Ways To Defend Yourself ( Without A Gun) If Someone Breaks Into Your Home.

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It is horrible if we are home and someone, or more then one, breaks into our home and tries to rob us. However there are several ways we can defend ourselves and our loved ones without using guns.

There are some areas that are more dangerous then others, so if you live in a dangerous neighborhood, you may have to put heavy locks on your door. Heavy locks make it extremely difficult for a robber to gain access to your house or apartment. Safety can be your number one policy if you live in a dangerous neighborhood. It might seem like there are too many locks on the door on the right, but it is better to have a lot of locks on the door, then to have someone break into your house.

When you first move into your new home, change all the locks. Locks are not that expensive, but keeping your family is worth more then all the money in the world!

There are people who hide keys under door mats, flower pots, or even fake rocks. However, door mats and fake rocks, and flower pots are the first place robbers look, when they try to break into your home. Instead of trying to hide your key, give it to a neighbor you trust. That way, when you come home, your key has been safe and so has your home.

Also, use an alarm code. Alarm codes always detect a person breaking into your home. They will call you first, but if you do not answer, they will call 911 and the police will come to your home.

Put the sign outside! That will show everyone you have an alarm inside your house. They will know your house is harder to break into.

Dogs are good, even if they are small. If you are not allergic to them. A barking dog makes a lot of noise. That is the last thing a person breaking into your house wants to hear. A barking dog makes so much noise, believe me, I have two of them. The person breaking into your house doesn't even know if the dog bites or does not bite. But, the still dog makes too much noise.

If you are going away for a few days, make sure you stop your mail. And have a program where your lights go on at night, and off during the day. It might not be perfect, but it is better then leaving your lights off for a long period of time.

However, sometimes people do break into your house when your are at home. When that happens, it is a very horrible and dangerous thing. But don't use a gun. Guns are very dangerous, and can be taken away and used on you.

There are other things you can use on anyone who breaks into your house. Some have said Wasp Spray is one of the ways to defend yourself at home, but that is NOT true. While it will harm the person who is invading your home, it will also harm you and the ones your are trying to protect. Besides using wasp spray is illegal. Wasp spray has never been tested on humans.

Pepper Spray comes in multiple sizes and is incredibly strong. It can even be carried in your purse. Using Pepper Spray is a very good way to defend yourself and your family

However, Pepper Spray is not the only product available to defend yourself, your family, and your home. There is a product called Bear Spray. This was created to defend a person from bears. But, people are starting to use it on people who are attacking them. It is legal to use in the United States and can be bought online in several popular web sites.

If an intruder is sprayed with Bear Spray, he will be unable to defend himself and the police can take him to jail very easily.

So, as you know, there are ways to protect your home, your family, and be safe without using a gun. A gun can be taken from you, and you can be killed by a gun, but not by pepper spray.

You can carry Pepper Spray into a bank, you can carry Pepper Spray into the grocery store. You can carry Pepper Spray anywhere you go.

These are only a few ways to keep you home safe and to keep you and your family safe.

Thank you for reading this hub.

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TXSasquatch 3 years ago

Good stuff and pretty much spot on! I especially like that you dispelled that urban legend about wasp spray and included a blurb about how firearms can (and sometimes do) increase danger. Thumbs up!


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

TXSasquatch

Thank you very much for your comment. I actually got an email telling me to use wasp spray. That is how I came up with this hub.


TXSasquatch 3 years ago

Oh, yeah, I've seen that one quite a few times over the years. It might work in some cases, but then again, it might not--and it could put you on shaky legal ground. I've had to spend quite a bit of time talking about that in my crime prevention classes because everyone wants to believe it. I appreciate your helping to spread the word.


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

Very important suggestions Michele! We have pepper spray and Bev carries it with her everywhere she goes. An ounce of prevention and all that. :)


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thanks bill, I am glad Bev carries it with her. You are right about an ounce of prevention!


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

TXSaquatch you are right, it can put you on shaky legal ground. That would be the last thing I would want. You teach crime prevention classes? That is fantastic!


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Faith Reaper 3 years ago from southern USA

Wow, Michele, this is a very informative hub here and you have provided great "weapons" in lieu of a gun. Yes, that is exactly what can happen... the gun being taken away from you and then... good point!

I have never heard of Bear Spray, but I will tell my husband about such.

The city in which I work is so dangerous and sometimes I am there working late, so really do need to get something for protection. There were many home invasions over five years ago in that city, even during the day! So, we moved way out and feel safe, but we are mindful to keep safe even here.

Thank you for this insightful hub here dear friend.

God bless you, and I am glad to see you back here writing.

