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90% of pepper sprays on the market claim an unrealistic, false and/or unsubstantiated “true” heat rating.

A word about pepper spray effectiveness:

As
you know, there are many self-defense sprays on the market today.  Pick up a few packages, and you will see that
their effectiveness is advertised and presented in a few different ways.  Of course, common sense tells us that what
really matters most is “how hot is the spray that hits the attacker?”  In marketing the effectiveness of their
pepper spray products, some manufacturers stress the amount of OC (Oleoresin
Capsicum–shown as a percentage) in their spray.  Others stress the SHU (Scoville Heat Unit)
value of the OC contained within the spray, or they use a combination of the
two.  Security Plus believes that neither
method is a true and accurate measurement of effectiveness.  This is why:

 

The
OC percentage is, simply put, the percentage of OC contained within the defense
sprays formulation.  A spray that
advertises a “10% OC” content simply contains 10% OC (active ingredient), and
90% inactive ingredients.  What this
percentage does not tell you, however, is the potency, or “hotness,” of
the OC AFTER it is blended with its inactive ingredients.

 

Stressing
the SHU value, or “potency,” of the OC is another measure used by
manufacturers.  This value is simply the
strength of the OC before it is diluted in the remainder of the
solution.  Sure, the OC in a spray may
come from peppers with a 2,000,000 SHU value, but what percentage of the final
formula actually contains OC?

 

Bottom
Line?  Neither the OC percentage nor the
SHU rating are accurate measurements of the strength of the formula inside a
can of pepper spray!  Simple math would
tell you that a 10% OC formula manufactured from 2,000,000 SHU strength OC should
yield a spray with a 200,000 SHU, right? 
Unfortunately, chemistry is not that simple of a science!  While advertising the simple math is not necessarily
an outright lie, it is very misleading.

 

The only true and accurate way to measure a spray’s potency is to
measure it AFTER it leaves the nozzle. 

 

This
is why Security Plus® had other sprays independently tested and
rated on how they perform when they leave the can, not on what the base
formulation is before it is blended with other ingredients.  That is why Security Plus®
advertises the actual “Nozzle SHU” of their defense spray:  the strength of the spray after it
leaves the nozzle.  They also had an
independent lab test the formulas of the competing sprays.  Compared with what these other brands
advertise, the results are surprising! 
Only Security Plus guarantees the strength of the spray when it
leaves the can!

 

Security
Plus® is the ONLY company that fully guarantees its OC spray heat
rating.  Security Plus®
realized that the safety of their friends and family were at stake with their
products.  That is why they developed a
line of new defense spray formulations that you, your friends and your family
could depend on at any time.  Security
Plus® is so confident of the effectiveness of their spray formulas,
that they actually guarantee it, 100%. 

 

Here
are a couple of examples: 

 

The
Security Plus® 23% OC formulation, is now called HeatWave Max:  Guaranteed at least 180k nozzle SHU’s.

 

Compare
Security Plus® Brand Nozzle SHU’s with the competition!

 

We
believe that an educated consumer is a wise consumer.  What to buy for your personal
self-defense, and that of your loved ones, is an important decision.  We want to help you make it a wise one. 

 

Security
Plus Brand®– Professional Grade Products for Commercial and Personal
Use
.



Quality & Effectiveness of Your

OC (Pepper Spray)



VS.


Quality & Effectiveness Claimed


90% of pepper sprays on the

market claim an unrealistic, false

and/or unsubstantiated “true”

heat rating.


The math you use for this is really

very simple. If the OC spray claims

10%, then you multiply the SHU

rating by 10% and that will tell

you what you should get out of

the nozzle, or business end, of

your pepper spray.



It looks like this.

If the product label claims:


15% OC at 2 million scoville heat

units (SHU), you multiply the

claimed SHU by the claimed

percentage of OC.


i.e.:

2,000,000 SHU

X 15% (or .15)

= 300,000 “true” SHU


or


5,300,000 SHU

X 5% (or .05)

= 265,000 “true” SHU


Use the same formula for ANY

OC spray that claims an OC %

and an SHU. Then compare it

to our Tru-Temp Index Chart.


What you will discover is that

MOST OC sprays don’t even

come close to their claimed heat rating.


Are you getting what you paid for?

Total capsaicinoids

+/- .01%

The True Nozzle Temperature

Percentage of total SHU in relation to
benchmark; HEATWAVE Max

“Be safe on the streets!” New self defense products protect anyone.

