A self defence aid such as a personal attack alarm can be a useful in disorientating an attacker however it is important to understand that there can be drawbacks to its use for instance, if you are carrying it in your handbag you will not only waste time trying to locate it but you will likely alert the attacker to your intentions while you fumble for it.
There are however a number of everyday items found on your person which can be “improvised” into a weapon. This is perfectly legal and is, in fact, recommended by police officers as a way of defending yourself in the event of an attack, either stopping the attacker or giving you a few vital seconds to escape.
Improvised weapons include:
- Keys (used to stab if a Mortise key or slash if a Yale key)
- Belt buckle
- Shoes (especially high heels)
- Coat (to throw over and disorientate an attacker giving you a chance to escape)
- Coins (to throw at an attacker’s face)
- Rolled up magazine/newspaper (tightly rolled this can break a glass window)
- Comb / Hairbrush
- Perfume / deodorant
If you are in your home when an intruder strikes, there are a number of everyday household items that can be used to help you defend yourself. Here are just a few examples;
Kitchen: Rolling pin, pots & pans, kettle, kettle cord, boiling water, fire extinguisher, salt / pepper, washing powder. Note: Due to the potentially lethal damage they can cause, knives are not seen as a good option for self defence unless you knew your life was in danger (the attacker is armed).
Lounge: Poker, golf clubs, rolled up newspaper, ashtray, standard lamp (anything with a plug and flex you can swing), flower pot.
Bathroom: Wet towel with a bar of soap in it, aerosol sprays, tooth brush, toilet roll stand.
Bedroom: Socket end of bedside lamp, hardback book, small chair.
It should be noted however that if you have an improvised weapon which you keep by your bed in case you ever get attacked (for example, a knife, a baseball bat or a hammer) then this is no longer classed as an improvised weapon in the eyes of the Law. Your intention is to use this “weapon” to defend yourself and if you do so it will be deemed as premeditated and not self defence. If, on the other hand, you had not planned to use a specific item as a weapon and simply picked up the nearest object to help you defend yourself, then this is an improvised weapon and can be used as such.
It’s always best however to learn how to defend yourself using your own body and your wits.
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