Is it really that loud?
Yes! Hootie's call is 130 decibels - as loud as a jet engine.
Do I need Hootie if I already carry mace or pepper spray?
Yes, in fact, Hootie can be more effective than mace or pepper spray by creating a diversion, attracting attention and help, and scaring off a would-be attacker.
While pepper spray and mace can also be helpful, there have been many reports of woman accidentally spraying themselves or missing their target which can create even more danger for a potential victim.
Will it go off accidentally?
Pulling the pin requires two pounds of force. That makes it easy to pull on purpose with a minimal risk of accidental alarm. You can keep Hootie in your bag or pocket and not be afraid of accidental alarms.