The pepper spray market was valued at $23,750.2 thousand in 2020, and is estimated to reach $60,187.9 thousand by 2028, registering a CAGR of 13.1% from 2021 to 2028.
Pepper spray, also known as OC spray, is a lachrymatory agent, which is used by people and law enforcement agencies for self-defense, riot control, and crowd control. The product inflames the eyes of the attacker, causing coughing, runny nose, and shortness of breath. The key objective of using pepper spray is to incapacitate the attacker rapidly and effectively. It is also used for self-defense from an attack by animals, including bear and rhinos. Rising cases of unbearable eve teasing, rape, human trafficking, riots, and protest are expected to favor the growth of the pepper spray market during the forecast period.
People are increasingly getting encountered with deadly animals during forest safari and mountain trekking;hence, they were suggested to carry pepper spray, which is further increasing the demand for pepper spray.
However, pepper spray is the least popular product among weapons, which is used for personal defenses such as personal alarms, stun guns &tasers, tactical whips, steel batons, tactical pen, baseball bats, and emergency whistles. Lack of awareness about pepper sprays and encouragement for personal protection are expected to hamper the growth of the market during the forecast period. Furthermore, ban on use and distribution of pepper spray in many countries, including Canada, China, and Japan requires license to carry pepper spray and need to give strong and relevant or valid reason after its use,which isexpected to restrain the growth of the market.
The outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic has significantly but positively affected the growth of the pepper spray market. Sale of pepper spray has witnessed significant increase due to the fear of getting looted and robed by thieves and robbers. There aremore chances of robberies, murders, and rape during natural calamities, disasters, and government instability.
According to the pepper spray market analysis, the pepper spray market is segmented into product, distribution channel, and region. On the basis of product, the market is categorized into fogger, stream, gel, and others. According to distribution channel, it is divided into specialty shops and online stores. Region-wise, it is analyzed across North America (the U.S., Canada, and Mexico), Europe (Germany, France, Italy, Spain, the UK, Russia, and Rest of Europe), Asia-Pacific (China, India, South Korea, Indonesia, the Philippines, Thailand, and Rest of Asia-Pacific), and Rest of the World (South Africa, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, and other countries).
On the basis of product, the fogger segment has been gaining major share in the global pepper spray market and is expected to sustain its share during the forecast period. This is majorly attributed to benefits such as easy & convenient to carry & use. It has wider angle fog-like spray that will envelop an attacker and reduce the need for pinpoint aiming accuracy. Furthermore, rising cases of gang rape, kidnapping, and human trafficking are expected to encourage people to carry a fogger pepper spray as it can be used easily for multiple attackers.
Fogger segment helds the major share of 44.0% in 2019
According to the pepper spray market trends, depending on distribution channel, the specialty shops segment was valued at $15,129.9 thousand in 2020, and is expected to reach $36,671.1 thousands by 2028, with a CAGR of 12.5%. A specialty shophas a deep assortment of brands, styles, or models within a relatively narrow category of goods. Specialty shops include sports goods shops, gun shops, and pharmacy. In most of the countries, pepper sprays are totally banned or require licenses to carry the product.These shops are very well facilitated to provide licenses and other government requisites, which is why these specialty shops are majorly preferred to buy the product.
By Distribution Channel
Specialty Shops segment helds the major share of 63.7% in 2019
Region-wise, North America dominated the pepper spray market in 2019, and is expected to sustain its dominance during the forecast period. The U.S. has been gaining major share in North America pepper spray market,owing to growing popularity of pepper spray among women users and easy & convenient to carry and operate. Furthermore, pepper spray is legal to use for self-defense and law enforcement in the U.S., which highly impacts the growth of the market in North America.
North America region helds the major share of 48.2% in 2019
The players operating in the global pepper spray market have adopted various developmental strategies to expand their pepper spray market share, increase profitability, and remain competitive in the market.
The key players profiled in this report include Counter Assault, Defense Technology, Fox Labs International Inc., J&L Self Defense Products Inc., Mace Security International, Inc, SABRE - Security Equipment Corp, Super-Sparkly Safety Stuff, LLC, Suresafety, UDAP Industries, Inc., and Zarc International Inc.
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Key Market Segments
By Distribution Channel
- Specialty Shops
- Online Stores
- North America
- Rest of Europe
- South Korea
- Rest of Asia-Pacific
- Rest of world
- South Africa
- Saudi Arabia
- Other countries
Pepper spray Market Report Highlights
By DISTRIBUTION CHANNELS
Key Market Players
SABRE - Security Equipment Corp., UDAP Industries, Inc., Fox Labs International Inc., Suresafety, Super-Sparkly Safety Stuff, LLC., Counter Assault, Mace Security International, Inc., J&L Self Defense Products Inc., Defense-technology, Zarc International Inc.
According to the CXOs of leading companies, pepper spray is a lachrymatory product, which is used for crowd control, riot control, and self-defense from an attack by an animal or individual. The product inflames the eyes of the attacker, causing coughing, runny nose, and shortness of breath. The key objective of using pepper sprays is to incapacitate the attacker rapidly and effectively. It is one of the popular gadgets used for personal defense, owing to its benefits such as easy and convenient to carry & hold, ease of operation, and low weight with high blast. Another benefit of pepper spray is that people can ward off a threat from a distance. Increasing crimes, eve teasing, murders, and rapes are expected to force people to carry non-lethal weapons. For instance, according to Equality Now Organization, in India, there were 32,033 reported rape cases in 2019. Growing awareness regarding the beneficial use of pepper sprays and rising crime rates are anticipated to surge the demand for pepper sprays during the forecast period. Furthermore, pepper sprays are also used to protect from deadly animal attacks such as bears and rhinoceros. Increasing participation in wildlife safari and forest trekking activities is predicted to create greater opportunities for the growth of the Pepper Spray Market during the forecast period.
China, Canada, Brazil, the UK, Iran, and Singapore have legalized the use of pepper spray only for law enforcement agencies but not for people. Various countries, such as Hungary, Sweden, Norway, Greece, and Romania, which have totally banned pepper spray use for self-defense.
However, lack of awareness about pepper spray and apprehensions among end users are expected to restrain the growth of the market. Increasing stringent government regulations and requirement of license make it very hectic to buy the product, which further limits the growth of the market during the forecast period.