How can the young, old or sick deter attackers? Not everyone is an able-bodied adult with lightning reflexes and a killer swing. Ordinary people are not, and it terrifies all these many people to be attacked precisely because they are not like that. Personal alarms give the elderly, children, the infirmed, persons with disabilities and anyone at all a real shot at avoiding a face-off with someone hostile and vicious.
A security alarm creates an opportunity to run. In that sense, it is better than any self-defense weapon that creates instead an opportunity to fight and hurt or kill. The can’t-be-missed sound from an alarming device works very hard at quelling danger. To those within earshot, it warns about a threat, broadcasts a need for rescue, and reveals the location of peril. Plus, the same loud sound can unnerve, sidetrack and drive away an attacker.
Safety alarms wail for 90 to 130 decibels in general, and most can do more than make noise. An alarm with light is useful for doing a search-and-rescue or blinding the crook momentarily, plus you could usually switch the flashlight on separately. A doorstop alarm can block a forced entry. Some convert to window or door alarms, bag alarms or laptop alarms. Others double as motion detector alarms.
These could be electronic or aerosol devices. They are so easy to operate that a child can learn it within minutes. You do not blow into an electronic whistle, for one, but press a button, and keep pressing for as long as you need the alarm to sound. Normally, you just push a prominent button or pull a single strap to activate the alarming.
Portable alarms are made compact and handy. Many are battery-operated, palm-sized key chain alarms, or come with a belt clip. These could be travel alarms that have uses in hotel rooms, college dormitories or lockers.
Regardless of your age, size and skill set, your goal is to be nowhere near trouble. Even though trouble might find you, personal alarms can expose troublemakers so noticeably that they will be the ones to flee.