Pepper Spray Stops Strongest Man In The World


Cesar Frometa-Delgado, the self proclaimed “strongest man in the world” was stopped in his tracks when cops used pepper spray on him for resisting officers. Cesar had a bit too much to drink and became aggressive at a local night club. Law enforcement made multiple unsuccessful attempts to subdue and arrest Ceasar. They then turned to pepper spray to get him under control. Immediately after deployment Ceasar’s aggression disappeared and he became compliant.

Law enforcement depend on pepper spray to control dangerous situations and you should too. Pepper spray provides the unique ability to stop a threat from a safe distance. The active ingredients go to work right away to take the fight out of even the most determined attackers. Pepper spray requires no special training or skills to use successfully. For more information visit our pepper spray page.

Non-Lethal Weapons Keep Store Owner Safe


A good friend of ours owns and manages convenience store. His primary concern in the shop is his personal security. He’s not interested in deadly lethal firearm weapons, but instead prefers arming himself with non-lethal weapons.

When he started considering non-lethal weapons for personal security in the store, he had a couple of alternatives in mind: stun guns as well as handheld Tasers. Both are easy to use and don’t cause any lasting damage to an assailant. They will disable an attacker for a few minutes that would provide plenty of time to sound the burglar alarm.

His favorite non-lethal weapon was the Taser C2 which met his needs over the others. The feature that impressed him most was that a Taser offers close-distance plus long-range protection. Even when he was positioned at the rear of the counter, he would not need to reach out so as to disable the criminal.

A Taser can release 15-foot wires which are connected to a couple of probes after which generate powerful electrical current that could hinder any bad guy from getting any nearer. In addition, the Taser can be used as a contact stun gun with the same effectiveness.

Another thing which he found really helpful with these non-lethal weapons in particular is that they use electro-muscular disruption technology. High electrical voltage is employed to override the direct muscle control of the central nervous system. As a result, Tasers can take down even the most determined criminal.

The Taser C2 which he bought provides a 30-second energy burst. Plus, it features a lifetime replacement guarantee as well as carries a complete instruction handbook. Before trying it out for the first time, he needed to activate it first. By doing this, he authorized the makers to do a background check on me for monitoring purposes in order to ensure that he will be making use of it properly.

How to stay safe on college campuses


It’s that time of year again; the time of year when millions of young adults set out to make their mark in the world. College campuses are set-up and ready to welcome tomorrows leaders. So many men and women will begin their journey through higher education in pursuit of their dreams. These can be some of the best and most memorable years of their lives. Overall, our U.S. campuses are extremely safe, but ultimately there will be some new and dangerous situations that will confront these young adults.

September is National Campus Safety Awareness Month, time to educate students about safety precautions and provide them with the self defense weapons needed for personal security. Most parents and students alike are naive and ill-prepared to deal with crime on college campuses. In 2007, there were over 88,000 crimes reported to police on college campuses. Males were twice as likely as females to be victims. Estimates say that 12 percent of women currently attending American colleges have been raped, and over 20 percent have been stalked or harassed by a former boyfriend. Most crimes are committed off campus and at night. Every college student should be aware of these types of statistics as they relate to their specific campus.

Here are a list of seven very important safety tips from Security on Campus, Inc., a nonprofit organization:

  • Know your surroundings, and trust your instincts.
  • Keep the phone numbers of campus security in your cell for emergencies.
  • Lock your door. Do not loan your key to friends.
  • Do not accept drinks (alcoholic or otherwise) from others. Remember that alcohol is the number one date-rape drug.
  • When you go out, let someone know where you’re going and when you plan to be back.
  • Do not prop doors open.
  • Use caution when posting personal information on Facebook, Twitter, MySpace and other social networking sites.

These seven simple safety tips can drastically reduce your chances of becoming a victim of crime. Sometimes, even the best awareness and preparation can’t keep you out of harms way. Non-lethal self defense weapons, when used correctly, can save your life by acting as a deterrent during an attack. Most experts recommend pepper spray as the self defense weapon of choice. Pepper spray gives the ability to stop an attack from a safe distance. Pepper spray canisters are small, easy to conceal, affordable, and work instantly.

It’s more important than ever to make self defense and campus security a priority. Organizations on campus should consider adopting some type of self defense awareness program. Partner with campus and local law enforcement. Most importantly, be aware of your surroundings and trust your instincts!

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Pocket Tazer Stun Gun, a great gift for the wife.


