Dagenham, Barking and Dagenham:Recent Attacks On Seniors Prompt Police To Issue Public Safety Alert, Urging Older Residents To Carry New Safety Device
It was just a normal day at the grocery store for Ruth Miller, a 63 year old woman from Dagenham, Barking and Dagenham… until everything went horribly wrong.
She had just left the store carrying her grocery bags, and was walking to her car when the unthinkable happened.
“I wasn’t parked too far away, it was about a 60 second walk or so to my car from the store,” she remembers, “and I kind of had that feeling I was being watched.”
Right as she was unlocking her car, a man quickly came up behind her and tried to grab her.
“He told me ‘don’t fight, give me your wallet!‘ as he tried to wrestle my purse away. I was in shock. Luckily for me I remembered I had my Safe Personal alarm on my purse, and since I was too scared to scream for help, I quickly reached for the alarm and pulled the pin.”
“Immediately my Safe Personal alarm started just screaming. I mean it was REALLY SCREAMING. He didn’t know what to do! He froze for a second, then ran away like a bat out of hell! People heard the alarm and started yelling and running over to help. They said it was the Safe Personal Alarm that got their attention.”
While Ruth was lucky enough to be carrying a Safe personal alarm, allowing her to escape her attacker unscathed, others weren’t so lucky…
In the month of January alone, police have reported a dramatic increase in attacks targeting seniors, with many suffering serious injuries and financial loss.
“This trend of targeting seniors is deeply disturbing, but it’s a harsh reality we have to deal with. It is absolutely imperative that our elderly residents stay on high alert and protect themselves by carrying a personal alarm.”
After her attack, Ruth bought the Safe Personal Alarm for her sisters, daughters, grandchildren and all of her friends. People often attach it to purses, keys and backpacks.
“After the attack, I immediately bought 10 more Safe Personal Alarms for all of my friends and family. Now I know the people I care about most will be safe.”
The Safe Personal Alarm is a safety device capable of creating a 125db sound that attracts attention and scares away potential assailants. To compare, it’s the same volume as a military jet during takeoff.
It’s also simple to use. Instead of having a button that could easily be pressed by accident, the SafeSound device utilizes a pull-pin. Once pulled, the device emits its ear-piercing sound for up to 30 continuous minutes, or until the pin is replaced.
It can be reused over and over, and it easily attaches to purses, keys, and backpacks. It’s also small enough to fit in your pocket. But it packs a wallop.
Paul Davidson, the inventor of SafeSound, stands proudly at the podium during this year’s annual State of Violent Crime conference. He knows all too well the type of situation that Ruth found herself in. He hears it all the time. But that’s not the only type of situation that the SafeSound helps protect against.
In fact, Paul knows all too well the experience of losing someone to a violent attack…
“I’ll never forget picking up the phone and hearing the news,” Paul says.
Paul’s own daughter Michelle had just graduated high school and had planned to celebrate with some friends at a local restaurant. Running late, she told her friends to grab a table and she would meet them inside.
But she never showed up.
When she was late to dinner, her friends tried calling her phone, but Michelle didn’t pick up. After waiting for over an hour, they knew something was wrong. It was extremely unusual that Michelle would just blow off plans. They called the police, who came and investigated.
Michelle’s purse was found in the parking lot. To this day, no one has heard from her.
“I pray everyday for Michelle to return to us,” Paul Davidson says, “And I never want any parent to go through what we’ve gone through. Michelle’s the whole inspiration for the SafeSound Personal Alarm.”
After Michelle’s disappearance, Paul started researching the circumstances surrounding abductions.
“Police say the number-one reason that leads to successful kidnappings is the victim cannot make noise,” Davidson, 52, says. “The kidnapper tries to keep the victim’s mouth shut. The ability to easily make noise is absolutely crucial.”
Hearing this statistic gave Paul the idea for the focal point of the SafeSound.
“I had two main focuses,” Paul says. “To make it as accessible and as loud as possible.”
But, Paul Davidson is hoping for more than just a kidnapping deterrent. He wants to help stop all kinds of crimes.
“It can be used fin so many different situations,” he says. “Parents can give it to their kids as an extra layer of protection. Teenagers can use it so they can feel safe walking home. Women can know it’s there when they have to use the parking garage at night. My mother, who is 76 years old, carries it around in case she falls and needs to alert people for help. I only wish I’d have thought of it earlier…”
His voice trails off. It’s clear that his daughter remains heavy on his mind.
After Davidson is done speaking, Lisa and Christine get up to thank him personally for saving the young girl’s life. But they have to get in line. It seems that Christine isn’t the only person that the SafeSound has helped…
Finally, after dozens of other people have had their turn to thank him, it’s their turn to speak to Paul. Christine begins to thank him, but her mother cuts her off by embracing the man tightly, saying “thank you so much,” over and over.
It’s a story Davidson hears almost every day—how his SafeSounddevice was able to help someone in need.
“But I never get tired of hearing it,” he says with a smile.
The SafeSound Personal Alarm has been helping people across the country, and it’s more than just the elderly. Here are some of the people who are that much safer because of the SafeSound.
- Women can use it as a a crime deterrent, protecting themselves from attackers
- Kids are protected as they walk to school by keeping the SafeSound keychain on their backpack
- Seniors can alert neighbors and people around them in emergency situations such as heart attacks, falls, and injuries
- And more
Police have been recommending the Safe Personal Alarm since it first hit the market, and the movement is beginning to pick up steam.
In fact, Since its debut, SafeSound has been in a state of constant flux, shifting between IN STOCK to SOLD OUT nearly every other week…
And, it’s also amassed tons of loyal followers worldwide…