Readiness for Fear

It has been a while since I wrote a post and I am really started to miss it. With all of the attention that I have been putting into this new job I have hardly left anytime to sit down and write my thoughts.

The last post I wrote I ended up taking down. It was about the general fear of the United States receiving refugees from Syria. Although I got a lot of interesting responses to it as I re-read my post I realized that it was driven by fear rather than what I feel in my heart. This brings me into my thoughts about fear itself.

There is something about fear itself that is exciting and actually enticing. It is the engine behind what makes CNN and Fox News such a large success. I have been watching and monitoring both news groups and have started collecting my own data. It seems to me that just 1 out of every 25 stories is fueled by fear and some of those even stir up the feeling of doom.

We all have our own personal fears of losing a job, getting sick or having to deal with a catastrophe. We worry if we will be able to pay our bills each month and the penalties we may face if we can’t. I have always had these fears and they have driven me to learn how to protect myself from certain life situations. This is one of the reasons that I chose a minimalist lifestyle where I make sure that there is always a little money left over at the end of the month to put into preserve if something should happen.

I really don’t want to live in a fantasy world of fear with all that the news delivers to our homes each day. There is always the possibility that something could happen. With an increased onslaught of home invasions in my area I am learning to develop a plan of protection rather than join the crowd of those who worry about it. Most of these home invasions being conducted by individuals who fall into categories of homeless, transient, drug addicted or mentally ill. Most are simply looking for a little something that they can steal from your home and sell to get money to support their drug habits. I am learning that the mentally ill are amongst this category as so many are choosing self medication rather than the distracting pharmaceutical ones they are prescribed.

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So what is my preferred plan of defense?

A break in while at work:
The use of a small remote door alarm works great after you leave the house. It is small compact and inexpensive. Both alarm and remote work on batteries and if someone should open the front door while engaged they will be greeted by a loud ear piercing sound that will also alert the neighbors of a problem. If they do decide to take a chance and run and and try to grab something I make sure that it is not so easy to find anything worth taking. This means either having a safe for valuables or just making sure that anything they may be searching for is hard to find. Electronics like expensive smart phones and computers seem to be a large target for them. The longer they have to stay in the house searching the more time the local police have to get there. When I get home I just turn off the alarm with my remote.

A break in while I am home:
If someone should enter my home while I am in it the chances are that it will happen after the lights are out and they know I am asleep. Again the personal alarm is on and I am in bed with my personal defense bag next to me. My cellphone is plugged in and sitting on my nightstand if I need to call for help. My personal defense bag is just an old lunch bag that I picked up at a garage sale. Inside I have several items. A 2000 lumen flashlight, a knife, a can of mace, and a small handgun. The method I have chosen should I be confronted by an invader in my own home is this. I hold the bright flashlight in my weak hand while my arm is extended as far as it can go. If the invader has a gun they will shoot at the light rather than at me. As the light is bright enough to cause temporary blindness it puts me the advantage. I want to as loud as I can possible be when I am telling this invader. “GET OUT OF MY HOUSE, I HAVE A GUN AND I WILL SHOOT YOU” After that I give the invader a few seconds to respond or flee. The reason for this is that being woken up out of a sound sleep you don’t want to shoot as the invader could end up to be a family member. If after a few seconds there is no response the invader gets hit with a spray of mace. Within seconds this should cause enough discomfort and disorientation to make this invader think about his or her initial plan of robbery and head for the door. In the mean time I am on the phone will 911. The last thing I want to do is engage in hand to hand combat with this individual. I don’t know there strength and with adrenaline flowing I don’t know their capabilities. The last thing I want to do is shoot this person, but if I am approached in an aggressive manner I have no other choice but to defend my own life.

