scope out Webster Lake residences, and if the house looked unoccupied and didn’t have recent tracks in the snow, he figured no one would be around.

So this guy would effectively “move in” for a spell, eat some of the food left behind, drink some beer, wear some of the homeowner’s clothes and sleep in the beds… Eventually he would rotate to another similarly unoccupied vacation home, once he grew bored, ran out of food, or otherwise felt the house no longer suited him.

Of course, besides having his way with the contents of the house, he would steal some items when leaving. It wasn’t reported how much porridge was missing or if any chairs were broken, but it is assumed at least some of the beds ended up being just right.

He ended up being noticed when the owner of a previously visited home found the guy’s wallet in a pair of the homeowner’s overalls left at the house. The police were able to follow some fresh tracks in the snow to another house, where Goldilocks was now camping out and apprehended the guy.

So basically, while lounging around in someone else’s house, in someone else’s clothes this guy forgot to take his wallet out of the other guys pants when he took them off and left. He must have forgotten which house and whose pants he was in the last time he remembered having his wallet… And that is how he got caught.

So far, the police can account for a few homes that were broken into, but until other homeowners return when the weather warms up, they may not know for sure how many more places were targeted during the spree.

The 31-year-old guy is being charged with a preliminary count of 4 burglaries and police are attempting to recover the stolen items.

“I’ve been on 19 years and I’ve never seen anybody actually moving in and living in somebody’s residence like that,” says an officer from the Kosciusko County Sheriff’s Department. “He was just kinda running the gamut around the edges of the lake.”

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It never hurts to secure, and for less than $40, you can’t go wrong. Goldilocks be warned, these bears mean business!

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Posted by Rob on Tuesday, 27 January, 2009

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I’m not a cop, but I play one on TV…

Posted by Rob on Monday, 26 January, 2009

Gerald McCullouch, former actor on the popular TV series CSI: Crime Scene Investigation was attacked on the New York subway recently. Apparently, he was using his laptop in the early morning hours on his way home to Manhattan from JFK Airport when a man attempted a grab and run.

McCullouch, known as Investigator Bobby Dawson on CSI, told his side of the story to a reporter for the New York Daily News:

“It was about 2 am. I noticed someone cross in front of me. Just as the doors opened, he reached for the laptop. I guess he thought he’d grab it and dash out the door, but I gave him a body shot to the chest.”

“Well, that’s when he pulled a kitchen knife out of a black plastic bag. This thing must have been 10 inches long. The other passengers started running out the door and into the next car. That’s when the knife came down into my back. I don’t know whether he lost his grip or what, but the blade didn’t penetrate my leather jacket.”

“We were in each other’s face. I think I punched him again as the doors closed and the train started leaving the station. I’m watching MTA workers on the platform looking in. I thought, ‘Great, now I’m alone in this car with him.’”

What would Bobby Dawson do in this situation?

“The train was halfway out of the station when it stopped. Then about 10 cops jumped on the train and got the guy handcuffed on the floor. I told them the guy had a knife. They found it hidden under a seat or something.”

The assailant was charged with robbery, assault, menacing and criminal possession of a weapon.

First off, I don’t care who you are, at 2 am in the morning on the NY Subway, keep the laptop in your bag and pay attention to what is going on around you. Don’t make yourself a potential target by flashing high value items and looking preoccupied.

Next, unless you are Mike Tyson, punching someone in the chest probably isn’t the best idea. One, it is 2 am in January, in New York City. It was probably just above zero degrees, so I am assuming the assailant was wearing a nice thick, winter jacket. A stun gun is capable of zapping through a couple inches of clothing, but a normal punch to the coat is going to take away from some of the expected impact.

