When a Stranger Walks on Your Property, What is the Most Powerful Tool You Have to Use First?
Holding a gun, knife, or even a flamethrower isn’t going to be as intimidating as your voice. Anyone can hold a weapon, but not everyone can use it. Your voice must be firm, strong, and at least bordering on confrontational. That may the first impression an approaching stranger gets from you… even if they can’t see you. It sets the tone for the rest of the conversation and lets the individual know whether you are a pushover or not.
Your voice needs to let the approaching person know that you are not afraid to stand your ground and you won’t be intimidated. Then, if you do have a weapon in hand, they are more likely to believe you will use it — and less likely to give you reason to do so.
If you have children at home, it’s a good idea to have them practice using a bold voice. You can even role play as if you are the approaching stranger. Remember, children have a difficult time confronting adults. You don’t want their first experience with it to be the most important and potentially dangerous one.