It can be a scary world out there. An American is sexually assaulted every 98 seconds, and 29% of these people were traveling to and from school or work and running errands.
No one who is attacked believed it would happen to them. Unfortunately, this means that most people are completely unprepared for these types of situations. The best self defense is preparation, and in this post, you'll learn how to defend yourself with four of the best items for self-defense.
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How often have you walked home with your headphones in, on a call, or replying to a message? We all do it, but criminals are looking for this type of non-awareness. In fact, it takes just seven seconds for a criminal to choose their next victim.
It's key to remember that a criminal's two biggest fears are getting caught, and getting hurt. This is empowering, as it means you can use this to your advantage and be prepared to fight back and draw attention.
How much more confident would you feel walking home from work if you knew you had a self defense kit on you? Interestingly, this increased confidence makes you less likely to become a target since it will be demonstrated with the body language that makes criminals reconsider you as a target.
This body language includes a confident, purposeful walk, making eye contact, and holding your shoulders back.
Here are four items you should have in your self defense kit:
This has long been popular for self defense, because it's easy to use, quick, and can make it difficult for an attacker to see and breathe.
However, it's important to remember that chemicals alone won't stop your attacker. Pepper spray is excellent because it will often buy you a few crucial moments to get away and you can shoot it from a distance.
Some pepper sprays also include UV marking dye that will allow the authorities to identify an assailant. Keep in mind that pepper spray will need to be easily reachable in order for you to be able to use it. If you're walking home from work or school in a quiet area, consider hiding it in your hand.
Attackers are terrified of getting caught, which means you need to draw as much attention to yourself as you can.
Your attacker has one goal: Shutting you up, and making you compliant. A personal alarm can not only help draw attention from people nearby, but it can also scare your attacker off.
Some of the newer personal alarms can be attached to your purse, bag, or keys and you simply pull the pin for up to 130 decibels of noise. The noise will continue until the pin is put back in.
This is incredibly loud and equivalent to a military jet aircraft take-off from a carrier. At 150 decibels, the eardrum will rupture, and the average human pain threshold is 110 decibels.
One of the best things about this type of product? It gives you the element of surprise, buying you a few crucial moments. While you can't rely on other people to come to your rescue, you can scare away an attacker by making it obvious something isn't right.
Stun guns cause pain and deliver a low amperage, high voltage shock when used. While they're less effective than a TASER, which causes involuntary muscle contractions, they're also a lot cheaper.
The biggest problem is that people who are under the influence have a higher pain tolerance. However, even the sound and sight of a stun gun can intimidate criminals.
Another problem? Stun guns require you to be in direct contact with your assailant as you need to press it into their body. However, this can be a good way to get someone off you. You can also purchase stun gun batons, which will give you a longer reach.
Here's the thing: You don't want to carry a weapon unless you're willing to use it. And you run the risk that it can be turned on you.
That's why hidden knives are such a good choice. You'll be able to use the element of surprise here, particularly if your knife looks like something inoffensive like a pen or comb.
However, you will need to be close to an attacker and obviously won't have time to rummage around in your bag for your hidden knife. That's why knives attached to keychains or hidden within pens are such a good option- these can be held in your hand or close by in your pocket.
Ideally, you want to get further away from your attacker and not closer. However, in a surprise attack, a hidden knife could save your life.
If you're considering purchasing products for your self defense kit, there are a few things you'll need to think about. First of all, it's a good idea to get a few different products to cover your bases.
For example, a personal alarm is excellent for attracting attention. Pepper spray can be used from a distance which is helpful for warning an attacker not to come any closer. Stun guns are great if your attacker gets too close, while a hidden knife can save your life if things get really ugly.
Preparedness is often what will separate targets from victims. If you're ever in a bad situation, the above products are the best self defense items. They can be the difference between a good outcome, and a terrible one.
These items also make great gifts for friends and loved ones. Whether you have a friend who works late at night, a kid going off to college, or a partner who uses an underground parking lot, these products can give you (and them) peace of mind.
Need some advice about the best product for your situation? Want to learn more about your options? Get in touch today.
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