WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - In crime over the weekend, suspects used pepper spray as a weapon.
"Just as we would use it a defense mechanism, bad guys are now using it to attack," says Cpl. Leslie Irving of the Wilmington Police Department.
Police say pepper spray can be even more effective in disorienting a person. A gun is only effective while it is being pointed at a victim.
While there is no direct protection against pepper spray, police say situational awareness, is a person's best defense.
"Listen to your inner voice, if you think something is wrong, go the other way," says Irving, "be aware of your surroundings, don't be alone in dark places."
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