A guy who purchased his lovely wife a pocket Tazer for their anniversary submitted this:

Last weekend I saw something at Larry’s Pistol & Pawn Shop that sparked my interest. The occasion was our 15th anniversary and I was looking for a little something extra for my wife Julie. What I came across was a 100,000-volt, pocket/purse-sized Tazer.

The effects of the Tazer were supposed to be short lived, with no long term adverse affect on your assailant, allowing her adequate time to retreat to safety…??

WAY TOO COOL! Long story short, I bought the device and brought it home.. I loaded two AAA batteries in the darn thing and pushed the button. Nothing! I was disappointed I learned, however, that if I pushed the button and pressed it against a metal surface at the same time, I’d get the blue arc of electricity darting back and forth between the prongs.

AWESOME!!! Unfortunately, I have yet to explain to Julie what that burn spot is on the face of her microwave.

Okay, so I was home alone with this new toy, thinking to myself that it couldn’t be all that bad with only two AAA batteries, right?

There I sat in my recliner, my cat Gracie looking on intently (trusting little soul) while I was reading the directions and thinking that I really needed to try this thing out on a flesh & blood moving target..

I must admit I thought about zapping Gracie (for a fraction of a second) and then thought better of it. She is such a sweet cat. But, if I was going to give this thing to my wife to protect herself against a mugger, I did want some assurance that it would work as advertised.

Am I wrong?

So, there I sat in a pair of shorts and a tank top with my reading glasses perched delicately on the bridge of my nose, directions in one hand, and Tazer in another.

The directions said that: a one-second burst would shock and disorient your assailant; a two-second burst was supposed to cause muscle spasms and a major loss of bodily control; and a three-second burst would purportedly make your assailant flop on the ground like a fish out of water. Any burst longer than three seconds would be wasting the batteries.

All the while I’m looking at this little device measuring about 5″ long, less than 3/4 inch in circumference (loaded with two itsy, bitsy AAA batteries); pretty cute really, and thinking to myself, ‘no possible way!’

What happened next is almost beyond description, but I’ll do my best.

I’m sitting there alone, Gracie looking on with her head cocked to one side so as to say, ‘Don’t do it stupid,’ reasoning that a one second burst from such a tiny lil ole thing couldn’t hurt all that bad.. I decided to give myself a one second burst just for heck of it.

I touched the prongs to my naked thigh, pushed the button, and…


I’m pretty sure Hulk Hogan ran in through the side door, picked me up in the recliner, then body slammed us both on the carpet, over and over and over again. I vaguely recall waking up on my side in the fetal position, with tears in my eyes, body soaking wet, both nipples on fire, testicles nowhere to be found, with my left arm tucked under my body in the oddest position, and tingling in my legs! The cat was making meowing sounds I had never heard before, clinging to a picture frame hanging above the fireplace, obviously in an attempt to avoid getting slammed by my body flopping all over the living room.

If you ever feel compelled to ‘mug’ yourself with a Tazer,
one note of caution:

There is NO such thing as a one second burst when you zap yourself! You will not let go of that thing until it is dislodged from your hand by a violent thrashing about on the floor!
A three second burst would be considered conservative!

A minute or so later (I can’t be sure, as time was a relative thing at that point), I collected my wits (what little I had left), sat up and surveyed the landscape.

  • My bent reading glasses were on the mantel of the fireplace.
  • The recliner was upside down and about 8 feet or so from where it originally was.
  • My triceps, right thigh and both nipples were still twitching.
  • My face felt like it had been shot up with Novocain, and my bottom lip weighed 88 lbs.
  • I had no control over the drooling.
  • Apparently I had crapped in my shorts, but was too numb to know for sure, and my sense of smell was gone.
  • I saw a faint smoke cloud above my head, which I believe came from my hair.
  • I’m still looking for my testicles and I’m offering a significant reward for their safe return!

PS: My wife can’t stop laughing about my experience, loved the gift and now regularly threatens me with it!

If you think education is difficult, try being stupid!!!!

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Ensuring Personal Security Using Affordable Stun Guns


Staying safe should be second nature to every person. It needs to be your priority whenever you leave the house, drive, work or shop. Some people think that costly gadgets are necessary to be protected but that is a mistake. Nowadays, many inexpensive and practical devices are readily available for use by the typical person. Stun guns, for instance, are very affordable gadgets for personal defence. These are practical, easy-to-use items that everybody can pay for. You can pick from an extensive variety of stun guns. You can find high voltage, low voltage, Taser, baton and also rechargeable stun guns.

