I was contacted by Ila Security (a company based in the UK) who are expanding their product range into South Africa via Woolworths, Foschini and Busby House.

They sent me one of their most popular / signature products from their range of fashionable security solutions for women, to review – the Ila Dusk personal alarm.

At first glance, it doesn’t look like a security product; it’s very stylish & sleek with a pretty butterfly design (the one I received), which sits on a keychain. It fits neatly in your palm and is lightweight, so attaching it to your car keys or your bag won’t weigh either down.

To activate it, you just pull the chain at the bottom, and it triggers a high-pitched sound (130 decibels). It lasts for 8-10 minutes, and you can deactivate it by pushing the chain back to it’s initial position.

Heading back to your car in a parking lot late at night, especially in South Africa, is slightly worrying for any female. Having something like the Ila Dusk on hand would make you feel a bit more safer, than nothing at all.

So if you’re looking for a security measure (ladies) or to give it as a gift (men), then check out the Ila Dusk personal alarm. You don’t have to be stylish to go for something like this.

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