Half of Welsh adults have self-defence ‘weapons’

NEARLY half of people in Wales (47 per cent) keep a makeshift weapon in their home to protect themselves against intruders this winter, a new survey has revealed.

The poll of 2,000 adults, done by security firm ADT, found adults in Wales feel nervous when they are home alone, and keep some form of household item close at hand to defend themselves. Most popular items reserved as possible weapons include heavy torches, baseball bats and walking sticks.

With the average person’s home broken into at least twice, and nearly two-thirds of the break-ins in Wales happening when at least one person was at home (62 per cent), the study shows people are resorting to make-shift protection.

It was revealed a quarter burglaries take place in Wales during the winter months (23 per cent) with a third (31 per cent) admitting to feeling unsafe, with the emotional damage much worse than any material loss.

After robberies had taken place, a fifth of homeowners also admitted to feeling that their property wasn’t their ‘home’ anymore (15 per cent).

Mark Shaw of ADT said: “We are shocked by these results and that people would try to protect themselves in this way.

“It is understandable that people feel vulnerable at the moment particularly with recent data showing a rise in property crime after a 20 year decline but the key to keeping your home safe is always about prevention.

“We understand that homeowners, more than ever before, want to keep their homes and families safe.

“Simple security measures such as keeping doors and windows locked, investing in a security light or a monitored alarm will help ensure householders and their possessions are kept safe.

“With Christmas fast approaching, most homeowners will have security at the front of their minds and we are urging homeowners to ensure their home is safe this festive season.”

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8:03am Fri 17 Jan 14

ex-St. Julians boy says...

I don't see why the chap at ADT should be 'shocked' by this. The police not usually immediately to hand when some toerag breaks into a property. They only turn up after the event. Some of us are simply not willing to merely cower behind our curtains and if some toerag breaks into my house while I'm in, then I'll be only too happy to take the fight to the enemy.
I don't see why the chap at ADT should be 'shocked' by this. The police not usually immediately to hand when some toerag breaks into a property. They only turn up after the event. Some of us are simply not willing to merely cower behind our curtains and if some toerag breaks into my house while I'm in, then I'll be only too happy to take the fight to the enemy. ex-St. Julians boy
  • Score: 16

9:07am Fri 17 Jan 14

GardenVarietyMushroom says...

“We are shocked by these results and that people would try to protect themselves in this way."

Says the man who sells security equipment for a living - hardly an objective opinion I would think.
“We are shocked by these results and that people would try to protect themselves in this way." Says the man who sells security equipment for a living - hardly an objective opinion I would think. GardenVarietyMushroom
  • Score: 11

9:42am Fri 17 Jan 14

_Bryan_ says...

"It was revealed a quarter burglaries take place in Wales during the winter months (23 per cent)"

So a quarter of Welsh burglaries take place during a quarter of the year. Nothing particularly exceptional about that figure then.
"It was revealed a quarter burglaries take place in Wales during the winter months (23 per cent)" So a quarter of Welsh burglaries take place during a quarter of the year. Nothing particularly exceptional about that figure then. _Bryan_
  • Score: 11

12:18pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Bartlett1990 says...

The annoying thing is, we would probably end up getting sued or arrested for attacking someone if they break in to YOUR house.
As soon as someone steps foot inside your property with intent to do harm you shouldn't be held responsible for your actions I think
The annoying thing is, we would probably end up getting sued or arrested for attacking someone if they break in to YOUR house. As soon as someone steps foot inside your property with intent to do harm you shouldn't be held responsible for your actions I think Bartlett1990
  • Score: 5

12:35pm Fri 17 Jan 14

whatintheworld says...

this is an unsuprising story designed to scare readers in to buying the authors products.

while the data is mildly interesting, i am suprised the argus has given this plum free adverstising space.
this is an unsuprising story designed to scare readers in to buying the authors products. while the data is mildly interesting, i am suprised the argus has given this plum free adverstising space. whatintheworld
  • Score: 7

1:02pm Fri 17 Jan 14

Katie Re-Registered says...

Just think, if, in response, the Assembly decided to send weapons inspectors in, they could use this as an 'excuse' for blowing up the rest of Newport, too!:)
Just think, if, in response, the Assembly decided to send weapons inspectors in, they could use this as an 'excuse' for blowing up the rest of Newport, too!:) Katie Re-Registered
  • Score: -3

1:03pm Fri 17 Jan 14

gwentian says...

This is a badly written - or probably badly copy and pasted - item that is little more than an advertisement. Since when is 15% one fifth? 23% of burglaries take place in 25% of the year? That's surprisingly low! "With Christmas fast approaching" it says. Really?

"The average person's home is broken into at least twice": what on Earth does that mean? Utter rubbish! So, on average, a house is burgled 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9... or an infinte tnumber of times.

Shame on the Argus for publishing such nonsense.
This is a badly written - or probably badly copy and pasted - item that is little more than an advertisement. Since when is 15% one fifth? 23% of burglaries take place in 25% of the year? That's surprisingly low! "With Christmas fast approaching" it says. Really? "The average person's home is broken into at least twice": what on Earth does that mean? Utter rubbish! So, on average, a house is burgled 2,3,4,5,6,7,8,9... or an infinte tnumber of times. Shame on the Argus for publishing such nonsense. gwentian
  • Score: 10

1:26pm Fri 17 Jan 14

_Bryan_ says...

If someone breaks into my house while I'm there, I will assume that they are armed and present a threat to myself, my parttner and the kids and will respond appropriately.

In law, if you can show that you believe you are acting in defence of your life or a third person, almost any amount of force is considered reasonable. Including arming yourself with an appropriate weapon and using it.
If someone breaks into my house while I'm there, I will assume that they are armed and present a threat to myself, my parttner and the kids and will respond appropriately. In law, if you can show that you believe you are acting in defence of your life or a third person, almost any amount of force is considered reasonable. Including arming yourself with an appropriate weapon and using it. _Bryan_
  • Score: 8

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