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.

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.
Mace Brand Sport Jogger, Pink
Mace Brand Sport Jogger, Pink

Why Pepper Spray Is an Effective Self-Defense Weapon

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Simply put, pepper spray makes sense as a self-defense weapon. The prevalence of crime is on the increase throughout the United States. In the five minutes or so it takes you to read this article 3 women will fall victim to sexual assault! We are all vulnerable. How will you protect yourself?

Pepper spray is an effective self-defense weapon that is both legal and non-lethal. Many of us are not comfortable carrying a handgun and even if you are, the legal liabilities can be life changing. In every self-defense scenario you will be better off with pepper spray than without.

Pepper spray acts as the “great equalizer” as it provides a smaller, physically weaker person the ability to defend themselves against a larger, stronger attacker. Pepper spray provides the ability to stop an attacker from a distance of 8-12 feet. In a self-defense situation, distance equals safety, so the ability to neutralize a potential attack is priceless.

The effects of pepper spray go to work almost immediately. The most aggressive attacker will feel the effects within seconds. Even individuals under the influence of pain masking drugs are affected. Spraying someone in the face with pepper spray causes the eyes to involuntarily close shut and the capillaries to swell causing temporary blindness. Even if an attacker can’t feel pain, they are much less dangerous if they can’t see.

Pepper spray goes to work on the respiratory system and wreaks havoc on breathing. The active ingredients cause inflammation within the respiratory system which makes breathing difficult. If you can’t breathe you can’t fight. Pepper spray is extremely painful when sprayed into the eyes, nose and mouth. The pain has been compared to having shards of glass in the eyes.

With any self-defense weapon, it’s important to practice and become familiar with your device. Pepper spray is available in different spray patterns and formulas, each with its own set of pro’s and con’s. If you opt for non-lethal self-defense you’ll be much better off in every scenario with pepper spray than without.

Why Mace Is The Best Alternative For Personal Protection

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Everybody has heard of Mace! But most people confuse the term Mace with Mace brand pepper sprays. Today we are talking about Mace brand pepper sprays. They are the premier manufacturer of defensive sprays commonly called pepper sprays or OC sprays in the entire world. The OC stands for oleoresin capsicum which is the main ingredient in all pepper sprays.

Mace brand has perhaps the widest assortment of spray patterns and formulas in the marketplace today. They make pepper sprays for defense against human assailants, against dog attacks with dog pepper spray and defense against bear attacks with their famous bear pepper spray. Mace for self-protection is the best alternative when it comes to your personal safety.

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One of their best products is a triple action pepper spray that customers love. This mace for self protection features the aforementioned oleoresin capsicum, a UV marking dye for assailant identification and a component of CS tear gas-that’s the triple action!

Almost all of their sprays have a flip top safety cap that prevents accidental spraying and a contoured finger grip for easy aim. This particular pepper spray uses a stream spray pattern which means it ideal for outdoor use because it holds up better in windy conditions. It has an effective range of 12 feet and contains enough product for 20 half second bursts.

Another product that customers love is the Mace brand pepper gun that is the most accurate nonlethal self-defense spray available. It shoots out a continuous ballistic stream pattern up to 25 feet away. The Mace pepper gun uses “bag in a can” technology that allows you to replace the canister when it runs out. The gun itself has a trigger activated LED light that assists in hitting your target. It takes some getting used to hitting a target from 25 feet away, so each gun comes with one live pepper spray cartridge and a water cartridge for practicing.

Customers look to Mace for self-protection which is why it is the number one selling defensive spray in United States and perhaps the world. We have an excellent selection of Mace for self-protection products. When are you getting one?

What Is The Best Police Pepper Spray?

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In today’s blog post we are discussing the best police pepper sprays on the market. You may already know that every police officer in the country carries a defensive spray on his utility belt as his primary nonlethal defense against criminals and in aiding his job of criminal apprehension.

Wikipedia tells us that “pepper spray, also known as OC spray from ‘oleoresin capsicum’, is a lachrymatory agent-a chemical compound that irritates the eyes to cause tears, pain, and temporary blindness-used in policing, riot control, crowd control, and personal self-defense, including defense against dogs and bears.”

The inflammatory effects of police pepper spray make the eyes involuntarily close shut. Additionally, the capillaries in the eye become inflamed, causing temporary blindness. The mucus membranes become swollen and irritated making it difficult to breathe. These are some of the nearly instant effects that allow police officers to more easily restrain subjects and for private citizens an opportunity to escape a potentially dangerous situation.

1. There is a police pepper spray grenade model by Fox labs that is meant for crowd control. Unlike other police model pepper sprays this one is activated by depressing the pop top and throwing into a crowd where it spins in a 360 degree disbursement circle in 10 seconds or less. This is the same model used by law enforcement agencies worldwide. It contains the famous 5.3 million SHU formula-one of the hottest available.

