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

The Extreme College Safety Kit – Product Review

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

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

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

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

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

Pickpocket Safety Tips

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Here is a valuable safety tip from ABC’s Good Morning America on how to avoid Pickpockets.

“It can happen in a split second. A shopper leaves a purse open in a shopping cart and turns away for a moment, perhaps to browse the shelves or try a free sample, or maybe she’s distracted by her phone, but that’s all a pickpocket needs to reach into her purse and snag her wallet.

The distracted, rushed world we live in makes shoppers easy prey, said Bob Arno, an expert in pickpocketing who advises law enforcement on how to catch crooks red-handed.

“The thieves analyze you very well,” he said. “They are like a school of fish swimming and they’ll subtly watch for the weakest victim. … The one who is not paying attention.”

Another classic pickpocket move, Arno said, is to work in pairs, where one person distracts the victim, while the other swoops in and does the stealing.

In surveillance video a man is seen getting the clerk’s attention, and while the clerk’s back is turned, the man’s partner, standing in line behind a woman, waits for her to look away from her purse and swipes her wallet.

Arno offered a few tips to prevent people from becoming pickpocketing victims.

1. Don’t Be Distracted Just Because Someone Appears Trustworthy

Most pickpocketing instances are crimes of opportunity, Arno said.
“It’s more about [people] not paying attention. … Victims make it easy for the thief,” he said. “[Thieves] all say they love the person who is lackadaisical. They can practically smell them.”

2. If It’s Easy for You to Get Into, It’s Easy for Thieves Too

Instead of leaving your purse or backpack in the cart or hanging off a chair at a restaurant, Arno suggested carrying it under your arm or keeping it in front of you.

“If I’m feeling at all threatened I have it up front,” he said.

3. Keep Everything in Your Line of Sight

Never, ever leave your purse or bag in the shopping cart and walk away from it, Arno said. It will make you a prime target.”

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Carry a fast deploying pepper spray with you at all times. This Sabre Spitfire is the smallest and fastest deploying pepper spray available. It can fire at any angle up to 10 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”!

Diversion Safes-Product Review

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In today’s blog post we’re doing product reviews of diversion safes. What are diversion safes?

The best way to describe them is as innocent looking, common household products such as food containers, cleaning products or soda cans with hollowed out interiors that are big enough to hold items such as cash and credit cards, jewelry, small collectibles and in some cases handguns.

Some good examples are this Maxwell House Coffee Diversion Safe that has an interior department of 3″ x 3.5″. The container is weighted to give it the feel of the real thing and of course it has the exterior look of the famous tin of Maxwell House coffee. Burglars spend on average 10 minutes inside a home on their burglarizing so you have no chance to look everywhere which is what the appeal is for diversion safes – “hiding things in plain sight.”

Another example is this Outdoor Diversion Safe that can be used to hide keys. No more getting locked out of the house.

Check out all of our other fabulous Diversion Safes to help protect your valuables.

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”!

Mail Theft Tips

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The National Sheriffs Association which is the group behind the neighborhood watch program puts out a variety of personal safety tips as well as home security tips including these mail theft tips.

One of the most popular ways for thieves to steal your identity is through your mailbox.

1. Don’t leave outgoing mail in an unlocked mailbox.

2. Take your mail to a blue collection box or your local post office and don’t leave your mail in a collection box that is full.

3. Pick up your mail right away after it’s delivered.

4. Get a locked mailbox or convert your unlocked box to the lockable type and make sure that the mail slot is big enough for the letter carrier to insert your mail. Your letter carrier cannot pick up mail from this type of box.

5. Have regular income checks deposited electronically into your bank account via direct deposit.

6. If you are expecting credit cards, checks or other valuable mail and don’t get it, promptly contact the senders.

7. If you see suspicious activity on your street promptly call 911 and report it to police.

8. You might want to “opt out” of receiving pre-approved credit and insurance offers from the credit bureau mailing lists by calling 1-888-5OPTOUT (1-888-567-8688) or by visiting online at www.optoutprescreen.com.

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If you have a Security Surveillance System like the one shown here, you may want to aim one of the cameras towards your mailbox for added protection.

By following these tips and using common sense, you can lessen your chances of being a victim of mail theft and possible identity theft. Getting your identity stolen is bad enough, trying to get the damage done to your credit is a nightmare.

