Self-defense classes and merchandise sales are on the rise
Another day, another story about self defense products flying off the shelves in North Dakota. In response to increases in population and crime, many Williston, North Dakota residents are taking extra measures to feel safer in the region. Williams County Sheriff Scott Busching said concealed weapons permits were at 156 in 2010 and jumped to 550 in 2011.
“I know we’re selling hundreds. We actually ran out for a while in January, so we could have sold a lot more. We ran out, and we were getting them in from every place we could get them in from,” Anderson said.
He added that his home security system company’s phone has been ringing off the hook.
“We just can’t keep up. We don’t dare advertise because we can’t keep up with the people who know us,” Anderson said.
There has also been a significant increase in the number of people taking women’s self defense classes
The increase in safety consciousness has been sparked by recent violent crimes in the area including the brutal murder of a teacher.
It’s unfortunate that it takes a tragedy to spark people’s interest in safety and crime prevention, but if that’s what it takes for people to pay closer attention to their personal safety, and it makes people safer then I guess it’s not in vain.
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