In light of the recent events in Aurora, Colorado, I have noticed a lot of people getting concerned with their safety. The number one thing that comes to mind is a gun. Guns aren’t for everyone but here are some other ways how to protect yourself at home without a gun.
Things that Can Keep you Safe Without a Gun
1. Have Good Locks on All Your Doors
Be wary of flimsy locks that regular screwdrivers or crowbars can get through quickly just by applying enough force from outside the door. Please make sure they are solid metal or wood (not hollow). One way to tell if a lock is reliable is to look at where it attaches to the door frame – there should be no significant gaps around/ between the safety and the door frame.
2. Get A Big Dog
Maybe it’s just me, but I’m more scared of a barking dog than a gun. And if you have kids, they’ll love him too! Just make sure he has a solid kennel with a very secure latch to keep him in at night or when you’re not around to supervise him.
3. Get Yourself Some Pepper Spray and Learn How to Use It
It is better than nothing and will be something for an intruder to think about before entering your home uninvited. You can also try getting yourself one of those electric shock things that go off when the door is opened – I have never had any experience with those, but maybe my next purchase will be one of those.
4. Stun Gun
With a Stun gun, you don’t need to worry about having direct contact with your attacker. It is like a small cattle prod and delivers an electric shock that causes loss of balance and muscle control, confusion, disorientation, and intense pain, which is enough to gain a tactical advantage or escape.
5. Pepper Spray
This is what most people think of when they hear pepper spray. There is a small canister of oleoresin capsicum with a key chain to clip on your belt loop, pocket, or purse. When you press the button, this will shoot a stream of capsicum, the active ingredient in pepper spray, 10-20 feet. You can buy these almost anywhere now, and many grocery stores carry them for self-defence purposes.
6. Taser gun
It is best to have a taser gun because tasers are quick and easy to use – point and shoot! Several models are available, and most of the same rules apply to tasers as they do pepper spray. However, with a TASER® gun, there is no discomfort or pain associated with the use, and it does not cause any permanent damage.
7. Stun Gun Flashlight
The stun baton flashlight has both features of a flashlight and a stun gun all in one. You can use this as a flashlight to light up dark areas or use it for self-defence purposes. This is great because who would suspect that the person with the flashlight advancing on them is holding a taser gun! Who knows, they may just be using it to find their way around in the dark – but if they are not, at least you will be ready and able to protect yourself.
8. Surveillance System
This is a big one! I feel much safer when we have our surveillance system activated and running, and it also provides us with some extra security when we’re away from the house. We can monitor any suspicious activity, record anything that may happen when we’re away, and it also alerts us if someone is trying to break into our house! We can receive notifications on our phones and email, so we know the instant something happens.
Get yourself and any kids or anyone else that might be in the house somewhere safe. Use whatever means necessary to escape (windows, doors) – get out if you can! If you’re ever in a situation where an intruder gets into your home, do whatever it takes to get out of there ASAP!
Safety Measures – How to Protect Yourself at Home Without a Gun
1. Get to Know Your Neighbors
This is probably the least effective way of protecting yourself, but it’s still better than nothing. The only thing that might help you is if you all band together and keep an eye out for each other.
2. Don’t Leave Your House Unoccupied for Long Periods
If you’re going to be away from your home for a prolonged period (e.g. vacation, winter break), make sure that someone will be staying at the house and checking up on it periodically to make sure nothing suspicious is going on.
3. Put Lights on Timers Inside
This one will cost you a little extra in electricity bills, but it will make it seem like someone is always home even when no one’s there. This may also make people think twice about breaking into your house while you are gone since they know the house isn’t abandoned.
4. Have Good Locks on All Your Windows
Same as having good locks on doors make sure these locks are solid metal or wood(not hollow). If possible, try to get metal bars for your windows so that even if someone breaks the glass, they still won’t be able to open the window and crawl inside easily.
5. Get A Decal for Your Window
These decals can be purchased at most home improvement stores, and they make it look like there is always someone inside the house. This will hopefully scare away any potential intruders before they break-in. You can also try getting those lights that go off when activated but keep in mind if you’re going to do this, you might as well just put on timers anyways(decals are probably more expensive than those).
I hope this has been helpful for some people out there looking into self-protection without buying a gun or want something that isn’t too dangerous to the intruder but gives them second thoughts of entering your home uninvited. Also, remember to always lock up at night, know who’s knocking on your door before answering it, so you won’t let someone in only to get yourself hurt or killed because you didn’t take precautions.