Defending Your Home From an Invasion

Dear Fellow Survivalist;

Home-Invasion-Defensive-PositionIt’s clear that we need to be ready to defend home and family. Home invasions are on the increase. It may not be all that long until we see our cities turn into war zones.

Criminals, whether professional or amateur, tend to look for easy homes to break into. After all, they are lazy; that’s why they are criminals. So, they try the front door first, then the first floor windows and finally the back door, looking for an easy way into the home. Those three entrances account for over 70% of the break-ins. If you can make it hard to get in those, then your problems get a whole lot easier.

But I’ve got to tell you, the conventional wisdom that everyone says really won’t help. Did you know that you can kick open a deadbolted front door with a booted foot? It’s not even all that hard. That’s because the deadbolt is going into a 3/4″ thick pine frame; and the hole for the deadbolt is only about 1/2″ from the edge. So, it’s not the deadbolt that breaks, but the door frame. Once that happens, they’re inside your home and it’s too late.

That’s the problem with most conventional wisdom for securing a home; it’s following the saying that “Locks are only to keep the honest people honest.” But what about the dishonest people? Isn’t that why you’re really putting the locks on your doors?

You can harden a home against invasion, but it’s much more work than just installing a deadbolt and putting a few screws in your sliding door track. You can still do it yourself, but it’s going to require looking at it in a different way. You’re not trying to keep the honest people honest, you’re trying to keep the crooked people out of your home.

But you know the real defense for your home? That’s a gun in your hand. You see, anything you can do to secure or “harden” your home, can be broken, if someone is determined enough to get in. Even burglar bars over the windows and doors, one of the most secure things you can do, can be torn off with a truck and a chain. So, you need to be ready to defend your home, when and if they get in.

Actually, everything you do to harden your home against invasion is there to buy you time. That way, you have a moment to react and “prepare to repel boarders,” as ship captains used to say.

Let me ask you a question… do you have a gun? If you do, where is it? If you’re like most people, it’s in your night stand, where it will be readily available if you are woken by someone crashing through your windows. That’s okay, as far as it goes; but how much good is that gun going to do you, if you are sitting in the living room, watching television, and someone kicks open your front door?

Most home invasions either happen while everyone is away at work and school, or in the evening, before everyone goes to bed. That means, you’ll probably be in the living room, in front of the TV, not in your bedroom where you have ready access to that gun. All your gun is going to do in that situation is enrich the criminal. Because he knows to look in that night stand to find it.

A gun only does you good if it is on your person or readily at hand, such as in a hidden drawer in your coffee table. Otherwise, it’s just a gift to the bad guys. But even having it in your hands isn’t going to do you much good, if you aren’t properly trained and prepared to use it. Shooting a gun in self-defense or in defense of your family is much different than shooting at a black spot on a white target. Last I checked (and I’ve checked a lot of times) that black spot isn’t going to shoot back.

Knowing how to use your gun in a home intrusion means getting some tactical training. Fortunately, that’s really not all that hard to get. Some sheriff’s departments offer it and a whole lot of shooting ranges do too. Tactical shooting is challenging, but it’s fun too. Better than that, it truly prepares you for that day when you actually need to take up arms in defense of home and family. That makes it more than worth it.

So, what do you think? Are you still going to trust to “conventional wisdom” or are you going to get ready. I hope I know which way you’ll choose. In the mean time, keep your powder dry and your survival equipment close at hand.

Dr. Rich

PS: By the way I found this amazing home invasion resource to go along with this. CLICK HERE.


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