The main purpose of a personal alarm is to shock and disorientate a potential attacker, therefore warding off an assault or worse. 97% of potential attacks are warded off by carrying a personal alarm. However, there are lots of different types of personal alarms, and making the right choice of alarm for you can be confusing.
Safe-girl want to help make that decision a little easier for you with some tips to think about while choosing a personal alarm.
The most important feature of a personal alarm is the sound it emits. If an attacker is to be shocked enough to pull away from you, this sound needs to be as loud and as shrill as possible. Most of Safe Girl’s personal attack alarms are 130 decibels and over.
When choosing a personal alarm, in general my advice is the louder the better. If it’s a choice between a few pounds and a 130 decibel personal alarm, you should go for the 130 decibel alarm in my opinion.
The sound your personal alarm emits also needs to be different from those which are commonly heard. For example, if a personal alarm pulsates like many car alarms, the sound may not be as effective as it is not so shocking to those who hear it, unfortunately people’s senses have been ‘dulled’ to the sound car and house alarms.
My advice would be to choose a personal alarm that is designed to irritate both the ears of the attacker and the ears of passers by.
The DUSK alarm emits an ear-piercing 130Db ‘female scream’ type alarm sound that research has shown others are more likely to respond to than a traditional alarm, as well as disorientating an attacker.
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Your personal alarm needs to be easy to carry, Some small alarms can still be very loud – although the sound may not last for very long – and can be easier to handle for some people. Search Safe Girl for Keyring Alarms and you will find some small suitable alarms.
The best compromise is in an alarm which can fit easily into the palm of your hand but is still very loud. The Pebble alarm fits onto a keyring easily, and is small enough to fit into your hand. Many other alarms hang off a handbag or belt easily.
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Ease of use also needs to be considered: How would you operate the attack alarm in an emergency? There are many different ways to activate different types of personal alarms, including push caps, push buttons and pull out pins.
How fiddly is it to activate it? Do you have problems using your hands or fingers? Can it be operated simply by being pushed against something?
When & how to use a personal alarm
The primary purpose of an alarm is not to attract or help. You cannot rely on them to do that. Firstly, there may not actually be anyone within earshot. Secondly, hearing an alarm does not necessarily attract help.
If you are able to attract the attention of passers- by, you are more likely to get help if you shout a specific instruction – such as “Call the police!” This makes it clear that you are in danger and need help.
Once you have set off your personal safety alarm, leave the situation as quickly as you can, moving to a busy area if possible. Don’t wait to check that your attack alarm has had the desired effect; just go.
Your personal alarm should be just one part of your personal safety plan: There are lots of other ways in which you can help yourself to avoid violence and aggression.
For many other safety tips and advice, please visit Safe Girl direct.
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Contact Person: Andrea Clark
Phone: 0844 579 1129
Address:334 Baddow Road
Country: United Kingdom