It’s time to face the facts: the world is an unsafe place. While we’d all like to think that our residences are more secure than the great outdoors, we know better than to rest our safety and the safety of the ones we care about in the hands of fate. Sure, this isn’t a post-apocalyptic dystopia where “kill or be killed” is the law of the land, but sometimes people choose to rob and/or harm others. So, it’s better to have a contingency plan for such situations, than to be surprised in the off chance that it happens to you. That being said, the most obvious answer – buy a gun – is not necessarily the best or most reasonable one.
While we are not in any way, shape, or form advocating against guns or gun ownership (especially in regards to home security), there are situations in which pulling out a 12 gauge shotgun is either not warranted, not necessary, or not available depending on what state you are in. And not everyone is ready or willing to potentially kill another person. But just because someone can’t or doesn’t want to own a gun, it doesn’t mean they don’t want to be able to defend themselves and their home, should any dire situations arise. For those such circumstances, we’ve rounded up 10 of the best less-than-lethal home security weapons and tools you can acquire today.
Sabre 3-in-1 Pepper Spray
As proof positive that “non-lethal” doesn’t at all mean “painless,” pepper spray is one of the most effective means of debilitating an oncoming attacker. Not only will the searing pain stop them dead in their tracks, but they’ll be temporarily blinded, as well. Especially if you use this one from Sabre. Boasting maximum stopping power that’s 30% more effective than competing brands, this spray is the #1 choice of police for a reason. And it can hit targets up to 10 feet away up to 35 times – meaning this isn’t in any way a single use capsule. Not a bad investment for less than a Hamilton.
Vipertek VTS-989 Stun Gun
If you don’t like the risks or the mess associated with pepper spray and you don’t mind getting a little up-close-and-personal with any potential home invaders, this stun gun is a very effective and inexpensive option. The crackle and flash alone is enough to ward off most danger, but the 53 million volts is sure to drop anyone brave enough to keep coming at you. The spiked electrodes are sharp enough to penetrate thick clothing and the shock plates on the sides of the unit will prevent assailants from trying to snatch it from you. And it features an LED flashlight and is equipped with an internal rechargeable battery.
Cold Steel Brooklyn Crusher Baseball Bat
No matter what part of the country you are from, chances are you’ve swung a baseball bat at some point in your life. And that across-the-board familiarity makes them a decent home security tool, because, while you may not know how to properly use a stun gun or pepper spray, a bat only requires you to swing it. This one from Cold Steel is made from durable polypropylene and is, therefore, nearly indestructible. Just be sure that, if you’re gonna use a bat as a self defense weapon, that you’re not concerned about trashing the stuff in your house.
Streetwise Security Barbarian Stun Baton
Combining the reaching distance of a baseball bat and the stopping power of a stun gun, the Barbarian Stun Baton from Streetwise Security packs 9 million volts of electricity into a package that puts some distance between you and whomever it is you are stunning. It also features a 3-mode CREE LED flashlight for both higher visibility in the dark and the potential to blind and disorient anyone on the receiving end. And if that doesn’t work, you still have the option to swing it like a club.
Olight M1X Striker Flashlight
Maybe inflicting physical damage on an assailant isn’t in your wheelhouse or you’d rather just have something that will allow you to make a quick getaway. In that case, the M1X Striker Flashlight from Olight is a pretty solid option. Though it works great as an everyday carry flashlight, the Striker has some features that give it a leg up both tactically and as a self defense option. Namely, it has a burst mode which emits an astounding 1000 lumens, more than enough to temporarily blind anyone without eye protection. It also has a strobe feature for consistent disorientation. And, in the case that you do need to take a swing to protect yourself, it features a toothed bezel for just such circumstances.
ARMA-100 Bean Bag Gun
While pepper spray or a good electric shock might slow someone down, nothing stops a person in their tracks quite like having the wind knocked out of them – your brain does need oxygen to function, after all. And that’s what’s great about the Arma-100 Bean Bag Gun. A non-lethal and totally legal alternative to a gun, this spring-loaded gas-powered device launches bean bags at up to 135 feet per second with the help of a pressurized nitrogen cylinder. As simple as pointing and shooting, this is a very easy and effective way to halt almost any attacker.
Fortress Security Alarm System
Of course, some might say that the best home defense tool is one that works even when you’re asleep or away. If you fall into that line of thinking, you might want to get yourself the Fortress Security Alarm System. This comprehensive and fully-programmable set allows you to monitor your entire home and its surroundings for suspicious movement and, should anyone trip any of the included door and window sensors, will set off a piercing 140 decibel alarm and call up to 6 designated phone numbers and play a prerecorded message. Of course, you can also deactivate it with a keypad code and/or any of the three included keychain-mountable fobs, or activate it yourself with a panic button, should anyone outsmart the sensors.
Salt Supply Pepper Spray Gun
Marrying the intimidation factor of a handgun with the non-lethal stopping power of mace, the Salt Supply Pepper Spray Gun fires rounds of powdered pepper spray up to 10 times the distance of traditional spray cartridges that create a chemical cloud upon impact. So, not only do the rounds impact your target at a rate of 320 feet per second (with the kinetic energy of a fastball pitch), but they immediately envelop your target in chemical pepper spray. Just make sure you check the legality of ownership wherever you are, because the laws can be pretty strict and there are restrictions in some places.
Just as the Salt is a gun/pepper spray hybrid, this TASER is a meshing of a firearm and a stun gun. Featuring a replaceable battery, this device has a range of 15 feet and is equipped with innovative Shaped Pulse and Electro-Muscular Disruption (EMD) technologies that temporarily overrides the target’s central nervous system. It’s even effective against anyone under the influence of drugs or alcohol. If you’re unwilling or unable to get a gun, but have absolutely no gripes with taking someone down with extreme prejudice, this is your best bet.
Adopt A Dog
While it indisputably requires the greatest commitment and responsibility, getting yourself a dog is possibly the most effective and proven way to deter home invaders. Between alerting you and your surrounding neighbors via barking and – depending on the breed – their ability to attack any uninvited guests, dogs are kind of like a combination of everything else on this list. And they come with the added benefit of unwavering companionship, so long as you treat them right. Just be absolutely certain that you’re ready to take on such a task, because most pounds are overpopulated as it is.