Nobody hopes to get into a situation where you must protect yourself. Moreover, not everyone is ready to handle a gun. Improper gun-handling has dire consequences, which can easily translate to life or death. (h/t to ApartmentPrepper.com)
If you don’t want to handle a gun, there are non-lethal ways for you to protect yourself. Check them out below:
1. Home security system
A home security system is a great warning to thieves and possible assailants. A thief spotting a CCTV camera not only stops him/her from entering the house, it also keeps him/her away from your house. Technology has advanced so much that it’s possible to monitor the house on your phone. Some systems can even detect sounds and movement.
Pick a system which fits your budget and needs. If you live in a small apartment, you may only need CCTV cameras and a connection to your phone. On the other hand, if you live in a house in the suburbs, you can set up more complicated systems, like a password-automated door or sound-detecting features.
Aside from these, there are other safety measures that you can apply to your house:
- Add multiple locking mechanisms to your doors.
- Reinforce your door frames to avoid intruders from just breaking them.
- Set up lights in outdoor areas.
- Keep your information safe by emptying your mailbox.
2. Self-defense classes
There are several classes that teach martial arts. Each kind has specific strengths and points. Choose one that you think fits your build and gives you a fighting chance against bigger opponents.
Pick classes with practical techniques and defenses, not those trained for tournaments. There’s a big difference between attacks done in an alley compared to those in a boxing ring.
One crucial aspect of these classes is the simulation of danger. People often freeze up in the face of a threat; you need to develop a faster fight-or-flight response.
Aside from attending classes, perform mental exercises where you are at a disadvantage. This helps set expectations and prepares you for different possible scenarios.
3. Tactical flashlights
Flashlights are a must-have inside every house and are crucial in emergencies. In the middle of an attack, use the light to your advantage. If it’s dark, flash the high-intensity bulbs directly to your attacker’s eyes. This should temporarily blind him for a few seconds, allowing you to attack or escape.
Aside from this, you can always use the tactical flashlight to give your hand more weight. This delivers a heavier punch to your assailant.
Invest in a sturdy umbrella. Not only would it last a longer time and survive harsh weather, you can also use it for self-defense. It can be used as a make-shift bat to hit your assailant. Most importantly, it helps establish distance between you and your attacker. Make sure to aim for crucial points in the body: eyes, mouth, throat, and crotch.
Some classes teach how to use an umbrella for self-defense. If your class doesn’t, check online for tips and tricks on how to use an umbrella. (Related: 5 Everyday items you can use to protect yourself in a dangerous situation.)
5. Pepper spray
Pepper sprays are sleek and compact. They can fit into any kind of bag, and for easier access, you can just place them in your pocket.
Pepper sprays have oil that irritates the eyes and respiratory system upon contact. This oil contains high concentrations of capsaicin, the compound that gives chili peppers their spiciness.
When using pepper spray, make sure to aim for the eyes. This incapacitates your attacker’s sight as you make your escape. Practice using it for a few times and perform mental simulations where you use it against an assailant.
6. Stun guns and tasers
While these two items have been used interchangeably, they are different from each other. Stun guns require you to be in close contact with your target. On the other hand, tasers can reach 15 to 30 feet depending on the brand.
They are both electrical devices that release high voltages in a few seconds. They can swiftly immobilize your attacker, giving you a chance to call for help.
Be exceedingly careful when using these items. Direct contact to the chest can result in cardiac arrest.
Having a gun is convenient, but non-lethal weapons are also useful tools to protect yourself. Learn how to respond when attacked at SelfDefense.news.