It is easy to feel overly safe when you equip yourself with a personal protective device. Carrying a tool such as a knife, a Taser, or a can of pepper spray should not affect your judgment. In other words, be safe when you're alone and avoid situations when you do not have to put yourself at risk. Always pay attention to your surroundings.Pepper spray
is your safety tool when you find yourself alone and vulnerable to criminals. It is not a surefire way to protect yourself in all situations. For example, if someone comes up from behind and restrains your arms, you will not be in a position to reach for your pepper spray. You would find it difficult to get out of this situation.
On the other hand, you should remember to bring pepper spray or another personal safety device along when you know you might be targeted by people with bad intentions. For example, when you have to walk down a dark street by yourself, you can walk with your hand in your pocket or purse with the pepper spray in the ready position for immediate use. Before you place yourself in that same situation of walking alone at night again, look for alternatives. Planning how to get around your city or town safely is the best prevention for becoming a victim of a violent crime. Also, paying attention to your surrondings and scanning the areas around you frequently will make it nearly impossible for someone to sneak up on you.
Your pepper spray should serve as a reminder to stay alert. Always keep this in mind when your on the go. Stay alert. Stay safe.