Monday, December 29, 2008

2009 New Years Resolution: To Live a Long Life?

Todays Headline: Americas Oldest Man Dies at 112
Wow! Can you imagine living that long? What's your new years resolution for 2009?

George Francis lived through WWI and WWII and was 112 years old plus 204 days. He was an African-American who was born on June 6, 1896, in New Orleans. He lived and experienced the racial tensions in the South. Was married and had 3 children, one of which is shown in the photo. His daughter who is 81 is holding a newspaper with President-elect Barack Obama on the front page, whom George voted for on the last elections.

I can't help but ask myself, would I want to live that long? Would you want to be around for that many years? I guess if it depended on our wishes and not purely on our health, if you love life, like most of us do, the answer would be YES! I think about this quite often because it so happens, I have a grandmother that is going to be 105 this coming February. It looks like she is going to be around for 2009!

I think about how she has lived her life. I've asked her what she normally eats, drinks, etc. I do know one thing, she is a non-smoker and doesn't drink alcohol. She has seen everybody that she knew during her youth, pass away, including her husband. It not only takes good health, it also takes emotional strength. My grandmother always had and still has a lot of determination and was disciplinary many a times with me, while I was growing up. She had and still has a very strong personality. She used to ride a horse as a young woman and was around when the first cars came out, which of course, she drove. She lived most of her young adult life on a farm with my grandfather and 5 children. Every night before bedtime she would grab their rifle and fire it up in the air, "to let other people and critters know, not to mess with her property or family" she stated. I attribute her longevity to the healthy lifestyle of being out in the country. Especially since back then, there were no pesticides.

With the new year coming, we all think about the life we have had in the past and what the new year will bring us. I hope all your wishes for 2009 come true and that you LIVE A LONG & HAPPY LIFE!

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Sex offender Rickey Robbins on the loose

Ladies beware of this sex offender that had served time back in 1983 for raping a woman in Oregon. He served time for that offense and was arrested again in 2007 when he fled from his parole supervision. During that time, he managed to break into two other women's homes in upstate New York. But his record did not stop there. Rickey Robbins served time again for those crimes and in 2008 he was apprehended when authorities found him viewing child pornography in a university library in New Orleans!

As you can see, this guy gets around too. He has committed crimes in 3 different states! He is not only interested in women, but also in children!

Scott Berkowitz who is president and founder of RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), mentioned that he was discouraged. He mentioned that there are hundreds of thousands of missing sex offenders in the U.S. and that all of these offenders should have received longer prison sentences. He also stated that rapists are usually repeat offenders and that they should be kept behind bars for a longer period of time.

A reminder, previously mentioned on a blog post; rapists attack more during the holidays due to the fact that there are more intoxicated and less careful people walking around. This gives them the upper hand on raping women and men and they know it!

Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Workplace Helps w/Domestic Violence

There has been some branching out from some domestic violence organizations to include information of this problem to Corporate America. Organizations such as Safe Horizon have members of their organization, teaching companies about the impact of domestic violence in their workplaces. Not only does it increase health care expenses, but it also adds to employee absenteeism and productivity. Corporate America is learning how to distinguish between employees that are victims of domestic violence and employees that are not. They are taught to be aware of signs such as employees wearing long sleeves on hot days, sunglasses indoors, etc. They also are suggesting companies post domestic violence hotline phone numbers on signs everywhere in their offices. The signs around the office literally make victims stop and think when they see it written on a wall.

Presently there are 21 states with laws that require employers to assist victims of domestic violence by allowing them to take extra days off. The law also bans discrimination against employees that are in domestic violence situations.
This is very important now, especially with the financial crisis in our country. Victims have reported more violence from their partners due to painful economic conditions.

Below are links and phone numbers for more information:
National Coalition Against Domestic Violence
Safe Horizon's Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-621-HOPE (4673)
National Domestic Violence Hotline: 800-799-SAFE (7233)
Corporate Alliance to End Partner Violence

Monday, December 8, 2008

Safety Tips for The Holidays

Shopping Safety Tips
  • Even though you are rushing and thinking about a thousand things, stay alert to your surroundings and the people around you. If possible, park your car in an area of high pedestrian activity. Avoid remote areas.
  • Lock your car and close the windows, even if you are only gone for a few minutes.
  • Lock your packages out-of-sight in the trunk. Place your valuables in the trunk before you get to your destination, not after, a thief may be watching.
  • Be sure and lock your car, many opportunists simply look for unlocked cars.
  • Always report a theft to the police.
  • Teach your children to go to the store clerk and ask for help if you become separated while shopping. They should never go to the parking lot or the car alone.
  • Avoid carrying large amounts of cash. Pay for purchases with a check or credit card when possible; and if the credit card receipt has carbons, ask for these too. Notify issuers immediately if your credit card is lost, stolen, or misused.
  • Be extra careful with purses and wallets. They may become targets for crime in crowded shopping areas, at bus stops, and on public transportation.
  • Avoid overloading yourself with packages. It is important to have clear visibility and freedom of motion to avoid mishaps.
Home Safety Tips
  • At home, be extra cautious about locking doors and windows when you leave the house, even for a few minutes. Leave lights and a radio or television on so the house looks occupied. Do not put large displays of holiday gifts in view of your windows or doors.
  • If you go away for the holidays, try to keep your home appearing "lived in": Get an automatic timer for your lights. Have a neighbor watch your home and pick-up your newspapers and mail.
  • If you use lights on your tree, make sure that they are in good working order.
  • And lastly, when hosting a party, find alternative transportation for intoxicated guests; and when going out drinking, please remember: Don't Drink and Drive!
Party Safety Tips
  • Always get your own drink. Watch it being poured.
  • Don't leave it unattended.
  • Don't drink or taste anybody else's drink.
  • Don't accept drinks from anyone else.
  • When in bars or clubs always get your drink directly from the bartender and do not take your eyes off the bartender or your order; don't use the waitress or let somebody go to the bar for you.
  • At parties, only accept drinks in closed containers: bottles, cans or tetra packs.
  • Never leave your drink unattended or turn your back on your table.
  • Do not drink from open beverage sources like punch bowls, pitchers or tubs.
  • Drugs used to spike drinks can be colorless and tasteless so you might not realize that anything has been added.
  • Keep your eyes and ears open; if there is talk of date rape drugs or if friends seem "too intoxicated" for what they have taken, leave the party or club immediately and don't go back.
  • Be aware of the behavior of your friends. Is their behavior out of character? Do they seem too "out of it" for what they've had? See the section on Drink Spiking to find out what to do.
  • Watch out for your friends. Are they binge drinking or taking drugs? Are they making safe decisions? Are they OK?
  • If your friend needs to sober up or straighten out, check to see that they are OK. Are they alone? Who is with them? Are they safe?
  • Encourage people who are drunk to drink water or eat something. Keep an eye on them, if you can.
  • Do you really trust whom you are going home with? Are you sure they won't make you do anything you don't want to do? Will they take "NO" for an answer?
  • If you are going home with someone different, let someone know. Introduce them to your friends.
  • If you still want to be even more cautious, consider purchasing drink testing strips. Test your drink by simply dipping it in your glass. These strips will change color if any drug is detected

Monday, December 1, 2008

No Stampede Here!

