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Less-Lethal Becoming Weapon of Choice

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You don’t need a concealed weapons permit to carry pepper spray or stun guns, but these items are weapons and care should be used when handling them. Gun shop owners say the number of people coming in looking for “less lethal” self-defense options such as pepper sprays and electric stun guns is on the rise.

Whether out of fear or for personal beliefs, many people aren’t comfortable carrying guns and possibly taking someone’s life. In today’s economic climate with crime on the rise, one needs to protect themselves with something. Individuals are wanting something in the middle of using deadly force and having no protection at all.

Choosing the right item isn’t easy but the choice should be made. You can carry two different types of weapons without a permit, pepper sprays and stun guns. Pepper spray is the cheapest less-lethal item, starting at around $10 for a canister small enough to keep on a key chain.

Containers can also be disguised as pens, pagers, lipstick and hand-held fitness weights. Made up of chemicals derived from chili peppers (“OC” spray) or tear gas (“CS” spray), pepper spray causes burning, stinging eyes and coughing. I recommend pepper spray because the effects are lasting and very painful. When shot directly into the face and eyes, it will leave the attacker in pain for up to an hour if untreated.

Whatever the attacker came to do, that’s no longer on his mind, he will be screaming and yelling and rubbing his eyes in pain. There are drawbacks. If you fire it into the wind, you may end up with a face full of your own pepper spray. There are many things you can do to help the possibility of having to use pepper spray decrease greatly. Make sure that you always park in well lighted areas and lock your car doors, even if you’ll be gone a short time. Survey your surroundings before turning off your car and getting out.

If you see anyone that seems suspicious or if anything doesn’t seem right to you, put your car back into gear and drive away at once. When you return to the parking lot to retrieve your car, scan the lot from the door to make sure that you don’t see anything worrisome. If you do, immediately leave and call the police. Once you determine that it is safe to return to your car, have the key ready. From a short distance, look underneath your car and the cars nearby to make sure nobody is hiding there. Check the front and rear seats and floors before getting into your car to make sure that nobody is lying in wait to attack you.

Lock your doors immediately after you get into your car. Do it before you sit down shopping bags in the passenger seat, before you put on your seatbelt, and before you put the key in the ignition. If you are attacked in a parking lot away from your own vehicle, immediately begin screaming for the police. Many times, an attacker may decide that the situation is too dangerous and will run.If you see the attacker first, or if you get out of his grasp, try to roll underneath a nearby vehicle. It is difficult to force anyone out from under a car and your attacker may decide to move on to easier prey.

As soon as you are under the car, use your cell phone to call the police or keep screaming for help. Screaming will also deter the predator from coming after you again. If an attacker is able to surprise you and manages to get into your car while you are in it, do everything in your power to exit the automobile. Blast your horn as much as possible. If you are attacked while you’re behind the wheel and the car is on, steer your vehicle into a barricade, a pole, a wall or any object that will create a minor accident.

Take advantage while your attacker’s attention has been diverted and exit the automobile. You should run, yell, scream or do anything else you can to get attention. If you must physically defend yourself use your pepper spray if possible, if not gouge your attacker’s eyes or bite at any exposed skin. Then get yourself out of the car as quickly as possible.

Hopefully you will never have such a frightening encounter. But having a quick action plan in mind should give you the confidence that you can handle anything that comes your way.

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The 9 Crucial Safety Tips You Should Share!

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This is a tip from a Tae Kwon Do expert the elbow is the strongest point on your body. If you are close enough to use it do!

Learned this from a tourist guide in New Orleans. If a robber asks for your wallet and or purse do not hand it to him. Toss it away from you chances are that he is more interested in your wallet and or purse than you. Run like mad in the other direction.

If you are ever thrown into the trunk of a car kick out the back tail lights and stick your arm out the hole and start waving like crazy. The driver won’t see you, but everybody else will. This has saved lives.

Women have a tendency to get into their cars after shopping, eating or working and just sit doing their checkbook, or making a list, don’t do this! The predator will be watching you and this is the perfect opportunity for him to get in on the passenger side and put a gun to your head and tell you where to go. As soon as you get into your car lock the doors and leave.

The following are a few notes about getting into your car in a parking lot or parking garage. Be aware and look around you. Look into your car at the passenger side floor and in the back seat. If you are parked next to a big van enter your car from the passenger door. Most serial killers attack their victims by pulling them into their vans while the women are attempting to get into their cars. Look at the car parked on the driver’s side of your vehicle and the passenger side. If a male is sitting alone in the seat nearest your car you may want to walk back into the mall or work and get a guard or policeman to walk you back out. It is always better to be safe than sorry.