2. The Mace brand PepperGard is one of the original models used by law enforcement for over 20 years. It contains a 10% concentration of oleoresin capsicum with .66% major capsaicinoids. It has a Velcro attachment that can be used to secure it to a bike or car. It has the flip top safety cap that was invented by Mace to help prevent accidental firing.

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3. The Mace brand triple action Police Pepper Spray is one of the best on the market. It contains a 10% concentration of oleoresin capsicum pepper spray, CS tear gas and a UV marking dye to aid in assailant identification. It has a stream spray pattern which holds up better in outdoor conditions and has enough spray for 20 half-second bursts up to 12 feet away, more than enough for most confrontations with an assailant. This is the largest keychain model available and has the unique contoured finger grip to assure proper aiming. This combination of OC and CS tear gas produce an extremely effective ally, that will take the “fight” out of an attacker!

Pepper Spray For Runners – How To Protect Yourself Outdoors

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Winter seemed to last forever. It was a brutal season for many people around the country with record snowfalls in the east, southeast and northern states. Temperatures in many parts of the country hit all-time lows. The general malaise created by the weather caused countless cases of “cabin fever”. As temperatures heat up, so does the desire to get out and about. People of all ages return to the great outdoors and resume activities like running, walking and biking.

With this new found freedom comes the reality that danger could be lurking around the corner. Often exercise enthusiasts get so focused on the activity that they neglect the things going on around them. That’s when you become most susceptible to an attack. To counter, it is always best to run with a friend on a familiar and well-lit path.

The threat of a dog attack is also all too common. Over 5 million people are attacked and bitten by dogs every year. According to the CDC, every 75 seconds in the United States a dog bite occurs. Every day, over 1,000 people need require emergency care to treat these injuries. Wherever you go, whether it’s a city park or your neighborhood street, dogs can be a constant threat.

Pepper Spray For Runners
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One of the most valuable products a runner can possess during an attack is a self defense spray like the Mace Brand Sport Jogger. It is manufactured by Mace Security International, the foremost manufacturer of defensive sprays in the country. This particular model attaches to your hand with an elastic strap or you can attach it to your key ring with a handy key chain attachment. The spray pattern is a stream spray, which means it is less likely to get blown off course outdoors. This jogger model contains 20 half-second shots and is effective at up to 12 feet away.

Pepper spray for runners is an absolute essential for personal safety outdoors. Get some today!

White House Weighs In On Campus Sexual Assaults

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This is a story from Reuters news service about campus Sexual Assaults and how the White House is pressing U.S. Colleges and Universities to do more to curb these assaults.

Part of the national effort is to establish new website NotAlone.gov to help victims find resources and report crimes. This comes after a three-month study on how to curb sexual assaults on college campuses.

“Colleges and universities need to face the facts about sexual assault. No more turning a blind eye or pretending it doesn’t exist,” Vice President Joe Biden said in a statement released on Monday evening.

The White House said one in five women is sexually assaulted while attending college, most often in her first or second year of study. Usually the perpetrator is known to her and more often than not the assault goes unreported.

The new recommendations include encouraging schools to conduct a “climate survey” to identify the scope of the problem on their respective campuses, creating confidential places for victims to seek support, and initiating training programs for school officials who work with victims.

The website will provide resources for students including hotline numbers for mental health services and data on how to file complaints of abuse.

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One of the best ways that young women on a college campus can defend themselves is with a self-defense product such as this Pepper Shot brand Quick Release Spray that is small enough to take almost anywhere. Half ounce canister contains 10 half-second shots and fires a stream spray pattern up to 8 feet away.

Guardian Self-Defense & Security Products LLC is one of the largest most trusted online distributors of non-lethal self-defense items and surveillance equipment in the US. We specialize in premium pepper spray, mace, personal alarms, stun batons and more. We are “The Self Defense Product Experts”!

New Law To Curtail Campus Sexul Assaults

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Here’s another story about how state legislators in Connecticut are trying to curtail campus sexual assaults. You can read the whole story HERE.

The bill requires institutions to permit anonymous reporting of assaults, promote bystander intervention, establish resource teams to review policies and create links with local crisis centers.

There’s a lot of frustration on college campuses about what appears to be the lack of support from state legislators on this issue. “There is a lot more that needs to be done, but it needs to be done by faculty, students and staff together. Until we change that culture, until we have those young men understand that sexual assault and date rape is unacceptable, we’ll have young women going through that suffering.”

“The new legislation was initiated in response to a lawsuit filed on behalf of a number of female students (both current and former) who allege that they were raped and/or sexually assaulted, and that they felt that the university violated their rights.”

Legislators agree that it is seriously in charge problem in that something has to be done. There are way too many sexual assaults. This bill creates an impact on a person who commits that sexual assault.

