The first thing that comes to mind when most people hear personal alarms are those somewhat ridiculous Life Alert commercials. You know, the ones with the elderly ladies on the floor saying “I’ve fallen and I can’t get up!”
However having something like a personal alarm could potentially save you from theft, or ultimately even your life.
Personal alarms aren’t just for the elderly either, anyone is at risk of being the victim of an assailant, and one thing assailants hate is unwanted attention.
Read on to find out more about how carrying a personal alarm can save your life!
So What Exactly is a Personal Alarm?
Remember what I said about the Life Alert? This is just one example of a personal alarm that is geared towards the elderly community that lives on their own and needs to be able to contact help in the case of any accident.
Now what I’m talking about here is very similar, but differs in a few ways.
When you ‘fall and can’t get up’ with a Life Alert, you simply press the button and it warns a fleet of monitors who can contact the local authorities to come to your aid.
The kind of personal alarms that I’m talking about emit a loud sound in the case that someone is trying to take something from you or hurt you in any way so that you can bring attention to your situation and get the help you need (or at least scare the perpetrator away).
Why Do I Need a Personal Alarm?
Unfortunately, in this day and age, crime is an all too common occurrence.
321,500 people are victims of sexual assault on average each year in the United States. 1 in 3 women report having experienced violence in their lifetime, whether physical, sexual or both.
On top of that, over 3.4 million people are victims of stalking every year, and 1 in 5 of those cases involve threatening or use of a weapon.
A lot of people don’t want to carry lethal or deadly weapons, which leaves them unprotected in the case of an incident. That’s where personal alarms come in.
If you’re walking down the street alone on your way home from school or work, there is a reasonable risk of becoming a victim of violent crime. If you had a personal alarm, you could potentially save your own life without having to harm someone else in the process.
These alarms can mean the difference between keeping yourself out of harms way, and a potentially horrifying event.
What Kinds of Personal Alarms Are Available?
Personal alarms come in all shapes and sizes, in order to fit the needs of each individual person who needs one.
If you are a woman looking for a compact and discreet alarm, there are some great options for that, like a lipstick personal alarm. It looks exactly like a regular lipstick tube, but when you pull off the cap, the alarm blares at 130 decibels, which can be heard from over 300 feet away.
That is sure to scare away any assailant that’s bothering you!
There are key chain alarms, aerosol alarms, and much more available on the market. Whatever is going to work the best for you, is going to be available online.
Other Personal Safety Devices
You can also find many other forms of self-defense items to protect yourself if you are not wanting to carry a knife or a gun.
Here are a few other kinds of personal safety devices:
- Stun Guns– These are extremely useful and come in all different shapes and sizes. If you don’t want a stun gun, they’re are stun pens, stun rings, and even stun batons.
- Pepper Spray– This can seem like an obvious one, but it isn’t always on the tops of people’s heads. These also come in many different forms from single one shots, to pepper spray pens!
There are many different ways that people can defend themselves in the case of an attack. It is important to be prepared in order to avoid becoming a victim.
Simply having one of these safety devices can make the difference that could save your life.
You can also find some great kits to get multiple methods of defense at once. If you are a college student, being alone for the first time can be intimidating, luckily there are kits out there specifically designed for both male and female college students.
They include things like discrete pepper sprays, booklets with information of self-defense, and a personal alarm.
This can make you feel a bit safer when walking home from an outing, or a night class far from your dorm. A lot of crime happens on college campuses, so having that extra protection can make a huge difference even just making you feel safer.
Make a Plan
Crime happens every single day. That is something that we cannot change. But what we can change, is how many victims of crime are able to defend and potentially save their own lives.
Make a plan of action in the case of an attack, let friends and family know where you are or when you are in a potentially dangerous situation.
Try to walk places at night with a friend that you trust, and keep some sort of safety device on you at all times.
Be aware of what goes on around you, try and notice when things are different than they usually are. This can keep you aware of when you could potentially be in danger.
Remember that the world can be a dangerous place, but you don’t have to be a victim! Get yourself a form of protection and keep yourself safe.
Give us a call and we’ll help you find exactly what you’re looking for. You can also find any safety device to fit your personal needs on our product page!