UK Legal Pepper Spray Alternative for Self Defence | Video Review And Test

What Are The UK Legal
Alternative To Pepper Spray
for Self Defence?

There are currently two very good UK Legal Pepper Spray Alternatives that are within the confounds of the law and available for use.
The Farb Gel Criminal Identifier and the Safhaus Criminal Identifier. 
Furthermore I have tested out both products on myself and found that they would be very good and useful in a self defence situation. 
If used correctly they can give you precious seconds to make an escape from a dangerous situation.

BASIC SPRAY

Current price under £11
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SPRAY + BELT POUCH

Current price under £14
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BASIC SPRAY

Current price £9:45
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Safehaus Criminal Identifier Spray

BEST BUY

Current price £17:99
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Safehaus Criminal Identifier Spray

When it comes to self defence and pepper spray, there are many question you can ask:

  • Is pepper spray legal in the UK?
  • Is pepper spray a legal self defence weapon in the UK?
  • What is the pepper spray UK law?
  • Are you allowed to carry prepper spray in the UK?

This article will answer those questions and more:

UK laws regarding self defence are very strict, and for any normal member of the public this can be a problem – as a prepper it presents its own problems especially if SHTF.

uk legal pepper spray

The choice of weapons to defend yourself, your family and your preps is very limited and controlled by the strict UK laws governing offensive and dangerous weapons.

You cannot walk around with a 10″ machete strapped to your back, a handgun or any other weapon for that matter, even if you say it’s just for self defence.

In fact, actually saying you are carry something for 'self defence' is an offence in its own right, meaning you have have an intention of using it...!

SO WHAT CAN WE DO?


This Article Deals With Non Lethal Self Defence Weapons

Generally speaking, a weapon is a weapon, as simple as that, if you carry one then the intention implies that you would be prepared to use one – resulting in varying injury levels or even death.

So when it comes to the question of preparing and defending yourself, the choice of “weapon” is not so easy.

In the UK it is very much against the law to even hold and point a knife at some, would be looter, and even worse to actually use it.

Additionally, the crime rate in the UK remains a problem – theft, break-ins and mugging are still commonplace, especially in our cities.

So, when you add to that to the fact that we cannot legally carry a weapon to defend ourselves, we are constantly having to look for an alternative method of protection for ourselves, our children and the family.

Possibly the most effective, non lethal, weapon that would deter a would be looter is ‘the good old pepper spray‘ – the type the police and many other 'authorities' have with them.

unfortunately for us, the general public,
this is also classed as an offensive,
and therefor, an illegal weapon.

In fact 'real' pepper spray / mace spray is classed in the same category as a firearm here in the UK, and dealt with by the courts as such with serious consequences for anyone carrying it.
So, in normal 'peace time' it is a compete no no to own or carry it.


The UK law makers are genuinely between a rock and a hard place when it comes to weapons and the general public.  
But surely we should have some rights when it comes to our own personal self defence...?
You simply cannot take everything away from the man or woman in the street.  But that's exactly what has happened folks..!
Of course, the criminals and law breakers don't abide to these laws now do they.! In a SHTF situation all these laws would go straight out the window anyway, but for now we are forced to abide by the laws, or face the consequences....

Is It Legal
To Carry Pepper Spray In The UK?

The law is very specific,
and is laid out in Section 5(1) (b) of the firearms act 1968.

This act prohibits any weapon of any description, designed or adapted for the discharge of any noxious liquid, gas or other substance.

uk pepper spray legal

In a nutshell the law is saying that full on pepper spray, the type the UK police use [ as seen in this photo ] that contains a noxious gas is one of those items that is considered illegal to carry and illegal to use in the UK by civilians and preppers alike.

BASIC SPRAY

Current price £9:45
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Safehaus Criminal Identifier Spray

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Current price £17:99
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Safehaus Criminal Identifier Spray

So what are the alternatives
to pepper spray for members of the public…?

The only LEGAL ALTERNATIVE that the public or UK preppers have at their disposal and is the equivalent to Pepper Spray in the UK for self defence is a criminal identification spray:

Here's the specifications;

  • Non Toxic & UK Legal
  • Can Be Carried By Any Adult 
  • Discreet & Compact
  • Non Lethal Criminal Identifier 
  • Contains No Harmfull Chemicals
  • 4 mtr Spray Range
  • Highly Effective - Giving Time To Escape

The Spray Container is very discreet and measures in at only 85 x 34 mm yet packs a punch that will stop a mugger in his tracks.

Is Criminal Identifier Spray Legal In The UK

If sprayed at face level it will completely disorientated the attacker – with the natural instinct for him to back off – if sprayed at the eyes it also cause blurred vision, making an attack even more difficult.

With this sprayed into the eyes it is not possible to see what you are doing - wiping it off only makes it worse.

Having tested this on myself, I can assure you it was not possible to do anything other than try to protect myself and my face from the spray. (see video below)

UK legal pepper spray alternative video test picture

Also, the natural instinct is to try and wipe it off – this only makes thing worse.!

Can you imagine the panic factor you put into the attacker when he looks down at his blood red hands after you have sprayed him..!?

He will have no idea what has just happened and be more scared and ready to run off, than you !


This Farb Gel and the Safehaus Identifier remains on the attackers skin and clothing for up to 7 days – making the police very aware if a potential attack has taken place.

Value for money, this is a ‘must have’ self defence method for preppers and everyone else.
I found the Safehaus spray to be more readily available and generally a cheaper option as well.