How To Defend Yourself Against A Sexual Assault

The best way to defend yourself against the sexual assault on campus or anywhere for that matter is with a self-defense product such as a pepper spray or stun gun. We specifically recommend a product that’s on a keychain because that way it’s more likely to be with you wherever you go.

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We always recommend that women carry a self-defense product like this
Fox Labs Hard Case Keychain that has 5.3 million Scoville heat units and fires a heavy stream pattern up to 10 feet away. It’s taser/ECD compatible too.

Guardian Self-Defense & Security Products LLC is one of the largest most trusted online distributors of non-lethal self-defense items and surveillance equipment in the US. We specialize in premium pepper spray, mace, personal alarms, stun batons and more. We are “The Self Defense Product Experts”!

Dog Attacks-Three Times Higher In Deprived Areas

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Here is a story from England about Dog Attacks in areas that are deprived.

“The number of dog bites leading to hospital admission is three times higher among people living in the deprived areas study from Health and Social Care Information Centre (HSCIC) has revealed.

Hospital admissions for dog attacks are three times higher in deprived area than affluent regions in England.

According to the report, there were 6,743 hospital admissions specifically by dog attacks, a 5.8% increase from the 6,372 admissions last year.”

Dr Simon Harding, a lecturer in criminology at the University of Middlesex said: “Deprived areas are often more populous with larger families, more children, more pets and more people living in closer proximity to each other and dogs. Also dogs tend to be exercised in public, rather than in gardens or remote fields. At the same time people in poorer areas use dogs for protection, instead of alarms or house insurance and there is an underlying trend towards the use of aggressive Pit Bull-type breeds as weapon or status dogs.”

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This Mace brand Dog Attack Spray is EPA approved and contains approx. 20 half second shots of up to12 feet away.

Guardian Self-Defense & Security Products LLC is one of the largest most trusted online distributors of non-lethal self-defense items and surveillance equipment in the US. We specialize in premium pepper spray, mace, personal alarms, stun batons and more. We are “The Self Defense Product Experts”!

Tips For Assault Prevention

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Here is an interesting story and video about a self-defense instructor who teaches Assault Avoidance Tips. The main thing that he teaches women in his class is to act fast not think. The reason for this is simple: when you’re in a life or death situation, reaction times are critical. A few seconds lost thinking about what to do instead of reacting may cost you your life.

He has some simple tactics and tips to keep women safe in any kind of situation

• “Wear a purse that goes across your body, not over your shoulder.
• Keep pepper spray or a small pocket knife on your keys, and hold them as though you’re ready to attack.
• Walk with your hand inside your purse, so you can grab that spray as fast as possible.
• Other simple weapons to keep in your purse: A screwdriver, scissors, or even a pencil.
• Walk with scissors dangling in your hands, no one will think anything but the potential attacker.
• Buy a small gun, one that can clip to your bra and aim for the groin area.”

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Women are the subject and target of assaults nine times more often than men so they need to be a specially prepared. We have always recommended a self-defense course for all women to learn some basic tips on how to protect yourself. But we have also recommended that women carry with them at all times a self-defense product such as this new Fashion Keychain Spray by Wildfire brand which is nearly twice as hot as most pepper sprays.

Guardian Self-Defense & Security Products LLC is one of the largest most trusted online distributors of non-lethal self-defense items and surveillance equipment in the US. We specialize in premium pepper spray, mace, personal alarms, stun batons and more. We are “The Self Defense Product Experts”!

Campus Sexual Assault Epidemic

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Here’s a story out of the Los Angeles times where Rep. Jackie Speier (D-Hillsborough) called assaults on young women in colleges a Sexual Assault Epidemic.

“The prevalence of sexual assault on campuses is an epidemic,” Speier said in an interview. “It’s going to take money, resources, enforcement and a dramatic change in the culture” to fix.

Speier said research suggests that one in five women are sexually assaulted on campuses but that nearly two-thirds of universities shirk their legal duty to address the cases. Yet, she said national momentum is growing to take stronger action against the problem.

That as you know is only the tip of the iceberg. Fewer than 10% of all sexual assaults actually get reported according to one study. Part of the reason is that so many young women are drunk on alcohol or out of it from drugs that they actually came remember what happened.

Another part of the puzzle is said the assailants are known to victims in 90% of the cases because they are classmates or live together in the same dorm and see each other virtually every day.

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The best way to defend yourself against any kind of assault anywhere is with a self-defense product such as a stun gun or a pepper spray. We always recommend pepper sprays that are on keychains because that way it is with you all the time. The Mace Triple Action Spray as shown here has pepper, tear gas and a UV marking dye.

Guardian Self-Defense & Security Products LLC is one of the largest most trusted online distributors of non-lethal self-defense items and surveillance equipment in the US. We specialize in premium pepper spray, mace, personal alarms, stun batons and more. We are “The Self Defense Product Experts”!