Voted up ++++ and sharing

Hugs and love, Faith Reaper


graceinus 3 years ago from those of the Ekklesia

Great Hub and very informative. One can also stop by their local Police Department obtain free bookets or information relative to protecting their home and families with out the use of fire arms. Not only for protection from would be intruders but also for times of natural disasters. Some local PD's also provide free bookets on self defence for individuals while away from their home. This especially applies to single women of all ages who may travel or who may live alone.

Great Hub. Voted up and interesting.


TXSasquatch 3 years ago

I am not one to sing the praises of the NRA. I resigned my lifetime membership many years ago when they lost their collective noodle, but they do have one program that I love and highly recommend. It's called RTBAV--Refuse to be a Victim. It's truly an exceptional crime prevention program, and you should check to see if it's being offered in your area. As a board-certified security expert, it has my wholehearted stamp of approval.


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MsDora 3 years ago from The Caribbean

Michelle, thank you for sharing these safety tips. That video is encouraging -- and funny.


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thank you Faith Reaper. Sharing means a lot, and moving means even more. keeping your family safe is so important!


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

graceinus going to the police department is a very good idea. Protection from not only intruders, but natural disasters, and self defense for women. Thank you very much for your comment.


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

TXSasquatchn RTBAV--Refuse to be a Victim. That sounds fantastic. I am going to see if that is being offered in my area. I can't take Karate because I had brain surgery, and they have "competitions in order for you to get to the next level" So that doesn't work for me. But, RTBAV sounds fantastic. Thank you so much for letting me know about it.


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thanks MsDora.

it is funny, but it did work:)


sheilamyers 3 years ago

Very good information. I really like that you mentioned not hiding a key outside. I've heard the same thing about people looking in the most common places for hidden keys and getting into the house that way. As stupid as it might sound, it would also be good advice to practice grabbing and pointing the pepper quickly (without actually spraying it of course). In an emergency situation people who aren't familiar enough with the aim and shoot have ended up spraying themselves instead of the bad guy.


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thank you Sheila

You have made a good point about pepper spray. Perhaps people who buy it could practice, by learning how to point it. Before actually spraying it.


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Eiddwen 3 years ago from Wales

Interesting and a very useful hub for many I am sure. Voted up and wishing you a great day.

Eddy.


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Eiddwin

Thank you so much for your comment.

Wishing a great day for your also.

Michele


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Michael-Milec 3 years ago

Hi Michele.

Practical and easy to use safety tips. In our family we are practicing , standing on the promises of God, we declare: the angels around us, everywhere all the time,around the house, on the road, at work ...

HalleluYAH to the King, He is faithful. Can't help I just believe .

Voting up snd useful.

Peace bi with you, with all of us.


TXSasquatch 3 years ago

Michele, the beauty of RTBAV is that it is a true prevention/avoidance course, and if people use good prevention/avoidance strategies, they won't need guns or other weapons. NRA or not, it's a darn good course.


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Hi Michael

Thank you so much for you comment.

God bless you!


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

I found one here. It doesn't start for a few months, I really appreciate that you let me know about it. Thank you so much!


TXSasquatch 3 years ago

You're welcome. I know you'll learn a lot and enjoy it in the process.


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teaches12345 3 years ago

Your suggestions are wonderful in helping people to protect themselves without guns. I must look into the pepper spray idea. Thanks for the advice.


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

teaches12345 Thank you for reading my hub. The pepper spray is a great thing. We really don't need to go crazy with guns. Thank you so much for your comment.


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MartieCoetser 3 years ago from South Africa

I needed to read this, because I am living in a dangerous country! I doubt that I will be able to get my pepper spray in time, and if I do, I will most probably spray it in my own eyes :(

So, WTH, if it is my turn, it is my turn....

God will give me the courage to die, or to live on...


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

MartieCoetser You are living in a dangerous country. I will pray for you, if you do not mind.

God bless you.


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Shyron E Shenko 3 years ago

I have pepper spray, the thing that is wrong with it is you have to get close to spray the person in the eyes and while you are doing that, they can turn their heads and you might miss and they would have a hold on you. I would much rather shoot them, like my mom in Mama and the Prowler.

Voted up, UAI and shared.


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thanks for your comment Shyron, That is a good point. In many states it is legal to shoot some when they invade your home. Thank you very much for sharing!


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yankeeintexas 3 years ago from Lubbock, Texas

I do believe in using non-lethal means for protection. My neighbors on both side of my home were robbed due to the fact that we had a dog and they didn't. Being a company truck driver I have carried pepper spray due to the fact that many companies don't allow weapons in their trucks. But, I do have guns stored in a safe and secure place in my home.


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Michele Travis 3 years ago from U.S.A. Ohio Author

Thanks for your comment. At least storing your guns at home in a safe place is the best way to do it. That way, if you have kids, they cannot get to the.


bob anderson 2 years ago

i kind of found this helpful but it needs more detail


Gina 22 months ago

That's really thinking at an imsserpive level

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