Taking the necessary measures to keep you and your family safe while in your own home can be a daunting task. But if you’re living with someone else, safety precautions can become that much more challenging.
First and foremost, you have to respect the wishes and/or rules of the household where you are dwelling. While you may find some of the rules ridiculous, the owners/renters of the property are entitled to live as they see fit. Just as long as no laws are being broken.
So if you are someone who has a conceal carry license or live in an open carry area but you’re residing with your parents who don’t allow firearms in the house….well, you would have to get rid of your gun or find a temporary home for it.
Or let’s say you are the one that doesn’t like firearms but you’re staying with someone who not only owns them, but is also careless with them. Maybe Uncle Jim is use to leaving his guns lying around the house fully loaded even though you have a 5 year old. In this case, you would need to have a talk with him to see if he would be willing to lock them up. Otherwise, finding another place to stay would be your best bet.
When you’re living in someone else’s home, you’re going to be accessible to all the people they associate with. So if your teenage cousin is selling drugs or hanging out with criminals, there’s a good chance his home could be a target of rival drug dealers or thugs. Never mind the possibility of being raided by S.W.A.T. at 3 a.m.
What if you’re staying with a dear relative who is an exotic dancer trying to pay her way through college? One night a regular of hers decide he’s going to follow her home from the club so that he can fulfill a sick fantasy of his, one that ends in death?
There are so many different possibilities and scenarios when it comes to living under someone else’s roof. One of the worst and possibly most dangerous is a person who has lots of different type’s of people coming in and out of their house. There’s usually bound to be someone in that bunch that is up to no good and definitely not to be trusted according to the law of probabilities.
So what should you do to protect yourself in these situations? Having a plan in order beforehand is something that absolutely should not be overlooked. Think about things like: How many different ways can I get out of this house in an emergency? Where’s a good place to hide? Will I be able to hear if someone breaks in? How many people have a key to this residence? How far away is the nearest police station?
Make sure you have items handy that can be used for self-defense. For instance, strategically placing some of these Pen Knivesaround the house [that only you are aware of] could be beneficial. Make sure they are well hidden though, you wouldn’t want anyone to mistaken it for a real pen, nor would you want a small child or pet to get ahold of one.
Having a flashlight stun gun is a perfect self-defense tool. Here you have the element of surprise because your assailant thinks you’re just holding a flashlight and has no idea you are holding a 9 million volt weapon in your hand. This bad boy is completely rechargeable with a lifetime warranty. How’s that for protection? Not to mention it won’t scare the bee gee bee’s out of the homeowner. Win-win.
Make sure to keep your valuables safe from prying eyes and sticky fingers with a diversion safe. While living with someone else, one thing that is hard to obtain is person space and privacy. The last thing you want is to come home from a hard day’s work and find out that the money you’d been saving to move into your own place has vanished. Or your expensive jewelry has somehow disappeared. Who exactly would you blame and how would you get it back? Invest in a diversion safe to save yourself the heartache and trouble.
One of the best ways to avoid any of these scenarios and stay safe is to live on your own. However, circumstances don’t always permit for this to be the case. Whatever your situation is, always be prepared to protect yourself and those you love.