(SurvivalDaily.com) – Unfortunately, there’s a chance of becoming a victim of home invasion no matter where you live. That’s a sad fact of life, and if you live in a populated area, you’re more likely to be affected than those living in the country. Of course, a gun is always a good choice for home defense, but plenty of silent weapons are less lethal but still do the job.
Besides, despite what Hollywood may have you believe, suppressed firearms are not silent. While it’s true that the noise is reduced significantly, they do produce noise. A thunderstorm or loud television may be able to drown out the sound of a suppressed pistol, but on a quiet night, you’re going to alert someone.
Up Close and Personal
Perhaps the most frightening aspect of home invasions is the potential for a close encounter with the intruder. This problem becomes particularly dangerous for homeowners who don’t have a firearm. However, you have several other options you can use to protect your home and family when things get too close for comfort.
- Blades: Whether it’s a knife, sword, or machete, there’s just something about a blade that frightens people.
- Axes: Potentially the most popular and feared melee weapon, an axe offers range and, depending on the design, can be used as a blunt weapon.
- Nunchucks: Used in countless martial arts movies, nunchucks can be deadly used by a skilled handler. Not only are they effective against home invasions, but they’re also pretty cool.
- Tasers: Standard self-defense tools, tasers tend to have one significant drawback — you have to get close enough to the attacker to make contact with them with the unit.
- Bats: We’re not talking about the ones that fly around at night, although they can be scary. We’re talking about baseball bats, which have been used in home defense for a long time.
To give you some other idea, take a few minutes and watch the following video which discusses 10 “must-have” self-defense gadgets.
They’ll Never Know What Hit Them
Not everything has to be so personal when it comes to home defense. There are plenty of silent yet effective long-range options you can utilize. For example, the bow and arrow. Take a moment to consider them. If this combo weren’t effective, it wouldn’t have survived for millennia.
Another great long-range weapon is a stun gun. Limited to a 15-foot range for consumers outside of law enforcement, a stun gun gives you plenty of room to protect yourself while avoiding an attacker.
Another method of defense providing coverage from as far as about 20 feet is wasp spray. You can spray the attacker in the eyes, disorienting them enough to provide an opportunity for escape.
Home invasions can be a scary occurrence. Of course, turnabout is fair play, and if someone is willing to break into your home, they shouldn’t complain if they find themselves facing an armed homeowner.
Do you know what the first step in home defense is? If not, be sure to check out the first thing you should do during a home invasion.
Is your family prepared for a home invasion? They should be. Check out how to prepare your family for a home invasion and make sure everyone understands the plan before it’s too late.
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