Retailers seek customers during the holidays, but not necessarily unruly shoppers that break down doors to get in and trample an employee to death, like they did at Walmart! Was this necessary? What ever happened to being civilized and curtious towards others? Holidays are for caring about others but this incident certainly did not reflect that. Fortunately this type of thing does not happen often.

This leads me to Internet shopping. One good thing about shopping on the Internet, you don't have to deal with people pushing you around! Just sit back in your comfy chair next to your computer with a warm cup of coffee or tea and shop away... Ahhh, the pleasure of calmly selecting what you want to shop for and taking your time about it. Why make this pleasant giving to others opportunity an unpleasant one? The Internet is the ultimate shoppers paradise. You stay at home, no need to spend gas money or deal with the crowds or lines and no need to take a chill pill.

I hope you enjoy your holiday shopping and I wish you have a wonderful and safe holiday season!

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Press Release: Northwest Serial Rapist Has Columbus, Ohio Women On Guard

The self defense products website,, made its monthly product donation to the Hilliard Police Department in Hilliard, Ohio.

Indian Beach, NC November 21, 2008. donates self defense products to a different cause around the country each month. Due to a serial rapist in the Columbus, Ohio area still on the loose, decided to donate pepper spray products to the Hilliard Police Department in Hilliard (HPD), Ohio. According to Officer Suzy Muraco, the HPD has partnered with Crime Stoppers of Central Ohio and is now providing training classes on crime prevention. This partnership decision was made in response to the overwhelming concern of the citizens of the Columbus areas and especially in Hilliard, where the serial rapist has been known to attack. The pepper spray donated by will be distributed throughout these classes.

There has been a serial rapist on the loose in the Columbus, Ohio area. He first struck in June of this year. He has raped and attacked seven young women on the West and North sides of Columbus. The seventh victim was attacked on November 2nd in West Columbus. The serial rapist has a pattern of raping single women in their early twenties. He carries a weapon most of the time. Police mentioned that this rapist, first figures out his victim's daily patterns and then breaks into their homes and attacks them while they are asleep. He usually attacks in the early morning hours. From the nearly 300 tips received, investigators have narrowed down a list of 50-75 suspects.

Susan Eaton of stated that, “Personal and home safety should be taken very serious. There are many precautions that you and your family need to implement immediately for crime prevention. This includes your personal safety when you are not at home as well as safety precautions that need to be taken when you are at home.” Susan goes on to say, “When you are away from your home environment, always be aware of your surroundings and stay in well lit areas. Walk confidently at a steady pace because a rapist looks for someone who appears vulnerable. Avoid doorways, bushes and alleys where rapist can hide. When someone tries to enter your home, they will look for the path of least resistance because this is the best chance for them to get away without being caught. Get rid of these paths. If you have any shrubs in front of your windows, prune them low. Make sure that all doors and windows are locked and make sure that you have a deadbolt lock on all exterior doors. Keep your doors locked during the day as you would at night. You should also carry a self-defense product when you are away from home and you should always have something in your home for crime prevention.” was launched in October of 2006 by two determined women who set out to provide other women with much needed tools to defend themselves against crime. Susan Eaton and Martha Z. Martinez, the owners of the website, wanted to spread the word and let women know that it is easy to purchase self defense products such as Mace, pepper spray, stun guns, Taser products and personal alarms on their website. “Most women are unsure of where to purchase self defense products”, Martha mentioned, “Your local department stores usually do not carry crime prevention items such as these and gun shops can be intimidating to some women.” only sells non-lethal, self-defense products. Susan states, “We don’t carry guns or knives on our website. We realize that it is possible that if you are carrying a lethal weapon, it could be turned against you. In this case, it is better to be pepper sprayed or Tasered, than to be shot with a bullet from your own gun or stabbed with the knife you were carrying to protect yourself.”

Friday, November 14, 2008

Safety Gifts For The Holidays

There is nothing better than a safety gift that will protect the life of a loved one or your own.

There are many safety gifts you can choose from that are reasonably priced and great for stocking stuffers. You can also choose more pricier ones that are sure to impress and surprise anyone! Among the reasonably priced gifts are pepper sprays or Mace pepper spray. Some pepper sprays come disguised as lipstick containers or pens. These are convenient because no one suspects you are carrying a self defense product. Most pepper spray products have key rings that make them handy to carry around with your house or car keys. You can get a great deal purchasing them in a package of 6. Personal alarms are also a favorite, reasonably priced self defense product, especially among women. Personal alarms can come with key chains, flashlights and some can even be attached to a door and used as a door alarm. You can also give higher priced gifts such as a Taser C2 or a medium priced gift such as a stun gun.

Giving a self defense product as a gift for the holidays is unexpected and the person you give it to will appreciate it and probably carry it with them all the time! It is a gift that shows you care.

Thursday, November 13, 2008

Columbus Ohio's 'Northwest Serial Rapist' still on the loose

We were told this morning by a friend that lives in Columbus, Ohio, that there is a serial rapist in that neck of the woods. Apparently he has raped several women since June of this year. This rapist is male and 5 feet 6 inches to 5 feet 9 inches tall, race unknown. He has a stalky build and is in his late 30s to early 40s. That pretty much describes many male's... But he has a pattern of raping single women in their early twenties. He carries a weapon most of the time. Police mentioned that this serial rapist, first figures out his victim's daily patterns and then breaks into their homes and attacks them while they are asleep.

There is concern amongst parents of young women who attend Ohio State University since most of their daughters are in their early 20s. OSU spreads several city blocks and it is within an urban area. This makes these students especially at risk.

The Columbus Police Department is offering a reward for any information leading to the arrest of this serial rapist. They have also posted a photo of the rapist at a teller machine, using one of several credit cards he has stolen. Call the police at (614) 645-2437 if you have any information regarding this rapist.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Trash Buddy Dogs

I bet you are wondering what the title of this post means. What do dogs and trash dumpsters have in common? Well in my home, my dogs take turns escorting me out to the trash dumpster every night. What better way for them to relieve themselves before bedtime and at the same time protect me from strangers!

