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8 Safety Tips For Women

Don't Become A Victim

Don’t Become A Victim

Most people mistakenly believe street crimes such as assault, robbery, homicide, rape and carjackings are common only in big cities with bad neighborhoods. It’s also a common misconception that these types of crimes only occur at night, under cover of darkness. However, crime statistics indicate otherwise. While it’s true that street crimes tend to occur more frequently in larger metropolitan areas, the suburbs and “nice” neighborhoods are not immune to crime, even during the day.

Women who are alone are at risk of becoming a victim at all hours of the day and in any type of neighborhood or city.

So, here are some quick tips for women on how to reduce your odds of becoming the victim of a street crime, no matter where you are.

Be Alert Of Your Surroundings

Be Alert Of Your Surroundings

1) – Be Aware Of Your Surroundings.

You should always be alert and observant to what is going on around you. That includes suspicious looking people and vehicles. Avoid poorly lit areas, or places where someone could hide and surprise you. People who talk on their cell phones are often oblivious to their surroundings and make great targets for criminals. Don’t be that person.

2) – Don’t Go Out Alone

Avoid going out alone at night, especially in unfamiliar areas. There is safety in numbers. Criminals target women who are alone far more often that women in pairs or groups. However, just because you are traveling with a friend, doesn’t mean you can let your guard down. You still need to be cognizant of your surroundings and the people around you.

Avoid ATM's At Night

Avoid ATM’s At Night

3) – Avoid ATM’s At Night

Use common sense when using an ATM. Most ATM crimes occur after 8:00 pm. Plan things out ahead of time and use the ATM during day-time hours. If that isn’t a possibility then go to a supermarket. Many supermarkets have a mini bank branch inside, so use the ATM inside the market. If they don’t have a mini bank branch, consider buying a small item from the market and getting cash back. Never use a Bank ATM machine at night.

4) – Self Defense Weapons

Make sure you have some type of self defense item such as; pepper spray, a stun guns or even a kubotan. Whichever you choose, make sure you know how to use it and practice with it so you’ll be prepared when you need it.

5) – Learn How To Use A Gun

Learn about and familiarize yourself with hand guns. Even if you don’t own one or plan to own one, you may find yourself in a position to use one. An attacker may drop his weapon, or somebody being attacked may drop theirs and you could suddenly find yourself in a position to protect yourself or someone else. If you’ve never fired a weapon before you’ll be in trouble. However, if you’ve had some training or even some minimal exposure to handguns, that knowledge could prepare you to use that handgun for self defense and save your life in the process.

Take A Self Defense Class

Take A Self Defense Class

6) – Take A Self Defense Class

Sometimes carrying pepper spray gives women a false sense of security. The pepper spray could fail to discharge, you might drop it or it could be taken away. Have a back-up plan in place by taking a self-defense course. Learning how to throw a punch, or a kick will give you confidence. Often times that confidence shows in your body language and an attacker will simply choose another target. Or in the event that you do become a victim, you just might be able to use what you learn to save your life.

7) – Enable Cell Phone GPS

Keep your cell phone with you at all times and learn it’s capabilities. Does your cell phone have GPS tracking capability? If something happens to you and your cell phone has GPS tracking it may aid law enforcement in locating you. Also, make sure your phone has a full charge every time you leave the house.

8) – Let People Know Your Plans

Always let someone, a neighbor, roommate, or family member know your itinerary before you leave. If you go missing, this could make it much easier for the police to locate you later on.

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How To Shoot Pepper Spray

Police Issue Pepper Spray

Police Issue Pepper Spray

In the last 10 years, pepper spray has increased in popularity as a means of self protection for women around the world. However, pepper spray education and instruction in how to use it, have not kept pace with the overall rise in sales.

The results have been predictable, record numbers of women who own pepper spray but have no practical knowledge of when to deploy it or how to use it properly.

There have been reports of accidental discharges, misfires, women spraying themselves while attempting to fight off an attacker and perps taking taking the pepper spray away and using it against their victims.

Pepper spray makes a great choice for self defense; it’s non-lethal, inexpensive, easy to use, small, inconspicuous and extremely effective when used properly. So the important thing is to learn how to use it and practice with a water-based practice spray to become proficient in how to deploy it correctly.

The following tips will help you to use pepper spray the proper way so that you’ll avoid accidental discharge and insure that you hit your intended target while minimizing the risk to yourself.

BE AWARE OF YOUR SURROUNDINGS

Be Aware Of Your Surroundings

Be Aware Of Your Surroundings

Having a canister of pepper spray on your key-chain, in your purse or in your car will not help you one bit if you allow an attacker to surprise you. You need to know what’s going on around you at all times and have your pepper spray in hand and ready to use while you are walking to and from your vehicle.