HOW TO REDUCE CRIME IN YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD

While we don’t like to talk about it—or even think about it—crime is on the increase in America, and throughout the world. The number of burglars, muggers, auto thieves, robbers, purse snatchers, etc. is growing at an alarming rate. Now you, as a resident, working with neighbors can help reduce the crime rate.

How? By organizing and/or joining a neighborhood program in which you and your neighbors get together to learn how to protect yourselves, your families, your homes, and your property. Working together, you can get the criminals off your block and out of your area.

There’s safety in numbers and power through working with a group. You’ll get to know your neighbors better, and working with them you can reduce crime, develop a more united community, provide an avenue of communications between police and citizens, establish on-going crime prevention techniques in your neighborhood, and renew citizen interest in community activity.

“Citizen Safety Projects” are set up to help you do this. It is a joint effort between private citizens and local police. Such programs have been started all over the country. Maybe one already exists in your community.

These organizations don’t require frequent meetings (once a month or so). They don’t ask anyone to take personal risks to prevent crime. They leave the responsibility for catching criminals where it belongs—with the police. This is not a “vigilante” group!

These groups gather citizens together to learn crime prevention from local authorities. You cooperate with your neighbors to report suspicious activities in the neighborhood, to keep an eye on homes when the resident is away, and to keep everyone in the area mindful of the standard precautions for property and self that should always be taken. Criminals avoid neighborhoods where such groups exist.

Through cooperation with local law enforcement agencies, some of the things you will learn—and all free—are:

1.What to do in an emergency.

2.How to best identify a suspicious person.

3.How to identify a vehicle being used in a suspected criminal activity.

4.Signs to watch out for before entering a house or apartment that may be in the process of being burglarized.

5.What to do in case of injury.

6.What to do about suspicious people loitering on your street.

7.How to identify stolen merchandise.

8.How to recognize an auto theft in progress.

9.How to protect your house or apartment.

10.How to recognize a burglary in progress.

11.How to protect yourself and your family …and much more.

It’s easy to get your group started. All you have to do is contact your neighbors and arrange a date, place and time for the first meeting. Hold the meetings at your home or that of a neighbor. Try to plan a time that is convenient to most of your neighbors— preferably in the evening.

Then call your local police department. They will be happy to give your group informal lectures, free literature—and in many instances, window stickers and ID cards. Remember, police officers can’t be everywhere. Your cooperation with them is for the benefit of you, your family, your neighbors and your neighborhood.

“Be safe on the streets!” New self defense products protect anyone.

 

HOW TO BURGLAR-PROOF YOUR WINDOWS

Many burglars enter homes by simply breaking glass windows. A good deterrent is to have better quality glass installed at vulnerable points around the perimeter of your residence. Most burglars avoid attempting to break the following glass due to the fear of attracting attention:

LAMINATED GLASS has a vinyl or plastic inner layer sandwiched between two layers of glass. This type of glass adds additional strength to your windows. To gain entry, a burglar would have to strike the glass repeatedly in the same spot in order to make a small opening. Most burglars are reluctant to create this type of noise for fear of being detected.

TEMPERED GLASS is made by placing regular glass in an oven, bringing it almost to the melting point, and then chilling it rapidly. This causes a skin to form around the glass. Fully tempered glass is four to five times stronger than regular glass.

WIRED GLASS adds the benefit of a visible deterrent. Extra effort will be needed to break the glass and then cut through the wire located within the glass, in order to gain entry.

PLASTICS: Plastic material is divided into two types: acrylic and polycarbonate. The acrylics are more than ten times stronger than glass of the same thickness and are commonly called plexiglass. Polycarbonate sheets are superior to acrylics and are advertised as 250 times more impact resistant than safety glass, and 20 times more than other transparent plastic.

SECURING SLIDING WINDOWS

With SLIDING WINDOWS the primary object is to keep the window from sliding or being lifted up and out of the track. There are many manufactured products available for securing windows. Here are some suggestions:

PINNED WINDOW ANTI-SLIDE BLOCK SLIDE BOLT: It is not recommended that you lock a window in a ventilating position. This is an invitation to a prying action which can result in entry. Key locking devices offer no real security, and they can be an exit hazard in the case of a fire.

CASEMENT WINDOWS are the simplest to secure. Make sure the latch works properly and that the “operator” has no excess play. If so, replace the worn hardware.

