BOOM! The noise is the first thing you hear as you are aroused from your sleep. A quick glance at your clock tells you it’s still 3:25 AM. Obviously too early for garbage trucks or anything of the sort. You get out of bed to get some water when your heart stops; You can hear voices in your living room. Not the voice of your four-year-old son down the hall, but deep voices, and several of them at that. As a single mom living with her only child, his safety is of the utmost importance and you need to grab him and leave. You grab your handgun you bought when you first began living alone and crack your door so you can get a better view. As you peak down the hall you can see shadows. Moonlight filtering through the living room shows you three armed men rifling through your belongings. What you don’t know is these men are all convicted felons and illegally obtained their weapons. They begin to get curious about the rest of the house and start making their way down the hall towards you. You duck back in your room and call 911, quietly informing them of the situation in your home. They politely tell you the police will arrive in 8 minutes. Far too late, as by then the men will have taken whatever they wanted, up to and including the lives of you and your son.
You quickly throw your ballistic undershirt on and ensure your handgun is ready to go. You send your son a text:
“Hey buddy, lock your door and hide behind your backpack okay? And don’t come out until you hear our safe word”
It’s a good thing you bought him a ballistic insert for his backpack and had practice drills. You decide to wait the robbers out: Maybe they’ll leave? It’s possible, and if it avoids an armed confrontation it is certainly worth it. The men begin to plunder the closets by your foyer, and you worry if he will get the message in time. Almost simultaneously you hear the lock on his door slam home, and you know he is safe for now. Unfortunately for you, one of the robbers heard it too. They begin to slink down hall and to the outside of his room, one on each side. This is your first indication this isn’t their first go around. He tries the handle and prepares to kick it. This is bad!
You creak your door open just a tad more and one of the men makes eye contact with you. You both begin to raise your weapons and you see three flashes as his body makes a loud THUD on your floor. The other man runs back down the hall and grabs the third robber as they escape. Tinnitus has gotten the best of you and reduced your hearing to a loud ringing, and stars decorate your field of view. You breathe a sigh of relief but suddenly feel a twinge in your rib cage. Upon closer examination, you realize a round struck the undershirt you were wearing, saving you from a kidney shot that would certainly have been fatal.
No matter what we do, and what laws are passed, criminals will always get their hands on weapons. All we can do is protect ourselves and our loved ones. When something goes wrong you need a shield to go with your sword. The Wave Industries mission is to provide custom, quality armor that is comfortable and discreet enough to wear every day and to be used in a time of need. Not just body armor but armor you will wear is a vital part to this system. It is like a car. You need both the brakes and accelerator. Carbon ceramic brakes are nice, but if they don’t fit on your car or you don’t want to use them in everyday traffic, they are worthless. The same is true for hard and soft body armor. Hard body armor offers more protection but is heavy, thick, and rigid. Soft body armor will not stop rifle rounds however in daily crime, the overwhelming majority of murders are committed with a handgun, as seen in the chart below.
Additionally, if someone were to try and take your life, it is most likely going to be with a firearm (next is stabbing which we can protect against as well).
And not all crimes become fatal. There is a large volume of violent firearm crimes that are non-fatal as seen below.
Wave Industries offers custom body armor fit to your protection and needs. Whether you need standalone clothes or shirts that can fit under casual or dress wear, we can handle your needs. We will work with you on your desired areas of protection and the threats you are most concerned about.
FBI. "Number of Murder Victims in The United States in 2018, by Weapon." Statista, Statista Inc.
FBI. "Percentage of Homicides by Firearm in The United States from 2006 to 2018." Statista, Statista Inc.
US Bureau of Justice Statistics. "Number of Non-fatal Firearm Crimes in The United States from 2000 to 2017 (in Thousands)." Statista, Statista Inc.