Keychain Essentials — What you need to carry for safety

January 12th, 2014

My key chain essentials. As you can see on my key chain, I have a kubaton, this is called the heart attack, and this is pepper spray. Each one of these tools is effective in and of itself.

I have them all on my key chain because you need to be prepared for anything. From a standpoint of a single mom, I want to know that I can protect my children and myself. Now obviously these tools are to defend yourself and your loved ones, not to start fights or to threaten anyone!

All 3 of these tools can deter any attacker; none of these tools are sharp. As you can see, it is pointed but it’s not sharp to the touch and neither is this one.

The pepper spray comes in a holster so it protects you or your child from accidentally spraying it. You have to unsnap the holster and then turn the spray into the correct position, holding it up and then pressing the button in order for it to spray.

All of these are legal in the United States and the Heart Attack is $4.95, the Kubotan is $5.00, and the Pepper Spray is $9.95. On my other videos, I will show you how to use each one of them individually.

The most important thing to remember is that you have the right to not be a victim or be afraid that you cannot protect yourself or your loved ones. Thank you very much!

Kubotans- The Basics

January 12th, 2014

Kubatons are very effective tools for self defense. They come in 2 different styles,  a flat end and a pointed end.  They also come in a variety of colors: Blue, Silver, Black, and Red.  They are light weight and 5 ½ inches.

You attach them to your keys and it makes finding your keys that much easier.  You can carry your keys when you are walking, jogging, carrying grocery bags, pushing a stroller, or even walking the dog.  You can hold just the kubotan and all the keys dangle and you can also stick them in your back pocket that way and all the keys dangle out which make it easier for when you are walking.

They are legal in all 50 states and they are only $5.00 to purchase and I have had mine for over 20 years and after 20 years, as you can see, the only thing that has happened is that the black coloring has worn off, they don’t rust, and they are very durable.

In my other videos, I will show you proper uses of them, and again, these are for self defense, not to harm anyone and they are not to threaten anyone.  Thank you very much and have a great day.

A Personal Alarm – Why you should carry one

October 15th, 2012

PAL-130LA personal alarm also knows as a panic alarm is one of my favorite non lethal self defense weapons you get on the market today. The reasons for this are simple: They are cheap to buy, easy to carry and even easier to use plus they are effective and we will discuss all of this in more detail in this post.

Is a Panic Alarm inexpensive?

You can find a personal alarm online right now for as little as 10 bucks and usually they don’t get more costly than 20 bucks. So yes, for 10-20 dollars you can get one of these devices for yourself so I am sure you can see just how affordable they are even if you get the top of the line model. This also makes these items great stocking stuffers or straight gifts for people you love.

Are Personal Safety Alarms easy to use?

To operate the device you simply press the panic button if it is equipped with one, if not then it will be a pull pin. In other words, you will yank the wrist strap out of the device pulling the safety pin and activating the device. When activated it sounds off, depending on your model, from an average of 110-130 decibels of siren which is extremely loud.

Are Personal Alarms very versatile?

The numerous uses for this device is why I mentioned it was one of my favorites. A Personal Alarm can be used to scare off an attacker. It can be used should you find yourself lost somewhere wanting people to be able to hear and find you like when camping or even should your vehicle run off the road and trap you. It can also be used to ward off some dogs, not all, but some. It is so loud it hurts their ears and they may bark but usually they will stay away.

Another benefit is that a personal alarm is good for the young and old as well as both males and females. This is a little extra insurance you can be heard when you need to be in case of emergency so you should consider adding it to your self defense arsenal.

Self Defense Weapons – what are your choices?

October 8th, 2012

If you are wondering what your choices are in Self Defense Weapons much of that will depend on where you live but even in restrictive states there are still plenty of good options available to you for protection purposes. 

Everyone knows the basic self defense weapons like pepper spray or stun guns but those items can be restricted where you live so be sure to check out the stun gun laws and pepper spray laws so you have a better idea of what you can purchase. If you are in a state that does not allow them there is still hope.

Personal Alarms

These Self Defense Weapons are a great alternative should you live in a restrictive state. They are perfect for all ages including children and in fact, it is highly recommended to teach your children to carry and use one should some stranger try to grab or hurt them.

What they do is drop and start kicking, screaming and firing off the personal alarm which is usually 110-130db and will grab some attention and hopefully scare off the creep. This holds true for anyone of any age or sex really. All you do is pull the pin out of it to make the device start screaming for help. Even if your attacker grabs it from you he won't be able to turn it off without putting the pin back in it and by that time you should be gone!

