Being in the business of non-lethal self-defense I have made it my mission in life to protect as many innocent people as I possibly can through the education and implementation of non-lethal self-defense items such as stun devices, defensive sprays, personal alarms and the like. I firmly believe that every law abiding adult should have the right, if not the responsibility to themselves and their family, to carry some form of non-lethal self defense at all times. Oftentimes you will see devices like pepper spray, stun guns and personal alarms geared toward women and seniors and for good reason. The idea is that individuals who may be at a physical disadvantage in the event of an attack should be armed with a device that can help them walk away from such an attack unscathed. Anyone male or female of just about any age could benefit from such devices but I personally focus most of my efforts on educating senior citizens in regards to non-lethal self-defense. Again, anyone could potentially benefit from carrying some form of self-defense but I think senior citizens more than anyone can see this benefit as they are often targeted by scumbag criminals that assume seniors will be an easier target and less capable of physically defending themselves.
There are a multitude of devices that senior citizens can use to help protect themselves in the unfortunate event of an attack but none are safer and easier to use than personal alarms. That is not to say that I don’t think stun devices and/or defensive sprays would not be suitable for many seniors it is just that with stun devices and defensive sprays one runs the risk of potentially injuring themselves in the process of trying to defend themselves. Also stun devices and defensive sprays could potentially be wrestled from a senior and used against them by the attacker, especially if the attacker is considerably stronger and faster than the senior in question.
Personal alarms are wonderful because not only are they absolutely and completely safe but can also be extremely effective, just as effective as a stun device or defensive spray in many cases. Personal alarms work by emitting an extremely loud distress signal and when I use the words ‘extremely loud’ I am talking about 130 decibels or roughly the volume equivalent of standing in the 10th row of the average rock show here. That is more than enough volume to scare the holy heck out of any attacker and send him running in the opposite direction for fear of being seen and apprehended. So if you are a senior citizen, or anyone for that matter, who would enjoy the extra security that carrying a personal alarm can bring, please consider carrying one yourself.
Stay Safe, Carl Vouer
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