To give the actor the benefit of the doubt, being reported as a “keen boxer” and all, perhaps this was the only clear target available, instead of a kick to the knee or a shot to the nose, throat or chin. Seeing that this “body shot to the chest” only prompted the assailant to brandish a kitchen knife, not collapse to the ground in pain…

Luckily McCullouch’s leather jacket, the assailant’s weak grip on the blade, or perhaps pure luck caused the knife to harmlessly graze his back. Another stroke of good fortune was the “about 10 cops” that happened to be in close proximity and were able to quickly apprehend this guy. There aren’t scene cuts and take twos in real life and a real life CSI team was not required in this case.

Check out some of our tips on public transportation safety or any of our other personal safety tips. The best way to view a crime scene is on a fictional TV show from the safety and security of your couch.

Be safe, Be prepared.

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It was the goat! I swear!

Posted by Rob on Sunday, 25 January, 2009

Apparently two men recently attempted to steal a car in Nigeria.

While caught in the act, one quickly man fled the scene and the other ended up cornered by local vigilantes. So what is a would-be criminal to do in such situation? Turn himself into a goat, what else?

According to one of Nigeria’s biggest daily newspapers, once the human criminal turned into a goat, he was easily apprehended.

The police, rather pleased with the capture, paraded the goat before journalists and released pictures of the animal suspect.

Supposedly, the deep belief in black magic is Nigeria is widespread, particularly in the more rural areas. So stories like this are not surprising to find in Nigerian newspapers.

So keep an eye out for any suspicious goat, or I suppose any livestock that may be eyeing your vehicle. You never know when the animal may transform back into a human and be off with your car!

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What’s luck gotta do, gotta do with it?

Posted by Rob on Wednesday, 21 January, 2009


“I know what you’re thinking, ‘Did he fire six shots or only five?’ But to tell you the truth, in all this excitement I’ve kinda lost track myself. But being this is a .44 Magnum, the most powerful handgun in the world, and would blow your head clean off, you’ve got to ask yourself one question: ‘Do I feel lucky?’ Well, do ya, punk?”

I didn’t win Powerball last week. It was somewhere in the neighborhood of $165 million. Some lucky soul in Indiana hit it. I believe the odds of winning are around 150,000,000 to 1, give or take a couple hundred thousand (which is twice as likely as the 300,000,000 to 1 chance of being killed by a shark, cue the Jaws music)… But whatever the odds are, be sure they are not in your favor. However, those with no lottery ticket have absolutely ZERO chance of winning, so if you buy a ticket, at least you have that micro-chance of god shining some favor on you.

I read this story last week about a guy, down on his luck in Kentucky. Apparently, he walked into a building, which to his credit, was in fact a bank at one time. However, presently it is an office that takes payments for water bills for the Jessamine South Elkhorn Water District.

So the guy walks in to what he still thinks is a bank, flashes a gun and demands some money. One of the office employees tells the guy they don’t really have money on hand (just checks), to which the robber says “I know you have money. It’s a bank.”

Having to be convinced the establishment is no longer a bank, the confused robber left the building empty handed. What are the odds of that?

Sometimes if it wasn’t for bad luck, some of us would have no luck at all.

A 26-year-old man from Worcester, Massachusetts was shot multiple times in front of Golden Pizza this month. Sadly, last April the same guy was shot multiple times, in front of the same pizza joint. It looks like the man will recover again, but I am thinking he will want to avoid this general area after being shot on two separate occasions.

Come on guy, if Golden Pizza doesn’t deliver, I’m sure someone else in the neighborhood does. Just stay at home. Or buy a lottery ticket. After your past year, you may be due some good fortune.

Did you know the odds of a your house being hit by a meteor is a mere 182,138,880,000,000 to 1 but your chance of dying from a part falling off an airplane is 1 in 10,000,000?

The odds of being struck by lightning typically range 500,000-576,000 to 1 but most people actually survive if hit, with the odds of being killed by lightning at 2,320,000 to 1. Running around during a storm with a large metal pole or flying a kite with a metal key attached would swing the odds back into your favor of taking some damage, but I’m thinking most normal people are generally safe.

