Archive for January, 2010

Pepper Spray for Lions, Tigers and Bears

Posted by Rob on Saturday, 30 January, 2010

Pepper spray comes in many varieties. You have stream, fogger, gel or foam deliveries. You have 1/2 ounce to 1.5 ounce keychains, 2, 4, 9, and 12 oz. canisters, pepper spray exercise hand weights, pepper spray pens and pepper spray jewelry in the form of ring.

Most of the pepper spray and Mace products are specially formulated for use as an inflammatory agent against man. Pepper spray will induce coughing, choking and nausea in the target creep. It will dilate their eye capillaries causing temporary blindness. Their mucous membranes will swell causing all but life support breathing from functioning properly, rendering an assailant temporarily incapacitated. A mere one second burst of pepper spray is enough to stop an attacker for up to 45 minutes, all without permanent damage.

If you are looking to protect yourself from aggressive canines, we have Mace Muzzle pepper spray for dogs. If your concern is wild bears while hiking or camping in the woods, we have specially formulated bear mace.

But what about other possible attackers?

We specifically covered humans, dogs and bears. What about other dangerous wild animals, such as coyote, wolves, mountain lions, cougars, puma, panthers… I don’t know… dingos?

You would be hard pressed to find a canister of Mountain Lion Pepper Spray, or Coyote Mace. That being said, lets call a spade a spade, and pepper spray, pepper spray.

For the most part, any of these pepper spray products will work against any of the animals if you hit them in the face. All of these animals have an acute sense of smell, and very sensitive noses. Inflammatory agents such as pepper spray will wreak havoc on their eyes and noses.

Bear pepper spray has a unique deployment that shoots a wide area fog up to 25-30 feet away. Bears in particular will want to be kept at as much as a distance as possible, and typically lumber loudly enough through the woods to give to a small warning. Also the bear sprays are typically rated slightly hotter than human pepper spray. Usually 20% concentration, instead of the 10-18% concentrations you will find in the Mace, Pepper Shot and Wildfire pepper spray lines.

If you hit a human with bear mace (and I use the term human loosely when referring to a common street thug), you can be assured he will soon be hating life.

Also, if you are walking around the neighborhood, and you are carrying Mace Muzzle Canine Spray and are approached by a mugger, let him have it. If you are walking down the street carrying your Wildfire pepper spray key chain formulated for human incapacitation, and you confront a vicious dog, let him have it. Same with a coyote or mountain lion. We are pretty equal opportunity, race independent here.

You do however have an inherent problem with attacks by large cats, such as the mountain lion, cougar, puma, panthers, etc. These animals are stealthy and quick. More likely than not, you will be stalked. Like a ninja. Ninja cat. You will not likely know you are in danger until the last possible moment, when the animal pounces.

These animals are also ninja like in their art of assassination. The mountain lion will target your head or neck, quite literally aiming for the jugular, or attempting to break your spine. Not the ideal situation for trying to pepper spray in advance.

To your advantage, if you are able to get a fair warning, mountain lions can be persuaded to call off an attack. The mountain lion is fully aware that he is only 100-120 pounds, and an average adult male outweighs him. Not that it really matters, due to the cats superior speed, sharp claws and vicious teeth. Just don’t tell him that, and he may not bother calling your bluff.

If you are able to spot a mountain lion first, stand as tall possible and stick out your arms. You want to appear even larger. Talk loudly and aggressively, attempt to throw objects such as rocks and sticks.

Whatever you do, do NOT turn your back to the animal and run. He will beat you in a foot race. He has more feet than you do. If anything, attempt to threaten the mountain lion. Try to fake him out by advance toward it, slightly (Do not advance too close). All the while, have your pepper spray in hand and ready to deploy once the animal gets in range.

In the unfortunate event you are attacked unexpectedly, just as if it were a human assailant, FIGHT BACK. It is very likely the attacker will decide you are not worth the trouble if you are able to FIGHT BACK hard enough. Even if you are only able to struggle for a short time, make them work for it.

Incidentally, your pet dog may only garner a little bit of help and quite possibly attract these dangerous animals. Children are also especially attractive targets, as the mountain lion may be larger than them and less cautious. Use extreme caution when hiking in known lion country with your kids. Stay in groups, and always, always be on the lookout.

