Safety tools you should keep in your bag
Anything can happen when you’re out and about. Whether you find yourself walking alone at night, or feeling unsafe during the day while you perform menial errands, there are a few things to keep in your bag, car or in your pocket as a precaution.
Just in case you get stuck along the road with your car, or you have to walk through a particularly dark area, having a torch is a great help. You may have the torch feature on your cellphone, but it is best, if possible, to keep a separate torch to preserve your cellphone battery’s life.
If you keep the torch in your car, a large, heavy duty flashlight will help just fine, but if you want to keep one on your person, there are many options for small, portable ones that are still quite powerful and can even be attached to your key-ring or lanyard.
Pepper spray is exactly what sounds like. It is a spray in which the main ingredient is capsaicin, a chemical derived from the fruit of plants in the genus Capsicum, including chilies.
When sprayed into the air, it is breathed in by the intended target and irritates and burns the respiratory system, eyes and any other exposed, sensitive parts of the body.
Read our article on how and when to use it, here.
Another non-lethal weapon, a Tasers can really make you feel a bit safer when you find yourself in a position where you need to physically defend yourself.
Tasers release an electric charge that can help to subdue a criminal and allow the victim the opportunity to escape an attack.
India Today says that it is best if the target is close to the user, and the shock it inflicts is enough to incapacitate a man/woman for a while.