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 alone. 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 unfortunately always be with us. It’s thus important to be prepared at all times to defend your home and your loved ones from an intruder. While installing heavy duty door locks is a good start, here are three more ways to ensure your safety.
Take a Self-Defense Course
Self-defense and martial arts classes can give you the security of knowing that you are capable of preventing a violent attack in or out of your home. General self-defense classes are currently offered by a variety of organizations, from fitness clubs to rape crisis centers to universities. Check with your local library too.
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, an ankle holster is a great way to make sure your weapon is readily available when you’re out or approaching your home at night.
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 protecting the home include Akitas, Bullmastiffs, Doberman Pinschers, German Shepherds, and Rottweilers.
Confronting the possibility of a physical attack or 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 yourself and your loved ones.