If you were offended by Vice President Joe Biden’s advice to get a double-barrel shotgun to thwart home invaders, NBC offered another option: bug spray.
Retired New York City police detective Wallace Zeins told NBC’s “Today” that wasp spray is an effective way to stop an intruder, according to The Blaze.
“Buy a can of wasp hornet spray in the hardware store or the supermarket, [and] keep it by your bedside or the floor,” he said. “It’s more powerful than police Mace.”
Never mind that the warning on the can advises consumers not to use the product indoors. It also says such usage “is a violation of Federal law to use this product in a manner inconsistent with its labeling,” The Blaze reported.
With the way today’s courts are being run, you can never be too sure what violation will put you in jail.
FBI statistics show that home invasions occur at the rate of 135 per day, NBC reported. Zeins shared other tips to protect yourself, but made no mention of the most effective method developed so far — a firearm.
His first bit of advice was to keep your car keys on the night stand next to the bed.
“Most people don’t realize this, but they leave their car keys downstairs,” Zeins said. “Bring your car keys up. Alarm systems are very expensive, and this is a loud one. All you have to do is hit the keys. They don’t realize it, but it’s the best alarm system, and doesn’t cost them a penny.”
It may work, if you’re parked within range of the house, and you have a transmitter on your key chain — and a car alarm.
If not, and you’ve opted against the wasp spray, Zeins had another impressive piece of advice: Treat the criminal “like royalty.”
“You tell them exactly where it is [the safe with valuables]. You want to get them out of there as quickly as you can,” he said. “Remember, treat them like royalty. On top of that, you don’t want to lie to them.”
Unless you’re holding a Winchester Widowmaker 12-gauge double-barrel shotgun. Then you’re free to say pretty much whatever you want.
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