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Is there anything I can carry in the UK that won’t get me arrested? I see all of these beautiful self defence keychains with window breakers, rape alarms and resin punch assists (basically knuckle dusters that are made out of resin and look like cats) and I would love to have them for when I am walking home alone from school as i am a teenage girl and get quite scared. Does anyone know if these are legal to have? Or if not does anyone have any good ways to make myself feel safer? Thanks in advance
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Does anyone know if any form of self defence keychains (such as window breakers, rape alarms, resin knuckle dusters that look like cats) are legal or not in the uk? I’d really like something to help me feel safer when out and about but it seems as though anything and everything is illegal that I look at! Thanks in advance
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The only thing you can legally carry in the UK is a rape alarm.

You could look at learning some self-defence techniques, but there are things you can do to help yourself, like look more confident, be aware of your surroundings and not distracted by a phone, know places to go (like shops) if you are wary of something.
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Most of the things you mention are offensive weapons, so they would be illegal. A rape alarm is fine because it is purely defensive; you can’t really go and hurt someone with it.
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Most of the things you mention are offensive weapons, so they would be illegal. A rape alarm is fine because it is purely defensive; you can’t really go and hurt someone with it.
Is knife forbidden in UK?
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Is knife forbidden in UK?
It is illegal to carry a knife for self-defence in the UK.
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Is a taser illegal to carry?
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Is a taser illegal to carry?
See post #3.
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It is legal to carry offender-ID spray. It marks the assailant and is extremely difficult to remove from skin/ clothing- making it easier for the police to identify/ apprehend them.

If you where to spray the assailant in the eyes, you run the risk of being charged with assault. However, your actions may also be considered to be 'reasonable force'. The same goes for other kinds of aerosols.
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The only thing you can legally carry in the UK is a rape alarm.

You could look at learning some self-defence techniques, but there are things you can do to help yourself, like look more confident, be aware of your surroundings and not distracted by a phone, know places to go (like shops) if you are wary of something.
Agreed..

The best form of self defence is common sense.

There are simple things you can do to minimise yourself from being attacked. In addition to the above... try and avoid walking alone (if you can), stick to busy, main routes and keep an eye on the people who are around you (it's a herd mentality, you're far less likely to be targeted if there are several people around... they're also potential witnesses if anything were to happen).

By all means, you can take up a self defence / martial arts class (worth doing for the fitness / confidence benefits alone)... but bear in mind you will need to be seriously training for at least a year to be anywhere near proficient. A lot of people still think they can take on Bruce Lee after one lesson, that false confidence can backfire in a number of ways..

Also, take a reality check. Most of the rapes and serious attacks you hear on the news are comparatively rare. I think guys are more vulnerable to attacks than girls, in general. Unless you live in a really dodgy area, the worst you're likely to get is a random guy trying their luck with you (they normally give up after about a minute, if you're clearly not interested).

EDIT:- I know of at least one guy who carried a knife, purely for self defence purposes (at least that's what he said)... his knife ended up being used against him (and he has the scars to prove it)
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Agreed..

The best form of self defence is common sense.

There are simple things you can do to minimise yourself from being attacked. In addition to the above... try and avoid walking alone (if you can), stick to busy, main routes and keep an eye on the people who are around you (it's a herd mentality, you're far less likely to be targeted if there are several people around... they're also potential witnesses if anything were to happen).

By all means, you can take up a self defence / martial arts class (worth doing for the fitness / confidence benefits alone)... but bear in mind you will need to be seriously training for at least a year to be anywhere near proficient. A lot of people still think they can take on Bruce Lee after one lesson, that false confidence can backfire in a number of ways..

Also, take a reality check. Most of the rapes and serious attacks you hear on the news are comparatively rare. I think guys are more vulnerable to attacks than girls, in general. Unless you live in a really dodgy area, the worst you're likely to get is a random guy trying their luck with you (they normally give up after about a minute, if you're clearly not interested).

EDIT:- I know of at least one guy who carried a knife, purely for self defence purposes (at least that's what he said)... his knife ended up being used against him (and he has the scars to prove it)
You say common sense but the thing is majority of this gen are lacking of it.
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Learn some self defence from yt

Also just use some common sense

Eg. If ur walking alone at night take a slightly longer but more well lit route. Or mssg someine so they know where you are. Or download the app life360- it's quite good
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