With so many infomercials and facebook articles online telling you the latest and greatest gadgets, it can be hard to know which ones to invest in and which ones to pass on. Everything promises to be the best and most important item you could own when it comes to your personal safety. But as always, some items are more talk than walk - and some you shouldn’t bother wasting your money on!
Today we’re going to talk about 4 of these items you shouldn’t bother with. These are just our opinions - but we feel that if you’re going to be spending your hard earned money on items you should get good quality stuff that makes a difference!
Read on to see which items we would suggest you pass on, and why.
They might seem like a great security device. If someone is attacking you, you blow the whistle loudly which alerts everyone to the scene and the attacker will run away in panic.
But is this true? While whistles do a good job of alerting people to the scene - so can screaming or yelling. And if your attacker panics - are they going to panic and run away or panic and try to get you stop making noise?
Another risk of relying on a safety whistle for your protection is how quick you can get to it. Where do you keep your whistle? If you’re being attacked, do you have the time to dig around in your purse to get to the whistle?
We think the final verdict is that safety whistles CAN be helpful, but aren’t going to be the ultimate security device that will always protect you. It’s more important to be aware of your surroundings and stay with people when out at night.
You’ve seen them before. A knife in a belt buckle! A sword hidden in a cane! A knife hidden in lipstick! These all offer the same gimmick - that they are hidden in plain sight so you can go around unnoticed but be able to fight off an attacker when needed.
However the risk is all the same with these gimmicks. Most of them rely on instant reflexes to get and unsheathe the knife, when most people are shocked and stunned when mugged or attacked.
In addition they still require a skill to be able to use them properly in self defense. Any knife or item for self defense can be used against you and you will have to know how to defend yourself.
Our verdict is you are better served taking that money and investing in a self defense class! Get educated on the best way to escape certain scenarios without the added risk of a weapon that might not be necessary.
You might remember these from old spy movies. Often shown to be stronger than steel, and bulletproof. Perfect for self defense against weapons, and as a weapon itself to be used upon your attacker.
They make and sell real versions of these spy umbrellas that they market as self defense items. This is an ordinary looking full length black umbrella that is made of a strong material so it can be used to hit things hard and still be opened and functional.
So what’s the problem with this? Well first, are you going to take a full sized umbrella with you everywhere you go? It’s not very realistic. Secondly, engaging in combat with someone who is trying to mug you will escalate the situation. And if they do engage in combat with you, it’s better for you to have knowledge of what to do - if you just blindly start swinging an item they could try to wrestle it from you and use it on you!
Our verdict? Sure it might look cool and make you feel like James Bond, but it’s probably not going to be useful enough to spend the money on.
Another spy movie item. Put all your important documents into it, lock it up, and you’ll never have to worry about anyone getting into it! Unfortunately these are best served in the movies. In real life they’re just not practical. First of all, how common is it to carry a briefcase in this day and age? Especially since most the the time all you need to protect is your wallet, phone, and keys.
The verdict? Yeah, these are just plain silly - even for James Bond!
They might seem goofy, or maybe they seemed like a great idea. But these self defense items are not going to the be key factor in protecting yourself in a security situation.
A better choice is going to be a self defense class, so you are property trained on the best tactic in any given situation. By taking a class and learning how to defend yourself in certain risk scenarios you give yourself the confidence and strategy that may make a difference if you ever have to use it.
What do you think? Are any of these security items something you recommend? Or are there other self defense devices that you think are less helpful than advertised? Let us know!