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Monthly Archives: August 2012

  • Do You Feel Safe At Home?

    Seniors today live in a different world than they did 5060 years ago.  Back then you didn't lock your doors and left the windows open at night, sometimes without cutains.  In a Bangor Daily News story back in May 2011 by Carol Higgins Taylor  stated some good tips not only for seniors but for everyone.

    We all want to feel safe at home but a few precautions can make that feeling stronger. I hear seniors say, “Oh, I never lock my door,” but that’s not the safest thing to do. I admit, I have done it myself on occasion, but always end up worrying about it while I’m away.

    Here are some tips for safety, not only in the home but elsewhere:

    • Consider motion-activated sensor lights that can make it almost impossible for someone to approach your home unseen. It stays lighter longer now, so it is easy to forget to turn on outside lights that illuminate your yard. There is no worry about turning sensor lights on and off. The sensor part does it for you. These lights are typically not expensive and are easy to install. If you need help, call Eastern Area Agency on Aging EZ Fix minor home repair program for assistance.

    • Trim bushes away from windows and doors. These could be good hiding places for burglars.

    • Keep your curtains closed at night. It is unbelievable how many people are going about their business at home, in clear view of passers-by because of their draperies being wide open.

    • Report to police all strangers who may be lurking in the area. They may be harmless, but better safe than sorry.

    • If you live alone, add dummy names to your mailbox.

    • Never announce on your answering machine that you are away. Just say that you and the “dummy name” on your mailbox cannot come to the phone.

    • Install peepholes in all outside doors that don’t have a window.

    • If you have a garage door, keep it closed. An empty bay is a clear signal that you are not at home, not to mention that things in the garage could be stolen.

    • Keep all windows locked, including basement windows. Sliding glass doors should be secured with something in the track, such as a stick, so the door can be opened only from the inside.

    • Never talk openly about what medications you take, especially in a crowded public place.

    • If you lose a house key, have the locks changed as a precaution.

    For more of this article go to the BDN here.

    There many ways to protect your home from others and they include outside motioon detection, DVR recorders activated by motion, inside camera systems, home security systems, weapons of different kinds.  I suggest going to www.selfdefenserocks.com and www.securitycamsrocks.com to look at the many available options.

    Protect your home

     

  • What's Your Favorite Self Defense Product?

    I ask myself this now and then and yesterday put some thought into it.  I like pepper spray because (1) you can be a reasonable distance from your assailant and spray them good in the eyes. (2) inexpensive, (3) gives you time to get away and (4) easy to conceal.

    My Favorite

     

    Quick Overview

    MACE TRIPLE-ACTION combines OC PEPPER with CN TEAR GAS along with a UV MARKING DYE. OC PEPPER causes eyes to slam shut and uncontrollable coughing and choking.

    Product Description

    CN TEAR GAS causes profuse tearing, an intense burning sensation to the face and disorientation. UV DYE marks the assailant and may aid in identification once apprehended.
    Compact size fits comfortably in woman’s hand. Finger-grip dispenser correctly orients the unit even in the dark. Features flip-top safety cap and keychain. 11 gram unit sprays 6-12 feet. Contains 5 one second bursts.

    Yes, it is my favorite because it has a lot of features.

     

  • Do You Jog or Walk - You Need Mace Tear Gas With UV Die

    Do you walk or jog for exercise?  People, especially women need to carry their cell phone and some type of self defense to ward off assaults.  Assaults on women walkers or joggers are common.  Some form of protection should be carried when doing so.  My recommendation is Mace® Police Model - Tear Gas with UV Dye .

    Mace Pepper Spray with UV Die

    Quick Overview

    MACE TRIPLE-ACTION combines OC PEPPER with CN TEAR GAS along with a UV MARKING DYE. OC PEPPER causes eyes to slam shut and uncontrollable coughing and choking.

