Welcome back, Danger Rangers! In this home invasion defense guide we are going to review a few simple steps that can and will save your life. Unfortunately, for many people out there, a home invasion will not be as enjoyable as Matt Best depicts it. It’s a funny video and I get the gist of it, but for many Americans it has not ended well. Before doomsday hits we are lucky enough to be in a ‘somewhat’ civilized world, but that civilized nature doesn’t apply to everyone with an average of 700+/- deaths every year resulting from home invasions. After doomsday hits that death toll will surely quantify, and preppers will be faced with several attempts by looters to force their way in to seize water, food, and valuables.
Unlike other articles I’ve read, I’m not going to write this under the delusional assumption that every one of you is rich, because you’re not. I will try to outline simple, and easy to follow guidelines for surviving a home invasion. That’s what I hate about a lot of the articles I read, this ‘cookie cutter’ mentality, it’s frustrating. Instead let’s approach this logically…
Preemptive Home Defense
Before we discuss what to do in the event of a home invasion, let’s think about some proactive steps you can take to prevent a home invasion. One method you read in other articles is ‘Don’t leave your brand new car parked in front of your house’, ugh… first off if you’re living in an upscale neighborhood it’s not hard to extrapolate what’s in the damn garage, and second — what are you supposed to do when you need to exit the house immediately and need your car? Even better, one of these idiot ‘survival’ websites actually say to stay in your safe room until the thieves get what they come for and leave, or for the cops to come… I couldn’t disagree with this more, and I’m sure many of you don’t either. Really? You’re a ‘prepper website’ and your best advice is to cower and hide until the nonexistent post-apocalyptic cops come? Brilliant. Anyways, if you don’t want to end up dead like that guy’s readers…
- Fortify Your Home — if they can’t get in your home, you’ve already won the battle. We have written two articles on usCrow.org; Fortify your home in 5 simples steps, and How to turn your home into a fortified bunker. Both articles will teach you how to fortify your home using inexpensive materials.
- Alarm Systems — while alarm systems should not be considered iron clad protection from home invasion, they definitely don’t hurt to have, and through the beauty of capitalism there is a wide range of inexpensive options to choose from;
- Wireless Alarm Systems that utilize your internet connection
- Basic Security Alarms that notify of a breach
- Home Security Systems with Video
- Contracted Monthly Home Security Systems like Brinks
- PERSEC — no matter who you think your friends are, never discuss finances, besides being gauche it’s a security threat to your personal safety. Loose lips sink ships, you know… Just don’t go telling people about money, precious metals, and other valuables you might have.
- KIDSEC — we all love our kids, but they can say stupid things. Kids, just like your friends have no business knowing about your finances, and valuables should be kept out of sight at all times. Ask any LEO how most home invasions start and they’ll say one of the kids blabbed to the wrong person…
- Firearm Preparedness — if you don’t have a firearm, or don’t know how to shoot it, do both now. This article hinges on you having enough common sense to defend your family.
- Safe Rooms — the safe room is for your kids, and should be enforced to withstand any attempt to breach the door. You can retrofit your office, or guest room to be a safe room by using some of the methods listed above. Ideally this room should have one hard line phone and should be equipped with a metal door if possible.
- Family Nesting — keeps your family on the same floor as much as possible, or if you are on a single floor home keep the family close together at one end of the house.
Home Invasion Defense
There are several variables you should take into consideration when planning your home defense strategy. These variables play a critical role in your strategy… There is one distinctive variable that plays a role in whether or not a home invasion will result in loss of life, or property, and that is are you armed, or unarmed? How many family members are in your house, and which of those family members will need special assistance in the event of a home invasion? Are all the members of your family located on the same floor? Do you have a designated ‘safe room’ with a fortified entry point? All of these questions must be known and planned for prior to a home invasion.
