BTW, since you asked for more advice, like other members have suggested adding distance, in time, or physical length to any possible attackers will
help improve your chances, and your husband's chances of protecting both of you and your children, if you have any.
Having for example window bars, but make sure they have a safety lever or similar device to take them off from inside your home in case of a fire,
having a home alarm of course, security cameras, a dog, puting a metal bar door inside, or outside your front and back doors, and even using either
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are great protection devices.
But if you can't spend a lot of money also puting things infront of every entry way, like chairs in front of your doors, etc will increase the time
that a criminal will need to get inside your home, which will give you more of a chance to react to the criminal activity.
You also need to protect every entryway into your home, from garage doors, basement doors, to chimneys, if they are big enough for a man to squeeze
Another thing you need to think through is that many times even with these protection methods you may have a criminal who simply waits outside your
home, or close to your car and waits for you to come into your home, or into your car to rob you, or worse. So make sure you have on you some sort of
protection as well, such as pepper spray, stun guns, etc, and make sure you have them for example attached to your keys, because a criminal will not
allow you to get your hands inside your purse becuase he/she knows you might have some form of weapon, or protection there, but since when you are
going to your car, or you are trying to open your house you already have your keys out, having some protection attached to your keys will increase
your ability to use that form of protection.
Also, whatever method of protection you want to use make sure that it is legal to use. in some states it is illegal to have pepper spray, or even a
gun. Some states don't allow law abiding citizens have guns even with a concealed weapons permit, and if it is legal for you to have a gun make sure
you get a concealed weapons permit if you intent on having it on you, and spend some time practicing how to use that weapon and if you are able to
there are some training courses you can take where you will be shown how to use your gun well even under stress. IF you pay for any training courses
make sure they train you on how to use your shotgun, or other gun under stress.
Also remember that if a criminal is pointing a gun at you it is not a good idea to use a stun gun, because the electricity will make the criminal pull
his/her finger trigger and you will get shot even if the criminal really had no intention to shoot you. So make sure their gun is pointing away from
you, or away from a loved one if you need to use a stun gun.
Also remember this rule, if you are confronting a criminal with a knife it is better if your arms get sliced, than your chest, or your abdomen, if
there is nothing more for you to protect yourself with.
If a criminal is approaching you and demanding for you to give him money without showing you a weapon, and there are people around make sure to scream
and don't be afraid to use your legs in either kicking their knees, groin area, or anywhere in their front legs, and make sure you hit them hard,
scream as loud as possible and run to safety. Just screaming will stop many criminals from persuing you as a victim because they will see that you
are willing to put up a fight.
However, if they have a gun pointed at you, or a knife to your throat follow their instructions, but make sure that you look for any openings for you
to get away safely, or tu use your defensive weapon.
Also, a good preventive measure that most people do not employ is being aware of your surroundings. If you are going to your car it is a good idea to
check around it to see if anyone is hiding, more so at night, but also during the day.
When you are walking to your house look around you and be aware of any areas a criminal could be hiding, same when you are about to leave your house,
just make it a habit to look outside in case any criminal is waiting for an oportunity to get inside your home, or worse to kidnap you.
It might sound like being paranoid but it is not. These are precaution methods that could either help you prevent becoming a victim, or will help you
have a better success of coming out alive from any situation a criminal might try to get advantage of.
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