Personal you know how to use it?

Real Estate Broker/Owner with WHISPERING PINES REALTY 20398180

OK...most people will say yes.

But I will argue that fact.  This story nearly had a sad ending.

A friend sent his daughter to college.  With her he sent some Mace for her protection.  Last week she was attacked.  When confronted by the attacker...the young lady started digging in her purese for her 'protection'. 

The attachker waited for her to pull the canister out, then proceeded to take it from her and spray her with it.   Her screams attracted several people which scarred off the attacker.

The young lady although shaken was physically fine.

I asked the dad if she knew how to use the mace.  "Yes, I showed her how."
 Did you have her use it?   I asked.


Then how do you know she really knew how to use it?


Several issues came up with this...

Do you know how to use it?  and I am not talking about the romance type of protection...

Have you actually used it on a practice target, if now, how do you know how to use it.

What is it doing in the bottom of a purse?

I could continue with the questions for the next hour.


Point...if you are going to rely on that protection, you need to have it in hand whenever there could be a possible threat.

You need to be able to use it blindfolded!!!  Just like it was totally dark where you were.

Prevention is your best defense.   Walk with others.  If you are alone, see if there is an escort available.


I have now taught this young lady how to use her mace.  She is not proficient with it, but now knows how to use it and how to carry it.

Our practice session used 8 canisters of mace just to get her comfortable handling it and how to spray it in relation to the person that is the threat.

Personal protection is great.  I carry both mace and a firearm depending on the situation.  I can work both in the dark in under 3 seconds which in reality is a long time when you are being attacked.

If you have mace on you and have never actually used it on a may as well throw it out because you are more likely to get it used on yourself that to ward off an attacker.

Please...BE SAFE!!!!!

Comments (10)

David Shamansky
US Mortgages - David Shamansky - Highlands Ranch, CO
Creative, Aggressive & 560 FICO - OK, Colorado Mtg

I know crazy isnt it. I take my kids to the gun range and they know how to handle load and fire a weapon and are good shots. in the event something happens and you are near me or my kids causing life threatening issues, you are likely to get hit with something you will not recover from!

Nov 24, 2014 05:15 AM
William Feela
Realtor, Whispering Pines Realty 651-674-5999 No.

David...My dad did the same thing starting when I was 6.  I am forever grateful that he did that.

Nov 24, 2014 05:40 AM
Tanya Van Blake-Coleman
Van Blake-Coleman Realty, St. Thomas/ - St Thomas, VI
Improving the Quality of Your Life

William knowing something in theory and knowing how to apply that knowledge in real time under the pressure of your safety hanging in the balance dependent on your mastery are very different things. Great post!

Nov 24, 2014 05:46 AM
Randi Brammer
Randi Brammer, Acctg. - Hinckley, MN
Accountant & Tax Preparer

Bill, that was a lucky young lady.  You can tell she was over confident that she could protect herself.

Nov 24, 2014 05:46 AM
Wanda Kubat-Nerdin - Wanda Can!
Red Rock Real Estate - St. George, UT
So Utah Residential, Referral & Relocation REALTOR

Bill, THAT is advice that can save a life. Protection does no good if the user can't use it effectively.

Nov 24, 2014 08:21 AM
Endre Barath, Jr.
Berkshire Hathaway HomeServices - Beverly Hills, CA
Realtor - Los Angeles Home Sales 310.486.1002

William great advice, most of the time we need to practice and how we practice is how we will react in duress....RLTW, Endre

Nov 24, 2014 03:37 PM
Jeffrey DiMuria 321.223.6253 Waves Realty
Waves Realty - Melbourne, FL
Florida Space Coast Homes

This is a really good point William. First it needs to be put in a spot that the person can find quickly and use it before the attacker knows what they are doing.

Nov 24, 2014 11:08 PM
Vern Eaton
Askov, MN
Realtor 651-674-7449

Bill...I can't believe that this isn't a featured blog!  Of are sorta noisy on this forum.

Great Blog and points well taken!!!!!

Nov 25, 2014 04:09 AM
Debbie Laity
Cedaredge Land Company - Cedaredge, CO
Your Real Estate Resource for Delta County, CO

You make a good point when you asked what the mace was doing at the bottom of the purse. It's no good to anyone there. Keep it handy and keep it in your hands when you are walking by yourself. 

Nov 25, 2014 06:35 AM
Bob Crane
Woodland Management Service / Woodland Real Estate, EXP - Stevens Point, WI
Forestland Experts! 715-204-9671

You are right Bill, most people are lulled into a false sense of security by the weapons that they carry, a weapon in the purse might as well be left at home.  But I am sure criminals like this, one more thing to steal from the victim.


Nov 25, 2014 12:26 PM