Personal protection devices are often used by people who either reside or work in areas with elevated risk of crime, or whose work involves, by nature, potentially hostile environments or night shifts.
Oftentimes, people don’t consider getting a personal protection device until they or some of their friends or family members find themselves in a precarious situation. Some of these scenarios are life-threatening. In other situations it is simply convenient or reassuring to be able to quickly get in touch with friends or trusted contacts.
After all, while personal protection devices can be life-saving, one of their most important benefits is peace of mind, so you can worry less but still be able to get help in case something unpleasant should happen.
Today we will look into the categories of people who should consider getting a personal protection device, situations in which it can come in handy, and how it can help.
Runners, Joggers, and Cyclists
While outdoor sports have terrific benefits for one’s overall well-being, they are not a risk-free endeavor. Both runners and cyclists face medical and safety threats on their daily routes.
Poorly lit areas, unpopulated parts of the city, and secluded areas in parks are just some of the zones where sports enthusiasts may come face to face with danger, which could include anything from physical assault to falling and sustaining injuries without anyone nearby to help.
In situations like these, it’s essential to get help from emergency responders as fast as possible, or get in touch with a friend who lives nearby and could help you get to a hospital.
This is where having a personal protection device can make all the difference.
Women athletes are particularly vulnerable. From catcalls and unwanted photos being taken to life-threatening situations, female joggers often need to fight off not only verbal abuse but also physical attacks whose outcomes may be death or substantial emotional and physical trauma.
Such was the case of Mollie Tibbets, a 20-year-old Iowa student who was murdered by a young man on her afternoon jog. Her tragedy has helped bring to light a serious and common issue.
According to a 2017 World Runners Survey, about 43% of women runners experience harassment while running. And if we look at women under 30, the figure goes up to 58%.
In the face of such a threat, a protective device could be life-saving. So, if you practice a solo sport or know someone who does, it’s time to consider whether help could be reached in time in the event of an accident or attack.
In April 2020, a Bonita Springs nurse on her usual round of checkups paid a visit to a patient she had been working with for two months.
That day as she made her way into his Matheson Avenue apartment, she was stabbed 12 times in her upper body. Luckily, she managed to scream for help and the police apprehended the attacker. The nurse got out alive.
The Bonita Springs nurse attack this April is just one of the examples that illustrate the rise in attacks on medical care workers. The World Health Organization (WHO) reports that nearly 40% of medical care workers get attacked at least once during their careers.
In April 2019, there were two hospital shootings in South Carolina within 48 hours. It is estimated that out of 25,000 workplace assaults each year, 75% of them happen to medical workers. According to the American College of Emergency Physicians, 47% of physicians have said that they’d personally been physically assaulted at work.
Verbal abuse has been part of the job for quite some time, with physicians reporting verbal assaults every single shift. But recently the number of cases of physical violence is going up, too. As a rule, nurses bear the brunt of verbal and physical abuse during a public health crisis, even during the recent extreme cases, such as the COVID-19 pandemic.
And while efforts are being made to improve the situation in healthcare, it’s still better to have an added layer of security in the form of a personal protection device that can at least disable, frighten, or disorient the attacker until help arrives.
Students are another group for whom a personal protection device can make all the difference. They mingle a lot with their peers, from campus parties and clubs to late-night lectures, and personal protection devices can give them peace of mind at the very least.
According to data by RAINN (Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network), 11.2% of all graduate and undergraduate students experience rape or sexual assault through physical force, violence, or incapacitation.
This applies to both men and women. Data from RAINN show that male college-aged students (18–24) are 78% more likely than non-students of the same age to be the victim of rape or sexual assault.
At the same time, the RAINN data shows that female college-aged students (18–24) are 20% less likely than non-students of the same age to be a victim of rape or sexual assault.
Over a fifth of transgender, genderqueer, and nonconforming college students have been sexually assaulted.
Of course, while it’s crucial that students have access to psychological support, a personal protection device can help reduce the risk and prevent more serious consequences.
Workers with night shifts or early morning shifts as well as workers whose jobs involve money exchange (delivery of goods, services, passengers, cab drivers, etc.) should also consider getting a personal protection device.
According to the Occupational Safety and Hazard Administration, workers in these categories face an elevated risk of getting injured or assaulted. As an employer, you should invest in providing workers with a tool to ask for emergency assistance.
Of course, this historical data by OSHA should be put into current perspective. The advent of numerous apps, including UberEats, Glovo, DoorDash, and a handful of others have resulted in a rise in workplace assaults directed at those groups of the population who seem more vulnerable.
Back in 2019, Sonya King, who was making a DoorDash delivery was assaulted by the customer and nearly strangled. This mother of four luckily managed to escape, but the assault could have taken a fatal turn.
So if you are a mobile worker, you should consider getting a protection device, whether it’s a personal alarm, a self-defence keychain, or an emergency flashlight.
Another group of people for whom a personal protection device can be a life-saver is people who live alone, especially those who have difficulty looking after themselves.
It is estimated that nearly 18 million elderly people in the US live alone, sometimes without anyone to look after them. And they often rely on emergency responders for support and assistance.
It’s crucial that people this vulnerable have quick access to help. In the case of an attempted burglary or injury at home (such as falling down a flight of stairs or suffering a heart attack or a stroke), a simple device by your side to dial 911 and ask for help could be decisive.
Moms with Toddlers
Moms with small kids can also benefit from personal protection devices.
Based on our research on review platforms and forums, including Amazon, Reddit, and Quora, we found that mothers of young kids often decide to get a personal protection device to feel safer walking around the block with their kids.
One of the factors that made them consider getting a personal protection device is living in an area with high crime and delinquency rates.
Most moms trying to protect their kids want to disorient or disable a potential attacker and get away, as it’s often difficult to physically apprehend the attacker yourself. Some resort to taser or sprays, but on average these only work up to 60% of the time.
Having a personal protection device provides an additional level of safety, as you can get in touch with an emergency responder instantly and have help sent over.
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