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What Does Self Defense Mean to You?

Jan 24, 2008
The term self defense has a million different implications for every person who hears it. Some people simply think of a weapon while others believe it involves years of training and preparation just to ensure personal safety. Many consumers also believe this term is synonymous with bringing actual firearms and ammunition into the household.

Personal defense has a significant interest in todays world. It does not seem to matter where you live in the world, there is crime occurring. The best protective measures are preventative measures. They stop any activity before it starts.

There are general rules-of-thumb for protecting yourself. The standard principals are simple and may be applied regardless of where you live. Always lock your doors, in both your home and your vehicle, and only park your automobile in well-lit areas. If an unmarked car approaches with a light flashing as a police vehicle would, do not stop until you do so in a public area around other people.

If you believe someone is deliberately following your vehicle, simply pull into the parking lot of a fire station or police station. It is also recommended that you lock you doors at this point and beep your horn until someone comes outside. If someone is following you with dubious intentions, they will drive away.

These measures are reliable for their situations, however, there are times when even the most cautious and careful individual can become victimized by another person. This is the primary reason so many consumers have opted for non-lethal methods of protection.

Many misconceptions have greatly affected the consumers perspective of personal defense. Do you need a black belt in martial arts in order to properly defend your family or your home? A license to carry a weapon? Does it involve hours of training or practice just to know you are prepared?

Fortunately, with the help of modern technology, defending yourself or your home is far easier than it has ever been. There are several non-lethal measures to take that are effective against an attacker or burglar. These simple, precautionary measures are both safe and effective for the consumer households when used and handled responsibly.

The most common non-lethal practices for protecting yourself or your family are: tasers, stun guns and pepper sprays. These can be easily purchased and are easy to learn how to use.

There are a few standard principals every consumer should know when choosing to utilize any of these methods. Read and retain all documentation when you receive your product. Note any warning messages and store your product out-of-the-reach of children.

For the most effective experience, store your product in a place that is easily accessible. Keep it in a nightstand beside your bed or under the seat in your car.

These products are also convenient due to their portability. Most can be inconspicuously carried in your purse or pocket and many are designed to appear completely benign to someone else. Many of these products are disguised and appear as unthreatening as cell phones.

There are many technical differences between these items. The Internet offers a great deal of information for researching which item will be best for you. There is never a reason to fear when you use all the resources available.
About the Author
Steve Lane is an expert in the field of self defense, home security and crime prevention and operates an online business Self Defense Shop. Visit his store to learn some ways you can protect yourself and your loved ones from crime at http://www.laneselfdefense.com
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