You see it on the news. You can feel it on the streets. There is no doubt there’s a sense that it’s less safe to go out in many cities without taking some extra precautions. More Americans are engaging in activities outside the home and there is no better time to invest in tech to protect your safety while you are out and about in public places.
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I’m constantly thinking about a parking space close to my destination to avoid any sketchy behavior. I don’t walk as much after dinner in the neighborhood when we used to enjoy a stroll.
While traditional personal protection gear such as mace and pepper spray have been popular in the past, they are illegal in certain states and difficult to get through airport security. Additionally, carrying a defensive device that can be used as a weapon can create more danger, especially if it falls into the wrong hands.
As important as it is to keep safe, it’s equally important that protective tech is portable and easily integrated into one’s life so it can be readily on hand. The following is a list of safety tech gear that is both discreet and safe.
Birdie is a lightweight keychain accessory (about the size of a key fob but lighter) that emits a loud alarm and flashes a bright, strobe light to deter attackers. The device is easy to activate when needed as it works by merely pulling off/yanking the bottom portion of the design.
- Ease of use
- The sound emitted is 130 decibels, which is like hearing a jet engine flying 100 feet above you, and sure to shock and deter any assailant and attract nearby help
- Measuring at just 3.5″ x 1.125″ x 0.5″, it can easily be added to a keychain or bag
- At 2 oz, it is lightweight
- Can be bought in a variety of colors, including