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Pepper Spray Advice from U-Spy

Pepper Spray advice from U-Spy: How to use, when to use, why to use and how to choose.
  • Uber and Lyft Safety???

    Uber and Lyft have really taken off in popularity recently, especially in big cities such as L.A, New York City and Chicago. Have you ever felt uneasy getting in a ride with an 'Uberly' complete stranger? As a passenger of an Uber or Lyft ride, you should know there are products available to purchase that may help you feel a little more secure.

    Pepper Sprays are great and pack a huge punch! There are many different varieties in different shapes, sizes and potency. Each state and or city may have there own regulations in regards to what is allowed to be carried, so we recommend checking your local regulations before purchasing any pepper sprays. In general, all states allow Pepper Spray but some limit the maximum potency to 10%. Others require that you purchase the spray in the state you reside.

    The OC (oleoresin capsicum) level represents the potency. The highest OC pepper spray we carry is 18%. We would recommend you carry the max for your safety if your state allows. Along with pepper spray it may be helpful to carry a personal alarm. The alarms sounds a loud sound that scares the attacker and notifies persons nearby. With these two items, you will have two methods of protection covered. Some personal alarms have a decibel as high as 130!!

    Safety isn’t limited to just passengers. Drivers should also cover all aspects for safety as well as passengers. For drivers it is also a good idea to have a pepper spray on board. We recommend you have video surveillance as well to prevent any "he said she said" scenarios that may occur. There are a wide variety of dash/vehicle cameras available. To help make your decision please see the YouTube video below!

  • Why is pepper spray used for self defense?

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    A lot of people ask why should I use or carrying pepper spray. Responses for those questions quite are simple. Walking the dog or jogging late at night, getting out of work late, taking public transportation or having an ex-partner who is stalking or harassing. Read More

  • Home Security - Fall Safety Tips to Keep You and Your Family Safe

    The fall season is a time when we are tempted to sleep with open windows. Who doesn't like that crisp, autumn air and a chance to turn off our air-conditioners? Unfortunately, open windows pose a security risk.

    Recent news stories have covered several home invasions in the city of Chicago. These invasions took place in what are typically known as quiet, safe neighborhoods. Burglars entered through open windows. Fortunately, burglars (who were entering between the hours of 3:00 a.m. - 6:00 a.m.) haven't thus far awakened those sleeping in the homes. They stole valuables, but no one was faced with the unknown of what could happen if a burglar is caught in the act.

    There are many ways to keep your home and family safe that won't break the bank. When you think of the money we all spend on unnecesary items, I think it's safe to say securing your safety is worth the investment.

    For starters, statistics show that burglars will avoid homes that are well lit, have alarm systems and surveillance cameras. Invest in some lights for the outside of your home. You can install lights that remain on at all times or motion detector lights. The one I've linked here comes on when someone crosses its path and then begins to record/film the area. U-Spy Store carries many affordable home alarms systems that don't require monthly monitoring fees. If burglars see any of these protection devices, they will choose another home that isn't protected and prepared.

    Consider installing indoor motion detectors. We even carry a motion detector that is "pet immune" for pets weighing up to 60 lbs. Place wireless motion alert alarms in your driveway or near your garage. If an intruder is on your property, these detectors will set off alarms.

    You can also install "glass break alarms" on your windows or sliding glass doors. If you must sleep with an open window, there are products that will allow your window to remain open, but allow you to lock the window in a position that prevents it from being opened further. However, for added security, I would install the glass break alarms I mentioned above.

    Lastly, keep your cell phone near your bed while sleeping. If any of the products you may decide to purchase have remotes with panic buttons, keep them near your bed. They won't do you any good if you can't access them immediately. I also keep pepper spray next to my bed. Although I hope to never be a victim of a crime, I do know I will be prepared to defend myself if someone enters my home.

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