Personal Alarm

Small, portable, anti-bag-snatching unit

Also suitable for doors and windows control

Circuit diagram:

Personal Alarm


R1____________330K   1/4W Resistor
R2____________100R   1/4W Resistor

C1_____________10nF   63V Polyester or Ceramic Capacitor
C2____________100µF   25V Electrolytic Capacitor

Q1____________BC547   45V 100mA NPN Transistor
Q2____________BC327   45V 800mA PNP Transistor

SW1____________Reed Switch and small magnet (See Notes)

SPKR___________8 Ohm Loudspeaker (See Notes)

B1_____________3V Battery (two A or AA cells wired in series etc.)

Device purpose:

This circuit, enclosed in a small plastic box, can be placed into a bag or handbag. A small magnet is placed close to the reed switch and connected to the hand or the clothes of the person carrying the bag by means of a tiny cord.
If the bag is snatched abruptly, the magnet looses its contact with the reed switch, SW1 opens, the circuit starts oscillating and the loudspeaker emits a loud alarm sound.
The device can be reverse connected, i.e. the box can be placed in a pocket and the cord connected to the bag.
This device can be very useful in signalling the opening of a door or window: place the box on the frame and the magnet on the movable part in a way that magnet and reed switch are very close when the door or window is closed.

Circuit operation:

A complementary transistor-pair is wired as a high efficiency oscillator, directly driving a small loudspeaker. Low part-count and 3V battery supply allow a very compact construction.