Wednesday, January 30, 2008

Taser C2 Soon Available in 3 Extra New Colors!

PLUS a Stylish MP3 Player Holster!
Taser International Inc. announced this month that the Taser C2 will be available soon in 3 extra colors! The new colors will be; Leopard, Fashion Pink and Red Hot and consumers are already placing their orders. The new colors are expected to ship out in late February or March. These new colors will come in Taser C2s that have laser sight only. All colors except for the Black Pearl Taser C2, come with laser sight. Black Pearl is the only color available with laser sight or without. The colors available now are: Metallic Pink, Electric Blue, Titanium Silver and Black Pearl.
Along with the new colors, an MP3 player holster will be available also, for those who want to carry up to 1 GB of music along with their Taser C2! This holster will also become available in late February or March. Presently the holsters available are the hard case available only in black, soft case available in black and in pink and the Neoprene available in black.

Monday, January 21, 2008

Through a Rapists Eyes...

Ladies, this is important information to pass along to all your friends...

A group of rapists and date rapists in prison were interviewed on what they look for in a potential victim and here are some interesting facts:

1) The first thing men look for in a potential victim is hairstyle. They are most likely to go after a woman with a ponytail, bun, braid or other hairstyle that can easily be grabbed . They are also likely to go after a woman with long hair. Women with short hair are not common targets.

2) The second thing men look for is clothing. They will look for women whose clothing is easy to remove quickly. Many of them carry scissors around specifically to cut clothing.

3) They also look for women on their cell phone, searching through their purse, or doing other activities while walking because they are off-guard and can be easily overpowered.

4) Men are most likely to attack & rape in the early morning, between 5:00 a.m. and 8:30 a.m.

5) The number one place women are abducted from/attacked is grocery store parking lots . Number two: Are office parking lots/garages. Number three: Are public restrooms.

6) The thing about these men is that they are looking to grab a woman and quickly move her to another location where they don't have to worry about getting caught.

7) Only 2% said they carried weapons because rape carries a 3-5 year sentence but rape with a weapon is 15-20 years.

8) If you put up any kind of a fight at all, they get discouraged because it only takes a minute or two for them to realize that going after you isn't worth it because it will be time-consuming.

9) These men said they would not pick on women who have umbrellas, or other similar objects that can be used from a distance, in their hands.

Keys are not a deterrent because you have to get really close to the attacker to use them as a weapon. So, the idea is to convince these guys you're not worth it.

10) Several defense mechanisms he taught us are: If someone is following behind you on a street or in a garage or with you in an elevator or stairwell, look them in the face and ask t hem a question, like what time is it, or make general small talk: 'I can't believe it is so cold out here,' 'we're in for a bad winter.' Now you've seen their face and could identify them in a line-up; you lose appeal as a target.

11) If someone is coming toward you, hold out your hands in front of you and yell STOP or STAY BACK! Most of the rapists this man talked to said they'd leave a woman alone if she yelled or showed that she would not be afraid to fight back.
Again, they are looking for an EASY target.

12) If you carry pepper spray (this instructor was a huge advocate of it and carries it with him wherever he goes), yell I HAVE PEPPER SPRAY and holding it out will be a deterrent.

13) If someone grabs you, you can't beat them with strength but you can by outsmarting them. If you are grabbed around the waist from behind, pinch the attacker either under the arm (between the elbow and armpit) OR in the upper inner thigh VERY VERY HARD. One woman in a class this guy taught told him she used the underarm pinch on a guy who was trying to date rape her and was so upset she broke through the skin and tore out muscle strands - the guy needed stitches. Try pinching yourself in those places as hard as you can stand it - it hurts .

14) After the initial hit, always GO for the GROIN . I know from a particularly unfortunate experience that if you slap a guy's parts it is extremely painful . You might think that you'll anger the guy and make him want to hurt you more, but the thing these rapists told our instructor is that they want a woman who will not cause a lot of trouble. Start causing trouble and he's out of there.

15) When the guy puts his hands up to you , grab his first two fingers and bend them back as far as possible with as much pressure pushing down on them as possible . The instructor did it to me without using much pressure, and I ended up on my knees and both knuckles cracked audibly.

16) Of course the things we always hear still apply. Always be aware of your surroundings, take someone with you if you can and if you see any odd behavior, don't dismiss it, go with your instincts!!!

Sunday, January 13, 2008

How To Prevent Getting Attacked While Walking, Jogging, Running or Hiking

One of the most enjoyable things a person can do is exercise and many people choose to do it outdoors. Due to time restrictions in this hectic world, a jogger, runner, walker or hiker have a routine that they follow. Most of the time they follow the same path, go at the same time every day or every other day and usually do it alone.

The recent murder of Meredith Emerson, a hiker in Georgia, is yet another example of a victim that was enjoying the outdoors while hiking. Although, the media has not indicated if she did or did not carry any self-defense product. More often than not, most women and men usually do not. They are so focused on their exercise routine and perhaps drinking water that they overlook the possibility of an assault.

