Defense Against Crime

18/07/2010

Pepper Spray -It is no longer an option

It is a simple fact using pepper spray works.  Even criminals are aware of this. Look that these examples from the news.

  • Georgetown County deputies are looking for two men involved in a home invasion. According to the sheriff’s deputies, two men armed with a shotgun and mace kicked in the door of a home around 12:05 a.m
  • MOUNT PLEASANT — Police have arrested two men accused of spraying a store employee with pepper spray as they stole nearly $5,000 worth of jeans in January

Pepper spray is often overlooked as a personal protection product.  Most people have heard of pepper spray, but do you know how and why it works, or what exactly is inside the little canister that you should be carrying?

So why don’t you have pepper spray as part of your self-defense?

 Using pepper as a defensive tool is not new. The Chinese have been using pepper and spices to throw at their enemies for literally thousands of years. In 1864 Germans used tear gas for the first time.

 The first personal defense sprays, first developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s, contained Oleoresin Capsicum, or OC. This oil extracted from peppers of the Capsicum family is known to cause coughing, watery eyes, and a burning sensation on the skin. The oleoresin capsicum is what gives the peppers their extremely effective heat. Originally, it was extracted from chili peppers, and then powdered for use in pepper sprays.

 Today, most pepper sprays are actually made from chemicals, such as Chloracetophenone (CN) or Orthochlorobenzalmalonitrile (CS). These chemicals usually affect the tear ducts, as well as irritating the eyes, nerve endings, mucous membranes, and skin. Modern pepper sprays also restrict breathing.  A person who can’t breathe, can’t function. Today, sprays may include CN, CS, OC, or a combination of these chemicals, because some people are more affected by one than by the other two.

Pepper spray is seven times hotter than a habanera pepper. A burst of pepper spray in your attackers’ face will cause the attacker to have shortness of breath, temporary blindness due to excessive tearing and the eyes actually shutting down, coughing and choking. It is very nasty stuff, and will probably make the attacker wish they had made better life choices.

Be warned, not all pepper sprays are equal. They are rated in Scoville Heat Units (SHUs), just like very hot peppers. This measurement is directly related to how effective the pepper spray will be. Most currently available have a rating of around 1 and a half to 3 million SHU. A very hot habanero pepper is close to 2 million SHUs, for comparison. The higher the SHU, the hotter the spray, although any of the commercially available pepper sprays should be plenty to stop an attacker. When considering which pepper spray is most effective, one must consider the percentage of pepper being used and the heat rating of that pepper (measured in Scoville Heat Units or S.H.U.). They come in a variety of effectiveness ratings. Most are designed to stop humans, while others are rated for dogs or bears.

Most military and law enforcement personnel can testify to the effectiveness of these chemicals against ordinary citizens. Most soldiers can’t tell you about their experience in the ‘Gas Chamber’  as part of their Nuclear, Biological, and Chemical training.  Police Academies today all over the country have their trainee’s experience what pepper spray is like.
 
Pepper Spray works very well against animals with sensitive noses especially bears, mountain lions, and
most  dogs. The U.S. Postal Service has most of it’s’ carriers carry pepper spray. How is that for a testimony?

So why don’t you have pepper spray as part of your self -defense?

Pepper Spray is legal in all 50 states (with certain restriction) and relatively easy to buy from various stores and web sites. Pepper sprays are a favorite protection product of women because they are small, effective, and easy to use and to carry.
 
Like any personal protection product, some training should take place before use. The purpose is to effectively use it in order to give you time to escape or get help not severely injure or maim. The effects of pepper spray can last as long as 30-45 minutes giving you more than enough time to get away with no lasting damage to the bad guys. The nice thing about pepper spray is that should you kids find it, you won’t have to worry about the long effects of it going off.

 Please note that pepper spray has been known to have no or little effect on people who are on mind altering pharmaceutical products (drugs) or and some drunk.  Pepper spray may also have limited impact on aggressive dogs breeds like Dobermans, pit bulls, or German Shepherds.
  
If you are looking for an inexpensive, non lethal and effective tool in the fight against crime and a tool for your own personal protection pepper spray is it.

 If you don’t have some now ..what are you waiting for?

 PepperEyes.com is dedicated to meeting the safety needs of you, your friends, your family members or your business, by assisting anyone who is unwilling to become a victim of crime.  If you want to take personal responsibility arm yourself, or your business with our products and the knowledge of the best way to stay safe in an ever-increasing violent world. In today’s society being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option. 

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