Personal alarms are inexpensive and easy to use and carry so it really is something you should consider carrying all the time. Besides helping to scare off an attacker it can be used to signal for help when lost or stranded in the woods when camping or hiking. There are tons of situations where having 130 decibels of screaming alarm can come in handy and I bet you can too. Definitely worth a look.

Retractable Steel Batons -

These Self Defense Weapons are not able to be sold, carried or possessed by any resident of California. For the rest of us, although you still want to talk to local law enforcement before you carry one on your person or in your vehicle, these devices are great to have on hand when needed.

For you to use retractable batons all you do is flick your wrist or swing your arm down towards the ground if doing a wrist flip and at a downward angle if doing an arm swing. 

Once the Retractable Baton is open it should lock allowing you to use it to jab them in the body or even an eye. This is also handy should you ever become trapped or come across someone trapped in a car with the windows up and need it get the window broke quickly. A steel baton will make quick work of this for you.

You can find and buy retractable batons online for an average of $19-199.00. This of course varies with size (standard sizes are 16, 21 or 26 inch) and with the manufacturer as with some you pay for the name but is definitely a worthy Self Defense Weapon.

Kubotans-
 
These little keychain Self Defense Weapons are often misspelled kubatons since they are essentially little batons. The are often made from various types of metals and from different types of wood including bamboo and even compostire materials and plastics. Depending on the type you choose they can vary drastically in weight and durability.
 
Kubotans usually are only around $5-10.00 and can be found all over including the internet. With this or any other type of weapon it doesn't hurt to consult your local police prior to purchase to ensure you can legally carry one of these items on your keychain. 
 
To use you can hold it like a handle and use it to turn your keys into a mace essentially and you would use it to swing at your attacker to get them to back off and leave. You can also use them to jab at an attacker that grabs you from behind and has his arm around your neck or mouth. In that circumstance as in most, aim for the groin if possible but the face is good too!
 
A Kubotan can also be used to help get you out of a car that is maybe upside down, on fire or even submerged. It can be used to help break out a window and get you free.
 
For five to ten dollars it is more than worth the money costs to get one as it is for all of the other Self Defense Weapons mentioned here. No matter which you choose you should at least choose one!

Self defense for kids

September 29th, 2012

It can be a challenge when considering your non lethal weapon options of Self defense for kids. The reason for this is that kids are kids and can be prone to doing the wrong thing sometimes and a weapon is not where you want this to occur.

What this leaves is quite a bit less when it comes to choices of items but thankfully there are enough “safe” options that can help you try to keep your child safer should they run into trouble.

Mind you these are not options for dealing with bullying peers really, they are more desgined for keeping them from being kidnapped, raped and or killed. Dealing with bullies is a much larger subject but is not going to be covered here so please don't apply this information to that type of issue.

Items you should rule out for any child under the age of 18 is as follows:

  • Pepper or any other defensive sprays – Too many horror stories out there already where kids have accidentally and purposely discharged defensive sprays in schools or other public settings causing tons of issues on a rather large scale not to mention the times when one was used on a classmate. Plus taking one of these into a school may be deemed as a crime depending on local school weapon's rules.
  • Stun Guns – Much like pepper spray, a stun gun is considered a weapon and prohibited from most, if not all, schools. Also like a spray, stun guns have been used by kids for stupid reasons. just check youtube and you will find hundreds, if not thousands, of videos of kids zapping themselves or friends, with  stun gun.
  • Knives - Any kind of knife for obvious reasons. Far too risky and in most places, illegal.

Items you should consider using for your children:

  • Panic Alarms a.k.a Personal Alarms - These items are perfect for children or any age actually due to the fact they are not considered a weapon and are generally not known to be restricted even in the schools (but it would be good to check first before you buy). What I love about them is that they help draw attention and usually scare off, most attackers which is what you want for your kids. You can get them in varying models and decibel levels but shooting for one with the range of 115 to 130db should be the best option. Another great thing about panic alarms is that they can be used even by little kids should someone try to grab them in public. You teach them to pull the cord to activate the alarm and get help should someone try and grab or hurt them.
  • KubotanThis is best for your teen child but not suited for younger kids. It is a keychain weapon that can be used in the case that someone tries to attack them but it is just a defensive weapon which is a good thing. You will need to check with your local school and police as to the legality of kubotans in your present area.

As you can see you don't have all that many options but the ones you have are good ones. Especially as far as personal panic alarms go, they can cause the least amount of harm should your child misuse them as some will do from time to time. 

Stay safe out there!

Charles Dougherty

Hidden knives – what are the benefits for women?

September 26th, 2012

Many people have never thought of carrying Hidden knives before and would have no idea of how or when they would ever need one. But what they are missing are the benefits for women that carry one of these weapons in the off chance they are attacked. You see these weapons have numerous benefits and uses which we will discuss briefly in this post. 

