Personal Security - Common Sense And Modern Technology Can Both Make
Proponents of personal security products suggest that crime is everywhere and the best way to deter it
is to purchase and use personal security products. However, critics of this stance suggest that there are
other ways for a potential victim to protect herself before buying anything.
Most agree that a balance between using common sense and using personal security products must be
struck. Potential victims should follow basic safety principles and always be aware of their
surroundings. Try not to travel alone especially in crime ridden areas.
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Also, remember that your chances of being attacked by someone you know are greater than your
chances of being attacked by a complete stranger. Therefore, choose your friends carefully. In addition,
if you have just made a new acquaintance trust your instincts and have a safe access strategy if you feel
threatened. People are now meeting others in greater numbers through online sites. This makes it more
difficult to know about the real-world identity of your date so be sure to meet in a public place to give
you a greater sense of personal security.
Some consumer groups suggest you take a martial arts class martial arts class rather than rely on a
personal security product. They suggest that if you rely solely on a personal alarm and your attacker
manages to wrestle the product from you will be helpless. However, if you have learned to protect
yourself without an external device you cannot be disarmed and you will also be stronger from your
There is, however, no reason you cannot take a personal protection class and still purchase one of the
many devices on the market for personal security. One of the oldest choices is pepper spray. Firearms
are also an option, but if a gun is taken from you it could be used against you. In addition, critics fear
that if you fire a gun incorrectly during the heat of the moment you could harm yourself.
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More modern personal security products include stun guns, tasers (which are commonly used by the
police), and electronic personal alarms. Electronic personal alarms are the most recent devices to come
to market. A personal alarm has a button that can be pressed to set off a siren. In addition, if you are
running away from a potential assailant, you can throw the personal alarm in one direction while it is
making noise and throw the sprint in another direction to create an even louder noise and confuse your
Personal alarms are inexpensive and most cost less than $20. Often they include an extra light in case
you need to search for key in the dark. If you have a battery operated personal alarm test the batteries
every few months. Note that personal alarms can be easily disguised because they come in many
shapes and sizes. A young woman can purchase a personal alarm that looks like a lipstick container. It
is easy for a parent to purchase a personal alarm that a child would enjoy carrying because of the many
shapes and colors available.