Feb 052014
 

There are plenty of options available for women to keep themselves safe from harm. But first let’s discuss the most important ones. Your brain and your senses help keep you aware of your surroundings.

Your brain and your Sense and a weapon for you.Keeping constant vigil on what’s going on around you will keep you from being surprised by an attack. While females are targeted more often than men, a women’s intuition is generally stronger than a man’s and can give early warning of potential danger.

Not only is staying aware going to pre-warn you of any upcoming danger, criminals in prison interviews have admitted to avoiding confident looking and self aware women for fear of them fighting back.

Criminals want easy targets, someone they can overpower easily and without much fuss. Giving off an air of confidence reduces your chances of being chosen as a victim.

Safety Weapons for Females

Now lets talk about a specific safety weapon for females that you can easily carry and use to fight off a rapist or other type of attacker.

True Pepper SprayThe number one female safety weapon I always recommend is pepper spray. A self defense spray is lightweight, easy to use and is something that can be utilized very quickly should the need arise.

When you’re in an unsafe place or even at night in a generally safe area, pepper spray should be in your hand, on your side, clipped to your purse or other piece of clothing where it can be easily grabbed. If going to your car at night is a regular occurrence, then you should have your spray attached to your keys and have them out and ready while you’re walking.

You always want to be able to quickly use your spray in a moments notice. While walking and you get that tingly feeling that something is just not right, that’s your intuition kicking in shouting at you to be more aware!

True pepper spray, not cs or tear gas, is the most effective form of defensive spray. While other types do severely irritate the eyes, nose and throat, OC pepper spray is an inflammatory. It INFLAMES the capillaries which produces massive tears to spew from the eyes. The nose, throat and respiratory tract are inflamed as well and makes breathing extremely difficult to do.

When you spray someone with pepper spray, they will have a very hard time just trying to get oxygen into their lungs, all the while not being able to see very good. When they try to open their eyes, they will be unable to because of the human body’s natural instinct to shut them. The intense pain from the hot peppers forces a person to keep them closed as much as possible.

One of the best safety weapons for women is to carry a pepper spray with them wherever they go and to not be afraid to use it. Get in the practice of getting it ready while out and about. Get your muscles used the movements necessary for getting the spray in the action position ready to fire.

But most of all, stay alert to your surroundings. Hopefully you’ll never have to use your spray, but if you do, use it with confidence – spray them fully in the face to be sure to get it in their eyes and nose. Once you do that, you will have an opportunity to get out of there and seek help.

If this person was going to harm you, call the police and give them a good description. With the Wildfire brand spray as pictured above, the attacker will also have a vegetable dye on them making it easy to the police to confirm.

You can find a variety of pepper sprays, stun guns, and personal alarms at TBO-TECH Self Defense Products, www.tbotech.com.

 

Dec 082013
 

The Li’L Guy stun gun is a small and compact, but powerful self defense tool you can be confident will help protect you should you be accosted.

It comes with a holster you can put it in and carry on your belt. This keeps your self defense weapon readily available so you can access it quickly when the need arises.

The Lil guy is a new generation of stun guns built with solid technology that allows it to deliver a superior stunning effect. You can literally hear the difference when comparing it to other, even much larger stun guns.

While smaller than any other stun device, the micro circuitry inside the unit delivers a stepped up output that clearly outmatches its bigger competitors. In fact, it has one of the strongest outputs of any stungun on the market.

Lil Guy Stun Gun by Stun Master

Although tiny and innocuous looking, its durable construction is evident as soon as it’s in your hand. There is a rubberized coating on it that makes it easy to grip and hold onto. Ergonomically correct, the controls are easily manipulated using only your thumb.

The on/off switch has three positions. From the bottom off position, you slide the selector switch up one time to use the very bright 120 lumen flashlight. The convenient LED light is useful when you need extra light at night opening a door, looking for something, or blinding an attacker by shining it in his eyes.

Sliding it up one more position engages the stun circuitry and a red light turns on indicating to you that the device is ready to give a serious shock. Once in the on/stun position, move your thumb to the discharge button and press it to deliver the shocking electrical effect.