Domestic Violence Impact On Children

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A new piece of research about to be published in the journal Psychology of Violence tells us that the chances of intervention in a case where a child watches domestic violence going on between her parents are far less than most of us would hope for.

Read the whole story HERE.

“In more than a third of the cases that her team researched, physical injury occurred yet only one in four cases resulted in a police report. Children were hurt in about one in 75 cases. There is a link between witnessing domestic violence and childhood mental health disorders such as anxiety, depression, becoming a victim in teenage dating and diminished success at school. There is also a link between domestic violence and bullying.”

The research also tells us that we must let go of the notion that domestic violence is a curse of the lower incomes and rooted in poverty. Her research found that 28% occurred in households with annual incomes under $20,000; 30% in households earning $20,000-50,000; 18% in the $50,000-75,000 bracket and 24% with incomes about $75,000. Domestic violence is an equal opportunity curse it would seem.

This Sabre Red Crossfire can be shot from any angle. It contains 20 half-second shots up to 20 feet away using a ballistic stream delivery.

Guardian Self-Defense & Security Products LLC is one of the largest most trusted online distributors of non-lethal self-defense items and surveillance equipment in the US. We specialize in premium pepper spray, mace, personal alarms, stun batons and more. We are “The Self Defense Product Experts”!

Sexual Assault As Normal?

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Here’s a story from the Huffington Post about perceptions that young women have about Sexual Assaults.

It raises one potential answer to why so many sexual assault crimes-nearly 250,000 a year ago-go unreported 60% of the time. The answer is many women do not see themselves as victims.

A sociologist at Marquette University analyzed interviews with 100 girls between the ages of three and 17 who may have experienced sexual assault. Overwhelmingly, their accounts indicated sexual violence has been normalized in their communities and they considered harassment an everyday part of life rather than a criminal act.

The same study identified several reasons why these assaults are not reported including; shame fear of retribution and mistrust of authority. “The most alarming conclusion, however, is that young women regard sexual violence against them as normal. Moreover, the girls interviewed believed that men ‘can’t help it’ and perceived ‘everyday harassment and abuse as normal male behavior.”

“One participant — only 13 years old — said harassment is standard in her school: ‘They grab you, touch your butt and try to, like, touch you in the front, and run away, but it’s OK, I mean… I never think it’s a big thing because they do it to everyone.'”

This study may account for many factors when it comes to sexual assault on women in high school and college and may even be a forerunner to domestic violence.

People in position of authorities like teachers and parents must teach young men and young women that sexual violence is not acceptable before media and community norms give the impression that it is.

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Young teenage girls need to learn how to defend themselves. We recommend a nonlethal self-defense product such as this 2 ounce flip top Fox Labs Spray which contains the 5.3 formula that has made Fox labs the most powerful pepper spray in the world. It fires heavy stream pattern up to 19 feet away and contains 18 half-second bursts. It also contains a UV marking dye for assailant identification.

Guardian Self-Defense & Security Products LLC is one of the largest most trusted online distributors of non-lethal self-defense items and surveillance equipment in the US. We specialize in premium pepper spray, mace, personal alarms, stun batons and more. We are “The Self Defense Product Experts”!

Female Self Defense-Favorite Pink Stun Guns

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In today’s blog post we’re talking about the two most favorite pink stun guns that we carry. Pink stun guns are a favorite of women who are attacked close to nine times more often than men.

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The first one is so small that it’s actually keychain. It is called the SMACK Stun Gun and is 5,000,000 volts in one of the smallest packages or a stun gun you’ll ever find at 3.5″ T x 1.25″ W x 0.75″ D. it has a bright six LED flashlight built-in and it’s rechargeable so there are no batteries to buy. It has two levels of safety built-in also. It has a no questions asked lifetime warranty and comes with a free leatherette holster with key ring and clip.

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The second one is from Streetwise, known far and wide for their quality products. This Small Fry is 11,000,000 volts making it one of the most powerful stun devices available yet it is only 9 ounces and measures 3.5″ T x 2″ W x 0.8″ D. it has a protective rubber coating that covers the entire device to ensure a great grip in any weather or climate. The bright LED flashlight is as much is four times brighter than the competition. It uses nickel metal hydride rechargeable batteries which hold a charge much longer than normal batteries. Two levels of safety are built-in. It also has a popular disable pin wrist strap. When worn properly, should the device be taken away from you in a confrontation it will disengage the firing mechanism so cannot be used against you. It is no wonder that this device is a certified best in class and represents a great value.

Guardian Self-Defense & Security Products LLC is one of the largest most trusted online distributors of non-lethal self-defense items and surveillance equipment in the US. We specialize in premium pepper spray, mace, personal alarms, stun batons and more. We are “The Self Defense Product Experts”!