Pay attention to your surroundings and be ready, you may only have a second or two to react.

React Quickly And Confidently

React Quickly And Confidently

REACT QUICKLY AND WITH CONFIDENCE

Remember, the objective is to surprise the attacker. Pull out your pepper spray only when you are prepared to use it. Don’t give the attacker any time to think and react to it.

When you’re ready to shoot, go into a slight crouch with your feet about shoulder width apart and evenly balanced.

Hold your non-shooting hand out and yell stop as you shoot. This will focus your energy on the task at hand and may draw the attacker’s attention toward your hand and away from the pepper spray. It also gives you time to raise and aim the spray before you shoot.

NOTE: Some women may not want to use one hand because they may not be able to aim accurately unless they hold the spray with both hands. Either way, determine which method works best for you by practicing first.

Hold your shooting hand steady as you shoot, never thrust your hand forward as it will affect your aim. Make sure that your upper body remains balanced and still. This will allow you to aim more accurately and with consistency.

As you fire, step backward slightly, but don’t turn your back on him! This will give you more time, create more distance between you and the attacker and draws the attacker into the spray. While stepping back, do so in a slow, steady and deliberate manner while trying to limit upper body movement as much as possible.

Don’t shut your eyes while spraying. You need to see where you are shooting. If your aim is off slightly, simply adjust your aim and continue shooting.

Don’t wave the spray like a fire hose, this does nothing but waste the spray. Aim, shoot and look where you are hitting and correct if necessary.

Aim for the head and shoulders. Shooting for about 2-3 seconds is usually adequate. At this point, an attacker will normally pause for a moment while he tries to gather himself as the pain and uncontrollable coughing spasms set in. Once he’s disabled, stop spraying, and escape.

Water-Based Practice Spray

Water-Based Practice Spray

PRACTICE

Shooting pepper spray accurately is like any athletic activity, it requires practice to achieve perfection. No one would dream of using martial arts to protect themselves without first practicing, so why would you do that with pepper spray?

Don’t wait until something bad happens until you first use your spray. Buy a water-based inert spray to practice with, until you are comfortable using it.

BUY SOME PEPPER SPRAY!

So now it’s time to purchase some spray. Do you want a 1/2 oz key-chain model, or a larger one to keep in your purse? Would you prefer a stream or a fogger? Which one is better, pepper gel, pepper foam or OC pepper spray?

There are many options to choose from and the best way to determine which one is right for you, is to visit our pepper spray guide.

So, educate yourself, practice and don’t depend on anyone else for protection. Take it upon yourself to provide your own protection and you’ll feel safer and more confidant. Good luck and stay safe!

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87-year-old woman foils attempted robbery in NC

Glock 17 9mm – The weapon of choice for Grandmas everywhere

Hendersonville, North Carolina — Notice to burglars, be careful who you mess with when you break into a home. An 87-year-old woman packing heat is not someone to be taken lightly. Henderson County Sheriff Charles McDonald said that two men were arrested and now face first-degree burglary charges for breaking into a home while the resident was there.

They came in through a window, looking for goodies and instead woke the 87 year-old woman and got a close up view of her 9mm Glock. She never even had a chance to fire a shot, the two cowards promptly soiled themselves and scattered like roaches.

The men are also suspected in several other break-ins in the area. According to the Sheriff, both men were armed at the time of the attempted robbery. Just another example of a citizen using a self defense weapon to fight off a bad guy. The cops do a great job, but they can’t be everywhere, so we shouldn’t count on them for personal protection . Individuals should take responsibility for their own safety.

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Matthew McConaughy, Carl Fredricksen and Voldemort?

Fake Matt

Subject: Anthony Mahowald
Crime: Porn & serial peeping
Profile: Likes to wear mirrors on his shoes

Meet Anthony Mahowald, who just happens to bear a striking resemblance to actor Matthew McConaughey. However, the similarities end there.

He’s accused of using his cellphone camera to snap pictures under dressing room doors. Police say he’s also accused of setting up a hidden camera in a bedroom.

Real Matt

And in February, he was arrested for peeping through a window. He was caught when the homeowner went outside to pick up the morning newspaper and noticed some tracks in the snow.

He followed the tracks around to the side of the house to his bedroom window, where Mr. Mahowald was peering in the window watching his wife get dressed. The homeowner used a stun gun to subdue him. Police say they also found child porn on Mahowald’s computer.

