This is a discussion on Came home today and my door was wide open within the Carry & Defensive Scenarios forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by DUNDEM That is a scary one. Had it happen before to as well. Swept the house anyway even though I believed it ...
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moved from chicago to alabama thinking i would be able to relax a little about 15 years ago. come to find out athens al has its problems to. house got broke into about a week after i moved in.turned out the kid next door that i thought was nice to help me move my tv in thought it would look better in his buddys livingroom.
It's so easy to be tempted to go ahead and enter the home and clear it yourself. Easy to say, "It's probably nothing" or figuring if you were broke into, they are long gone and you won't be encountering anyone on the inside. Heck, I'd be tempted to want to go in and I've had 10 years swat experience clearing all kinds of structures. But Janq makes an excellent point. It is very difficult to clear a structure on your own and it's down right impossible to do it correctly and safely on your own. To encounter one armed intruder on the inside would be a bad thing, and if there are more than one armed intruders, it just gets worse from there. The best and safest thing to do is to remain outside and call the police as Janq suggests.
Still, most people don't want to go to that extreme or hassle for an open door on their home. People as a natural instinct tend to want to gamble that the odds are in their favor it will be no big deal. Heck, in my jurisdiction, calling the police would likely result in one lone deputy responding anyway. Still in that case, having worked with them on a tactical team, I would probably assist with the home clearing, in which case there would be two of us working the structure systematically thus improving the odds.
However, as Janq aptly points out, time and time again, homeowners get into serious trouble walking in on burglary crews when they catch them in the act after returning home. If you intend to clear your own home by yourself, you should know up front that the odds are against you if you encounter someone on the inside. Just because you are Joe Blow ccw holder, have a gun and 250 hours of watching crime dramas on TV under your belt doesn't mean jack if you don't have the skills to clear a structure safely and effectively.
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all good points guess next time time ill think harder before i act
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In the situation you described, the wife and kid would immediately leave and go to a neighbor's house. I'd stay behind with the cellphone on 911 and keep an eye on the front of the house until the Sheriff arrives. They can clear it for me. If the BG's come out first, remember you are not a cop and you can't shoot them to protect your property (in most states). I don't know if I would even challenge them, but I would take some cellphone video.
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Sounds like it is time for a home alarm system. Leaving the door open all day is unacceptable.
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I came home to my two-bedroom apartment after work to see the front (and only) door ajar and my roomie's Ford Explorer gone. He'd leave for work literally 10 -15 minutes before I'd arrive home from work.
Stupid me, I went in and cleared the apartment solo with Beretta 92FS in hand.
Turned out OK and I yelled at my room mate for not making sure that the door was locked & secure when he left.
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