Damsel in Defense: Tools and gadgets that may save your life

Damsel in Defense: Tools and gadgets that may save your life
Source: WAFB
Source: WAFB

BATON ROUGE, LA (WAFB) - Last July WAFB gave you self-defense tips to keep you safe from an attacker that got a hold of you.  But what if you could prevent that from even happening?

So we went to Baton Rouge Police Supplies and talked to retired Sheriff Deputy Dicksie Parker to see what tools and gadgets might just save your life.

Parker says, "We recommend that you always carry a flashlight if you are out at night of some sort. Even if it just a little tiny one. Carry a flashlight. Shine it in there eyes and blind them and then get away."

Another device is a baton. These can have a blunt edge or sharp edge. Parker says, "You can take it and use it as a key ring and keep it with you at all times and you can use it to jab people with if they get to close to you and invading your space and you feel threatened."

A decent flashlight and baton will run you around $10 each.

Dicksie recommends all women should carry pepper spray too. She says, "You spray them in their face. They stop. Their eyes slam shut. They start snotting and coughing and carry on. They cannot progress any further because they can't see where to progress."

Most pepper sprays have a distance of 8 to 10 feet.  And some even use a U-V dye that allows law enforcement to use a blacklight to identify the aggressor.  The dye usually lasts for 5 to 7 days. Pepper spray will run you about $15.

If you're looking for something with a little more juice consider a stun gun. But there is a downside. Parker says, "The aggressor has to be close to you. You actually have to touch them with this device to keep them off of you." Stun guns run about $50.  Also don't worry about the volts listed, look more at the amperage. A solid stun gun will have between 2.5 and 4 milliamps. 

Finally if you are comfortable carrying a hand gun there's a gadget for that too.  A concealed carry handgun purse is available.  Parker says, "They look like just your everyday ladies handbag. But they are also designed where they have a holster built into them where you can actually carry your handgun."

You must take a concealed carry class in order to use these purses.  They cost anywhere from $60 to $500 depending on style and materials.

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