It is very important to make it a habit when preparing for your outdoor exercise routine to take with you some sort of self-defense product along with your keys.

Pepper spray is one of the most common self-defense products being used today. It is small, light and usually has a belt clip and/or a key chain. There is even Dog Repeller pepper spray for those all too common stray dogs. This is very convenient when you are on the go. While hiking, you might consider carrying Bear Repellent pepper spray in your backpack. While power walking, you might consider Pepper Spray Walking Weights. These 1 lb. weights actually have a replaceable pepper spray canister inside!

A Stun gun is also an option. They are small and light weight and some are no bigger than the palm of your hand. Some stun guns come disguised as a pager or cell phone so the attacker has no idea that you have protection. For hikers, there is also a real handy non-lethal product that is convenient to have if you are going to camp out during the night. The Stun Baton, which has a flash light and a personal alarm. It is a stun gun, alarm, and flashlight all in one unit. The would-be-attacker would think you are just carrying a flashlight!

Yet another option is at taser. There are several options to choose from here also. Some look like a gun but the latest Taser C2 looks more like an electric shaver than a non-lethal weapon.

So, don't just keep your body in shape, also keep yourself safe and protect yourself with non-lethal self-defense products. was designed by two women who deeply believe in combatting violent crimes against women by empowerment and prevention. sells non-lethal, self-defense products such as Mace, pepper sprays, personal alarms and stun devices such as the Taser C2, stun guns and cell phone stun guns. Protect yourself or a loved one and visit and purchase a safety product. These products make great gifts that show you care.

Monday, January 7, 2008

Body of Missing Buford Hiker Found

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 01/07/08

The body of Buford hiker Meredith Emerson, missing since New Year's Day in the North Georgia mountains, has been found by authorities, her family's spokeswoman confirmed Monday night.

"We did find out just now, not that it was unexpected," Peggy Bailey said.

She did not confirm exactly where the body was found but said, "I know it was a place where they have been looking."

As search parties continued with a sixth day of scouring the mountains for Emerson, the man suspected of killing her faced a judge but made no comment.

Although the father of the young hiker went before cameras Monday to ask the public to "search their hearts and memories" for anything that might lead to his daughter, attorneys said that even if searchers had never found her body, Gary Michael Hilton still could have been charged with her murder.

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Search for Missing Hiker Extended to Metro Atlanta

Officials Note Suspect may be Lnked to Couple's Slaying in North Carolina

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 01/06/08

Blairsville — Law enforcement officials announced Sunday they have expanded the search for Meredith Emerson to a five-county area extending from metro Atlanta to the North Georgia mountains.

Also on Sunday, officials for the first time acknowledged there could be a connection between the Emerson case and the disappearance and presumed slayings last October of John and Irene Bryant, an elderly couple from North Carolina.

That connection could be Gary Michael Hilton, a 61-year-old man police say was the last person seen with Emerson before she vanished New Year's Day while hiking on the Freeman Trail in Vogel State Park. Authorities hold out little hope Emerson is still alive.

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Saturday, January 5, 2008

Man Charged with Kidnapping Missing Hiker

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 01/05/08

The man who police say was the last person seen with a missing Buford woman was charged Saturday with kidnapping with bodily injury, and authorities said they do not believe the woman is still alive.

A Union County Superior Court judge signed an arrest warrant late Saturday afternoon against Gary Michael Hilton in connection with the disappearance of Meredith Emerson, GBI spokesman John Bankhead said.

Hilton is being transferred from the metro Atlanta area, where he was taken into custody by DeKalb County police Friday evening, back to Union County, Bankhead said.

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January is National Stalking Awareness Month

Stalking is not just a one-time occurrence; it is a crime that leaves its victim fearful 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Most stalkers know where their victim lives, so not even home is a place for their victim. Most victims spend their days and nights looking over their shoulder, changing jobs, relocating their homes, and even go to the extent of changing their appearance so the stalker can not recognize them. In many instances, victims usually know their stalkers and 81 percent of female victims are also physically assaulted by their stalker.
Many experts have concluded that there is a strong connection between stalking and violence toward women. Declaring January as National Stalking Awareness Month, helps raise awareness about this serious and potentially deadly crime.
According to the National Center for Victims of Crime and the Stalking Resource Center, approximately 1 million women and 400,000 men are victims of stalking in this country annually. 1 in 12 women and 1 in 45 men will be stalked at some point in their lives, as well as close to 13 percent of female college students. Today’s technology has made stalking easier. Stalkers can design websites to encourage others to monitor or harm their victim, install spyware on their victim’s computer or even plant global positioning systems (GPS) in their victim’s car to track their victim’s travels. Other technologies, including social networking websites, such as Facebook and MySpace, cell phones with surveillance devices meant for parents monitoring their children, and running shoes implanted with GPS devices, may provide additional opportunities for stalkers to harm their victims.

