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What to Do if You Hear Strange Noises Outside

Nell is a member of Neighborhood watch in her area. This involves keeping an eye out for each other and reporting anything suspicious.

First Of All, Do Not Panic

I am lucky enough to live in an apartment block, or as we call it a council house maisonette. My neighbors are directly to the side of me and below me, so if I do not feel safe for any reason then I know they are literally just the other side of the wall.

House safety comes in many forms. Keeping the house safe from fires, blown out windows and bad plumbing is a must. But what happens if you do not feel safe in your house because you have heard strange noises outside and you live on your own?

Facing a burglar or intruder can be a terrifying experience. You need to keep the intruder out, raise the alarm, or protect yourself from the burglar. And that takes planning.

Not everybody is lucky enough to have neighbors literally over the fence from your front door.

Living in a house right out in the sticks, especially on your own can be a daunting prospect. Especially in the winter with the snow and ice blocking you off from getting in that car and driving to safety.

So, what to do if you hear strange noises outside? Well, first of all, do not panic.

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check windows and doors

I Hear Strange Noises Help!

Imagine if you are totally on your own. You are sitting in front of the TV eating a snack, its eleven o clock at night and totally quiet. Then, all of a sudden you hear someone or something crashing around outside. What to do? Well first of all here's not what to do!

  • Do not open the front door and yell hello? You could come face to face with a serial killer!
  • Never turn on all the lights in the house thinking that will make you feel safe. The stalker outside will be able to see you through all the curtains.
  • Do not arm yourself with a knife and go and try to tackle them yourself. More people are injured in this way that actually getting attacked by the perpetrator. The reason being that if you are holding a knife the bad guy will get it off of you and use it.
  • Do not try to escape through the back door unless you know for a fact that the person is out the front. Opening the door will get their attention and you need to be able to run pretty darn fast.
Breaking into a house

Breaking into a house

How To Deal With An Intruder The Safe Way

  • Get in one room and lock down the door. If its the middle of the night then it probably will be your bedroom. Put a chair under the door handle or use a key.
  • Now turn on the lights.
  • Nows the time to phone the police. If by any chance you don't have a cell phone in your room then open the window and yell at the top of your voice for help.
  • STAY IN THE ROOM. This must be reiterated, its the safest place.
  • Arm yourself with something. Either a baseball bat, if its conveniently placed under the bed, or more likely a table lamp.
  • Now is the time to make some noise. Yell, scream and holler at the top of your voice, if the neighbors can't hear you, then they can't help you.
  • If you are in the middle of nowhere then yelling won't really help unless you can bluff your way by screaming that you have someone else in the house, or the police are on their way. You can even say that you are filming them. That may just scare them off.
  • Make sure you have a window open as long as you are upstairs. Just in case the intruder tries to get into your room you will have an escape route.
  • If you really are in the middle of nowhere then DO try to escape but ONLY if you are fit enough to run, its not a good idea if you are older and fat. You won't get very far.
  • And last but not least do NOT be scared to bash them silly if they come at you. Being arrested afterwards is something that you can face later. And anyway they deserve a good punch!
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yell out of the window to get help and try to make the burglar run away public domain

Keep Your Own Personal Alarm Handy

Face To Face Attack.

So what happens if you come face to face with your attacker? Well, there are a few things you can do, but always try to keep yourself safe first.

  • If you come face to face with your attacker try to keep calm. No sudden movements and talk in a quiet voice.
  • If you wake up and see someone in your room, don't freak out straight away. They may be trying to steal your jewelry and other goods. Sometimes its best to keep still and make out you are still asleep, they may take the stuff and go. Your goods are not as important as your life.
  • If they start yelling at you and trying to attack you then throw everything that you can at them, and try to escape. Hit them with everything you have, as long as this is the only way to get clear of them. Do not attack them first.
  • If in doubt just try and run away as fast as you can. But make sure you don't trap yourself. You know your house better than anyone else, try to use this to your advantage.
  • Never make eye contact. Act submissive towards them and only talk in a quiet voice. This way you should be able to calm the situation.
  • If in any doubt of your safety then use everything in your power to protect yourself and your family. If you hurt the intruder or even worse then it's them or you. Simple as that.
  • The most important thing is to get out safely. If this means sitting quietly while they ransack the house then so be it. Be polite, as for peace and calm and then hope they just want your jewelry. Things can be replaced, loved ones cannot.
  • Always try and keep a fully charged mobile/cell phone with you, especially at night. You never know when you are going to need it.