Disco Fever!

Subject: Weston Howard
Crimes: Public intoxication
Profile: Loves the Bee Gees

This is 85-year-old Weston Howard of Central Florida. Ole Weston is a real life Carl Fredricksen from the Disney animated movie “UP”. Weston was arrested for several counts of public intoxication, indecent exposure, disturbing the peace and butchering an already lame song in public.

Carl Fredricksen

Howard was seen stumbling along the city streets with no pants on singing “Stayin’ Alive” and begging for cash. He was arrested, held overnight and released after he sobered up and posted bail.

Police knew he was intoxicated before they initiated a sobriety test because they knew that no sober person would sing Bee Gees tunes, at least not willingly. Police said Howard has been arrested before, he’s the harmless town drunk who wanders the city streets most nights mumbling and smelling of Nightrain. However, according to locals, he’s never been known to sing Bee Gees tunes before, he’s usually partial to Rick James.

Subject: He-Who-Must-Not-Be-Named
Crimes: Burglary, breaking and entering
Profile: Likes puppies, sunsets and world domination

Phineas

Meet Phineas T. Cormac, 42 of Thomasville Alabama. Phineas was booked on residential burglary charges and just happens to be a dead ringer for Voldamort from the Harry Potter movies. Phineas apparently choose the wrong house to burglarize, for several reasons. Number one, the homeowner was home. Number two, the homeowner was a 350 pound ex-pro wrestler and marine who was an avid firearm collector. Number three, the homeowner was African American, and judging from poor Phineas’s Aryan tattoos, the homeowner wasn’t thrilled to see him.

Voldemort

What exactly happened to Phineas’s face is unclear to police, as both the homeowner and Phineas haven’t been forthcoming with details. However, police speculated that the homeowner caught Mr. Cormac in the act of burglarizing his house and put a quick end to it.

Police also believe that when the homeowner saw the burglar’s racist tattoos that may have motivated a more severe beating than was otherwise warranted. We think just having the name Phineas is enough to justify the butt kicking that he got. Let’s face it, no matter how tough looking your tattoos are, your name is still Phineas, right?

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A Gun Carrying Citizen Foils A Knife Wielding Psycho

Another self defense story involving the use of a gun.

SALT LAKE CITY – A citizen with a firearm stopped a knife wielding man as he started stabbing shoppers in a Salt Lake City Smith’s supermarket.

The suspect purchased a knife from the store and proceeded to use it as a weapon. Smith’s employee Dorothy Espinoza said, “He pulled it out and stood outside the Smiths in the foyer. And just started stabbing people and yelling you killed my people. You killed my people.”

Espinoza says, the knife wielding man seriously injured two people. “There is blood all over. One got stabbed in the stomach and got stabbed in the head and held his hands and got stabbed all over the arms.”

Then, just as the suspect was searching for another victim – a shopper with a gun stopped the attacks. “A guy pulled gun on him and told him to drop his weapon or he would shoot him. So, he dropped his weapon and the people from Smith’s grabbed him.”

When cops arrived, the suspect had already been subdued by employees and shoppers. Police praised the hero who pulled the gun. Lt. Brian Purvis said, “This was a volatile situation that could have gotten worse. We can only assume from what we saw it could have gotten worse. He was definitely in the right place at the right time.”

Police have not released the names of the suspect, the victims or the man who pulled the gun, and say they don’t know what caused the suspects to attack the victims.

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New Tactical Stun Flashlight

Comes with holster and it’s rechargeable

New Product Update – Apex Self Defense Products recently added a new flashlight stun gun to it’s product line. So what’s so special about another flashlight stun gun? This isn’t an ordinary flashlight stun gun.

While most multipurpose stun guns are made from cheap plastic, this one is constructed with a durable aircraft grade aluminum alloy. Not only is the aluminum alloy extremely strong and durable, it’s lightweight. At about 4 ounces it’s light enough to carry in a purse and can be handled with ease and precision. It’s a perfect self defense weapon for both men and women.

This tactical flashlight also functions as a powerful 7.5 million volt stun gun. It’s rechargeable and comes with a belt holster. The 160 lumen Flashlight will provide more light than most flashlights, and it has enough power to BLIND any attacker.

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No Visible prongs

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71 year-old Florida Man Foils Robbery With His Firearm

Florida – Two men tried to rob an Internet cafe when a 71-year-old customer fired a few rounds with his piece-maker, foiling the robbery and wounding the suspects.