For victim assistance, call the National Crime Victim Helpline at 1-800-FYI-CALL. Visit for a map of activities planned around the country for National Stalking Awareness Month and for more information.

Search for missing hiker narrowed

The Atlanta Journal-Constitution
Published on: 01/05/08

As the search continued for missing Buford hiker Meredith Emerson, officials have focused their hunt on a 5-square mile area of the North Georgia Mountains, authorities told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution at 11:20 a.m. Saturday.

The area is near where Emerson's car was found after her New Year's Day disappearance, said Kimberly Verdone, a spokeswoman for the Union County Sheriff's Office. Verdone wouldn't disclose what led officials back to that area, which searchers have already scoured while covering 401 square miles the past three days.

A team of close to 100 volunteers planned to join professional searchers as noon neared Saturday. The volunteers had been anxiously awaiting marching orders since arriving at 8 a.m.

One of the volunteers, Angie Bogen, said at 11 a.m. that authorities told them there was a "new development" that held up the search. Bogen, 30, of Lawrenceville, said she was a friend of Emerson's.

Meanwhile, the "person of interest" connected to Emerson's disappearance is not cooperating with investigators, Forsyth County Sheriff Ted Paxton told the Journal-Constitution earlier Saturday.

Authorities said Gary Michael Hilton, 61, remained at "an undisclosed location" and is being questioned in the disappearance of Emerson, whose dog, Ella, turned up a day earlier at a Cumming-area grocery store.

Paxton said Saturday that investigators have surveillance tape showing that Hilton had been in the area where the dog was found, but added, "We don't have the luxury of him cooperating in the search for the woman."

Hilton, 61, was found Friday evening by DeKalb County police at a convenience store along Ashford-Dunwoody Road, authorities said. Hilton is believed to have been the last person to see Emerson, 24.

Investigators found "personal effects" of Emerson's in the area where Hilton was found, Paxton said Saturday.

Hilton was seen by other hikers at Vogel State Park as he and Emerson walked up Freeman Trail on Blood Mountain on New Year's Day.

The Union County Sheriff's Office and the GBI had been searching for Hilton since late Thursday to talk to him about Emerson.

DeKalb County police spokeswoman Mekka Parish said officers detained Hilton after receiving two calls about 7:40 p.m. Friday — both calls reported possible sightings of Hilton at the Chevron gas station in the 3500 block of Ashford-Dunwoody.

When officers arrived, they found Hilton and confirmed his identity, Parish said. They also found a dog in Hilton's white van, and it was taken to an animal shelter in DeKalb County.

Parish said DeKalb police had been helping in the efforts to find Hilton, whose last known address was in the Atlanta area.

A spokeswoman for the Emerson family, Peggy Bailey, said late Friday that the family is optimistic that Hilton will have information that will help the investigation, calling him the "missing link."

"We just feel certain that this is going to lead us to Meredith's whereabouts," she said. "If he doesn't know, he'll know someone who does."

The family was buoyed by news that Emerson's beloved Labrador mix, Ella, was found unharmed.

GBI spokesman John Bankhead said Emerson's dog was found about 3 p.m. Friday at a Kroger store in the Cumming area. Officials said a chip in the dog was used to confirm its identity.

Bailey said the family had been notified that Ella was safe, but they did not know where the dog was being kept Friday night.

"That's wonderful," she said of Ella's discovery. "The dog means everything to Meredith. When we find Meredith, that's the first thing she's going to ask: 'Where's Ella?' "

Meanwhile, the family will continue the search for Emerson. "I can't be happy until we know Meredith's OK," Bailey said.

By Friday the search was spread outside the borders of Vogel to include a 400-square-mile area of rugged terrain in Union and Lumpkin counties that crosses the Appalachian Trail.

Using dogs, helicopters and heat-sensing equipment, searchers planned to continue looking for Emerson or clues all weekend.

Emerson's friends found her 1995 Chevrolet Cavalier south of Vogel State Park at the head of the Freeman Trail, a common day-hiking trail that leads to the Appalachian Trail located below Blood Mountain.

Searchers have had to work in rugged, hilly terrain that rises from 3,000 to 4,500 feet above sea level and still has remnants of snow that fell Tuesday evening. Temperatures have ranged from the mid-20s to the mid-40s.

Friends and co-workers said Emerson left a note with her roommate that she was going to go hiking with her dog Tuesday.

They began searching the next day when she had not returned home and did not report for work at Process Container and Display in Winder.

They said she had been wearing warm clothes, including a fleece jacket and hiking pants.

Few of her friends, including those who had hiked the sections of the trail where her car was found, believed she could have lost her way on the well-marked trail where she often went running with a partner.

Emerson's father, Dave Emerson of Longmont, Colo., headed to the mountain trails Friday with investigators and rescue workers to help look for his daughter.

Emerson's friends produced fliers and a Web site —

— Staff writers Tim Eberly and George Chidi contributed to this article.

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