Would you know what to do if an attacker tried to grab you in a parking lot?
Many women are now turning to new self-defense tools to help protect themselves, but do they really work? FOX 35 brought in the Simple Self Defense Gurus Charlie and Tracy Vega to help us put a few self defense tools to the test.
First up? The Honeycomb Hairbrush; the handle is a knife. During our demonstration, Charlie easily knocked it out of our producer's hands.
"We're fighting, so if she's a good fighter or knows how to use a knife then maybe it's her best choice," said Charlie. "But most people don't know how to use a knife."
We tested out the Slap Cap next. It's a baseball hat with a metal insert in the back.
"So if you were to try to fight me with that basically now we're fighting," said Charlie. "We're struggling with this hat so now we're fighting so the better fighter is going to win."
The Vegas said if you want to use a gun to protect yourself, you must know how to use it, and most women don't know how to handle it properly, which can be more dangerous, in the long run.
"If you take it out and you don't create distance between you and that person," said Charlie. "If you point the gun at me, guns can be taken away very simply."
The Vegas said your best bet is using something that'll distract your attacker-- even a ping pong ball will work.
"The idea is you want to keep space between you and the attacker," said Tracy. "So just throwing something so simple at his face like that creates flinching for him."
Keeping your distance is key. The Vegas said pepper spray is a good tool to use to protect yourself at a distance.
"Mace is a brand, and actually it's an irritant," said Tracy. "It's not an inflammatory, like the pepper spray."
Mace will irritate the eyes, but the Vegas said pepper spray will swell the eyes, nose, hands, and dye the affected areas, too. However, you must remember to have it readily available.
"If you're uncomfortable coming out of the mall or coming out of the store, take it out," said Tracy.
The Vegas did like the GE Smart Home Door Stop.
"This is a regular doorstop," said Tracey. "It has a rubber bottom so it's skid proof, so it's going to stop the door, first off, from opening, which is what you want, and then it has an alarm that's going to set off."
Bottom line, the Vegas said tools are nice, but you already have what you need: your hands.
"The way you do this is you follow the direction of the thumb," said Charlie Vega. "Since the thumb is on top, instead of bringing your hand this way, you bring your hand straight up and step back with the same side leg. You're using your body weight and arm strength against one finger."
"It's safety 101," said Tracy. "Pay attention to what's around you. Be aware of your surroundings. If you're uncomfortable, be prepared to react."