(Closed) What do you have in your house to protect yourself?

posted 8 years ago in Home
Post # 47
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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@RockStar33:  “At what point do you decide to shoot someone with your gun?”

When they enter my home unlawfully, and I would shoot to kill.  I don’t need someone who was tresspassing on MY property, entering MY home, trying to steal MY things to sue me because he was injured in MY house.  Yes, it happens.

 

We have a gun, and plan to get at least one more when we move into our house (less than two weeks!).  We also plan on getting a German Shepherd or Doberman.  We have worked far too hard to have all the nice things we have, for some low life to come in and try to take them.

Post # 48
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2013

My Fiance has a bit of paranoia about robberies (or being attacked during a robbery), so we’re always prepared.

We have a butcher knife behind the bed on his side and a small switchblade on mine. (I’d like to get one that pops out quicker, to be honest.) We also have a 75+ lb boxer mix that sleeps in the bedroom with us, and we taught him to bark and attack if someone is hitting or grabbing us. I think my older, cranky and sometimes crazy cat would do more damage because he’s very protective of me.

Post # 49
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Third floor apartment in a nice neighborhood in a city where the most prevalent crimes are shoplifting and writing bad checks. We also have several swords–a very sharp katana that Fiance keeps by the bed, a large broadsword and a shortsword (both mine). Fiance is a wrestler and I’m a pretty fierce fighter.

Post # 50
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Sugar bee

I’m really not worried about this but I have a 17 pound corgi puppy who is six months old that will lick someone into submission. Oh, fiance also has about 10 guns.

Post # 51
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: February 2015

We have this giant stick thing. It’s like a freaking staff lol My SO’s mom got it for us & I truly have no idea why or what it’s supposed to be used for. We’re going to be getting a pistol in the next few months. I don’t feel unsafe in my home & am in a pretty safe area but I would feel much safer if I knew I had a way to protect myself if someone threatened my safety.

I don’t agree that not everyone who enters my home deserves to be shot. I can’t know what I would do in the situation if god forbid it happened but if I heard someone breaking in to my home, I don’t think I would wait to see if they had a weapon or see if they were dangerous. Just the fact that they are breaking into my home is enough to me.

Post # 52
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Helper bee

My neighborhood/town very pretty safe but I have protection because you just never know what could happen. My SO is gone thru the week most of the time And I feel like I *could* be an easy target for a number of reasons. I have a gun and a machete and 3 dogs (dogs weren’t meant for protection but they are protective of their home and me). Come at me, bro! 

Post # 53
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2013

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@soontobemrsm11:  +1 to everything you said.

Post # 54
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: February 2011

We have an incredibly loud alarm system. I’d be kind of shocked if someone broke into our home and decided to keep going after setting off the alarm because we live in a pretty populated area and I’d be police response time here is well under 5 minutes. I also keep mace in my nightstand. It wasn’t so much a conscious decision now as I had it on my keychain when I was in law school and working downtown after dark a lot, and then when I got a job as a lawyer I had to take it off my keychain bc i go to court so much and i cant take it in the building. So I just tossed it in my nightstand. But I guess its nice to know that I have it in there as a last-ditch effort if someone really cared enough to break into our house, keep going in spite of the alarm, and break through 3 doors (if I heard someone break in we would run into our walk-in closet which requires breaking into the bedroom, then the bathroom, then the closet). 

Post # 55
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

Alarm system (part of what my husband does for a living, so it’s a good one!) for the most part. We’ve got two big dogs, and while I don’t think they’d attack per se, I’m pretty sure they would alert us to the presence of someone in the house that isn’t supposed to be there. My husband also has a giant club/bat thing behind the nightstand on his side of the bed. We’ve looked into getting a small handgun, but they’re just a bit out of our budget at the moment. At the moment we’re breaking the Texan stereotype by not having one, woo.

Post # 56
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: October 2013

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@KateByDesign:  I can totally see this point of view. I guess I just consider anyone who breaks into my house while I’m asleep and vulnerable to be a coward, so my mind automatically thinks once they hear a gun, they will think twice about doing anything besides running out the door. But I completely see how it could go the other way. Hopefully I’ll never have to find out!

Post # 57
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I have a cell phone and thats it… I’m from NJ and just moved down to FL in the last year and it is crazy to me the amount of people in my work office who have guns and plan on shooting to kill if someone so much as steps a foot in their home.  They were absolutely flabbergasted to find out in NJ you can still be convicted of murder for killing that individual especially if they had no intent to cause you personal harm.  I would never want a gun in my home, I grew up with a hunter and have no qualms about guns.

Post # 58
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

Nothing, besides a 6’2″ hubby and my cell phone.  We don’t even lock our doors. 

Post # 59
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

We have an alarm system and a 90lb German Shepherd/lab, but she’s more likely to lick an intruder to death than anything else.  DH has a number of guns, mostly WWII rifles that he collects, but we do have a handgun that we keep in our master bedroom.

Post # 60
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Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: January 2011

Phones, a deadbolt, bells on the door that make noise when it is opened, a one-way peep-hole, tv channel to see down to the main door, and a 4th floor apartment.  Here, it is very rare that someone breaks in just to harm someone and even more rare for that to be random.  When it does happen it tends to be when someone lets a person in to their use (to use a phone because their car broke down, fake charity,etc).

When I buy a house, I do want an alarm system and would prefer one that has a setting for being active when you’re at home.

Post # 61
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Sugar bee

I have my cell phone to call 911, a fire extinguisher to hit someone with, and high heels. I heard that you can use the heel part of your shoe to hit the person in the face but I don’t think I would be able to do that.

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