Basic Benefits of Hidden Knives - 

Let's explore some scenarios and how you could use a hidden knife to save your life or at the very least give you a fighting chance. Take for example you are out walking or jogging and someone grabs you from behind and attempts to drag you off to do God knows what to you.

If you had a hidden knife like the pen knife, you could easily keep it in a fanny pack from which you grab it and use it to stab the man in the arm to make him let go at which time you, if possible, stab him in the neck or face region and then fun for it while screaming as loud as you can.

In the above scenario you also have the option of stabbing him in the groin with the knife while he is positioned behind you. Worst case you stab him in the leg making it much more difficult to pursue you as you try to escape. As you can see there are numerous options where it could save your life just in this one scenario alone.

Think about if you are attacked, knocked out and then tied up and you had a pen knife in your back pocket you could potentially use it to free yourself and save your life. 

One of the biggest benefits to hidden knives like the pen knife is that they are usually very inexpensive especially when you consider the uses. Take the pen knife for instance, it is only 6 bucks! Yup you read that right, 6 measely bucks. Talk about value for your money!

To me adding this to your personal self defense arsenal is a no-brainer for sure considering costs versus benefits. But now a word of caution before you purchase and carry a hidden knife on you, talk to your local law enforcement to ensure you will not be breaking any laws which end you up on the wrong side of the law.

Remember this item is not only good for women but men can benefit from carrying one of these defensive weapons as well. 

Bullied teen expelled for taking stun gun to school for protection

September 19th, 2012

Lipstick Stun GunHaving our children be armed, even with non-lethal self defense weapons is a risky proposition due to immaturity and peer pressure to do something stupid. This has been shown time after time by kids firing off pepper sprays in school, not to defend themselves mind you they were just screwing around. So when a case like this young man who was expelled for bringing a stun gun to school for protection, it leaves you thinking as to what else we can do to protect our kids.

This young man is an openly gay student and although it shouldn't, it opened him up to ridicule and bullying by other kids in his school. In fact, the stun gun was found because he was cornered by 6 or more kids and pulled it out and fired it in the air to protect himself. Now since it seems the schools and the parents don't seem to be doing enough to stop bullying, what else was he to do?

Kids are dieing by their own hands because they can't take being bullied anymore and we should be ashamed of ourselves that this is a problem that has not been resolved by now. You can read more on the story below.

A bullied teen who was expelled for bringing a stun gun to school for protection is suing Indianapolis Public Schools, WISH-TV reports.

Darnell “Dynasty” Young, 17, says he was bullied because he is openly gay and that his mother, fearing for his safety, gave him a stun gun to ward off bullies at Arsenal Technical High School.

The incident that led to Young’s expulsion occurred on April 16, when six students allegedly surrounded him during a passing period and threatened to beat him. Young then pulled the weapon from his bag and fired it into the air. He was first expelled until January 7, 2013 for having the device, but the district reduced the penalty so Young could start the fall semester on time, according to the Indianapolis Star

WISH-TV reports that Indianapolis Public Schools initially assigned him to the New Horizons Alternative School, but Young declined this invitation to return to the district, electing instead to finish his senior year at Indianapolis Metropolitan High School, a charter school.

In a federal lawsuit filed Friday, Young and his mother, Chelsea Grimes, claim district officials did nothing to stop the “relentless, severe harassment” he was subjected to at school….More at Darnell 'Dynasty' Young, Gay Student Expelled For Firing Stun Gun At School … – Huffington Post

This has been an issue for a long time and far too many good kids have died as a result of complacency. Check out the links below for more stories to prove the point, bullying has caused suicides, school shootings and substance abuse. This is exactly why we our students falling on the list in the world showing our education levels drop to other countries.

Without a strong educational system our country is doomed and providing a safe environment for them is key. All schools should be uniformed to get the whole using school as a fashion show crap. School is where you go to learn…period! Anything else other than school groups, are a waste of time. Schools should also have surveillance cameras in every classroom and hallway so there is no getting away with bad behavior. Schools and the parents of school aged children, need to get tough!

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73 year old woman beaten, raped and robbed in daylight

September 11th, 2012

Sadly I write over and over again about attacks that happen during daylight hours as do many others yet people still let their guard down. It doesn't matter if it is day or night, a public or secluded place, you can still fall victim of crime if you are not careful.

Take for example this story below about a 73 year old woman who was out bird-watching when she was attacked, raped and robbed in broad daylight in central park with tons of people all over the park. It seems she had a run in with the freak previously when she inadvertently filmed him while he was masterbating in the park.

A 73-year-old birdwatcher strolling through Central Park was raped in broad daylight Wednesday by a monster who she said began his assault with four words: “Do you remember me?”