Keep Your House Safe

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House Safety

Whether you live way out in the countryside or in a large city, its best to have a home alarm system to keep safe. The second a burglar tries to break into your house, the alarm will trigger and the police should be there in minutes.

But don't just rely on the alarm system. Make sure you always have a cell phone nearby, especially at night. Keep doors and windows locked at all times, even in the day. Fit safety locks on windows throughout the house, so if you do forget to lock them they will only be open a few inches. Keep a baseball bat or something you can use for a weapon under your bed, behind the sofa or under the table. Preferably one in each room.

Obviously, if you live in a country where you are allowed to use a firearm then make sure it's not locked and loaded but is there in case you need it. If not, then anything will do as a weapon.

Just remember, your aim is to stop the burglar hurting you. If you see them running away then let them go. Your safety is paramount. Never run after them for two reasons. The first being that they will turn on you and put you in danger and the second is that if you attack someone from behind then you can go to jail. Like it or not, that's the law.

Be safe. Use your common sense.

This content is accurate and true to the best of the author’s knowledge and is not meant to substitute for formal and individualized advice from a qualified professional.

© 2012 Nell Rose


Nell Rose (author) from England on August 27, 2019:

Thanks Milly.

Milly on August 27, 2019:

I am so going to try that out !

Cj smitty on August 08, 2019:

Thank you

Nell Rose (author) from England on March 20, 2016:

Thanks hailey, that sounds horrific! glad to see you are okay, and thanks for reading, nell

Hailey on March 19, 2016:

i love these tips on this website!

hailey on March 19, 2016:

one time I was being intruded and i had to stay in the bathroom all day

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 16, 2015:

You would love it Jo! lol! in fact when its snowing it doesn't feel that cold, its great fun!

Joanna Chandler from On Planet Earth on January 16, 2015:

LOL lucky you i wants no snow where I am . I don't know how people make out with that snow :(

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 15, 2015:

Hi Jo, lol! yes change it to mens names! we down in the south of England are not getting any snow at the moment, in fact most years we don't get it, its mainly up north, but it does look like we may get some next week, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 15, 2015:

Thanks lovedoc, yes its pretty safe around here, but you can still get nervous, we often get police patrolling around our estate, but sometimes it is to chase somebody because we live near an alley which is a great getaway for crooks! lol!

Joanna Chandler from On Planet Earth on January 14, 2015:

Hmmm i heard about the snow in Scotland and how many schools etc closed. Thank God we do not have snow the AC is cold enough. Gail has no behaviour... i feel offended most of these storms are named after us women .Are we that bad? Come on men are worst how about naming all after men. YESSS!!!.

Well please be safe and pray God will watch over you all. Good morning.

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 14, 2015:

No lol! I get up around 10 am, 12s a bit too late for me! I worked for 30 years without a break, so now I can take it easy! yes employers only take on the kids these days, so getting a job now is a pain! lol! have a good evening, its so windy here, gail force, gotta tie down the stuff on the balcony!

lovedoctor926 on January 13, 2015:

Helpful tips and advice. Thank you. I am not a deep sleeper so I am always hearing noises outside. I live in a safe neighborhood and I have an alarm in my home, but I am not sure if this is enough to keep crooks away. Helicopters flying above my home late at night. It makes me nervous whenever I hear cars passing by at wee hrs of the night.

Joanna Chandler from On Planet Earth on January 13, 2015:

Hmmm lady when is your normal bed time lol . Since i met you, you sleep far day morning lol. Never before 12:00 am. Well good luck with that job, because there are a lot of losers out there called employers lol. Do tarots by the time rotflol.

