A Facebook commenter has revealed the unusual self-defence weapon every woman should carry in their handbags to keep themselves safe from predators.
A concerned mother took to an eastern Sydney Facebook group this week seeking advice after her daughter was followed by a hooded man while walking home in Coogee around 8.30pm.
She said the largely-built man, whose face was concealed by a black hoodie, trailed behind the 20-year-old through Trenerry Reserve for ‘some time’ until she ended up running home.
‘The same thing happened in the same place with my 15-year-old son in February, but the hooded man had a switch blade,’ her post continued.
A Facebook commenter has revealed the hardy self-defence tool every woman should carry in her bag (stock image)
A concerned mother sought advice on Facebook this week after her daughter was followed by a stranger while walking home in Sydney’s eastern suburbs
‘It was a very frightening experience for both of them.
‘Has anyone else experienced this?’
Tough-minded members of the public were quick to suggest her daughter arm-up to fend off potential future attacks, with one recommending she purchase a blow torch-like device.
‘Get your daughter one of those wind-proof lighters,’ the woman said.
‘I was told by a cop this is the most legal effective weapon of retaliation anyone can carry.’
Multiple curious social media users asked her to elaborate on the intriguing tool.
A Facebook commenter suggested the young woman purchase a wind-proof lighter to fend off predators
‘What is this? can you send a photo?’ One chimed, while another requested: ‘Can you explain this a bit more please?’
The woman shared an image of the implement, which she said can be picked up in all sizes at tobacconists.
‘If someone was actually attacking you and you had one of these, you could really do some facial damage,’ she continued.
While the Facebook commenter shared a picture of a culinary blow torch, wind-proof lighters (one pictured), used to ignite cigarettes, are smaller and more compact
‘I used to carry [one] when I was out and about, young and dumb, but maybe I’ll restock my handbag.’
Many safety-conscious women were impressed by the novel idea.
‘I like this!’ One person commented.
Another added: ‘I’ve never heard of that! That’s a great idea!’
Another woman suggested other gadgets she keeps handy to stay safe.
‘My parents bought me a personal alarm. Also – pepper spray or something similar,’ she said.
Although the Facebook commenter suggested a wind-proof lighter, the image she shared pictured a culinary kitchen torch – which have a far more powerful flame.
Despite her advice, it is understood both types of equipment would be considered ‘grey areas’ in the eyes of the law, both for keeping on hand for the purpose of self-defence in NSW.
While they are not technically considered prohibited weapons, those caught carrying the devices could be penalised depending on the context of the situation.
Similarly, those who use the implements in retaliation attacks could face charges depending on whether or not the incident was deemed self-defence, based on a range of factors, such as excessive force.
The woman said she used to keep the tool inside her handbag in her younger days in case she needed self-protection (stock)