DOUBLE HUNG WINDOWS have latches that are easily jimmied open. If a window is not used, screw it shut (except bedroom). For windows in use, drill a sloping hole into the top of the bottom window, through and into the bottom of the top window, and insert an easily removable pin or nail.

LOUVRE WINDOWS are bad security risks. Remove and replace with solid glass or other type of ventilating window. Or protect with a grate or grille (except bedrooms).

WARNING: One window in every bedroom on the ground floor and second floor must be left available as a fire exit, particularly for children and guests in your home. At night, the bedroom window may often be the quickest and safest means of getting out. Because of the danger of fire, decorative grilles are not recommended on bedroom windows.

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HOW TO BURGLAR-PROOF YOUR DOORS

The majority of devices mentioned in this report cost very little. All of them will help reduce burglary and make your house or apartment more secure.

Begin with a home “security” check. Start with the front door and work clockwise around the entire inside of your home, finishing with the backyard, fence and shrubs, gates and garage.

Shrubbery should never block your view of your front door. This allows an intruder the opportunity of privacy to gain entrance.

A wide angle viewer in the door lets you know your visitor in advance. This item is recommended over a chain lock.

LOCKS, BOLTS AND HINGES

A DEAD-LATCH is an inexpensive lock set which keeps the burglar from simply slipping your door open with a plastic credit card. This method is common in many areas, but very easy to prevent.

AUXILIARY DEADLOCK: 1” deadbolt, single cylinder with hardened cylinder guard and thumb turn.

For extra security, a single cylinder deadbolt lock with one inch throw and case-hardened insert is recommended for all exterior doors. If you have easily breakable glass within 40 inches of a deadbolt lock, it should be augmented with a stronger type of glass or plastic to provide adequate security.

Most police departments do not recommend deadbolt locks for residential use. You may be adding additional security at the expense of personal  with a double cylinder deadbolt. For example, you could lock yourself in and not be able to escape in case of fire or other emergency.

THE RIM LOCK is a 1” deadbolt lock which is installed on the inside surface of the door. It is less expensive than other types of locks but equally effective for security.

THE “JIMMY-PROOF” RIM LOCK is another lock which is installed on the inside surface of the door. This lock has vertical dead bolts, which are approved locking devices.

CANE BOLTS: 1/2” in diameter by 12” high, installed at the top and bottom of the inactive door offers minimum security. Many homes with pairs of doors, use half-barrel slidebolts on the inactive door. These are weak and totally inadequate.

FLUSH BOLTS: Installed at the top and bottom of the inactive door or a pair of doors, flush bolts offer additional security, since the intruder cannot get at these devices to tamper with them if the doors are locked.

HINGE PROTECTION

Some exterior doors are improperly installed so that the hinges are installed from outside. To protect such a door from being lifted from its hinges by pulling the hinge pin, follow these simple steps:

1.Remove two screws, opposite each other, from both leaves of the hinge.

2.Insert screw or cement nail into the jamb leaf, protruding 1/2”.

3.Drill out the opposing screw hole in the door. Do this in the top and bottom hinge of the door. When closed, the hinge pins may be removed, but the door will remain firmly in place.

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HOW TO PROTECT YOUR HOME WHILE AWAY

Be sure to lock your doors before you leave, and let a neighbor have a key. When leaving your home, practice the following advice—it could pay big, big dividends.

GOING SHOPPING OR OUT TO DINNER

 A residence which presents a “lived-in” appearance is a deterrent to burglars. Never leave notes on your door that can inform a burglar that your house is unoccupied. Make certain all windows and doors are secured before departing. An empty garage advertises your absence, so close the doors.

When going out at night, leave one or more interior lights on and perhaps a radio playing (TV sets should not be left unattended). Timers may be purchased that will turn lights on and off during your absence.

Do not leave door keys under flower pots or doormats, inside an unlocked mailbox, over the doorway, or in other obvious places.

PLANNING VACATIONS OR PROLONGED ABSENCES

Discontinue milk, newspaper, and other deliveries ahead of time by phone or in person. Don’t leave notes.

Arrange for lawn care and have someone remove advertising circulars and other debris regularly. On the other hand, several toys scattered about will create an impression of occupancy.

Notify the post office to hold or forward your mail. Another option would be to have a trustworthy person pick it up daily. Apartment house tenants should also heed this hint since stuffed mail receptacles are a give-away when no one is home.

