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.

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

Why You Should Be Using Mace For Self Defense

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We will discuss why you should be using Mace for self defense in today’s post, but first some background information.

Modern day history of pepper spray started in 1973 when the FBI “worked to develop weapons grade material in the 80s”. In 1994, the N.Y.P.D. decided to adopt pepper spray as an anti-personnel weapon. So you can see the history of modern day pepper spray is relatively new.

The same ingredient that makes major topical arthritis creams so effective-capsaicin-usually at only 0.1% (most sprays are at least 10%)-is the major ingredient in all pepper sprays. It is a concentration of oleoresin capsicum which is the resin of cayenne pepper-one of the hottest peppers in the world. Other ingredients in pepper sprays can include CN teargas and a UV marking dye for assailant identification.

For any person who has been in the military, part of your basic training is being sprayed with pepper spray. The same is true for anyone who wishes to become a federal, state or local police officer. Getting to know how pepper spray feels is part of your training. It is not fun!

Here’s why you should be using Mace for self-defense.

The victim’s eyes clamp shut-not just because of the excessive tearing-but also the dilation of the capillaries.

It makes breathing difficult with immediate inflammation and swelling of the throat restricting the airway. Uncontrollable coughing and gasping for air is common.

And of course, the most famous is the pain caused by contact with exposed skin. Does it ever hurt!

There is also the sensation of the loss of balance and disorientation. Using Mace for self-defense is nasty stuff!

When your self-defense is on the line using mace for self-defense makes all kinds of sense. It is effective, legal, relatively inexpensive and Mace brand has the biggest selection and widest variety of pepper sprays in the industry.

Mace Maritime pepper gel is a good example. It uses a 1.4% major capsaicinoids formula that can fire 25 feet. The pistol grip canister contains 330 grams and can empty in six seconds.

What Are The Best Personal Security Products?

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There are thousands of personal security products available in the marketplace today. Many of them are the nonlethal self-defense items that are booming in popularity. A handgun continues to be the most popular lethal self-defense product. For reasons that we have discussed ad nauseam, many people do not want a lethal product in their house or on their person. It is just part of the reason why nonlethal self-defense products have become so popular.

Last week I saw one of my neighbors while we were gassing up at our local Costco store. She had a keychain in her hand and attached to it was a pepper spray. She reminded me that I had given it to her two years ago. She carries it with her wherever she goes.

She told me that her little keychain pepper spray made her feel safer and more in charge of her life, instilling a feeling of confidence.

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The fact is that pepper spray, when used correctly, can be the “great equalizer”! The average male is some 5 inches taller and 30 pounds heavier than the average female. The difference in strength is typically significant as well. Pepper spray can flatten an assailant that is within the firing range almost instantly. Typical effects include difficulty breathing, inflammation of the mucus membranes, coughing and discharge, burning of the skin, involuntary shutting of the eyes and temporary blindness. The most valuable effect by far is the temporary blindness and involuntary closing of the eyes. Couple that with restricted breathing, inflammation and severe pain and you have an excellent personal security product capable of saving your life.

Our online store offers a big selection of colors, styles and price ranges from six of the most popular manufacturers of pepper sprays. We also carry many other non-lethal personal defense items.

When it comes to pepper spray or any defense item, it must be quickly accessible when you need it and you never know when you need it. So get in the habit of having it with you and ready wherever you go. Law enforcement officers carry pepper spray on their utility belt as their first line of self-defense. Why shouldn’t you?

Campus Sexual Assaults-A New Look

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This week in Washington DC a Department of Education panel continues negotiations over new regulations on sexual assaults on college campuses. You can read the whole story HERE.

At the heart of the discussion is a report which revealed that one in five women is sexually assaulted while in college. Some people claim it is more than that because so many assault are not reported.

The report also acknowledges what they call “the dynamics of college life” a euphemism for the availability of alcohol and the propensity for its irresponsible consumption which appears to fuel the problem of sexual assault. Nearly 70% of all reported cases involve the use of alcohol or drugs.

Many men operate with impunity in campus environments where drinking is part of almost every social activity.

Women must assume the responsibility to look after each other.

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.

Feedback on these posts is appreciated. Please share your experience. We want to hear your thoughts.

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-Could It Happen To You?

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We saw a headline recently where a recent survey conducted during Domestic Violence month reported that 98% of adults in California believe that domestic violence can happen to anyone. Statistics of all kinds back that up. Domestic violence crosses all racial, ethnic, age, religious belief, social and economic barriers.

There are a wide variety of reasons why domestic violence is so under reported in the first place. Among them are shame and fear of reprisal, not just from the spouse but you can include a spouse’s family. Until recently there was plenty of anecdotal evidence that showed reporting a domestic violence assault rarely got the attention that it deserved. So you can add that to the mix of the reasons why it wasn’t reported.

When you look to the causes for domestic violence they are as varied as you can possibly get. Chief among them are economic conditions. Disagreements and arguments over finances in a family cause a great deal of stress, which frequently leads to physical confrontations including murder. Poverty, low education levels, social status and mental illness all follow suit as possible reasons or causes for domestic violence.

