7 Security Devices for the Independent Woman Living or Traveling Alone

My grandmother tells me every Sunday: “It’s a crazy world out there, everyone just needs a little more Jesus”. I definitely agree with Grandma Rufty on that, and although we can’t change the actions of others, we can take added precautions on how we keep ourselves and others safe.

If you’re the 20-something year old living your best life as a single dog mom in the city, or solo traveling the world with your sponsored IG posts (or fall anywhere in between that spectrum) it’s extremely important that you look closely at how you’re keeping yourself safe in the “crazy world” we live in.

Growing up in the south, I’ve been around guns and firearms my entire life. I would go down to my grandmothers and watch my uncles shoot squirrels, birds, clay, pretty much anything you could launch in the air. Although I am a proud supporter of the Second Amendment, I do not feel like it’s necessary to have a firearm in your home, especially if you have the slightest discomfort around one, or have no formal education of firearm safety.

Being around guns the majority of my life, I still do not feel comfortable having one in my home as a form of self-defense protection. Visualizing myself in an emergency situation, I don’t see myself being able to aim, fire, and pull a trigger on something so powerful. With all of that being said, I know I’m not the only one who feels this way, and I wanted to share a few methods of how to keep yourself and your home safe (other than pepper spray) when you’re an independent woman living or traveling alone.

 

1. Door Stop Alarm — $13 for a set of two on Amazon.

This little guy can be used as a door stop alarm and door stopper. Its high damping rubber bearing can prevent the door sliding and prevent the bad guys from entering the front door of your apartment or hotel room. It lets out a shrill of 120 dB, which is the equivalent of a chainsaw or police siren (130 dB is equivalent to that of a Military jet aircraft take-off from aircraft carrier with afterburner) which will naturally deter anyone who’s trying to make a coy entrance.

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2.  Wireless Home Security Alarm Set —  (on sale!) $28.99 on Amazon.

  • Set of four wireless alarms to arm your home.
  • KEYPAD DOOR ALARM PREVENTS ACCIDENTAL ACTIVATION – alarm is secured by 4-digit PIN of your choosing with entry/exit delay setting; no key fob required
  • ATTENTION-GRABBING – extremely loud 120 dB alarms help wake/alert homeowner or renter, helps deter intruder and possibly notifies neighbors (audible up to 750 feet/230M away)
  • USER-FRIENDLY WITH EASY INSTALLATION – 3 adjustable settings (off/alarm/chime); chime mode is ideal to alert you when children or guests are coming and going when you are at home; no wiring needed, plus sensor mounts on either side of alarm
  • This can be used in conjunction with the door stop alarms for added security!

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3. incoSKY Wireless Motion Detection Camera with Night Vision $35 on Amazon.

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  • Windows, iOS, Android Supported
  • Smart Motion Detection: sends you email alerts and phone notifications with screenshots immediately once any suspicious activities occur; customizable motion zones detection and recording schedule supported
  • Easy and Quick Setup: supports both wired/wireless connection; enhanced WiFi module ensures transmission distance up to 98ft, download free CamHi app from Google Store or App Store. It’s also waterproof! 
  • Download and save needed images/video files instantly to your phone.

4. Portable Door Jammer $30 on Amazon.

The portable DoorJammer door barricade keeps you safe at home, at the office, at school and on vacation. It’s adjustable and only takes seconds to install. It’s compatible with all types of flooring, as the innovative system of hinges and angles anchor the DoorJammer firmly to carpeted, tiled and laminate floors when outside pressure is exerted on the door. This can easily be stowed in your luggage and taken with you when traveling. 

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5. Vipertek Stun Gun $24 on Amazon.

I did a LOT of research before deciding on purchasing a stun gun. This model in particular sold me on it’s compact size and extreme power (one of many similar Amazon reviews below). Just test firing this unit into the air is often enough to stop an attacker. When an attacker is touched by the stun gun it will disrupt the message the brain sends to the voluntary muscles. Touching an attacker with this device will deliver a high voltage shock causing loss of balance and muscle control, confusion, and disorientation bringing him to his knees and making him incapable of further aggressive activity.

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  • Due to restrictions in some states, county and city laws this company does not ship to the following locations: Hawaii, Massachusetts, Michigan, Connecticut, New Jersey, Illinois, New York, Rhode Island, Wisconsin, District of Columbia, Annapolis, MD, Baltimore, MD, Chicago, IL, Philadelphia, PA, Baltimore County, MD, Crawford County,IA
  • Powerful Stun Gun With LED Flashlight. Convenient Size (6.5″ x 2″ x 1″)
  • Snatch Prevention – Should an assailant try to snatch the device from you, the shock plates on the side of the unit will also deliver a high voltage shock. (NOTE: Be careful not to touch these when firing the stun gun)
  • Ultra-Sharp Spike Electrodes helps penetrate through thick clothing

This is NOT a toy, and all federal and state laws should be researched before ordering and operating a stun gun.

I felt the need to purchase this as a last resort security device if my other self-defense and home security mechanisms failed. More stun gun safety and security videos can be found here:

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6.  Set up the SOS function on your iPhone or iWatch

ALL INFORMATION BELOW IS DIRECTLY SOURCED FROM Apple.com.

