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Intruders and Home Defense Strategies

burlar entering homeOur home is our castle and nearly all of us are willing to protect our family, ourselves, and our home. So what is the best strategy should someone break and enter your home?

Far too many people have their “nightstand gun” for when they hear a “bump in the night.” Now it is only human instinct to go find out what made the noise! Was it your dog? The wind against the door? Or worse yet, was it someone who shouldn’t be there? In the end, is it even worth the risk to find out what the noise was?

Unfortunately the answer to this is not black and white. If it was not a threat and maybe a loved one who tripped, or even your spouse who had a heart attack in the middle of the night on the way to the bathroom, then investigating could save a life. On the other hand, if you hear the sound of broken glass and threatening men are storming through your patio door do you face this threat head on or retreat?

Let’s set aside the legal aspect for a moment. Most states do not have a “duty to retreat law” when in one’s home, but each state interprets this law differently. Let’s speak to this scenario above in regards to tactical advantages.

If the intruder(s) are barging through your door, you have the right to be pretty pissed off. That, however, does not make it wise to run towards them guns-a-blazing. After all, you may not know who they are, how many there are, and what they are armed with.

Stuff is replaceable but human lives aren’t. Stay where you are. Dial 911 and call for help. Stay armed and barricade yourself in the room. Do not turn the lights on or off. Leave them how they are. Keep your weapon trained on the door at center mass height. Should the intruder(s) enter your room you hold a distinct advantage as the adversary literally just stepped into your cross hairs. This is the safest approach and holds the greatest tactical advantage, even against multiple intruders. The only skill you would have to rely upon are recognizing your threat and squeezing the trigger. If you were to go seek out the intruders you immediately lose that tactical advantage.

The only reason to leave your barricaded position would be to go to the aid of a loved one, a child, or a spouse. Once safely with them, you should barricade yourself with the unarmed individuals safely behind you.

In this barricaded position, you may choose to use voice commands such as “I’m armed and the police are on the way, get out!” In certain circumstances this auditory alerts could go a long way. The classic “rack of the 12ga” could be enough to scare the intruder away from a fight. On the other hand, these verbal commands could spark gun fire in your direction or give away your tactical advantage. The use of these commands should be a tool in your tool box and used only when the situation calls for it.

Be smart in your home. Don’t be a hero. Protect yourself and your loved ones. The TV and the stereo can be replaced, but human lives cannot. Stay safe and prepare your home defense strategy with your family.

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