Be Safe, Be Prepared.

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Product Review: Telescopic Steel Baton

Posted by Rob on Friday, 29 January, 2010

If you haven’t been formally introduced previously, let me introduce you to Mr. Telescopic Steel Baton. Baton, Reader. Reader, Baton.

A telescopic steel baton is neither a high school coach’s whistle, nor a walking stick. We are talking up to 26″ of solid steel thug-bashing pain-on-a-stick. Not to knock personal alarms which do serve their purpose, but nothing beats a solid whack to the ribs, or hobbling blow to the knee quite like a telescopic steel baton. Just ask Nancy Kerrigan.

When fully collapsed and stored, your baton will only take up about 9″, give or take depending on if you purchased the 18″, 21″ or 26″ models. The sizing corresponds to then strength and size of its wielder. A big burly trucker would probably pack a 26″er, a 5’5″ petite woman may prefer the 18″.

But don’t let the difference between the sizes sway you. Each one is going to get the job done with a quickness and cause some serious injury and trouble for any would-be attacker.

Talk about walking softly and carrying a big stick, quite the physical and psychological advantage.

No one is trying to strongarm you into buying self defense products but you have to believe in the statistics spread over the past few years, all pertaining to violence at different levels. Day by day, our environment is coming up with prominent signs of danger.

It used to be the dark damp alleys you had to worry about, now you could be victim of an assault during your leisurely stroll through the park in the middle of the afternoon, or taking your morning jog before work.

Just last week, there was a story in the news about a 26-year-old autistic woman in Toledo, Ohio that was raped on the sidewalk by a 15-year-old thug on her way to the library. This occurred in the middle of the day, with several cars just driving by. The woman was followed by the attacker, knocked to the ground, threatened with scissors, had her sweatpants pulled off, and was raped while yelling for help in broad daylight. The attacker then stole her cell phone as he fled the scene.

Eventually one woman, who had already driven past, gave the incident she just viewed a second though, and decided to call 911.

Of course the police arrived well after the assault and rape was over. It was even reported immediately after the attack, the victim attempted to borrow the cell phone of a man walking down the street to call the cops, and the man refused and kept on walking. La la la, I can’t hear or see you…

Are you serious?

I’m thinking minimum someone should have pulled over along side, laid on the horn for the duration and phoned the police right then and there. Next best, someone armed with pepper spray, a stun gun or perhaps a telescopic steel baton could have intervened and given this punk a working over. Let the cops clean up when they got there.

The juvenile delinquent was found later, and sure enough, it is reported that he suffers from mental issues. As if that wasn’t evident from his public display of aggression…

I am counting a number of people that could use a good wake up whopping to knock some sense into them.

Just a flick the Telescopic Steel Baton and it will automatically extend itself to the maximum attitude-adjusting capacity. This will engage a rather satisfying sound, as the positive locking system snaps into place. This serves a dual purpose, one to let you know your baton is ready for business, and secondly, your soon-to-be target will know he is about to be pummeled. If he had a lick of sense, he might even turn tail and vacate the area right then and there.

In addition, these trusty sidekicks have a couple of other features besides its low public profile and solid steel construction. It in encased in a comfortable foam handle for easy gripping and maneuverability, and it has an optional LED light to double as a flashlight.

Be Safe, Be Prepared, Don’t Just Stand There, Take Some Action.

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Pepper Spray Allowed on Portland State University Campus

Posted by Rob on Thursday, 28 January, 2010

On December 8, 2009, a student at Portland State University was issued a citation for carrying pepper spray on campus. The charges were dismissed, and prompted further investigation to clarify campus policy on personal safety devices.

Chemical agents, by law are not allowed on campus, but is has been determined that pepper spray and Mace do NOT fall under that classification, per the director of public safety Michael Soto.

Yay! Score one for common sense.

“But the [misuse] of the device could still lead to criminal charges,” says Soto. “For safety though, we recommend its better to make loud noises and stay away [from an attacker] rather than get close enough to spray.”