What can women do to prevent an assault in a domestic violence situation? To this day, the best way to prevent an assault in any kind of a situation is with some type of self-defense products such as pepper spray or a stun gun. They can disable an assailant-even a spouse-for as much as 45 minutes allowing you time to escape a dangerous situation and seek help. Pepper sprays, in particular, are legal in all jurisdictions with very few restrictions.

After all, we are talking about an assault which can and has led to serious injury, including death. You have a right to defend yourself in any way that you can.

We recommend this Sabre brand Stop Strap Spray because if it is taken from you it cannot be used against you.

Feedback on these posts is appreciated. Please share your experience. We want to hear your thoughts.

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”!

Sex Assault On The Rise At Academies

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A story recently said that sex assault reports have increased 50% over the previous academic year at the Air Force Academy which is the highest number of sex assault reports of all military academies with most sexual assaults never getting reported.

They are supposed to have higher standards than other Universities, but why should their students be any different from others in that age bracket? It’s a simple fact that it is so prevalent among college-age ‘kids’ that they are no different.

What is surprising to me is that it has been swept under the carpet, so to speak, for so many years and only now is it starting to get some publicity.

Why are so few cases reported? The common thinking is that the victims are not believed and that reporting a sexual assault against a fellow cadet can ruin, not only his career, but his life. In the general population it results in a far less stigmatic punishment, if any at all.

It should be pointed out that all the other service academies have similar problems with sexual assault and the reporting of same. It just seems the Air Force Academy leads the pack.

It is common knowledge among cadets that self-defense products are prohibited on campus. So in a sense, female cadets are defenseless when it comes to their personal safety and personal security aside from the classes in self-defense that they may take.

A good self-defense training DVD can not only improve female self-defense, personal safety and personal security, it may be the only way to do that on a military Academy campus.

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Street Safe is an excellent beginner self-defense training DVD.

Feedback on these posts is appreciated. Please share your experience. We want to hear your thoughts.

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”!

Favorite Self-Defense Products For Women

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Female self-defense should be on the minds of every husband or boyfriend for their loved ones. Part of the reason for that is because women are assaulted approximately 9 times more often than men.

One of the best ways to improve female self-defense is with products such as stun guns or pepper sprays. They provide a nonlethal means for self-defense.

There are literally thousands of self-defense items in the market today which makes it difficult to figure out which ones might be the best for you. In this article we are going to make some suggestions for the top three best products for women.

These products provide a less than lethal alternative to handguns for self-defense. Generally speaking, they immobilize an assailant long enough for the victim to escape a potentially dangerous situation and get help.

The broadest categories for self-defense items are pepper sprays, stun devices, including tasers and personal alarms also called panic alarms. They are all effective, but they all work in different ways and have different effects.

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Number one on the list is a Fox Labs hard case Pepper Spray that is 5.3 million Scoville heat units. It fires a heavy stream up to ten feet away and has ten 1/2 second bursts packaged in a hard case shell with a keychain attachment. It has a safety lock that prevents accidental discharge. It’s an inexpensive way to defend yourself. Fox labs are the major supplier to law enforcement agencies for their pepper sprays. They have set the industry standard since 1993.

Pepper sprays can immobilize an assailant for up to 45 minutes with a quick spray in the face that will cause extreme pain, excessive tearing of the eyes and make breathing very difficult.

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Number two on our list is a Streetwise stun gun called the Smallfry Stun Gun that is 8 million volts making it one of the most powerful anywhere.

It has a built-in LED flashlight. It features a protective rubber coating that helps with gripping in any weather conditions, and it’s rechargeable with a flip out plug so there are no batteries to buy. It has the popular disable pin wrist strap that prevents it from being used against you should it be taken away. It also has two levels of safety built-in.

Do you use self-defense products? Feedback on these posts is appreciated. Please share your experience. We want to hear from you.

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”!

Hurdle In Domestic Violence

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Domestic violence in a relationship is about as difficult a situation to handle as any. It is fraught with hurdles. This story is about one Domestic Violence Hurdle that typifies the problems with domestic violence.

It essentially talks about police involvement.

“When a police officer responds to a (domestic violence) call, the first thing he or she does is to separate the people involved and try to piece together what happened. The officers then attempt to discover who the main aggressor is in the situation. Ninety-nine percent of the time, that person is the male, but he and other officers have also seen females who instigate the violence.

Many times the victims of domestic violence do not cooperate with the police. Whether it’s because they are still in love with the aggressor or because the aggressor is the victim’s only source of income, there are many victims who do not want to press charges against their abusers and will not testify against them in court.

The question then becomes why do so many victims back away from filing charges when the police show up? Why do women choose to stay with their abusers rather than go out on their own and live a violence free life?

Research shows that it can take as many as seven attempts to leave a domestic violence situation before they actually leave.

