People often ask me to suggest the best "self-defense" item for them. This is a tough question, of course, because there is not just one right answer.
As I teach in my NYV classes, on a scale of 1-10, having no protection at all puts you at the low end of that scale. When we are trying to tell the bad folks in the world to "Move Along," because we are "not their victim today" its important that we walk the walk - not just talk the body language talk....which means being in the 0-1 zone is not okay.
Legally carrying a firearm puts you at a 10, but that choice is not right for everyone. That being said, there is a lot to consider when considering the best item for your self defense. I think we would look pretty silly if we were pulling around a cannon in a radio-flyer or carrying around a Katana (Samurai Sword) like our favorite female zombie killer.
For most people, hanging around in the middle zone is an instant confidence builder! For this, I recommend carrying a small canister of pepper spray with you at all times. Most can be hooked to a purse or key chain and provide enough stopping power to make your escape. For an investment of around $10, you can be one step closer to telling the world "I am not your victim today".
Because I believe in pepper spray so much, I always have them available for $10 each at my classes. Your safety is your responsibility. NYV teaches you how to stay safe.
Be safe out there,