A couple weeks ago I was walking home at night; after telling a bum I have no money I began to be followed home. As I realized the situation I began to do my “cops with dogs” run home and quickly bolted the door. Though I moved to Austin vs. DT San Francisco I need to be aware of my surroundings; crime happens everywhere.
After that scare I went on an iPhone app and amazon.com shopping spree of self-defense items and found a few items every lady should have. I also looked into video surveillance and realized I had it right in my back pocket…the izone 2.0 I was sent to review for the examiner!
The izone WiFi camera features noise + motion alerts, mobile app controlled, free izon video playbacks, and secure real time video. It has a magnetic stand but also mountable so I now have the marvelous idea to mount it over my door to heighten security but one problem remains…the power cord (this is still out for debate)! I do absolutely love being able to view the real time video on my phone before knowing who is on the other side of the door.
There are two iPhone apps that I find mandatory for any lady for self-defense; My Panic Alarm and SEND HELP. With My Panic Alarm the user taps the alarm button and the iPhone will sound the alarm and also flashes colors on the iPhone screen to grab the attention of others. When using the SEND HELP app a user has one large button on their iPhone that send emergency SMS and emails during an emergency.
I bought a lip stick stun gun while I lived in San Francisco since I lived in an interesting neighborhood but in the move it got lost. In my amazon shopping spree frenzy I found the Guard Dog Security Electra Concealed Lipstick Stun Gun with 100-Lumen Flashlight in pink! The 100-Lumen flashlight is used to detour the attacker before utilizing the stun gun and also visible from yards away. There is no visible stun probes and the crackling sound of the Electra stun gun is very apparent to scare the attacker further. This product is available here for $24.17; I get my new one tomorrow!!
Though one would think a stun gun is enough to protect yourself there is always the chance of it being taken away from you by the attacker or you drop it. I recommend in your second hand carrying the one of the below items:
The Sabre Red compact police strength pepper spray is in a pink case (in honor of breast cancer awareness month) with the quick release key ring. The Sabre Red Pepper Spray has the max protection at 25 bursts or 10 x one second bursts. When buying this product you are also supporting the National Breast Cancer Foundation; as of this year they have donated over 1 million in the fight. The Sabre Red Pepper Spray is currently available for $9.99 on amazon.
The Pink Metal Cat Personal Protection Self Defense Keychain Keyring is a ladies take on brass knuckles but for our personal protection (not to fight). This is perfect to have if you have a long walk in a parking lot or in general at night. There are plastic ones on the market but this metal one is legit. It’s on sale right now on amazon for $2.99.
If you don’t have an iPhone and want a personal siren/ alarm the SABRE Personal Alarm in Pink (in support of the National Breast Cancer Foundation) is a 110 dB dual siren alarm which can be heard up to 300 feet – 100 meters. It’s the size of a memory stick and also a key chain for easy access to the alarm. The Sabre personal alarm in pink is available here and priced at $9.50 (don’t forget buying this product supports breast cancer).
I know some of this may be over the top and I wouldn’t recommend going as over the top as I did but you never know when you may need one of these. Self-awareness is so important when you are alone especially at night and even in the safest neighborhoods. I use to wear my earbuds and listen to music at the loudest possible volume but now I keep the volume low so I can hear my surro undings. To all my cutegeeks I hope this makes you aware and also helps you find your own personal self-defense device or app.