Self Defense Product

Written by Jeremy Horelick
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If you're not exactly Jackie Chan or Jet Li, a good self defense product can still give you a greater degree of self assurance when traveling alone or in less-than-desirable neighborhoods. And while no self defense product is flawless, many are plenty effective in deterring would-be attackers as well as warding them off if you're attacked. The most important thing, of course, is that you have the wherewithal and the sangfroid to deploy it.

For years, women in particular have flocked to mace as a first line of defense. Mace is effective in temporarily blinding attackers with a highly potent spray that irritates the eyes, nose, mouth, and lungs. This provides more than enough time to make an escape and find a police officer or just a crowded area. But some people have misgivings about using mace since it can often do permanent damage (never mind the fact that an attacker was more than willing to do permanent damage to you!).

Other Self Defense Products

Tasers have been featured in several movies and TV shows and are thus gaining a wider following. Like pepper spray and mace, Tasers (which are a specific trademarked product) temporarily incapacitate your assailant, but do so by delivering a potent electrical impulse that disrupts his central nervous system's activity. This effectively short circuits the body and gives you a window to flee. But the amazing thing about Tasers is that most often their victims have total amnesia about the incident (and suffer no permanent harm).

As you might expect, Tasers can be pricey--usually a couple hundred dollars to start. As an alternative, you may want to consider personal alarms as useful self defense products. Unlike sprays and guns, however, pocket alarms don't actually disable criminals; they merely create a strong enough diversion to drive them away or summon help. Of course, the two (combatants and distress calls) may be used in tandem for even greater personal protection.

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