Personal defense products are safe to use. Among the lowest priced are small stun guns, which are easy to use as well. You can conceal one in your palm and just need to touch your attacker directly with the electric prongs. Voltage will paralyze the attacker even through thick clothing. The flashlight stun gun is cost-effective because it is a multipurpose personal defense tool. You can bring it along in your automobile and make use of the flashlight throughout evening emergencies. Apart from a flashlight, some even have piercingly loud alarms for warning other individuals that you are in danger.

Some people opt for high voltage stun guns so they won’t need to continuously stun an opponent. The greater the voltage, the less you need to repeat stunning. Even though you can find these types that discharge voltage of a million volts or more, all stun guns are non fatal gadgets and can only immobilize a person.

Females, in particular, choose small stun guns for their personal defense requirements. These vary from lipstick to cellular phone stun guns which are convenient to carry. They are also discreet and easy to conceal also. Having any of these low cost units and knowing how to make use of them correctly can keep any individual safe. They guarantee that you are not powerless should an attack happen.

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Rising to the challenge of biking to work


I’m biking to work.

For real.

Even in last week’s 100-degree heat, I proudly rode four of the five days — ending up a little sweaty, but proud.

The notion to go green/save gas/burn-fat-not-fuel was brewing in my brain for a while before I made the leap and bought a hybrid 21-speed bike that can handle a 16-mile round trip several days a week.

I was inspired in part by Mercury freelance writer and Community Media Lab blogger Laura Catalano, who has been riding to her job at the Schuylkill River Heritage Area for the past few years, weather permitting. Laura lives a few miles from my home, along the same wooded ridge, and we’ve passed each other a few times on weekend mornings, as I jogged the back roads and she rode them. It unnerved me how much more fun she seemed to be having as I was laboring to run up the hills she was coasting down.

One morning on the eight-mile drive to work in my car, I was pulled over by North Coventry Township police for “speeding” over the 25 mph limit on River Road. Laura, meanwhile, went zooming past on her bike. While I sat being ticketed, she pedaled along, wind at her back.

In addition to staying on the right side of the law, another motivation to bike to work was my desire to try something new for the summer. I have been running several times a week for most of my adult life, and I thought it would be a good idea to mix it up with a new exercise regimen.

As it turns out, I’m not alone. According to Shayne Trimbell, manager of marketing and development for the Greater Valley Forge Transportation Association, 160 people have signed on this summer to the Bike to Work Challenge, a program to encourage biking in Montgomery and Chester counties.

“This is the third year we’ve done the challenge, and we see growth every year,” he said. “The first two years, the challenge was limited to our corporate partners, but this year we opened it up with a website to anyone who wants to use it.”

The website allows people to log their miles and calculate how much gas they’ve saved and how many pounds of carbon dioxide emissions have been prevented. According to the website, biking commuters have logged 28,993 miles so far this year, conserving 1,342 gallons of fuel and preventing the release of 26,040 pounds of CO2 into the air.

Trimbell said many participants ride the Perkiomen or Schuylkill River trails to work. I’m one of those “novice riders” who, he said, prefer trails to traffic.

I bought my Fuji Crosstown hybrid at Tri County Bicycles in Pottstown, where shop owner John DiRenzo made sure I got the right stuff, including a spare tire, tools and a pump. I have a mirror to see who’s coming up behind me, a bell to alert who’s in front of me, and a vial of pepper spray on the handlebars — just in case.

I have a helmet, gloves, wraparound sunglasses, and a can of insect repellent for the muggy evening ride home.

Commuting by bike puts the day’s exercise into my normal routine instead of having to find time to fit in a workout before or after work. Granted, I have to leave earlier in the morning and discipline myself to leave work earlier at night, too, but in the longer summer daylight hours, it hasn’t been too difficult.

I have work attire packed into my backpack, and the bare necessities to make the transition from recreation to work. No more day planner or half-dozen takeout menus. No wallet or clunky purse.

“Playtime” starts when I walk away from my desk and change into my shorts and T-shirt — instead of after a drive home, putting stuff away, taking out the trash and starting dinner.

There are a few disadvantages I wasn’t expecting. Those swarms of gnats on the river trail top the list. Being passed by dump trucks going full speed is another. Branches that jut out on the roadside or broken glass on the shoulder rank in that category, too.