The Stun Master Lil Guy stun gun is rechargeable and doesn’t need batteries. It has a retractable plug that extends out so you can plug it directly into a regular household outlet. There is a button on the bottom of the unit that you depress and then slide so that the plug prongs extend outward. This feature ensures you won’t accidentally extend the plug.

To retract after it is charged up, remove the unit from the wall outlet and then depress the plug button and slide it back inside. The plug remains hidden when not recharging.

Lil Guy Stun Gun - Pink, Purple, & Black

The size of this little stunner is only 3 3/4″ x 1 1/2″ x 3/4″. It can stay out of sight until you need to unleash its power.

Available in pink, purple, or black and can be purchased at www.tbotech.com

Nov 152013
 

Deciding which item to carry for self defense can sometimes be quite confusing. With so many options to choose from, it can be hard to make a decision as to which one is best for you.

Self defense and personal protection devices for women can range from harmless all the way up to causing pain and even injury. While you may not be comfortable inflicting personal injury upon someone (even though that’s exactly what they intend to do to you), there are many options you can use to deter or ward off an imminent threat to your safety.

Types of Personal Protection Devices

Personal Alarm - Makes a Very Loud Sound!Personal Alarms – Emits a loud siren that gets attention. These are activated by pressing a button on the device. Once you’ve done so, the alarm will sound off making a lot of noise. The idea behind these rape or panic alarms is that the unwanted noise could make your attacker want to get out of there so he doesn’t get caught. Noise is the enemy of an assailant. A siren going off along with the sound of a woman screaming will bring someone to help.

Pepper Spray for a WomanPepper Spray – Dispenses a debilitating mixture of oleoresin capsaicin (oc) that causes severe pain in the eyes, nose and throat. This is one of the most common forms of protecting yourself. These can come in different forms: Stream, Fogger, Foam, Gel and can also be disguised as a writing pen or even a lipstick case.

Carrying a defensive spray on you at all times is one of the best and least expensive methods of protecting yourself. As long as you hit the person in the face with your spray, they will have no choice but to immediately stop what they are doing. The intense burning sensation and inability to breathe forces your attacker to give up the assault.

Stun guns – When contact is made, these stunning devices will cause severe muscle contractions and pain. The overwhelming shock and surprise of the electricity flowing through a body will certainly trip them up enough for you to make your get-away.

Stun guns are not like what you see on TV or in the movies. They do not knock a person out cold or make them drop like a sack of potatoes. They are designed to allow you to get the upper hand in a situation and then run away and get yourself to safety or to find help. The shock factor gives you that bit of time.

These also come in a variety of forms and can be large, small, high voltage, low voltage, and/or be disguised as a lipstick, perfume bottle…even a cell phone.

Telescopic Steel Batons – A tad on the heavier side, but an expandable baton can be extended in less than a second. With a full pound or more (depending on the length), when you swing this at an attacker and make contact, there will be no doubt in their mind that you are not someone to be trifled with. This weapon is larger, hard as steel, and can cause serious injury if need be.

These flick batons can be used to hit the knees, ankles, collar bones, or other bones and will cause severe pain with a solid hit. They can easily break bone which would certainly stop someone from continuing an attack.

Keychain Weapons - There are a couple of keychain weapons that are also beneficial for self defense.

Heart Attack Keychain KnifeThe Heart Attack is one of them. It’s really a keychain knife that can be used as a punch. Similar to holding keys in your hand like used to be taught many years ago, a punch with one of these hard plastic knives will cause lots of bleeding. It’s not time to get squeamish about protecting yourself – you do whatever it takes to stay alive.

Kubotans – This is a smaller and lighter piece of metal cylinder that can attach to your keyring. Although not as hefty as the telescopic baton, this defensive keychain weapon can be used to strike an opponent and cause pain.

By attaching your keys to it, you can hold your keys and swing this at your attacker. Hitting any bony surface will give the desired effect. Alternatively, you could hold the kubotan and swing your keys towards them aiming for the face to draw blood.

Also a called a yawara stick, it is also used by holding in a fist and jabbing and pressing the end of it on a pressure point. If you were grabbed, you would jab this on a pressure point, such as on top of the shoulder area. This would cause pain and hopefully for them to let go of you. You could continue to fight or choose to get away as quickly as possible.