Inform neighbors of your absence so they can be extra alert for suspicious persons. Leave a key with them so your home may be periodically inspected. Ask them to vary the positions of your shades and blinds.

When you leave, do not publicize your plans. Some burglars specialize in reading newspaper accounts of other people’s vacation activities.

If you find a door or window has been forced or broken while you were away, DO NOT ENTER. The criminal may still be inside. Use a neighbor’s phone to immediately summon police.

Do not touch anything or clean up if a crime has occurred. Preserve the scene until police inspect for evidence.

ALWAYS REMEMBER TO:

1.Lock before you leave.

2.Trust a neighbor with a key.

3.Be a concerned neighbor, yourself.

“Be safe on the streets!” New self defense products protect anyone.

HOW TO PROTECT YOUR CARS, BICYCLES AND MOTORCYCLES

HOW TO PROTECT YOUR CAR Always lock your car doors. Be certain all windows are completely closed. When driving, keep all doors locked. It is best to park in attended lots. If you must leave a key with the attendant, leave only the ignition key. In all cases lock your car. At night, park only in well-lighted areas.

If you have a garage, the single lock on the door is inadequate to keep intruders from prying up the opposite side and crawling in. One of three methods may be used to secure the door: 1) add another bolt and padlock on the opposite side, or 2) install a pair of bolts on the inside—only operable from the inside, or 3) add a top center hasp. Any person of average height can operate this locking device. The hasp must be of hardened steel and installed with carriage bolts through the door or gate. Use large washers on the inside. After the nuts are secured, deface the threads of the bolt ends with a hammer to keep the nuts from being removed.

In every case, use a minimum standard exterior padlock. Don’t hide a key outside. Most hiding places are obvious to the burglar.

Never leave a padlock unlocked. This is an invitation to have the padlock removed so that a key can be made, and the lock returned to its position. Later, the burglar returns when no one is home and enters at his leisure, using “his” key.

HOW TO PROTECT BICYCLES

You don’t leave your car unlocked, so treat your bicycle the same way. Use an approved chain and padlock whenever you are not in the seat! Locket it to the garage—with a 3/8” x 6” eye screw fastened to a stud. The eye screw should be at least three feet above the floor, because this makes using a pry bar much more difficult. Whenever you lock your bike in a public place, chain it to a secure rack or stanchion through the frame and a wheel. Keep the chain high above the ground as the bike will allow. This reduces the leverage for a pry bar or bolt cutter attack.

MINIMUM STANDARD FOR APPROVED CHAIN

The chain must be at least 5/16” hardened steel alloy. Links must be of continuous welded construction. Lighter chain, or chain with open links simply will not withstand bolt cutting attacks. Don’t give your bike away! Using anything less will invite its theft.

HOW TO PROTECT MOTORCYCLES

These expensive bikes require additional security measures. They must be secured with a mated 3/8” hardened steel alloy chain and a padlock of equal strength. Sheathed cable has not proven to be a satisfactory deterrent to theft.

LIGHTING

Good exterior lighting is important, particularly when the yard area is obscured by high, non-removable shrubbery. The best possible location for outside lights is under the eves. This makes ground level assault more difficult. You can buy an expensive timer or photo-electric cell which will automatically turn the lights on at dusk and turn them off at dawn.

“Be safe on the streets!” New self defense products protect anyone.

HOW SHOPLIFTING AFFECTS YOU AND YOUR FAMILY

One of the most common non-violent crimes facing America today—and most of the world—is shoplifting. So prevalent is this problem, that most stores and shops automatically increase prices (as much as 10%) to cover these losses.

Shoplifters fall into several categories. First, there are the “professionals.” They make their living by stealing—most often to their “customer’s” specifications. They have to perfect their technique to operate…to remove labels with scissors or razor blades, that could incriminate them if caught…or by designing a “booster” box for stolen articles…or the expert use of “bad bags” (shopping bags)… or “booster” skirts or pants (ordinary appearing garments with baglike compartments inside)…plus dozes of other clever “professional’s tools.”

Some take things they could easily pay for and perhaps do not even want. These offenders may suffer from kleptomania, a neurotic, irresistible compulsion to steal. This is almost never done for the purpose of acquiring the item taken. While these people may not necessarily be considered mentally ill, generally “kleptomaniacs” are emotionally disturbed.

