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

posted 8 years ago in Home
Post # 77
7172 posts
Busy Beekeeper

Technically, a panic button on our house alarm – but, I doubt that our knee-jerk reaction would be to set it off (in the middle of a break-in).  We have a dog, and I’m guessing she would alert us to something abnormal – but, we are ALL deep sleepers (dog included)!  We do not have a firearm and do not plan on getting one.  

I posted this on the spin-off thread – after we got robbed, I was surprised to learn from the police that the majority of home invasion theft happens during the day, M-F.  The theives assume people are are work or going about their day and their intent is to break in when no one is home.

Post # 78
3422 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

I have 225lbs of muscle at home haha and a gun safe. feel sorry for the moron that breaks into our house!

Post # 79
5217 posts
Bee Keeper

I have:

  • A cell phone
  •  A dog
  • A husband
  • A gun

Post # 80
2187 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: March 2024

Cell phone , pepper spray and very large knives.

Post # 81
697 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: May 2012

Two German shepherds outside (not only for protection, they are pets) and several guns in the house. Both handguns and shotguns, no assault rifles though. 

Post # 82
11735 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Nothing.  We have never felt a need to have anything around for that specific purpose.   Then again we live in a gated community so maybe that’s why? 

I’ve lived in a pretty bad area during and after college and was fine.  

Post # 83
9076 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: December 2012

Our primary defense is our alarm system. With the literal touch of a button and nothing else, we can summon the police or the fire squad. It is set to trigger whenever a door is opened or when the motion sensor is armed (which we only arm if we’re both gone & the cat and dog are locked up)

Our secondary defense is my husband’s impressive pistol. I have no idea how to use it (Nor any desire to) but I could figure it out in an emergency. The thing weighs more than I do, so god forbid anyone get shot with it.

Post # 84
1577 posts
Bumble bee

Nothing, I’d just have to grab whatever I could find or escape out a back/front door and call the police. My husband has some pocket knives in his desk and a rifle in a box, but those would probably not be too effective during a surprise break-in.

Post # 85
751 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@Pupperoni:  I have 3 dogs and a 9mm pistol to protect me. We live in the mountains, so the pistol is also to protect my dogs from other predatory animals. My Fiance has a rifle and a pistol and my parents live down the street. Both have multiple guns and know how to use them. My Fiance often works nights and I am alone at home. I also work nights, so I keep a canister of mace on my keychain. We are both getting our CCW permits this month as well. 

ETA: Never had to use any of it yet, but I do know how. 

Post # 86
10355 posts
Sugar Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2010

We’re getting a dog. There are knives in the house. My husband and I are both 6’1″.

Since you are 45 times more likely to have your gun either used against you or have someone accidentally shoot themselves than ever use it in self defense, we will never have a gun in the house.

Post # 87
507 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: September 2012 - Cabin

My DH and I both own many types of guns and both have CCW’s.  We are both very comfortable with very many types of fire arms and will be safe if someone were to break into our home, but obviously, even as a gun owner, I would not want to shoot someone, and would hopefully be able to avoid it if possible.  They are there for our protection but also we do shoot our guns for pleasure.

Post # 88
629 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

My cat.

No guns ever in my house. When I was a child a little boy accidentally shot his sister through her wrist two doors down from our house. I remember her screams. Yes I know the parents were irresponsible not having the gun locked away. I just hate guns period.

Post # 89
252 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2015

The phone + 911. And my [email protected] Krav Maga moves.


I feel similarly to PPs. I’m Canadian, and it doesn’t tend to be as much of a deep-rooted fear here.

Post # 90
4099 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: May 2013

Our cats.. that will run away? (LOL?) .. FH is planning on getting a lever action shot gun soon.. I don’t like that idea, but.. If thats what will help him feel safe, that’s what we’ll do…

Post # 91
2546 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

We don’t live in a bad neighborhood per say but our city has a bad problem with break-ins and home invasions. The biggest issue is that in our area alot of the robbers are juveneille’s. We had three neighborhood kids break into our house (as well as everyone else in the neighborhood) while we were at the grocery store (less than 10 min) and we came home to quite the mess, as well as my FI’s golf clubs on the floor next to the door which lead me to believe they were lugging them around in case they were interrupted. Or course, we had no proof and their mom claimed they were home with her meth’d up ass the whole time. Luckily they were evicted not too long afterwards =) God I love karma!

After that we are very careful. I wouldn’t say I live in fear but I’m smart about my surroundings. We got a pit bull that is our little baby & she sounds ferocious anytime she hears a noise in the yard. We do not keep a knife block out, they are all safely put away & easy for me to access if needed. When my Fiance is gone (rarely) I sleep with my car keys on the nightstand in case I hear anything I can hit the alarm button. We also put up motion sensor lighting outside & deadbolts on all our outside doors. We also have a gun in the house but no children ever visit our home so we don’t keep it locked up, just hidden. We both also have mace on our keychains but that’s more for personal incidentals. Like the time some guys dog attacked me & our pooch and then kept following me down the street screaming obscenities at me- woulda loved some pepper spray then. Or the time some drunk guy hit my truck at the river and then nearly ran over my Fiance when he confronted him about it- coulda used the mace then…. 

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