If it looks like a watch and sits on your wrist like a watch, then it probably is a watch – right?
Not necessarily so.
And therein lies the magic of a new type of personal alarm ideal for travellers of all ages.
The Wrist Personal Alarm looks like a watch and fits neatly on your wrist like a watch, but doesn’t show the time.
Instead, the wearer needs only press a black button on the face of the ‘watch’ to set off an ear-piercing alarm – with the aim of warding off threats or alerting help.
Drawn to our attention
This clever idea was pointed out to us by a reader of our current series on travel security.
She asked if the idea was a feasible alternative to the more commonly available pocket or handbag alarms.
So, we contacted the specialists at The Personal Security Company, a leading online retailer of safety products.
They told us that the wrist alarms were proving popular largely because they were unobtrusive and left both hands free.
And that’s exactly our conclusion, after putting one of these new-generation personal safety devices through its paces.
For a start, the Wrist Personal Alarm is functional.
Only slightly bulkier than the usual watch, it is surprisingly light and sits unnoticed on your wrist.
In fact, we found that it usually slipped out of sight under the shirt cuff.
But, even if it is on show, the silver-coloured wrist personal alarm looks stylish and smart anyway.
Secondly, the alarm is convenient.
If you feel that your security is threatened, or you want to attract help, there’s no need to dive into your pockets or the depths of your bag looking for a personal alarm.
You simply push a black button the face of the ‘watch’ to activate a 130 decibel siren. And, believe me, that’s loud!
We found that the alarm attracted attention as far as 300 metres away.
A concealed button on the back turns it off.
Thirdly, the ‘hands free’ nature of the watch alarm is a huge plus because it doesn’t hinder day-to-day activities.
This makes the Wrist Personal Alarm ideal not only for travellers, but also for joggers, walkers, hikers, cyclists etc.
The nylon band would fit most wrists and the alarm has a velcro release.
Unlikely to be accidentally set off
With such a loud alarm, there’s always a fear of it being bumped and accidentally sounding.
However, we found that the Wrist Personal Alarm is cleverly designed so it takes a deliberate push of the small black button to set it off.
Merely bumping it against something is unlikely to sound the alarm.
Overall, the Personal Security Company’s wrist alarm is yet another clever, simple and affordable way of helping travellers turn the tables on pickpockets and street thieves.
It neatly complements other personal security products that we’ve reviewed, such as:
We give the Wrist Personal Alarm top marks. Put simply, it does what it claims.
How much does it cost and how can I get one
The alarm costs AUD $14.99, with an additional AUD $5 for postage.
It can be purchased online only. See how to get one.
Personal Security Company says it sends orders within 24 hours.
Disclaimer: Personal Security Company supplied a Wrist Personal Alarm for this review but, as always, the views expressed are ours and ours alone.
This is part of an ongoing series of reviews we are undertaking on personal safety products for travellers – especially fellow senior travellers. We are particularly focusing on the new-generation of innovative features and products that are rapidly boosting security for travellers.
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