You’ve consulted with a locksmith about the best home security for you. You’ve followed their advice, installing an alarm system and security cameras, securing your windows and doors, and making a family safety plan so everyone knows what to do in the event of an intruder or other emergency. But unless you plan on never leaving your house again, home security will only go so far. Boston is a big, dangerous city, so you and your family need to take precautions to make sure you’ll be safe when you’re out and about. Hoping for the best just isn’t going to cut it. After all, you have enough on your plate already. More stress about whether you and your loved ones are prepared for the risks of an urban environment is the last thing you need!
Fortunately, your locksmith has plenty to offer when it comes to securing your person as well as your home! There are all sorts of tools and devices, both high and low-tech, available to you, and they can help you select the one that’s best for you based on your needs and what makes you feel the most comfortable.
Sounding the Alarm
Your locksmith is no doubt happy to tell you about the benefits of car alarms, how the loud sounds call attention to any thief looking to abscond with your vehicle and make them think twice. Now there are all sorts of devices that will do the same thing for your person! With the push of a button, these small devices will let out a loud wail that will attract attention and discourage attackers, continuing as long as you’ve got your finger on them. You can put them on your keychain or keep them in your coat pocket, and for women there’s the additional option of alarm devices disguised as jewelry or hair accessories. These wearable devices, which come in the form of rings, bracelets, pendants, or hair clips, are attractive in both form and function, and they have the added benefit of always being within easy reach.
Call for Help
Many alarm devices do double duty, not only making attention-getting noises but also contacting emergency services or people of your choosing. You can program them to call or text people of your choosing or any of your contacts that are nearby. Some will transmit your GPS location to police or provide audio to your emergency contact of what’s happening at your location, recording whatever’s going on, an invaluable asset for law enforcement should you need them. If you’re not interested in the alarm function, there are also plenty of devices devoted exclusively to calling in back-up, as well as apps for all kinds of cellphones.
Help isn’t always able to be there when you really need it though, and in those situations it’s important to be able to protect yourself. While some people consider buying a handgun for this purpose, personal security experts actually caution against this unless you’re willing to put serious time into learning and practicing with it, as it can otherwise easily be turned against you in the moment.
A quality locksmith is more likely to recommend a device that will temporarily disable your attacker long enough for you to make your escape or call for help. These can include devices that use electricity, like Tasers, stun guns or batons, items like pepper spray and mace, or lightning strikes, which briefly blind and disorient attackers with a flash of very bright light. Like personal alarms, some of these are even available in the form of jewelry!
DIY Personal Security
If you don’t want to shell out for an item specifically designed for personal security, you still have options for protecting yourself. Some women carry spray-able cleaning products or insect repellant in place of pepper spray or mace, which have the benefit of being easily overlooked but can more than do the job when directed at an attacker’s face. Additionally, any small sharp item, from a bobby pin to a ring to a pair of tweezers, can be utilized in an emergency.
The best protection you can give yourself is an awareness of your surroundings and a sensible level of caution when it comes to where you travel. Your common sense is the best tool you have for staying safe and secure, but for times when that just isn’t enough, one of these many options might just do the trick.