Protect yourself with some helpful tips!

Typically, whenever I check my Hotmail account and see that I’ve received a forwarded email, I generally don’t think it will be of much importance, as it is generally a series of cute  animal pictures (…really cute, I must admit), however today I got an email from a family friend and actually found some interesting tips in it that I thought may be helpful to share.

The email was titled ’13 Things Your Burglar Won’t Tell You’ and offered a humorous but helpful series of tips from a sarcastic burglars point of view that proved to be quite insightful about safety/security tips for your home. Towards the end, there was an interesting little section about the use of general wasp spray that could be used as a pepper spray replacement. Here’s what the email said:

” A friend who is a receptionist in a church in a high risk area was concerned about someone coming into the office on Monday to rob them when they were counting the collection. She asked the local police department about using pepper spray and they recommended to her that she get a can of wasp spray instead.

        The wasp spray , they told her, can shoot up to twenty feet away and is a lot more accurate, while with the pepper spray, they have to get too close to you and could overpower you. The wasp spray temporarily blinds an attacker until they get to the hospital for an antidote. She keeps a can on her desk in the office and it doesn’t attract attention from people like a can of pepper spray would. She also keeps one nearby at home for home protection… Thought this was interesting and might be of use. “

From another source:

  ”  On the heels of a break-in and beating that left an elderly woman in Toledo dead, self-defense experts have a tip that could save your life.  Val Glinka teaches self-defense to students at Sylvania Southview High School . For decades, he’s suggested putting a can of wasp and hornet spray near your door or bed. Glinka says, “This is better than anything I can teach them.”
Glinka considers it inexpensive, easy to find, and more effective than mace or pepper spray. The cans typically shoot 20 to 30 feet; so if someone tries to break into your home, Glinka says, “spray the culprit in the eyes”. It’s a tip he’s given to students for decades. It’s also one he wants everyone to hear. If you’re looking for protection, Glinka says look to the spray.

       “That’s going to give you a chance to call the police; maybe get out.” Maybe even save a life. “

I definitely never thought of that, but it sure does make sense. Seeing how you can’t typically buy pepper spray, this is a neat substitute, and couldn’t really get you in any trouble.

Also in the email was an interesting bit of advice on where to keep your car keys. Here’s the excerpt:

” Tell your spouse, your children, your neighbors, your parents, your Dr.’s office, the check-out girl at the market, everyone you run across. Put your car keys beside your bed at night.
     If you hear a noise outside your home or someone trying to get in your house, just press the panic button for your car. The alarm will be set off, and the horn will continue to sound until either you turn it off or the car battery dies. This tip came from a neighborhood watch coordinator. Next time you come home for the night and you start to put your keys away, think of this: It’s a security alarm system that you probably already have and requires no installation. Test it. It will go off from most everywhere inside your house and will keep honking until your battery runs down or until you reset it with the button on the key fob chain. It works if you park in your driveway or garage. If your car alarm goes off when someone is trying to break into your house, odds are the burglar/rapist won’t stick around. After a few seconds all the neighbors will be looking out their windows to see who is out there and sure enough the criminal won’t want that. And remember to carry your keys while walking to your car in a parking lot. The alarm can work the same way there. This is something that should really be shared with everyone. Maybe it could save a life or a sexual abuse crime.” 

I just thought these two bits of advice were actually pretty helpful and interesting. I had never really thought of either, but they both make sense. Maybe some of you have heard them before, but I thought it would be a good thing to share anyways!


One thought on “Protect yourself with some helpful tips!

  1. Reading your blog made me remember a break and enter incident from many moons back. Though not quite the same. My buddy Alan came home one night to find a man in his apartment – obviously in the middle of trying to rob him. He and Alan had an altercation, to which Alan was able to not only subdue the culprit, but to convince him to calm down, put everything back and just sit down. “Take it easy” he told him. Have a drink. Put your weapon away, I’ll pour you a drink, you can calm down, leave and I won’t call the cops. No harm done.
    The thug did calm down, accepted the drink, and left without any of Alan’s stuff.
    Fifteen minutes later Alan called the Edmonton police and reported the incident. The police took the glass – complete with fingerprints – and the guy was arrested shortly thereafter.
    Not that I would do it, but pretty cool none the less.
    Alan and I both moved back to Ontario a couple months later. lol

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