A quote from Jeff Marder states “We live in an age when pizza gets to your home before the police do.”

I’m not sure if I totally believe this, but some pizza delivery is really fast. Sometimes it’s like a guy is driving around with hot cheese pizzas in his car and a side bar of toppings in the center console. Made to order on the way to your house.

Police response time will however vary greatly from neighborhood to neighborhood, and district to district. But you can fairly easily surmise that by the time the police get there, most of the time the incident will be over, and all that is left is the report to write. Thanks for the info, we’ll get back to you shortly. By the way, lock your windows and doors…

Lets face it, pizza joints outnumber police departments probably 15-1. Check your local yellow pages.

The bad guys don’t want to get caught. Typically they will be in and out or hit and run, not sticking around long enough to wait for you to call the cops and have them show up. Then when they don’t get caught, they are able to do it again to someone else.

You need an immediate deterrent, solution or equalizer, on hand and at the ready. An alarm, some pepper spray, a stun gun or Taser. Many choices to fit your situation and comfort level. Pick the one that suits you best, then pick the next one as a secondary option. I’d personally go for a triple decker, and practice using all of them until it is habit forming. Never leave without them, and always know how and when to deploy them.

I just had a buddy telling me about some creep causing some problems in his ’safe’ neighborhood. He wanted some information on self-defense and security products for himself and his neighbors.

Apparently, some homes were broken into and one of his neighbor’s wife was grabbed but got away from the guy over the course of a week or so. All the women were scared, and all the guys were anxious.

So I typed up a recommendation e-mail with some products, descriptions and links to the webpage. He was going to forward it off to the group and figure out what he wanted. A couple days past, and no orders from his neck of the woods, my buddy let me know that the creep was caught and everything was all hunky dory again.

The excitement was over as quick as it started and everyone was back to feeling safe and complacent again. I hope that he saves the e-mail for the next time. Oh well. Maybe they should just have a neighborhood pizza party.

When you hear it on the news and it happens miles, states or countries away, random acts of violence, theft and other ‘bad things’ don’t always sink in as a potential reality. If you don’t know the victim, or it didn’t happen to you personally, it is hard to relate.

The most surprising gal from my buddy’s neighborhood is the woman who got grabbed by the arm and managed to get away without being assaulted, robbed, raped or worse… I would have expected her to be the first and probably largest order.

I used to end every post with the following slogan, but I recently decided to just add it to the page sidebar next to every post.

It would be nice to believe that nothing will happen to you, but the reality of it is that an ounce of protection could be worth more than a pound of cure. What is Worth Protection to you? Your belongings? Your family? Your personal well-being?

Don’t wait for the first time or the next time. Be ready now, just in case. It may save your life, or the life of a loved one. Or at least detain a creep until the police arrive and prevent something bad from happening to someone else, even if you don’t know who the next victim is.

Then you can order your pizza in peace.

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