Photo by DBduo Photography
If you live in an apartment complex or a condo and you have a dog, try taking him or her with you when taking out your waste to the trash dumpster. It doesn't matter if they are a large or small breed, either way they will attack or make a lot of noise! Small dogs are often the most fearless and most vocal! Most people like to take their trash out at night and people that live in buildings are more likely to be assaulted when walking through their complexes in the dark. I also carry pepper spray with me. You never know if a stranger with bad intentions will show up or a mean Rocky the Raccoon might want to defend it's delicious trashy meal! Your dog and pepper spray also come in handy when checking your mail at one of those mail box booths most complexes have.

This routine is an opportunity to bond more with your pet and feel safer at the same time!

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

Leaving Your Home in the Dark?

The holidays are just around the corner and many people plan to spend time with family, away from home. When we leave our home for the holidays, many of us think about the movie "Home Alone". The movie showed how empty houses are more prone to be robbed while people take off on vacation. We also know that a totally dark house is a sure sign for burglars to know that no one is home. When leaving for just a few hours in the evening, most of us will leave a couple of lights or the TV on, just to make it seem like someone is home. This is fine when it is only for a couple of hours, but when you are away for a few days, you don't want your TV or lights constantly on, even during the daytime. This is not economically sound and it's also a green light to let burglars or intruders know that you are not around. Having the lights constantly on is just as inviting to burglars, as having the lights constantly off!

There is a solution to this dilemma. It is the Digital Timer. What is a Digital Timer? This is a handy little item that you can connect to a wall outlet and have a lamp or other appliance connected to it. You then program it to have a lamp turn on around 6 PM and turn off by 11 PM. If you have a Digital Timer with Random Feature, it can turn the lamp on and off throughout several hours of the evening. The times will be different for each day of the week therefore lights will not have a predictable pattern of turning on and off. There are Digital Timers that can handle up to 15 amps, for heavy duty appliances or for more than one lamp at a time. You can purchase Digital Timers that easily record up to 20 on/off programs over 7 and 8 day groupings and have a pre-installed battery backup. Some Digital Timers have 3 wire grounded plugs and even an LCD that shows the time and day.

Digital Timers are not only for security against burglars or intruders, but for other applications as well. I personally used one for my aquarium. I timed it so that the light in the aquarium would turn on in the early evening and turn off late at night so that my fish could sleep! Some people use them for their Christmas trees or holiday decoration lights. Many people put their backyard lights on Digital Timers. There really are no limits to what you can use Digital Timers for. If it uses electricity, you can have it on a timer!

So, remember to prepare your home with not just decorations for the holidays, but also with Digital Timers. These security items not only prevent your home from being robbed, but are convenient and reasonably priced. Some people are happy with just purchasing one for the bedroom and one for the living room. Others get creative and use them for various tasks.

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Domestic violence victims may be eligible for scholarships, grants & cosmetic surgery

Domestic violence victims go through physical and emotional pain. Most of these women and sometimes men too, need medical attention and counseling. But what happens once they leave their violent past and move on their own into society? One huge problem confronted by these victims is a monetary one. Most of these women depended financially on their abusive spouses. Out on their own, these victims have a hard time finding work and sometimes end up in another dominating abusive relationship.

There are a few organizations or companies that pitch in and offer help for domestic violence victims. The Allstate Foundation and The R.O.S.E Fund (Regaining One's Self Esteem), are just a couple of the organizations that offer services for victims. These organizations offer victims the tools to rebuild their lives, achieve self-sufficiency and regain their self-esteem. They do this by educating victims on how to manage their finances, offering grants and scholarship monies. The R.O.S.E Fund also offers facial reconstructive surgery.

To learn more about these particular organizations click on the links above. You can also search on the web for other organizations that can help you or someone you know that has lived through this horrible ordeal.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008

Woman Left Near Dead After Being Brutally Attacked by Two Homeless People

We at, decided to make our monthly product donation in support of Jen Hall, a woman who was brutally attacked by two homeless people on August 25, 2008. As you know donates self defense products to a different cause around the country each month.

On the South Side of Chicago, two homeless people brutally attacked Jen who was out celebrating her 36th birthday. She was repeatedly kicked in the head until she became unconscious. Most medical experts state that nine out of 10 people who experience the type of injuries that Jen did, usually end up brain dead and do not survive at all. Jen did survive. Unfortunately, she did not have medical coverage. She was 1 month away from being eligible for medical insurance through her new employer. Anyone wishing to donate or to check on Jen’s recovery can go to the website

There has been much support from her family, friends and even the kindness of strangers. Fundraisers have been held and will continue to be held in hopes of alleviating some of the burden from the medical bills that Jen has incurred. We are donating self defense products to the cause, which will be sold at the fundraisers. All proceeds from the sale of these products will go into the charitable trust fund that has been set up for Jen to help offset some of the medical expenses. Jen has made great progress but has a long way to go.

Most women are unsure of where to purchase self defense products. Department stores don’t carry items such as these and gun shops are very intimidating to women. only carries non-lethal, self defense products. We don’t sell guns or knives on our website. We realize that sometimes when people are defending themselves with a gun, that same gun could actually be turned against them. In this case, it is better to be pepper sprayed or Tasered, than to be shot with a bullet from your own gun.

Monday, October 20, 2008

What You Need to Know About Pepper Spray

Pepper spray has been used by people for hundreds of years. Ancient armies would use it against their enemies. It's naturally powerful and is used for self defense by men and women till this day. Pepper sprays are non-lethal, self defense products and one of the most reasonably priced. A person can purchase pepper spray for as little as $8.25 on the internet.

The most popular pepper sprays are purchased in small 1/2 oz. or 3/4 oz. canisters, in order to conceal them in purses or pockets. The main ingredient in pepper spray is OC or oleoresin capsicum. The OC is derived from Cayenne peppers – some of the hottest peppers in the world. Some brands such as Mace, add extra ingredients to the sprays, such as tear gas. You will also find that some pepper sprays have 10% pepper in their canisters while others have 17% or more. Streetwise brand pepper spray is one of those brands that contains a higher percentage of OC. Some brands also have UV dye to invisibly mark an assailant!

Another important thing you need to know about pepper spray is that most are aerosols, so it is very important when you use them, to make sure you hold the product upright. Just as you would when using hairspray. There are of course some exceptions. A product called Guardian Angel Pepper Blaster, has a system other than that of aerosol pepper spray. In fact, Guardian Angel pepper spray is also very fast, 90 MPH burst, to be exact! It can be sprayed in any angle, not just up right. Since all of these brands are in spray form, you need to keep in mind as well, what environment it will be used in. If you use it outdoors in windy conditions, you might get spray back!

