After reading many posts on all possible scenarios for defending or handling a late night break-in, I've decided that I have the worst possible layout for defending my family in a time like that. My house is wide open, the master bedroom is on one side of the house, my 2 yr daughter's is on the other. The whole house is one level. There are 4 different entry doors, all either enter the center of the home or lead directly to it. It's also worth mentioning that there are tons of windows. Any advice on how to effectively handle a situation like a break in would be appreciated. Tactically, what should I do to get to my daughter? What products should I use(alarm systems, perimeter survaliance)?
I know I need to install an alarm system but I need to be notified before someone enters my home. I thought about the perimeter motion detectors like driveway sensors but I kind've live in the woods and there's lots of animals. I'm worried about a lot of false alarms. I do have 2 boxers that would at least bark and run after anyone in the house. I have my sig locked and loaded next to the bed when i sleep but what else should I do?