Whether you’re traveling overseas or just walking home from the bus stop, your personal safety is paramount. From sprays to safes, we put together the top 6 products that you should have on hand to protect yourself and your valuables if worse comes to worst.
6. Portable Safe
Did you know that one laptop is stolen every 53 seconds? What about that half of phone thefts occur when they are left unguarded in a public place, even for just a brief period of time? The most effective way to protect your valuables is to keep them locked away in a small safe. They typically cost under $20 and can easily be carried in your backpack or purse.
5. Anti-Theft Backpack
Another way to safeguard your belongings from pickpockets is by storing them in an anti-theft bag. These packs have hidden zippers, cut-proof material, illuminating safety strips, and secret pockets. 400,000 pickpocket incidents occur worldwide every day, so it’s better to be safe than sorry when carrying items of importance.
4. Mobile Charger
No one wants to be stranded without a cell phone, unable to look up directions or call for help. This is especially true if you’re using a personal safety app like SafeRide that keeps you connected to your friends and family. Be sure to carry at least one back-up charger in case the first one runs out of juice, too!
3. Pepper Spray
Safer than carrying a gun or knife, pepper spray can stop attackers in their tracks with the press of a button. Commercial-grade spray has more heat than the world’s hottest pepper, so a tiny bottle packs a major punch. It’s important to remember that carrying pepper spray is illegal in many locations – double check your local laws before buying.
2. Mini Bat Flashlight
Combine the safety of bright light with the protection of an aluminum slugger. Sized to fit in your pocket, aluminum bat flashlights are an increasingly popular option for personal safety and defense. It goes without saying that the heavyweight bat can provide a damaging blow, but the blinding light can also disorient potential attackers and serve as a visual aid for you.
1. Personal Attack Alarm
When activated, personal attack alarms emit strobe lights and a siren that is audible from over a mile away. The sudden burst of noise and flashes will simultaneously disorient attackers and alert people in the vicinity that you need help. Alarms can be inconspicuously worn as necklaces, bracelets, and watches, but you can also attach them to your keys or bag if you’re not a fan of wearables.
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