The greatest number of shoplifters are “amateurs.” Usually, they have little money, few scruples and an intense desire to own luxuries. Psychologists say the four most common urges and emotions underlying these crimes are: 1) profound feelings of guilt; 2) a wish to be punished; 3) a need to prove their worth, and/or 4) an impulse to retaliate for real or fancied wrongs. These shoplifters are not necessarily ill or disturbed, they simply steal because it pays.

Whether the item taken is of little value (as a candy bar or piece of bubble gum), or of greater worth (a watch or a camera), it is still shoplifting (theft) and it is still a crime. These crimes affect us all by being forced to pay higher prices.

HOW TO TELL IF YOUR CHILDREN ARE S HOPLIFTERS

No matter how young children are, they must be taught that to take anything without paying for it is a wrongful act. If a child does not realize this at an early age, it may set a pattern that could follow him into adulthood, with disturbing consequences.

The simplest way to prevent a child from stealing is to watch him at all times while you are shopping and reprimand him when the act takes place. If this fails, take him to the store manager or other authoritative personnel and say something like, “My son took this. Will you please tell him what happens to people who steal.”

Naturally, it is a more serious problem when teenagers and adults engage in shoplifting. A friend or family member may be extremely secretive, but if they engage in shoplifting regularly, there are usually giveaway clues as to their activities: 1) extra unexplained income; 2) possession of luxuries you know they cannot afford, 3) secretive habits during certain times of the day, and/or 4) lavish gifts for friends and acquaintances.

WHEN YOU DISCOVER A SHOPLIFTER

If it’s a stranger in the illegal act, notify store personnel.

If it’s a friend or family member, warn him first. If this fails, tell someone in his family. As a last resort, you may have to notify police.

“Be safe on the streets!” New self defense products protect anyone.

HOW TO SAFEGUARD AGAINST RAPE

If you are a female, chances are one in ten that you will be a victim of sexual assault. The attacker makes no distinction between age, race, appearance or any other characteristic. You are more likely to become a victim because of the way you walk and talk.

Common sense is your best defense against attack. Because every rape is difference, there’s no one solution for thwarting an attack. Keep in mind that the attacker must have the opportunity and privacy to be able to assault you.

Be aware of your surroundings. Walk and talk with confidence. Don’t look or act like a victim. Have a plan in mind of what you will do if you are ever attacked. Carry a pepper sprayer on your key chain; learn how to use it effectively.

If you are attacked, evaluate the situation and look for ways to escape. Some women have avoided rape by talking their way out of it, by acting crazy or by fighting back. A kick in the groin isn’t usually successful because men instinctively protect this area, and you may lose your balance.

If you decide to respond physically, remember that your first priority is to get away. Don’t be afraid to do anything necessary to accomplish this. (Don’t worry about hurting him.) Your safety and escape are of the utmost importance. Act quickly and decisively to throw the attacker off guard while you escape. Never go with him to a second location.

After an attack:

A. Go to a safe place.

B.Call the police.

C. Preserve evidence—don’t change your clothes or disturb the scene of the crime.

D. Get medical care.

E.Contact your nearest rape crisis center.

Medical attention is vital! Many hospitals provide free care for rape victims and offer venereal disease treatment. Remember, even if you do get treatment immediately, follow-up tests for V.D. are essential.

Never be embarrassed because of the incident. Though difficult to talk about, it is important to tell doctors what sex acts took place so they will know what medical attention is needed.

Try to remember in detail you exact experience, for police records. Give an accurate and complete description of your assailant. This is extremely important! Your complete cooperation with local authorities may help in preventing similar attacks on other girls and women.

“Be safe on the streets!” New self defense products protect anyone.

HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM PICKPOCKETS

The “art” of picking pockets is among one of the world’s oldest professions. Author Charles Dickens’ Artful Dodger is probably among the best known pickpockets. However, all are not juveniles and all are not males!

The skilled pickpocket is not the seedy character you’d expect to find lurking in a dark doorway. He (or she) appears about as average as you and me in appearance and manner. Because they make a study of how to “blend” into the crowd, pickpockets usually remain undetected and can practice their activities with little hindrance.

Pickpockets follow no regular schedule. They operate equally well during daylight hours as well as at night. And if you have been led to believe that picking pockets takes place only in crowds, forget it! The only known fact is that they generally focus on the public during times when they might be carrying more money than usual, such as during pre- holiday spending sprees, store sales, at fairs, carnivals, horse races, gambling casinos, near bank entrances, etc.

