By Carla M. Thompson
In the news a local homeowner shot and killed an armed burglar during a home invasion. The Full Story can be seen here: http://www.clickondetroit.com/news/24145428/detail.html?treets=det&tid=26511631599813&tml=det_12pm&tmi=det_12pm_1_10500207062010&ts=H/
But what should you do if you don’t own a gun? There is no easy answer to that question but here are some safety tips:
- Invest in an alarm system. The worst thing in the world is to wake up with a stranger in your home pointing a gun at you. I would rather see them coming. Even if you can’t afford an expensive alarm system there are wireless sensors, door/window alarms that you can purchase for under $10 that will make a loud noise. In most cases the noise will deter the burglar or at least give you a chance to react.
- Always keep your cell phone in the room that you sleep in. Why? Because if you hear something or your alarm sounds you can call the police without searching for your phone. It is best to use your cell phone because a burglar could cut your power line or your phone line before entering your home.
- Have an escape plan. Remember one advantage you have over an intruder is that you know your home better than them. You should be able to navigate your home in the dark, if you don’t know how to do it now then practice. You should have a place to go in your home that has a door that can lock from the inside. Once you locate your phone, go to that place. As you are calling the police press your body against the door to keep the intruder out. Remember the objective is to survive not save your belongings. Remember to teach your children and any other members of your household the plan.
- Keep pepper spray or any other weapons by your bed. If you don’t have time to react, you can use these items to defend yourself. Remember if they have a gun and you don’t then they have an advantage over you so, you any opportunity you have to get away from them, use it.
In conclusion, these tips are only good if you remember them and start preparing now to use them.
These and more tips can be found in The Busy Woman’s Pocket Guide to Safety, www.thebusywomanspocketguide.com