Monthly Archives: September 2012

Pepper Spray: Excellent Self Protection

If you or a family member walks, runs or bikes outdoors, take the bus, walk’s to work, or travel through bad neighborhoods it’s a good idea to carry personal protection in the form of pepper spray for self-defense. Keeping one by the back door is good, too. Pepper spray works on dogs as well as on people. We sell the Sabre brand pepper spray in our store.

There are many options with these products which can be confusing, and state laws change periodically. For instance, Michigan is among the states that ban the use of tear gas in pepper spray. Michigan recently restricted the amount of pepper spray that a person can carry to 1.25 ounces, so it limits the buyer to very small canisters which can spray about 30 one-second bursts. Larger units and stronger formulations are available to the military and law enforcement. Pepper spray formulas are rated by “OC” and “MC”. OC (Oleoresin Capsicum) is the percentage of formula that is pepper. MC (Major Capsaicinois) measures the strength of that pepper’s heat bearing and pain causing properties. Red pepper causes inflammation to the eyes and mucus membranes, which makes it impossible to keep the eyes open and causes shortness of breath. Shelf life is about four years and canisters are marked with expiration dates.

Coin dealer’s safe is burglarized

A coin dealer in Michigan was burglarized recently and lost many thousands of dollars in collectable coins when the robbers opened his safe.  He was depending on the wrong type of safe to protect his inventory.  His low price, low quality, China-built gun safe was opened by hand with some kind of pointed tool.  I won’t mention the brand name of the safe for legal purposes.

Gun Safe Opened by Burglar

Coin dealers should obviously be using high security safes, something suitable for high-value commercial applications. The ONLY gun safes suitable for use by a coin dealer are the RF or HS safes by American Security, a Graffunder Safe or a Fort Knox with steel upgrades. That would also be true if your gun collection is extremely valuable. These safes are more expensive, but the REAL cost of a cheap safe is much higher if it is opened by burglars.

Home Security: Discretion is important

The best way to make sure that no one breaks into your safe, is to not let everyone know that you have one.  Don’t show it to all your friends, and don’t tell everyone when you buy one.  Also, if your gun safe  is delivered by a truck or trailer that is covered with advertising for gun safes, then all your neighbors will know that you bought one.  They’ll know that you have stuff in your house worth stealing.  And if an unscrupulous neighbor is aware that you spend the first week of the deer season hunting in the U.P., or that you spend the first week of January in the Bahamas, he knows he has a full week to work on opening your safe.  These incidents do happen!  Your home security may be jeopardized if you do not practice discretion.

As much as I would like to have free advertising on our vans as we travel all around Michigan, our vans are plain white and unmarked.  We owe it to our customers to be discrete, to protect their home security.  Businesses that sell safes should protect their customers’ confidentiality.  Before you buy a gun safe, ask how it will be delivered.