Make Personal Safety A Top Resolution This Year

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Well another year has come and gone. As we embark on the new year, it is wise to reflect and review on the past year. Did we meet our goals and objectives? Personal safety is an area that is often overlooked. Are you vulnerable to a would-be criminal? Is your wife or children an easy target? Most of us find ourselves consumed by our day-to-day lives. The last thing on our minds is falling victim to an assault, robbery, rape or home invasion. Unfortunately, for many of us it only becomes a priority after we’ve been directly affected.

I challenge you to make personal safety a top resolution in 2016. Here are some tips to help you be successful.

  • Pay attention to your surroundings. Keep your eyes open and trust your gut feelings. If you feel something’s not right, it probably isn’t right
  • Stay in well lit and populated areas. Don’t even think about walking through an alley-way to save time.
  • Walk with confidence and purpose. Know where you are going and if you get lost, make it look like you know where you are. Don’t allow yourself to be easily surprised.
  • If you’re being followed, or see a person or group ahead you want to
    avoid, make changes in your path. Cross the street, walk in another direction, or duck into a well populated place.
  • In public or social situations work on keeping an eye on your surroundings. Keep your hands free, eyes and ears open. Don’t allow yourself to become distracted by your smart phone or other activity that you loose touch with your surroundings.
  • Make eye contact. If you feel threatened or intimidated it’s natural to avoid eye contact. But looking someone straight in the face is the best deterrent. That eye contact may scare off a potential attacker because they fear you will be able to identify them.
  • Change things up often. If you are a walker, jogger or biker, it is best to change your route regularly. Plan out different routes and identify safe places you can go for help. If trouble arises, you can stop at these places and know you will be safe.
  • The “buddy system” works, use it. If at all possible, go places and do things in groups. If that’s not possible, there are several safety apps available that allow you to send contacts a text message with your location so they can track your safety throughout an activity. Some apps allow you to check-in or broadcast your current location to contacts through SMS messaging.

What happens when it’s too late. If you find yourself in a violent situation. Fight like your life depends on it. Having and using good quality pepper spray can stop a determined attacker quickly. Many law enforcement agencies consider pepper spray to be the most effective non-lethal personal security solution because of it’s ease of use and it’s high rate of effectiveness.

Innovative New Stun Guns From Streetwise

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Introducing two new self defense stun guns by Streetwise. Two of the most innovative new products we’ve seen in quite some time and you’re going to love them!

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The Streetwise Vaporizer Electronic Cigarette Stun Gun is an exact replica of the popular “E-Cigs”. This unit does NOT function as an “E-Cig” but contains a super powerful 18,000,000 volt stun gun and bright 1 watt LED flashlight instead. The unit is only 6.25″ long by about 1″ in diameter. The Vaporizer stun gun features patented Triple Stun Technology which creates a larger stun radius making it easier to defend yourself. Constructed of military grade aluminum alloy, this unit is made to withstand rough and rugged use. This unit comes equipped with a USB charging cord and wall block. The warranty is a lifetime repair or replacement guarantee from Streetwise.

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The Streetwise Sting Ring 18,000,000 Stun Gun is a one of a kind design that can be easily concealed in the palm of the hand exposing only the top of the Sting Ring. The base contours nicely to the hand and when gripped makes it nearly impossible for an attacker to take it from you. Features Squeeze-N-Stun Technology, no buttons to push, just squeeze in your hand to activate the debilitating shock of the Sting Ring! Small and lightweight, this unit is fully rechargeable and comes with a lifetime warranty from Streetwise!

Hurry and get one today!

Mace Exquisite Purse Model – Safety Meets Fashion

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The new Mace Exquisite pepper spray line combines safety and security with fashion. These units feature the covert look of a lipstick or perfume canister with a sleek and stylish cosmetic design. These provide perfect pepper spray protection when going out for the evening or for everyday protection in your purse. Don’t let the cute look of the Exquisite line fool you, each unit is powered with Mace brand 10% OC Pepper + UV Dye. Defend yourself from a safe distance of up to 10 feet away. Each purse model contains approximately 5 shots, for protection against multiple threats. Available in various styles and colors. Choose from Rhinestone, Polka Dot, or Classic models. Each is discreet, compact and easy to conceal. Dimensions are only 4 inches tall by 1 inch in diameter. The self life is 4 years from the date of manufacture and the expiration date is printed on each unit so you’ll know when it’s time for a new one.

