Home Invasion Defense
Home invasions can be devastating. The U.S. Department of Justice reports that there are over 8,000 home invasions in North America every day, and 1 out of 5 homes will experience a break-in or invasion. That’s over 2 million homes in our country. Are you and your family prepared?
Jeffrey S. Anderson, author of Home Defense Tactics, encourages us to be prepared with these tips.
- Lock your doors! Home invasions are real and when they occur the damage can be permanent. Don’t encourage a perpetrator. Have high quality doors with good locks if possible and be sure to use them. Also, don’t leave extra keys in obvious spaces and don’t make a habit of giving others your garage access codes.
- Have a way to see who’s at the door. Peepholes are good. Cameras are better. If you don’t have a reasonable purpose to admit a visitor, don’t do it. Be sure about the people you let into your home.
- Keep your firearm close, on your person if possible. Depending on where you live, you may or may not have the option to carry a gun. There also are dangers associated with having unsecured firearms in the home, however in a situation where a weapon is needed you need to be able to access it quickly. While learning physical self-defense tactics is important, carrying a firearm may be a better choice against stronger, larger attackers.
- Avoid being surprised. During a break-in, you may be caught by surprise and flustered before you can access your firearm. That’s why it’s so important to keep doors locked and be leery of opening them for those you don’t know. Anderson talks about using a door stopper to give him the needed time to arm himself if someone were to try to force their way through the entry. He says using a stopper allows the door to be opened 8 inches so that you can still speak with the person, however if they were to try to push the door open further, the door stop would stick allowing you more time to access your firearm.
- Get a Dog. Now you need you to be fully equipped to take care of an animal, but the fact is that a big dog can be a deterrent to most criminals considering home invasion. They can protect you and your property.
Anderson brings us these helpful tips to assist you in better home safety. Crime can happen to anyone, anywhere, at any time. Always be prepared to protect yourself. Remember, when you carry your gun, carry your card.