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Staying Safe at College

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Being in college and surrounded by so many people can give you a sense of false security. You always think that they are as honest as you are, which is probably not the case. At times, it is hard to get someone who you can trust; therefore, you have to be cautious at all times.

Tips to stay safe in college
• Never allow technology make you unaware of what is going on around you. At times when you are using your smartphone or the MP3 player, there is nothing else that you can think of except what you are reading or be listening. This behavior should be avoided at all cost. At this time, you are highly vulnerable, and someone with ill intentions could take advantage of that.
• You should never walk alone at night even if it is within the campus. This is the easiest way actually that a person with ill motives could take advantage of you since there is no none to stop them or watching. If you have to walk around at night, make sure that you bring along some friends. That way you cannot be easily attacked.
• You should never leave your door or windows unlocked when you are indoors or outdoors. This is a standard security procedure that you should never ignore.
• Always carry some extra money just in case you need to buy something urgently or pay for a service you had not anticipated for.
• You should always know your way around campus. This will enable you move about with ease and also easily evade an attacker.
Benefits of having pepper spray
Besides following the above tips on how to stay safe in campus, you can also carry pepper spray with you just in case you need to disable the attacker. This is one of the self-secure products that you will find in the market.
• Using the spray you will be able to keep a safe distance and at the same time disable him/her.
• They are easy to carry around since they are quite small. Therefore, no one will even know that you have it with you.
• They are also easy to use too. All you have to do is press the lever, and the spray starts working.
• It does not leave permanent marks or damage. Therefore, you can be sure that the attacker will survive.

Be prepared as you head off to college by purchasing self-protection items from Self Secure Products. We believe that you are worth protecting and that being prepared is the best way to stay safe.

Do Runners Make Good Targets for Muggers?

woman_joggingRunners usually look so focused. Add in the fact that they’re moving fast enough that catching them would require elevating your heart rate, and is mugging them even worth it? The statistics argue that yes, it is. Here are some reasons that runners make good targets and how you can minimize that risk.

First of all, many runners listen to music while on their routes. Running, especially distance running, can be a solitary, extended endeavor, and music lets you sink into a rhythm. But music also blocks out the world, which can leave you unaware of potential threats until they are already upon you. Consider leaving the music at home, listening to music low enough that you can hear your surroundings, or buying headphones especially made to allow in outside noise.

Secondly, most runners are prime targets because they are alone. No matter how fast you are, someone bigger can overpower you. Consider finding a running buddy through your social circle or even running groups. If this isn’t possible, try to find an area that has a lot of foot traffic, and if you are suspicious of someone, stay near others.

Third, many runners make the location of their valuables obvious. Whether it’s a phone in an armband or a pouch around your waist, muggers can immediately zero in on the area they need to target, so they waste no time fumbling. Either leave your valuables at home, or hide them in a non-obvious location, such as a single house key in flat waistband pocket.

As runners become more aware of safety risks, more and more are investing in small defense items, such as Self Secure’s line of discreet pepper spray. Next time you go for a run, know you’re not alone.

Why Aren’t More College Rapes Reported?

college_campusIt seems like it happens every week now. Someone you know, maybe intimately, maybe distantly, shares a story of how she was raped in college, years or decades ago, and never reported it. She’s coming clean now because she’s finally strong enough, because she doesn’t want people to go through what she went through. She knows that there’s little the authorities or the school can do for her situation now, but she hopes her story will help someone somewhere. Though reported campus rapes have been creeping upward in recent years, the percentage is still shockingly low. Here are some reason that might be.

1. Victims don’t want anyone else to know. In a tight knit community like ones within a college campus, having the stigma of rape victim can be emotionally devastating. They may fear not being believed or having people side with their attacker.
2. Victims don’t want to admit to themselves it was rape. The attack can stir up confusion, especially if the attacker was familiar to them. More likely, the victim would prefer to ignore the attack or pretend it never happened.
3. Victims don’t trust the police to get justice. With less than one-fifth of reported rapes resulting in a conviction, this is a very likely scenario. And since a trial can be public and difficult for the victim, it often seems easier to keep it quiet.

It is important to never make a victim feel blamed or shamed for her attack. But we can all take steps to assure that we feel safe on college campuses. Self Secure offers a line of products targeted to college women that you can always have on hand for peace of mind and protection.

Safety Tips for Kids

child_safetyWhen we think of personal safety, we think of the girl walking home from a party after dark. But over 50,000 children are abducted by people not related to them every year, and the number multiples by four when family member abductions are included. These numbers are large enough that we repeat “stranger danger”, but there are some more useful safety tips you can practice with your children.

1. Make sure your child knows that you are a safe resource. Listen to his or her day to day activities, especially if they seem troubled.
2. Teach your children why you have safety measures, such as the buddy system, in place. That shows them that you value their reasoning and can help them learn to trust their instincts.
3. Practice safety skills by giving your children scenarios and discussing their reactions to problems and why they are or are not suitable.
4. Show your child how to call 9-1-1 or your home phone number. Also be sure they know all emergency contact information, such as their full name and perhaps another trusted adult’s information.
5. Tour local areas with your child, pointing out safe routes or places to seek help.

Your child’s biggest resource for safety is you. Your behaviors and rules will teach them safe behaviors of their own. If your child is old enough and can be trusted with self-defense products such as pepper spray or an alarm, Self Secure offers a line of products that will help your child defend himself against others and help to give you peace of mind.

Tips on Being a Difficult Target

Don't be an easy target. Learn to protect yourself with Self Secure Products.

Don’t be an easy target. Learn to protect yourself with Self Secure Products.

In a recent post, we discussed several points that can make you an easy target, as described by actual attackers who were serving time in prison. Here, we’ll continue the conversation by highlighting the points that rapists gave about fighting off an attacker.

First, it can help to know the places you might be the most at risk of an attack. The three most common areas people are attacked or abducted include the following:

• Parking lots
• Parking garages
• Public restrooms

If you are in any of these places, it is important to keep a close eye on your surroundings. This goes for anywhere that you are out, especially if you’re alone.

Attackers are going to go after those they feel will not cause them any trouble. Therefore, if you are approached by someone who gives you a bad feeling, the first thing you might do is look him in the eye and say something. This lets him know that you have a solid mental image of what he looks like. If he continues to advance, it can help to loudly and firmly yell at him to stay back, and that you have pepper spray. Hold your pepper spray out to be ready to use.

Attackers will usually go after only those they suspect won’t put up much of a fight. By immediately asserting your willingness to defend yourself, you give him a strong message that he won’t get very far with you and might even sustain an injury.

One final point to note is that long, pointy or heavy items, including umbrellas, canes, walking sticks and the like, may deter a potential attacker before he even gets close to you. He could see these items as weapons that you’d use against him if he got too close. Items like pepper spray that you keep on your keychain are good alternatives for a long-reaching defensive object without having to carry around something heavier. Visit our website for a comprehensive look at the different defensive products available to you.