Surveillance footage shows two masked men entering the Palms Internet Cafe around 10 p.m. Friday. One of them pointed a gun at customers while the other swung a baseball bat. Samuel Williams then pulled his handgun and took aim. He began firing while the suspects fall over each other as they run out the door.

Crime Prevention Is Easier With A Kind Word And A Gun, Than Just A Kind Word Alone!

Nineteen-year-olds Duwayne Henderson and Davis Dawkins were later arrested and face attempted armed robbery with a firearm and criminal mischief charges. Dawkins had a miner wound on his left arm, but Henderson had gunshot wounds in two places: his left buttock and his right hip.

 

The good Samaritan hero Williams, has a concealed weapons permit. Bill Gladson of the Marion County State Attorney’s Office says the shooting appears justified.

Both men were arrested for attempted robbery with a firearm.

Chalk one up for the good guys, and another blow for gun control advocates. It’s nice to see that some people in this country still believe in private citizen’s right to self defense.

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Million Hoodie March

Nothing suspicious about this guy

Never Trust A Dude In A Hood

So, by now most of you have heard about the tragic death of Trayvon Martin, the young black teenager who was shot and killed on Feb 26th by a neighborhood watch commander. That neighborhood watch commander, George Zimmerman, claims he acted in self-defense and has not been arrested.

The circumstances, as reported by the media, seem to indicate that Zimmerman may have acted hastily. However, we were not present so we’ll reserve judgment until more information comes to light.

But this isn’t really the topic of today’s blog, just a set-up to the real topic. Apparently, a chap named Daniel Maree has decided to draw attention to this tragedy by holding a march. Nothing wrong with holding a peaceful protest to draw attention to your cause right? After all, we are firm believers in freedom of speech. However, we are troubled by some of Mr. Maree’s stated goals.

He calls it the “Million Hoodie March” referring to the clothing of choice among many fashion conscious, criminal miscreants. “I’ve been in situations, both when I was in high school and now in New York City, where I’ve been walking down the street in a hoodie and I can instantaneously tell I’m being taken as suspicious or people start grabbing their purses when I walk by,” said Maree who was born and raised in South Africa and college educated in the United States.

Just an honest citizen with a knife and hoodie

Are all people who wear hoodies criminals? Of course not! I own one myself. But I don’t usually wear it while walking alone late at night, or in the middle of July. After all, that would give the wrong impression, right? However, you have to use a little common sense and put it in context. Are all people who wear hoodies criminals? No. Are all young men criminals? No.

But, what if you see a male, or group of males under the age of 25, wearing hoodies, in warm weather? Well let’s take a look at the variables. Males under the age of 25 commit the vast majority of street crimes, so it’s reasonable to be cautious and suspicious around a group of them. An attacker wants to remain anonymous and unseen and they tend to prefer a hoodie to hide their facial features. It’s not as obvious as a mask, yet it does a great job at concealing their identity. So it’s reasonable to be suspicious of someone wearing a hoodie, especially if the weather doesn’t necessitate covering your face, and let’s be honest, it rarely does!

Not all hoodie wearers are hoods!

So, a young man, wearing a hoodie, at night, in moderate weather is someone that I would be suspicious of and avoid like the plague. It doesn’t mean you need to give them a MACE shower, just be a little more aware and cautious.

What Maree hopes will come out of this march is a raised sense of solidarity with Trayvon’s parents, as well as the resolve for people to feel more secure in their “personhood” without having to feel their attire criminalizes them. Well I have news for you Mr. Maree, don’t dress like a criminal and you won’t be treated like one. You begrudge people the option of being careful and cautious because your precious feelings are hurt! Get over it!

If your suspicions are wrong, no big deal, all you did was offend someone. There is a wonderful thing that can rectify any unintended offense, it’s called an apology! If your suspicions are right, you could avoid an assault, or perhaps even save your life. Nothing can rectify losing your life. So be careful and don’t be afraid of offending someone, avoid them and keep your guard up if you sense something is wrong. Don’t let anyone make you feel guilty for being cautious. An effective self defense strategy first involves being aware of potential threats, then acting on it. If Mr. Maree had his way we’d all let our guard down and increase our risk of becoming a victim, because he had his feelings hurt.

If individuals are so concerned about people profiling them as criminals, they should go out of their way to avoid looking like one. And that means not dressing like a thug Mr. Maree!

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Stupid Criminals

Hey, where's my bike?

Stupidity knows no borders. So it stands to reason that stupid criminals are not limited by borders either. The stupid criminal is an international phenomenon. Case in point; two recent crime stories coming out of Jakarta demonstrate that America may not have a monopoly on stupidity.