    Product Description

    CN TEAR GAS causes profuse tearing, an intense burning sensation to the face and disorientation. UV DYE marks the assailant and may aid in identification once apprehended.
    Same size model used by law enforcement personnel. Features flip-top safety cap, finger-grip dispenser, belt clip and key-chain. 18 gram unit sprays 8-12 feet. Contains 10 one second bursts.
    You can find this product by click on this the link.  Protect yourself, don't become a victim.
  • Disturbing Reports of Little Action Taken to Stop Assaults on Campus

    What is happening on college campuses these days is pointing out how unsafe it is for college women.  A recent report by Diane Hayes shows little is being done to protect women on campus.  She states:  In light of several high-profile cases, colleges are being called to a higher level of accountability when it comes to rape and the treatment of women on campus.

    “Unfortunately, campus sexual assault is fairly common,” said Holly Kearl, program manager, American Association of University Women (AAUW) Legal Advocacy Fund. “The Rape, Abuse and Incest National Network reports that college-aged women are four times more likely than any other group to face sexual assault.”

    “The reasons for this vary from students being new and in unfamiliar environments or maybe being in environments where they can drink for the first time. In many sports and [fraternity settings], there is a strong need to prove manhood,” she noted, adding that campuses are feeling the pressure to respond more quickly and publicly to sensitive issues of sexual assault.

    What college students need to do is protect themselves by having pepper spray, a Taser or stun gun handy to provide a non-lethal form of protection that will allow them time to get away and report the incident.  More of theses incidents need to be reported.  To read more of Diane Hayes blog on the subject go here.

  • Is Your Daughter Headed to College? Do You Have A Plan To Keep Her Safe?

    Many young women are getting ready to head back to college or go there for the very first time.  Do you have a plan to keep her safe?  What items does she have to help protect her from assault?  Here are some interesting and alarming facts from Self Defense Products For Women's blog.

    '1 in 4 women in college today has been the victim of rape, and nearly 90% of them knew their rapist' I Never Called It Rape, Robin Warshaw
    Here are some quoted statistics:

    • 60% of male college students “indicated some likelihood of raping or using force in certain circumstances.”
    • Men in fraternities appear to engage in more non-physical coercion and use of drugs and alcohol as a sexual strategy than do independents.
    • Every 21 hours there is another rape on an American college campus.
    • 90% of all campus rapes occur under the influence of alcohol.

    From the same blog comes another great article with really good information, click here for the rest of the story.

    Many young women are headed back to college dorm life or headed there for the very first time.  I have a good friend who has a daughter headed far away to college for the first time.  Well, we packed her up with pepper spray and a good personal alarm.  But there are other things to consider.  Here are a few brief steps to take.
    Staying safe while you're in college doesn't have to be complicated. These fifteen tips can be done with minimal effort and can avoid lots of problems later.

    1. Make sure the door to your residence hall is locked at all times.

        You wouldn't just leave the front door to your house open, would you?

    2. Don't let anyone into your hall that you don't know.

            Not letting someone in doesn't make you look like a jerk. It makes you look like a good neighbor and, if the person is

    supposed 

          to be in your hall, they'll be grateful for it.

    3. Make sure your room door is locked at all times.

        Yes, this even means when you run down the hall to borrow a book or hop in the shower.

     

  • Women More Concerned Today of Self Defense Methods And Products

    Women defending themselves is a growing trend in this country as the need to do so increases.  A story out of Houston Texas (KTRK) tells us what is happening in the self defense product market especially for women.

    HOUSTON (KTRK) -- For many women, personal safety has become a top priority.  Now marketers are taking notice and making products especially for women.  Everything from pepper spray, that comes packaged in a device, made to look like real gun to Tasers that come in bright colors, including pink.  Some Houston women are turning to devices like these to protect themselves.

    "If I were the mayor of this city I would make sure every woman had one of these," said Jim Pruett of Jim Pruett's Guns and Ammo.   Pruett, who used to host a morning show on KLOL radio, says women walk in on a daily basis looking for something user-friendly, but packing a big punch. "We have three, maybe four women a day coming in now who are desperate to get something," Pruett said.  More on this story click HERE.  Take a look at women defending themselves utilizing pepper spray.  Click on the link:  Pepper Spray Babes June 2012

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