Even if you live in a safe community, a mugging or home invasion is still a frightening possibility. According to the FBI, a property crime happens every three seconds. What’s more, there were 3.8 million home invasions last year. Although the majority of those incidents were burglaries when the homeowners were out, an alarming 7% involved a violent confrontation.
Crime rates may go up and down, but crime will always be with us. It’s thus important to be prepared to defend your home and your loved ones from an intruder. Here are a few ways.
Creatively Conceal a Weapon
Women are unfortunately more vulnerable to attacks, whether outside the home or in targeted invasions. If you are a woman who carries a firearm for protection, a concealed ankle holster is a great way to make sure your weapon is readily available when you’re out or approaching your home at night.
Take a Self-Defense Course
Self-defense and martial arts classes can give you the security of knowing that you’re capable of preventing a violent attack in or out of your home. General self-defense classes are offered by a variety of organizations, from fitness clubs to rape crisis centers to universities.
Obtain a Ballistic Shield
While many homeowners are ready to defend themselves with a firearm, there are just as many who are uncomfortable owning a gun. But what if you encounter an armed burglar? Perhaps the best solution is a ballistic shield. Similar to versions used by police, these protective devices can be as light as eight pounds and typically measure 30 by 20 inches.
Adopt a Guard Dog
With proper training, a dog can be a great line of defense against an intruder. Some of the best breeds for the job include Akitas, Bullmastiffs, Doberman Pinschers, German Shepherds, and Rottweilers.
Confronting the possibility of a physical attack or home invasion is not a pleasant thing. But actively preparing for one can make you feel safer and less worried about your ability to protect yourself and your loved ones.