Women want to feel safe and secure when they are in their home and when they are outside of their home too. Unfortunately there is always a risk of being attacked by a criminal, and it’s important to be prepared with good self-defense tactics you can utilize in case such an incident occurs. If you are equipped to defend yourself, then you will have a better chance of getting out of a bad situation.
According to the Women’s Self-Defense Institute, the crime-statistics indicate that in the next hour, somewhere in the United States, the following will happen:
- 900 Thefts
- 189 Violent Crimes
- 124 Assaults
- 66 Robberies
- 24 Sexual Assaults
- 12 Rapes
- 2 Murders
The statistics are alarming and you need to understand that this is not one of those things that can never happen to you. The chances are high that one of these crimes can and most likely will happen to you. So the question you need to ask yourself is, will you be ready to defend yourself against an attacker if a dangerous situation arises? If you don’t feel you have the ability to defend yourself, it’s imperative you learn how and this article will help. We don’t want you to be a victim, we want you to be the women who knows how to fight back any perpetrator who attempts to hurt you or rob you. Every woman has the capability of being strong and powerful when it comes to fighting back from any attacker. You just need to understand the weapons you can use and how to use them effectively.
We need to look at some things you can do to even the odds if you are faced with someone bigger, stronger and faster than you. Below are some effective weapons you can have in your possession, either in your home or in your purse, or in your car. Let’s look at the benefits of having and using each of them and you can decide what is best for you.
Pepper Spray or Mace
You want to carry with you a non-lethal weapon that evens the playing field if you are attacked. You need to look no further than pepper spray for your self-defense arsenal. I will tell you first hand this stuff blinds you so if you use it against someone attacking you, they will be unable to see, which gives you an opening to escape. Spray it into the face of the person assaulting you and they will be in pain and blinded. Be careful not to get it in your own eyes when using it against someone else. This is the easiest way to disable your attacker and free yourself to run to safety. You can have Pepper spray or mace in your purse, your car, and keep it on your nightstand as well. It’s a perfect weapon to have with you at all times.
Carry a Knife
A knife is a really great self-defense weapon if you know how to use one. I would definitely take a Filipino martial arts course on how to use a knife. This weapon can be deadly in close ranges even more so than a gun if you know how to use it. You can also use a knife for survival so it would have a dual purpose.
You will want the right kind of knife for self-defense. Look for a blade at least 3 inches or longer. There are several knives you can look at on our site that would be great weapons to defend against an attack.
Stun Gun or Taser
These weapons are great for anyone who wants to stop an attacker with a non-lethal weapon. A stun gun will immobilize an attacker for at least 5 seconds or more. This will be plenty of time to escape to safety.
You might be asking how does a stun gun work? When someone is shot with a stun gun, the electrical current overrides the brain’s control of the body by basically speaking the same ‘language’ as your nerves. The electric pulses are the same as what is used by neurons and neurons are the super highway of transportation between the brain and muscles. If you shoot someone with a stun gun, it overloads the super highway of the nervous system causing the body to not be able to function properly for at least 5 seconds or more. During this time, you can escape your attacker.
The tactical pen looks like a pen but it can be used for so much more. This weapon can be used to strike your opponent in an area like the temple to stop an attack. The pen can not only write, functioning like a normal pen, but it is strong enough to be able to strike areas of the body that will penetrate and incapacitate an attacker.
The tactical pen is small enough to easily fit in your purse or put in a nightstand drawer. You can keep it in your coat pocket, if you are out for a walk as well. I recommend you keep it in your hand, when you are walking to your car at night, or out anywhere alone at night. That way you are prepared to defend yourself if an attack occurs.
You need to know where to strike using this weapon so that you can injure the criminal enough to be able to escape the attack. The main areas of the body you should try to target include:
- Base of Neck
If you can’t hit those critical areas of the body, then try for the following areas:
- Back of Hand
- Solar Plexus
Strike hard with multiple hits just long enough to injure and disable your perpetrator, so you can run away to get help. It may only take one hit to succeed in defending yourself, but you also may need to hit the aggressor 2, 3 or 4 times to immobilize them. You want to use the tactical pen like a knife where you jab or thrust the tip of the pen into the attacker.
These alarms are extremely loud when they go off. Using this weapon can be effective in drawing attention to the situation and can often scare off the criminal. Personal alarms are simple to carry and use if attacked. The device is like your own personal mini security alarm you can have just for you. The alarms are extremely loud 110 db or more. You can use it in your home or take it with you wherever you go.
You can keep this alarm on your keychain and set it off when you feel there is a threat to your safety. It’s critical to be aware of your surroundings at all times, so if you notice someone approaching you, you can be vigilant in defending yourself. You always want to have easy access to this alarm, so keep it handy to use at all times. For example, let’s say you come home from the grocery store and you started carrying bags into the home. You see a strange man walking towards the garage where you are unloading groceries. You need to have the alarm ready to pull as soon as that person steps into your garage. You need to quickly assess the threat and then react accordingly.
The way I look at guns, is if you own one, you better know how to use it, and you better be willing to use it too. This is why many people look to use other defense weapons instead of a gun. With the proper training in using a gun, it can be a very effective weapon to stop an attack on you or your family. I won’t use this article to share which guns I recommend you buy, but you can check out the recommendations here, if you are interested in purchasing a gun. Make sure you understand your state laws before buying a gun for self-defense.
In summary, these are the most effective weapons you can use to defend yourself against an attacker. Please consider using many of them in the different ways I suggested for your own protection. Make sure you have at least one in your possession at all times, to insure your safety. Whether you are at home or away from your home, you always want to be prepared to escape a dangerous situation. If an event occurs where you are assaulted, the number one thing you never want to do is to go to the second location with the offender. Do everything in your power to fight back and escape before then.
These weapons will help you do just that. And if you are caught off guard without any weapon, make sure you kick, scream, bite, spit, punch, and anything else you can to get away.