What do you have in your house to protect yourself?

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Honey bee

A deranged mutt that looks like a Dingo.  I seriously dare someone to walk up in this piece.

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Bumble bee

absolutely nothing.

this is such a weird concept for me – i would never even think to have anything for protection.

if i were to hear someone had broken in (which is pretty rare over here) then I would just stay in my bedroom and let them steal things, and go to the police when they left.

this being said, guns are just not a part of british culture. i have only ever seen one gun in my entire life and that was at an airport earlier this year. weirdest thing ever.

 

ETA: just putting it out there, but I also don’t have a knife block. the thought that someone could pick up something in my own home and use it as a weapon against me is something i’m not comfortable with.

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Bumble bee

@Miss Jackrabbit:  Ya, same here.

I have a phone to dial 911 with. That seems to be enough.  If I lived somewhere where I felt that I was at risk of being broken into, I would find somewhere else to live. Living in fear is no way to live.

(And I say this as someone whose apartment HAS been broken into, though while I was not home. It’s just stuff, and I can always get more of it. FI would say I already have too much of it. LOL)

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Buzzing Beekeeper

Yeah, I’d have to say a second floor apartment and a cell phone?  

Dh is a police officer, but keeps his gun locked up at the office.  Our safe storage laws wouldnt make it much use anyway. 

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Buzzing Beekeeper

Do you live in a neighborhood where there are frequent break ins?  

 

To defend myself, I have myself.

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Busy bee

I’ll go against the grain here and say that I do have a gun.  A couple actually, but only one that stays loaded.

 

For the record, it’s easy to say that if you are living in an unsafe neighborhood then find somewhere else to live.  The reality is that is simply not possible for a large number of people.  When you are barely making ends meet in a $300 apartment in a crappy neighborhood then the extra $100+ per month to move to a better neighorhood (plus the cost of moving) might as well be a million dollars.  Some people just don’t have it. 

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Sugar bee

@SapphireSun:  That is true.

From my understanding, even if you shoot at an intreuder with a registered firearm, you can still get charged.

 

In terms of saftey, all we have is our phone. There is nothing else we can really do but rely on police. 

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Buzzing Beekeeper

@Sugaree:  I lived for about seven years in a “bad” neighborhood in Philly.  Statistically it was one of the worst zip codes in the city.  Nothing ever happened — no harrassment, no break ins, nothing.  So living in a bad area doesn’t necessarily mean that it will be dangerous.  

 

I wonder about gun ownership versus the statistics on crime in a neighborhood.

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Buzzing bee

I don’t have anything – but then, my understanding is that most burglaries over here only take place when a house is empty. It’s easier for the burglar that way – less chance of getting interrupted, can take your time to scout out what you want. It’s pretty common over here for would-be burglars to knock on the door first to see if anyone’s in before they try anything, and then if they hear anyone inside they scarper.

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Honey bee

I live in a city that has frequent break in’s (but we live in a very wealthy beautiful neighborhood – jackpot city for robberies).  And Christmas night there were four gun shots outside of our bedroom window.

I have never wanted to own a gun, but my husband has been all about it.  I fought him tooth and nail up until about a year ago, and now we have one.  I have to admit that when those gun shots rang on Christmas night, I was VERY happy to have that gun next to us.

We have a tiny dog but I’d like to eventually get a larger one so I would feel a little more comfortable in the house by myself.  

*Also, I’d like to say that it would be enough to just let someone break into my house and steal my stuff while I stay locked in my bedroom calling 911.  But if someone is breaking into your house while you’re obviously there?  They’re most likely not only coming to steal your stuff, but to most likely harm you.

 

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Buzzing Beekeeper

I agree with PPs – I have a cell phone and I know how to use it!

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Buzzing Beekeeper

@tranquility:  Yeah, from what I understand some states have “Castle doctrine”/”stand your ground” laws that are applied much more liberally than our self defence laws. 

Personally, I just don’t hear about stranger home invasions (of people that aren’t involved in the criminal element themselves) often enough to warrant any extraordinary measures.  Most thieves want to commit a break and enter when the occupants aren’t home, and will leave quickly if they discover otherwise.  Just a quick and lazy grab whatever’s valuable and portable, and to me it’s not worth confronting or otherwise endangering myself to save my DVD player, so I’d probably just stay in my room and call 911.

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Honey bee

I’m not comfortable having guns in the house, and realistically if they’re going to be nearby and you have easy access to them in case of an emergency, they’re probably not safely locked up. This makes me especially nervous now that we’re having a child – we live in a safe neighborhood and statistic-wise, I’d say it’s probably more likely someone would be accidentaly injured/killed with it than us needing it to defend ourselves.

I guess I’d lock myself in the bathroom and call 911, but honestly I’m not going to spend too much time worrying about it. There are so many what-ifs in live, you can become totally paranoid and live your life in fear, or you can take basic precautions like locking doors, wearing seatbelts, etc., to minimize danger in your life and then not worry about it too much.

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Helper bee

I live in a big city, so I have a small thing of mace attached to my key ring (a “just in case” thing that I’ve never had to use.).  It’s intended for protection being outside, but I could easily grab it in the event of an intruder.  I would never consider purchasing a gun.

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