Defense Against Crime

17/08/2017

Do you want cute, or effective pepper spray?


With college about to start up this week, many parents will be packing their young adults

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Bling Sting Pepper Spray is sparkly!

off to college. Some parents may be sitting down with their young daughters having ‘the talk’.  No not that talk, we are referring to the talk about sexual assault, and staying safe.  To remind you of the sexual assault statistics, 1 in 4 college age females experience some form of sexual assault while attending college.  As you may know as readers of this blog, we attempt to educate you about self-defense contingencies to reduce your chances in being part of that statistic.   I’ve also told you that many college campuses provide self-defense solutions ranging from RAD classes, Free shuttle rides, to escort services. This is a good thing and we applaud any and all efforts that college are taking to reduce sexual assault victims. It also appears that some colleges stores are now selling pepper spray. I was passing a student store on one campus and saw they were selling Bling Sting Self-Defense product.  First, let me state for the record that I’m for using any effective product that will keep you safe.  I will also say for the record I have nothing against the Niche marketing tactic that Bling Sting uses.  Really, I don’t. Now, that I have those statements out of the way let’s examine choosing effective pepper spray.

I have a question for you consumers.  If you were going to purchase pepper spray, what do you want? Do you want to buy something that is effective, or something mildly effective but a fashion accessory?  Now, mind you there are highly effective brands pepper sprays that come in fashion cases. Dooney & Bourke, Saber Red, and Streetwise offer pepper spray in fashionable cases. But should how a pepper spray case looks really be your primary deciding factor on picking your pepper spray?  Do you think your attacker is going to be impressed? What about your friends? That is what I saw when I looked at Bling Sting Pepper Spray.  I picked up a package of their pepper spray, looking for one thing -what strength it was, and also its Certified Heat Rating.  I guess it’s either I small print, or inside the package. Because I did not see it. I really did look.  In the FREE Guide to Pepper Spray, we tell you how to select pepper spray we don’t recommend a specific brand, but we do recommend that you look for what is legal where you reside,  it’s a good fit for you, and its effective rating (CHR or SHU).  The one thing we never mention was, is it a good fashion accessory for you?

In order to find out more about Bling Pepper Spray products I researched it.  This is one of the things we mentioned in the Guide to Pepper Spray, to research before you buy.   Remember, you are purchasing something to help save your life in a dangerous situation.  What factors are the most important to you?  One that should be important is effectiveness!

Here is the verbiage from their webs site

Blingsting pepper spray is not only the cutest pepper spray ever, but it’s the same exact formulation used in other pepper sprays you’ll find on the market. We use a 10% OC formula (that’s oleoresin capsicum … yeah, we can use big words too) that is the strongest formulation allowed in all 50 states.

 Bottom line: it’s HOT AF and when used in a defensive manner, will cause major respiratory effects like choking, watery eyes, and temporary blindness for an hour or so. Yikes. Pepper spray is not a toy, and it’s not funny to use it in any way other than in a true emergency. It’s also illegal to misuse pepper spray. Jail is not a good look. Orange is not your color. Be responsible and be vigilant.

 Bling sting is the pepper spray so cute, it hurts! Ok, you can buy some now. Just make sure you are ready for TONS of compliments.

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I’m going to break these down. Again ,this really isn’t an attack against Bling sting but to educate you one marketing practices that are more about selling the product than protecting you.

Now, I don’t know about you, but I question various sales tactics.  But let us examine what they are selling you.  First Bling Pepper Spray IS Pepper Spray, there is no doubt about that.  Can Pepper Spray be effective for your self-defense?  Studies and experience says yes. Bling Sting does sell pepper spray.

Bling Sting primary attribute…it’s attractive.  OK that’s the hook of their product and it’s in the name.  So if Bling is more important than overall effectiveness against criminals, this Pepper Spray product is for you.

Bling Sting has the same formulation as other pepper sprays.  That’s like saying the Wendy’s burger had the foundation that other hamburgers have.  Generally, it can be considered a true statement.  But it’s a Whopper the same as a Big Mac?  Isn’t a Stake and Shake burger the same as White castle burger?  Not all pepper spray is equal. Isn’t Sabre Red Pepper Spray is slightly different from Smith and Wesson Pepper Spray that is slightly different from Streetwise…etc.

We use a 10% OC formula (that’s oleoresin capsicum … yeah, we can use big words too) that is the strongest formulation allowed in all 50 states.  Hmm?  That remark about OC..what are they trying to convey to their target audience? Ponder that! As far as I know, all modern pepper spray is OC.  Most of the pepper spray sites that I have visited explain what OC means.  But, I guess they want you to believe something from that statement.