Then he dragged the petite woman into the brush and brutalized her just steps away from the tourists and sun worshippers gathered at tranquil Strawberry Fields, police said….More at Woman, 73, robbed and raped in Central Park in broad daylight – New York Daily News

She made a couple of crucial mistakes and I don't mean to pick on her or blame her in any way but there were things she did that did not help out her situation. 

First, when she encountered him previously masturbating in daylight hours in a heavily used park like Central Park and had that bad encounter with him coming over to her after she filmed him, she should have called the police to let them know this pervert was running around the area.

Second, having seen this sicko before during daytime, it would have been prudent to keep an eye out for him and also to have carried a pepper spray or personal panic alarm. Anything might have helped to fend him off long enough for someone else in the park to come to her assistance.

When they catch this scumbag he should be castrated as he will only do this type of thing again to someone else and the next woman might not be so lucky and might wind up dead because this guy isn't right in the head.

Just remember, daylight and public does not equal safe! 

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Another perfect example why elderly people should have something like Life alert. In this case it saves elderly woman from her attacker. God only knows what his real intentions were and what might have happened to her had she not had the life alert. Every penny she ever spent for that service was all justified in this one action alone.

No matter what you choose to do to increase your personal safety, just do something!

 

Pepper spray for running can protect you from people & dogs

September 5th, 2012

One of the things you need to take into consideration no matter which area you choose to run in, is your safety. From wearing reflectors when running in low light situations on the road to pepper spray for joggers to help defend yourself should the need arise you need to be smart.

There are so many instances of runners being attacked by criminals as well as dogs that it warrants carrying one of the running Mace sprays. The other benefit is being able to help.

The other day I was out for a run it was just around dinner time and I saw another runner off in the distance and she seemed panicked so I ran towards her. At this point I noticed the 2 dogs who chased her down and started to bite her.

I wasn't far so i got there pretty quick and kicked the one dog in the ribs with everything I had and I then pepper sprayed the other dog just before I kicked it as well.

Now bear in mind I am an animal lover but these dogs were vicious and I had no other way to stop them from hurting this lady. She had a few punctures on her legs where they chomped on her to bring her down and another set of bites on her right hand and arm. Thankfully none of her injuries were life threatening although she was bleeding bad she was fine after going to the hospital.

Be it man or animal it was a great feeling to have the tools to help save some woman from a vicious attack. Even if you don't need it to help yourself you may need it to help someone else so it is worth the tiny investment in a pepper spray for runners. Take this article I found about a pack of dogs that attacked two guys.

 

Jose Ledesma has been charged with two misdemeanor counts of failing to protect the public from dogs and two misdemeanor counts of failing to restrain a dog. He was arraigned Tuesday.

Ledesma was caring for a friend's pit bulls at the time of the attack, the district attorney's office said.

In November, John and Richard Garritson were running with family members along a trail in the hills of Valley Center when they were attacked by as many as six dogs. The dogs were roaming free in the area, they told San Diego 6….More at Man Charged in Pit Bull Pack Mauling – San Diego 6

I found that story with just a quick search and I just wanted to show you that I am not trying to scare anyone; just trying to help keep you and those around you, safe.

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Cab driver pepper sprays unruly passenger

August 28th, 2012

Being a taxi cab driver can be dangerous work even outside of the big city settings. Thankfully, most drivers are smart enough to carry some type of protection in case of trouble. 

I came across a story of a taxi driver that had to do just that, use non-lethal force in the form of pepper spray to protect himself from a allegedly drunken and unruly passenger. Check out the story below.

The cab driver told police that he gave Osborne a ride to a few local businesses Monday afternoon, and then took him back to Osborne’s home on Turkey Creek Ridge Road in York.

Osborne tried to use his debit card to pay but it was declined, the report states. The taxi driver told police his passenger then refused to pay and “became unruly when asked to get out of the taxicab,” according to the report….More at Police: Rock Hill taxi driver subdues drunk passenger with pepper spray – The Herald | HeraldOnline.com

Alcohol, $35. New shoes, $80. Pepper sprayed and arrested after a night of drunken stupidity…..priceless! LOL. 34 years old and still acting the fool. Guarantee he was sitting in his cell saying why didn't I just pay the guy and sleep it off at home. It just shows that man or woman, it doesn't hurt to carry a pepper spray or some other type of self defense weapon, just in case.

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Some college students get a taste of what it is like to get pepper sprayed. I can tell you from personal experience it isn't fun at all. Your eyes want to clamp shut so bad it is unbelievable. It hurts for sure and although there are some rare individuals that eat so much hot stuff they can withstand the spray but I have yet to meet one.