Mace Exquisite Hot Pink Rhinestone, Purse model
Mace Exquisite Hot Pink Rhinestone, Purse model

Pepper spray is the most popular non-lethal self defense option on the market today. So effective at stopping attackers that nearly all law enforcement agencies arm officers with it. Police officers are instructed to use pepper spray as the first line of defense. The effects of pepper spray are almost immediate and upon direct contact with the eyes, respiratory system and mucous membranes begin to wreak havoc on the human body. The eyes involuntarily close shut, uncontrollable coughing ensues, and an intense burning sensation to the skin are some of the intense effects. Pepper spray is non-lethal and effects will begin to lesson in 30 to 45 minutes.

Self Defense Product Options When A Handgun Won’t Work

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If you’re like countless others, personal security is a major concern, yet owning a handgun is not an option. You’re not alone, gun ownership is a huge responsibility that many are unwilling to make. The consequences of pulling the trigger in self-defense can be life changing. If this describes you, then what are your choices?

You have the right and responsibility create a safe environment for yourself and family. Crime is all around us, burglary, assault, rape, murder and home invasion are some of the most prevalent. Plenty of people are turning to non-lethal self defense products. These products are proven effective, yet the effects are temporary and cause no long term harm.

The most popular option is pepper spray or Mace. This inexpensive self defense spray is extremely effective at stopping an aggressive attacker. Capsaicin is the active ingredient which is derived from the extraction of oleoresin capsicum from peppers. A shot of pepper spray in the eyes, nose or mouth goes to work instantly to cause pain, trouble breathing, and temporary blindness. Pepper spray products offer varying effective ranges from about 6 feet to over 20 feet.

Stun guns and Tasers provide knock down power, require no license to own and operate, and are compact in size, making them convenient to carry. In addition, most units have built in LED flashlights that come in handy when trying to locate your keys or open a door. Stun guns are equipped with safety features that greatly reduce the chances of accidental firing. Numerous studies point to the overall safety of stun devices. Taser International alone has spent $4.5 million dollars over the last 5 years for medical research to ensure the safe use of stun devices.

For more information about these non-lethal self defense products and many others visit us at Guardian-Self-Defense.Com

Safe Zones To Buy And Sell Online

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Craigslist safe transaction zone
Craigslist safe transaction zone

The safety of doing business on sites like Craigslist is called into to question often. These online sites make it relatively easy for criminals to prey on unsuspecting targets. The danger comes in after a deal is arranged and you proceed to meet a complete stranger to complete the transaction, which usually involves cash changing hands.

Last Thursday, November 12th, in my hometown, the Baton Rouge Police Department announced the creation of a designated safe zone to complete deals, after buying and selling items on popular online sites. The purpose is to provide people with a safe and secure place to meet a stranger to complete a deal.

These safe zones are being setup by police departments across the country. Most are set up in a police station parking lot and marked with signs that read ‘Safe Transaction Zone’. These areas are monitored 24/7 by surveillance cameras.

This is an innovative and proactive way to deter the robberies and other crimes associated with sites like Craigslist when delivering money to a complete stranger.

Do you have similar safe zones in your area?

5 Tips To Increase Runner Safety

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November is National Runner Safety Month which is dedicated to increasing runner safety through education and awareness. Here are 5 tips to make sure you run safely.

  • If at all possible run with a “buddy”! If you can’t make the “buddy” system work, the next best alternative is to let someone know where you’ll be and when to expect you back. Technology makes this easy, many phone apps now offer free services that send your contacts a text message with your location, so they can track your safety throughout an activity such as running or biking.
  • If you run before the sun comes up or after dark be sure to illuminate yourself. Last month, while out for an evening run around my the neighborhood I was almost hit by a neighbor. It happened so quickly, he was distracted and didn’t see me. I jumped into the ditch to avoid a collision. I now make sure to wear reflective clothing and a clip-on flashing strobe light. Drivers can see runners who wear proper visibility gear from 6X the distance than those runners who don’t.
  • Many of us put the headphones in, turn up the music and zone out. It’s really important to turn the music down so you can hear what’s going on around you. Consider wearing headphones in only one ear. Lack of awareness can make you an attractive target to criminals. Dog attacks should also be a concern.
  • Alternate your route weekly. If you take the same route, at the same time each day you could potentially become an easy target for assailants. Instead, change your route frequently while adjusting the times you run accordingly.
  • Bring a self defense product. Consider carrying a canister of pepper spray and a personal alarm. These items can save your life during an attack. Pepper spray is highly effective at deterring both human and animal attacks. A personal alarm emits high decibel sound – its sole purpose is to make noise and attract attention during an emergency.
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Mace Brand Sport Jogger, Pink