Now they clam at that 10% is the strongest allowed in all 50 States.  This is primarily true, based in current Pepper Spray State Restrictions. However, consider this fact – of all 50 states there is only one states (Michigan) that have a strength limitation. Many of the others have a limitation on size but not strength. The remaining states have no limitation at all. So if you don’t live in Michigan, why would  want a weaker pepper spray?  When it comes to Pepper Spray strengths you can purchase 5%, 10% 15%, 18% and 23% OC Pepper Spray. But what does that really tell you? Think of OC like liquor proof…the stronger higher the proof the stronger the liquor.  What kind of pepper spray do you want ,a wine cooler or Kentucky Bourbon, or Gin? Again, not bashing Bling Pepper Spray, one thing they don’t have to worry about is meeting the state requirements of Michigan.

The rest of their statement is true, Pepper Spray is not a toy, it can be considered a weapon. It is an effect means to disable most people, and in rare instances kill people who have pepper allergies. You can do an internet search for the number of criminals that use pepper spray. They close their ad with two statements, again focusing on their major selling point, it’s cute.

Their remainder page also tells about all the impressive places that Bling Sting purchased advertisements. Believe it or not companies can purchase ad space for the right amount of money. We get calls monthly from Magazines, Internet Radio Stations, Schools, Television Channels like Lifetime and more to purchase advertisement space.  So saying your products are featured on a media platform simply means a sales agent from that venue got a nice commission to place an ad for your product. Perhaps someone who was interested in their niche concept….cute self defense products.

I’m not even gonna mention the price… except you can get more effective pepper spray — for less..but sadly these stronger brands lack the bling factor that Bling Sting can give you.

Once again, I will reiterate something I said before.  I prefer you have something to defend yourself when the time comes, rather than nothing.

However, just like when you are shopping for a car, take the time to not get a lemon!

 

PepperEyes.com Self-Defense Products is dedicated to providing you with the best and most affordable self-defense products, survival and safety products on the market to meet the security needs of you, 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 for protection, home security, business security, purchase our high quality discount self-defense products. Survival kits  and arm yourself with the knowledge about self-defense and security products and information of the best way to stay secure in an ever-increasing violent world. In today’s society, being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option.

30/07/2017

Crime Do Happen On and Around Campus


According to RAINN.org Every 98 seconds, another person experiences sexual assault,

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some of these are college age females like your daughter.

One in five female undergraduates have experienced some kind of sexual assault while in college, according to a new study of students at nine institutions by the Bureau of Justice Statistics.  These numbers have been floating around for decades. Politicians will argue over them, the victims don’t. Under the Clery Act and Title IX schools must report all known criminal activity on their campus. I wonder how many students and parent even bother to look past the pretty ivy to see what the criminal culture is on and around campus.  They are available on the college web site. Be honest did you look?

Just as crimes do happen in and around your subdivision, crimes do happen in and around college campuses. You can actually do an internet search to confirm this.

You should take an active role in increasing your safety or the safety of those you care about. While there’s no way to completely eliminate the chance that something may happen, there are strategies that may reduce your risk or give you the confidence to step in to prevent a sexual assault or other crimes.

Now on the positive site, many campuses put in various systems and educational programs that can help your young adult reduce their chances on being a sexual assault victim.  The have free rides, campus escorts to walk students back to their dorms, self-defense classes like RAD and many more. But these programs are worthless if the student decides to be stupid.

Some  of the campus police officers I spoke to at the College of Charleston and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill  said the biggest factor in sexual assaults is alcohol.  Once these young adult leave home they want to try new things often  in unsafe environments. This is when things can go bad. There was an incident that happened off campus that involved drugs and a young woman being gang raped. If you search this blog you can see similar campus crime stories that we posted. If you search the internet, you can see a lot more.

Just last week  in South Carolina, a college female was abducted and managed to escape her abductors.  However, it is not only females that are victims, four USC male college students who were moving into their apartments were robbed at gun point, forced to give up their wallets and cell phones and taken to an ATM and forced to withdraw cash, assaulted and dumped on a highway.

The point of all that I have written above is to make you aware that crime happens on and off college campuses and it’s up to your young person to arm themselves with the knowledge and tools that will reduce their chances of being part of a campus crime statistic.

I have made a point to write college safety tips in this blog and I will link to some of them below.

Here are some basic ones.

  • Trust your instincts, if it does not feel right…leave
  • Always beware of your surroundings don’t walk and text, and try to avoid dark places or areas you’re not familiar with.
  • If possible try not to be alone. Most criminals seek out single victims.
  • If you find yourself in an unfamiliar place you should plan an escape route in case something does happen. Know where the exits are or places you can hide
  • If you feel you have an opportunity to escape, take it, or be thinking about ways you can get away.
  • Self-Defense knowledge and Self-Defense products can make all the difference.
  • Each situation is different, and this is where knowledge, and training can increase your chances. When you go out, think about what could happen and how you can get away.

