Even if you live in a safe community, a 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.
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 lightweight 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. They’re engineered to stop or deflect bullets, as well as thrown items.
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.
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.
Design an Escape Plan
The safest and best thing to do if you face a home invasion is to NOT confront the intruder. Establish an emergency plan wherein each family member has an escape route to an outside rendezvous point, from where you can call 911.
Confronting the possibility of a 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 your loved ones.