Easy Target for Criminals?

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Are you an easy target for criminals? Our “knee jerk” reaction is always NO, but really give it some thought you and may change your answer. Now more than ever before self defense and personal security needs to be a priority. Jobless rates are at levels not seen since the Great Depression. Historical statistics paint a very clear picture; crime rates are directly correlated to unemployment rates. As unemployment rates increase so does the rate of crime, including violent crimes. This coupled with epidemic illegal drug use should further emphasize the immediate need for self defense and personal security products.

  • As creatures of habit most of us like habit and routine. Do you follow the same routine every morning. Do you wake up at the same time each morning? Then struggle to the shower? Get dressed, grab a cup of coffee, walk the dogs, then it’s off to work we go?
  • On your way to work do you stop at the same convenience store or gas station? Do you take the same route over and over each day?
  • Do you park in the same lot at the same time each morning? Then walk along the same path each and every morning?
  • If you are like most of us, the overwhelming answer is YES. Since we are being honest, you are an easy target for criminals! Criminals are very opportunistic and they love to prey on predictable people. Predictability makes you an attractive and easy target. Become a little unpredictable and decrease your chances of falling victim significantly.

    Starting today I want you to practice changing your daily routine. It’s simple and easy to do; and statistics show that you will decrease your chances of falling victim to crime by up to 50%. Start by varying the times you leave the house each morning. If you are used to leaving at 7 am each morning, get up a bit earlier and start leaving at 6:30 a few times each week. When walking the dogs change the path you follow frequently. On your way to work change change your route often, take the interstate on one day and maybe a more scenic route the next. If you have a GPS, most will give you lots of alternate routes to choose from. On your way avoid stopping at the same gas station or coffee shop each morning. Upon arriving at work, try not to park in the same location each day. Consider waiting for others before you exit your vehicle and begin walking in.

    Self defense products such as pepper spray and mace are inexpensive, easy to carry and use and extremely effective. Defense spray such as fox labs pepper spray is used as a first line of defense for law enforcement professionals. The feedback is consistently positive. If you will commit to becoming less predictable; then arm yourself with a self defense spray and finally practice until you are comfortable using. This commitment will result in improved confidence and security while reducing your risk of becoming a victim of crime.

Pepper Spray Products

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Not so long ago tear gas and was used almost exclusively by professional law enforcement agencies. Over time the effectiveness of tear gas on persons under the influence of certain drugs was called into question. Studies soon confirmed that tear gas may be ineffective against individuals who did not feel pain. This sent the self defense industry back to the drawing board in search of a better defense spray.

Pepper spray was introduced in the 80’s as a dog spray repellent for use by the U.S. Postal Service. In 1987 the FBI endorsed pepper spray as an official chemical agent. The popularity of pepper spray continues to grow by both consumers and professionals alike. The potency and effectiveness of pepper spray makes it the number one non-lethal self defense spray available. A good pepper spray product will stop both human and animal attacks almost instantly.

Manufacturers like Mace quickly changed their product offerings to include a large selection of pepper spray products. Guardian Self Defense has a great selection of premium pepper spray products.

Methamphetamine, Crime and Security

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The use of methamphetamine (meth) has reached epidemic proportions in the United States with over 12 million reported users. Once a low-profile drug that was homemade and confined to a handful of rural communities is now main-stream and law enforcements number one drug concern.

Experts suggest that Meth is one of the most highly addictive substances on Earth. Meth interacts with the human brains “pleasure centers” causing a flood of dopamine and strong feelings of satisfaction and reward. Meth decreases appetite and increases alertness or wakefulness in even very small does.

Smoking or injecting meth produces a very intense rush, where taking the drug orally or snorting produces a long-lasting high that may last for more than 8 hours. Either way the drug manipulates dopamine levels in the brain to drastically increase feelings of pleasure.

Once addicted, an addict will do anything to get high again. They have a one-track mind and all they care about is getting high. As intense as the reported meth high is, the reported crash is even more intense; leaving many users in severe depression and contemplating suicide.

Burglars, robbers, rapists, carjackers, identity thieves and murderers — todays criminals are very likely to have a meth addiction. Crime becomes a way of life for meth attics. Their whole life is built around getting more meth. As a result, areas of high meth use also see a proportional increase in property crime. The addiction must be financed, so the incidence of burglary and theft spike in communities housing meth addicts. Home and personal security becomes a very real priority for those affected.

Here are some signs that a person might be addicted to meth.

Obsessive, nervous behavior. A user may suddenly become compulsive about washing hands, cleaning or performing the same task over and over. The pupils are dilated and rapid eye movement is exhibited. Excessive perspiration and increased body temperature. Severe tooth decay or rotting teeth known as “meth mouth”, nervous tooth grinding, dry mouth and poor oral hygiene. Skin sores that take abnormally long periods to heal or don’t heal at all. Hallucinations, including the belief that bugs or insects are crawling below the skin. Extreme weight loss and physical deterioration are likely.

