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With schools returning to normal modes of operation this fall, there’s a heightened concern that students, staff, and faculty might be more likely to act out due to the pressures placed on them by the COVID-19 pandemic. While it’s uncertain if these worries will actually come true, it’s important for campuses to have measures in place in case something does happen.

Mobile panic alarms are becoming an increasingly common part of on-campus security systems, and the evidence suggests that they’re vital to saving lives.

What Is a Mobile Panic Alarm?

Mobile panic alarms are small devices that can be carried on your person, either as a wearable, on a keychain, or even on your phone. They can typically be triggered by a button or pull cord and release a loud alarm when activated to alert passersby, security staff, and anyone else in the area that something is happening. Additionally, there’s evidence that using a panic alarm can scare off an attacker, making them an important innovation for personal safety.

Benefits of Mobile Panic Alarms

Mobile panic buttons are invaluable in a wide variety of emergency situations – one-on-one attacks, fights, abduction situations, medical emergencies, and even active shooter threats can benefit from these devices. They act as a type of early warning system for nearby students and staff, allowing them to get to safety and summon help as quickly as possible.

Yet another benefit of these devices is that they’re small, portable, and relatively inexpensive, making them a solution for anyone worried about their personal safety and the safety of people around them. Experts believe that these devices can and should be used – in conjunction with other measures – for situations in institutions ranging from K-12 and into higher education.

While mobile panic buttons are an excellent option to integrate into your campus security plan, they should be used in conjunction with other solutions such as intercom, alert systems, surveillance, and strobe lights to be truly effective.