Personal Safety in Today's World

Unfortunately these days we need to be more aware of our surroundings than ever before. This seems especially true for women and girls. Just about everyday there are news reports about abductions and assaults. Though it is a sad commentary on our society today, I think it is important for us to acknowledge the potential for personal attacks we face.

There are personal safety measures we can all practice daily, such as never jogging alone, avoiding walking at night alone ( even to our parked cars), not opening our doors without knowing who the person on the other side is, etc. There are also things that we can buy and have with us for extra protection such as mace, pepper spray, stun guns, taser M18L guns, and even shrill whistles that make such a loud alarm that would be assailants would hopefully just take off.

I have really been thinking about having something for protection with me when I am out and about, especially since I have my kids with me much of the time. I am leaning towards the shrill whistle or pepper spray. I do feel that pepper spray would be more of a sure way to stop an assault, and that is probably what I will start carrying with me. The style I am most comfortable with is the kind that is attached to a key chain and can fit in your hand. I doubt I would be able to fish one out of my purse, especially under stressfl situations.

But I am curious as to what others have used and do use, if anything at all, when it comes to personal safety items. If you carry something, does it make you feel safer? Have you ever had to use your self-defense product? And what would you recommend for personal safety?

One last note--if you are also looking into personal safety products, be sure to check with your state/city regulations on what is legal and not legal for you to carry!

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