Why Your Dog Is An Excellent Crime Deterrent

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dogs make excellent crime deterrents
Since the beginning of time dogs and humans have been largely inseparable. Today’s domestic dogs are descendants of wolves and foxes. For centuries humans have depended on dogs as companions, hunters, and guards. If you don’t already have a dog, security experts recommend that you give serious thought to owning one. The most hardened criminals, such as convicted burglars, rapists and murders, suggest that a dog is one of the most effective deterrents against crime.

Dogs can hear and smell much better than us. This allows them to detect the presence of a would-be-intruder long before we can. The heightened senses they possess allows us the time to prepare to defend ourselves. At the same time the dogs bark lets a criminal know they have been detected – which, in itself is usually enough to convince them to abort a planned crime. Criminals know that most dogs will attack if they feel their owner or territory is being threatened.

Don’t go out and buy a dog solely for protection, you must be willing to provide a loving home for your companion. The breed of dog is really personal preference. Breeds like German Shepherds, Dobermans, and Rottweilers are popular security dogs. Labs and Retrievers tend to make great pets for families with children. Research suggests that even more important than the size and strength of a dog is the dog’s bark. The louder and more continuous the bark, the better. So even a small dog that barks when others approach can make an excellent crime deterrent. By nature, dogs are nocturnal even though they tend to adapt to our sleep patterns. Even still, there instinct is to hunt at night and this makes them awesome home protectors while we rest.

Tips For Securing Home Doors and Windows From Intruders

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One of the easiest ways a burglar enters your home is through an unlocked door or window. Securing home doors and windows is quick, easy and inexpensive. Believe it or not, over half of all intruders enter homes through unlocked entry doors and windows. Nearly 40 percent of all break-ins take place during daylight hours. Most families fail at taking the number one precaution of always securing entry ways in the home. That being said, locked doors won’t stop a determined criminal but here are a few things you can do to make the job as difficult and time consuming as possible.

Tips For Securing Home Doors and Windows From Intruders

    Tips For Securing Home Doors and Windows From Intruders

  • Strengthen your entry doors. The door itself should be hollow core metal or solid wood. Try to avoid doors with heavy glass or wooden panels. However, if aesthetics win out, consider installing double cylinder locks – the kind that require a key to open from both inside and out. This will prevent an intruder from simply breaking the glass or wooden panel to unlatch the lock.
  • Install a heavy duty strike plate and 3 inch screws. These pieces of door hardware are inexpensive and provide extra protection against forced entry. Quality strike plates are made from stainless steel and offer different finishes to match your door.
  • All solid exterior doors should have a peephole installed. This will allow you to see whoever is outside, prior to opening your door.
  • Install deadbolt locks on all entry doors with at least a 1 inch throw. Security experts agree, that if you do only one thing, installing a deadbolt on each entry door is the most valuable thing you can do to secure the home
  • Sliding doors or patio doors leave your home most vulnerable to break-ins. Secure them with shatterproof or impact resistant panes. One way to provide extra protection is to install locks with vertical bolts or alternatively a door brace for added security.
  • Uber Driver Attacked Uses Pepper Spray In Self Defense

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    In this video a Taco Bell executive manager is accused of attacking an UBER driver. The rider appears to be intoxicated and will not or can not provide a destination address. After several unsuccessful attempts to obtain an address, the UBER driver pulls over and tells the rider his trip is over. That’s when the exec “snaps” and becomes violent! Thankfully, the UBER driver is able to stop the attack using pepper spray in self defense.

    What Is A Hidden Spy Camera?

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    There used to be a lot of mystique surrounding spy technology. In today’s post we will answer some of that mystique by explaining what a hidden spy camera is and what they can do.

    A hidden spy camera is nothing more than a pinhole camera placed inside a common item folks are used to seeing such as radios, alarm clocks and other household items.

    A spy camera, a.k.a. a hidden spy camera, has been around since 1936 when Baltic German Walter Zapp invented a subminiature camera. World War II interrupted production of the forerunner of today’s modern spy camera several times. Back then they were considered luxury items for you Nazi leaders as well as tools for their spies.