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 13, 2015:

Aw thanks, yes we Gemini people are awesome1 LOLOLO! I don't work at the moment, but I am looking for another job, so it will be back to normal bedtime! lol! thanks Jo!

Joanna Chandler from On Planet Earth on January 13, 2015:

My word 3 a.m. you see why your neighbour was thinking what she was thinking......? Lol! Your just sad ,you won't get enough rest by doing that . How do you make out at work and what time do you work lol? Hmmmm!!

Well Gemini people are the sweetest people in the world . I am hoping you fall into that catergory lol.

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 13, 2015:

LOL! yep I am Gemini! split personality! LOL! got to bed around 3am last night, so phew! hope your having a great day!

Joanna Chandler from On Planet Earth on January 12, 2015:

Nell didn't I send you to bed? These hours are portion hours :) lol . Thanks darling , i got a lot of presents . Tonight i got a car vacuum and an electric kettle mug. June are you cancer or gemini ? Please say Gemini please please lol.

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 12, 2015:

Thanks Deb, yes we have that around here too, not that many people take a lot of notice of it! but we do tend to keep an eye out in our block, thanks for reading, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 12, 2015:

LOL! no, no frog potions! and Happy Birthday, even though its late! lol! wish it was in the 90s here, just for a few hours! lol! thanks my birthday isn't till june, so long way off yet.

Debra Allen from West Virginia on January 12, 2015:

These are might fine suggestions and good advice. I used to be Neighborhood Watch and now the neighbor across the street is and we ae both on the same page with all of this.

Joanna Chandler from On Planet Earth on January 12, 2015:

Whiskey and soda lol those are crazy names but just great for fast nosy neighbours. Well its raining a lot here to and January to June supposed to be our dry season but apparently not. I am not missing the sun because some days it goes into the 90's degrees hot as hell if you stand too long in it you will ignite. I am happy to know you're okay. I came to collect my birthday presents my birthday was the jan 4th i turned 27. Email me when is yours? Go get some sleep and don't mix any frog portions plz.

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 12, 2015:

Hiya Jo, lol! my mum had two cats, she called them whisky and soda! can you imagine the neighbors faces when she opened the back door to call them in and yelled whisky and soda? they must have thought she liked her drink! lol! Yes I am fine thanks, same old thing over here, rain and more rain, have a great time with your mom okay?

Joanna Chandler from On Planet Earth on January 12, 2015:

Yes be sure to name your cat and dog that please it will save you a lot of future troubles lol. I am okay thanks i am at my mother tonight. How are you?

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 12, 2015:

LOL! er maybe not so much of the fat? and what a great saying from that old lady! LOLOLO! brilliant! thanks Jo, that was so darn funny! how you doing?

Joanna Chandler from On Planet Earth on January 12, 2015:

LOL well i guess when they come into your home what they get they TAKE! They have absolutely no right intruding :) :) Baseball bat sounds like a mighty fine idea and i will add make sure you connect the head hard if they survive they may eventually develop some sense, and know robbery/rape/muder is WRONG!

You're really bad Nell, you said this : If you really are in the middle of nowhere then DO try to escape but ONLY if you are fit enough to run, its not a good idea if you are older and fat. You won't get very far.

Hmmmm but you're right he he he.

Yeah i tired saw movies with silly people that just go to their door and open it. Come on are you stupid or something? When people come knocking at my door I always ask who is it? If they respond Junior I'd ask again to be sure or peep through the window.

My granny once told us a story about an old lady who live alone, she named her cat "Pull the trigger" and her dog "Kill him quick" so when the bandit came she called her cat and dog by their names and the bandit ran for his life. I think someone should keep this in mind just for the future lol.

Nell Rose (author) from England on March 20, 2014:

Thanks Jodah, we have had a few near misses to be honest, especially when we lived up a rather nasty estate! thanks for reading, nell

John Hansen from Australia (Gondwana Land) on March 20, 2014:

Great advice Nell. I've never had an intruder in my house yet, touch wood, but if I do I'll be prepared now. Thanks. Voted up.

