Defense Against Crime

06/11/2014

Pepper Spray Day Catches Students’ Eyes

pepper_sprayI saw this article from one of our clients about their Pepper Spray Day(http://capitalnews.vcu.edu/2013/04/03/pepper-spray-day-catches-students-eyes/)  We have been working with Virginia Common Wealth University for the past few years providing them some of out best Personal Alarms

There are a wide variety of personal alarms on the market. Choosing the correct one for you can sometimes be tricky. Read on for tips on how to make the right choice.

The point of a personal alarm –  The function e of a personal safety alarm is to shock and disorientate an attacker, giving you vital seconds to get away.

 Personal Alarms Important features 

  • The most important feature of an 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.
  • It 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.  How many times have you ignored car alarms? The most effective sound is continuous and over 130 decibels (approximately 138db is ideal).
  • Your person alarm needs to be easy to carry and easy to use. However, consider whether a very lightweight and tiny alarm will be as loud as you need it to be. Consider if it is so small that, it will get lost at the bottom of your bag, or in your laundry.  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.  The best compromise is in an alarm which can fit easily into the palm of your hand but is still very loud.
  • Ease of use also needs to be considered: How would you operate the personal alarm in an emergency? There are many different ways to activate different types of 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,, where  & how to use a personal alarm

The primary purpose of a personal 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.  Often personal safety alarms sound like a car alarm and we are all desensitized to this sound and often ignore it thinking it’s a false alarm. The most effective sound is a loud continuous shriek.

If you are able to attract the attention of people nearby, you are more likely to get help if you shout a specific instruction – such as “Help! Call the police!”  This makes it clear that you are in danger and need help.

Once you have set off your alarm, leave the situation as quickly as you can, moving to a busy area if possible.  Don’t wait to check that your alarm has had the desired effect; just go.

Remember that a 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.

Some of our personal alarms also have multiple functions such as serving as anti-theft devices, door alarms, and much more

For more safety advice and products including a selection of personal safety alarms, please click here to visit our online store.

PepperEyes.com is dedicated to providing you with the best and most affordable self-defense products, and safety products on the market to meet the security needs of you, your family members or your business, by assisting anyone who is unwilling to become a victim of crime.  If you want to take personal responsibility for protection, home security, business security, purchase our high quality discount self-defense products and arm yourself with the knowledge about self-defense and security products and information of the best way to stay secure in an ever-increasing violent world. In today’s society, being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option. PepperEyes.com is a division of Onyx Knight Enterprises

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