    Compared to today’s models the old ones were bulky and inefficient as well as being expensive. Today’s modern spy cameras are relatively inexpensive and affordable to everyone.

    In the last nearly 80 years, hidden spy cameras have made tremendous transition to the point now where they are sophisticated tools consisting of a pinhole spy camera with a self-recording DVR included in many that can record color video (some can even record audio) on motion activated basis. There are literally hundreds of models from several different manufacturers. The most common models are wall clocks and ordinary household appliances such as clock radios, air purifiers, tower fans and even wall plugs and electrical outlets.

    Many of them have the capability of transmitting images to a smart phone so you can monitor what is going on in your home from anywhere in the world.

    This Sony dream machine alarm clock hidden spy camera is a great example. It uses an 8 GB SD card to record video on motion activated basis. It features remote control functions and area masking to help prevent unwanted recording. This high quality AM/FM radio will cast no suspicion that it is a recording device.

    Search For Sex Offenders In Your Area

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    img-map-lgSexual predators pose a very real and present danger in every community throughout the US. Regardless of where you live, it is extremely likely, that convicted sexual predators live close by. It is estimated that 80% of all addresses have at least one offender within 1 mile.

    Currently over 800,000 registered sex offenders reside in the US. Many of these offenders are rapists and child predators. The United States Department of Justice and Watchsystems LLC concludes that 45% of sexual assault victims are under 12 years of age. 75% of victims know their attacker. More than half of all rape or sexual assault incidents happen within a mile of the victims home. Sex offenders cross socio-economic boundaries, living in both the richest and poorest of neighborhoods.

    We encourage you to visit The Dru Sjodin National Sex Offender Public Website (NSOPW). This is a valuable public safety resource that provides the public with access to up to date sex offender data nationwide. Simply click on your state from the registry map. Look toward the top right of the page and click the link to navigate to your state registry. You can drill down by County/Parish and enter your address to see information on the convicted sex offenders nearby.

    Please tell your friends and neighbors and be make to check your home, school, work, gym, day care, park, soccer field, parents or children’s homes – any address of interest to you!

    Less Than Lethal Self Defense Options That Work

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    Pepper Spray for Self Defense

    We live in the United States of America, the greatest Country in the world. Our fundamental right to bear arms is protected by The Second Amendment. The decision to maintain a gun in the home for self defense is a serious matter. The most important responsibility is ensuring that children cannot encounter loaded firearms. Anything less invites tragedy. When it comes to self defense options millions choose to carry a handgun, however, many others are not comfortable owning a handgun and instead look to less than lethal options.

    The best less than lethal alternative for basic home and personal security is pepper spray.

    Pepper spray, or oleoresin capsicum (OC), is used by law enforcement and corrections agencies across the United States to help subdue and arrest dangerous, combative, violent, or uncooperative subjects in a wide variety of scenarios. U.S. Department of Justice The Effectiveness and Safety of Pepper Spray

    Professional law enforcement officers depend on pepper spray as a first line of defense because it works. The DOJ report referenced above conducted a 2 year study and found that when pepper spray was used there was a significant reduction in injuries to police officers from assaults, injuries to suspects from police use of force and excessive force complaints against the police.

    Pepper spray provides you with effective protection at a safe distance. The ability to stop an attacker from 10 feet away is a huge plus. Pepper spray is the most practical self protection product available. It’s compact and convenient to carry just about anywhere. A small canister of pepper spray can provide protection against numerous threats. Most people don’t realize it but pepper spray is legal to carry in all 50 states (a handful have restrictions). Pepper spray is the great equalizer allowing a small petite would be victim the ability to protect themselves against a much larger and stronger attacker.

    Visit us for more information and to view all our pepper spray offerings!

    The Extreme College Safety Kit – Product Review

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    In my opinion, the most valuable product offering in our self defense product repertoire is the Extreme College Safety Kit. Why you ask? Our college students are vulnerable to various crimes. Many times these “kids” are targeted for robbery, assault and sexual assault.

    According to The US Department of Education’s (DOE) Campus Safety and Security Data Analysis Cutting Tool, there were more than 5000 Forcible Sex Offenses reported on US Campuses in 2013. Robbery, Aggravated Assault and Burglary are also prevalent on US College Campuses. With nearly 16,000 burglaries, 2300 aggravated assaults, and 1600 robberies. Trend data from DOE shows a 46.76% increase in Forcible Sex Offenses reported on US Campuses from 2011 to 2013!

