Personal alarms are loud with a siren-like sound when you activate. These devices are very compact and can be easily carried in your pocket, purse or on your belt. Many also come equipped with a flashlight or built-in flashing lights so you may attract more attention to the situation at hand. A few styles come with a wrist strap to wear around your wrist or to attach to any door or window. Personal alarms are very easy to operate; you either push a button or pull the cord.
I have seen many senior’s cars where the trunk and the back bumper are damaged from the garage door hitting it. One solution is to place the car in the garage where it should be and suspend a tennis ball from the ceiling to where it makes contact with the windshield in front of the driver. This however takes the focus off of where the car is going to the tennis ball. You might try attaching a 2×4 to the floor so that mom drives slowly into the garage and feels the 2×4.
Parking lots seem to be a favorite stalking ground of the bad guys. They know that most of the people that are in those parking lots of women. And that most of them are distracted either with their cell phone, their kids, trying to find their car and all kinds of other distractions. The more distractions there are the easier it is for the bad guys to do their thing. Make sense?
I’ve been following the ask, don’t tell strategy for some time now with my two boys and ok, we do have the odd hiccough in the system but on the whole it works well and saves me the endless round of rote orders.
Try this scenario. Your daughter sees a person who looks threatening and who wants to do more than just say hello. She should open her purse and pull a pepper spray canister out as well as her personal alarm. Better yet, especially if it is dark, she should have a personal alarm in her hand and the pepper spray on a keychain hanging on her purse. No, this is NOT paranoia — it’s just being smart and prepared.
Blind your attacker. Shining a bright light into an attacker’s eyes causes temporary disorientation, buying you a precious moment in which to spray mace, flee, or use one of your other self-defense techniques. This effect is short-lived, however, so you should already be on the move when you flash your beam.
Keeping fit, being active both physically and mentally can help protect us as we age. No matter the age, carrying some type of small, easy to use self defense weapon will also remind us to be aware of our surroundings.