Well of course, I’d expect criminal charges if a student stabbed someone with a ball point pen or assaulted someone with a textbook too.

However, the use of other personal protection devices such as stun guns and TASER devices is not yet clear.

“I’m not going to say they’re allowed, I’m not going to say they’re illegal,” Soto said. “As yet, we don’t have a clear answer on Tasers, but neither do the Portland Police. More research is needed.”

It is illegal to possess dangerous weapons in public buildings, includes universities under the Oregon state law. So I imagine it will take someone else with common sence to further determine what constitutes a dangerous weapon, and what is simply a self defense item.

You can’t ban every possible item that has the potential to be used as a malicious weapon. Then colleges will have to put up signs stating “We are a gun-free, pen and pencil-free, glass bottle-free, baseball bat/lacross stick/football helmet-free, scissor-free and any other potentially dangerous-free item college campus (Kindergarden).”

All this being said, anyone that does carry pepper spray or other personal protection devices are expected to become intimately familiar with the device and practice drawing the device and using it effectively.

Hopefully this sets the precedence for more colleges and universities across the country to take a fresh, logical and practical look at their policies and procedures and take a more active role in the personal safety of their students. We have had enough rapes, assaults and other violent crimes lately… Let our students have a fighting chance.

More Information: College Campus Safety Tips
Pepper Spray FAQ, Pepper Spray Techniques Guide

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Tonya Harding’s Latest Whack at Nancy Kerrigan

Posted by Rob on Tuesday, 26 January, 2010

It appears Tonya Harding is trying to steal the spotlight from Nancy Kerrigan again. Not that Nancy was trying to garner any media attention this time…

I’ve never really been a fan of Tonya Harding. But now she is trying to offer her condolences to her former ice skating rival whose father just passed away. It just reeks of a media publicity stunt.

The statement from a Tonya Harding representative: “Tonya feels very sad for Nancy and her family and extends her deepest sympathy and condolences to them. Tonya’s beloved dad, Al Harding, passed away this April, so she understands the grief Nancy and her family are feeling at this time.”

Seriously, she still has a rep? To me, her statement sounds more like “Nancy Kerrigan’s dad just died and it is all over the news? Hey, MY dad died last April and it was hardly covered by the media… What about ME? Who is sorry for ME?”

We all feel sorry for you Tonya, trust me…

The notorious feud between Hardin and Kerrigan climaxed in 1994 when a hit man, allegedly hired by Harding’s ex-husband, took a lead pipe similar to a telescopic steel baton to Kerrigan’s knee before a U.S. championship. “Why, Why??”

Of course Harding denied involvement in the plot and expressed disgust towards the attack. Which didn’t help her mediocre career anyways, she was always in the shadow of the stellar Kerrigan. So again, Kerrigan is in the news and Harding is trying to grab some of the spotlight she doesn’t deserve off of Nancy’s coat tails…

So she’s “reaching out” to her former arch-rival to express her deepest sympathy after the tragic death Daniel Kerrigan? I’m not buying it.

Nancy’s brother, Mark Kerrigan, allegedly assaulted his 70-year-old father moments before he died at the family’s home in Massachusetts.

Mark Kerrigan, 45, was arrested and has since pleaded not guilty to the assault.

At least this time Tonya’s publicity stunt didn’t involve a 3rd party with a weapon.

Be Safe, Be Prepared.

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FIFA 2009 Soccer Video Game Rage

Posted by Rob on Monday, 25 January, 2010

This story comes out of Rome, Italy and its a doozy.

“Mario is obsessed. He’s forever playing on his PlayStation, and we bought him FIFA 2009 because we didn’t want him playing violent games,” says the mother of a 16-year-old, who bought the soccer game for her son a few days earlier for his birthday.

No Grand Theft Auto, no Assassin’s Creed II, no Modern Warfare… how about a sports game? the next best thing that actually going outside and getting some exercise.

I suppose FIFA Soccer 2009 makes sense, unless the game lets you headbutt other players like what happened to Italian defender Marco Materazzi. Remember him? He was the guy Zinedine Zidane headbutted in the 2006 World Cup finals. That was a tad violent.