These are just few of the personal protection devices for women that are available. You have to be comfortable having it with you or else you won’t carry it so be sure that 1) you aren’t scared of it, and 2) you are able to easily keep it with you at all times.

My number one recommendation to all women is to carry pepper spray. It is small enough to keep with you always. It’s not heavy at all, so it won’t weigh you down. But most of all, it is one of the most effective forms of protection there is. No matter how big the guy, a blast of OC spray in their face is going to stop them, period. When you can’t breathe and your face feels on fire, you have other things to worry about than anything else you were doing.

Pepper Spray for Women

Do yourself a favor and carry pepper spray. Hopefully, you will never have to use it. But if you do, you will have saved yourself from something potentially awful. With the cost of $10 or less, there is no reason for any woman not to have a personal protection device that can really save your life.

Sep 182013
 

Considering the many safeguards we commonly put in place in our homes, such as locks, guns or even dogs, it is very shocking to consider the rape statistics in the U.S. The annual sexual assault statistics have reached almost 300,000, and even more rapes or assaults do not go reported to the police. It is also surprising to consider that most of the victims – about 80% are under the age of 30 and so the victims are typically able to fight back physically to some extent. Another sobering fact is that 6 out of the 10 assaults take place in the victim’s home.

Preventing Sexual Assault

Sadly, the most prevalent instances of this type of crime are focused on female undergraduates. An extremely large number of college women stated in a study that they had been the victim of a rape or attempted rape that took place during their time in college. Why this should be so is the focus of a large debate among rape advocacy groups and law enforcement, but the end result is the same – many young women will perhaps face sexual assault during college. This calls for a closer look at what women can do to protect themselves at home.

Safety Kit for the College WomanWhile many instances of sexual assault occur with a known acquaintance, most of the instances still happen at home. Theoretically, by keeping your home safer, you may be able to keep yourself safe as well. Some good safety products for the home include wireless alarms, which can alert you when someone is outside your house, a door brace, which make forcible entry more difficult or even pepper spray or a stun gun, which can help you repel an attacker if they should get inside the house. By securing the perimeter and interior of your house, you may be able to give yourself an extra advantage.

If you or your daughter is living the true college experience and is staying in a dorm room, the College Woman Safety Kit provides some tried and true safety devices. The kit includes the door brace, a personal alarm that will sound a very loud siren, a can of pepper spray, a stun gun and even a small personal safe. Even if you feel that you are not at risk, an ounce of prevention can go a long way towards repelling a sexual assault. Never overlook your chance to be proactive in your personal safety.

Jul 032013
 

There are several items you can use for personal defense that you can carry on your keychain. The benefit of having your self defense device on your keychain is that it is normally always with you. You take your keys with you when driving or pretty much whenever you leave your house.

Having something you can use to protect yourself with at all times is the most important thing. It needs to be readily accessible and effective.

Top 5 Personal Defense Keychain Items

Keychain Pepper Spray for Personal DefenseThe most common and well known personal defense tool is Pepper Spray. This product is sprayed into the face of an attacker, mugger, or would-be rapist to force them to stop. It is very effective as long as you get them in the face where it can hit their eyes and nose.

Once the self defense spray is in their eyes, they have no choice but to close them and seek out a way to stop the burning. As they breathe in the mixture, their lungs will also have a hard time breathing because the capillaries get inflamed and stops all but life support breathing.

This is a good choice for most everyone because it is easy to use, inexpensive, and not obnoxious looking, but most importantly…it works!

Kubotan

Kubotan for Personal Defense - Fits on KeychainThe kubotan is a metal keychain weapon that can be used to inflict pain through pressure points, jabbing to the eyes, or swinging the blunt object at the person you are defending against. If you hold your keys, the kubotan will at the end of your reach and be the part that hits your assailant. You can target the head, knuckles, shins, or any bony part of the body and it will cause pain.

Keeping up a barrage of attacks may be all you need to make the person find an easier target. Most criminal that are interviewed while in prison have said they do not want the hassle or attention generated by a person who fights back. They’d rather you succumb or give in and if you put up a fight, they will probably get the heck out of there so they don’t get caught.