So with most odds, there are always circumstances that can vastly increase or decrease your chances depending on what actions you choose to do. Not buying that lottery ticket at all, jumping into shark-infested water with a bleeding wound, etc. Nevertheless, sometimes, no matter what precautions are taken, you cannot always beat fate.

Sure you can take measures to prolong life, such as eating well, exercise… but you have a 1 in 1 chance of death at some point whether it is by shark, meteor, lightning, auto accident, old age… eventually mortality will kick in. Sorry.

Since this is ultimately a self-defense and crime related blog have you ever considered the odds of crime happening to you or a loved ones?

Without a real personal sense of frequency, statistics state one violent crime occurs every 22.2 seconds, a property crime every 3.2 seconds, a larceny-theft every 4.8 seconds, a burglary every 14.4 seconds, a motor-vehicle theft every 26.4 seconds, an aggravated assault every 36.6 seconds, a robbery every 1.2 minute, a forcible rape every 5.7 minutes, and a murder every 30.9 minutes according to the 2006 FBI Crime Clock Stats.

But what does that actually mean to you?

Well, independent of other considerations, your chances of being the victim of a serious crime in your lifetime are about 1 in 20. Drop the “serious” qualifier and your chances of being the victim of a crime in your lifetime are about 1 in 7.

Hopefully, that means someone steals your lunch out of the office fridge and your cosmic quota for being a crime victim is satisfied. More realistically, you or a loved one has a relatively good chance of encountering an unpleasant situation when crime rears its ugly head.

Locking yourself in a fortress and never leaving would be an effective measure of personal protection, but extremely unpractical. Since we all have to live life and interact with the real world, we have collected a number of safety tips for you to consider and leave in the back out your mind. You never know when you may recall one of these tidbits and possibly inadvertently prevent a dangerous situation by employing some common sense, but often overlooked tips for many common daily situations.

We also strongly encourage carrying some sort of personal protection device. Our extensive line of self defense products are of the highest quality and have been proven time and time again that they are effective.

Hopefully, you will never need to use our products in a self defense situation. It is far better to have it and not need It… Then to need it and not have It… Think of it like automobile insurance, except for your personal safety.

However, if you find yourself requiring a means to defend yourself, your family or your home, we have made it our specialty of offering non-lethal ways to accomplish. Your self-defense arsenal may be comprised of stun guns, pepper sprays, Mace, tasers, keychain kubotans, telescopic steel batons, folding knives, instructional fighting DVDs or other featured products.

Once your assailant is incapacitated, run to safety and call the police. This products do not prevent crime from ever occurring, they assist in defending yourself and getting away if and when something unpleasant occurs.

Again, whether it is 1 in 20 or 1 in 7, and after you add or subtract personal habits, environmental concerns, neighborhood safety, Murphy’s Law or your degree of good or bad luck, I’d still wager the bet that it would be a good idea to tool yourself up and be prepared.

Do you feel lucky? Well do ya, punk?

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Not Too Late for New Year’s Resolution

Posted by Rob on Wednesday, 21 January, 2009

I intentionally waited a few weeks to repost the link to last year’s New Year’s Resolution post.

New Year’s Resolutions: Personal Safety for Yourself and Family!

Now, a couple weeks into 2009, once the luster of the original resolutions is starting to fade, hopefully some more important once will have a chance to stick around abit longer. I’m figuring the local gym rush only has another week or so before the equipment starts to free up again.

So if you missed it last time around, here is the link again. If you read it last year, it wouldn’t hurt to give it a second glance.

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How do you pepper spray yourself in the face?

Posted by Rob on Wednesday, 14 January, 2009

There are always stories about people using something designed for good, but using them for something bad. Guns, tasers, pepper sprays and any like instrument can be used for either good or evil intentions, all depending on the wielder. It is unfortunate, but as I have said many times, it is not the object at fault, it is the individual. These guys will go to any length to find something to do harm with, be it a firearm, a self-defense tool, a 2×4, a lead pipe… just about any object could be used as a weapon.

