Personal Protection Gear for Walkers

A dog or a human walking companion are the best choices for enhanced safety from attack by a stranger. But if you don't have a dog and don't want to have to find a walking partner every time you go for a walk, you might be looking for some alternatives. Or you might also be concerned about dog attack.

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Mace Jogger Pepper Spray

Mace Jogger Model Defense Spray
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This design is great. The hand strap has the word "Mace" in large letters where would-be perpetrators can see it when you wear it. The canister has grip indentations so you know the stream will be pointing in the right direction. It has a flip top to protect it from any accidental press. You can rest your thumb on the flip top as you walk, but the hand strap keeps the canister secure in your hand without having to grip it. It has a 10% oleoresin capiscum formulation, which is usually the maximum allowed for personal protection. It has a stream spray pattern effective at up to 12 feet.

Make sure you check if pepper spray is legal in your area.

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Blingsting Pepper Spray

Blingsting pepper spray
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Blingsting is an attractive pepper spray canister. It is easy to carry in your hand as you walk. It has a keychain and a clip so you can clip it inside your pack or on a belt loop. The 0.5-ounce canister has a 10% oleoresin capiscum formulation. The trigger button has a safety position so you shouldn't be able to easily discharge it by accident, although it is not as secure as the flip top on the Mace Brand Jogger model.

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Personal Safety Alarms, Whistles, Scream

Minder Walk Safe Torch Alarm
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A loud alarm may send a would-be attacker slinking back into the shadows. There are many personal safety alarms available that can be carried as a key fob and kept handy as you walk. Some also have a flashlight or a strobe light.

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Fox 40 Sonik Blast CMG Whistle

Fox 40 Sonik Blast CMG Whistle
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A loud whistle is another option; it is one of the hiker's 10 essentials to use for signaling for help. A brightly-colored whistle around your neck might signal a perp to steer clear of you. This model comes in many different colors.

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Personal Safety Apps

man Using a Mobile Cell Phone at Night While Walking
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A smartphone may or may not be a deterrent. If you are engrossed in texting or zoning out to tunes you may not appear vigilant to a potential perpetrator. But if you stay aware of your surroundings, you may also want to use one of these apps which can alert others if you feel threatened. That seems unlikely to do much good before an attack but may enhance your survival after one.

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A stout wooden walking stick can be a good defense weapon. Aluminum walking/trekking poles can also make you look like a harder target. If you see a suspicious person you can hold your stick or poles defensively.

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Scream

You should practice being your own loud safety alarm. Screaming at a potential threat with your "angry mom voice" is your first line of defense. Screaming "Leave me alone!" can bring assistance and send the perp away.

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