By Kellene Bishop
Remember when I said that the element of surprise is actually your strongest advantage over an attacker or crime? This is especially true if such an instance occurs in your home. As such in order to create the maximum self-defense home security, there are several modifications that I would encourage you to make in your home to ensure the ideal efficacy.
1) Navigation in the dark: Be sure that you have the upper hand and know how to navigate in your home in the dark with familiarity. Know where your creaky steps and floor spots are, not only to avoid giving yourself away, but so that if you hear the noise yourself, you know where an intruder is located. Remember, this is about self-defense in your home, not simply alerting some distant call center that something has happened. You need the to think in terms of what you’re going to do in the meantime while law enforcement is responding to a call.
2) Mirror and picture placements: Mirrors obviously reflect images, but so do photographs and glass-covered painting when hung on the walls with a little bit of moonlight. Be sure to evaluate these items to see if they are in a position that will give you the advantage or will give your position away. This is one of the most strategic methods that I encourage women to incorporate in order to have self-defense home security.
3) Availability of firearms and other weapons: Have your self-defense weapons in more than one location in your home. Not just firearms, but your bats, your batons, pepper sprays, etc. Know exactly where they are and be sure you can find them in the dark. If you don’t know where these are, or if they are inaccessible, your self-defense home security is useless.
4) Telephone land line: While I’m all about saving money that would otherwise go toward utility, I’m a big proponent of having at least one place in the home where there is a land line. I have one under my bed in the bedroom just in case a cell phone blocking device is being used on me, or the towers are down due to some other emergency. I strongly encourage you to do that as well. You don’t have to have all of the bells and whistles on the phone service. You simply need a reliable method of communication in the event of an emergency. Cordless and cellular phones may not give you that when you really need it.
5) Availability of cell phones: Now, having said what I did earlier, I think that considering the majority of break-ins and other crimes happen in the wee hours of the morning, folks should have their cell phones recharging nearby, not off in some other room in their home. KNOW where you cell phones are and have them handy in the event of an emergency. If you have to flee your home for some reason, at least you will have your cell phone to go with you as well so that you can accomplish the other vital communications necessary.
6) Elimination of obstacles: I’m not going to win a popularity contest with this one. If you are navigating in the dark, the last thing you can afford to happen is give away your position by stumbling on foreign obstacles such as books, toys, etc. Be sure that your rehearsed path of navigation is free from obstacles. Yup. I’m sorry to have to tell you this, but self-defense home security means actually having a relatively clean home.
Copyright 2009 Kellene Bishop. All rights reserved. You are welcome to repost this information so long as it is credited to Kellene Bishop.
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