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”!

Self-Defense Tips For Women-Part One- Safety Tip Of The Week

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It is well established fact that women are the targets of violence in nine out 10 cases-everything from assaults, rapes, domestic violence. Even in home invasions, women are the preferred targets.

So it makes sense for women to be more aware of that fact so they can learn how to defend themselves a little bit better. Here are some self-defense tips for women that may end up saving their lives. But guys, you should take a look at these too and pass them along to all the women in your life.

There a lot of tips to share so we split them up into several parts. Here is part one.

Develop a plan to improve your self-defense. That includes dry runs on what you will do in case of an emergency.

Walk with a sense of self-confidence. Of course back it up with some self-defense training. Having a sense of self-confidence shows through.

Use restraint and common sense. Don’t get baited into a fight. It takes two to tango. It’s easier to walk away with your head on.

Keep to well-lit areas and go with a friend. Avoid dangerous parts of town like the plague.

Once you learn self-defense skills, practice them until they become second nature. They will last you a lifetime but only if you practice them.

Develop a sense of awareness. Be aware of where you are and who is around you.

Never act like an easy target. Don’t look like a victim. Someone who is walking with her head down or talking on a cell phone makes for easy pickings for the bad guys.

Never hitchhike. Walk, take a taxi, use a bus but never hitchhike.

Don’t be paranoid. Just beware and aware that there are threats around you.

Always keep some Self-Defense Products with you like a Stun Gun or aPowerful Pepper Spray or both-just in case.

Since 2005 Guardian Self-Defense & Security Products LLC has provided premium pepper spray Self Defense Products and a wide variety of Home Security Products to over 45,000 consumers. We offer a full-line of premium self-defense weapons such as pepper spray, stun guns, tasers, pepper mace, personal alarms and other self-defense items.

Sexual Violence On Campus Prevention Week

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Here is an article about what the University of Oregon students on campus are doing for sexual violence awareness month and a big event called take back the night.

You can read the whole story HERE

Through various events on campus, panel discussion and community events, a variety of student organizations are all contributing to spread awareness on campus during this prevention week. They are committed to ending sexual violence on campus.

One of the best ways that young women on campus can prevent rape or sexual assault is with a pepper spray. Even a cheap pepper spray can disable an assailant for as much is 30 to 45 minutes allowing you time to get away and seek help. Whatcha waiting for?

Our Pepper Shot Spray is one of the least expensive spray available and does the job just as well as any other defensive spray.

Since 2005 Guardian Self-Defense & Security Products LLC has provided premium pepper spray Self Defense Products and a wide variety of Home Security Products to over 45,000 consumers. We offer a full-line of premium self-defense weapons such as pepper spray, stun guns, tasers, pepper mace, personal alarms and other self-defense items.

Dog Attacks Two Women-How To Defend Against A Dog Attack

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This is a story out of Tulsa, Oklahoma where two young women who were Jehovah’s Witnesses were trying to share their faith with local homeowners. When they knocked on the door of this home a pit bull charged at them and performed a vicious attack.

A local attorney indicated that homeowners are liable in cases like this.

You can read the rest of the story here

A dog attack is generally covered under home owner’s insurance and some renter’s insurance.

Every day close to 1,000 Americans are hospitalized because of dog bites. The cost to homeowners insurance companies every year is very high.

How To Defend Against A Dog Attack

It just goes to show you that a dog attack can occur just about anywhere which is all the more reason why you need to carry a self-defense product with you. Especially people who are proselytizing door to door should be aware of the dangers of dogs running loose in the neighborhood. We would always recommend something like the Mace Pepper Gun because it has a range of 25 feet.

Since 2005 Guardian Self-Defense & Security Products LLC has provided premium pepper spray Self-Defense Products to over 45,000 consumers. We offer a full-line of premium self-defense weapons such as pepper spray, stun guns, tasers, pepper mace, personal alarms and other self-defense items.

Video Showing Nanny Abuse

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“This video shows a nanny abusing a 10 month old baby. Anyone who could act like this is sick! This family is lucky their child is alive. I wish I could find the outcome of what punishment this women got. Sadly it probably wasn’t enough. But at least she won’t ever be able to watch children again. Makes me wonder how much of this is going on and the parents don’t have a camera set up and don’t know about it.”

