By Aimee Braddock
Protecting Your Home and Family Without Guns. Guns are dangerous – that’s an indisputable fact. A gun is a weapon that does exactly what it was designed to do, and, in the wrong hands, it can be absolutely devastating. Sandy Hook is a recent reminder of this fact, but there have been countless others throughout history.
While the debate rages on about how to proceed with regards to these weapons, one thing that should be made clear to the American people is that you do not necessarily NEED a gun in the home in order to protect your family. There are lots of ways you can go about this.
– Get a Home Security System
– Improve the Quality of Living
– Bring a Dog into the Family
There are really quite a few ways you could protect your home and family without resorting to a weapon and we’re going to look into these suggestions in more detail.
Getting a Home Security System
The home security market has never been better when it comes to protecting the home and all those that dwell within. Our understanding for how to effectively protect the home has taken us beyond the trappings of surveillance cameras – though these still exist – to more efficient and cost-effective plans and means like monitored home security.
Many home security providers offer monitored home security systems that monitor for disturbances at all hours of the day and night. What this ultimately means is that whether or not you’re home, if that alarm is in any way triggered, then a monitoring center will be alerted, and the authorities won’t be far behind.
Improve the Quality of Living
“Improving the quality of living” is just a fancy way of saying “home improvement” and there are lots of things you can improve on in and around the home that can also make it much safer. For example, let’s look at the yard. Lots of people like to keep tall hedges dangerously close to the main entrance and that’s a problem – especially if they are too high to see over.
Little things like trimming back the hedges and replacing the locks, if need be, are all things you can do around the home that help reduce the chances of a successful break-in. Some habits might also need adjusting, as well, like remembering to close the curtains or blinds at night to avoid anyone scoping the scene. Exterior lights are also a good idea.
Bring a Dog into the Family
Dogs are always fun to have around and their keen senses of both hearing and smell make them uniquely qualified to help protect your home. Whether it’s someone approaching on foot or an unfamiliar car pulling up – guest or stranger – your dog is going to know about it and let you know that someone is coming.
The mere presence of a dog is enough to greatly reduce the chances of an intrusion as it has been observed that criminals are more likely to avoid the homes where they dwell. Just remember that if you do decide to employ a guard dog you should seek professional consultation on the training. After all, the only thing worse than an intrusion is a guard dog that can’t distinguish friend from foe.
As you have read, there are plenty of great home security alternatives to a gun, and there are plenty more out there. Anyone who tells you that you absolutely MUST have a gun in the house and it’s the only way to protect your loved ones is someone who has clearly run out of good ideas.
Contact the experts at Godby Safe & Lock for all of your home security needs.