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BASIC SPRAY

Current price under £11
Best price - Amazon

SPRAY + BELT POUCH

Current price under £14
Best price - Amazon

BEST BUY

Current price under £20
Best price - Amazon

BASIC SPRAY

Current price £9:45
Best price - Amazon

Safehaus Criminal Identifier Spray

BEST BUY

Current price £17:99
Best price - Amazon

Safehaus Criminal Identifier Spray

Why Do You Need To Carry
A Self Defence Spray?

thief looking in window legal pepperspray for the UK

In the UK statistics show that crime against adults [16 and over] has decreased. In fact crime in the UK is at an all time low and continues to fall.

From its peak in 1996 to 2013 it has steadily fallen each year.

So is everything OK then.?

Well, yes and no –

Yes, inasmuch as it’s good that the crime rates are falling and things are getting safer.

No, when you look at the actual figures and the amount of crime still reported.

farg gel defence spray with woman being stalked by a man

Latest figures and statistics from the government's own information website:

The Office of National Statistics, quotes that in the latest Crime Survey for England and Wales (CSEW) there is an estimated 8.5 million incidents of crime against households and resident adults (aged 16 and over).

The study is for England and Wales during the year ending June 2013.

The good news is that this figure actually represents a 7% decrease compared with the previous year’s survey. But 8.5 million incidents..!!

attacker being sprayed with farb gel self defence spray

That's an awful lot if you ask me.

As a member of the public, I do not want to be one of those statistics, thank you very much…..

And again, as a UK Prepper, being prepared is what it’s all about and whenever I go out I always carry and EDC plus my survival keyring kit AND my Defence Spray – it just makes sense..

*  See My Personal Videos Of Both Alternative Pepper Spray In Action on my YouTube channel
uk legal pepper spray

See the full video of me testing out Safehaus criminal identifier spray on myself.

Safeaus vdeo open in YouTube.

I review and test out the spray on myself to see how it performs.
To show how it can be used and its effectiveness.

Even trying to wash it off straight away wouldn't shift it...!

BASIC SPRAY

Current price under £9
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Safehaus Criminal Identifier Spray

BEST BUY

Current price under £15
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Safehaus Criminal Identifier Spray

Final Thoughts On This Self Defence Spray - 

These sprays have been designed to meet all UK legal requirements and are totally legal to carry here – any member of the public who has concerns about safety for themselves or their family should definitely consider purchasing and carrying one of these sprays.

I carry one, and so does all my family.

The good thing is the red coloured gel remains on the attacker for up to a week after, making them instantly recognizable as a potential threat again.

I like this Pepper Spray UK Alternative very much for the simple reason that it works – not only are they cheap and effective, they are also completely legal to carry.

You can buy the spray with a neat belt pouch for a couple of pounds extra – I found this very handy as it will clip onto a 2″ belt quite easily.

It can also be attached onto a ladies handbag where it is readily accessible if you need it – I then just bought the spray on its own as a backup.

Read This To Understand The Spray:
this defence spray will buy you a couple of precious seconds to make an escape.

It is not designed to maim or incapacitate an attacker to the point where they are rolling around on the ground, gasping for breath with their eyes burning out of their sockets - but when used it will disorientate and stop that attack for a few seconds minimum.

While the attacker is busy wiping the spray out of their eyes, you make your escape.
Even if that attacker is drunk, drugged up or high an adrenaline, they cannot attack you if they can't see you.

With a 4 metre spray range, you have the ability to keep a good distance from anyone as they approach you - if you feel threatened, and anticipate an attack, then you have the right to use this in order to make an escape.

Always be aware of your surroundings and the situation you are in
if you are clueless as to what's going on, you put yourself at even greater risk.

Important Information Worth Reading
red pepper spray image

If you are in a situation where you are forced to use your spray, then always do the following:

  • Call the police immediately after the incident has happened, and report the fact that you have been attacked and detail the incident. Obtain a crime number if possible and ensure you do this as soon as possible.
  • Inform the police that you have sprayed them with a red identification spray to help find the culprit.
*  Buy Your Farb Gel or Safehaus Spray Here

BASIC SPRAY

Current price under £11
Best price - Amazon

SPRAY + BELT POUCH

Current price under £14
Best price - Amazon

BEST BUY

Current price under £20
Best price - Amazon

BASIC SPRAY

Current price under £9
Best price - Amazon

Safehaus Criminal Identifier Spray

BEST BUY

Current price under £15
Best price - Amazon

Safehaus Criminal Identifier Spray

An absolute  'must have' for preppers and the general public. All you need is a couple of seconds and you can avoid an attack.

I highly recommend this product and the fact that it leaves an attacker identifiable for days makes this even more useful.

 

Steve Hart  -  UK Preppers Guide


I have found out a couple of legal points regarding the Spray - please read before you buy:

  •  This spray is only legal in UK mainland and wont be shipped outside of the UK mainland  
  • There are some concerns as to whether it is legal to 'use' in Northern Ireland.- you can own the spray but you may  possibly be breaking the Northern Ireland laws if you actually use it .

Generally as an Alternative UK Legal Pepper Spray for self defence this product ticks all the boxes and is something to consider for all the family, especially as it is effective and easy to use.

But, the best of all, it works AND it's very cheap...

 

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    • Shaniqua Grandon on December 10, 2020 at 9:43 am

    Do you have any video of that? I’d like to find out some additional information.|

    1. hi Shaniqua,
      vidoe on youtube here;
      https://youtu.be/HKWGr0qUSKg

    • Cris on March 27, 2020 at 1:59 pm

    Hi what about whips were do they stand in UK

    • Richard Gray on June 11, 2019 at 11:25 pm

    Is this spray still legal to use? If so, how exactly would you explain this away in a court of law?

      • Rob hutch on June 6, 2020 at 8:50 pm

      Yes but only get done with section 5 fine 90£ if not in yr favour i done it to a paedo who wdnt leave me alone 2 days after i got snip so i cdnt run it covered him!

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