Do BASU Alarms Really Work?
by Sam Mansen
We recently received this question from Sarah W. in King of Prussia, PA:
“Dear Basu, I’m wondering why e-alarm is better and if you have any cases of it working against criminals?”
We want to answer this great question for Sarah and anyone else who may have similar thoughts. First and in short, the answer is yes. eAlarm is absolutely effective as a deterrent. The data is quite conclusive and we have received many incredible success stories from users all over the world.
We must emphasize that we do not claim eAlarm or any of our products are a superior solution to other self defense tools. eAlarm is simply an additional tool available to those who may prefer a non-violent or additional weapon. We recommend you always ask your local police department which safety product is best suited for you as a unique citizen. We must also remember that unlike specific self-defense-only weapons, eAlarm can certainty be used for self defense, but can also be used in a wider variety of emergency situations. Therefore, we should not simply compare eAlarm exclusively to self defense weapons. For example, eAlarm can serve an intruder alarm or campsite perimeter alert. Furthermore, eAlarm can also serve a rescue signal or animal repellent if in the outdoor and you run into aggressive wildlife. (For these reasons, it's named eAlarm, for Emergency Alarm.)
First we begin with a statement about personal alarms in general, from a previous blog post:
“We must remember that the primary purpose of a personal safety alarm is to shock, distract or disorient a criminal, giving you vital seconds to get away. It is a common misconception that alarms will attract others, however, if there is no one around you, no one will be able to help. There are numerous documented and verifiable cases of deterrence and arrests that occurred only as a result of this product [eAlarm]. I think most people have never mugged or assaulted anyone so they think about this product from quite a rational perspective. But the data clearly shows that alarms can be a very effective deterrent.”
There’s a certain fight or flight effect that this tiny device has on animal and man. There’s an uncontrollable fear that’s activated when this siren is set off. It’s much like your fire detector alarm in your home - even if you’ve heard it before or you expect it while cooking a smokey meal, it still affects you psychologically. You must either turn it off or destroy it immediately – this is a proven scientific phenomenon called “fight or flight.”
“Alarms have the capability of causing a fight-or-flight response in humans; a person under this mindset will panic and either flee the perceived danger or attempt to eliminate it, often ignoring rational thought in either case. A person in such a state can be characterised as "alarmed".
Finally, I'll submit to you that this is the future of personal security; there's absolutely no question about it - 10 years from now I think everyone will think first of an emergency alarm as the most rational self defense tool. People put alarms on their homes and their cars, but not themselves or their children. Why not? Life is much more valuable, I think.
NO LIABILITY – If you think someone if following you and you therefore decide to spray them in the face, they can now sue you for damages. They can also file an assault report against you and you can potentially face charges or go to jail. No matter how suspicious someone looks, the law is always on their side unless they actually commit a crime. With eAlarm this is clearly not a concern.
“If you spray someone in the face with chemicals, they can potentially sue you for millions of dollars. The liability is serious.” Police Officer, Texas
NO AIMING REQUIRED – Even trained professionals can miss their target during a confrontation when adrenaline is high. With eAlarm, no training or aiming is required.
NO CLOSE CONTACT – Any traditional self defense tool like pepper spray or a taser requires you to get CLOSER to a potential attacker. What often happens is the criminal takes the victim's weapon and then uses it against the victim. If you're not careful, you can actually end up ARMING YOUR ATTACKER if you get too close. This is the exact opposite of what you’re trying to accomplish. You want to avoid a confrontation, not engage in one.
PERMITTED THROUGH SECURITY CHECKPOINTS – Whether you’re boarding a plane, or entering a sporting event or concert, the eAlarm is typically permitted through security checkpoints. Most other comparable safety devices are never allowed through security, especially at airports.
CHILDREN & TEENS CAN CARRY – Children and teens cannot legally carry any traditional self defense tool like a gun or pepper spray. Guns are illegal on most college campuses, and chemical sprays are becoming increasingly outlawed in certain states and on certain college campuses, as well.
I really hope this article is helpful for anyone looking to get educated about eAlarm. We take research and data driven education very seriously. We try to present only well-documented and informed conclusions. If you have any other questions about eAlarm, or anything related to eAlarm, please email firstname.lastname@example.org or email me personally at email@example.com.
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