closing the bedroom door!

closing the bedroom door!

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    closing the bedroom door!

    my fiancee and i have an alarm system, a firearm, and two plans for what to do if we're awakened by the alarm. if anyone breaks into our home, they'll probably find us arguing about if we should have closed our bedroom door.

    she thinks the right thing to do would be:

    1) shut and lock the door
    2) grab phone, dial 911
    3) hunker down behind bed, ready to defend ourselves.

    i agree with everything except for #1. i think it unnecessarily moves one of us closer to the intruder. it also limits our ability to evaluate the situation and take action (ie, you can't defend yourself from something you can't see).

    her point is that it adds another barrier between us an the intruder.

    for two reasons (two crazy cats) we can't just keep the door closed.

    what do you guys think?

    -ayan


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    Close the door. If it is a quality door with a good lock with a rabbited jam and hindges on youe side it will be a tough one to get into.

    Unless they are shooting thru the door or trying to break it down what are you shooting at?
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    With the door closed , it is 1 more layer of defense. No one can charge your room if the door is shut. If they are beating down the door, you can be emptying mags.
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    She's right, close the door and have lots of furniture between you and the BGs. Let them come fully into the room, hit them in the face with 15 million candlepower and buckshot. Follow-up with .45 as needed.

    Here's another thing to consider: You have 3 children in 3 other rooms in the house, the alarm sounds and intruder is in the home. Whattaya do then?
    Whatever doesn't kill you postpones the inevitable.

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    Close the door.
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    She's right;close the door.
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    +1 on close the door. Get the shotgun on stand by and 45 as backup.

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    Got kids? If so, leave it open and defend the entire area of the house that your family is in. If no kids, close the door.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjp2452 View Post
    Got kids? If so, leave it open and defend the entire area of the house that your family is in. If no kids, close the door.
    +1

    The cats would be on their own though.

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    okay okay. you guys can stop posting now. she's already rubbing it in. :(

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    Sorry man but gotta go with close it. That's my #1 since Mars (870) is behind the door.
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    keep it shut and put a small cat door in the bottom... if it's a nice door, take it off and get a cheap, crappy one until you sell the house. cat's can come and go and you're safe unless tiny tim tries to rob you... if so, the cats'll probably take care of him anyways! :)

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    Assuming there is nobody else in the house to defend, close it.

    Make the BG come to you.
    Then, make him wish he hadn't.

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    Hate, to say it but she is right. My wife and I sleep with the door closed and our 2 month old son sleeps in his basinette in out room. Now, as we shop for a new home we will hope to find a house where the master bedroom is connected to another.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ayan View Post
    1) shut and lock the door ... for two reasons (two crazy cats) we can't just keep the door closed.
    If you two have thought through the realities of a home invasion, then you realize keeping a strong permiter at all times is important. That includes the door, the casing, the locks/braces.

    Got cats? So long as it wouldn't result in a line-of-sight issue between the BG and you, consider installing a small/custom kitty door that they can just squeeze through. That would unfortunately allow sound to pass through, but it would still leave a reasonable barrier, proof he/they were bent on a felony (when the crashed door becomes proof), etc.
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