Protecting Yourself and What’s Yours
Hi everyone here is a guest post by Brian Robson
Did you know that every year more than 2,000,000 home burglaries are reported in the United States, alone? That’s a home being invaded almost every 13 seconds. And to make matters worse, about 85% of these break-ins are being committed by non-professionals. Why is that worse? Think about it. A professional thief has a plan and they aim to get in and get out as quickly as possible – they aren’t looking for a fight. Unfortunately, most of the break-ins happening in this country are being committed by desperate individuals with nothing to lose and, as we all know, there’s nothing more dangerous than a man with nothing to lose.
In this particularly turbulent economy, where the gap between the “haves” and “have-nots” is constantly growing, it has never been a better time to learn how to protect both yourself and what is yours, and there are a number of ways you can do this. You could invest in some new locks if you feel like the old ones aren’t up to task or do some research on Home Security Systems if that would make you feel safer. If that doesn’t do the trick you could invest in a good dog or go to your local department store to take a look at some anti-theft locks and other deterrents. These are all good ideas for defending yourself and your home, but what do you do if an intruder actually does make it into your home? Well, we have a few thoughts on that too.
You could purchase a firearm, although it would be unwise to do such a thing without first knowing how to use the weapon or having some experience firing it. Plus, if you have children, you run the added risk of them discovering where it is if you don’t properly put it away, and that could lead to tragedy. Another thing you could do is designate a safe area or panic room where you can barricade yourself and your family safely from danger. You would obviously want to make sure that you can call the outside world in the event having to use said room, but at least it would be a place where you and your loved ones could seek refuge during a home invasion. If you are looking for a more proactive approach to dealing with a home invader, you could look into some self-defense courses. However, as we stated before, you should never underestimate the resolve of a man with nothing to lose, and a full-on confrontation should not be taken lightly no matter how confident you are in your abilities.
And no matter how much you rehearse how you will act, nothing you do can account for the invader’s motives. Your best bet at protecting yourself, your home and your family is to take measures to prevent an invasion before it even has a chance to start. Lock your doors and windows, draw the blinds, don’t advertise your opulence and as far as guns, self-defense and home security go – that’s your call. Use your discretion.
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