While many pickpockets work alone, there are also teams of two or three which sometimes involves a female accomplice. A team with nimble fingers is next to impossible to apprehend. The first team member removes the valuables from the unsuspecting victim’s pockets. He then secretly passes them on to the next member who quickly disappears. When a female member is also employed, she generally engages the victim in conversation to distract or delay his attention.

Contrary to what most think, experienced pickpockets so not place their hands all the way into the victims’ pockets. Rather, the expert criminal reaches into the top of the pocket, takes a pleat in the lining, then makes a dozen or so more tiny pleats, folding the lining with swift dexterity between his fingers. The shortened pocket lining moves the valuables upward so that they emerge atthe mouth of the pocket. The entire act takes place in a second or two.

The best protection for foiling pickpockets is to remove the opportunity of becoming a victim…

FOR MEN… 1.The target areas are back trouser pockets, and suit coat and sports jackets, located inside and out. A pickpocket who values his freedom avoids front trouser pockets and especially buttoned or zipped pockets. 2.If it is necessary to carry your wallet in an unbuttoned pants, coat or jacket pocket, be sure it contains only what you can afford to lose. Keep large sums of money, credit cards, IDs, etc. in your front pants’ pocket or any buttoned or zipped pocket; keys on a chain attached to your clothing. 3.Never “pat” your pocket to see if your wallet is still there. This notifies the criminal of the location of your valuables. 4.Larger size “pocket secretaries” are especially inviting to pickpockets—and relatively easy to steal.

FOR WOMEN… 1.Do not carry your wallet in your purse. Conceal it in a coat or sweater pocket where it does not show a bulge. 2.Use a purse that is difficult or time consuming to open. 3.Never let your purse lie unattended on a store counter or in a grocery shopping cart.

If you have been victimized by a pickpocket, immediately notify police and give the best description you can.

“Be safe on the streets!” New self defense products protect anyone.

HOW TO PROTECT YOURSELF FROM ARMED ROBBERY

While purse snatching is one of today’s most common crimes facing women, strong arm robbery (hold-ups, muggings) is the most prevalent act where men are generally the victims.

By observing the basic rules of “common sense,” your chances of being victimized are greatly reduced. Since most strong arm robberies occur during the hours between sunset and sunrise, the best rule to follow is simply to stay inside at night. However, to even consider being confined to a secure area after the sun goes down is not only impossible, it is also ridiculous. By observing basic precautionary measures, chances of you becoming a robbery victim are greatly reduced. Here are some general rules to follow: 1.Travel on well-lighted streets. Avoid dark corners, alleys and  entrances to buildings. Always try to walk on the side of the street nearest oncoming traffic.

2.If you must travel at night regularly, don’t carry more that you can afford to lose. One suggestion is to carry a second wallet containing a few $1.00 bills and old expired credit cards, which are normally destroyed or discarded. If confronted at knife or gunpoint, give the criminal the second wallet and concentrate on a good physical description to help the police in making the arrest.

3.There’s safety in numbers! If possible, walk with a companion—either male or female. An armed robber is less likely to confront two or more, than a lone individual.

4.When waiting for a bus or streetcar, try to select a well-lighted area. Aim for a busy stop where many people will be coming and going.

5.Don’t hitchhike or accept rides from strangers.

6.Avoid taking shortcuts through deserted areas such as parks, playgrounds, vacant lots, alleys, etc.

7.Be cautious entering your car—someone may be hiding inside. Or, when leaving your car, someone may be waiting. Park in well-lighted areas.

8.Never carry weapons that can be used against you.

9.If someone asks directions, keep a polite but safe distance.

10. If you are alone and think you are being followed, head for an occupied building such as a bar, restaurant, filling station, fire station, etc. If none is available, cross the street in the middle of the block. If there is street vehicular traffic, try to stop a car for help.

IF YOU ARE CONFRONTED 1. DO NOT RESIST! Cooperate! Give the criminal whatever he asks for—wallet, keys, jewelry, credit cards or whatever. Your life is more valuable than replaceable possessions.

2.Don’t make any sudden, unexpected moves. A nervous criminal may think you are reaching for a concealed weapon.

3.If the criminal claims he has a gun, knife, razor or whatever in his pocket, never try to force his bluff.

4.Never try to be a hero and apprehend the criminal yourself.

5.Notify police as soon as possible.

Be safe on the streets!” New self defense products protect anyone.