Keep your keys by your bed at night. Should you hear someone trying to break in, push the horn button on your remote key chain. It should scare whoever is trying to break in.
do the same when walking to your car. Keep your finger near the horn or panic button thingee.
By you, OP, posting meaningless topics to "crowd" the thread watcher.
I have an old truck -- no keyless remote. OTOH, I'm not afraid, either.
This post must be for gay men.
I have a big sharp steel fork by my bed.
Or just keep the gun quick bolted underneath the bed table. I recommend a .45 - you want something with stopping power and a .45 will put rather large holes in people.
Is OP the same poster who warned us about job search websites?
Better idea for "scaredies" [sic]: seek therapy for why you have an unreasonable fear of being attacked in your home or while entering your vehicle.
Where the hell do you live? Beirut?
[quote]I recommend a .45
I'm thinking it is not the caliber as much as the type of bullets. You want the type that explode into a cloud of bits once they enter a person.
I remember my Dad talking to a friend and saying that a certain sort of bullet would just "go through [someone] and only make him mad."
OP, good ideas, especially for when going back to the car.
Extra strength Depends for those sudden scares and surprises.
I keep a nice S&W Magnum (.500, of course) where you keep your car keys, OP, so I don't worry. The noise and other qualities do more to "scare" people off than your toot-toot. And a Glock 17 in the drawer for back-up lets me sleep soundly.
Sweet of you to care, though.
I'm annoyed with people who say keep a gun as if that's the only answer one needs.
We had a serial rapist in our city not so long ago. All the macho men on the local Facebook page were going on and on about their guns and what they'd do if they found him. But this fucker was sneaking into single women's houses and waited until they got home. He would watch the women and see if they left a window open (This was summer) and sneak in. Then he wouldn't even move until they were asleep. If any of them had a gun - he would have found it first and used that against them. They couldn't have done shit with their gun if they weren't even awake to react in the first place.
Guns might help against someone actively breaking in while you're awake but they do not necessarily provide any more safety from plain stupid and unsafe habits. Guns don't make up for being smart and alert : just locking your doors and windows. have motion detector safety lights and a good alarm system and even better - a good dog.
I keep a Maglight flashlight next to the bed in case I wake up and the lights are out. I can also use it to bash an intruder over the head.
Dogs can deter a lot.
I had a teacher who told us a story about how one night she heard her dogs out in the back yard barking like crazy. She was about to go check on them when the doorbell rang, it was the police. A suspect had run into her back yard and was still there. The dogs had cornered him.
The kicker, they were shitzus. Little dogs. But they were enough to keep the guy from moving. Any type of dog is good. Just something that barks at strangers.
R12, quit getting your granny panties sticky with your rape fantasies and then bothering us with your guilt. We don't care about how you want potential rapists to know you leave your bedroom window unlocked - that's disgusting and unsafe. We also don't want to hear about your bestiality issues. We know how fetishists like you move from rape to animals, but it's nasty for you to foist them on us. Shame on you.
My catcremote doesn't turn the horn on. It locks and unlocks the car and opens the trunk. I don't think opening the trunk will scare anyone away.
Plus I'm on a flag lot. Meaning I'm not on a roadway. Nobody would be alerted to something if my car trunk opened.
I keep a billy club (I do not know if that is the right term) by the bed. It was my late paternal grandfathers' and he used it in WWII. For all I should know he might have bashed a Nazi over the head with it or something.
I have a samurai sword. (My great uncle took it offa soldier during WWII.) I honestly have no idea why I have it there. I think I put it between the nighstand and the bed years ago as a stupid joke. But every now and then, I look at it and think about how funny it would be if someone did break in and I had enough wits to grab it, unsheath it, and go all Shogun. Would they run? Applaud? Start talking about how they love Jackie Chan movies?
Dogs are man's best friend. Thank you for sharing, R14!
I agree with R7 -- where the fuck do you people live?
Big ass handguns, swords, billy clubs, flashlights, etc. -- WTF!
I have a few lights in the house on a remote and I keep the control next to my bed. If I heard something, I turn on all of the lights (although none is in my bedroom). That's about as defensive as I know how to be.
I don't go anywhere without my rape whistle.
Get a dog.
99% of burgers are looking for drug money. They don't give a shit about robbing "your" house, only about robbing "a" house.
A barking dog will send them to another house without the risk/hassle.
