There are many notions as to how to react to a home invasion. During such a dynamic and frightening experience, much of what people believe to be an appropriate response will either not get done due to a lack of time, or will not be effective against a home invader. So, what are some of the Home Defense Do’s and Don’ts?
- Make your home unattractive to a burglar. Use motion lights, open yard plans that deny hiding, security doors, and alarm system signs.
- Have quick access to guns, if you use them as a part of your plan. Invest in a safe that secures your weapons, but can be accessed quickly in the dark under sleepy confusion.
- Have a safe location in the home. This is where the family will move to for a head count and security. There should be an extra phone to call 911, a light, and perhaps the gun safe.
- Inform the family. Everyone in the family should be routinely reminded of what to do if a home invasion occurs, including where the safe location is, what is in the safe location, and who plays what role.
- Plan out where you can and cannot fire a gun to avoid striking unintended targets.
- Practice your plan. At the very least, a mental rundown should be conducted regularly. Talking to the family about the plan regularly is better. A walk through of the action plan (no need for a tactical full scale drill) is best.
- Learn how to explain your actions. Police and lawyers will want to know why you shot, struck, or stabbed an intruder. The fact that they broke into your home will not be enough. You must be able to explain your actions in a clear and logical manner that conveys fear for your life, your family’s lives, and the lack of any other options to defend yourself.
- Learn local laws. Some states allow you to shoot at an intruder for being in your home. Some states require you to try and flee first. As horrible as it is to be forced to flee your own home from an intruder, you should know if this is the situation beforehand.
- Call 911 as soon as possible.
- Take a home defense training course. The better you are trained, the more successful you will be in protecting your home and family.
- Leave your defensive gun unloaded. In the dark, under stress, loading a gun in a hurry will not work.
- “Rack” your shotgun to “warn” the intruder. This may scare them off, but chances are, they will call your bluff and now they know where you are. Close quarters combat requires speed, surprise, and violence of action to win.
- Appear as a soft target. If your neighbor’s house looks like it would be easier to break into for about the same profits, chances are reduced that they will attack your home.
- Leave furniture moved to unusual spots. It is very important that you are able to move quickly and quietly through your home. Use the fact that you know the layout of your house to your advantage. Make the invader trip on furniture while you move the family to the safe spot.
When it comes to protecting you and your family, it is better to be prepared and ready to go than it is to live in a utopia dream until it comes crashing through the front door with guns and bats. Get training, get prepared, and share the plan with your family.
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