So apparently Mario’s soccer tactics were not up to his father’s standards. The father-son argument broke out when the dad offered some tips to improve the son’s game play. Well, Mario wasn’t having it so the father flipped off the TV is response to what must have been some inappropriate behavior and backtalk.

Now even more angry, first his dad talks smack about his l33t skillz, then dad has the nerve to punish him by turning off the TV… Mario storms into the kitchen. Too cool off you might wonder?

Not quite. Mario grabs a 15-inch kitchen knife and goes Assassin Creed on his father, stabbing him in the neck and throat. Mario then returned to the kitchen, weapon in hand and proceeds to wash off the knife in the sink, and places it in the drainboard. While his mother watched her son clean up, she was unaware how the knife got dirty until her husband staggered into the kitchen, holding his neck.

“I saw Mario come back into the room, he seemed calm, he went to the sink and I noticed him washing a knife,” the mother reported to the local newspaper. “Then my husband came into the room with a hand round his neck, dripping blood.”

The 16-year-old then shut himself in his bedroom. Police reported he did not resist arrest when they arrived on the scene. The father is recovering in the hospital.

So much for calming the boy with a national pastime sports game. I’m betting the Sony PlayStation is about find its way to the garbage bin. Perhaps Mario needs to read a good old-fashioned paperback book.

Be Safe, Be Prepared.

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Andy Dick Arrested Yet Again…

Posted by Rob on Sunday, 24 January, 2010

In the news again, Andy Dick was arrested, this time in West Virginia on two felony counts of first degree sexual abuse.

Apparently Andy Dick was talking to a guy Friday night and then “unexpectedly and without invitation grabbed the victim’s crotch, repeatedly groping then kissing him.”

A guard at the bar added that Andy Dick “grabbed his crotch and began laughing” when the security guard tried to give him an armband. The security guard should have pulled out a TASER device.

A third victim said Dick also tried to kiss him but told him “I’m not down with that.” He says he has no intention of filing another complaint against Dick, “He’s nationally known as a weird guy.”

Dick is facing up to 5 years of jail time if convicted. He is still on probation from the incident at a Buffalo Wild Wing in 2008, when he was arrested for sexual assault when he allegedly groped a 17 year old female, grabbing her tank top and bra, and pulling them down, exposing her breasts outside a bar.

After copping a feel, he copped a plea to battery that time. This is becoming quite habitual, I can’t see it likely that he will get off again. In court I mean…

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TASER Device scene in “The Hangover”

Posted by Rob on Sunday, 24 January, 2010

I finally caught the movie “The Hangover” this weekend… I know, I know, it’s been out awhile… I thought it was pretty funny, but the best scene was the TASER clip…

Rob Riggle playing a Las Vegas cop jabs a stun gun into Ed Helm’s neck, then a couple kids from a police station tour get to demonstrate a TASER Device on Bradley Cooper in the crotch and Zach Galifianakis in the face. Ouch!

I was reading somewhere that the director Todd Phillips was considering using real stun guns and TASER Devices during the shoot. That would have made the shoot pretty interesting, but the actors did a pretty good job selling the scene. Without the actual 50,000 volts, of course.

A person hit with a real TASER Device will feel dazed and confused for several minutes. The pulsating electrical current causes an involuntary muscle contractions ant the result is a sense of vertigo. It can momentarily effectively stun or render an actor or attacker unconscious. Yet, the TASER Device‘s low electrical amperage and relatively short duration of its pulsating current, ensures a less-than-lethal charge. Moreover, a TASER Device does not cause permanent damage or any long-term after effects to the victim’s muscles, nerves or other body functions.

It may however leave a lasting psychological impression, one that the zap-ee will not soon forget.

Be Safe, Be Prepared.

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Product Review: Hidden Camera Sunglasses

Posted by Rob on Saturday, 23 January, 2010

A spy gadget James Bond would be more than proud to own… one of our latest body-worn surveillance products is the stylish hidden camera sunglasses. A color hidden camera is not the only gadget built-in to these 007 spy shades, you can shoot both still shots and digital video. An ample 4GB of flash memory comes on board, and you can upgrade 8GB more with the micro SD (TF) card slot. If the 2 meter range microphone, polarized lenses, and 3.5 hour life rechargeable battery (5 hours to charge) weren’t enough, we will throw in MP3 player capability and headphones. Nice job Q!

