Self-defense is a natural right, and even in gun-hating countries like The Netherlands, people still take action.
Most burglary victims sleep with a weapon by the bed
Nearly half of burglary victims now sleep with a bat, knife, pepper spray or even a gun next to their bed.
This is according to a survey among 1,100 burglary victims commissioned by the Foundation National Intrusion Prevention Weeks, AD reports. The results will be presented to Minister Ard van der Steur of Security and Justice on Thursday.
46 of respondents stated that they have brought a “means of defense” into their homes in case they run into a burglar. This is mostly some form of bat or stick they can use to deal a blow. About 20 percent indicated that they have purchased pepper spray, a knife or even a firearm.
Coen Staal, chairman of the Foundation, called the figures “shocking” and said that they show how gigantic the impact of a burglary is on the victims. “It is natural that people want to defend themselves, but it is also dangerous. It …read more