You and your family are always much safer if an intruder never gets in your home in the first place. But what do you do if someone gets inside? How do you keep yourself and your family safe if someone gets into your home? First, you should avoid a confrontation if at all possible. If you hear an intruder in your home but they are only in the living spaces then it’s best to stay put and call the police.
The reason I say this is that you just don’t know what sort of weapon the intruder might have. You don’t know their state of mind. And you don’t know how skilled they might be as a fighter. You take on a lot of risk confronting someone. It’s just not worth losing your life for material possessions.
There is nothing better than to have a plan A, plan B, and plan C for these types of situations. In fight or flight situations, our adrenaline starts pumping and out instincts take over. If you don’t have a plan in place, you’re likely to do something rash that could get you hurt or killed.
1. Pepper Spray
Pepper spray really does make for a terrific home defense weapon. Most pepper sprays have a spray range of about 10 ft (3 meters) which helps level the playing field if the intruder has a weapon. It’s totally non-lethal, which saves you from emotional and psychological trauma, not to mention possible legal troubles. And most importantly, it’s really debilitating. A small bottle of pepper spray could be the thing that gives you the time you need to subdue your attacker or get away. Another huge benefit of pepper spray is its cost. For usually about $10 you can get a can of pepper spray that gives several bursts. The downside of pepper spray is that you run the risk of getting it in your own eyes or on your own skin. This can cause you some irritation. While this is a serious concern outdoors, where a gentle breeze might be enough to blow some back at you, it’s less of a concern inside your home.
Tasers are another fantastic non-lethal weapon for protecting your home. The big benefit they have over pepper spray is that you won’t get back-spray. They’ll work even if you have a big fan blowing in your bedroom. They’re extremely debilitating too which means they’ll do the job. The downside is that for tasers, you need to be able to reach your attacker, which means you have to get up close. If they have a ranged weapon, or if they’re a skilled fighter, you’ll need to be able to get the jump on them for this to work. Much like pepper spray, though, tasers are surprisingly inexpensive.
Batons are used by law enforcement because of how small but extremely useful they can be as a self-defense weapon. With a baton, you’re getting more into the physical fighting aspect of home defense. This means you need to have the strength and quickness to be able to swing the weapon at your attacker. This will give you an advantage if your attacker is unarmed. But even so, remember that any time you get into a physical confrontation with an attacker, you’re in a very dangerous situation. With a baton, you’re definitely more likely to cause damage to your attacker that could be permanent. Just remember that if an intruder has entered the part of your home where you or other family members are, they probably intend to do more than just take your TV. It’s important to defend yourself.
4. Baseball Bat
Now we’re getting into the ‘stuff lying around the house’ part of this list. We mention a baseball bat specifically, (or if you want to be really classy a Louisville Slugger!) because they have some good weight and range to them making them a great weapon for warding off an attacker. Seriously, if someone approached you and intended to do some harm, and they saw you swinging a bat at them, they’d probably just turn around and leave. This is actually one of my weapons of choice for home defense, and I keep a bat in my room for that very reason. The downside to baseball bats is that they may be too long. If you have narrow hallways, or if you have to fight in a doorway, you basically can only swing down at your attacker. That’s why a shorter baton can be more useful in some situations.
5. Leather Belt
Believe it or not, leather belts can actually make for a great home defense weapon in a pinch. Wider leather is better, and the heavier the buckle, the more effective it will be. A belt can obviously be used to strangle and incapacitate an intruder. But it can also be used as a ranged weapon. Grab the belt by the end without the buckle and swing it at the intruder. The downside of using a belt in this manner is the same as a bat, but worse. Swinging a belt around a tight space won’t be very effective. However, if you’re in a more open space, like a room, then it can be extremely effective.
6. Tactical Pen
Gerber Tactical Pens are just like they sound. They are heavy duty, pen-shaped metal objects that can be used in hand-to-hand fighting situations. Some tactical pens open up and have a knife inside. Others are designed to be used as a glass-break. Some even have a bright LED flashlight inside. Tactical pens are meant to be used to basically poke or stab your assailant. The downside of tactical pens is similar to some of the other small weapons on this list. They require you to get right up close to your attacker which can be really dangerous if they more skilled in hand-to-hand combat than you are.
7. Keys Chain Weapons
Car keys make a good improvised weapon. You can make a fist around your keys leaving one or more sticking out between your fingers. This makes your punches particularly impactful. If nothing else, they work as a great projectile because of all of their jagged edges and their weight. In addition to just keys, you can get one of many key chain weapons that go on your key ring and that are designed to be held in your fist and used as a weapon.