You can watch the video HERE.

This type of abuse can happen to anyone. If you suspect that your child is being abused by a nanny or babysitter or if you suspect that they are abusing you by stealing from your home when you are gone, you should consider getting a nanny camera. A nanny camera is nothing more than a hidden spy camera that are all used to catch people doing something they shouldn’t be doing.

This Clock Radio Spy Camera is a good example of a nanny camera. It is a simple looking clock radio, but inside is a camera and DVR that records to an 8 GB SD card for easy playback.

Since 2005 Guardian Self-Defense & Security Products LLC has provided premium pepper spray Self-Defense Products to over 45,000 consumers. We offer a full-line of premium self-defense weapons such as pepper spray, stun guns, tasers, pepper mace, personal alarms and other self-defense items.

Vehicle Safety Kits-Every Car Should Have One

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If you look at statistics an amazing number of assaults occur with women in vehicles. Carjackings are the first that come to mind. And women who are stranded in broken down vehicles are particularly vulnerable to assaults.

With that in mind we offer you this SafeFamily Life Ultimate Vehicle Safety Kit and suggest that it is something that every woman ought to carry in her car.

Here’s What It Contains

1. It has a half ounce pepper spray that attaches to your car visor.
2. It also has a separate half ounce pepper spray with a keychain attachment.
3. Included is a four in one auto emergency tool.
4. And a nap alarm to help keep you awake when driving on those long trips.
5. It also has a diversion safe that looks like a can of engine degreaser and a nine LED flashlight.

The kit also has all batteries that are needed to operate the tools, a demonstration training DVD that shows you step-by-step how to use each item and five special safety reports on; carjacking, how to manage emergencies, how to protect your car from burglary or theft, parking lot safety and what to do if you’re stopped by police.

This vehicle safety kit will go a long ways towards keeping the occupants safe in an emergency.

We value any feedback on these posts you may have. Let us know your thoughts.

Since 2005 Guardian Self-Defense & Security Products LLC has provided personal security to over 45,000 consumers. We offer a full-line of premium self-defense weapons such as pepper spray, stun guns, tasers, pepper mace, personal alarms and other self-defense items.

Recipe For A Campus Sexual Assault-How To Prevent One!

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Assaults of young women on college campuses happens with great regularity. It has been estimated that one in four college-age women will experience some kind of sexual assault in their four years on campus. That may seem like a high number to you but when we give you the recipe for a campus sexual assault, you will see that it is actually surprisingly low. It could be a lot higher.

Here’s the recipe. Take young, beautiful, unassuming, innocent women (college freshmen); add in men who are oversexed and supercharged with testosterone; put them in a room together with drugs and alcohol and there you have it. Fraternities and sororities specialize in throwing parties where drugs and alcohol are in abundance. It is almost like a rite of passage.

How To Prevent One

We encourage women of all ages to carry a self-defense product to defend against sexual assault or any kind of assault for that matter. The one that we recommend the most is one that can be carried on a keychain. Most of those are Pepper Sprays like the one shown here. That way the pepper sprays are with you virtually wherever you go. A spray in the face of an attacker will give you as much 45 minutes to get away and seek help.

We value any feedback on these posts you may have. Let us know your thoughts.

Since 2005 Guardian Self-Defense & Security Products LLC has provided personal security to over 45,000 consumers. We offer a full-line of premium self-defense weapons such as pepper spray, stun guns, tasers, pepper mace, personal alarms and other self-defense items.

$60K In Cash And Jewelry Stolen-How To Protect Yours

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Police arrested two suspects in the Monroe, Connecticut area after a series of burglaries has been going on for close to two months. The two were caught after someone identified a vehicle that was used in one of the burglaries. Police later saw that car and put it under surveillance along with the occupants.

You can read the whole story HERE.

This isn’t exactly a secret but burglars steal items out of homes or apartments that are easy to carry and can be easily converted into cash. Jewelry and hand guns are at the top of the list right behind cash of course.

These two guys stole over $60,000 worth of cash and jewelry in the space of two months. That’s not bad work! That’s part of the reason why home burglary is such a lucrative business.