Two Story Home Invasions
A common scenario is a home invasion with 2 parents, 3 children, all occupants on the 2nd floor, with a firearm located next to the father, and a safe room at the back of the hallway. Most master bedrooms are located at the rear of the house with the kid’s bedrooms closer to the stairs. In this situation, your alarm sensor is tripped, or you hear a large crash the father’s first response must be to make sure a round is chambered in his firearm and secure the stairs, with the mother close behind him getting the children into the safe room.
This situation is tactically advantageous because the father will have the high ground. Due to the angle the father can be a few feet away from the top of the stairs while still maintaining the tactical advantage over the invader. At this point the father has to wait for the invader(s) to come up stairs, or else he will lose the advantage exposing him to attack. If this happens before the SHTF, mom can call the cops from the safe room while dad covers the stairs. If this happens after the SHTF, mom and dad are both going to have to stack up, and mom’s going to need a gun so both of you can clear the house. If you are unsure on how to do that you can read our breach and clearing guide here.
VARIABLE; if you have a disabled child or family member is it truly wise to make your guest room or office the safe room? Call me crazy, but when seconds matter I would make sure that my family’s safe room was located in the disabled family member’s room.
Single Story Home Invasions
If your kids are anything like mine they’ll sleep through anything, but a window glass breaking, or an alarm going off will surely wake them up and they’ll want to investigate or hide. Living in a single story home in the event of a home invasion with 2 parents, and 2 children presents many risks. In this scenario an attacker can force their way into your homes in the matter of seconds, limiting your options. I’m not going to blow smoke up your ass and say you’ll be able to get to your kids rooms before the burglar sees you, that’s stupid unless you have a giant single story home but most of us don’t so jog on. Instead I want you to look up remote controlled dead locks and install them on your kids’ doors. They’re not expensive, and the minute your home is breached dad or mom can hit the lock button.
With the kids safely locked in their rooms they can now proceed to clear their home by maintaining a stacked position at the rear of the hallway holding a tactical advantage by forcing the invaders into a bottleneck. If this happens before the SHTF, while providing cover, mom can dial 911 on her cell phone or house phone to alert the police. If after SHTF you can either wait for the attackers to come through the bottleneck or proceed to clear the house. In this situation, I would wait for them to come through the bottleneck.
VARIABLE; this isn’t necessarily a variable, but more so a preemptive answer to an asinine comment I’m sure to get. What if your kids are up when the invasion begins? This comment is based on the assumption that one of your kids might be thirsty, wakes up to get a drink of water, and then someone kicks the door in. This is highly unlikely. Kids have a tendency to turn on every single light in the house when they wake up in the middle of the night, and someone intent on burglarizing your home will wait at least an hour after seeing a light turning on and off in a home. They don’t know a kid turned the light on, they just know that someone is up and they won’t pull the trigger at that moment.
These two home invasion scenarios are the most common scenarios to be faced by a traditional family, but there are other scenarios with unique variables others will be faced with. No matter what your situation the idea is to; secure those who can’t defend themselves, and eliminate the threat.
Canine Home Protection
Ok, guys and gals I want you all to listen up, having a dog is not home defense! I don’t know how many jackasses I’ve heard spew the same fatuous dribble ‘I don’t need a gun I got my dog, derrr….’, and every single time I hear this it makes me want to choke that dog’s owner out. First, if your dog hasn’t received personal protection training, and goes to confront an attacker your dog will die, and you’ll be standing there with your thumb up your ass. Dogs do not instinctively know to bite an attacker’s arm! They usually go for legs 9/10 times, which is why they have to be trained to go after an attacker’s arm.
My German Shepherd, Duchess has had a lot of training, but I can’t even fathom sending her out to meet an armed attacker because she’s my fur daughter. That doesn’t mean I disagree with working dogs, nor do I disagree with having a personal protection canine. If your dog has been trained to confront those situations I see nothing wrong with it, but this does not mean you send your dog out to meet an armed attacker while you hide under the sheets (unless you are physically incapable, in this situation I’d keep the dog with you and hold your position until they come to you). If you send your canine out you better be willing to back him or her up or you don’t deserve to have that dog.
