Crime Prevention Products Reveals Top Tips for Choosing a Personal Alarm

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Leading UK security specialist CPP shares their expertise to help people find the most suitable and effective personal alarm for their individual needs.

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Personal alarms are effective safe guards. Both gas and battery operated models get the job done, however they each have their pros and cons, so every customer needs to weigh up their individual needs to decide on which one will be most suitable

The purpose of a personal safety alarm is to give a people peace of mind when in vulnerable situations and if the worst happens, to disorientate a surprise attacker so that a vital few seconds are granted for an escape.

Crime Prevention Products (CPP), who are a preferred supplier for to the NHS, the Ministry of Defence, the Foreign Office and many nationwide banks, want to help individuals choose the right security products for their needs. To this end, they have announced the main considerations when making a personal alarm purchase.

The most important feature that makes personal alarms effective is the sound they emit – this needs to be loud and shrill enough to shock an attacker enough to pull away from the victim and it also needs to be different from common sounds like car alarms (which passers-by) will be used to ignoring. Ideally, the alarm should be continuous and over 130 decibels.

Secondly, a personal alarm needs to be convenient to carry (fitting in the palm of a hand) without being so small that it isn’t loud enough or gets lost at the bottom of a bag.

Thirdly, ease of use is crucial, and there are two types of alarms that will suit different people:
Battery alarms tend to be smaller and easier to carry, with some models easily attachable to a belt where they can be activated without removing them. They also come in the form of key rings or fobs so that people always have them to hand. Possible deterrents to buying this type of product are that most battery alarms are set off by pulling a pin out with a chain or cord, which could prove difficult for those with dexterity problems. Furthermore, the batteries will need to be checked regularly to ensure they are in full working order.

Gas alarms are the easiest to use since they are generally activated by a button that can be pressed against any part of the body. These models are also more easily maintained since the owner simply needs to shake the canister to tell when it is running low. The downside of these types of personal alarm however are that some airlines won’t allow any form of gas canister on the plane, plus in very hot temperatures (such as in a car that has been out in the sun a long time) the gas can expand and burst the canister.

While the decibel volume in gas and battery alarms are often the same, the pressure in gas models tends to produce a constant shriek that is more ear-piercing than the pulsating siren made by most battery alarms. On the other hand, while gas alarms generally provide between 3 and 6 minutes of continuous sound, battery alarms can be set off for longer periods over many months before replacement batteries are needed.

CEO of Crime Prevention Products, Terry Rattee, concluded: “Personal alarms are effective safe guards. Both gas and battery operated models get the job done, however they each have their pros and cons, so every customer needs to weigh up their individual needs to decide on which one will be most suitable. If unsure, we are always happy to help people fine-tune the perfect choice for their lifestyle.”

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