Unarmed security guards often find themselves in potentially dangerous or violent situations with someone who is armed and / or dangerous. Because their resources are limited in terms of weaponry, they may have to turn to regular and unpretentious items that are part of everyday life to help gain some influence and protect themselves. Here are some of the best sources of self-protection for unarmed guards:
Keys – Despite being a mundane item that most of us would never think of using combatively, keys can be a powerful weapon for guards who have limited options in terms of protection. They are also one of the few items that guards can have with them at any given time. When held between the fingers with the ends out, the keys can simulate illegal weapons such as brass fists and provide quick defense against an attacker or simply peace of mind when in a potentially compromising situation.
Pens – A pen is a type of last resort weapon that is used infrequently, but is also likely to be within reach in many settings, including that of an unarmed security guard. Most of the time it comes into play when a person is caught in a situation where they must employ a basic self-protection method. The pointed tip of a ballpoint pen can cause serious damage when applied with great force, and despite the hair-raising nature of such a scenario, it can be a saving grace in a random bout of violence or aggression. In the same way that pens with rubber grips are preferable for easy writing, they will prove equally resourceful when used for defense.
Flashlights – Although most unarmed security guards are not allowed to carry anything that looks like a weapon, it is standard for them to carry flashlights, especially when working at night or in an area with little or little lighting. Although not intended to be used as a weapon, a flashlight can act as a valuable resource for a guard in a precarious situation where he must defend himself. Flashlights are usually quite heavy, especially industrial-sized ones made of steel or metal. The shape and weight of the flashlights constitute a solid form of self-protection, especially if a guard is facing an attacker who is armed and undoubtedly dangerous.
Breath Spray – This may sound strange, even comical, but anyone who has ever felt the icy sting of a mouthpiece the other way (pointing anywhere near the eye) of a pocket breath spray will attest to its minty capabilities. (Although fiery!); fresh breath sprays are very powerful in terms of antibacterial and cooling properties, while some even contain chlorine dioxide; All of these agents are intended to be ingested as directed for specific purposes only and an accidental (or emergency) spray into the eye would result in a not-so-cool burning sensation beyond belief. This tactic would temporarily leave an attacker with cloudy vision and could allow the victim to escape or overcome the situation.