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Monthly Archives: June 2011

  • Dog Attack Prevention

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    Up dated 05-21-16

    The Associated Press wrote that in 2011 there were over 4.7 million reported dog bites in the United States and a majority of the bite victims were children.

    The United States Postal Service reported 5,600 mail carriers were bitten last year with costs over a million dollars for medical treatment.

    Each year the USPS sets up for their annual dog bite prevention program, where the service's goal is to help reduce the number of attacks on Americans.

    Here are some anti-bite tips regarding dogs:

    Remember that dogs are descendants of wild animals. They still have those instincts. Many times I have heard the words " my dog has never done that before", or my dog "is normally gentle and has never bitten anyone before".

    If you were jogging, walking, or riding a bicycle, would you run by a wild wolf? Domesticated dogs still have the instinct to chase and catch prey. If you see a loose dog, stop, turn and walk away slowly until the dog is out of sight.

    If the dog threatens you, don't scream. This shows weakness. Avoid eye contact as this can show aggression or a challenge to the dog. Try to remain motionless until the dog leaves and then go the opposite direction slowly.

    Don't approach dogs that are fenced in or tied up.

    One of the most dangerous dog situations, is where you find dogs grouped in packs. Don't walk by a pack of dogs, even if they appear friendly.
    If a dog attacks, try to place something between you and the dog, like a bicycle, chair, or rake.

    Use your pepper spray dog repellent. Our EPA approved Mace® Muzzle provides safe, effective and humane protection against dog attack. Ideal protection for walkers, joggers, cyclists or delivery people.

    The US Postal Service has these requests for dog owners:

    When a mail carrier comes to your home, please keep your dog inside the home and in a room away from the front door. Dogs want to protect their master and will escape through a door if possible.

    Please don't send your children to a mail carrier to pick up your mail if you have a dog present, because the dog may see the mail carrier as a threat to the child. Again they will protect the family.


    Other dog owner tips include:

    Use a leash when walking your dog. Remember there are those instincts that can take over, no matter the size or breed of the dog.

    Don't place your dog where it may feel threatened or teased. A large percentage of child dog bites are from family dogs known to the child.

    Never leave a baby or small child alone with a dog.

    Be alert for potentially dangerous situations that arise with your dog.

    Teach children to be careful around pets; not to approach strange dogs, or try to pet dogs through fences.

    Train and know your dog. Teach the dog basic commands including sit, stay, no, and come. Check with your local jurisdiction for obedience classes.

    Make sure your dog has up to date shots and that there is a way to identify your dog if found loose. It may mean the difference for a child to have to go through Rabies shots.
    It doesn't take a bite to cause Rabies. A little girl in our area contracted Rabies from a paw scratch. She miraculously survived but it will takes months for her to rehabilitate.

    Enjoy your dog and be safe out there.

  • HandCuffs Often Overlooked for Self Defense

    HandcuffsSecurity guards, police officers, and other law enforcement individuals wouldn't be caught on duty without a good set of Handcuffs. I carried two sets and occasionally I needed to borrow additional sets at crime scenes.  But what about off duty or at home?


    The reasons we carry handcuffs are to:

    Restrain by tightening the wrists together, so hands and arms cannot be used, while not harming the suspect.

    Increase our safety from attack by the suspect.

    Reduce the chance of escape of the suspect.

    But what about off duty and at home.

    We all carry Self Defense weapons and we should be carrying handcuffs anywhere we go.  If we run into a situation where we need our weapons, we will also need a way to restrain a suspect while waiting for help.

    Citizens also carry Self defense products. Some have permits for lethal weapons, but the most carry non-lethal products, like pepper spray, stun guns or Tasers. Should citizens have handcuffs available?

    While it is usually best practice to get away from an assailant or would be robber to get help, there are times when handcuffs will be needed.

    As an example; you catch a burglar in your home and you are threatened by him.  After you use a self defense weapon, you have help to hold the suspect down. Handcuffs would restrain him/her until the police could arrive.

    Handcuff tips:

    Choose made from materials such as stainless steel, aluminum or carbon steel. There also types that are usually nickel coated/plated, which should afford you a few years of good use before the plating starts to chip.

    Make sure that they can be double locked. A double lock handcuff is placed onto a person, tightened and then a button is depressed with the cuff key. This locks the cuff so it cannot be tightened further, loosened, or easily picked.

    If you need to use handcuffs, place them on the wrists of the suspect with arms behind him. (Arms in front can be used for a choking weapon, or allow easy reach of a weapon hidden on the person.) Tighten the cuffs so that the suspect cannot get out of them without using a key. Depress the double lock button with the cuff key and watch the suspect constantly until the police arrive.

    You may have heard of thumbcuffs and legcuffs:

    Thumbcuffs are used on the thumbs instead of the wrists. They are small, easy to carry, and can be used to restrain a suspect as described above. They are easier for a suspect to get out of and if they are used, be diligent in watching the suspect until police arrive.

    Legcuffs are usually used to restrain the legs so that a suspect can walk with short steps, but would be unable to run with any speed. We used these when we had an unusually strong or violent custody.  You will also see these used when defendants are brought into court. They are a good supplement to handcuffs, but I would not use them as a replacement.

    Be safe out there and remember that lives are precious; protect them.





  • Stun Gun Juggling on America's Got Tallent

    SM-MULTI_fStun Guns are one of the best self defense products currently on the market. They not only work well if you have to use them physically, but they have a fear factor by just sparking them defensively.

    In interviews with suspects known to attack for the purpose of rape or theft, some have indicated they had, or would walk away if they approached someone with an activated stun gun.

    I have seen different models in all kinds of TV shows, but never like I saw last week on America s Got Talent. Frank Miles on America s Got Tallent

    Frank Miles, a Juggler from San Fransisco California, walked out on a Los Angeles stage while talking to the audience about the worlds most dangerous and possibly deadly stunt he was about to do. Then he juggled three activated 500,000 volt Stun Guns that he had mounted on sticks. While he juggled, he made comments about how dangerous the stunt was like; "it is a scientific fact that if I grab two of these on the wrong end at the same time that would suck". To add to the effect, Frank stepped into a trough filled with water.

    The Judges and audience had terified looks on their faces and believed what Frank said. The Judges thought he would be dead if he droped the sparking objects in the water. They were so impressed that they sent him onto the next round.

    Frank knew exactly what he was doing and in my opinion was in no deadly or lasting phyiscal danger. Although it would hurt and possibly knock him off his feet if he grabbed the wrong end, the voltage of 500,000 volts was not dangerous without high amperage. These product's amperage is actually very low, so it will not cause any lasting harm to the person who receives a shock from it.

    What is really important is that the audience thought he was in real danger of great bodily harm or death. It is this belief that causes the fear factor of the product to work so well for self defense.

    When I demonstrate a stun gun product, I always go through the functions of the unit and how effective they can be.

    A one second contact to an attacker with the device will repel, startle and trigger muscle contraction. One to two seconds will cause muscle spasms, a dazed condition and possibly a loss of balance. Three or more seconds will cause loss of equilibrium and muscle control, mental bewilderment and severe disorientation. The attacker will be unable to recover for several minutes and effects may well last for up to fifteen minutes.

    After this explanation, I will hold the model I am showing and explain the contact ends, and spark test the unit. Everyone listening or watching the test will jump and move away.

    The same thing happens when an attacker sees and hears the spark of a stun gun. He/she knows that if they don't back off it is going to be like Frank said above.

    So keep your stun gun with you and at ready. If you are threatened, Show and spark it. Your assailant will think twice and it may be all the self defense you need to get away and get help.

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