So you may have decided that you want to do everything possible to avoid a conflict- but then you’ve realized that you may not be able to and may need to be in a position to take action if avoidance doesn’t work. You may have decided you either want something to augment some self defense skills you already possess, or have a little help handy because you realize you won’t likely feel as though you can handle job without a little help. Even if you never use anything described here, the knowledge that you have it can make a big difference as well.

  Choosing Self Defense Devices When considering purchasing a self defense product, it is recommended that you first answer these questions for yourself:


  1. Will you have access to this device when you need it?


  2. Will you be able to use it at a moment’s notice?


  3. Will you be willing to use it open your attacker?


If this is your first encounter with self-defense products, you’ll want to begin reviewing information on what’s available so you’ll know which ones are right for you. In addition to the suggestions here getting further information on how to properly use these items will help a lot.

Please review the following list of general types of security devices.

Pepper Sprays - These devices are among the easiest to use. Pepper spray utilizes some of the same ingredients, Oleoresin Capsicum, and acts as an inflammatory agent- creating tearing, runny nose, coughing, an irritation to the eyes and skin and even temporary blindness.

The strength of the pepper spray available varies in intensity. Make sure that the product you buy from has a reputation for consistently testing the strength of the peppers that go into it. Good pepper spray will quickly stop an attacker and give you ample time to get to safety- as the effects can last anywhere from 20 minutes to 2 hours or more.

Stun Guns and Stun Devices - A small discreet handheld self defense device that can be easily carried in a pocket. Non-lethal, they use high voltage to disable an attacker, giving sufficient time to seek help. The high voltage and low amperes are what cause the electrical impulses in the body to be temporarily disrupted while doing no permanent harm. Some of these stun gun devices are camouflaged to give the impression of being a cell phone or pager and all run on batteries. They come in an assortment of sizes, colors and prices, starting at around $20.00.

Personal Alarms - These alarms sound off to alert people there’s a problem. They create screeching noises that are much louder and more sustained than a human voice. The whole purpose is to make the attacker want to get away from you. While someone can possibly reach over and cover your mouth to get you to stop screaming, a personal alarm can be thrown making it tough for someone to get to it and shut it off quickly. These small personal protection alarms come in a variety of sizes and are inexpensive. There are laws that direct the use of certain self-defense products, and they vary from state to state. Before purchasing any type of device like the ones mentioned here you should become informed of any laws and regulations in your state.