Ladies, here are some unfortunate statistics that are undoubtedly disturbing: One in three of you, (American women) will be sexually assaulted in her lifetime and one in four female college students have either been raped or have suffered from attempted rape! This is truly unacceptable in today’s society, but in reality it’s an ongoing trend that never seems to subside in spite of our continued education and ever expanding punitive laws.
I hope that you are like me, a realist, in the fact that we should be proactive in trying to protect ourselves by any means possible if necessary. I’m aware that many of you ladies are hesitant to even consider carrying a weapon for various reasons, this is understandable, that is why I would like to discuss a second option that can be very effective in itself in warding off an attacker, this is the “PERSONAL ALARM.”
PERSONAL ALARMS are small electronic devices that are carried on your person at all times and are activated by you if you are accosted in some way. These alarms emit some big noise, generally they are in the range of 100 to 130 decibels each, the noise being adequate enough to be heard a good 1/4 mile away.
So why are they so effective? Just think to yourself….does an attacker want to stick around a crime scene if there is a blaring signal that calls attention to your plight? An effective PERSONAL ALARM is a call to action, it is a distress call that will either bring help or curious onlookers and that would more than likely be enough to convince a would be attacker to flee the scene. I would even suggest it as a deterrent device, if you think that a person is getting too close to you and you sense a potential problem, just activate your alarm!
The Police have also long espoused the use of PERSONAL ALARMS for women because they are a non-lethal and effective form of self protection. Women who attend college, in lite of the alarming statistics mentioned earlier, should all carry a personal alarm. As a parent, you might want to insist on this. The sad truth is that many rapes on campus occur in a room that is surrounded by other rooms that are occupied at the time, if an alarm were to sound, more than likely many of these rapes could be thwarted.
PERSONAL ALARMS are varied, some can be carried on a key chain for easy access or clipped on a belt or purse. Some alarms also have an added feature of a flashlight or LED light, these are great for real estate agents that work at night or night shift employees. Probably the best type of alarm, in my estimation, is the kind that comes with an activation pull out pin. This type of alarm is activated by pulling out a wrist strapped pin from the unit, this is a great feature because an attacker will not be able to …