It is also better to be paranoid than dead. Always take the elevator instead of the stairs. Stairwells are horrible places to be alone and the perfect crime spot. This is especially true at night. If the predator has a gun and you are not under his control always run! The predator will only hit you, a running target, 4 in 100 times. Even then it most likely will not be a vital organ. Run preferably in a zig zag pattern!

As women we are always trying to be sympathetic stop ding this. It may get you raped or killed. Ted Bundy, the serial killer, was a good-looking, well educated man, who always played on the sympathies of unsuspecting women. He walked with a cane or a limp and often asked for help into his vehicle or with his vehicle. This is usually when he abducted his next victim.

Another safety point someone just told me that her friend heard a crying baby on her porch the night before last. She called the police because it was late and she thought it was weird. The police told her “whatever you do don’t open the door. “The lady then said that it sounded like the baby had crawled near a window and she was worried that it would crawl to the street and get run over. The policeman said, “we already have a unit on the way whatever you do don’t open the door. “He told her that they think a serial killer has a baby’s cry recorded and uses it to coax women out of their homes thinking that someone dropped off a baby.

He said they have not verified it, but have had several calls by women saying that they hear baby’s cries outside their doors when they’re home alone at night. Please pass this on and do not open the door for a crying baby. This email should probably be taken seriously because the crying baby theory was mentioned on America’s Most Wanted this past Saturday when they profiled the serial killer in Louisiana.

I’d like you to forward this to all the women you know. It may save a life. A candle is not dimmed by lighting another candle. I was going to send this to the ladies only, but guys if you love your mothers, wives, sisters and daughters you may want to pass it onto them as well. Send this to any woman you know that may need to be reminded that the world we live in has a lot of crazies in it and it’s better to be safe than sorry. Guys send it to the women you love.

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Why Should You Carry Pepper Spray?

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In the United States violent crime has increased at a double digit rate over the past 2 years.

*Every 2 minutes someone is sexually assaulted.
*82% of society will be a victim of a violent crime during their lifetimes.
*3 out of 4 women are victims of at least one violent crime.
*Every hour, 16 women confront rapists.

Due to our law enforcement being stretched to it limits we have to take part in the crusade of good against evil. What can we do to help or limit the concerns in the areas we live? Be a part of a neighborhood watch, most neighborhoods have associations that already have some type of neighborhood warning process for notification of suspicious behavior. There are numerous information sites to let you know of any individual living close to you with a record. (particularly child predators – Family Watchdog is just one)

Be prepared – The easy alternatives to protection are self defense devices. These can be personal alert alarms or pepper spray products. Always knowing your surroundings and not taking undue risks can greatly increase you chance of not being a victim. As stated before there are many self-defense devices on the market. Information on these products is everywhere. The easiest way to look for these products is on the internet. After seeing what is available, you then can make the decision, what is best for you.

It could simply be a personal alert alarm which makes a very shrill noise that can bring people to your aid or a pepper spray device. There are all shapes, sizes and strengths on the market. The best thing to do is stay with a name brand. Two of the better pepper spray companies on the market are, Fox Labs and Mace Security. They are both reputable companies and for what pepper spray cost there is no reason to cut corners on something that may save you or a member of your family’s life.

When evaluating pepper spray to buy, it is quite important to understand what you are buying because you are going to utilize a self defense device that may save you and a loved ones life. The strength of pepper spray is determined by OC (Oleoresin Capsicum) and the SHU (scoville heat units). The OC is a base resin and depending on the manufacturer they will say they have 2% OC such as Fox Labs and others will say 10% OC, what is important is the purity of the OC Resin they are starting with not the percentage.

Put this in perspective a jalapeno pepper has a SHU of 5000; a habanera pepper has a SHU of 15,000. Now most Pepper Spray manufacturers have a SHU of 2,000,000 to 5,300,000 which is considerably stronger than any pepper you may eat, and habaneras are HOT! Many Pepper Spray Companies use a higher percentage OC but also uses a less pure form of OC Resin, thus making it very misleading who’s the strongest and best. Although Fox Labs Pepper Spray is a 2% formula it is a very pure form of OC resin and has a quicker reacting time, and seconds can count when defending your self or your family.

That is why a 10% OC resin may sound better but since it is less pure the reacting time is a bit slower. Nozzle heat is a catch phrase or buzz word a lot of the manufacturers use. For example, a 10% OC on a 2,000,000 SHU is a 200,000 nozzle heat a 2% OC on a 5,300,000 is a 106,000 nozzle heat. Now the logical view would be the 10% is better, not true because the 10% OC is a less pure form of OC resin thus not affecting the attacker in the quickest and most productive way.

