Even if you know nothing about the Scout Movement, you definitely know their motto – be prepared. Two simple words that could save your life or help you save the lives of your loved ones when your home comes under attack.
We are living in times like no other where home safety is no longer guaranteed. And that’s why I would like to share a few home safety tips with you. You never know when you will need them. Be prepared.
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So are you ready to save your life and the lives of your family members in the event of a home invasion? Here are a few tips to help you do just that.
In the event of a home invasion, the last thing you want to do is panic. This may be easier said than done. This will call for a lot of self-control on your part. It is because the body will naturally go into panic mode as a fight or flight response. But keeping a level head on you at all times will definitely prove useful in the event of an attack. Because it will help you make calculated moves to come out of the situation.
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I know, it doesn’t sound like something you want to actually plan for. After all, you are not in the business of inviting trouble. I get you, but remember your new motto? Be prepared. That means you need to plan your actions, escape, and retaliation in case your home is invaded. Planning for an attack means you mapping out your strategy and actually going through some dry runs regularly.
Having an escape plan handy in the eventuality of an attack is one of the wisest things you can do for yourself and family members.
Your gun, if you possess one, should be kept in a secure place. In this case, you won’t have trouble getting to in the event of an attack. Most home invasions take place at night. That means you should invest in a bedroom safe as well as another one in a hidden and secure place. Or somewhere else in or near your living room or any other room you spend a lot of time in.
Owning a gun that you won’t be able to access in times of emergency defeats the whole purpose of owning one in the first place. And owning a gun you don’t know how to use is just the same as arming your attacker. Learn how to shoot your gun and, if possible, how to service it yourself.
If you don’t have a gun, have another weapon handy. Weapons like baseball bat perhaps, but that won’t do you any good if your attackers have guns.
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I know it’s an obvious fact that you know your home in an out, but being aware of your surroundings goes beyond just knowing the ins and outs of your home. You need to take stock any furniture, artifacts, or other parts of your home décor that your assailant may use as a weapon. This will help you anticipate your assailant’s moves and give you an upper hand.
The best way to prepare for a home invasion is to deter assailants. One of the best ways you can do that is by planting thorny bushes around windows. These will not only deter assailants but they will help collect DNA in the event to not deter the assailant but forces his way through.
Having an escape plan is great, but what if it won’t work in your situation? You need to have plan B, and plan B is having a safe room in your house. This is a room in which you can hide, and preferably should either have a very strong door and lock or a hidden door that leads into a small space you and your family can hide in until the danger has passed.
Most people become victims because of not knowing the laws that protect them. For example, in some states like Ohio, the law permits you to shoot a person for trespassing. Now, this and other laws like the “stand your ground” laws are not a license to shoot everyone who dares step foot on your property. These laws were passed to protect you by allowing you to use your better judgment concerning a perceived threat and must be exercised with caution.
In all honesty, if someone attacks you in the sanctity of your own home, they have made up their mind to use force in order to achieve their goal. You too have to make up your mind to do all it takes to defend your home. Take these home safety tips to heart and fight for your home.