Pepper Spray, Stun Guns, and Tasers… Oh My!

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Entries for May, 2007

Screeching for Attention

I received an funny e-mail from a customer the other day
I’d like to share. Although I highly recommend testing and
practicing using your self defense products, this “training
session” could have ended badly.
“I purchased a Mace Screecher for my wife a few weeks back.
One day I decided to sneak up on her in the mall [...]

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Inside the Criminal Mind: Home Burglary

It does not matter where you live. Middle-class suburbs,
high-class condos, low-income housing, your home is a
target. A burglar with his mind set on your house will walk
through your front door, crawl through a window or even
smash a sledge hammer through your roof.
I recently came across an interview of a reformed burglar
who was extremely prolific [...]

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Not All Criminals Wear Signs

A couple weekends ago, Walmart shoppers were greeted by
convicted shoplifters in Attalla, Alabama. Wearing sandwich
board signs stating “I am a thief, I stole from Wal-Mart”,
they stood outside for several hours each, reminding patrons
that shoplifting is a crime. The judge ordering the people
to do this felt this embarrassment was worth avoiding a
60-day jail sentence. [...]

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Locked and Loaded Too Late?

Three people were brutally murdered after their home was
invaded and a killer stabbed the family to death in
Lancaster County, PA. Local authorities urged people to lock
their doors and turn on lights in an attempt to deter
further attacks as the killer is still at large. There are
no suspects in the killings as of yet.
Many people [...]

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The Illusion of Security

What would it take to make you feel safe and secure? A
security alarm system? A surveillance camera? There are
various products designed to do just that, make you feel
safe. Some work, some don’t, and some appear to work even
if they are not actually functional. But that is part of the
illusion of security. If it appears to [...]

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Spice Up Your Self Defense with the Firepower of Pepper Spray!

The “heat” or “hotness” of chili peppers and consequently pepper
sprays is measured in Scoville Heat Units (SHU) or the Scoville
scale, named after the American chemist Wilbur Scoville. The
presence of the chemical capsaicin is responsible for this
pleasant or unpleasant degree of heat, depending on if you are
talking to a hot wings connoisseur or an assailant [...]

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Statistically Speaking…

Self Defense is worth thinking about.
Don’t get a false sense of security because nothing has
happened to you yet.
Statistically speaking, it is not a matter of IF, it is a
matter of WHEN.
Homicide - 16,137 a year; 44 a day; and average of 2 people
are murdered every hour.
Rape - 209,880 a year; 575 a day; an [...]

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Paris in for a World of Hurt

It has been reported that Paris Hilton is taking
self-defense lessons in preparation for her 6 weeks in jail.
Supposedly Paris has asked her personal trainer to teach
her some techniques to keep her safe before she enters jail
on June 5th. “She’s so scared about going to jail and will
do everything she can to protect herself.”
After [...]

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No Yum Yums for Dum Dum

A robbery attempt was foiled when a man got zapped with a
stun gun while trying to rob Yum Yum Donuts in San Ysidro.
Just before 11 PM, a man walks in to the donut shop and
jumped over the counter. He struck an employee and tried to
take the cash in the register. The female employee fought
back, [...]

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Pepper Spray Training 101

Prerequisite: Purchase pepper spray, some for practice,
some to carry regularly.
https://worthprotectionsecurity.com/peppersprays.htm
Spray Pattern Considerations:
Fogger - Best for outdoor use and multiple target
capability. Chance of blow back.
Cone - Best all around pattern, more concentrated
patterns than Foggers. Minimal blow back.
Stream - Good for indoor/outdoor use & windy
conditions, pin-point accuracy required.
Foam/Gel - Perfect for indoors, [...]

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Mass Chaos

The state of Massachusetts has made it extremely difficult
to purchase self defense products. With the exception of
personal alarms and whistles, you are extremely limited on
what items you can carry. Of course a steel baton or knife
would be fine, but many people do not care for those kind of
up close and personal means. [...]

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Give Them What They Ask For

Betty was in good shape. She went to the gym almost every
day. She alternated between cardio and weight training,
watched what she ate and generally led a healthy lifestyle.
She also drove a nice car and routinely parked at the back
of the parking lots. Most of the other lazy people parked
up close, but not [...]

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Only Real Martial Arts Stop Rapists

The following is an excellent article by Chris “Lt X” Pizzo.
“One of my favorite stories to tell is about the
time my brother-in-law’s girlfriend got her black belt in
karate…
She had her big flashy test…kicked the bag…sparred
other girls (and a couple of guys that looked like girls!)
with the foam booties and gloves on…did her kata with [...]

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Carjacked, Worst Case Scenario

Everybody likes a story with a happy ending. You know how
they go… Cinderella, Snow White, they start out as sad story
but deep down you know everything will turn out fine in the
end. Sadly, these stories are make believe. Just like many
of the stories that I share with you, some are real, some
are [...]

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Encountering an Unfriendly Dog

Man’s best friend. Usually. But sometimes an unfriendly dog
may threaten someone on the street. Now if you are
trespassing on someone else’s property and you chose to
ignore the “Beware of Dog” sign, that is your own fault.
However, if you are minding your own business and an
aggressive dog crosses your path, that is a different story.
Dogs [...]

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When Bears Attack!

Jesse and Lewis had been hiking all day with heavy packs
across the wide open tundra. It was towards the end of the
day when they saw a HUGE grizzly bear standing up on its
hind feet about 300 meters away.
Knowing the ways of bears they both froze, daring not to
move for fear of giving away their [...]

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A Taser of Heroic Proportions

I was watching Heroes the other night on TV. If you have not
ever seen it, it is on Monday nights on NBC. It is a pretty
good show with the main premise of ordinary people who woke
up one morning with extraordinary powers, eventually leading
up to trying to save the world from an bomb that will
destroy [...]

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Make Your NEXT ATM Transaction Safer

I haven’t had a chance to see it yet, but the recent movie
trailer I have seen a few times on TV looks pretty good.
Also being a fan of Nicolas Cage and Jessica Biel, I can’t
wait to see it. The movie NEXT is about a guy Cris Johnson
(Nicolas Cage) who is a Las Vegas magician. He [...]

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Walking and Jogging Safety

At least up here in New England, the weather is starting to
look nice. Couple days in the 70s and 80s, bright sunny days
here and there… if we can just lay off the rain. I know
April showers bring May flowers, but with all the rain
we’ve been getting there will be no shortage of flora.
Of [...]

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