Fact of the matter is that burglars spend less than 10 minutes inside a home looking for things of value him like cash, jewelry and hand guns. If you can hide those items so that they are not found for say 10 or 15 minutes, chances are the bad guys will leave empty-handed.

One of the best ways to hide cash, credit cards and jewelry is with a Diversion Safe. They are common household objects that people are used to seeing everyday, BUT they have hollowed out insides to hide valuables in “plain sight.”

The Dog Food Safe is an example of a diversion safe you can use to protect your valuables.

We value any feedback on these posts you may have. Let us know your thoughts.

Since 2005 Guardian Self-Defense & Security Products LLC has provided personal security to over 45,000 consumers. We offer a full-line of premium self-defense weapons such as pepper spray, stun guns, tasers, pepper mace, personal alarms and other self-defense items.

Robbery Thwarted By Pepper Spray

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This is a story about a convenience store clerk who was assaulted very early in the morning. Two men got behind the counter and started beating him up when he pulled a pepper spray and sprayed two of the men. This forced the men to back off and they left without further incident.

Another customer saw what kind of vehicle they got in when they left. The police were able to catch them very easily.

You can read the rest of the details HERE.

This is another example of how effective pepper spray can be in defending yourself. It doesn’t really matter what the situation is. If you are able to spray an assailant you will put him out of commission for quite some time.

Pepper spray uses oleoresin capsicum as the main ingredient. It is the resin of one of the hottest peppers in the world and causes excruciating pain, excessive tearing of the eyes, makes breathing very difficult and has been known to cause foul language to come out of the mouth of the assailant.

We always recommend a Keychain Pepper Spray like the one shown here because it is with you all the time.

We value any feedback on these posts you may have. Let us know your thoughts.

Since 2005 Guardian Self-Defense & Security Products LLC has provided premium pepper spray Self Defense Products to over 45,000 consumers. We offer a full-line of premium self-defense weapons such as pepper spray, stun guns, tasers, pepper mace, personal alarms and other self-defense items.

Ten Things You May Not Know About Sexual Assault

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Here’s an article from the National Domestic Violence Hotline on 10 things you may not know about sexual assault. Some of them may surprise you. They surprised me!!

You can read the whole story HERE.

Here’s something else you may not know about sexual assault. Almost all of them can be prevented by using some kind of self defense product. Mace Pepper Gel is a good one to use because it small and very effective and like all Mace brand products are bench tested before packaging.

Pepper gel holds up better in windy conditions outdoors reducing the chance of blow back from the spray. It also has 1.4% capsaicinoid concentration which is a stronger formulary making the spray more potent. Carrying a pepper spray actually can reduce the chance of an attack because it builds your self confidence.

Check out all of our Pepper Sprays. One of them will meet your needs for sure.

Since 2005 Guardian Self-Defense & Security Products LLC has provided personal security to over 45,000 consumers. We offer a full-line of premium self-defense weapons such as pepper spray, stun guns, tasers, pepper mace, personal alarms and other self-defense items.

SafeFamilyLife Extreme College Survival Kit

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A college age friend of mine recently texted me saying that she had been scared into doing a better job defending herself. A little concerned, I asked her what had happened. It turned out that when she was walking alone at a huge mall, she found herself being followed by a man.

She didn’t realize it until she entered an accessories store, where the man had followed her and suddenly asked for her name. She refused to tell him and then ran out of the store. Apparently, the man was quite determined and kept following her. When she entered a bread shop, there he was again, asking for her name. Finally, my friend began to panic and yelled at him in public, saying that she was not interested in introducing herself to him. That did the trick and he stopped following her.

This incident reinforced the importance of taking personal security seriously. I completely support her decision to take a more proactive approach to self defense. I recommended the SafeFamilyLife Extreme College Survival Kit for her. This kit is specifically developed for making a young female’s life more secure on and off of campus.

Extreme College Survival Kit
This complete safety package included a lipstick pepper spray, nap alarm, 1/2 oz. pepper spray with visor clip, 2 oz. pepper spray with wall bracket, 1/2 oz. pepper spray with keychain, book diversion safe, electronic pocket whistle, door stop alarm, Cell Phone Lite flashlight, and motion alert alarm. All batteries, a products instructional guide, training DVD, and 6 special safety reports were supplied.

This kit is one of many that offers serious non-lethal personal security as well as piece of mind.