Choose from a wide variety of safety defense tools based on your own personal comfort level and circumstances. Keep the following in mind when selecting and applying a safety defense tool:

  • Prepare a backup plan (your best plan might not work)
  • Act; don’t react
  • Get and stay proficient in the use of your safety defense tools
  • Practice continually, and then practice more
  Advantages Disadvantages
Tactical Flashlight multiple uses; visual safety; striking and temporary blindness expensive; may not be close at hand
Kubaton inflicts great pain; breaks bones requires close contact and extensive training / practice
Baton inflicts pain; creates distance heavy and noticeable; need training
Stun Gun
(put out 50 K to 200 K volts)
disables attacker for 2 to 3 minutes extremely close contact for extended period of time; may not work if aggressor is wearing heavy clothing; illegal in certain cities and states; cost
Taser
(put out 50 K to 200 K volts)
disables attacker for 2 to 3 minutes requires shooting accuracy; may not work if aggressor is wearing heavy clothing; illegal in certain cities and states; cost
Pepper Spray
(minimum 5% to 10% O.C.)
instant effect; works on animals and drug impaired; no lasting harmful effects must be only 3 to 10 feet from aggressor; limited shelf life; requires training; some states require permits; illegal in some cities and states
Firearm stopping power at a greater distance extensive training; knowledge of self- defense laws
Objects close at hand
(sauce pan, fire extinguisher, Mag Light)
immediately available tool for self-defense; startle factor may not stop an attack
Knife multiple purpose self-defense or safety requires close encounter; extensive training for self-defense tool
Keys should be in your hand as you approach house or car requires swift and intense use to be effective

Cellular Phone

lightweight; small; portable; may be used to alert authorities; can be a striking tool; needs no electricity or wired phone line false sense of security; distraction; must be charged
Physical Training your body may be your only tool available ongoing commitment to physical training
Personal Alarms draw attention may be ignored; not heard in a remote area

 

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