Spray back is an issue that has also been addressed by some manufacturers of pepper spray products. There are some solutions such as pepper foam or pepper gel, introduced to the market. These are heavier substances and therefore less likely to be affected by wind and therefore less spray back. Most popular brands carry these optional heavier pepper sprays. Your options are; liquid, foam, gel or fog.

Finally there is the consideration of concealment. Most pepper sprays have a key ring for convenience and are available in just plain canisters, injection molded hard cases or leatherette cases or holsters. Some however are disguised as other things. You can buy pepper spray that looks like a pen, pager or lipstick container! These pepper sprays have an element of surprise!

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Hope for kids that are bullied in school

A new website is being used in some schools now called It allows bullied students to communicate with their school authorities about threats or threatening information they receive. It protects the identity of the sender and allows for two-way anonymous conversation. This is great for kids, especially shy kids, to come forward and get investigations started on bullies in their school.

Overall, the results of this new website have been very beneficial. There has been some misinformation provided by kids, but school personnel have stated that it is better to get some false information along with the legitimate information. Much of the information that has been reported by kids has been investigated, proven accurate and resolved.

I guess some may say that this is a little too much and that it may embark on the privacy of children. I think that children need to be monitored and guided as much as possible before they move out from under our roofs. Most importantly, if they are being physically abused by another kid.

Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Counterfeit money is more predominant now

Many people are using cash instead of credit cards lately due to the economic crisis. They have a portion of their pay checks cashed instead of depositing it entirely into their bank accounts. This could be a result of the economic crisis where people, including myself, are just being more cautious of who holds their money.

With more cash being exchanged, you will also encounter more counterfeit money exchanging hands. This applies to individuals and especially people who own retail businesses. These bills go through many hands before they are even detected as being counterfeit. Of course many people would not be able to tell which are counterfeit and which are not. When dealing with cash, the exchange is usually fast and what most people notice is the face value of the bill and not if it is fake! A fake bill doesn't necessarily look new either and sometimes people assume that if it's been around for a while, it must be legit! When dealing with cash, be especially cautious of large bills such as $50 and $100 bills!

If you are starting to deal with more cash as an individual or a retailer, you should consider an inexpensive Counterfeit Money Detector Pen. For less than $6, you can feel more at ease with exchanging cash. You can make a mark on the bill with this particular pen and if the mark you made turns yellow, the bill is legit. If the mark turns black or brown, it is fake. It's that simple! I never knew that detecting counterfeit money was that easy.

Monday, October 13, 2008

Famous Breast Cancer Survivors

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Many women suffer from this and many women have died from it. But there are some women who have battled through it and have survived. This is such a delicate subject that most celebrities keep it very confidential and go through it privately. Below are famous women who have survived breast cancer and have touched us in some way or another with their public lives.

Christina Applegate
Diahann Carroll
Melissa Etheridge
Kylie Minogue
Cynthia Nixon
Carly Simon
Sheryl Crow
Edie Falco
Kate Jackson
Olivia Newton-John
Lynn Redgrave
Cokie Roberts
Jaclyn Smith
Gloria Steinem
Suzanne Somers

Friday, October 10, 2008

Wall Street is Not Necessarily Your Street

While many people are panicking about the economic issues facing our nation as a whole, it is my opinion that we should focus on our own issues. Take a look at what is affecting your personal business, work, your neighborhood and your family. This is an approachable view of how it would affect you directly and here is where you can make practical changes. I believe that worrying about the entire nation as a whole is overwhelming and not pratical. The average American, unless they are directly involved with the government, would get overstressed in matters they cannot control.

The best thing to check is how the company you work for is doing financially or how your business is doing. Investigate the situation of your personal financial investments and again, focus on your local situation. This is something you should always keep an eye on anyway. If people directly around you are not being affected, you probably will not be affected either. Americans shouldn't panic, we should go on with our normal lives. This in turn will set the mood for the rest of the country. A nation in panic is not productive and will only feed fear. If it makes you feel better to turn the news off, do so, this might help you come back to your real life situation and not make you fearful of what most likely will not affect you anyway. Best thing to do is communicate with those around you.

Thursday, October 9, 2008

Foreclosures are hurting some renters

A good number of Americans rent their homes and pay their rent on time. Lately though, due to all the foreclosures, they have been kicked out of their homes. I'm talking about law abiding tenants that have paid their rent, yet officials have been evicting them without notice. These people have been evicted due to lack of communication. This was brought to my attention this morning upon reading comments from a sheriff in the Chicago area. He has ordered that all tenants must be given 120 days notice before eviction and also that he would need proof of identification, that the people evicted are the actual owners of their homes. I was proud to know that a government official has spoken up about this and has made us take notice of this injustice.

With all the communication in this decade, you would think that this would be included. It should be the obligation of an owner of a rental property to inform the tenant that his or her property is in foreclosure. It should also, as the sheriff requested, be the law to make sure you are evicting the criminal in the case and not just a law abiding renter. And lastly, although there is a law in place in most states, officials should honor the law of allowing tenants some reasonable time to evict. Instead, people are getting thrown out to the streets through no fault of their own.

Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Check out all our new products, including Steetwise brand products.

Some of you might have noticed that we have quite a few new items in our website, most of which are Streetwise brand products. We always try to offer the best non-lethal, self defense products the market has to offer. There are new products under the Pepper Spray, Stun Guns, Personal Alarms and Home Protection categories.

One of the categories that stands out is the Pepper Sprays category. We have added new Streetwise brand pepper sprays. The average pepper spray sold contains 10% pepper, whereas the Steetwise brand contains 17% pepper. These defensive sprays also contain a higher SHU (Scoville Heat Unit), which make them even hotter. The Streetwise pepper sprays that contain 17% pepper includes the Pepper Foam and Pepper Pen.

Another category with new StreetWise products is the Stun Guns category. These include one of the smallest AND strongest stun guns available in the world. The Steetwise Small Fry Stun Gun is as small as a cigarette box, yet lets you carry 1,000,000 volts of power in your purse or pocket. Some Small Frys have bright LED flashlights and some are rechargeable. We also carry Streetwise Stun Guns with an Alarm. This is a new feature not found in many other stun guns. An alarm is yet another innovative feature to make your self defense product even safer. In addition to all the stun guns are the Streetwise Stun Batons. Some of these batons come with flashlights, some are expandable to 21 inches and some are rechargeable. Batons are great to keep in the home, replacing that old baseball bat under the bed...