Nell Rose (author) from England on March 20, 2014:

Hi Pamela, that must have been an awful thing to see when you got home, I am glad you were all out, so sad though. why do people do this? thanks so much for reading, nell

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on March 20, 2014:

Your tips are excellent as that would be a terrifying experience. My house was robbed many years ago, but we were at work and the children were at school. It was very upsetting, but nothing like it would have been had we been home. Awesome hub

Nell Rose (author) from England on March 20, 2014:

Thanks Wendy, glad you liked it, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on March 20, 2014:

Thanks rebecca, glad you liked it, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on March 20, 2014:

Hi Audrey, that's the best deterrent a great big huge dog! lol! thanks so much for reading, nell

Wendy Henderson from Cape Coral on March 20, 2014:

Great tips!

Rebecca Mealey from Northeastern Georgia, USA on March 20, 2014:

This was a very good subject to pick, you give some very sensible tips!

Audrey Hunt from Pahrump NV on March 19, 2014:

I have a dog with a horrendous bark! She would scare most anyone to death. She's y alarm system. I really like these tips and sure hope I don't ever need them. I didn't realize that burglars could see through curtains with the lights on. Wow! Thanks so much!

Nell Rose (author) from England on March 07, 2013:

Hi Rolly, lol! love it! I had a sign that said watch out for the jack russell he bites your ankles! haha! thanks as always, and hugs back at ya!

Rolly A Chabot from Alberta Canada on March 06, 2013:

Hi Nell... it is something we all need to be aware of in looking after the home. I live in a small community where break ins are rare but they do happen. I have a state of the art security system and the home is well posted.

Years ago I had but a sign that was very effective. It stated "You have now entered into the land of the 12 gauge haircut." I know , I know plat nice... lol

You have crafted an awesome hub here. Great work Nell...

Hugs from Canada

Love from Canada

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 18, 2013:

Thanks rajan, DDE and Arun, glad you liked it, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 18, 2013:

Hi ImKarn, that's the trouble living on the ground floor, you have to be so much more careful, sounds like you are doing the right things, thanks for the share!

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 18, 2013:

Hi Zipper, very good point about the guns and safety, we don't use them over here so I really don't know the pro's and con's, thanks so much, nell

Pat from United States on January 17, 2013:

Great hub, I myself would do the same but have my gun ready if needed. My mother saved her life with a rifle when I was young. I wasn't there at the time but a man broke in and she heard him and grabbed her rifle in her bedroom she waited until he got to the bedroom. When He saw the gun he turned around and ran. Knives are not good weapons for women because in close contact you can be over powered. Guns are tools that do not need to be feared to own. You just take a course so you know how to use them properly and how to safeguard them from children. My father always had guns and I learned early about gun safety and proper use. The media doesn't say very much about the men, women and children who are saved everyday by gun protection. Look it up.

Karen Silverman on January 17, 2013:

hi, Nell...great hub! I read it with great interest as i am a single female living on the main floor of a townhouse condo unit. I have a yard and 2 bedroom windows overlook the yard - and - i have worried about an intruder forever! I don't leave windows open at night - no matter how much i'd like to. I look around before i open my door and then i don't dither-dather locking it behind me! I don't tell anyone that my 13 year old dog would probably lick their ass if they chose to hurt me...(sigh..)..

your advice is great - i do have a knife under my pillow, jic, but - i'd need to get them with the first attempt - or - i know i'd be a goner..


ARUN KANTI CHATTERJEE from KOLKATA on January 17, 2013:

If the security alarm does not work one could use the fully charged mobile phone to alert the police and the immediate neighbours to scare away the intruders.Useful and interesting hub.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on January 17, 2013:

Most helpful tips when hearing noises outside, certainly one can benefit from these valuable tips. voted up!

Rajan Singh Jolly from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar, INDIA. on January 17, 2013:

Some great tips here Nell. Keeping oneself safe is of primary importance though defending oneself if the need arises is not to be ignored. Keeping a fully charged cell phone close by at night is a wonderful tip too. Keeping one's wits about is certainly very necessary in such circumstances.

Great hub which I'm sharing too.

Voted up, useful and interesting.

