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Carry a personal alarm: Be safe

Updated on August 16, 2015
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Personal alarms save lives

I really can't tell you how strongly I feel about this. Personal alarms are very inexpensive items and they can save your life, or the lives of your loved ones. If these had been available years ago, countless lives would have been saved. I feel that there is no excuse today for not carrying one of these simple, inexpensive devices.

Have you ever been so frightened that you can't scream? It's as though your vocal chords are paralyzed with fear. Imagine - you are so scared that your voice can't scream for help. This makes you even more frightened and more panicky and this makes you the ideal victim....

Many attackers are cowards - they rely on your fear to help them overpower you.

In 1975, in the city I lived in, a young mother was murdered within sight of her own home, and those of her neighbors. The killer had attacked women before and he continued to kill. One woman was murdered in her own apartment. His fifth victim, a sixteen year old girl, was murdered just yards away from a residential neighborhood. So was his next. This went on and on until his final victim, the thirteenth death, was killed within screaming distance of not only my own home but adjacent to a busy shopping center.

There's not only the danger of murder or serious injury - these alarms can save you from other forms of abuse too.

I'm not telling you these awful stories for any other reason than to reiterate my belief that, had these women been able to scream, most would be alive today. Simply put, that's what a personal alarm will do for you - it will scream when you can't.

I make no apologies for what I have written above because my goal is to scare you or shock you into buying personal alarms to protect yourself and those you care about.

More personal alarm options

In those days, when the murderer was at large, we used to carry knives in our bags. Some even had mace. The problem is that these can be used against you. Note that unlike the weapons we were carrying, today's alarms are perfectly legal. Making a noise is the best way of attracting attention and causing an attacker to flee.

ila Pebble Keyring Alarm Red
ila Pebble Keyring Alarm Red

The item shown in the main photograph above screams. This emits an extremely loud siren. It is on a key ring so looks perfectly innocent and attractive. But in times of danger, the strong chances are that the loud noise will make your attacker flee. It also makes a fun fashion accessory and is available in other styles.

When my granddaughters are older, I'll be sure to that carry these at all times. Everyone is vulnerable but little girls are more so, I believe. That's such a sad reflection on society.

 

If you jog,or otherwise take your exercise in the open air, then you're vulnerable. For just a few dollars you can protect yourself.

Learn more about the attacks and the attacker who terrorized us for years. This is a full length documentary.I sincerely hope that this type of terrorisation simply couldn't happen these days - thanks to the products you see above.

The wonderful thing about these is that, unlike what we were carrying to protect ourselves in those days, these are not weapons. Carry a knife or a gun and it can easily be taken from you if you are overpowered and used to attack you.

If you're not convinced that you and your loved ones need one of these alarms, then watch the video below. A personal alarm can cost as little as a bottle of wine. Thank goodness for today's technology.

© 2013 Jackie Jackson

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      C A Chancellor 

      4 years ago from US/TN

      I had bought a personal alarm years ago after I had my purse stolen from me right outside my building. The one I had then was huge and bulky, though, so it was cumbersome to carry around and I eventually got rid of it. These look much better!

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      4 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @SusanDeppner: I have had those nightmares too! It really is scary - that feeling when your throat just tightens up. I hope you sleep well tonight :)

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      Susan Deppner 

      4 years ago from Arkansas USA

      I occasionally have nightmares about not being able to scream. (And I'll probably have them tonight!) Excellent advice for anyone who's ever out alone, and that of course is most all of us!

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @lesliesinclair: Thank you so much! I really want to get the word out about these simple devices. The less expensive models cost no more that a fast food or takeout lunch and yet are priceless in their own way.I would love to see hundreds (thousands) of these bought as holiday or other gifts.

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      lesliesinclair 

      5 years ago

      This is a brilliant idea for a gift item I had no idea existed. Thanks for pointing out this option to zillions of readers who will come your way because I'm fb liking it. :-)

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @sousababy: The 'fire' tip is great! I am so bothered by the attacks I described above that took place in areas where people were close by. I really believe that personal alarms could have prevented them.

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @favored: Thank you. Unfortunately, I think they are essential these days.

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      sousababy 

      5 years ago

      Apparently yelling "FIRE" is more effective than yelling "HELP" - but any loud noise will be better than nothing. Attackers often find a way to gag their victims - it's horrible. Best to keep these in one hand and "ready to push" when you are out folks. We need to protect ourselves and our loved ones - the world just isn't a safe place, unfortunately (no matter where you live).

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      Fay Favored 

      5 years ago from USA

      What a good idea. I haven't seen these, but they certainly are something to consider. I appreciate this info.

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @David Stone1: I think you're right Dave, few people would mess with you :) Thank you for your comments - I do hope that anyone who isn't protected, or whose family don't use these, will be motivated to buy some. They are so inexpensive,

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      David Stone 

      5 years ago from New York City

      I'm sure plenty of people will follow your suggestions on this, Jackie. At 6' 2" and 205, I probably won't be one of them, but I can think right away of a half-dozen friends and relatives who could be.

    • BritFlorida profile imageAUTHOR

      Jackie Jackson 

      5 years ago from Fort Lauderdale

      @Ruthi: Thank you so much for your comments. As you say, it's sad that these have to exist at all but thank goodness that they are available.

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      Ruthi 

      5 years ago

      I hear you loud and clear and agree with you completely that carrying a personal alarm can indeed help save a life. Thank you for sharing this sad but necessary precautionary advice.

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