There has been a sizable addition to our Home Protection and Other Products categories as well. Some of which include a couple of handy radio/flashlights that run on solar and/or cranking power. The Solar Radio Flashlight and Dynamo Radio Flashlights are great for when you are in a hurricane, winter storm, when the electricity goes out or to even take camping. has also added hidden safes to hide your valuables, ceiling alarms that detect intruders from above their head so they are less likely to know they are being noticed. We also included a mailbox notification system that lets you know when your mail has been delivered, which uses a chime and blinking a light.

Browse for new products throughout all our web pages to find that particular item you need!

Friday, October 3, 2008

ANOTHER female soldier killed in North Carolina!

Wow, now this is getting really scary! This is the 3rd female soldier in a 4 month span, that has been killed by her soldier husband or ex lover. This newest victim was 29-year-old Sgt. Christina E. Smith. The other 2 this year were Spc. Megan Touma and 2nd Lt. Holley Wimunc. Let's also not forget the high profile killing of a pregnant female soldier, killed by her boyfriend, late last December, who was captured in Mexico...

Way back in the day when I was growing up, if a boy was misbehaving, his parents would threaten to send him to military school. Well, I'm not sure parents would use that trick anymore! It seems like good behavior, morals and ethics is not taught in the military any more! Most people would assume that soldiers are the best behaved citizens in this country. I'm afraid this is no longer true. Recently there was a soldier caught on video throwing a puppy off a cliff and killing him! How sick is that?

You know what the scariest thing of all is about these soldiers? We trust the safety of our nation with them.

Wednesday, October 1, 2008

A man beats a 16-year-old girl over who was 1st in line

What kind of man would beat a 16-year-old girl, just to get ahead in a fast food line?
A girl was standing in line with her 5-year-old niece and a friend at a McDonalds countertop in Los Angeles, when a man came in with 2 small boys. She complained about him cutting in. They started to argue and after the girl swore at the man, he angrily reacted by punching her in the face several times. After he finished his bullying, he ran out with the 2 boys and fled in a red pickup truck. The girl was treated for her injuries and released.

All of this was video taped by the surveillance camera of the facility. Apparently this person has issues and picks on people physically smaller than himself! Hopefully he will be recognized by someone and turned in to the authorities. It would not surprise me if he has had a prior history of violence. If the 2 little boys were his sons, lets hope that they won't look up to him for an example of how to treat other people... As for the girl, she needs to be careful about swearing at strangers, because you never know who will flip out and beat you over the head or shoot you with a gun! This applies to restaurant lines, road traffic lanes or any other situation you might encounter.

Monday, September 29, 2008

Alaska Airport Terminal Had to be Evacuated

Alaska made headlines last Saturday, but this time it was not relevant to Sara Palin. The Juneau International Airport in the capital city of Alaska was evacuated because someone had accidentally discharged bear pepper spray. It got into the ventilation system and spread throughout the airport. As some of you know, bear pepper spray is used for protection against bear attacks and it comes in a cannister similar to the ones used by personal protection pepper sprays, but much larger. The airport building had to be cleared and aired out for about an hour and a half before it re-opened.

This demonstrates how powerful a pepper defensive spray could be. Something as simple and inexpensive as the substance in very hot peppers, found in nature, can be a reliable weapon in preventing crime. Just one cannister that probably contained approximately 260 grams of substance, was enough to evacuate an entire building!

Wednesday, September 24, 2008

What would you do if you saw your car being towed?

Most of us would beg for the car to be released and if that doesn't work, just pay the fee requested. That's not what a women from Portland, Oregon did. She already had parked the car illegally, hence the towing, she also threatened the tow truck driver!

The driver told her, he would release the car if she paid $150. She refused and threatened to set his tow truck on fire. A crowd started gathering around him, so he stepped into his truck, locked himself in and called 911. Right after that, he was told that his truck was ablaze! He managed to get a fire extinguisher and stop the fire. The woman of course was arrested with a bond set at $225,000. She faces arson and criminal mischief charges.

This was a senseless, dangerous act committed by this woman. What if the fire reached the gas tank of this truck? The truck would have exploded, killing the truck driver and all the people around it, including the woman. Some people just have no common sense. Makes you wonder why they are allowed to drive in the first place!

Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Up-skirt Photo Victim Gets Revenge

I love it when victims take action! A woman in New York city that takes the subway was going up some steps, when she noticed that a man using his cell phone, had shot a picture under her skirt. Well, this gal was not going to put up with that kind of behavior. The victim followed the man onto a train and told him 'Smile, because I am going to the police'. She then emailed the picture to the police and filed a report! The man was arrested by a police officer who recognized him. He was charged with misdemeanor, attempted unlawful surveillance, attempted sexual abuse and harassment.

I've heard that this practice is also common in malls. There have been mall surveillance cameras that have captured men doing the exact same thing. What this particular lady did, should be an example of what us women should do if this occurs to us. Cell phones have made this crime easy to commit, but it also has facilitated victims by taking photos of the harassers. Victims will not have to depend on police sketch artist's renderings of the criminals.

If you don't carry a phone that can take pictures, consider purchasing a Keychain Camera. You never know when you might need to capture a crime being commited!

Monday, September 22, 2008

PRESS RELEASE: Escalates Crime Prevention

The self defense products website called made it’s latest monthly product donation to The Sexual Assault Response and Awareness Program, which is located in Alexandria, VA.

Indian Beach, NC September 22, 2008. donates self defense products to a different sexual assault women’s crisis center around the country on a monthly basis. is a website that sells non-lethal, self defense products such as Mace products, pepper spray, stun guns, Taser products, personal alarms and home protection products. This website includes hotlines, safety tips, helpful links and a Blog.

In August of 1975, the Commission on the Status of Women, in Alexandria, Virginia, established the Sexual Assault Response and Awareness (SARA) Program. The SARA Program offers support to victims of sexual assault, and their families and friends. The program provides crisis intervention and emotional support, advocacy with medical, police, and court systems. SARA also offers short-term individual and group counseling, pertinent information and referrals. was started in October of 2006 by two determined ladies who set out to provide women with much needed tools to defend themselves against crime. Susan Eaton and Martha Z. Martinez, the owners of, wanted to spread the word and let women know that it is easy to purchase self defense products such as Mace, pepper spray, stun guns, Taser products and personal alarms on their website. “Most women are unsure of where to purchase self defense products”, Martha mentioned, “Department stores don’t carry items such as these and gun shops are very intimidating to women.” only sells non-lethal, self defense products. Susan states, “We don’t carry guns or knives on our website. We realize that sometimes, while being attacked, a person might try to defend themselves using a gun and that same gun could actually be turned against them. In this case, it is better to be sprayed back or Tasered, than to be shot with a bullet from your own gun.”

