BASU company will give all US college students its eAlarm safety device for free later in the year. This applies to both full and part-time students.

The Device

A company named BASU has announced that it will give all US college students its eAlarm safety device for free later in the year.

The BASU safety alarm is a powerful device that allows students to sound a very loud alarm incase of an attack. Separating the device into two pieces activates the alarm, a sound of 120 decibels for 30 minutes, until the two pieces are put back together. Its battery is non-replaceable and lasts up to five years – or 30 minutes id the alarm sounds continuously.

A BASU spokesperson said “the tiny powerful ‘eAlarm’ has saved lives on a regular basis since it was released in 2015.” One study found that 68 percent of “holdup men” ran away “empty handed” when they heard the alarm. The regular price for the alarm is $16 excluding shipping costs. Students can order the alarm online.

Comments on the Device

A graduate from USFSP, Cherilyn Herzhauser, commented on her general fears of getting attacked, in light of the many stories heard about crimes commited on campus: “It’s pretty scary.  It’s definitely always on my mind.  I try to be aware of who’s around me, if I see anything suspicious or odd.” She says that she thinks the eAlarm is “better than people carrying a gun around.”

Saphira Howell, another student, explains how the device works: “When you pull this part off, a black part on the top, it comes off pretty easily, but not too easily.  This extremely loud siren sounds.”

“It freaks out whoever is scaring you, and alerts other people you need help.  If you hear it it’s scary.”

“I would definitely (use it).  It’s a safer alternative.  We can only have 5 ounces of pepper spray.  It really doesn’t do anything, when there’s no one around,” says another student.

Riley Tipton, a freshman, said: “If I was walking around at night, if I was going out to eat or something, definitely (this) is a thing to have.”

“I’m a retired police officer, so I talk to her quite a bit about be aware of your surroundings, look around, if you see something suspicious walk away,” said the mother of a USFSP student. “Definitely a device I’d love for [my daughter] to have. I think I want one.”

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