NBC4 Investigates: Smartphone Stun Gun

NBC4 Investigates: Smartphone Stun Gun (Image 1)

There is a new way to protect yourself with a simple accessory for your smartphone.

The most recent statistics from the FBI show the rate of violent crime in Columbus is slightly higher than the national average.

The accessory is the Yellow Jacket. It’s a stun gun that is disguised as a case for your smartphone.

The case was developed by a graduate student from LSU after he was attacked twice.

Using an expert on self defense as the mock attacker, the company released a series of scenarios where the Yellow Jacket can come in handy. But does the handheld 650,000 volts do the job?

Sgt. Matthew Weekley, of Columbus police, is a senior master Taser instructor – one of only 30 in the world.

“Basically it’s just a deterrent and it’s not gonna do anything but basically, it’s gonna either … scare somebody or … it’s going to cause a minor setback because of the pain somebody might feel,” Weekley said.

Weekley said the Yellow Jacket pales when compared to the Tasers used by the police department.

Weekley has taken a shot of a Taser. He’s 6 feet 2 inches tall, and 300 pounds of muscle. When stunned by the Taser, he was helpless.

“It actually has a system set up that’s going to incapacitate the person, whereas all the Yellow Jacket is gonna do is just gonna cause them bodily harm,” he said.

In comparison, the Yellow Jacket is little more than a bee sting.

“Just a little painful, just a couple of little marks on the hand, not too bad. Now if you asked me to do that with the Taser, this interview is over,” Weekley said.

Regardless of the power, it’s the sound of the Yellow Jacket that draws attention.

The bark is more than its bite, but the bark could be enough to discourage most attackers. But as with any defense tool, the user should know of its potential drawbacks.

The Yellow Jacket has a safety guard, and it takes practice to quickly open it.

“If I’m sitting here talking, all of a sudden someone see it, you went to use it, it gets taken back into my chest, back into my throat, anything like that, it can be used against you quickly if you haven’t trained for it or haven’t practiced with it,” Weekley said.

As a deterrent, Weekley said, the Yellow Jacket answers the call, but he suggests a citizen Taser for added protection.

The case costs $50 for the iPhone 4, $129 for the iPhone 5, and the the iPhone 6 case is coming soon with 950,000 volts.

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