Bottom line is doing your homework on what you are buying, go to the manufactures websites and see the SHU concentration. The higher the number the more pure it is thus the percentage is secondary. In summary, do not take chances with you and your loved ones safety. There are plenty of people that will exploit any opportunity they may have.

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Tactical Gloves For Hard-duty Winter Wear

It’s not enough to use light-duty gloves if you’re a law-enforcement officer or other operator; instead, you need gloves that fully protect your hands while ensuring that you lose the least amount of manual dexterity possible. That’s why the manufacturers of tactical gloves are able to promise you an increase in your performance levels and the efficiency with which you perform your duties, while also providing a high-quality pair of gloves that protect you and keep you able to carry out your tasks with speed and precision.

Not just for fighting

When most people think of tactical gloves, they think of gloves for soldiers or others who might end up engaged in hand-to-hand combat (or worse).

But, of course, that’s not really the case.

Good tactical gloves are necessary for anyone who deals with the possibility of impact, whether it comes from fighting, or other activities like motorcycle riding, paintball sports, rough work, and the like.

Without the confidence in your gear, you’ll hold back. And that can be dangerous, not to mention inefficient. Good gloves go a long way towards letting you get the job done.

Hard knuckles

Hard knuckles gloves and sap gloves are the best way to protect your relatively delicate hands and knuckles from impacts which would otherwise disable you or severely limit your abilities.

Thankfully, most modern tactical gloves have hard knuckles, and they also feature smaller, unpadded trigger fingers if you want that sort of feature. Obviously, you don’t have to get gloves that have altered trigger fingers if this isn’t something that’s of use to your intended philosophy of use.

Price ranges

While lots of gloves have that tactical “look” (they’re often referred to as “tacti-cool”) not all of them actually serve the purpose very well.

Expect to pay significantly more for a true pair of tactical gloves than you would for a casual pair of sports gloves or dress gloves. The features that you want come at a price.

If you buy overseas-produced gloves, you can get them at a fraction of the cost, but the quality of the materials and workmanship will probably suffer.


Most people are drawn to leather. It has the traditional look and feel that lots of folks associate with quality and toughness. But modern materials are often a better choice.

Neoprene is much more waterproof than leather, and kevlar offers the sort of cut and pierce resistance that leather gloves often fail to deliver.

Nylon and other modern materials are bother lightweight and breathable, which is much more comfortable during hot weather. Since most folks don’t wear gloves in hot weather, it up to us operators to advance the state of the art when it comes to warm-weather gloves. We have to wear them, no matter the weather, so we might as well be comfortable.

Above all, make sure you get the features you want by checking around and comparison-shopping.


Home Alarm Limitations

Lately a business introduced they have house alarms created a home alarm system which has no monthly costs mounted on it. It certainly does seem like a good idea. In the end, nobody likes having to pay monthly costs to some security company. Everybody assumes it’s just necessary restitution to cover advanced security alarm protection. Therefore, knowing that you house alarm systems have a company available that’s offering no monthly costs certainly piques everyone’s interest. How’s this kind of deal possible?

First realise why monthly costs are essential. Basically, monthly costs purchase an expert monitoring service. Without it option, a home alarm system is affordable, self-contained and incredibly limited with what it may do. A fee every month enables the organization to help keep an active monitoring service ready to go 24 hrs each day and seven days per week, without any interruption. Having to pay clients support a complete staff of trained operators in addition to new advanced technology that enables communication to carry on even in case of a phone call drop or energy outage.

The only method that the company could provide a no monthly savings plan’s when they did away with this particular monitoring service-or just required the huge price of operating its centers from its wallet. (Highly unlikely) The brand new company that’s offering a house security service without any monthly costs includes a different technology, which essentially models a phone call center, by instantly contacting four pre-set emergency amounts upon signal. Additionally, it sparks a circus of sirens and flashes lights that disturbs the area.

The issue with this particular wise decision is the fact that there’s no commitment of reliability. In comparison to some standard security alarm company, the machine is missing probably the most important features which make live monitoring well worth the money clients pay. To begin with, their home security system does not even call police management authorities. It may only dial the amounts of buddies or family, and hopefully, they’ll call law enforcement after presuming the worse. Second, there’s no devoted answering services company that guarantees emergency management with multiple phone lines and connected systems. Which means call drops really are a threat, much like energy black outs, busy signals along with other technical difficulties. Third, with this particular “free” kind of service you’re putting down to your home at the disposal of your buddies and family-not at the disposal of police force authorities. This kind of system offers no protection against false sensors with no wise sensors that track interior movement. Lastly, it can’t safeguard your home against non-invasive problems like flooding, fire, deadly carbon monoxide as well as other “hidden” risks for your existence.

