Crime Victims Defending Themselves; Pepper Spray a Viable Option

By: Meghan Dwyer
By: Meghan Dwyer

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Garriett says, "Always be aware of your surroundings... read others body language. It tells a lot about a person."

Sarah adds "I’m thinking about getting pepper spray but other than that no extra precautions. I live and work over by Marie’s Pizza. I think this is a pretty safe neighborhood right now."

ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Incidents like the three Stateline murders over the past couple of weeks have people on their toes. It also has people fighting back.

Over the last two days there have been numerous reports of people being held up by guns and knives, but this time the victims had pepper spray and they weren't afraid to use it.

On Thursday morning a woman was attacked on the corner of Second and Fifth streets, but she fought back, spraying her attacker. The same thing happened last night when a man dressed in black attempted to rob a man on his way home in southeast Rockford. The attackers haven't been arrested, but neither of them were able to get what they wanted. For people who don't want to carry a gun police say pepper spray can be a good alternative.

Joel Givens from the Rockford Police said, "Well first of all if you're going to get pepper spray I recommend that you get familiar with the type of equipment that you're going to be utilizing. It does you no good to take something out if you haven't trained yourself to properly use it."

Police say you should practice using pepper spray so it becomes second nature. You should have a case for the spray. Put the spray back in the case in the same position every time so you don't spray yourself.

They said the more important thing is keeping out of these situations in the first place. Don’t walk alone, be aware of your surroundings at all times, and never let your guard down.

Are you taking extra precautions to protect your safety outside of your home?

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