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Serial Killer Prompts Women to Stock up on Pepper Spray

Posted by Rob on Friday, 6 February, 2009

Women in South Korea have been stocking up on Pepper Spray and Personal Alarms recently after an alleged serial killer was arrested. Three of South Korea’s main online shopping sites have reported that the sales of self defense products has risen between 40 and 100%.

Kang Ho-Sun was arrested in late January and has confessed to killing at least seven women since 2006. He would meet the women in karaoke bars or pick them up from isolated bus stops. Criminal Investigators have described Kang as “a typical psychopath who feels no remorse.”

The most popular self defense products being purchased include small hand-held pepper sprays and personal alarms designed to scare off such attackers.

It was also reported that many women now avoid wearing stockings, boots or skirts after they found out Kang was obsessed with such attire.

“After hearing the serial killer targeted women wearing stockings and boots, I only wear trousers,” Kim Ji-Young, a 20-year-old college student.

“I also ditched high-heels and wear sneakers so that I can run fast at times of danger.”

Even after the capture of this serial killer, women are taking extra precautions. Many female employees use late-night taxis and colleagues snap pictures of the license plate before they leave. Some women even keep in contact by cell phone until they get home safely.

Again, much like the Bakersfield, California story from yesterday, it often takes a series of unfortunate local events before the threat is a reality and people start to think about their personal safety.

Every now and then I have people trying to tell me how worthless pepper spray is. Of course these people have never actually been sprayed in the face with pepper spray either, but that doesn’t deter their criticism. Pepper spray is designed to buy you time and distract your attacker so you can run away to safety. Spray as close to the face as possible, in a back-and-forth fanning motion, and as soon as the attacker is more concerned with his melting eyes than you, run! Call the police from a safe distance and location.

Pepper spray is not like a hand gun that will shoot an attacker dead. Pepper spray is a non-lethal self-defense tool, that is both easy to use and highly effective.

Wouldn’t a firearm be more effective? Sure. You could kill someone with a firearm, but most people are not interested in killing someone and carrying a loaded handgun. Spraying them in the face with a key chain Mace and escaping is good enough.

What if you miss? Well, first off practice your aim, over and over. Buy 2 identical models, one to practice with, one to use on the street. Always keep the unit handy. If it is buried on the bottom of your purse, of course it is useless.

I could go on and on. Not all self-defense tools are one size fits all. It is all about what you are comfortable with. Some people like pepper spray, some prefer a stun gun or Taser. Whatever your flavor, pay attention to what is going on around you, and have a plan if something goes wrong.

The odds are in your favor most of the time. More often than not, you make it home safely. But you never know when something bad could happen.

Besides suggesting you carry some sort of personal protection device and practice, practice, practice how and when to use it, we have several Self Defense Tips for you, for various situations.

If you only feel like reading a few, check out the Ten Tips for Avoiding Crime. Of course we’d hope you read more of them, and some tips do overlap, but all in all, it doesn’t hurt to reread even the most common sense scenarios.

Be safe, be alert, have a plan, and be prepared.

Especially next Friday, which happens to be Friday the 13th, speaking of serial killers…


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Friday the 13th not as unlucky as you thought?

Posted by Rob on Thursday, 12 June, 2008

Dutch statisticians, who apparently have had some free time on their hands, have determined that Friday the 13th is actually safer than your average run-of-the-mill Friday.

The Dutch Centre for Insurance Statistics (CVS) has recently concluded that accidents and crime actually occurs less on this widely regarded “unlucky” day. “I find it hard to believe that it is because people are preventatively more careful or just stay home, but statistically speaking, driving is a little bit safer on Friday 13th,” a CVS statistician says.

This study did not report on the probability of being attacked while camping at Crystal Lake or what your chances are if confronted by a hockey mask wearing, machete wielding psychopath named Jason, whether it was Friday the 13th or not.

When statistics aren’t going to protect the physical well being of yourself or your loved ones, check out Even if luck is on your side, I’d prefer a little something extra, just in case.

It would be nice to believe that nothing will happen to you, but the reality of it is that an ounce of protection could be worth more than a pound of cure. What is Worth Protection to you? Your belongings? Your family? Your personal well-being?

Yours in safety,

Other Friday the 13th Facts and Superstitions

According to Smithsonian Magazine “fear of the #13 costs American a billion dollars per year in absenteeism, train and plane cancellations, and reduced commerce on the 13th of the month.”

Fear of Friday the 13th dates back to Nordic Mythology. Many of their thirteenth Gods met with violent deaths, such as Loki, the trickster.

Ancient Romans regarded the number 13 as a symbol of death, destruction and misfortune.

There were 13 original colonies.

A witches coven consists of 13 members.

Tarot Card number 13 is the Death Card, depicting the Grim Reaper (although it is read as transition or change and not literal death).

Hotels rarely have a room number 13. Usually it is called 12a or 14. Same with floors of buildings and the elevators without a #13 button. Highways sometimes will skip exit 13 altogether also.

There are 13 steps leading to the gallows.

13 knots in a hangman’s noose.

