Some people are comfortable with having a gun in the house, others aren’t. If you fall into the latter category, there are some things you can do to make sure your house is secure and defended from intruders.
The first thing you should do is try to identify the weak points in your home’s security. This can actually be pretty fun. Imagine that you’re desperate to get into your house and then try to follow through. Anything that looks like an easy access point to you, will look equally appealing to a burglar. The only difference is that a burglar won’t be as shy about maiming your house during the entry process.
Once you know what the weak points in your home’s defense is, you will be able to take the steps needed to shore them up and keep you, your family, and your property safe.
A surprising number burglars gain access to their victims’ houses by using the key to the front door. They home owner simply wasn’t creative about hiding the spare key. Instead of tucking it into a fake rock or flower pot, you should look for a different option. You should also consider storing it far away from the front door, such as in a shed or in the garage.
A burglar system is always a good idea. A noisy system is usually the best choice. The sheer volume of the unit will scare the burglars away. You should also have a unit that alerts the police to a problem as soon as the alarm is tripped. The system should be wired to all the door and windows on the ground floor of your home.
It’s also a good idea to go to your local animal shelter and pick up a dog that has a big bark. The average burglar won’t bother to enter a house if they know there is a dog inside, even if that dog is a little one. They find the aggravation simply isn’t worthwhile. Not only will the dog help you protect your house without the use of a gun, but it will also improve your health. Studies indicate that people who have daily contact with dogs are less prone to getting overloaded with stress and have lower blood pressure then people who don’t have dogs.
But what if you haven’t had a chance to add a security system, install new locks, or pick up a dog with a big bark and you notice someone approaching your home. The first thing you need to do is remind yourself to take a deep breath and not panic. You have a better understanding of your home than anyone who is about to break in. Take a moment to think about the best possible escape route and than use it. Provided you have enough time to get yourself and your family out of the house, flight is always a better option than fighting. Remember that aside from people and pets, everything in your home can be replaced if need be.
Some home security experts recommend placing things in your home in such a way that they will slow burglars down. A precariously placed vase that falls if someone jimmies the door, or a table set in the middle of a room could buy you the time you need to escape the house.
If you have a house with hardwood, tile, or smooth carpets, you should really consider keeping a jar of marbles in each room. You can throw the marbles on the floor and use them to trip the burglars as they move through your house. Of course if you have small children, you’ll want to think of a way to keep the marbles up high enough that they can’t get into them otherwise, you might find the trick being used on you.
Tuck a baseball bat behind each of the doors in your house. A good quality baseball bat is a great defensive tool. It’s easy for you to handle and as long as you swing for their knees, it will stop an intruder in their tracks. If a baseball bat doesn’t appeal to you, keep a bright flashlight on hand and shine it directly into the eyes of anyone who has entered your house. This blinds them long enough for you to get away.
Remember the most important thing for you to do if you’re house is entered illegally, is to get out quickly. What are your plans to defend your home if an intruder breaks in?