This story is sad for several reasons. Apparently this guy in Council Bluffs, Nebraska went into a store, brandished a handgun, demanded cash and was given a sum of money out of the register. Bad situation, but it should have ended with the criminal leaving the store.

This robber, not yet satisfied with the take, forced the already compliant 20-year-old female college student into a back office looking for more cash. The report didn’t say if there was in fact more money in the back, or if the guy got any more anyways.

The story continues, and as the guy walks out of the office, he pulled out a canister of pepper spray to douse the girl. As much as I do not understand why this was necessary, I am at a greater loss for what actually transpired.

“He pulled out pepper spray and pushed the button. But the nozzle was pointed the wrong direction. The spray hit him in the face.

The robber turned the Mace around and sprayed it at the clerk, who was able to duck. She was sprayed in the side of the face and shoulder.”

How is that even possible?

Pepper spray does not come in aerosol cans like spray paint or cooking spray. They come equipped with a safety mechanism that forces you to hold the dispenser properly and slide and push the trigger to engage the spray. I can not even picture the awkwardness needed to maneuver your hand the wrong way, force the trigger to go off and spray backwards into your own face.

???

I have always been a strong proponent for extensive practice using any self-defense device to ensure the proper use and efficient deployment in a stressful situation. Always carry it in the same place, practice retrieving the device quickly and effortlessly, make sure you can confidently deploy the weapon as required for use…

But I would never have thought it would be necessary to note that you must make sure you point the nozzle in the correct direction, one because of the common sense aspect, and second, because it is virtually impossible to uncomfortably twist your hand into the awkward position required to spray yourself in the face with mace. Or so I thought.

So now I’d like to formally issue a warning for carrying pepper spray:

MAKE SURE YOU DO NOT POINT PEPPER SPRAY TOWARDS YOUR OWN FACE AND PRESS THE TRIGGER.

I suppose I can refrain from adding a resounding DUH! to the end of that statement.

Now I can understand the possibility of wind blowing pepper spray back towards yourself, if you were to spray into a strong wind (Don’t do that either) or perhaps if you were in a closed-in area and deployed pepper spray, there is a chance it may affect you too, but I am still challenged to figure out actually how someone would actually spray themselves in the face.

Dude, perhaps the pepper spray was a bad idea. Leave it for the adults to use.

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What’s up with this Wii??

Posted by Rob on Tuesday, 13 January, 2009

A Wii?? I didn’t ask for a Wii! I wanted a freakin remote control airplane!

Apparently, a ungrateful 26-year-old guy in NH got rather irate when his girlfriend failed to get him what he asked for this past Christmas. While exchanging presents, he opened what normally would be considered a highly coveted gift, a Nintendo Wii game system.

It wasn’t reported what the 24-year-old girlfriend got in return, but it didn’t seem like she went off the deep end over her present. In hindsight, too bad she didn’t ask for a C2 Taser.

But after a heated argument, she got fed up with the situation and attempted to leave.

With that, the guy grabbed her buy the hair, so she swung around and clocked him. The couple was arrested for assault and were slapped by a no-contact order this past week by a judge. The couple has attempted to make up and asked that the no-contact order be lifted, but the request was at least initially declined. Perhaps they could take out their frustrations with a Wii Boxing match?

So much for “It’s the thought that counts.”

At least the Wii could be used right away. I mean it will be months before the New Hampshire weather is good enough for messing around outside with a silly remote control airplane. It was below 5 degrees out this morning and we have over a foot of fresh snow on the ground, on top of what was already there. Unless the guy was going to build a makeshift snow runway in his backyard and brave the freezing cold, probably without gloves to successful maneuver the aircraft, what good is a remote control airplane anyways?

Sounds like loads of fun to me. Not.

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