11/01/2013 23:42 EDT | Updated 01/23/2014 18:58 EST

Police warn against UBC students carrying bear spray

Some Vancouver-area retailers that sell various forms of pepper spray — including bear spray — say they have seen a spike in sales following a rash of sexual assaults on UBC's campus.

But police are advising students not to carry bear spray because would-be attackers could turn the weapon on their victims, and using bear spray for defensive purposes against another person is prohibited under the Criminal Code of Canada.

The CBC's Peg Fong spoke with police and self defense experts about the best way to protect yourself without carrying a weapon.