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Gear: Motion-sensitive alarm aims to keep you and your belongings safe

The POD is designed to keep you and your belongings safe

First Alert, known for smoke and carbon monoxide detector/alarms, is offering a different kind of protection -- for you and your belongings.

The POD Personal Security Alarm is a featherweight 3-inch-long teardrop-shaped device that looks like a remote control but is really a screeching, motion-sensitive alert.

Users hang the POD by its included loop around a door handle, suitcase, purse or whatever, and activate its button with a vibration symbol. Sensors then trigger a siren if the object moves. (The alarm can be set to sound instantly or to go off after a 20-second delay.)

A button with an exclamation mark inside a triangle is an in-hand emergency/panic alarm, ready to blast a 100-decibel siren and activate a flashing light when pressed. It also can become a flashlight.

The alarm on the POD, which runs on an included lithium battery, sounds for three minutes (unless deactivated), then rearms. It costs $39.95.

Info: First Alert Store

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