It is the belief of the owners of that due to the present financial and energy crisis in the country, crime will probably increase. Unfortunately, women are the likely target. “Many women find themselves in marriages where she or her husband could get laid off from their jobs or there is monetary tension to make ends meet. There are fights about money and some fights can become physically abusive. We actually were contacted by a purchaser who was in a situation where she felt unsafe around her husband and wanted to purchase a self defense product”, stated Martha. Susan went on to say, “There will probably be an increase of muggings from attackers that want some cash to get through the month. There was a recent case in Alexandria, VA, where Barbara J. Bosworth was abducted from a shopping mall by two men. She was forced to sit in the back seat of her own car while the abductors drove 18 miles in an attempt to take out money of an ATM machine using her card. The car eventually crashed and killed her along with one of the men.” Cases such as these are common around the country and wants to make a difference.
Martha Z. Martinez, Co-Owner

Friday, September 19, 2008

Killer, Rapist Of 93-Year-Old Executed

William Murray Raped And Killed Elderly Woman During $10 Robbery

(AP) A man who raped and murdered a 93-year-old woman in her Dallas-area home was executed Wednesday after he apologized to his victim's relatives.

"I'm sorry for what I did," William Murray told two nephews of Rena Ratcliff who watched him through a window in the death chamber. "I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me. The Lord has forgiven me."

Murray then looked through an adjacent window where his mother and two brothers were among the witnesses and said: "I'll be there waiting for y'all, all right? God bless."

Eight minutes later at 6:20 p.m., he was pronounced dead.

Murray, a former auto mechanic and laborer from Kaufman, was the ninth prisoner put to death this year in the most active death-penalty state in the U.S.

Murray's lawyer said appeals were exhausted. The U.S. Supreme Court refused to review the case earlier this year. In addition, a clemency bid to the Texas Board of Pardons and Paroles was turned down this week.

"Yes, I did do this," Murray told The Associated Press in a recent interview. "I'm not trying to blame this on somebody else. I want people to know I'm sorry for the crime. I pray to the Lord to forgive me and I'm asking them to forgive me. That's all I can do."

To continue reading this article, click here.

Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Would You Help A Stranger If They Were Being Attacked?

Philadelphia recently had a passenger in their fast transit system attacked by a man carrying a hammer. The incident was caught on video. The victim was asleep when the man brutally starting hitting him with the hammer. The media in Philly jumped in and criticized the other passengers for not helping the victim while being attacked. The fast transit officials defended the other passengers, claiming that the passengers did what the transit authority recommends in situations such as this. The passengers did assist the victim when he got back on the train and a person pulled the emergency lever that notified the operator, who contacted the police. One woman even escorted the victim to the hospital.

This made me think, if I would have helped in a situation like this. I'm only 5 feet, 2 inches tall. I would not be able to stop a strong man with a hammer who was taller than me. BUT, now that I think about it... I normally carry pepper spray. So yes, I would have probably used my pepper spray against this attacker. Especially since I would not have to have been too close to him to spray him. This would definitely be an incident where having some sort of self defense product would have really helped. In this case, I would be helping someone else, instead of using it for my own self defense. I bet that if one of the passengers had pepper spray in their possession when this occurred, they probably would have used it too.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Plastic Containers for Food or Drinks is a Bad Idea

This morning I heard in the news that there is a chemical in plastic bottles or containers that may lead to diabetes or heart disease, according to a scientific study. This particular study was done using humans instead of animals. Bisphenol A or BPA is a form of synthetic estrogen that some plastic containers have. Of course there are some scientists that disagree about the dangers... The FDA is not giving this study much importance, but researchers say that most Americans are exceeding exposures to BPA, than what the Environmental Protection Agency recommends.

There is particularly a concern for babies, since they are most likely to get exposed to this chemical the most. The bottles for their formula, pacifiers, sippy cups and chew toys are just a few of the plastic materials used by babies. There is also a concern regarding bottled water. Some packaging includes plastic that you normally would not notice, such as soup and vegetable cans. They have plastic lining inside them. The containers used to preserve your leftovers is another example of containers that could have BPA in them.

What are we to do? BPA is not found in all plastic products. Consumers can't really tell which are safe and which are not... Well, I always preferred bottled milk over the plastic containers they use now. I also think that mayonnaise, peanut butter and other foods taste much better when they are packaged in glass containers. When it comes to packaging food, I think we were on the right path 50 years ago. Let's just use the plastic containers for things like shampoo, lotion, windex and other products that we actually don't eat!

Monday, September 15, 2008

Critics Question Palin's Record on "Epidemic" Rape, Domestic Violence in Alaska

Effort to Tackle Sex Violence Stalled by Palin's Office, Sources Say
September 15, 2008

Evangelicals and social conservatives have embraced McCain's vice presidential pick for what they call her "pro-family," "pro-woman" values. But in Alaska, critics say Gov. Sarah Palin has not addressed the rampant sexual abuse, rape, domestic violence and murder that make her state one of the most dangerous places in the country for women and children.

Alaska leads the nation in reported forcible rapes per capita, according to the FBI, with a rate two and a half times the national average – a ranking it has held for many years. Children are no safer: Public safety experts believe that the prevalence of rape and sexual assault of minors in Alaska makes the state's record one of the worst in the U.S. And while solid statistics on domestic violence are hard to come by, most – including Gov. Palin – agree it is an "epidemic."

Despite the governor's pro-family image, public safety experts and advocates for women and children struggled when asked to explain how Palin's leadership has helped address the crisis. And current and former officials from Palin's administration confirmed that an ambitious plan to tackle the crisis has apparently sunk into doldrums after arriving at the governor's office.

To continue reading click here.

Friday, September 12, 2008

Scared of Driving on Bridges Over Water?

Are you a person that gets frightened while driving on a bridge? I have a sister-in-law that is terrified of driving on bridges that go over water. She is terrified of getting trapped in her car with her seatbelt on and water pouring in. As a matter of fact, she was afraid of wearing her seatbelt too. Until recently, she made her kids wear their seat belts, but she never would. This is a person that made sure she rolled down her car windows whenever she drove on a bridge over water."Just in case", she would say, "Don't wanna get trapped".