Mace Baton

The Mace baton is a variation of the regular kubotan with a twist. It contains a fair amount of pepper spray you can direct at your foe. The self defense spray inside is discharged by pressing the end of it while the end that you have pointed at your opponent will emit the debilitating spray.

If you run out of pepper spray without hitting your target, you can still use the mace baton as an effective weapon that you can hit with, target eyes, and inflict pain through pressure points and hitting bone.

Heart Attack

Keychain KnifeThis plastic keychain knife is designed to be held in your fist and used as a punch assist. Similar to holding your keys between your fingers and punching that way, this Heart Attack will deliver a powerful blow and cause substantial injury to someone that is attacking you. The person who gets injured the most first is usually the one who loses the fight. Once you have neutralized your attacker, you can get away and call for help.

Personal Alarm

Keychain Personal or Panic AlarmThese panic alarms are excellent attention getters. The loud sound emitted from these devices alerts everyone within hearing distance that you are in trouble and need help. As previously stated, an attack doesn’t want attention and when there is a loud noise around, they will want to get the heck out of dodge instead of sticking around waiting for the cavalry to come running.

Stun Gun

Lastly, stun guns are getting smaller and smaller every year yet remaining powerful weapons in defending against attack. The shock value of stunning someone is usually enough to make them want to back off and go elsewhere. Many people have had success by only discharging the stun device in the air creating the loud electrical discharging sound. Anyone seeing and hearing that instinctively doesn’t want to experience the full effect of the juice.

 

Personal Defense Keychain Stun Gun

You have to weigh the option of waiting until you can make contact with the person or giving a warning that you are armed with a stun gun. Either way, you will get a reaction and your intent is to get away from harm as quickly as possible. Anything you can do help you escape is the right thing to do.

Having a personal defense keychain item is smart and gives you a great advantage against a bad guy wanting to do you harm. Keeping it with you at all times is very important so you’ll actually have it when you need it. By attaching it to your keychain, you give yourself a very good chance you’ll have something to protect yourself with when the time comes.

Mar 192013
 

If I were asked to talk about one single thing that can dramatically increase one’s personal safety, whether at home or out and about, it would be situational awareness. Essentially, this refers to being aware of your surroundings.

Let’s face it, many people go about their day all but oblivious to the world around them. With their faces hidden behind cell phones and tablets, they have very little sense of what is happening even five feet in any direction from them. If they aren’t busy texting someone about tonight’s concert plans, they’re posting photos of their lunch to Facebook.

The sad truth is, these people are victims-in-waiting. Criminals look for these folks and prey upon them daily.

Put your damn phone away and pay attention to what goes on around you. Keep your head up and your eyes open. I’m not saying you need to walk around in some sort of DEFCON 1 mode. However, you should give off an air of confidence. You want the world to know you’re paying attention and ready to handle whatever comes your way.

Little known fact — just looking a potential attacker in the eye can be enough to dissuade them from bugging you. They don’t want to deal with someone who looks like they can take care of themselves.

As you walk down the street, watch for anyone who appears to be trying to get close to you. Look at their face and their hands. Something often overlooked is the fact that the hands do the dirty work in most cases. They aren’t going to grab your purse with their teeth, right?

A side benefit to increasing your awareness is you may just appreciate the world we live in a little more. You’ll actually see, maybe for the first time, the blooms on the trees in another month. You’ll hear kids playing in their yards. You’ll smell that fresh baked bread at the bakery.

Take off the blinders and see what you’ve been missing.

Mar 142013
 

There are many pepper sprays for women in the marketplace today. Manufacturer’s have recently been catering to the ladies by coming out with lady-like colors such as pink. These color choices give more of a style and flair to a key ring or hanging off a purse and encourages more women to actually carry a pepper spray.

As a self defense company, we know that one of the most effective forms of protection is carrying pepper spray. It’s effect is immediate and stops an attacker from doing anything else but wishing they could stop the burning.

Pepper Spray for Women

Not only are pretty colors an option, but they also come in different disguised forms as well. The most popular one is the Lipstick Pepper Spray. These come in a variety of colors.