A few annoyances of the road carry over even on a bike trail. I couldn’t believe it the day when I saw the familiar orange PennDOT sign ‘ROADWORK AHEAD’ on the trail. Sure enough, highway bridge work involves the underside of the bridge smack in the middle of the trail.

I pass some of the same walkers, riders and runners on a regular basis. One woman was out picking wild raspberries while in season. A morning group of serious bicyclists seem to be regular riders one day a week.

So far this summer, according to the Bike to Work Challenge website, I’ve logged 350 miles, saved $58.59 in gas and reduced carbon-dioxide emissions by 314 pounds.

More importantly, I’ve changed my lifestyle to travel lightly, move freely and breathe more fresh air.

Not bad for a day’s way to work

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Medical investigators armed with pepper spray or stun guns


COLUMBUS, Ohio (AP) — The State Medical Board, responsible for licensing and disciplining physicians, is considering whether to allow its investigators to carry weapons because of concerns for their safety.

The plan is in its early stages, with a vote likely happening Thursday, and it hasn’t been decided whether the investigators would be armed with handguns, stun guns or pepper spray.

The board says the plan comes in response to investigations of so-called pill mills, pain management clinics where unscrupulous doctors over prescribe painkillers to people who shouldn’t be taking them.

“True pill mills are criminal enterprises,” medical board executive director Richard Whitehouse said. “This is in recognition of the fact that we’ve been involved in cases that are riskier for investigators.”

Whitehouse said investigators frequently encounter armed employees or armed patients at pill mills in “some of the worst places imaginable.”

While the move isn’t in response to any incidents of violence, Whitehouse said his investigators have been in threatening situations and have had to talk their way out.

Chief investigator Doug Edwards said he and his staff of 19 investigators have encountered armed employees at pain clinics in Scioto County, thought to have the state’s highest concentration of pill mills.

“You have no idea if the staff is legally carrying,” Edwards said. “One guy, his weapon was out in the open in a holster on his hip. I think he wanted everyone to know he had it.”

He said their investigations can take them to patients’ homes, where the owners may be armed.

“One house had large barking dogs outside, and we didn’t even bother to get out of the car,” he said.

Portsmouth police Chief Charles Horner, whose force has arrested pill mill owners, said it’s common for pain clinics to have armed security.

“Some of the patients, a large number of whom engage in illegal activity, also have guns,” Horner said.

Portsmouth police arrested a doctor in 2000 for writing thousands of unwarranted prescriptions for cash. Police video shows the doctor trying to trade pills for assault rifles.

Horner is in favor of arming medical investigators, who would otherwise have to request police escorts, so long as they are sworn peace officers.

Another doctor, James Lundeen, operated a pain clinic in Portsmouth until his license was suspended May 11. He’s accused of overprescribing painkillers.

Lundeen said he didn’t employ armed security guards at his clinic, where he wrote prescriptions but didn’t fill them, but could see why some doctors would.

Arming medical investigators who participated in raids on pill mills is probably an appropriate response, he said.

In May, Gov. John Kasich signed a law that cracked down on clinics that illegally prescribed painkillers. Since then, many have closed. In Scioto County all but one of nine clinics have closed, Portsmouth public health nurse Lisa Roberts said.

The board vote wouldn’t allow investigators to carry weapons immediately, but it would let them create and implement a plan to do so. Because the idea is still in its infancy, there are no guidelines yet. The investigators currently aren’t required to be sworn peace officers, and they don’t have rules as to what type of weapons they could carry or where they would be able to take them.

That worries some observers.

“We would have some pretty serious concerns about having medical board investigators carry firearms and go into medical practices,” said Jason Koma, a spokesman for the Ohio State Medical Association, which represents physicians.

He said a “vast majority of investigations” don’t involve pill mills.

The medical association would work with the State Medical Board of Ohio to come up with guidelines so that armed investigators aren’t walking into a neighborhood physician’s office where there’s no suspicion of employees carrying weapons, Koma said.

A similar concern was raised by the executive director of the Ohio Coalition Against Gun Violence, Toby Hoover. She wondered what would happen if a hospital under investigation had a sign prohibiting concealed weapons.

If the board were to approve the measure, it would not be the only Ohio agency that arms its employees.

The attorney general’s office has a number of units involved in law enforcement, including the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation. As the armed personnel are all peace officers, they are legally allowed to carry firearms.

The auditor’s office recently obtained permission to arm four of its investigators.