The solution to all this has arrived at! A new automobile emergency tool called the Auto Life Hammer. It is the perfect automobile emergency tool for anyone, including my sister-in-law, that have phobias of being trapped. Of course, you don't have to have phobias to include this versatile tool in your vehicle. The Life Hammer is a 4-in-1 tool that has a pointed stainless steel hammer to shatter automobile windows. It also includes a handy, sharp recessed blade for cutting free from seat belts, a light that helps for reading maps, finding a door lock in the dark or it can even be used as an emergency signal. Lastly, the Auto Life Hammer includes a punch needle that enables you to pop automobile air bags. You can keep it in your glove compartment or mount it almost anywhere in your car.

My sister-in-law is also afraid of driving through tunnels, but I'm not going to go there, you get the picture...

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

A Stun Gun Could Be An Alternative To A Taser

This article is to inform you, as a future
self defense product purchaser, the differences between 2 products, both of which use electricity as a means of protection.

Many people would love to have a Taser, but some cannot afford one. What they don't realize is that a stun gun is a good alternative, and at a much lower price. They both utilize a means of electricity to temporarily impair an attacker. One difference between a Taser and a stun gun is that the Taser will let you take down an attacker from 15 feet away while a stun gun requires close contact. The stun gun requires you to be at least within an arms length so that you can make contact between the stun gun and the person. On the other hand, the Taser shoots out 2 probes that are wired to the product which will travel up to 15 feet. One good feature that the stun gun has over the Taser is that you can always activate the stun gun and scare the attacker with merely the noise the stun gun makes. This makes a dramatic lightning effect and is very loud which can deter an attacker from getting near you. It's handy to scare away dogs too.

Stun guns are not only cheaper than a Taser, they are less expensive to use. Every time you deploy a Taser cartridge, which shoots the 2 probes, it is costing you $25. Each cartridge is a one shot deal. The cheapest citizen Taser will run you around $300, while the average cost of a stun gun is $45. Another expense which should be considered is the battery cost. Now grant it, the Taser's battery life or power magazine's life is 50 plus firings or a shelf life of 10 years compared to the batteries you buy for a stun gun which can be purchased at a department store for much less. Most stun guns use a 9-volt battery. If you use your Taser more than 50 times, your cost to replace the power magazine is approximately $32.

Some stun guns come with a light just like the Taser does. Stun guns also come in different sizes. You can get a stun gun that is as small as a cigarette box and packs 5,000,000 volts of power! Furthermore, stun guns don't just come in different sizes, they also come in different shapes. Some stun guns can also trick the attacker by looking like a flashlight, a cell phone, or a pen. There are also stun batons that come in handy for home protection instead of the old baseball bat under the bed...

Both the Taser and the stun gun are excellent non-lethal, self defense weapons. These products can be purchased in most states. However, a few states have restrictions on stunning devises and Tasers. Please make sure you review your state's restrictions before you decide to purchase.

Friday, September 5, 2008

Hurricane Childhood Experience

Hurricane Fay set the stage for this season, jumping all over Florida and crossing over it 2 or 3 times. Gustav still is influencing Louisiana after landing there over a week ago. Now Hanna is coming up the east coast and headed our way towards North Carolina. Ike is targeting Florida and will be a force to reckon with if it makes landfall there as it is being compared to Andrew... Somehow mother nature makes sure that there never is a dull moment. Be it fires, snow storms, volcanoes, earthquakes, the list goes on and on.

While growing up in Florida, snow storms or earthquakes weren't an issue, hurricanes were a different story though. As a kid, I found the whole experience of a hurricane coming, to be a fun one. Grant it that while during one, and listening to the strong winds outside, did get me scared, the time before and after the hurricane got me excited and made them very memorable to me. The preparations prior to them, such as boarding up or taping all the windows was a time when the family got together and shared a common goal. Going to the grocery store with my mom and getting all the goodies for the event was my chance to eat junk food! During the hurricanes, our house was always dark because of the boarded up windows. Most of the hurricanes that I lived through hit during the evenings and we all would gather together on the floor with our candles and flashlights and talk and eat our candy, sodas, pastries, chips, etc., while the wind was blowing all around our house. Most of the time there were cousins, aunts and uncles that would join us for the event. The next morning, after the storm was over, all of us kids would go out and see how many trees were blown down. This was one of the most exciting things I loved about hurricanes. All the trees that had fallen down gave us kids a lot more things in our back yard to play on. The fallen trees were like a whole new playground for us! We loved to climb on the now reachable branches. The new playground lasted several weeks, until the trees were hauled away by cleanup crews.

I guess, I was one of the lucky kids, who never experienced any REAL harm done to my family or our home by a hurricane. I realize now, as an adult, that many families aren't as fortunate. Hurricanes are not all fun and games. Families can become emotionally, physically and economically devastated. My hope now is that we all help each other as much as possible, so that more children experience hurricanes in awe, as I did when I was a child.

Thursday, September 4, 2008

Man Who Raped a 79 Year Old Woman, is Caught

Back in April, 50 year old Oscar Rowell, raped a 79 year old woman in Delray Beach, Florida. He was caught yesterday at a motel in Boynton Beach Florida.

The victim, who requested her name not be mentioned, was asleep in her bedroom when the man broke in. He tied her to the headboard with her bras and raped her, at knife point, for approximately 15 minutes. After he raped her, he proceeded to scrub her down with soap, to get rid of evidence. Before he left he took some credit cards, yanked out her telephone cords and took off in her Toyota Camry. The victim was found that afternoon by her neighbors, still tied to her bed.

Rowell has been in prison 6 times before since 1975 for armed robbery, aggravated assault and burglary convictions. Police had his DNA since last August, when Rowell consented to giving it to them. The same DNA was found in the 79 year old woman's home. The victim's car, was also found a block away from where Rowell lived.

To read the original news article, click here.

Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Man with Weapons and Amo Arrested Near UCLA

Last Friday, a man near the University of California, was arrested after shooting a traffic light. Apparently, Gene Bush was living out of his van and carried enough weapons for a small army. Police found 5 loaded semiautomatic pistols and thousands of rounds of ammunition in his van. Mr. Bush was only a block away from UCLA and police said the pistols were equipped with laser sight and 400 bullets. There was also another 7,800 rounds of ammunition in his van and 3,000 more in a storage locker. Police also mentioned that the man made anti-government statements about 911 and told them to look inside his suitcase. Gene Bush's suitcase contained timers, paint thinner and other suspicious items, as well as his anti-government manifesto. Police also said that they believed, Bush was acting alone.

Gene Bush is expected to appear in court today.

Friday, August 29, 2008

Horrible Moms in the News

What is going on with some moms lately? Is this a trend? Were there always moms doing this in the past, but now it surfaces more in the news?

