Wednesday, February 13, 2008

Daily Commute Dangers

Leaving the workplace at the end of the day is one of the most riskiest times women face today. Danger while driving in traffic or being a passenger in a vehicle is only one threat of the total picture.
If you drive home, getting into your vehicle is a maneuver that attackers focus on when seeking a victim. It cannot be stressed enough, how you handle yourself while walking and getting into your car in a parking lot or garage. Besides the usual issue of being aware of your surroundings, you need to plan ahead before you even start getting out of your workplace's door. If you are walking alone without a guard or a friend you need to carry some sort of self-defense product such as a stun gun. Leave your workplace with one of these products in your hand and ready to shoot if necessary, along with your keys too. Do not leave these items in your purse or pocket while walking towards your car in the parking garage, this will only delay your response if someone attacks you! Don't get to the car and start searching for your keys, this just adds more time for a criminal to hurt you. Always try to keep in mind that you need to get into your car quickly and lock the door immediately when inside. Make sure you look around your car from a distance to see if there are any suspicious individuals around it. Also look around the garage or parking lot, as stated earlier, be aware of all that is around you! This is not the time to start planing or thinking about what you will be doing when you get home... As you get closer, check the interior, including the back seats before opening the door.

If you take public transportation, the same advice should be taken; be aware at all times of your surroundings. Keep a stun gun or other product available in your purse where it is easy to grab quickly. If the product has a power switch, turn it on before hand. It is not recommended to take out when many people are around you, simply because it could scare them, but if you are in a public transportation area that is relatively empty, take your self defense product out in plain view. There are studies that suggest that this actually deters a criminal from approaching you if he sees you have a weapon and you're not an easy target.
A self-defense product such as a stun gun is an electrical self-defense device that uses high voltage to stop an attacker. Touching a person with the prongs on the stun gun quickly immobilizes the attacker. It causes disorientation and loss of balance and leaves the attacker in a passive and confused mental and physical condition for several minutes. However, because the amperage is very low, no serious or permanent injury is inflicted.
The stun gun is designed to key into the nervous system. It dumps its energy into the muscles at a high pulse frequency that makes the muscles work very rapidly, but not efficiently. This rapid work cycle depletes blood sugar by converting it to lactic acid all in just seconds. The resulting energy loss makes it difficult to move and function. At the same time, the tiny neurological impulses that travel throughout the body to direct muscle movement are interrupted. This causes disorientation and loss of balance and leaves the attacker in a passive and confused condition for several minutes. Still, there is no significant effect on the heart and other organs.

As a general rule, a one-half second contact can repel and startle the attacker, giving some pain and muscle contraction. One to two seconds can cause muscle spasms and a dazed mental state. Over three seconds can cause loss of balance and muscle control, mental confusion and disorientation. Realize that 3 seconds is quite a long time when in a physical struggle. Every person is different and will react differently to the effects of a stun gun. What may put one person down in 3 seconds could take 5 seconds on another person.
The electrical shock that emits from the unit will not pass from the person being stunned to the person doing the stunning. The effect is localized only in the affected area and does not pass through the body. Even if you or the attacker is wet or standing in water, you will not get shocked. Stun Guns are legal in most states. An alternative to a stun gun is the taser C2 or pepper spray.
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