With three Tyler woman targeted by sexual predators in just two weeks, area residents have become more concerned with their safety.
At least one self-defense shop has seen an increase in sales since the attacks.
Mack Woods, owner of The Shootist Gun and Knife Shop in Tyler, says more women have come into buy mace and learn about his self-defense classes.
He says business usually increases when area residents are on a heightened state of alert.
"We've had an increase of people calling and coming by to purchase mace and other self-defense orientated items," said Woods.
Woods used to investigate sex crimes and violent attacks while working as a detective. He says self-defense training can keep victims from freezing up in the event of an attack.