Perhaps the most similar to the medical board would be Ohio’s State Board of Pharmacy, which handles drug enforcement, including criminal investigations. Some of its agents are sworn peace officers, and they’re allowed to carry guns as part of an authorized criminal investigation, executive director Bill Winsley said.

The Federation of State Medical Boards does not track which boards arm their employees, but CEO Dr. Humayun Chaudhry said it’s not an unusual practice.

Many states require investigators who carry weapons to be sworn peace officers, and Chaudhry said he wasn’t aware of any situations in which an investigator has had to draw a weapon in self-defense. He said he couldn’t give an example off the top of his head of another state that armed investigators.

If Ohio’s medical board approves the measure on Thursday, it would begin to come up with rules, guidelines and training for investigators to carry weapons.

ANDY BROWNFIELD, Associated Press
Published 09:07 p.m., Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Protect Yourself, Make A Difference In Fight Against Crime


Want to make a real difference fighting crime within your community? One of the best ways to do so is to volunteer your time. A citizen volunteer assists local law enforcement in duties such as community outreach, research, and administrative tasks. Let’s face it our law enforcement organizations are overworked and understaffed. Citizens can step in and make a huge immediate difference.

Almost anyone can become a citizen volunteer; many agencies offer a Law Enforcement Explorer Program. This type of work is extremely rewarding. Plus volunteers gain valuable insight into the law enforcement system and how it works. The opportunity to help make communities safer from crime and terrorism is priceless.

Here are some examples of what volunteers do:

  • Provide home safety checks for vacationing residents.
  • Staffing community policing stations.
  • Providing bike patrols in community parks.
  • Conducting research and compiling crime date for specific area problems.
  • Taking a leadership role in Neighborhood Watch.
  • Providing traffic and crowd control.
  • Becoming a reserve or auxiliary officer.

Basic training is required and some agencies actually have Citizen Academies. You can take action today by visiting The Volunteers in Police Service Program at or contact local agencies for more information.

Night Out Against Crime – A Community For Personal and Home Safety


Very proud of our local sheriffs department. Yesterday they hosted a very successful night out against crime. Why is this important? The key to successfully combating crime is to have community bye-in. To acheive community bye-in, law enforcement must earn the trust of the people they serve. Events like night out against crime allow residents to interact with first responders, get to know them and what they do.

Cops can’t combat crime alone, to be effective they need community support. Yesterday, residents gathered to meet the dedicated officers who took the oathe to protect and serve. The adults and kids alike got a chance to check out the inside of squad cars and trucks. The importance of having children finger printed and swabbed for DNA was discussed; while tips regarding home and personal safety were covered. One recommendation is to invest in a non-lethal self defense weapon like pepper spray. The benefits of neighborhood watch programs was discussed and contact information made available.

When I was growing up we were taught to trust and respect police officers. Today from what I see, this is no longer the case. These types of community policing opportunities go a long way toward earning that “officer friendly” distinction I grew up with.

I really believe that our local law enforcement realize that the community is their eyes and ears. By developing healthy relationships, police win and more importantly the community wins.

Non-Lethal Self Defense Weapons Options


I am a proud handgun owner. Like millions across the U.S. I believe it is our fundamental right as citizens to bear arms. I wouldn’t think twice about using my gun to defend my home. However, there are probably wiser self-defense options for nearly all other personal security situations outside of the home.

Consider carrying an expandable steel baton. These weapons are made of solid steel and in the collapsed position are relatively easy to carry with you. Flipping the unit will cause it to expand and lock into position. An expandable baton allows you to defend yourself from a distant. It is pretty much unbreakable and can inflict some serious damage on an attacker or aggressive animal.

Pepper spray or mace is an “oldie but goodie”! More people buy pepper spray or mace than all other non-lethal self-defense weapons combined. There are numerous reasons for this but a few that are universal. Pepper spray gives a user the ability to stop a threat from a safe distance. Pepper spray takes no special skill set. Pepper spray is the most affordable self-defense option available.

A C2 Taser uses the exact same technology as the professional law enforcement model at less than a fourth of the cost. The C2 Taser comes with everything a user will need to master its use. When fired, the TASER C2 will deliver a 30 second energy burst. During this window of opportunity, the attacker will be incapacitated giving you the window of opportunity to escape to safety.

There is a time and place for the handgun as it relates to self-defense and personal security. Unfortunately, if you use a gun outside of your home the consequences could be devastating. It makes much more sense to arm yourself with less-lethal options. Weapons like the Taser, steel baton and pepper spray offer users the ability to stop an attack without the use of lethal force.

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