When activated, the gadgets will emit a shrill sound aimed at chasing away potential aggressors. (Image source: Wikimedia Commons)
Austrian police will distribute 6,000 pocket alarms on New Year's eve in Vienna, news agency AFP reported.
The interior ministry said the initiative was undertaken to help prevent incidents like the mass sexual assaults in Germany last year.
"It's a national campaign aimed primarily at women on New Year's Eve," ministry spokesman Karl-Heinz Grundboeck told AFP.
When activated, the pocket alarms will emit a shrill sound aimed at chasing away potential aggressors, Grundboeck added.
Austria hosts an annual New Year’s eve trail in Vienna. Several hundred thousand visitors are expected to attend the event.
AFP reported police as saying revellers would be able to pick up their pocket alarms along the trail.
The gadgets will be made available free of cost.
(WION with inputs from AFP)