Here’s how it works

When you make a call with SOS, your iPhone automatically calls the local emergency number. In some countries and regions, you might need to choose the service that you need. For example, in China you can choose police, fire, or ambulance.

Slide to Power Off, Medical ID, and Emergency SOS options

You can also add emergency contacts. After an emergency call ends, your iPhone alerts your emergency contacts with a text message, unless you choose to cancel. Your iPhone sends them your current location, and, for a period of time after you enter SOS mode, it sends updates to your emergency contacts when your location changes.

Call emergency services

Here’s how to make the call on iPhone X, iPhone 8, or iPhone 8 Plus:

Emergency SOS countdown screen

  1. Press and hold the side button and one of the Volume buttons until the Emergency SOS slider appears.
  2. Drag the Emergency SOS slider to call emergency services. If you continue to hold down the side button and Volume button, instead of dragging the slider, a countdown begins and an alert sounds. If you hold down the buttons until the countdown ends, your iPhone automatically calls emergency services.

Here’s how to make the call on iPhone 7 or earlier:

  1. Rapidly press the side button five times. The Emergency SOS slider will appear. (In India, you only need to press the button three times, then your iPhone automatically calls emergency services.)
  2. Drag the Emergency SOS slider to call emergency services.

After the call ends, your iPhone sends your Emergency contacts a text message with your current location, unless you choose to cancel. If Location Services is off, it will temporarily turn on.

If your location changes, your contacts will get an update, and you’ll get a notification about 10 minutes later. To stop the updates, tap the status bar and select “Stop Sharing Emergency Location.” If you keep sharing, you’ll get a reminder to stop every 4 hours for 24 hours.

If you use the Emergency SOS shortcut, you need to enter your passcode to re-enable Touch ID, even if you don’t complete a call to emergency services. 

 

Add or remove contacts

You can add emergency contacts from the Health app on your iPhone:

  1. Open the Health app and tap the Medical ID tab.
  2. Tap Edit, then scroll to Emergency Contacts.
  3. Tap green plus icon to add an emergency contact.
  4. Tap a contact, then add their relationship.
  5. Tap Done to save your changes.

Here’s how to remove emergency contacts:

  1. Open the Health app and tap the Medical ID tab.
  2. Tap Edit, then scroll to Emergency Contacts.
  3. Tap red minus icon next to a contact, then tap Delete.
  4. Tap Done to save your changes.

You can’t set emergency services as an SOS contact.

 Medical ID screen

Use Emergency SOS on your Apple Watch

With Emergency SOS, you can quickly and easily call for help and alert your emergency contacts.

 

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Here’s how it works

When you make a call with SOS, your Apple Watch automatically calls the local emergency number. In some countries and regions, you might need to choose the service that you need. For example, in China you can choose police, fire, or ambulance.

You can also add emergency contacts. After an emergency call ends, your Apple Watch alerts your emergency contacts with a text message, unless you choose to cancel. Your Apple Watch sends them your current location, and, for a period of time after you enter SOS mode, it sends your emergency contacts updates when your location changes.

 

Emergency SOS slider

Call emergency services

To use SOS, your iPhone needs to be nearby. If your iPhone isn’t nearby, your Apple Watch needs to be connected to a known Wi-Fi network and you must set up Wi-Fi Calling. On Apple Watch Series 3 (GPS + Cellular), you can also use a cellular connection.

Here’s how to make a call:

  1. Press and hold the side button on your watch until the Emergency SOS slider appears.
  2. Continue to hold down the side button. Wait for a countdown to begin and an alert to sound. You can also drag the Emergency SOS slider.
  3. When the countdown ends, your watch automatically calls emergency services.

After the call ends, your Apple Watch sends your emergency contacts a text message with your current location, unless you choose to cancel. If Location Services is off, it will temporarily turn on.

If your location changes, your contacts will get an update, and you’ll get a notification about 10 minutes later. To stop the updates, select Stop Sharing in the notification. If you keep sharing, you’ll get a reminder to stop every 4 hours for 24 hours.

End Call screen

End a call

If you started an emergency call by accident, firmly press the display, then tap End Call.

 

Medical ID screen

Add or remove contacts

You can add emergency contacts from the Health app on your iPhone:

  1. Open the Health app and tap the Medical ID tab.
  2. Tap Edit, then scroll to Emergency Contacts.
  3. Tap green plus icon to add an emergency contact.
  4. Tap a contact, then add their relationship.
  5. Tap Done to save your changes.

Here’s how to remove emergency contacts:

  1. Open the Health app and tap the Medical ID tab.
  2. Tap Edit, then scroll to Emergency Contacts.
  3. Tap red minus icon next to a contact, then tap Delete.
  4. Tap Done to save your changes.

You can’t set emergency services as an emergency contact.

 

Emergency SOS settings screen

Turn off Hold to Auto Call

You can change the setting so that holding the side button won’t call emergency services automatically:

  1. Open the Apple Watch app on your iPhone and tap the My Watch tab.
  2. Tap General > Emergency SOS.
  3. Turn off Hold to Auto Call.

If you turn off this setting, you can still use the Emergency SOS slider to make a call.

 

 

Stay safe, y’all!

 

xx falon

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