Lizzy Borden uttered a total of 13 words at her trial.

13 feet which the guillotine blade falls.

The driver of Princess Diana hit pillar #13 at Place de l’Alma when she was killed in Paris, France.

The Bible, Luke’s Gospel Chapter 22, tells us that there were 13 present at the Last Supper. There is evidence that this Last Supper was held on a Friday, and of course this is when Judas Iscariot betrayed Jesus Christ to the Romans.

Beware naming your children with 13 letters in their name, they may be cursed for example, Jack the Ripper, Charles Manson.

Certain ocean liners will be held in dock until after midnight to appease passenger’s fears on Friday the 13th.

British study concluded that even though there were less cars on the road on Friday the 13th (as compared with other Fridays) more accidents were reported.

Trisadekaphobia is the technical name for fear of Friday the 13th.

E Pluribus Unum has 13 letters.

The US Seal has 13 stars, bars, feathers in the eagle’s tail, 13 bars in one claw, 13 olive branches in the other.

On the USA Dollar Bill, there are 13 steps on the pyramid, 13 bars on the shield, and 13 leaves on the olive branch

A “quatrorzieme” is a professional 14th guest hired by the French who had only 13 guests in attendance for dinner, who felt that was unlucky.

A baker’s dozen consists of 13 for a reason! So the story goes a witch near Albany, NY demanded 13 items every time she came in to a particular bakery, and one day the old baker could not afford her extra biscuit. She sneered some strange words at the man, and he suffered terrible luck from then on, until he brought her another 13 rolls. After that life was once again easy for the baker and word spread around town. The custom is still sometimes practiced today.

Apollo 13, 1970, the 13th mission launched from pad #39 (13 x 3), mission was aborted, after an explosion occurred in the fuel cell of their service module. The rocket had left launching pad at 13:13 CST and the date was April 13th.

The Knights Templar achieved great influence in Europe between 1096 and 1307. Their downfall came on Friday 13th October 1307. This date saw the catastrophic destruction of the Knights Templar at the hands of King Philip of France and his puppet Pope Clement V. Some say this event, in which the Templars were burnt at the stake, gave birth to the superstition associated with Friday 13th.

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Serial Killers, Self Defense and Halloween

Posted by Rob on Wednesday, 5 September, 2007

Labor Day is over. Where did this past summer go? Halloween is just around the corner, then Thanksgiving and soon after Christmas. I’m not quite ready for that yet.

But speaking of Halloween, Rob Zombie just released his remake of the 1978 classic horror movie, aptly titled, Halloween.

If you missed the original movie, the basic plot is about the psychotic murderer Michael Myers, institutionalized since childhood for brutally killing his sister when he was six. 15 years later, he escapes and goes off on a mindless rampage through his old Illinois town.

I can only imagine that this 2007 Rob Zombie remake will be brought to the next level and updated to the current horror/slasher movie standards as only Rob Zombie can deliver.

Although all of these psychotic serial killers in the movies become widely sensationalized and larger than life, such as Michael Myers, Jason Voorhees and Freddy Krueger, lets not forget there are real life super villain serial killers.

Some gain fame and notoriety in the media and become household names, such as Charles Manson, Son of Sam and Richard Ramirez. Others go slightly under the media’s widespread and frenzied radar but are non-the-less just as prolific and dangerous.

What all of these serial killers do have in common, real or cinematic, are that serial killers do not stop until they are captured or killed. Unlike other lesser criminals, serial killers are driven to kill, maim and/or torture without and care or concern for their victims.

Of course true serial killers make up a small part of the population, but those that do have the potential to destroy many lives. If you were to ever face a psychopath, it is no longer just about simple self defense, it is kill or be killed.

I have always hated those horror flicks when the murderer gets hit in the head or shot in the arm and falls down. Then their prey turns their back and thinks it is over. They don’t run away, they don’t watch the body, or don’t otherwise ensure the attacker is incapacitated.

If your attacker is using physical force, assume he’s trying to kill you. Assume he is trying abduct you so he can torture and kill you later.

Given the chance, fight back hard and make plenty of noise. If you can’t finish them off, hurt them badly enough that you can get away. Then get away and call for help. Do not stick around. Call for help in a safe place.

Those superhuman, unstoppable killers in the movies are fun to watch, if you like that kind of entertainment. Dealing with one in real life is another story. It doesn’t have to end in a bloodbath or victims strewn all over town. Self defense training and self defense weapons can take away a killer’s advantage and even the playing field, as well as improve your odds of survival.

Heaven forbid, if you ever find yourself in a situation warranting a kill or be killed mindset, make sure you are prepared. Mentally, physically and materially. Learn some basic self-defense moves, learn how to deploy your pepper spray or stun gun. Learn how to get away.

Become a serial killer’s worst nightmare. Someone who is ready and able to fight back and defend your own life or the life of your loved ones.

It would be nice to believe that nothing will happen to you, but the reality of it is that an ounce of protection could be worth more than a pound of cure. What is Worth Protection to you? Your belongings? Your family? Your personal well-being?

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