Personal Alarm or Safety Whistle?
The question of which is best, personal alarm or safety whistle, is a good one. Personal alarms are more popular. But, are they as effective as safety whistle?
Personal Alarm or Safety Whistle?
The purpose of a modern personal alarm is to scare an attacker away. More so than it is to attract the attention of people who may be nearby. The last thing that an attacker wants is to get caught in the act. The piercing siren of a personal attack alarm should make an assailant think twice. It should scare an attacker into running away because they don’t want to get caught.
Electronic personal alarms are very effective. But, some people ask; what if the battery has run out of power, or the alarm fails to function when I need it? Wouldn’t an old-fashioned safety whistle be better for personal security.
It’s a valid point. If you buy the cheapest personal alarm that you can find, you do run the risk of the alarm failing to sound when you need it. Also, if you use cheap batteries in a personal alarm, there may not be any power left in the battery when you need it.
Personal Alarm or Safety Whistle – A Comparison
There are some very loud safety whistles on the market now. So, we thought it would be useful to compare a safety whistle with a personal alarm and see which one comes out on top. Here are the conclusions we came to on which is best; personal alarm or safety whistle.
We looked at a best-selling safety whistle and a best-selling personal alarm. The Fox 40 Sonik Blast CMG safety whistle and the Vigilant 130dB Personal Alarm. Here are our reviews of each of them, along with the pros and cons of each one.
Fox 40 Sonik Blast CMG Safety Whistle
The Fox 40 Sonik Blast CMG safety whistle is 120dB whistle. The makers say the whistle is audible over a mile away. 120dB is on a par with many personal alarms.
The whistle is made of high-impact plastic, so it will withstand a bit of rough treatment. There is no pea inside this whistle, so there is very little that can go wrong with it. It won’t jam, and it won’t freeze in cold weather.
A safety whistle of this quality would be ideal for hikers, rescue workers and sailors. The fact that is not electronic means that there is no battery that will need replacing. No battery also means that a safety whistle will work even if it gets wet.
A safety whistle may scare away an attacker too. But, would a whistle like this would be as effective as an alarm for attracting attention? Especially if you were in a busy city, at a sporting event, or at a music event.
If you were in a remote part of the world and you needed help, though, a whistle would be better than a personal alarm.
The Pros of a Safety Whistle
A big advantage that a safety whistle has is that there is no battery. So, there are no electronic circuits that might go wrong if the whistle gets wet. That’s a big plus for outdoors enthusiasts who want a device that will attract attention in an emergency. It’s also a big plus for anyone who knows they will never remember to change the battery in a personal alarm!
The Cons of a Safety Whistle
The cons of a safety whistle for a personal security are the following: A. You must blow it to make it work. B. The sound that it makes might not be recognized as a call for help. C. It’s not very practical to carry around with you every day. We will discuss these thoughts further in our conclusion.
Vigilant 130dB Personal Alarm
We chose the Vigilant 130dB Personal Alarm for our comparison. It is a popular personal alarm from a well-respected manufacturer.
This Vigilant alarm is one of the personal alarms that we review in our best personal alarm reviews. It’s a keychain alarm that has a 130dB alarm siren. It has a backup whistle as well.
This type of personal attack alarm is quite common. You can use it as a key ring or you could attach your bag. You activate the alarm by pressing a button. The alarm is deactivated by pressing separate button on the back.
The addition of a whistle as a backup on this personal alarm makes it quite an unusual design. The whistle on the alarm is not as loud as the Fox 40 Sonik Blast CMG Safety Whistle. But, it’s a good idea to have a backup whistle. It provides you with extra security in case the electric alarm fails.
We rate the Vigilant 130dB Personal Alarm, but how does it match up to a safety whistle?
The Pros of a Personal Alarm
The advantages that a personal alarm has over a whistle are that it is easy to use. You can take it anywhere with you. And, it wouldn’t look out of place hanging from your handbag or your belt.
Personal alarms are easy to use, and they are cheap. They are also very effective. Most police departments are happy to recommend their use.
The Cons of Personal Alarms
The biggest negative to personal alarms is that they rely on a battery. You may not realize that the battery has no power until the time comes that you need your personal alarm. That’s why we recommend that you replace the battery in any personal alarm at least every twelve months.
Personal alarms could also fail if they get very wet. So, if you enjoy outdoor activities, a safety whistle would be more reliable.
Personal Alarm or Safety Whistle – Conclusion
The choice between a personal alarm and a safety whistle will depend on where and how you wish to use the device.
If you want a device that will attract attention when you are out hunting or hiking, a safety whistle would be best. If you want a device that will deter attackers in a town or a city, an electronic personal alarm would be better. The reasons for that conclusion are as follows:
More people will take a personal alarm with them whenever they go out. You could use The Vigilant 130dB Personal Alarm, for example, as a key chain. You could hang from a handbag or hang it in a belt loop. It wouldn’t look too out of place. Hanging a bright orange whistle around your neck, though, might raise a few comments when you are out.
The other concern about using a whistle in an emergency in a city is whether anyone would take any notice of it. Or, would they assume that it was kids playing around.
A lot of people do tend to ignore alarms these days. But, people are more likely to at least look to see what has set an alarm off, than they are to respond the sound of whistle.
Our final reason for picking a personal alarm over a safety whistle is that, you can’t throw a whistle away and run. If you stop blowing a whistle, the sound stops. Once you have activated a personal alarm, it will continue to sound until you deactivate it.
So, our answer to the question of personal alarm or safety whistle is. Personal alarms are best for self-defense. Safety whistles are best for attracting attention in remote outdoor locations.
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