I'm not sure, as I know you aren't either, why these terrible moms are appearing. I first heard about these killing moms in the 70's, when some very young girls were throwing their newborn babies in dumpsters, to save face. Now there is the case of the 28 year old woman, not a young girl, from Dayton, Ohio, that microwaved her 1 month old baby girl! And of course the on going case of Caylee, the little girl that has been missing in Florida and who's mom was arrested for not giving out information.

Killing babies is not the only thing going on. There are the Munchhausen by Proxy moms, that make their children sick on purpose, just to get some personal attention for themselves.

If a woman doesn't want her baby, she does not have to kill it! What ever happened to placing it up for adoption or even just leaving it at the doorsteps of a Church or hospital? It makes you wonder, if these women are sick or if they are violent control freaks. Are these women comparable to rapists that rape for the thrill of violently controlling a person? Should they go to jail or to an insane asylum?

I know that I'm asking a lot of questions, but I feel that we should try very hard to get some answers. Our society is suppose to improve with each generation, not collapse into barbarism.

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

What to Avoid During Thunderstorms While Indoors

We all know that when there is a thunderstorm, it is best to go indoors. What some people don't realize, is that if there is lightning outside, you can still be hurt or even killed inside your home. Experts say that if you are inside while a thunderstorm is going on, you should avoid touching anything that involves plumbing or electrical wiring. Some people have been seriously hurt while leaning against metal framed windows. There are things that we do during a thunderstorm that we don't think about, but that we should avoid. Using anything with plumbing is a no no. Why? Because unless all your plumbing is PVC, plumbing leads to the exterior of the house, that can be hit by lighting and reach you inside. Using anything with electrical wiring is also a no no. Lightning can travel through the wires into your home. Below is a list of some of the items you should avoid while there is a thunderstorm.

Plumbing Items to Avoid
Kitchen sinks
Bathroom sinks
Showers or baths
Washing & Drying Machines
Door knobs of exterior doors
Any metal objects that come from outside

Wiring Items to Avoid
Telephones that are wired
Door bells
Hair dryers
Electric Shavers
Electric tooth brushes
Wired video game systems (kids play on TV)
Washing & Drying Machines

It is also a good idea to disconnect sensitive items from outlets, such as computers, TVs, stereo systems, cell phone chargers, etc.

Tuesday, August 26, 2008

Superfund Sites - What they are and where you can find out if one is near you

Many people, myself included, don't know what a Superfund Site is. Basically, I found out that it is a government program to clean up the nation's uncontrolled hazardous waste sites. I was reading about a rare blood cancer issue going on in a small region in Pennsylvania, and came across this term. These sites can be found by government officials or just by citizens, like you and I. We just have to inform the EPA, if we know of a place that doesn't smell right, looks filthy, etc. The Government analyzes the site and if it has hazardous material contaminating it's surroundings, they classify it as a Superfund Site. Once this is done, they follow up with cleanup and make it livable and safe for humans again. There are, of course, many Superfund Sites whose residents surrounding them have stated that they have not been cleaned properly and still have contaminants leaking out to the environment. This occurs even when the Government has supposedly cleaned them up.

The government has made it easy for us to find out if a Superfund Site is near where we live. I went to the EPA site and selected my State. I did not know the particular region or any other information, so I just clicked search. To my surprise there were 75 sites in my State. Fortunately, none were near where I live.

If you are interested in finding out if your area has Superfund Sites, just go to this link: SuperFund Site Information.

Monday, August 25, 2008

Bizar Taser Story

Woman Kidnaps Man She Met On "Second Life" Internet Game
DELEWARE (NBC) -- A North Carolina woman is behind bars in Maryland after she allegedly drove hundreds of miles to Delaware and posed as a postal worker for several days, all as part of an unsuccessful plot to abduct her online ex-boyfriend.

Kimberly Jernigan, 33, of Durham, N.C., and her ex-boyfriend, a 52-year-old resident of Claymont, Delaware, met through the online community "Second Life," where users can create virtual lives and interact with other members. Police say the trouble began when Jernigan and the man met in person and he broke off the relationship. Jernigan later went to the man's job and tried to abduct him, pointing a weapon at him and trying to get him into her car.

On Monday of last week Jernigan returned the area and found out the man had moved, police said. She spent four days finding out the victim's address and then broke into his apartment, where she waited for him to return, police said.

"He suddenly notices the silhouette of a person standing inside of his apartment pointing what he described as an object at him," said Cpl. Trinidad Navarro. "He then notices a laser beam on his torso, and he runs out." Police found Jernigan's dog, Gogi, in the bathroom.

The dog was bound with duct tape. "The dog was making too much noise, so she bound the dog with the duct tape she brought along to bound her ex-boyfriend," Navarro said.

The Delaware SPCA took the dog. Jernigan was arrested about an hour later at a rest stop in Maryland.

"She had handcuffs, duct tape and a Taser," Navarro said. "It's pretty bizarre. We haven't seen anything like this in the past."

Police said Jernigan will face kidnapping and burglary charges. The SPCA is considering animal cruelty charges, police said.

Read original story here.

Friday, August 22, 2008

Man Arrested for Mugging an 85 Year Old Woman in an Elevator

Yesterday, police arrested the man who mugged Ms. Lillian France in an elevator in Brooklyn, NY. The mugger was captured, thanks to an alert Detective Matthew Walker. The Detective noticed a similarity in this mugging case and in a previous case six years ago when he arrested a Cornelious Abson. He also noticed that the man in the elevator video had the same features as the man he arrested previously.

Seems like these weren't the only muggings Mr. Abson had committed. There have been dozens of muggings in Brooklyn under the same conditions, where a mugger has taken money, groceries and cellphones from elderly victims. This mugger was taking advantage of the elderly. The mugger wrote a half page letter to Ms. France, apologizing to her and saying he had a drug habit.

For more details on this story, click on the title of this posting.

Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Stun Pen or Pepper Pen, Great for College Students

With the Fall semester getting closer, many parents of college students are concerned about their children's safety around campus. The disguised Pepper Pen and the Stun Pen are excellent self defense products for college students. These two items will not look out of place in a college environment, yet they will be a handy device when it comes to preventing crime. The Pepper Pen looks like a normal pen, but it is really a pepper spray. It has a 10-gram stream which sprays up to 6 feet and contains 5 one-second bursts. The Stun Pen looks like a pen or a marker but it really is a stun gun. The Stun Pen contains 800,000 powerful volts and it also includes a LED flashlight. Either one of these items can easily be carried by a student in their back-pack, purse or pocket.

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