The tools that The Today Show deem more effective than firearms include activating your car alarm, sleeping with your door open and keeping a can of wasp spray handy.
The report stated that there are 50,000 home invasions in the United States each year. For advice on how to stop these intrusions, the reporters turned to a burly former detective named Wallace Zeins. Each of Zeins’ suggestions was more ridiculous than the last.
First, he suggested turning on your car alarm – as if that would somehow deter a burglar who is already in your house.
“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.”
Then he suggested spraying the intruder with wasp spray (which doesn’t work).
"Buy a can of wasp hornet spray in the hardware store or the supermarket, keep it by your bedside or the floor,” said Zeins. “It’s more powerful than police Mace. The great part is, when you spray, it will go 20 to 25 feet.”
And if all else fails, be sure to sleep with your doors open!
“You want your kids to hear what’s going on,” the report stated. “The key is to get the family together all in one place and then get out.”