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Piercing personal safety alarm goes where you go

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SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - With recent attacks in North Park and in the College Area, personal safety is on the minds of many San Diegans. Now a company has come out with a new product that puts safety in the palm of your hand.

We took First Alert's new protection-on-demand, or POD, device to SDSU to see if students thought the hand-held product could scare off attackers. If approached, a student could push a panic button and set off a piercing 100-decibel alarm that's louder than most smoke alarms.

Another application is for students to hang the device on their door knobs at night, in case an intruder tries to sneak in. In fact, most students we talked to liked the door knob application better than carrying the device by hand.

"I'm a heavy sleeper, so if someone tried to break in I wouldn't hear the door knob. But if that went off, I would definitely wake up," one student said.

The POD just hit shelves at Lowe's stores in July. First Alert's Debbie Hanson says sales are brisk because the device isn't just for college students.

"Great for travelers who are constantly in and out of airports and hotels. Has a motion-sensing device, has a panic alarm," Hanson said.

That alarm also protects luggage and backpacks.

"I mean honestly I'm worried because my whole life's in my backpack. I've got my wallet in there, my laptop, my cell phone," one student said.

Alfonso Almashal usually walks at his girlfriend's side, but from now on when she's alone on campus, she says she'll buy the alarm.

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