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 16, 2013:

Hi again LongTimeMother, that sounds great! I suppose we could use them over here, but England tends to be a bit colder, mind you living in the south like I do our summers are quite long, apart from last year! lol! its a really good idea though, thanks for coming back, nell

LongTimeMother from Australia on January 15, 2013:

A thought that might prove useful to your readers, Nell. Solar powered motion detector lights are relatively cheap these days and cost nothing to run. They are extremely effective. What I particularly like is having the outdoor areas around my home lit up without me needing to reach for a torch. Peek around the curtain with your room still darkened and you can easily see if there is an intruder or just a cat or a dog responsible for setting it off.

Your neighbours can also see what's happening around your house.

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 15, 2013:

Hi LongTimeMother, thanks for reading, yes those films do it to me too! lol! thanks!

LongTimeMother from Australia on January 15, 2013:

Hi Nell. One of my adult children now regrets having watched so many horror and thriller movies because she finds herself getting easily spooked. I never watch those movies. :)

Nell Rose (author) from England on January 13, 2013:

Hi dilipchandra, thanks so much for reading, nell

Dilip Chandra from India on January 12, 2013:

Good hub Nell, interesting and useful. It was also well written.

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 27, 2012:

Thanks Wiccan, sorry it took me so long to answer, been away for christmas! lol!

Mackenzie Sage Wright on December 23, 2012:

I would be terrified if this ever happened. This is good information to learn, I never would have thought to do some things like yelling out the window. I'd be curled up in the corner in a ball. Thanks for this, I hope I never have to use it!

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 22, 2012:

Hi kitty, lol! then there wouldn't be a film I suppose! thanks as always, and have a great Christmas!

Kitty Fields from Summerland on December 21, 2012:

Another awesome hub, Nell. Super informative and straight-to-the-point. Why don't all those dumbies in horror flicks follow these simple instructions?

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 16, 2012:

Hi Gordon, yes I totally agree with you, in fact the little darlings are worse than the adults! what's happened to sweet little kids singing at the door? lol! still hopefully its just kids stuff, but yes it does need nipping in the bud so to speak, and of course kids can do just as much damage to property as adults, thanks for reading, nell

Gordon Hamilton from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom on December 16, 2012:

Lots of great advice here, Nell - I hope that particularly those who are most at risk from these situations take heed of your tips.

Funnily enough, one night last week, I had a similar event. I was working out of the house for long hours all week, so my faithful hound was away with a family member. I was in the kitchen around 7.30pm - just in - and heard frenzied banging on the front door. I thought it was one of my (largely elderly) neighbours in need of help...

I answered the door to three wee kids aged around 9 or 10, who sang me the first line of "We wish you a Merry Christmas," before asking me for cigarettes and a light! I chased them. Ten minutes later, I heard a commotion and went out to find the boundary fence kicked down, my neighbours' treasured plant pots (apparently he had chased them, too) destroyed and the "little darlings" long gone.

One of the neighbours urged me not to phone the police as it would make us targets but I phoned the police - you better believe it! The police came and said they had three other calls from the street and that one of the neighbours had followed them to a house a couple of streets away. I might now have to go as a witness which will not be pleasant but there is no way I would give in to the little buggers.

I know your page is about the adult variety of intruders - but stopping them as kids before they get that far also has to be considered. Hope you agree...

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 14, 2012:

Hi mejohnson, that's right, its something we try not to think about, but we should really, thanks so much for reading, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 14, 2012:

Hi teaches, thanks for reading, yes I hope they don't have to do it too, scary stuff! thanks!

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 14, 2012:

Hi alocsin, thanks for reading, nell

Aurelio Locsin from Orange County, CA on December 14, 2012:

Common sense advice for something that I've never even thought about, much less planned for. Voting this Up and Useful.

Dianna Mendez on December 13, 2012:

Nell, this is advice everyone can use and should put to memory. Hopefully, it is not one that they will ever have to use - like insurance. Voted way up and shared.

mejohnson on December 13, 2012:

Great tips. I've always had a plan in my head of what I might do if this I'd happen. Everyone should be prepared or have an idea of what they might do. Voted up.

