Using pepper spray to keep you and your family safe

Published: Oct. 2, 2012 at 12:04 AM CDT|Updated: Oct. 30, 2012 at 12:48 AM CDT
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Local sporting good shops said they sell an average of 10 cans a month.
Local sporting good shops said they sell an average of 10 cans a month.

MADISON, AL (WAFF) - The person who attacked a UNA student remains on the run. The incident happened last Wednesday in a parking garage on campus. Police said the student was sexually assaulted.

UNA police said they're looking at updating their security cameras. Police did increase patrols in the area over the weekend.

That brings us to the question of how would you protect yourself if you ever needed it?  Self protection can include a variety of self defense tools and a popular method seems to be pepper spray.

Local sporting good shops said they sell an average of 10 cans a month.

"It's bad," said Lt. Damian Williams of the Madison police department.  "It's very uncomfortable; the pain is really intense."

Williams had to be pepper sprayed as part of his training.

"During the time that you are exposed and feeling the effects of it, it's pretty uncomfortable," he said.

Taking a direct hit in the face can keep an attacker down for nearly 30 minutes.  Athens resident, Jennifer Duncan, always keeps her spray by her side.

"I would unload it on anybody who tried to come in and break into the house that isn't wanted here," she said.

Duncan has had her can of pepper spray for nearly a year.  She said she prefers the spray over any other form of self defense.

"Pepper spray is more effective," she said.  "You have to get too close with a taser and I can be 20 feet away and spray you."

No matter what form of protection you use, Williams advised the proper training to keep what use to protect you from being used against you.

"If it's a system that you feel comfortable using to train with it and to practice with it use it because anything that you're not comfortable with if you don't have that comfort level when it comes to it, it's not really doing any good."

Madison police are having a 'How not to become a victim' class next month at the police station on Hughes Road on November 17 from 8 a.m. until noon.

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