Lipstick Pepper Spray for Ladies

Having a disguised pepper spray can be more advantageous in some circumstances as well. An innocuous lipstick tube coming out of a woman’s purse is not going to be seen as a threat. It can casually be retrieved when your intuition tells you something is wrong and be ready to use if you need to. You only get about 5 bursts of spray with this, but that should be plenty to stop an aggressor.

Pink Pepper SprayAnother hot item just for women is Mace Brand’s newest Hot Pink pepper spray. It is a 10% formula that easily fits in a purse or hanging off a keychain.

The flip-top dispenser makes aiming a no-brainer. When your thumb lifts up the fliptop, it is automatically aimed away from you and ready to spray into your attackers face.

It really only takes one good blast into someone’s face to change their tune. As soon as you spray someone, get away! They will not have the use of their eyes anymore so they won’t be able to chase you down. Just make sure you get yourself out of arms reach immediately.

Once you have gotten away from the person, you can call for help or just leave the area completely. You can still call the police after you’re gone and they can go after him.

He will be the one that can’t breathe or see very well and is frantically searching for water.  Bottom line on pepper sprays for women: Carry One! It is the least expensive option with the highest payoff in terms of getting yourself out of a sticky situation.

Mar 092013
 

Through a rapist’s eyes. A group of rapists and date rapists in prison were interviewed on what they look for in a potential victim and here are some interesting facts:

caught-woman

1] The first thing men look for in a potential victim is hairstyle. They are most likely to go after a woman with a ponytail, bun, braid, or other hairstyle that can easily be grabbed. They are also likely to go after a woman with long hair. Women with short hair are not common targets.

2] The second thing men look for is clothing. They will look for women who’s clothing is easy to remove quickly. Many of them carry scissors around to cut clothing.

3] They also look for women who are using their cell phone, searching through their purse or doing other activities while walking because they are off guard and can be easily overpowered.

4] The number one place women are abducted from / attacked at is grocery store parking lots.

5] Number two is office parking lots/garages.

6] Number three is public restrooms.

7] The thing about these men is that they are looking to grab a woman and quickly move her to a second location where they don’t have to worry about getting caught.

8] If you put up any kind of a fight at all, they get discouraged because it only takes a minute or two for them to realize that going after you isn’t worth it because it will be time-consuming.

9] These men said they would not pick on women who have umbrellas, or other similar objects that can be used from a distance in their hands.

10] Keys are not a deterrent because you have to get really close to the attacker to use them as a weapon. So, the idea is to convince these guys you’re not worth it.

POINTS THAT WE SHOULD REMEMBER:

1] If someone is following behind you on a street or in a garage or with you in an elevator or stairwell, look them in the face and ask them a question, like what time is it, or make general small talk: can’t believe it is so cold out here, we’re in for a bad winter. Now that you’ve seen their faces and could identify them in a line-up, you lose appeal as a target.

2] If someone is coming toward you, hold out your hands in front of you and yell Stop or Stay back! Most of the rapists this man talked to said they’d leave a woman alone if she yelled or showed that she would not be afraid to fight back. Again, they are looking for an EASY target.

3] If you carry pepper spray (this instructor was a huge advocate of it and carries it with him wherever he goes,) yelling I HAVE PEPPER SPRAY and holding it out will be a deterrent.

Pepper Spray

4] If someone grabs you, you can’t beat them with strength but you can do it by outsmarting them. If you are grabbed around the waist from behind, pinch the attacker either under the arm between the elbow and armpit or in the upper inner thigh – HARD. One woman in a class this guy taught told him she used the underarm pinch on a guy who was trying to date rape her and was so upset she broke through the skin and tore out muscle strands the guy needed stitches. Try pinching yourself in those places as hard as you can stand it; it really hurts!

5] After the initial hit, always go for the groin. I know from a particularly unfortunate experience that if you slap a guy’s parts, it is extremely painful. You might think that you’ll anger the guy and make him want to hurt you more, but the thing these rapists told our instructor is that they want a woman who will not cause him a lot of trouble. Start causing trouble, and he’s out of there.

6] When the guy puts his hands up to you, grab his first two fingers and bend them back as far as possible with as much pressure pushing down on them as possible. The instructor did it to me without using much pressure, and I ended up on my knees and both knuckles cracked audibly.