Among the many internal and external factors play a role in the person’s choice to remain in an abusive situation are threats made against the victim or family members, cultural or religious beliefs, and a lack of resources such as a place to live or access to a stable income. Internally, the most consistent thing is that they suffer from poor self-image and confidence, which is what the abuser preys on.

The question for so many women is it easier to stay and put up with the abuse or leave? It is not easy to leave.
There are ways to identify the signs before it gets out of control, and there are plenty of resources if you’re feeling scared or alone.

Among many other things women need are nonlethal self-defense weapons.

This Sabre Pepper Spray is on a keychain and has a range of 10 feet with a ballistic stream delivery which reduces the chance for blowback.

Feedback on these posts is appreciated. Please share your experience. We want to hear your thoughts.

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”!

Indian Women Fight Back With OC Spray

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Here is a story from the Boston Globe about Indian women fighting back with self-defense pepper sprays.

You can read the whole story HERE.

Indian women are taking the initiative these days in learning self-defense techniques and how to use pepper spray for their own self-defense instead of the long-standing tradition of relying on male relatives to accompany them for safety. According to the story women are now learning self-defense techniques and sales of pepper spray have jumped. One class has hundreds of women in it and teaches how to target assailants groins-ouch! They teach women how to use their hands and how to strike with enough force so that the assailant will be in pain for as long as three months.

With an increasing number of women studying at universities and working in offices, it is no longer practical for them to travel accompanied by a father, husband, or brother.

“I tell people we don’t want to wait for society to reform, for male attitudes to change, for the police to arrive and act, and for our fathers, brothers, and husbands to protect us. Instead, we must focus our efforts on making ourselves physically and mentally strong to hit back.”

One of the best ways that women can defend themselves is with a self-defense product is nonlethal such as pepper spray. Any one of our Keychain Pepper Sprays can help you in a dangerous situation.

Feedback on these posts is appreciated. We want to hear your thoughts.

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 Cases Cause Squeeze On Shelter Space

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This is a story from a St. Louis television station that is reporting a shortage of shelter space for women because that an increase in Domestic Violence.

Shelters are particularly busy in winter time and this winter has been one of the most difficult and challenging pushing people to the edge.

There is no particular explanation anybody can come up with for the increase in domestic violence. There has been no increase in resources for shelters for women which causes a squeeze on space.

The latest numbers show for every one victim who got into a shelter, two were turned away.

A typical stay in a shelter is at least a month.

Nationwide domestic violence affects nearly 30% of all women and some categories of women it’s much higher. For example, a woman who has a disability has a 40% chance of being abused; a homeless woman has a 63% chance; and a homeless woman with children who report domestic abuse is at 92%.

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The best way the females anywhere can defend themselves is with a self-defense product such as pepper spray or stun gun.

We like the pink SMACK Stun Gun because it has 5 million volts and is so small it has a keychain attachment.

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”!

Healthy Teen Relationships-Taught In Schools?

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Here is an article that was written recently about Teen Relationship Violence and raises the question about whether or not it should be taught in schools.

We have always maintained that teens have no frame of reference for what is a healthy relationship and what isn’t.

Growing up is difficult enough, but when a young girl gets into a serious relationship she really has no idea what to expect. She is blown off her feet by the flattery of her new friend. Chances are she has seen enough domestic violence in her life through friends, family and chat rooms that she may come to expect that it is normal.

There is plenty of evidence to indicate that domestic violence is a learned trait passed down from father to son. The same could be said for dating or relationship violence.

And part of the problem too is that young women don’t feel they have anybody to talk to about the subject, sometimes for fear of ridicule from friends.

The goal of the education is to teach teens how to manage their relationships and to be aware of warning signs for violence so they can get help.

“Relationship violence is a form of bullying … And yet, bullying education is mandatory; sexual aggression awareness training is mandatory, but dating violence isn’t and that doesn’t make sense because they are all part of the same thing.”

One of the best ways that young women can defend themselves against dating violence is with one of our Mace Pepper Sprays which can disable an assailant for as much as 45 minutes.

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”!

Popular Wildfire Defensive Sprays

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In today’s blog post we’re doing a review of the most popular Wildfire pepper sprays.

They all have an 18% concentration of oleoresin capsicum which makes them nearly twice as hot as most sprays. They are made and independently tested in the USA with many sizes and styles to choose from.

The most popular is this key ring spray that contains 25 half-second shots up to 12 feet away. It has a thumb lock safety to prevent accidental spraying and includes a UV marking dye for assailant identification. It has a built-in belt clip and key ring for easy carrying. It uses a rugged injection molded black hard case to protect the canister.

The second most popular wildfire pepper spray is this pepper gel spray and has a range up to 18 feet and uses less contaminating nonflammable formula that sticks to an attacker like glue. It has the same 18% concentration that all other wildfire sprays have. It has 40 half second bursts.

Pepper sprays are legal in all cities and states but a few cities and states have restrictions on them. Pepper sprays are the most popular self-defense product in the world because they are easy to use and so effective-at nearly 90% efficiency.

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”!