Here are some relevant FBI Crime Statistics for 2013:
- More than 1.4 million residential burglaries ~ with residents home during nearly 350,000 of those burglaries
- One murder every 37 minutes
- One rape every 6.6 minutes
Women today are accomplished, independent, and strong. We are hard working executives, professionals, adventurers, travelers, athletes, students, singles, wives, mothers, and grandmothers. Despite these strengths, however, women (and children) are still vulnerable and often the targets of violent crime. To maintain our safety, we are taught to avoid dark and deserted alleys, parking areas, hiking, and running paths. We are taught to travel in the security of groups or with men. How many times have you chosen to not go somewhere, not take a trip by yourself, or not go for a walk, hike, or run after work because you fear for your safety? What about feeling secure in our own homes? What about the security of your children when asleep in their beds or playing in their own yards?
Certainly, awareness of surroundings and good judgement are first lines of defense. But, what are other options for personal safety? Mace, tasers, and/or self defense techniques can be effective, but all require close contact with the potential aggressor. A body guard may be able to keep you safe, but is costly, usually not 24/7, and infringes on your privacy. Making your home a fortress essentially makes you a prisoner. A handgun (assuming you can even access it in time AND have proper training and mental preparation) can be turned against you. Or, if you do shoot someone, are you prepared to face the mental anguish and legal aftermath of taking a life?
- A dog can function on its own allowing you the opportunity to make distance and escape the immediate threat.
- A dog can wake you during the night and scare off an intruder.
- A dog can check the security of your home, hotel room, car, or surroundings before you even enter.
- A dog can travel with you domestically and internationally to provide security where you are not permitted to have weapons in your possession.
- A dog can be ready when you are not or when you don't have time to reach or access to a weapon.
- A dog can inflict injury, impeding an aggressor's attack, without likely causing death.
- A dog can face an aggressor immediately and without hesitation or fear for its own safety.
- A dog can deter a threat just by its presence.