The streets today are filled with crimes and there are criminals around every other corner. People don’t feel safe these days, especially women. While some people resort to purchasing weapons such as a knife or a gun to defend themselves,there are others who prefer to learn martial arts to learn to subdue the assailant long enough to run away to safety. There is a third option that is a personal safety alarm. These are small devices with built in speakers in them which are meant to emit very loud sounds when triggered which can help scare the assailant as well as attract attention of nearby people and indirectly getting their help.
What is a personal alarm?
Small and sturdy, ergonomically designed and feasibly priced, personal alarms are designed to be held in your hand, stored in a purse, a pocket, or on your belt, useable with least effort. If you are a jogger, some of these personal alarm models come with a lanyard to lace around your neck to be in the most convenient place for you to reach in case of an emergency.
Personal alarms have three purposes. Firstly to scare the assailant, secondly if your alarm is loud enough the sound can be deafening for the assailant and lastly the sound will gather attention of nearby people who are bound to come and help. These personal alarms are built to fit into every budget, so the prices range right from a meagre four dollars to twenty two dollars and are powered by common household batteries which are easily available in the market.
Types of personal alarms:
All personal alarms come with the main feature as a high-pitched alarm which you are to trigger if under threat by an attacker. Once activated by you, the high-pitch sound should make the assailant or thug flee the scene thus protecting you from any harm of theft. These small in size, simple to use, sturdy and reliable alarms come with additional attachments for more effectiveness like a keychain, lanyard, waistband or even clips for better accessibility. Some personal alarms are designed to look like other objects so the attacker will be unsuspecting as you attempt to trigger it.
Personal alarms have many variants and some of them offer the features of LED flashlight, anti-sleep settings for motorists who may feel sleepy and tired while driving, and anti-theft settings so that you can attach your personal alarm to a camera or laptop which, when handled by someone other than you or anyone to whom you granted permission, will emit a loud sound to grab your attention. Some of the higher end versions also have tracking features.
How to select the perfect personal alarm?
· Carrying method
Just having the alarm is not enough you should keep it in a easily accessible place and also be able to reach and trigger it when the situations calls for it. As mentioned above, people like joggers, bicyclists and any other sport enthusiasts would need instant access to the alarm and hence a personal alarm dangling around the neck seems like a viable option.
Having a personal alarm within immediate reach—without encumbering your athletic activity—is ideal and is designed with these factors in mind. Tactically, however, anything hanging around your neck leaves you vulnerable.
· Activation methods
Activation methods are also different across different variants and even the activation method should be chosen with keeping in mind what you are most comfortable with. Whether its pressing a button, tugging a rip-cord, or pulling a pin.
Sizes generally range between something resembling a small child’s thumb or a cell phone, but most are equivalent to the size of a matchbook. These can be carries in various ways from keeping them in the pockets, to wearing them around your neck like a lanyard, using a belt-clip or a keychain even to your bag.
Among the variety, the design with the keychain hole would be my choice. Professionally-speaking we believe that anything that offers the bad guy a chance to grab or hold something of yours or on you is bad. Hence something like a lanyard or a waistband something which he can hold and use to pull you closer which defeats the entire purpose.
Personal alarm choices vary, as do the color options. WE realize the purpose of the alarm is so grab attention and hence instead of choosing a discreet color for the alarm you can go with something flashy as they point if the alarm is to grab any and all attention it can grab. Some of the alarms some with a flash light which can especially be used to not only blind the assailant but also to attract attention especially in the night.
A list of some of the Best Personal Alarms available out there:
- The Vigilant 130dB Personal Emergency Alarm comes in a sturdy plastic case and it is discreet at first glance and looks like a remote control or fancy key ring. But behind that unsuspecting exterior is a device that really packs a punch. This alarm works on a replaceable AAA battery which is cheap and easy to find. The 130 DB alarm emits a continuous chime similar to that of a high-speed police siren. A number like “130” may not seem like much on paper, but 70 decibels is the maximum volume in a nightclub or concert so that should give you some perspective. The lanyard feels like it’s firmly attached, but when you yank it from the string the pin pulls out, setting off the alarm. After that you’ve got up to an hour of continuous audio.
- The Robocopp 130dB SOS Personal Alarm is a rubbery little device that looks completely unassuming at first glance. The physical design is very compact, with a loop on each end. The base is coated with a rubber like material, with a circular hole from where the sound comes out and with the company’s logo on the other end. This device is available in 4 colours. This loop is the trigger for the alarm, and this tiny little component plays a crucial role in the functionality of this alarm. This alarm is also capable of producing 130 dB. On paper, it’s just as loud as the Vigilant alarm. You can anchor the alarm by the black portion and pull the entire body to trigger it. Alternately, you may want to anchor it by the colored portion. This makes it a little harder to trigger, but reduces the chances of accidentally activating it.
- The Sabre Personal Self-Defense Safety Alarm is the smallest one on our list. It can easily be attached to a key ring, allowing you to almost forget that it’s even there. To compromise for the small size, you’ll notice that it has not one, but two separate audio drivers. You can get it in three great colors. At 110 dB, this isn’t the loudest alarm on the market. But it’s still more than loud enough to catch attention of anyone standing nearby. To be specific, the sound will easily travel up to 600 feet or 185 meters away. As usual, the alarm is activated simply by pulling the pin. It’s a reusable system so that as soon as the pin is reinstalled the alarm will stop. It’s got a built in, non-replaceable battery. In essence, this makes it a disposable alarm.