    The Extreme College Safety Kit is a unique collection of self defense products designed to keep college students protected in every situation. The package includes four different pepper spray products; a disguised pepper spray that looks like lipstick, an auto-visor model, a key-chain unit and a personal size. The drowsy driver Nap Alarm is worn around the ear and designed to sound an alarm if you “nod off” while driving. The high decibel personal alarm will get much needed attention in an emergency. The door stop alarm and motion alert will secure an apartment or dorm room. The book diversion safe provides a place to hide away valuables. The cell phone light provides a nice, bright LED flashlight.

    This package comes with a demonstration and training DVD. A quick demo shows you how to correctly use each product. Additionally, six special safety reports are included and provide both education and awareness to topics such as: college safety, rape reports, dorm or apartment safety, roommates, safe dating and college preparation for parents.

    Every college student would be better off with this collection of self defense items. You can order the Extreme College Safety Kit or get more information HERE.

    Non-Lethal Self Defense Options Make Sense

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    When it comes to self defense, how prepared are you to protect yourself? For most of us, the answer is a resounding ‘NO’ and you are either completely ‘unprotected’ or ‘under-protected’. We tend to live with a false sense of security. After all, it’s difficult to imagine something bad happening until it does. The keyword is ‘false’ because FBI crime reports reveal that more than 1 in 4 will fall victim to crime. Nearly thirty percent will be targeted which means that the likelihood of crime affecting you either directly or indirectly is nearly inevitable. The most recent FBI Crime Clock statistics for 2013 proves that one violent crime occurred every 27.1 seconds while one property crime occurred every 3.7 seconds. Think about that for a moment.

    Now is the time to take a good look at your personal and home security situation. For many, a handgun is not a good alternative. The potential liability that comes with using a handgun for self-defense is huge. The thought of potentially killing another human being is too much for most. Instead, women and men alike are opting for non-lethal self defense options. These options consist of product lines such as Mace pepper spray, stun devices, and personal alarms. The increased popularity of non-lethal products stems from the proven effectiveness combined with overall safety.

    Police officers are trained to deploy pepper spray and tasers as a first line of defense because it works! When you discharge a pepper spray, the affects are nearly instant but non-lethal. When used correctly, pepper spray allows you to stop an attacker from a safe distance. Pepper spray and Mace products are legal for use in all states, however, a few have restrictions. The C2 Taser is the most advanced non-lethal weapon on the market today. The C2 Taser features the exact same technology as it’s law enforcement counterpart. The C2 is legal in most states, but users must pass a felony background check prior to purchase. Personal alarms have one purpose and that’s to get attention. Personal alarms emit a high decibel sound at the push of a button.

    Non-lethal makes sense. Get serious about your personal defense!

    Self Defense Options Proven To Stop Violent Crime

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    Bourbon Street is synonymous with fun, partying, and good times. Unfortunately, in recent weeks, this tourist magnet is making news for all the wrong reasons. Violent crime has locals and tourists alike taking notice. According to crimemappings.com the French Quarter has been a dangerous place to party, citing 13 assaults, 12 armed robberies in and around Bourbon Street during the second week of December. Throughout the month of December 2014, the area within a one-mile radius of Bourbon Street saw 61 Assaults and 36 Robberies!

    Residents and workers are on alert because of the violent crime increase in the French Quarter. A group of locals are spreading awareness by hanging signs throughout the Quarter that read “Caution Walk in Large Groups – We Love NOPD – We Just Need More.” The signs are designed to warn of potential crime and to encourage people to enjoy the Quarter in the safety of a large group. This is excellent advice, as statistics show the likelihood of becoming a violent crime victim is drastically reduced when you’re accompanied by a group of 3 or more.

    Unfortunately, many residents and workers don’t have the luxury of congregating in groups. A highly effective alternative includes personal protection items like Mace and Pepper spray. When used correctly, these non-lethal devices are proven to stop an aggressive attacker almost immediately. A blast of pepper spray to the face of an assailant goes to work within seconds. First, it causes the capillaries in the eyes to swell – this causes temporary blindness. The threat posed by an attacker who can’t see is greatly reduced. Respiratory inflammation and difficulty breathing help to take the “fight” out of a potential attacker. Mace or pepper spray hurts. The pain to the eyes has been described as “excruciating” and left untreated the effects last about 30 minutes. Self-defense sprays allow users the ability to stop a potential threat quickly and safely from a distance of 8 feet or more.