All Around Personal Defense

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Listen, there are some great personal defense products available to you, but none more effective and comprehensive than our Defense Spray Triple Pack.

Pepper Spray Tri Pack

The Defense Spray Triple Pack is affordable, highly effective and absolutely non-lethal. For under twenty bucks you get one 1/2 oz. keychain pepper spray with quick release, one 1/2 oz. auto visor unit, and a 2 oz. pepper spray canister. Take the quick release anywhere for protection anytime. Its small, convenient and easy to conceal. It’s a 10 percent pepper spray concentration and rated at 2 million scoville heat units, so that tiny keychain will stop an attacker instantly. The auto visor unit is made to hang right below a vehicles sun visor. Once attached you have year round personal security in your vehicle. Even extreme temperature won’t effect performance, you are safe to use at temperatures between 0 and 120 Fahrenheit. Finally, the 2 ounce canister will provide home or business protection. It’s a ballistic stream with an effective range of 15 feet. All sprays are highly effective against both humans and aggressive dogs. For more information on the Defense Spray Triple Pack click on the pepper spray image above.

Top 5 Self Defense and Personal Security Products

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Personal defense has become a top priority for many Americans. The main reason is both the frequency of violent crime as well as increased media attention. No longer is crime an inner city urban problem. Crime is everywhere and it is all of our problems. Unemployment rates are above 10 percent, illegal drug use is at epidemic proportions and the demand for self defense and personal security products has never been greater.

Trying to determine the most effective personal defense products can prove to be a very daunting task for many consumers. I’ve put together our top five self defense and personal security product list. This is our “must have” list when it comes to protecting yourself and your family. We will give the the product, how it works and what it costs. We hope you will find this beneficial.

The C2 Taser is the most technologically advanced non-lethal self defense product on the market. Independent studies cite its effectiveness and relative safety. The C2 Taser is small, in fact it only weighs six ounces, yet its stopping power is comparable to a handgun. The Taser is legal in most states and requires a successful background check prior to activation. The TASER C2 uses a replaceable cartridge, containing compressed nitrogen, to deploy two small probes that are attached to the TASER C2 by insulated conductive wires with a maximum length of 15 feet (4.5 meters). The TASER C2 transmits electrical pulses along the wires and into the body affecting the sensory and motor functions of the peripheral nervous system. The energy can penetrate up to two cumulative inches of clothing.

The C2 Taser has the same makeup as the professional law enforcement model. The major difference is the effective range. The civilian model has a 15 foot range while the law enforcement model is 25 feet. The Taser comes with a very complete training DVD that makes learning to use the C2 easy. The C2 is available with or without a built-in laser sight, which makes accuracy a cinch. The only major obstacle using the Taser C2 for personal defense is the price, as consumers can expect to pay $399 for the model with built-in laser and $299 without.

Instructional self defense DVD’s are popular among many as a way to protect themselves and the ones they love. With instructional fighting DVD’s you are not dependent upon a device to ensure your personal safety, instead you depend on specialized self defense fighting skills. Instructional self defense DVD’s offer self motivated individuals a nice selection of specialty techniques including basic martial arts, striking, bare knuckle fighting, street fighting, hand to hand combat, gun and knife disarmament, and how to protect against home invasions. The cost of a DVD ranges from about $39 to over $100 depending on the lesson and its content. If you are self motivated and learn well in a one on one environment then fighting DVD’s may be the way to go.

Telescopic or expanding steel batons are extremely popular self defense weapons. They are currently a police favorite and their popularity among residential customers increases daily. Made of solid steel, these weapons are basically indestructible and can be counted on in nearly every situation. In the closed position these batons measure 7 to 10 inches, but with a “flip” of the wrist they extend and lock at 16 to 26 inches. The baton is mainly a striking weapon but works well as a leverage and pressure point weapon. The telescopic baton pricing runs $20 to $30 dollars depending on model.

High voltage mini stun guns are excellent at deterring human and animal attack. These stun guns take small to a whole new level, most are only about 3.5 inches tall. The look of these mini stun guns is nothing like that of a traditional stun gun. In fact, unless you tell someone what it is they probably will have no idea. The high voltage (2 to 3 million volts) and low amperage (10 to 12 milliamps) provide a debilitating self defense product that is totally non-lethal.

In the past the dependability of stun guns was often the problem or concern. Advancements in technology have improved the performance and dependability of the stun guns. Most sellers now offer a lifetime warranty against defects.

You choose your voltage, style, color and it you want a battery powered or rechargeable unit. Most battery powered units run on 3 volt lithium, while the rechargeable units never need new batteries but do need to be placed on a charger from time to time. The cost of a high voltage mini stun gun depends upon the manufacturer, features, and voltage, but you can expect to pay between $40 and $60 for most units.

