Causing big quantity of job losses, an increase of attacks on womans and seniors has been detected. Local police are urging older residents to carry a tiny new safety device that can easily be used against attackers.
It was just a normal day at the grocery store for Ruth Miller, a 63 year old woman from Montreal, Quebec... until everything went horribly wrong.
She had just left the store carrying her grocery bags, and was walking to her car when the unthinkable happened.
"I wasn't parked too far away, it was about a 60 second walk or so to my car from the store," she remembers, "and I kind of had that feeling I was being watched."
Right as she was unlocking her car, a man quickly came up behind her and tried to grab her.
"He told me 'don't fight, give me your wallet!' as he tried to wrestle my purse away. I was in shock! Luckily for me I remembered I had my personal Smart Siren Alarm on my purse, and since I was too scared to scream for help, I quickly reached for the alarm and pulled the pin."
"Immediately my Smart Siren alarm started just screaming. I mean, it was REALLY SCREAMING. He didn't know what to do! He froze for a second, then ran away like a bat out of hell! People heard the alarm and started yelling and running over to help. They said it was the Smart Siren Alarm that got their attention."
While Ruth was lucky enough to be carrying a Smart Siren alarm, allowing her to escape her attacker unscathed, others weren't so lucky...
In the month of January alone, police have reported a dramatic increase in attacks targeting seniors, with many suffering serious injuries and financial loss.
"This trend of targeting seniors is deeply disturbing, but it's a harsh reality we have to deal with. It is absolutely imperative that our elderly residents stay on high alert and protect themselves by carrying a personal alarm."
After her attack, Ruth bought the Smart Siren Alarm for her sisters, daughters, grandchildren and all of her friends. People often attach it to purses, keys and backpacks.