RESOURCES

Facts about Alcohol and College Sexual Assaults – https://peppereyes.wordpress.com/2014/07/23/facts-about-alcohol-and-college-sexual-assaults/

Sexual Assaults do happen to College Girls

https://peppereyes.wordpress.com/2012/05/08/sexual-assaults-do-happen-to-college-girls/

Enroll in RAD and Become Safer

https://peppereyes.wordpress.com/2013/09/24/enroll-in-rad-and-become-safer/

College Safety Tips

https://peppereyes.wordpress.com/2016/08/16/college-safety-tips/

Safety Apps

https://peppereyes.wordpress.com/2014/07/08/a-cool-app-that-can-save-your-life/

PepperEyes.com Self-Defense Products is dedicated to providing you with the best and most affordable self-defense products, survival and safety products on the market to meet the security needs of you, 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 for protection, home security, business security, purchase our high quality discount self-defense products. Survival kits  and arm yourself with the knowledge about self-defense and security products and information of the best way to stay secure in an ever-increasing violent world. In today’s society, being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option.

14/07/2017

Before you send her off to College…


Ready4College_26Recent campus safety statistics show an increased danger for mostly female students—with up to 1 in 5 college women experiencing and reporting sexual assault and nearly 10,000 students each year enduring aggravated assaults and robberies during their time in college. These facts are gathered by the Government Crime Data.

PEPPEREYES – SELF DEFENCE PRODUCTS is working to enhance awareness of the safety steps students need to take when they get to campus or go off campus. However, we also want to encourage students to take every opportunity to learn the programs their campus offers to help keep them safe.

Here are a few things Students should do

  • Before unpacking your boxes, students should check out what free safe ride or the campus offers walking services.
  • Students should take every safety seminar or attend a self-defense class (like RAD). Many colleges offer student free or for credit, and the techniques and strategies can be lifesaving.
  • For students moving from dorms to apartments, a personal alarm, door Alarm provides portable security. Compact options of a Dorm/Apartment hidden safes for keeping personal belongings safe are also available.
  • Always be aware of your surroundings. Listening to music through headphones or looking down at a cell phone can impede your ability to be alert.
  • Prepare themselves with pepper sprays or other legal products—one of the most effective ways to deter or distract an attacker, and permitted on most campuses. PEPPEREYES – SELF DEFENCE PRODUCTS has the most potent and reliable options on the market.
  • Stick together—there is safety in numbers, so stay close to friends when going out or coming home late from parties.

 

Additional Tips is available in these articles

College Safety Tips

10 Back-to-School Safety Tips for College Females

Parents:

You baby is living home in their journey to adulthood. This can be exciting or stressful, just make sure you do your part in making them prepared for the new world and about choices and consequences. Remember most of the sexual assaults involve excessive alcohol. If you search this blog we provide different resources for you to use.

PepperEyes.com is hoping to give your peace of mind by teaching your offspring how to stay safe both on and off campus.

PepperEyes.com Self-Defense Products is dedicated to providing you with the best and most affordable self-defense products, survival and safety products on the market to meet the security needs of you, 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 for protection, home security, business security, purchase our high quality discount self-defense products. Survival kits  and arm yourself with the knowledge about self-defense and security products and information of the best way to stay secure in an ever-increasing violent world. In today’s society, being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option.

09/05/2017

Things to Consider Before Buying Pepper Spray


Things to Consider Before Buying Pepper Spray

Pepper spray can be a fantastic self-defense tool to have, whether you love to pepper-sprayjog protection while walking on campus or to a parking garage at work. Pepper spray is a legal non-lethal way to keep yourself safe! However, before you run out to the Quickie-Mart or go online to PepperSprayWorld.com and buy their ultra super strong pepper spray there are a few things you need to consider. Many of these are addressed in our FREE E-Book.Things you need to know about Pepper Spray

What’s Kind of Pepper Spray Legal In Your State?
In one of the previous post, we discussed various pepper spray laws. First, know that, Pepper spray is legal in all 50 states but some states/cities have restrictions on strength and sizes. It is important you know what is legal where you live before making your purchase. For example, in New York residents can only buy pepper spray from licensed Firearms Dealers or licensed Pharmacists in the state, you cannot buy them online and have the pepper spray shipped to you. Most states don’t have that restrictions and you can buy pepper spray online and have it shipped to you.

Wisconsin restricts residents can only use pepper sprays with only pepper included (no tear gas, no UV dye and no mixed sprays allowed). Residents can only use a 10% solution or less and can only have cans that contain between 15-16 grams (or 2oz or smaller). There are additional pepper spray requirements.

What Size Pepper Spray Is Best For You?
Now that you know what kind of Pepper Spray you can purchase where you live. Now SWPepper_Spray_Productsconsider what size, type and style. The size of the pepper spray determines how much of the chemical can be dispensed and for how long. For example, the ½ size has less than the 3 oz, size.

