I posted a photo of our fabulous ‘Step Away’ door wedge alarm on Instagram earlier today and have had an overwhelming response and lots of orders, as well as a few questions.
It seemed logical to write a little post detailing the personal alarm further and I have added a little video so you can see the alarm in action.
SafeGirl’s ‘step away’ door wedge alarm is ideal for frequent fliers, college and university students and anyone who is uneasy about staying solo in a hostel or hotel room.
Simply jam the alarm under a door to make it harder to open, and if an intruder tries to force entry, you (and hotel staff) will be alerted with an ear-splitting alarm.
Usage: Turn the slide switch on the base to “ON” position; product is on stand-by. Alarm activates when swing cover swung in approximately 1.5 degrees. The alarm will only be switched off by turning the switch to “OFF” position.
130 decibel alarm (as loud as a military jet aircraft take-off from aircraft carrier with afterburner at 50 ft)
Well it’s pretty well known now that my four babies carry a personal alarm with them everywhere, and have had safety awareness drummed into them from an early age.
We had an incident last month. Quite a scary one in fact.
My second daughter Jemima was travelling home from college on her regular 4.45pm train, when two young men got on the train and approached her. One sat on her lap, and the other filmed the entire episode on his phone, along with Snaps to friends.
They were aggressive, and threatened to rape her, grabbing her phone and telling her boyfriend they were ‘taking his girl’ with them.
During the ten minute train ride, they touched her body, barricaded her in so she couldn’t escape, and made sexual, degrading comments and threats. A terrifying experience for a 16 year old!
There were a few other passengers on the carriage, and nobody did anything.
We were lucky. Jemima managed to jump over one of the man’s legs and make a dash for the doors as they opened.
It was only hours later, after making a police statement, and a hot bath, that we even remembered the rape alarm she had attached to her bag. Unbelievable!
Would it have helped? Who knows. Studies have shown a safety alarm is more likely to deter an assailant than to attract help. Thankfully it didn’t matter this time that we hadn’t used it. But it has shown us that anything can happen at any time, and I don’t think we’ll be forgetting it again in the near future!