Safety wearables provide an elegant, modern solution to one of society’s oldest problems. There are few things more disconcerting than walking down an empty street alone at night and seeing or hearing a stranger approaching you. Women in particular have long been seen as easy targets for criminals, so they are often more concerned about their self-protection. Young girls grow up learning to always be on the lookout, while women walk city streets with a vague sense of anxiety and fear. This unease may never be totally extinguished, but safety wearables can provide a sense of comfort and subdue your most unrelenting worries.
And for good reason, safety wearables are designed to be easily accessed and used in emergencies. These devices are often considered the best option for self-protection because of their simple yet effective technique. Safety wearables are designed to be worn and kept on hand for easy access, if a threat is noticed, the device should be triggered and some form of help should be immediately contacted, whether it be the authorities directly or a loved one.
The very first safety wearables were made for children and young adults, however their bulky and juvenile design made them exclusive to that demographic. Safety wearables have been compacted into a light and neat design applicable to any age or gender since then, but some wearables adhere to outdated designs.
Many safety wearables follow traditional designs which often come in the form of a wrist watch type device or a keychain. However, wrist or arm band devices hardly ever appear as unnoticeable as they strive to be. Watches are often seen as a fashion statement, so a plain black device worn on your arm may draw as much attention as a brightly colored one. This makes it difficult to design a device suited for your wrist or arm while maintaining its discretion. Conversely, a keychain design can be subtle, however reaching for a keychain in an intense and potentially violent encounter can escalate the situation. Wearers may not even have the opportunity to rummage through their belongings to find the keychain to begin with, as its not always easy and unnoticeable to constantly hold a keychain in your hands.
However, the advances in technology seen in the past few decades have made it possible to develop more sophisticated devices. There are many such examples on the market, such as STAND. STAND’s slim, inconspicuous pendant allows it to be worn out in the open, not hidden away in an unreachable corner of your bag. This access can only be achieved with a keen awareness of the importance of discretion and practicality. The problem with an obvious safety wearable is that it works directly against its purpose. If a potential criminal can identify an alerting device, their first objective will be to separate the victim from it.
Due to an unfortunate lack of foresight and analyses, some safety wearables severely limit their usability. A common crutch used by many safety wearables is a dependency on the wearer’s phone and a Bluetooth connection. In these cases, if the wearer is separated from their phone, they will be unable to use their safety wearable. The worst thing about this scenario is that a safety wearable could be appropriately disguised, but the wearer can still be forcible separated from their phone. Alternatively, if their phone is lost or stolen they lose all protection in a time when they may be the most vulnerable. This is why a safety wearable should ideally be made as independent as possible from the wearer’s other devices. For example, STAND uses its own independent network connection. If the wearer’s main communication device, their cell phone, is lost they can depend on their safety wearable.
There are many considerations to think about before you invest in any form of self-protection. Women have a distinct set of self-protection needs; therefore, they choose their methods of self-protection with care. However, time after time the benefits of safety wearables make them stand out among other self-protection methods and devices. Self-defense weapons have long fallen out of public preference because of their shortcomings. Women who use self-defense weapons are more likely to have those weapons taken and used against them, this is not to mention the additional precautions these self-defense instruments entail. The handling, maintenance, dependability, and even the legality of self-defense weapons are ever changing.
Similarly, physical self-defense proves to be just as impractical. In most cases of violent altercations greater strength can overpower even the most refined techniques. Even if she remembers all her training, an average sized woman will have difficulty defending herself against an average sized man. In most cases, regardless of your self-protection methods, the best advice is to run and put as much distance between yourself and the criminal. However, these self-protection methods are underwhelming and undependable.
This is where safety wearables come in. Safety wearables provide the most dependable response to a potential threat; reaching out for help. Most safety wearables allow you to set a few numbers as your emergency contacts. As is the case with STAND devices, you may send an alert regarding the level of your perceived threat and your requested response. From a gentle reminder to check on you, to an urge for authorities and your whereabouts, the different levels of responses allow for more nuance. You may feel uneasy in the presence of a potential threat, however this discomfort may not warrant a dramatic response. Safety wearables allow you the freedom to choose your responses and keep your loved ones informed at every level of the encounter.
Once the accessibility of a safety wearable is properly implemented, the wearer will not have to act nervously or unnaturally when triggering their device. Therefore, the wearer may keep the safety wearable close and trigger it as much as frequently as necessary if the occasion calls for it. Safety wearables inherently need to be comfortable and forgettable; a certain sense of style is also important so the device does not stand out inappropriately. This is why discrete, simple, and dependable safety wearable devices such as STAND have become increasingly popular. Regardless of the self-protection methods you decide to implement in your life, consider a safety wearable device.