If you’re ever confronted by an assailant in your garage, you may have any number of highly effective weapons within your reach. A woman in Indianapolis identified as Carol found that out soon enough when she arrived home in February of 2016.

1SDA man was waiting in her garage. The 52-year-old questioned what the man wanted. He said he had a gun and demanded her purse.

She replied he could have the purse and it was in her car. Then he lunged at and grabbed her—pinning her against a toolbox (big mistake!).

“So I grabbed a staple gun and smacked him on the side of the head,” the story at fox6now.com quotes Carol. “He went down to his knees.”

The man must have been pretty hard-headed because the blow didn’t keep him from charging her a second time. However, Carol grabbed two staple guns and told him, “I will crush your skill in if you touch me again.”

The bleeding man left.

How to Protect Yourself

  • Preventing an intrusion is the first thing. How did this man get in the garage? The story doesn’t describe the type of garage, but perhaps he simply lifted the door open. But it’s also possible he got into the house from a back door or window, then made his way to the garage and waited.
  • All possible entries to your house should be as intrusion-proof as possible.
  • If you find yourself being pinned by an assailant, keep level headed and make a fast assessment of what’s within reach that could be a weapon—then slam it into your assailant’s head.
  • Unlike what you’ve probably seen on TV hundreds of times, all it takes is one good slam to disable the assailant enough for you to make your escape. The side of an angry man’s head is fragile simply due to the fact that it’s the side of a human head.
  • Even striking with an office stapler can daze an assailant.

Do not hesitate to deliver a second blow if he comes at you after the first blow.

Robert Siciliano CEO of IDTheftSecurity.com, personal security and identity theft expert and speaker is the author of 99 Things You Wish You Knew Before Your Identity Was Stolen. See him knock’em dead in this identity theft prevention video.

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