The conventional home security system with live monitoring continues to be most secure buy, because it guarantees police participation in addition to fast and effective emergency response. (You are able to really talk to another individual) If there’s a breach of security, police, or any other authorities, are immediately known as. With automated, self-contained systems there’s no awaiting four pre-set amounts to become instantly called-and just to achieve the emergency call be overlooked because of extenuating conditions.


Talk To Your Kids About Fire Safety

Let me start off by saying that you don’t always need to go to the Internet in order to find information about home home safety tips. When it comes to fire safety there are no actual rules that apply.In the case of home fire safety a lot of common sense is required along with a good amount of learned procedures. As children’s minds mature your family plan and and procedures need to be updated. It is important that your house is well equipped with working smoke alarms. Your plan should include an entire family meeting with a plan, yet keep in mind it should be simple enough for children under the age of 12 to understand Fire Evacuation Plan.

Children have the tendency to be very curious so it would be good to beat them to the punch of finding out the hard way. Educate them about lighters and matches and the hazards that they cause. You’re going to want to make sure that your children are able to use these items and learn to respect them for what they actually are. You’ll also want to support this new knowledge with keeping these items out of their reach.You’re also going to want to let your kids know that children are not the only ones responsible for home fires, as a matter of fact adults are more likely to set off a fire than children. The kitchen of your home is an example of a spot where adults inadvertently start a fire. Food and other flammable products such as oil left on the stove at a high temperature are one of the many reasons that fires that tend to begin in the kitchen. It is a god idea to keep children away from the kitchen when you are cooking.

While your talking to your children about fire in the home, you may also want to take the opportunity to discuss with them what to do if their clothes ever catch fire or if they detect smole. Obviously you’ll want to explain to your children the stop, drop and roll method, using the ground to extinguish the flames. Also notify them that in case a heavy smoke arises you will wrap the children in a wet blanket and instruct them to creep low. It is also good to keep in mind the parents are the ones who the children will depend on to keep them safe; so don’t panic, it will only make matters worse.

The process of keeping your children informed about fire safety never ends; You as the parents are responsible for the safety of your children. Never assume that your house is totally child proof and safe, that’s a major mistake; There are more dangers lurking around your home than you’re aware of. Therefore make sure that the safety equipment that is installed in your home are effective. You may want to try one of those voice smoke detectors as an alternative to the beeper. The voice recorded fire / smoke detectors allow you to record your own amplified voice letting you even record commands and instructions which is great for children.

For the sake of your family, be sure that your equipment is working and has fresh batteries and keep your kids up to date on emergency procedures. Always remember that your child’s safety lies in your hand so it is also critical that you are aware of the safety information as well.


Residence Security Systems Are Truly Beneficial These Days

It is well known fact that the great majority of modern type home alarm systems have the possibility to do great deal of useful things for your private property being under protection of them. Indeed, if you research the market you will surely find out that there are plenty of solutions being designed to protect your personal possessions overall from any damage that might possibly find some path to it. It is undisputable fact that professional type residence security gadgets are used in order to provide the comfort of realizing that if some break in do occur, you may be perfectly sure that the help will be on the way in some tiny seconds. Indeed, you may be perfectly sure that professional pinnacle security systems offer unique features.

It is necessary to admit that one of the most widely known special facilities includes the possibility to choose the mode of assistance required. For example, in the case you have been hurt, you might want to send an ambulance to the place of accident. These days this is possible by means of just a simple touch of a panic button. On the other hand if you need a police officer to ask for the rescue in order to stop the crime in its duration you may use a special button as well.

It is absolutely undisputable fact that a great diversity of modern alarm systems offered by pinnacle security inc are created with built in functions that allow easy turning the home protection facilities off and on at any time of the day or night. You may choose to install some alarms services of the type. In order to have much better levels of household protection it is vital that you have some special house security gadgets on various entry points of your house, notifying you when any of the entry points protected get opened. It is also worth admitting that not only will they are able to notify you when the entrance point is getting absolutely unprotected, but also when any suspicious movement with the area is detected.

In addition to everything mentioned above you can enjoy some functions such as alerting the people being inside the building under protection when carbon monoxide is found throughout the dwelling. It is undisputable fact that these facilities are pretty advisable to be installed on your security systems. This is giving you some proofs that they security gadgets chosen will act effectively as detection devices for CO absolutely correctly. With the functions of the type you may be absolutely sure that your premises are protected in a proper way.

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