7] Of course the things we always hear still apply. Always be aware of your surroundings, take someone with you if you can and if you see any odd behavior, don’t dismiss it, go with your instincts. You may feel little silly at the time, but you’d feel much worse if the guy really was trouble.

FINALLY, PLEASE REMEMBER THESE AS WELL ….

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Sep 142012
 

We’ve been in the personal protection for women business for over twelve years now and know a thing or two about the best things ladies can carry to ensure their safety. This short list below identifies what we believe are the best choices you have with what is available in the market of non-lethal weapons.

Personal Protection for Women

Personal Protection for WomenFirst up is the TASER C2. Hands down the absolute most powerful device available to quickly stop an attacker. This wonder of technology is the same type of weapon that our brave law enforcement officers use to immediately stop an unruly suspect. Surely, you’ve seen a video or two of some idiot who doesn’t think they need to listen to the police. A split second later, that same someone is lying on the ground unable to move. This device completely overrides the body’s nervous system and effectively shuts it down. An added bonus is that it can be used from up to fifteen away. You don’t even need to be that close to the loser in order to put them down and safely get away. The TASER C2 tops the list for personal protection for women.

Next up is Pepper Spray!

Oleoresin Capsicum, or OC for short, is the active ingredient in the fastest acting self defense sprays. This differs from tear gas or other forms so be sure to get a spray that has this!

Lipstick Pepper Spray

Pepper Spray in a Lipstick

Pepper spray comes in at number two in our line up because it can also be used from a distance. It doesn’t overpower the body and make it unable to move, but it sure gives a new perspective to the person on the receiving end. If you spray pepper spray in someones face, they will immediately feel like their face is on fire. Their eyes will close involuntarily and they will have a rough time even breathing.

The only thing they will want to do after being sprayed to get to some water and lots of it! Whatever they were thinking or planning to do before will immediately be replaced with concern for their OWN well-being.

Being unable to see or to breathe and feeling like holy hell has came down upon them will put a concrete damper on their intentions towards you. You will be able to leave the area and call the police or otherwise get help. Pepper spray is one of our most popular products because of it’s effectiveness, the ability keep your distance from your attacker, and it’s very inexpensive cost.

Last but not least is a stun gun!

Stun Guns for WomenStun guns are direct contact weapons meaning that you have to actually touch the person being stunned in order for it do it’s job. While these are also very effective at repelling someone, they come in last because of the necessity to be so close to your attacker.

With that being said, a short blast of electricity pumped into them will cause immediate pain, a massive contraction of the muscles to which it was applied, and if kept on them for a few seconds (always hold a stun gun on the person for as long as possible), it can cause them to be unbalanced and unstable. This is your time to escape!

The surprise of a sudden large amount of voltage into a body can overwhelm a person. Yet, because the amperage is very low, no permanent damage is done and they will recover. If you have to use your stungun, hold it in place for several seconds and then run away to get help. A stun gun is another method you have to stop an attack but take advantage of the shock factor and get the hell out of there as soon as you’re done shocking them.

You just read our top three recommendations on personal protection for women with the number one option being the Taser. With whatever you decide to carry – Always carry it with you!

Stay aware of your surroundings, watch for people overly interested in you – especially from afar, exude confidence when walking and in your mannerisms, and if the time ever comes – act decisively and quickly when confronted with an attack.

Please feel free to leave a comment or ask question.

May 292012
 

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This is an editorial by a student at Brandeis University. He is commenting about the University publicizing their policy on sexual assault on campus. Why is that a big issue? Roughly one out of every four college-age women as sexually assaulted while they’re in school. 25%.

You can read the rest of the story HERE.

The story goes on to say “As sexual assault is a problem that universally permeates college campuses, we appreciate that the administration is critically evaluating its procedures for any potential shortcomings. It is both healthy and productive to inspect policies that carry such significance.”

In our opinion if every female student was given a Mace Pepper Spray at orientation and shown how to use it and if this was made public, two things would happen. One, male students on campus would know that if they did try something they were likely to get a blast of pepper spray so that would act as a deterrent. Secondly if they did sexually assault a female student she would better be able to defend yourself. Doesn’t that make more sense?

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