Smaller pepper spray canisters like key chain Pepper spray models or pen models are great for those who want to have it readily available. This is idea for joggers or college students or those who want to protect themselves while on the go.

Those who buy medium sized sprays (2 oz.) can often keep their canister in their bag or on a in a holster on their belt. Most people who buy 4 ounce are larger and meant for wearing with a belt holster.

What Dangers Are You Trying to Protect Yourself From?
There are several types of pepper spray, depending on what you are protecting yourself from. If protecting yourself from a human assailant, most pepper spray that isn’t designed for use against animals. If protecting yourself from an animal, dog or bear, be sure to get the corresponding pepper spray. Different sprays are created for different purposes, so think about what you need protection from before making a purchase.

How Will You Want to Carry Your Pepper Spray?
So you know what is legal where you live. You know what size and style of pepper spray you want to buy. How are you going to carry it so that it is accessible when you need it.  Having it in your purse or in your desk drawer will not do you any good if you have to use it. Key Chain models are great if you are the type of person who walks with their keys in their hand. If you keep your keys in your purse. If you would rather carry it ON your purse, pick a clip type product appropriate for your purse.  Various holsters are available for the larger size pepper sprays (4 oz and above) for waistband or belt attachment.

Do You Know How To Safely Use Pepper Spray?

Having legal pepper spray that is easy for you to use is one thing. Actually knowing how to effectively use your pepper spray is another. Educate yourself (There is a section in our free e-book on how to spray) on the effects of pepper spray, how to test it, how to use it and what to do if you are accidentally exposed to the spray.  Most important PRACTICE pulling it our and using it… seconds count!

If you have, more questions…check our Free E-Book.  Things you need to know about Pepper Spray.

PepperEyes.com Self-Defense Products  simply exists to provide you a large selection of quality self-defense and life safety solutions such as pepper sprays, stun guns and other high quality self defense products, and survival kit products for home owners, business, schools. college students, and government agencies, or anyone who is seeking to defend themselves or property against potential criminal and natural threats. by Victor Swindell

14/09/2016

September is National Campus Safety Awareness Month


September is National Campus Safety Awareness Month (NCSAM) and people  on your

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campus is thinking about campus safety – the media, parents, students, and especially the higher education professionals working to create healthy and safe campus environments each and every single day.

 Although  the nightly news can capture the best – and worst – of the field, there’s one thing  PepperEyes.com  knows to be true: people don’t function well in fear and ignorance; individuals make the best decisions when they are well informed and well prepared, and offered support, and are confident in their knowledge and skills

 This Blog has LOTS of Tips and how tooo…

 As part of National Campus Safety Awareness Month, We want everyone to make Crime Prevention part of their everyday life on or off campus.

It begins with protecting yourself:

  • If at all possible, never walk alone
  • Stay alert at all times – especially when you are on your phone.
  • If you have to walk alone, walk on well-lighted, well-traveled walkways and plan your route ahead.
  • Avoid walking between parked cars, overgrown shrubs, and dark passageways.
  • If your college has a RAD Class…take it every semester. Repetition makes it better.
  • Carry Pepper Spray or a Stun Gun
  • You are ultimately responsible for your safety and securing your valuables.

Preventing thefts from your vehicles:

  • Always lock the doors and leave the windows rolled up
  • Keep your valuables (especially your electronics) out of sight
  • Do not leave money, checkbooks or credit cards in vehicle at anytime
  • Put your valuables in your trunk or well hidden
  • Do not leave your firearms visible in your vehicle

Preventing thefts from your residence:

  • Make your home look occupied, and make it difficult to break in.
  • Lock all outside doors and windows before you leave the house or go to bed. Even if it is for a short time, lock your doors.
  • Leave lights on when you go out. If you are going to be away for a length of time, connect some lamps to automatic timers to turn them on in the evening and off during the day.
  • Keep your garage door closed and locked.
  • Arrange for your lawn to be mowed if you are going away for an extended time.
  • Check your locks on doors and windows and replace them with secure devices  as necessary
  • If you have an alarm system use it, if you don’t have one, consider getting at least a door alarm.

The most important thing you can do is call the police to report a crime or any suspicious activity. You have to be the eyes of your neighborhood. And remember you can always remain a pair of anonymous eyes.

PepperEyes Self-Defense, Safety and Security Store is dedicated to providing you with the best and most affordable self-defense products, survival and safety products on the market to meet the security needs of you, 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 for protection, home security, business security, purchase our high quality discount self-defense products. Survival kits  and arm yourself with the knowledge about self-defense and security products and information of the best way to stay secure in an ever-increasing violent world. In today’s society, being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option.

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