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Safety in a Wedge

December 10, 2010

Product Review: Ila Wedge

There have been times during my travels when I’ve compromised my personal safety — unknowingly and deliberately — just to get where I wanted to go. When I think back on these moments I shiver. Yes I was naive and possibly insane.

The idea of riding through backwater roads in rural China with no one but a non-English speaking driver or clambering down a muddy mosquito infested path in an unknown part of Myanmar may sound adventurous but I had to rely on the people around me and my wits.

Yet no matter where I was during the day, it was the nights that made me incredibly uncomfortable. Left alone in a unlisted hotel or  hostel with people who not only looked different but spoke differently from me, I was largely viewed as a crazy foreign woman travelling around with no friends and worse — no man to protect me. I was also seen as wealthy in their eyes because I could travel.

Little did they know that I was nervous about being alone not knowing who might force their way into my room. These nights were often spent in a restless state of sleep waking at the slightest noise, keeping a makeshift weapon within close distance for that “just in case” moment and trying whatever I could to fortify the doors and windows.

Back then — and it was only a few years ago — there was little in the way of practical personal safety gadgets that women could use.  Now thanks to advances in technology and companies like Ila, personal security has evolved. No longer do women have to compromise their personal security in their home or when travelling.

Using the doorstop concept Ila has created the Wedge with a built-in alarm that emits a piercing siren should someone try to open the door. The siren is loud enough to scare off any hearing able intruder as well as freak out your neighbours and dogs within metres of your home.

Ila has kept the Wedge design simple but stylish constructing the product out of a hard plastic and adding a feminine touch to keep the product from looking drab. It is inexpensive considering the added sense of security it offers: $19.95 for the US market and £14.50 for the UK.

Anyone who takes their travel and personal safety seriously should add this product to their travel list or their friend’s travel list.Detailed information on the Wedge and other security gadgets is available at Ila Security.

Ila Wedge

Caffeinated Traveller

  1. Catherine permalink
    December 14, 2010 8:30 pm

    what a great invention – as someone who also travels alone and independently very frequently this looks like my kind of low tech gadget – thanks!

  2. December 15, 2010 9:57 pm

    Goes the same with me! I prefer to travel alone and I am always restless at night. Yep, the wedge gives me a good night sleep! Haha

    We’re not crazy. We are adventurous, independent and strong!

  3. December 16, 2010 12:06 pm

    I love it! I had a dangling alarm I’d hang from the inside doorknob, but this is so much better. I want one!

  4. December 16, 2010 12:17 pm

    Wow, that’s super-clever! My parents are currently wildly against me travelling on my own (the message I got was “17-year-old girl who stops to help people on the street and doesn’t say no to people – what can go wrong here?”) but this would be incredibly helpful once I can! And perhaps to convince them that I can be safe – thank you!

  5. January 1, 2011 7:22 pm

    What a great idea! When I was a college student travelling through Germany, I remember our door wouldn’t lock properly. This item would have come in handy.

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