Self defense pepper spray accounts for more self defense product purchases than all other products combined. Pepper spray and Mace products are inexpensive, work almost instantly, have effective ranges of 8 to 30 feet, and work well against animals as well as humans. Tried, true and refined; todays best pepper spray products will stop even the most aggressive attackers right away.

Available in ballistic stream, fog, foam and gels; there is a self defense pepper spray from every situation. The shelf life is typically 2 to 3 years and stamped right on the product so you don’t have to guess at when to replace.

To brands like Fox Labs and Defense Technology are favorites among law enforcement professionals and act as a first line of defense. Like the pros our choice for the best all around non-lethal self defense product is a good pepper spray. The best on the market, in our opinion, is Fox Labs pepper spray.

Child Safety and Personal Security

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One of the great qualities of children is also a cause for concern for parents and loved ones. Children tend to develop a natural trust for others, especially adults. As a parent it can be difficult to balance their trust and personal safety. Kids are dependent on us for protection and to teach them how to handle dangerous situations.

Unfortunately, we live in a society where certain individuals prey on our youth. These predators present a very real danger. Child predators wait for an opportunity to exploit children. This exploitation can result in kidnapping, molestation or even murder.

The U.S. Department of Justice, puts out annual statistics on crimes committed against children. Below are real statistics that should serve as a “wake up call” to every parent or guardian of a child under 18.

Nearly 800,000 children under the age of 18 are reported missing each year. That is an average of 2,185 missing children reported each day. Over 200,000 children are the victims of family abductions, while nearly 60,000 are victims of non-family abductions.

It takes almost no time; you become distracted for a short while and they could be gone. A baby snatched from the mall parking lot, while the mother was putting the older sister into the car. Toddler is taken from a park. Youth reported missing after wandering away from father at a department store. Young girl abducted from her neighborhood by sexual predator. These are just a few examples of how it could happen.

Here are some personal security tips to teach your children.

Never Walk Alone:
Children should never be allowed to walk alone. Parental supervision can help prevent disaster. Get to know your neighbors and other parents. Consider putting together a calendar to ensure that at least one adult is watching the kids at all times. School bus stops are one of the favorite places that child predators frequent. Teach kids to utilize the “buddy system” with groups of at least three being ideal.

Scream:
Your children should know that in an emergency, they should scream at the top of their lungs for help. The louder the better. Yelling “FIRE” or “HELP ME” will get the needed attention.

May I Visit:
Child predators often attempt to get a victim go in a car or into a house with to promise of gifts, food and/or candy. Teach your kids to never go anywhere if a stranger. A stranger should be defined as someone that parents have not “approved”

Guard:
Consider investing in a perimeter fence to for safety and personal security. In addition, many large dog breeds can make excellent watch dogs. Both are excellent deterrents and make abductions more difficult.

Get involved:
Should you suspect a crime is taking place, get involved; don’t sit back and watch. They need you to get involved. You can help by recording the license plate number and recording a good description. Call 911 for help right away.

Fight Back:
Learn to defend yourself, while teaching your child self defense to keep them safe and secure. Children should be taught and even encouraged to fight back should someone grab you.

Run:
If you can get to safety, run there and stay put until help arrives.

Teach Children to:

  • Use the telephone properly in case of emergencies and practice
  • Memorize their name, address (including city and state), and phone number
    (including area code), and your work number.
  • Walk confidently and stay alert to what’s going on around them.
  • Know where to go to in an emergency. Tell a trusted adult immediately if anyone, even a teacher or close relative, touches or speaks to them in a way that makes them feel uncomfortable.

Count of Guardian Self Defense for all your self defense product needs.

Fox Pepper Spray

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When it comes to self defense and personal security most consumers are looking for a product that is dependable, effective, practical and non-lethal. Fox pepper spray is a smart choice and here are some great reasons why. Dependability…Fox Labs spends lots of money to ensure that their products are safe and dependable. If you run into a situation that calls for it, you need it to work…period. Fox understands that and takes quality control to a whole new level. As a result, law enforcement and consumers have come to depend upon and trust Fox.

Many aerosol pepper spray products are flammable which makes them dangerous to carry and utilize. Fox pepper spray is made using a totally non-flammable formula, allowing you to safely carry and discharge anywhere. Temperature is a concern as it relates to the dependability of pepper spray. Fox goes the extra mile to ensure that there product will work exactly the same a temperatures between 0 and 120 degrees Ferinheight.

If you ever need to use a self defense product such as pepper spray you want that peace of mind, the confidence that it will work effectively to stop the threat. Fox Labs pepper spray is the most debilitating defense spray on the market. It will stop an attacker or aggressive dog in his tracks. Literally hundreds of law enforcement worldwide depend on Fox for that very reason. It does what it promises, each and every time.

