A good quality panic alarm can help to keep your children safe. It is an excellent investment, and doesn't have to be expensive. An innocent game of hide and seek in the park could end up becoming disastrous if your child gets lost, gets injured, or becomes a victim of violence.
There are many different styles and various features of panic alarms. Here are some pros and cons:
You can activate some panic alarms by pressing a button, and some also feature another button to deactivate the sound. In the case of accidental activation, this would be very efficient.
Some alarms operate with a grenade-style pin activation system. Many reviews say the pin is loose, and the signal is activated easily. Also, to disengage the sound, most pins need to be reinserted, which could be challenging for those with dexterity issues or weak eyesight. When in a stressful situation it could be difficult to shut off with trembling hands.
Alarm sound and strength:
The panic alarms come in different decibel strengths from 110 dB to 140 dB. The weaker strength can be heard at approximately 300 feet, while some are louder and heard at 600 feet.
The alarm sound is continuous and varies in length of time from approximately 30 to 60 minutes until disengaged.
Alarm power sources:
Many panic alarms have batteries, and most are included.
Some alarms are rechargeable and come with a USB charge cable. Therefore, you don't have to worry about replacing batteries.
Some panic alarms have a flashlight, while others do not. These flashlights are meant for a short duration as they are a significant drain on the battery.
Since there are so many brands to choose from, I have narrowed down a few of my favorite panic alarms to share with you.
Review from E.T. on January 31, 2020.
"Compact and Powerful"
"THE ALARMS WHERE A HIT WITH MY DAUGHTERS AND MY WIFE. THEY ARE VERY PRACTICAL AND EASY TO HAVE HANDY AT ALL TIMES. THEY ATTACHED THEM TO THEIR KEY CHAIN AND TO THEIR PURSE STRAP. I LIKE THAT THEY HAVE A USB TO CHARGE AND DON'T HAVE TO WORRY ABOUT BATTERIES. THE LIGHT IS AN EXCELLENT ADDED FEATURE AS WELL. I PERSONALLY THOUGHT THEY WOULD BE LOUDER BUT THEY ARE LOUD ENOUGH TO DO WHAT THEY ARE INTENDED FOR. HIGHLY RECOMMEND."
Review from Alyson Furness on March 18, 2020.
These are amazing little alarm systems! They work very well, have a sleek design, and are extremely easy to use. As a woman, these will really come in handy. Soo happy with the product and will 100% recommend this to anyone who is interested in buying or looking for a small alarm!! The shipping was also very fast, and the sellers and i had great communication. Thanks so much guys for he awesome product!! Will definitely be buying more.
Excerpt from review from Theskey999, August 25, 2017.
"Great product for effective self defense"
As a veteran, I can say that people react poorly in high stress situations especially without proper training. This is probably the most effective method to deter a street attacker. It sounds like a business alarm and will definitely repel an assailant that intends to draw as little attention as possible in a kidnap or rape scenario.
Excerpt from review, M. Johnson, April 6, 2016.
"I feel safer"
"I bought this alarm to take to work - I work at a grocery store and a lot of creepers come around. I get hit on a lot (often by middle-aged men; I'm 22 so...). I'm pretty safe inside the store, with lots of people and cameras, but sometimes I do things in the parking lot too, and I'm more vulnerable there. Anyway, the alarm VERY loud! It makes my eardrums vibrate. I demonstrated it for my mom and brothers and they winced. The whistle is just as loud. Piercing. Although I don't think there's actually much chance of getting attacked at work, I feel safer carrying this with me, just in case.
Excerpt from review, KAG, October 8, 2019.
"The Vigilant Personal Protection Alarm with the button is without-a-shadow-of-a-doubt the quickest, loudest, easiest and most logical alarm to have in an emergency situation.
I was unfortunately on 2 separate occasions confronted with a drunken man approaching me and my dog late at night. The first time I had the alarm you have to pull apart...I was so frazzled and petrified that I literally could NOT pull the alarm apart....the top simply wouldn't come out to activate the alarm. Therefore, I was left to my own devices and literally began to scream to deter the first man.
Thankfully, the next occasion I had the Vigilant Personal Protection Alarm wherein you simply press a button. The Vigilant activated immediately and was so loud not only did the man run like H_LL but cars along the street stopped to ensure I was alright!! I asked them if they heard the Alarm and every response was a definitive YES....even with car windows closed. I was never so thrilled and blessed with a product than when my Vigilant Personal Protection Alarm went off with ease and such volume that myself and my precious pup were safe.
Seriously, when one is in a predicament where they must use a personal alarm with speed I will take pressing a button over fumbling with pulling out a pin or top of the unit EVERY TIME!!"
Review from Pauline Bingham, February 28, 2019.
I bought this alarm for my daughter as I worried about her coming home alone at night. We tried it out to see how loud it was and it was loud. The pin that is pulled out to sound the alarm is quite secure and wouldn't easily slip out in error. The cord attached to the pin is long enough to be found quickly. We are both happy with the alarm and feel better knowing she has it in case of emergency.
Review from Ozzie, November 29, 2016.
My grand daughter is 12, grandson is 5. They are for them. They love it. The grandson had no problem setting it off. Both love the light, very bright. These days it's just a little extra for them to be safe. Grand daughter knows what to do, the son knows if he gets lost to pull it and stay there. They love it. Great product, very happy with them. Thanks