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I think it is very good for the purpose of unnerving an attacker momentarily and it is legal to carry it around (unlike pepper spray etc). The 5 pack is good as you can distribute it to everyone and also keep one as a panic alarm in the house etc.
Suggestions for improvement are: 1. Make the LED light button a little sunken in (recessed) so that it is less prone to being accidentally switched on inside the pocket or on a key chain etc. 2. The last link in the chain at the alarm end is made of soft metal wire and is very fragile. The wire opens up and the alarm detaches from the chain fairly easily. 3. The post around which the last link attaches to the alarm is very thin and fragile. This post must be made much thicker (diameter) and robust.
For the Last Link, I had to improvise: Using 22 SWG stiff Lock Wire, I looped it half way around the Piezo Buzzer on both sides and bent each wire around (folded the wire) to secure it in the unused space. A loop extending out of the alarm unit from this wire provided a much more robust last link to the chain from the alarm.
I purchased these because my mom is always walking early in the morning and also for myself because I am often in a train station parking garage at 2am alone. My mom said she felt a little bit safer while carrying this with her pepper spray and I think that's great.
I was a little nervous about the plug falling out in my purse but my mom ended up putting some white tape around hers and I thought that was a great idea. You can still have easy access to the plug but if it gets caught on something in my bag it's less likely to pull out on its own.
I think the value of this product is incredible. You get so many alarms for a small price! Perfect!
I searched a few of these on Amazon and found this brand to have the highest decibel... I tested each one when I got them and I do find them to be nice and loud.
I hope I never have to use these but I think they're a great product to have on hand for added security.
It’s loud. But it is kind of deceiving with the big button in the middle. It serves no purpose. When I bought it I thought that you could push it to make the alarm work. Fun to play with, for the price.
I recommend buying this item because you just never know when it may come in handy. Buy for all the women in your family and tell your friends to buy it as well. The ALARM is great and the key light is brite as well.
I bought these for our church to send in Valentine's care boxes to our college students. They would also be useful for anyone on their own. I use it to deter other dogs when I'm walking mine since our neighborhood has a huge problem with loose animals. It's loud enough to get one's attention, but not deafening. It will startle an approaching animal but would not stop one that is determined to attack.
I'm a stay at home mother of two small children with 4 siblings, all women. One night I was thinking of which types of self defense items I wanted to buy in bundles, just in case of an emergency. Once I came across these there was no doubt... we had to have them. While eating out with my siblings one evening, I gave them other devices including this alarm. Let's say (forbid) your walking & your unable to scream for help but thankfully you have your keys in your hand & your able to pull the string apart from this device so that it becomes the voice you need. Yes that's all you have to do is just pull that string. You will need both hands to do this. Practice to see if you can with only one. Just in case you have one hand available during a crisis. Overall, you can most likely guarantee that rescue is on the way because this device is loud enough for your neighbor to hear. You know people near by will look if they hear a loud enough sound lol! This device is one for keeps!
The personal alarm set of 5 was packaged in a simple box that included a small sheet of paper that was titled User Manual Personal Alarm. The "manual" is extremely brief and does not give me adequate information. For such an important item for safety, I would expect far more detail. I am extremely disappointed in the "MANUAL" and find it'inadequate for using the device an giving them to my Grandchildren. I would return these Personal Security Alarms if there is no additional useful information available.