The incredible simplicity of this full featured spy gadget probably makes it the most appealing. Push one button to start recording the video, push the same button again to stop. Plug the included USB cable into your laptop or PC to view your footage. No additional drivers necessary.

The other couple buttons swap between taking still shot and the digital video, shoot the picture and power the device on and off.

Digital video recording, still shot camera, audio recording, all with a built-in DVR? Come on, this the most versatile mobile spy gear we carry. Major props to Major Boothroyd indeed.

Get your hands on the hidden camera sunglasses now.

Be Safe, Be Prepared!

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Product Review: The Stunning Ring

Posted by Casey on Friday, 22 January, 2010

One of the cornerstone self defense products in Worth Protection Security’s line is called The Stunning Ring.

Honestly if you ask me, it is definitely more than just a big log of metal wrapped around your finger. A real Black Onyx Stone fixed in this silver or gold plated ring speaks volumes about its beauty and “disguise”.

Stunning Ring pepper spray

To a normal eye, the Stunning Pepper Spray Ring might just stand up for just an engagement or wedding symbol. However, Worth Protection Security made sure that this ring stays on and serve two purposes:

1 – That is, self defense and personal security from your run-of-the-mill street thugs and nasty hoodlums from those damp alleys.
2 – And to make it look real and pretty around your finger altogether, by coming out in fashionable style and prominent glossy coating.

This elegant ring is usable by both men and women due to its nifty and compatible unisex design and protects you while you work, on a date, jogging, or anywhere else against an attack, act of violence, rape, or other crisis. The Stunning Ring can be worn at all times and makes a perfect gift for that special someone you love.

Just like Worth Protection Security states, “An ounce of protection could be worth more than a pound of cure”, so take a deep notice of those things going around in your surroundings. We know that women would just hear those stories about a girl ending up in trauma after having a rape assault against her, or just some thugs snatching a purse off an old lady a few blocks away. But no one actually pays a lot of attention to such details and they are all shrugged off from their brains in the next few days, no action taken.

If you are still thinking that “How could this ever happen to me?” or possibly “I am a man or woman who could never end up being cornered somewhere”, then you are actually waiting for the worst to happen. The Stunning Ring is your personal protector which can always come in handy, if need be. It is filled with OC Pepper Spray, which can leave your assailant quite immobilized for over 30 to 40 minutes. In addition, you can always refill the ring, once it runs out of that pepper spray.

Although we still hope that you don’t end up in a situation which requires the usage of The Stunning Ring but then again you can never drop your defenses in today’s time and age. Order it now and add one to your arsenal to get secured from a lifetime of unknown and threatening crimes.

Be Safe, Be Prepared,

Casey

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Boston Defenders 1, Colorado Burglars 0

Posted by Rob on Thursday, 7 January, 2010

I love stories like the first one here.

Earlier this week a knife-wielding thug attempted to steal the purse of a South Boston woman just before noon at the intersection of Dorchester and Telegraph Street.

“Give me your purse,” the suspect said.

How about some pepper spray instead? The woman whipped out a canister of OC pepper spray and lets the thug have it in the face.

He dropped his knife and took off purse-less, but the woman was able to ID the guy and he now has a warrant out for arrest.

This next story, I’m not quite sure what to think.

So, this loser in Colorado breaks into the home of his buddy’s ex-wife…

Unfortunately for the suspect, the woman was in the house baby-sitting the burglar’s children. Even with the bandana on his face, the kids recognize dear old dad… Talk about awkward!

Local Authorities arrested him on suspicion of second-degree burglary and other charges. Suspicion of? Are you kidding, his children caught him.

Kinda like those old Scooby Doo episodes when the bad guy gets foiled and says “I would have gotten away with it if it weren’t for those dang meddling kids…”

Not that we are keeping track, but score 1 for the pepper spray savvy woman is Boston, 0 for the scumbag burglar in Colorado.

Be Safe, Be Prepared.

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