Don’t Become A Personal Attack Statistic

According to the FBI crime stats, there are over 1,300,000 violent crimes reported every year in this country, and these include over 800,000 aggravated assaults, over 88,000 forcible rapes, and over 400,000 robberies. People often feel uneasy in public places, and with so much crime happening, many people are purchasing non-lethal self-defense products to have on hand just in case an unexpected situation comes up where they may need a little protective edge to prevent something worse from happening.

We can try to plan for everything, but we can be prepared for the unexpected? With so many different options out there it can be tough to determine exactly what the best fit is for us personally.  Let’s take a look at some of the options available.

Are Non-Lethal Self-Defense Products Effective?

If you don’t own a firearm or you own a gun, but it isn’t legal and/or practical to carry it with you, then you may want to consider another form of self-defense. You could take a martial arts or other self-defense course, if you have the time and money. If you don’t have the time or money, then investing in a non-lethal self-defense weapon is a more practical way to go.

Non-lethal weapons have proven to be highly effective in adverse situations. However, unless you know what kind of a weapon best suits your needs, how to use that weapon, and the legality of owning and using it where you live, then carrying a self-defense weapon could get you into trouble. So, while non-lethal self-defense is a great idea, and one that can protect you, do some research before you purchase a product.

Popular Non-Lethal Weapons
The following is a list of some of the popular non-lethal self-defense products available:.

Anodized aluminum flashlights are small and can be carried in a pocket or purse, and the flashlight is heavy and sturdy enough to be used as a club.

Pepper Sprays
Police departments and other authorities often recommend pepper spray, but pepper sprays have their drawbacks. For one they don’t work well if you try to spray an attacker who is upwind of you. Another is that some are illegal to own. Their propellants have an expiration date you need to be aware of, and sometimes their containers leak.

Stun Batons
Stun Batons can be as long as 18 inches long and have 800,000 volts of power.

The sides of some stun batons may also be electrified to prevent an attacker from grabbing the stun baton from you. These often come with a belt loop holster so you can carry the baton on your belt.

Stun Flashlights and Lipsticks
These are strong mini-stun items that are rechargeable and fairly small, so they are easy to hide and handle. They usually have a safety switch and/or disable pin to prevent accidental discharges. While these stun guns are small, they are powerful and pack a wallop.

Personal Alarms
These are super loud mini alarms that are activated when the pin is pulled from the unit. They are designed to emit a very loud alarm to draw attention in a bad situation. You can wear them on your belt or in your pocket or purse, and some come with a door alarm accessory that converts into a portable door or window alarm.

Parting Words of Advice
The best way to avoid becoming the victim of violent crime is to carry a non-lethal self-defense weapon with you, be aware of your surroundings at all times, and don’t knowingly place yourself in situations or places where there is a high probability that something threatening could happening. By doing these things you can maximize your safety and the safety of those who are with you.

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