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In a recent orientation brochure from a university,  they actually tried to give advice on how to stay safe on campus.That did make me a little excited to see that, since many universities and colleges shy away from publicly broadcasting that there might be a problem with crime on their campus.At least this college was not in denial and had published something that might prevent an attack against one of their students.

As I read through the article, I came across the standard safety tips which include; be aware of your surroundings, trust your instincts, don't travel alone at night.

These are all excellent safety tips. However, I was a bit underwhelmed by the advice that followed. In essence it stated that if you feel you are being followed, you should locate one of the many call boxes placed around campus and call campus security. They said, "We are here to provide for your safety." They also suggested you carry with a whistle to "attract attention to your situation." Really? That's all? My first thought was, "Why bother with a call box? Doesn't just about everyone have a cell phone? Besides, how long would it take for them to provide for my safety? 2 minutes? 5 minutes? Too much can happen in that time" And then I thought, "A whistle? What is this, the 1950′s? What about a personal safety alarm? pepper spray? Or a stun gun?"

If you are one that is interested in what will and will not work when it comes to protecting yourselves against crime. Then you should know by now that Tasers, Stun Guns, Pepper Sprayers and Personal Protection and safety Alarms are the most effective self defense products that are non-lethal that you can buy. With that in mind and you are here on my Personal alarm page. Then let's talk about personal alarms;

What is a Personal Panic Alarm Device?, What does a Personal Panic Alarm Device do? and are Personal Safety Alarms really an effective form of self-defense against an attacker?

Effective Personal panic alarms devices are generally small, battery-operated devices that make a lot of noise. Their small size makes them easy to carry on your person, hence the name "Personal Alarm". Sounds pretty obvious to most of us, but I had to start with a basic description just in case anyone out there is brand new to this.

What does a Personal safety alarm do?

What a personal safety alarms does is to simply make a lot of noise when you find yourself in a dangerous situation.. That's exactly what they're supposed to do and as long as they're working properly they will sound off very loud and hopefully deter an attack.

The average personal alarm has a noise rating of anywhere between 100 decibels and 130 decibels.

To put that into perspective consider this,

A home vacuum cleaner is around 65 to 70 decibels loud ·

An average alarm clock is around 80 decibels loud ·

A chainsaw is around 100 decibels loud ·

A jackhammer is around 130 decibels loud ·

And a gun or an air raid siren is somewhere around 140 decibels

Loud Sounds louder than 90 decibels are considered potentially dangerous to a persons hearing. Both the amount of noise and the length of exposure determine the amount of damage.

Panic alarm devices are activated by either a push button, an on-off switch, or a pull-out pin that activates the alarm when the pin is removed from the device. I personally prefer the ones with the pull-out pin, because if the alarm is dropped during a struggle, it won't accidentally turn off. In fact, the only way to shut it off (short of smashing it to pieces) is to replace the activation pin or remove the batteries.


Are Panic alarm devices effective?

Yes they're effective but it all depends on what you expect them to do for you. Personal alarms, or as some call them, panic alarm devices, work because they emit a loud, high-pitched frequency, which is far more irritating to the ears than a low pitch frequency of the same volume. The screeching or sometimes siren like sounds that these alarms give off can quickly disorient an attacker for a few seconds, and they can also cause some pain to the eardrum, even if the person is not usually sensitive to loud noises. But, the most beneficial use of these personal alarms, as I see it, is their ability to draw attention to your situation. Most criminals don't want an audience when they assault someone, and a 130-decibel alarm can be heard from as far away as two or three city blocks, even with the sound of moving traffic on the street. So they can easily draw the attention of anyone close by while you're walking through a parking lot or down the street, or even jogging through the park. This alone can often send your attacker running off in the other direction in search of less noisy prey.

Personal safety panic alarm devices only cost a few dollars, which makes them very easy to own. Also they are not weapons so they are legal to carry everywhere. But please keep in mind, that like any self-defense tool, a personal alarm is not magic. No matter how loud your alarm is, it does not put up some kind of magical force field that will protect you from all bad people in the world. They will however, catch most people by surprise and disorient them long enough to give you an opportunity to get away. And they will also attract attention to your situation even if you aren't able to scream for help.

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