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 13, 2012:

Hi Paula, lol! yep don't forget the sexy nightie! haha! thanks for the laugh, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 13, 2012:

Hi Terrye, glad you liked it, and thanks! hope the new house is going okay?

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 13, 2012:

Hi drbj, lol! oh no! that sounds like my dog too! thanks again for reading, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 13, 2012:

Hi tipstore, that's it hopefully, your health is more important that wealth, thanks for reading, nell

tipstoretireearly from New York on December 13, 2012:

Very useful hub! Keeping locked in one room is great advice. The last thing you want to be doing is confronting an intruder. It's much better to simply let him take away whatever he wants (unless the police arrive first!).

drbj and sherry from south Florida on December 13, 2012:

Great tips, Nell. When I lived in a house, I had an excellent watch dog. While away at work my home was robbed twice. My dog lived up to his name. Both times he sat there and watched!

Terrye Toombs from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map. on December 13, 2012:

Great job, Nell and wonderful advice/information on home protection. Voted up and more.

Suzie from Carson City on December 13, 2012:

OK, Nell....stop trying to spook me! I actually have no neighbors close enough to hear me if I screamed my bloody lungs out.......but I live here by CHOICE. I don't WANT neighbors.

This being said, I am quite cautious and proactive. This is a small, semi-rural area......we have next-to-zero-crime, but of course I realize anything is possible.

At the end of the day, I make sure all outside lighting is ON....doors and windows are locked.....and I'm in a sexy nightie, just in case some gorgeous, muscular man breaks in!!

Thanks for the tips.....I sleep well!...........UP+++

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 12, 2012:

Thanks Glimmer, yes the dogs do make us feel so much safer, now I haven't got a dog it does feel strange, and less safe, but I am lucky really because I do have close neighbors, thank goodness! lol!

Claudia Porter on December 12, 2012:

Great tips here. Our dog barks loudly and he is a big boy so he is good protection for us. When I was single and lived in an apartment I was always quite cautious.

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 12, 2012:

Thanks for reading carla, glad you liked it, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 12, 2012:

Hi Becky, lol! yes I know what you mean! I would probably freeze or scream the house down completely either way I would scare them half to death! haha! thanks for reading, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 12, 2012:

Hi midget, thanks so much for reading, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 12, 2012:

Hi Crystal, you gotta be joking? seriously these days people are stupid, I can't believe the cops said that, well actually I can especially living in England! lol! thanks for reading, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 12, 2012:

Hi Barbara, thanks so much for reading, and keep safe! lol!

Barbara Badder from USA on December 11, 2012:

This hub caught my eye, it is something all of us need to think about before it happens. We have two dogs and the neighbors are close, so I feel pretty secure. You never know what can happen though.

Crystal Tatum from Georgia on December 11, 2012:

I've heard several stories lately from older women who live alone and have heard strange noises, and it's scared the daylights out of them! I know one woman who is confined to a wheelchair and called the cops and the officer asked her why she didn't just run. Good grief. Very informative hub, voted up and useful.

Michelle Liew from Singapore on December 11, 2012:

Phew. I'm alone right now and this gives me many pointers! It's daylight now though, thankfully! Wise advice, and a fun read too, as usual from you, Nell. Passing it on.

Rfordin from Florida on December 11, 2012:

Hey Nell,

I must admit I always flip myself out with noises I hear outside. You share some cool tips I just hope I don't freeze in fear if I am ever confronted with this situation.


Carla J Swick from NW PA on December 11, 2012:

Great book about having a healthy fear - great to have this hub as a resource as well. Great job.

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 11, 2012:

Hi Sharky, boundaries are funny things, but I love the logic behind shoot them in the leg! haha! wish we could get away with that over here in good ol' staid and steady England! I have bats etc, and other stuff placed around the house, and yes I would use it, if I got into trouble at least I would be around too get into trouble with the police afterwards! lol! thanks for reading, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 11, 2012:

Hi mary, I don't blame her for getting him with the baseball bat, good for her! lol! I am sure you are safe mary, but I do know what you mean about the house being old and creeky, my mums old house was too, the advantage was that nobody could get up the stairs without standing on That Stair! we knew how to get round it, but a burglar wouldn't have! lol! thanks as always, nell

Mary Hyatt from Florida on December 11, 2012:

My little dog, Baby, is a barker! I wonder if she would bark if an intruder tried to break in, though. Just last night on the news, they had a story of a lady who woke up to find someone in her house with her computer in his arms. She grabbed a baseball bat and starting beating him. He ran out the door with her computer, but she says she is sure she got some good licks in.