If a product is big, bulky or just not convenient, then the chances that you will have it with you when it counts are slim. Consumers and professionals want a product that will go almost anywhere. A product you can take to work, to the gym, on a walk, in your car, to the mall, just to name a few. Fox is available in very practical sizes that make it very convenient for the user.

Finally, the ability to effectively end an attack without causing long term or permanent harm to the attacker is huge. In today’s society, the responsibility of carrying a firearm cannot be underestimated. If you decide to carry a gun, you best be ready, willing and able to accept the consequences. In a split second you could be looking at a crime with potential jail time. This is why non-lethal products such as pepper spray have become so popular. With a high quality pepper spray like Fox, you can feel confident to carry and use it almost anywhere. You have the power to stop someone instantly, yet the effects are temporary and wear off over the span of about 30 minutes.

If you are looking for a best of the best pepper spray, then Fox Labs is for you.

Multi-Function Stun Gun by Stun Master

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Thousands of stun guns are sold to U.S. consumers each and everyday. Many are over priced and seem to under deliver. Does your stun gun have these features?

  • Rechargeable, never by batteries again
  • 2.7 million REAL Volts with amperage
  • A bright LED flashlight built right into the stun gun
  • Red flashing emergency lights
  • 110dB Personal Alarm
  • Disable pin wrist strap – prevents accidents
  • 4.75” x 2.5” x 1”

We didn’t think so! This is the one and only Stun Master Multi-Function Stun Gun. A top quality stun gun that carries a lifetime warranty. If it breaks we replace it free of charge, no surprises. Loud personal alarm provides added personal security. Your never in the dark with the built in flashlight. All this power demands extra safety, so to prevent unintentional shock there is a safety switch and disable pin.

You won’t find a better stun gun, the power, the features, the warranty are second to none. When your ready for yours go to http://www.guardian-self-defense.com/stun-gun-sm-multi.htm

Stun Master Stun Gun

Gang Involvement Protecting Our Youth

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The number of gangs as well as individual gang members continues to increase in the US. The threat posed to personal and home security is very real and dangerous. No longer are gangs found only occupying urban areas or inner cities. Gangs have begun successfully setting up shop in many suburban and even rural regions. Gangs are responsible for a large number of violent crime and violence in many of our communities. The focus of most gang activity is on drug trafficking, but more and more gangs have begun to diversify there illegal activity to include the trafficking of weapons and aliens.

Gang members work diligently at recruiting young men and women to join them. Recruits are typically drawn in by the promise of money, sex, and power. They recruit very young and seem to be everywhere. In addition to our schools and streets; recruiting is now online and in social networking sites.

As parents we must do everything possible to educate our children, as well as ourselves, about gangs present in our communities. It is our job as parents to recognize and help prevent gang involvement. Success depends on education and awareness. By no means is this an all-encompassing reference, but it is a great starting point.

Things to watch for

  • Spends time with or admits to “hanging out” with kids in gangs
  • Shows an unusual interest in one or two particular colors of clothing or a particular logo
  • Has an unusual interest in gangster-influenced music, videos, movies, or websites
  • Uses unusual hand signals to communicate with friends
  • Has specific drawings or gang symbols on school books, clothes, walls, or tattoos
  • Comes home with unexplained physical injuries (fighting-related bruises, injuries to hand/knuckles)
  • Has unexplained cash or goods, such as clothing or jewelry
  • Carries a weapon
  • Has been in trouble with the police
  • Exhibits negative changes in behavior such as: Withdrawing from family
  • Declining school attendance, performance, behavior
  • Staying out late without reason
  • Displaying an unusual desire for secrecy
  • Exhibiting signs of drug use
  • Breaking rules consistently
  • Speaking in gangstyle slang

What Parents Can Do to Prevent Gang Involvement

  • Increase the amount of quality time spent with your child
  • Get involved in your child’s school activities
  • Be a positive role model and set the right example
  • Know your child’s friends and their families
  • Encourage good study habits
  • Teach your child how to cope with peer pressure
  • Help your child develop good conflict/resolution skills (See
    www.safeyouth.org/scripts/teens/conflict.asp)
  • Encourage your child to participate in positive after school activities with adult supervision (recreation centers, organized sports, youth groups)
  • Take action in your neighborhood (create a neighborhood alliance, report and remove graffiti)
  • Talk with your child about the dangers and consequences of gang involvement. Let your child know that you don’t want to see him or her hurt or arrested. Explain to your child that he or she should NOT: Associate with gang members
  • Attend parties or social events sponsored by gangs
  • Use hand signs, symbols, or language that is meaningful to gangs
  • Wear clothing, including specific colors, which may have meaning to gangs in your area
  • Resource provided by National Gang Intelligence Center.