Forget Something?
In February, four motorcycle-bound thieves, managed to steal another motorcycle from a rider in Cilincing, North Jakarta, but unfortunately left behind a key piece of evidence.

The four geniuses were riding their motorcycles when they managed to force Priyogo, a local resident on his way home from work, to pull over to the side of the road.

One of the thieves pulled Priyogo from his bike and quickly rode off. His accomplices quickly followed their friend, apparently unaware that he had left behind his own motorcycle.

Priyogo, who was obviously smarter than the thieves, rode away on the thieves’ forgotten motorbike, before the latter realized their mental gaffe. The robbers realized their mistake and tried to catch up with Priyogo, but he outran them and rode straight to the nearest police station. Police seized the “abandoned” bike, and used it’s registration information to track it to the robbers home. Rule #1 If you want to be a successful thief, you have to be smarter than the item you steal!

Sleeping is a good thing, but not at the scene of the crime!

Sleeping Beauty
Any good thief will tell you, there are a few hard and fast rules when it comes to be being successful; Conceal your identity so you won’t be identified, act when few witnesses are present, and remember to leave after you’re done!

Well, two out of three ain’t bad! This next guy followed the first two points to a tee but apparently forgot rule #3. He was caught after falling asleep in the front yard of his victim’s house in Depok, Indonisa one Monday morning in early January.

A local food vendor, making his daily rounds, came upon the house and said his suspicions were aroused when he noticed the man sleeping in the front yard of a home belonging to one of his regular customers. He then called the homeowner, who woke sleeping beauty and realized he was a thief. The homeowner and food vendor apprehended the man and held him until police arrived. “I thought it was odd when I saw someone sleeping in front of the house…..” he said.
Home burglaries are pretty common in all parts of the world, but sleeping burglars are still a unique phenomenon.

The culprit, apparently robbed the house with two friends. The two friends were at least smart enough to remember to leave the scene of the crime and return to their homes before turning in for the night.

And finally a story that will make you proud to be an American.

High Five!
Gerald B. Hardin was arrested and charged in February after he turned himself in for cutting a man’s hand off with a saw in 2008. That man turned out to be his accomplice in a major insurance fraud scheme. Their plan, was to cut off one of their hands, get it reattached at the hospital, and then collect and split the insurance payout for the injury.

However, all did not go according to the plan. They did receive $670,000 from a homeowner’s policy and other policies covering accidental death and dismemberment, but doctors were unsuccessful in reattaching the accomplice’s hand. Hey no big deal, that’s why God gave you two hands right?

Cops eventually figured it out, and Hardin turned himself in. He’s been charged with six crimes, and faces up to 20 years in prison plus $250,000 in fines if convicted.

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Justice Breyer Home Invasion

No word from police whether Justice Breyer will be charged with a fashion crime

This story is over a week old but we figured it was worth mentioning. Recently, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer was their victim of a home invasion at his vacation home by a machete wielding intruder. Justice Breyer was at the home, on the Caribbean island of Nevis, vacationing with friends. Nevis is part of the West Indies chain known as the Leeward Islands, located about 350 miles southeast of Puerto Rico.

Breyer, his wife and two other guests were home at the time apparently no one was hurt.

The male intruder made off with about $1,000 in cash and fled the scene. Police spokesman, Sgt. Alonzo Carty, said Monday that a “person of interest”, Vedel K. Browne, turned himself in late Saturday but had not yet been charged.

According to police it didn’t appear as if the Justice was specifically targeted. There were no details about how the intruder was able to gain entry.

The U.S. Marshals Service provides protection for members of the high court when they are traveling, and it’s unclear why there were no Marshals present at the time. Unlike the President and VP, Justices are under no legal obligation to accept protection, the can and often do refuse it from time to time.

Justice Breyer is hardly the first Supreme Court Justice to have a run in with a criminal. Then-Justice David Souter was assaulted by a group of young men in 2004 while jogging alone in the evening near his Washington home. He suffered some minor scratches and bruises and was later treated then released from a local hospital.

In 1996, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg had her purse stolen by a robber while walking near her home in Washington D.C.

Remember, be aware of your surroundings and avoid making yourself look like a victim. Never jog alone, especially at night. However, if you do make sure to carry some form of protection, like a stun gun, key-chain pepper spray or other self defense products.

At home, never open your door unless you know exactly who is there. fortify your front door with dead bolts, and a metal door frame reinforcement.

It just goes to show that even famous people and public figures are all at risk of becoming a victim of crime. Remember the three A’s; Awareness, Avoidance and Action! And check our home invasion prevention page for tips on how to prevent this from happening to you.

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