I live in a house that is 100 yrs. old, and the floors squeak all the time. I hear some scary noises at night.

Jayme Kinsey from Oklahoma on December 11, 2012:

This was very interesting to read. I have lived in the country most of my life. In fact, at one time we lived very far in the wildneress. We were right on the state line. It would take about an hour for law enforcement from the Oklahoma side to get to us, and the Arkansas couldn't come until the OK guys were there, because we lived in Oklahoma. ( even though it was only by a few feet.) So we asked the sheriff what we were supposed to do in case of intruders and he said the best thing we could do would be to shoot them in the leg and they would come pick them up in the morning!

I guess because if that, I never thought to be afraid of living in the country. My husband is more worried about it than me, especially now that he works night shift. The whole house is full of things that he has brought home that can be used for protection. :)

Truly, great hub. And I am definitely sharing and voting.

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 11, 2012:

Hi Sis, lol! that's brilliant! I will have to come over for some shooting practice! thanks as always, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 11, 2012:

Hi Pavlo, thanks so much for reading, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 11, 2012:

Hi polly, yes I will if I get to live on my own, they always make me feel so much safer, I love dogs too, thanks as always, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 11, 2012:

Hi Pamela, no I didn't mention a dog, did I? lol! not sure, but its a great idea, thanks as always, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 11, 2012:

Hi Linda! lol! yep if they mess with me they know what they get! well at least they used to! maybe a bit slower now! haha! thanks as always, nell

Nell Rose (author) from England on December 11, 2012:

Hi ruby, yes they always manage to find a way, but keeping protected is the best line of defence, thanks as always ruby, nell

Linda Bilyeu from Orlando, FL on December 11, 2012:

Excellent advice! I must admit I did LOL a few times picturing the scenarios! I hope burglars read this hub and think twice before messing with anyone. Ever!

Ruby Jean Richert from Southern Illinois on December 11, 2012:

Now i'm afraid, Hee..Great tips on staying safe. I have an alarm system that goes off if someone drives in the driveway. No matter how much protection one has, there is still a danger. Thank's Nell..Voted up up..

Pamela Oglesby from Sunny Florida on December 11, 2012:

I know in the US about one third of break-ins come in through the front door according to an article I read a few days ago. Most of the rest come in through windows on the first floor, so you tips are really good. A deadbolt lock on the front door is a must. This article also said a dog is one of the best lines of defense as burglars typically avoid houses with loud barking. I had never heard this before, but it makes sense. Voted up and very useful.

Pollyannalana from US on December 11, 2012:

I live out to myself and I have always wondered at people who think that is so dangerous. lol I learned to shoot a gun when I was ten, I always keep dogs to warn me of an intruder and that is one of the best things I could recommend, those buggers are worth their weight in gold, even the little inside ones. Dogs beat any alarm since they can hear them well before they get inside your house. I had a small inside one once I so loved, because she never yapped, she just did a low growl and if I went to look out I saw my nephew usually coming 300-400 ft away! I always knew who was coming well before they got there, in case I did not want to be home!

Get you a small dog girl, they are a treasure. Life is too dangerous if you live alone!

Pavlo Badovskyi from Kyiv, Ukraine on December 11, 2012:

This may happen to anyone. None is ensured from such a thing. Interesting advices. Hope not to use them in a real life :)

Angela Blair from Central Texas on December 11, 2012:

Good information, Nell -- and very well written. Must admit that being pro-gun I'm usually armed. I have a sign in my front yard (small but readable from the street) that says: "House protected by Mr. Smith & Mr. Wesson -- we don't call 911!" So far, so good! LOL! Best/is

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