Unless you have the Hope Diamond and thieves are delliberately casing your house to get it, they are not going through a dog when the house down the street is nice and quiet.
Dogs have been bred to bark (wolves don't do this) for the express purpose of alerting humans to intruders. It's their job. They do it well.
[quote]99% of burgers are looking for drug money. They don't give a shit about robbing "your" house, only about robbing "a" house.
Actually I think they're breaking in looking for a good bun.
Yeah, but listen to what happened to my friend!
She was a scaredy who slept with her keys on the bedside table.
One night she though she heard someone breaking in so she pushed what she thought was the panic button.
She accidentally unlocked her car and it stayed unlocked all that night.
A psycho killer who happened to be out for his evening killing-stroll heard the telltale beep and slipped into her backseat with his kill kit.
The next morning he slit her throat on the way to work.
And he raped her in the neck hole.
And he went into her house and strangled her cats and poured ammonia in her fish tank.
And he filmed the whole thing and sent the video to her elderly parents who had synchronized heart attacks.
My poor friend lived long enough to learn of everything that happened to her fish, her cats, her neck and her parents.
And then she died.
They never did catch the guy, but they believe he is active in all fifty states.
[quote I keep a Maglight flashlight next to the bed in case I wake up and the lights are out.
[quote] I can also use it to bash an intruder over the head.
That's always been my thought too.
R26, I have the billy club flashlight by my bed as well.
I know this sounds paranoid, but I rehearsed the whole routine of surprising the burglar in my house, shining the flashlight into his eyes to blind him, and then bashing him over the head with it. I know I would never have to do it, but rehearsing it "just in case" gave me a sense of comfort.
By the way, I did have my house broken into back in 2008. It happened during the day, between 7 and 8 in the morning. The burglar was my neighbor, a teenage kid, and I caught him in the act when I got home after working out at the gym. We believe that he had broken into a number of neighbors' homes, and that he was selling stuff to buy drugs. I was lucky; I got most of my stuff back, and he got arrested and went to jail. But I felt violated and I didn't sleep well for a month after that. We haven't had any neighborhood problems since that kid left.
I don't know if there's ever been a study about this, but I do believe that 9 times out of 10, a burglar is one of your neighbors.
[quote]I keep a nice S&W Magnum (.500, of course) where you keep your car keys, OP, so I don't worry. The noise and other qualities do more to "scare" people off than your toot-toot. And a Glock 17 in the drawer for back-up lets me sleep soundly.
I keep a smaller but just as handy Smith & Wesson Model 36 (Chief's Special) on a bedside table. I'm trained how to use it and have no qualms about shooting someone who tries to harm me or mine.
LOL @ R25
None of these things will help you.
I live in Philly and I just lock my doors at night and keep the outdoor and 1st floor lights on. I've lived here for decades and never been broken into. OP's tip wouldn't work even if I did have a "horn button" since it's all street parking around here. My car could be a block away on any given night.
I can just picture some of these posters in gated suburban housing complexes surrounded by empty woods and deserted strip malls at 3am, clutching their sweaty key rings in bed. Seek help!
A big dog and a Glock helps anyone sleep through the night.
[quote]My catcremote doesn't turn the horn on
My cat didn't come with a cremote.
R1 - The OP is a frau and these threads are what happens when they're allowed to infest, then nest here.
Get a dog. A big one with a big deep bark.
This is why all dogs exist. To protect the house, cabin, wagon train, sheep
Don't any of you people have alarm systems in your house?
A dog is an alarm system.
[quote] Get a dog.
"Get a dog" is the new "Get a blog."
I always keep a huge, black dildo by my bed in case someone breaks in. I figure that by the time he has finished saying "holy shit, you really are a fucking size queen" I've had plenty of time to escape.
Most people here live in rental units where dogs are not allowed. Duh.
Thanks for giving this great advice. The car horns will distract everyone from your screams as you see me at your bedside raising the razor-sharp knife for the first strike.
Someone keeps buzzing my entrance between 3 and 4 a.m. When I get up and go answer it there is nobody there. I think they are trying to give me a heart attack, and it's too persistent just to be kids. It happens all the time. One time I found scorch marks on my wooden steps like someone had tried to burn them (and no, not cigarette shaped).
I don't have a gun but I do keep a baseball bat near the front door and one in the back seat of the car. I have a very loud whistle on my key chain.