March 25, 2009

Tools of the trade

Posted in Uncategorized tagged , , , , , , , , at 12:26 am by ledefensetech

There are two schools of thought when it comes to protecting your person and your property.  One school devotes itself to disguise and hiding the fact that your person and possessions are warded against violence and theft.  The other school believes that a “show of force” is a good idea, or not hiding the fact that you have tools at your disposal to defend yourself.

In most cases, the second school carries the most weight in my opinion.  Why?  Because criminals are naturally lazy.  Rather than do honest work, they’d rather take what you’ve worked for.  Ironically, criminal behavior rarely leads to riches, plus you have to watch out for treachery.  Treachery from criminal “allies” or informants of law enforcement.  You can turn this to your advantage.

There are several tools that are useful when securing your person or property from crime.  At the top of the list are alarms.  Whether on your person or around the house, alarms lessen the amount of time a criminal has to perpetrate against you.  They can alert others to you predicament and/or summon authorities.  In many cases an alarm is all that’s needed to foil a mugging or burglary.

Assaults and rape are a different matter.  While alarms can be useful in summoning help, the fact that a person wishes to harm you changes the time needed to do so.  A stabbing or shooting takes much less time than snatching a purse or ransacking a house.  In cases like these, pepper spray and stun guns come into their own.  Many people may feel hesitant at causing pain to another person.  Don’t.  By their very actions, these people have forfeited their right to be safe in their person.

At this time peeper sprays and stun guns come into their own.  A sensible person should own both and know when to use them.  You don’t want to use a pepper spray when firing into the wind for example.  Also outdoor conditions like rain can have an effect.  Pepper spray is less effective in rain for example, whereas stun guns will work regardless of wind or rain conditions.

This shows an attacker that you’re willing to defend yourself and won’t be easy meat.  Using a pepper spray for stand off value can protect you and your stun gun can protect you in close quarter situations.

So these tools provide a circle of protection.  The alarm cuts down on the time a criminal has to perpetrate against you, while the pepper spray can be used as a stand off weapon or and area denial weapon.  The stun gun can be used as a last resort to incapacitate an attacker, while you run towards help.  Do not under any circumstances wait around to see the person taken into custody.  Most sprays come with a dye that shows up under UV light, so the police can make identify someone you’ve hit with pepper spray.

In reality you’ll probably only need one or two of these tools.  However you can’t predict crazy, so it’s best to be prepared to defend yourself and your home.  These tools have a benefit above and beyond the physical protection they provide.  In our litigious society you can be taken to court if you shoot and kill someone.  By using less than lethal force, you strip your attacker or their next of kin from any pretext they have to try to destroy you through lawyers.  In later posts, I’ll go into how and why you might want to use these various tools solo and in conjunction with other tools.

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1 Comment »

  1. tasers said,

    Great post, I think a lot of people can benefit from information by being prepared and having some sort of protection. Especially women!


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