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Published On: Mon, Sep 15th, 2014

NBC expert on home defense: car alarm, illegal hornet spray and treat intruder ‘like royalty’

According to FBI crime statistics quoted by NBC’s TODAY Show, home invasions are on the rise in America at a shocking rate of 135 per day.

A stereotypical caricature of a villain photo/wikimedia

A stereotypical caricature of a villain photo/wikimedia

NBC Jeff Rossen to produced the segment titled,  “How to protect your family from home invasion” offering advice to viewers from Wallace Zeins, a retired NYPD detective and former hostage negotiator. The law enforcement veteran shared his tips for thwarting home invasions, noticably without the use of firearm.

“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.”

Zeins also suggests keeping another item in your bedroom: “Buy a can of wasp hornet spray in the hardware store or the supermarket, keep it by your bedside or the floor,” he said. “It’s more powerful than police Mace.

“The great part is, when you spray, it will go 20 to 25 feet,” Zeins added. An intruder hit with the spray will be temporarily blinded.

NBC posted the subsequent warning that readers/viewers need to check your state and local laws on the legality of using these sprays for self-defense – this is considered assault in Florida, for example and is illegal.

Zeins has another tip: Sleep with all your bedroom doors open. “You want your kids to hear what’s going on; then you can get the family all in one place and leave together.”

In the worst-case scenario, if you are “captured” by an intruder, you should cooperate and tell them where the valuables are, Zeins advises.

“You tell them exactly where it is. 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.”

Vice President Joe Biden made headlines when he told Americans (including his wife) that a shotgun is the best tool for frightening off would-be intruders. Biden shared his “get a double-barrel shotgun” advice with Parents magazine.

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  1. MG says:

    Mr. Zeins is an idiot and he’s giving idiotic advice that will get victims killed.

  2. avlisk says:

    Can you say “obtuse”? I know I always enjoy hand to hand combat with an intruder in my house in the middle of the night. Here in the Free States of America, we have a great tool. It’s called .357 magnum and double barreled shotgun. Easy, simple, common sense solutions that are effective. Thank you, Mr. Biden for the advice.

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