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MSSU Students Check Out Sound Grenade Personal Alarms; Local Woman Says Valuable Tool

Joplin, MO -

 College students are back on campus and companies are marketing personal alarms to keep females, in particular, safe.

             A local woman bought one for her own personal safety.   Vicky Pachlhofer  said she is safety conscious. She locks her doors , and has a  German shepherd. But she wanted something she could carry with her so she bought a Robocopp sound grenade. Similar to other personal alarms on the market, you pull out a tripwire hook and it sounds loudly.

Pachlhofer said, "I live alone.  My driveway’s dark and I  thought, I’m in out of places after dark all the time. That’s a great idea."

Vicky says it adds security because it’s convenient. She hangs it on the outside of her purse.

 It’s right here. You’re walking along and you just pull it out.
She believes it would be great for college students.

At Missouri Southern State University several gave Vicky’s a try.  

The Robocopp sound grenade puts out a one hundred twenty decibel squeal. “That’s really annoying,” said sophomore Bethany Moorehouse who added she could see some benefits.
"It’s really loud, I feel like that would be a really good safety thing for a student.  It’s something you could easily keep on your key chain or your card."

MSSU’s police Chief Ken Kennedy said  his main concern is that alarms sound similar to a car alarms or pool gate alarms and he recommends those under attack verbally call attention to themselves. “Yell something specific  like, ‘No! Stop that! Get off me!, in a really loud, authoritative voice followed  up by strikes. punches and kicks so that they make it very, very clear it’s a sexual assault or someone’s attacking them.

Pachlhofer said physical contact isn’t always an option. "Especially  the elderly. They can’t fight back but they can carry one of these,  pull that out! That’s  no big deal, " Pachlhofer said.

Chief Kennedy also worried that some people tune out alarms. He said, "You hear whistles and noises and car horns  all the time. Sometimes we get to where  we ignore them."

“Oh wow! That’s really loud That’s neat,” remarked Bridget Ingram. She and other students said it would be hard to ignore. People look around like what’s that noise so.  And then if you're like really in trouble or in danger people would come and try to help  you out."

Day students said  they feel safe  because campus  police make routine patrols but a sound alarm might make a difference when they’re  alone  at night .

Pachlhofer was willing to pay for that sense of security.
Pachlhofer  ordered the sound grenade after seeing an ad on television.  A variety are available online and at major retailers. 

Chief Kennedy also offers a self-defense class for students..

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