|Choosing your Personal Alarm|
With so many different Alarms available it is often quite difficult to select which Personal Alarm is best for your needs. One of the most asked question is "Which Personal Attack Alarm should I buy?" The main consideration above anything else is quality.
When buying any safety product the main consideration should always be quality. If you buy a Smoke Alarm you always choose one which is compliant to British Standards, when you buy a lock the Police always recommend it should be Secured by Design Approved and Sold Secure Approved.
Likewise when you look for a Personal Attack Alarm the Secured by Design and Sold Secure accreditations mean the product has been independently tested to the highest standards and therefore can be relied upon.
Personal Alarms come in all shapes and sizes but choosing the right model should reflect how you intend to use your Attack Alarm. For example if it is to carry when going for a night out a smaller Key-ring type alarm, such as the Mini Minder Keyring Torch Alarm would be more beneficial as they are more compact and trendier. The alarm would also be close to hand or attached to your keys etc.
If the Personal Alarm is to be carried in a work premises or attached to a belt, then a larger more robust louder model would be preferable as the fashion conscious aspect is less important and therefore you could choose an alarm which is more powerful. There are also wrist type Alarms for Joggers, Mobility Alarms for the Elderly or disabled and even novelty Alarms in the shape of Bears or Hearts for younger Adults or children.
Ease of use
A pull pin operation is the most popular method of activation for a Personal Alarms as during an incident or attack it is recommended to throw the pin away in order that the Alarm continues to sound and the only way for an assailant to stop the alarm would be to search for the pin and replace it. A personal Alarm is better if the Alarm has a separate Keyring to the activation pin as it allows you to throw the pin to the floor rather than the alarm.
For The Elderly or infirm an Alarm which works on push button operation may be more suitable as it allows ease of activation. Also if an Alarm is to be used when jogging or cycling etc we recommend a wrist/jogger alarm with push button operation where the Alarm does not need to be carried.
A Personal Attack Alarm should be used as part of a sensible approach to personal safety. The following guide to personal safety is provided by a leading crime prevention officer :-
Look confident when out & about. Make sure your body language looks like you know where you are going & why.
Tell someone where you are going, who with & when you'll be back.
Carry a personal attack alarm.
Do not take short cuts & keep to well lit areas at night.
Cross the road if you see people you don't feel comfortable about. Head towards a place with lots of people and lights.
Stay safe in public places
When using your mobile phone, always be aware of who's around you. Only use it if it feels safe & be aware using it when leaving train stations, etc. · Keep your bag where you can see it or feel it - not on the back of a chair when out socialising.
Keep expensive watches, jewellery, ipods, phones, etc. out of sight.
Keep your wallet in an inside pocket of your jacket, but remember to remove it if you are going to hang your jacket up somewhere.
Keep your keys in a different place from anything that has your address details on it.
Stay safe at cash machines
Always try to go in daylight hours.
Be aware of who is behind you.
Turn your back so no one can see you enter your pin number.
Never keep the PIN number on you, always memorise it.
Don't count your cash in full view of strangers, put it straight away in an inside pocket or front trouser pocket.
Stay safe travelling on public transport
Plan your journey there & back and always tell someone.
Find out the train or bus times so you don't have to wait along for too long.
Use known taxi firms or black cabs.
Sit as close to the bus driver as possible.
Don't accept lifts from anyone you don't know or trust.
Use well lit bus stops in busy areas.
Try and travel with someone or arrange to be met off the bus/train.
Have your keys ready when you get home so you don't have to search for them & can go straight inside.
Stay safe when cycling
Wear a safety helmet and bright colours, our cycle wraps also enhance visibility at night.
Always lock your bike with a good quality lock when leaving it unattended & property mark it.
Don't take short cuts, keep to well lit places.