[#1 SAFETY TIP]
Keys as a self defense weapon
When walking to your car, get your keys out BEFORE you leave the safety of your home, office or other secure location (criminals target people who seem distracted…fumbling with keys).
Place 1 or 2 key handles FLAT against your palm. Then position 1 metal key point between your pointer finger and middle finger and another between your middle finger and ring finger. Then make a tight fist around the flat key handles to stabilize them. Try this positioning method out before you actually need to use it.
In an attack situation, you can use the metal key points to hit the most vulnerable pressure points on your attacker’s body (eyes, groin, throat, and temples).
[#2 SAFETY TIP]
Keys as a crime deterrent
If you have an electronic key fob for your car, it also has a panic button that will sound your car’s alarm/horn and flash the headlights. The panic button function can be used to deter an attacker, thief or an intruder at your home or in a parking lot/garage.
Additionally, you can keep your keys on your bedside table as you sleep. If your car is in range of your bedroom, pressing the panic button will certainly wake the neighbors and draw immediate attention. Most petty thieves or intruders will leave the scene quickly and move on to easier targets.
[#3 SAFETY TIP]
Attach additional safety products to your keys
The great thing about keys is you will most likely have them with you when you are out in the world doing your day-to-day. If you had to drive somewhere or lock up the house before leaving, you’d have keys!
Pepper spray, self defense mini batons and other specialty self defense keychains (usually something with a point) are small, easy to use self defense items that are easily attached and carried on a set of keys.