Armed Home Protection
In this article I’ve referenced firearms several times, because the reality is without armed self-defense you will be a victim in a home invasion. Regardless of your philosophical beliefs an unarmed home is a target, and when the cops aren’t there for you, you’ll be a dead target. This is America! You have the right to protect your home, and your family without repercussions. If you have kids and you let your philosophical beliefs keep you from protecting them you’re going to feel like an idiot when someone comes in your home and goes Manson on you. With this in mind I recommend every family in America own;
- Glock 17/19 9mm —magazines hold more ammunition, mine holds seventeen rounds of inexpensive hollow tips, with less recoil than most handguns, and is reliable.
- Mossberg 590 20 gauge — pretty much anybody in the firearm community will tell you shotguns are the best form of home defense, whether you get buckshot or slugs the ammunition is cheap, and the firearm is relatively inexpensive while offering maximum stopping power.
If you’ve never owned a firearm, I strongly suggest your family partake in firearm training. When it comes to training I refuse to be trained by anyone that hasn’t been in a firefight. If you can’t afford classes ask friends and family that know a veteran and see if you can work something out. A lot of veterans I know will take me out if I buy them a 12 pack. Damn good deal if you ask me. Additionally, with kids in your home I will always strongly advise you train your children firearms safety, and take away the mystique or the unknown boom stick, thus avoiding curious tragedies.
Know Your Limits, Know Your Exits
It’s a nice fantasy to think you can protect your home from any attack, but the reality is if your home is invaded after the shit hits the fan you could very well face a situation where you are severely outnumbered and outgunned by a group of individuals that have you licked. Don’t let pride get your family killed. Before this happens you need to identify an exit strategy and commit it to memory and practice. You will know when you can’t handle it by listening to footsteps, voices, movement, and etc. I don’t know about you guys but a large group of people sounds quite different from one or two people. If that’s the situation you face exit to survive, then you will live to fight another day.
This is another situation where variables come into play. What do you do if your outgunned, need to exit, but you have a family member who is disabled, or what are you going to do if your entire family is on the second floor and there’s ten armed and murderous individuals downstairs getting ready to put the hurt on you? These are variables that require solid contingency plans. Some things you should remember when preparing contingency exit plans;
- Hiding never works in a normal house —any determined group of individuals that know the house is occupied are going to scour every last inch of your home, especially if they’re there for you…
- Hiding works in houses with well hidden secret rooms — if you have a disabled family member and your only option is to hide invest now in fabricating a well hidden room.
- In the event you have to fight — when you’re out-manned you will need force a multiplier like an FN SCAR17S or a semi-automatic rifle chambered in 5.56 or higher with thirty round magazines, and any family members that have been trained to shoot will need to defend the home.
- Exiting doesn’t guarantee safety — if you’re able to exit your home in the face of an overpowering force do not assume by exiting the home you are safe. Most home invasions almost always have one or two lookouts posted around the house.
- Discrete exit aids — however you plan on exiting your home ensure your exit will be discrete by any means
Whether you’re faced with a home invasion before or after the apocalypse your number one priority is protecting your family, you do whatever you have to do to accomplish that goal. When their survival relies on you there should be no lengths in which you will not go. God will forgive you. In the meanwhile, enjoy Matt’s take on it.
During this article I mentioned calling the cops a couple times, and in the event you do call the cops you will need to maintain situational awareness at all times so you don’t end up shooting them. Trust me, I’ve rubbed elbows with crooks, and drank with cops, you’ll know when they show up because they have a very specific voice and personality when they’re on the job. As with all usCrow.org articles we love hearing from our readers in the comments section below, so if you have helpful advice, tips, or tricks you can offer to readers let us know! Remember, survival is not a ‘cookie cutter’ situation, it is an immense battery of ever changing variables…
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