So why do I choose a personal alarm over a commercial alarm with the connectivity to automatically triggering a response to local law enforcement? It has been my experience while working in the field of security where I quickly learned that most responses come from a security company. I have personally witnessed alarm responses arrive to the scene well over 30 minutes from the time the alarm is set off. This is usually the cause and effect of local traffic or not having the adequate staffing to respond quickly. For local law enforcement most departments are terribly undermanned right now. The bottom line is that you have to depend on yourself in a situation and you must act more quickly than the home invader. It should also be noted that with a personal alarm system your trusted neighbors should be informed that if they hear your alarm to wait 3 minutes before call the police. Many times it is possible to simply forget to turn off the alarm before entering your home.

Of course there always vulnerable area’s to think about like windows and each can be equipped with it’s own personal alarm. In this case the remote should be located near the window as to not forget to turn if off before letting in some fresh air. Hanging a bell on the front door is also another method. If you hear that bell ringing you know that your front door has been opened. Having thorny bushes just outside each window also makes for a good deterrent. No one likes getting stuck by a thorny bush and it also leaves traces of DNA at the scene later for police to identify the perpetrator.

These are just some of the thoughts that go through my mind when I think about the things I fear and that fear seems to be a little less as I know I will be ready should I have to react. I would love to hear your thoughts and methods you have developed to protect your family and your home.

Blood Sugar- 92, Weight- 182.6

About SimpleLivingOver50

At 53 years old I am starting to realize how life changes both physically and emotionally. I strive for a life of simplicity. I am winning the battle with type II diabetes, created a plan to have all debt paid off in 4 years including the house, taking advantage of every opportunity to live life to it's fullest through adventures in nature, hiking, biking, loving and learning.
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15 Responses to Readiness for Fear

  1. MmrliRuddy says:

    This was a great post. I respect your message of preparing and not becoming a victim. Many people it seems choose to live in ignorance with an expectation that someone else will save them then preparing themselves and taking reasonability for there own welfare. Great post.

  2. Bloody hell!
    I have never thought about this.
    Strangely enough I was talking to a friend today about terrorism and the conversation she had with her daughter. They were both worried about it and I said I had never even given it a thought. All I knew was I hoped that if I was in the kind of position I would be brave enough to shield my loved ones behind me and hope they were okay. I have had a rare old life already so if its numbers up time….
    I hope that didn’t sound too trite or banal, it was not my intention.

  3. Noddfacrafts says:

    I find it amazing that you live in such fear. It makes me realise that I live in a protected environment.And you have a gun! How different my world is. How I appreciate it.

  4. Helen says:

    If you feel fear, it is good you do something about it. I am sorry that you feel so threatened, though.

  5. geekkat says:

    Everyone feels fear and there is nothing that can be done to not feel fear especially when things like this happen. But how we react to that fear is what makes us. I hate the fact you deleted your post because like so many you felt it and you expressed it in a very controlled, positive way that made people think. I think you should have left it up because it was a valid and true feeling and as writers if we can’t express our feelings whether it be positive or negative then why do we write? I enjoy reading your posts each time you write because you give me food for thought 🙂

  6. I am glad you own a gun. I do too and it is for protection only. I do not hunt, target shoot. I know many women of all political persuasions who also own guns.

  7. facetfully says:

    Interesting post. I did mull over the post you took down and saw it was gone when I went back to respond. It seems this post is about a different kind of fear. Terrorists are not likely to invade your home. We all face fear in different ways. It is unfortunate, but apparently the way of the world today, that we have to think about these things. Is it good that the speed of the news keeps us thinking of all thsee things? I would prefer to have at least a little good news mixed in, but people don’t seem to want to hear that. I admit to being a pollyanna. So, we each face our fears differently. The common thread is that we all have them and must address them in our best way. You have a plan that works for you!

  8. pobept says:

    Mmmm… I have lived ‘mostly’ in the country for the past 60+ years. Crime in the country can and sometimes is as bad as any city.
    I believe in good dogs that do not like strangers.
    12 gauge shotguns loaded with 00(double 00) buck shot. Grin… there are 9 shots in a shell, each shot measures 8.35mm. If needed, defending myself, my home, 1 shot from my shot gun is very much like the intruder being hit by nine shots fired from a 9mm pistol.
    Be safe.

    Happy Holidays

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