This is a discussion on Walk in on a Burglary last night within the Carry & Defensive Scenarios forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Someone told me that they took there alarm system and hooked it up to a stereo on a 20 second time delay that would go ...
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I would have left the house got in my car and drove to another location to call 911. If he would have attacked me or if he would have charged me in my home I would have fired. Leaving the house was the best thing to do. Avoiding a dangerous situation is always the best choice. Many men and women get killed trying to capture or confront a burgular. Always focus on escape and use your gun only if the bad guy tries to engage you.
Did good. The bad thing about alarm siren is that any bugler worth their weight knows they have a good solid ten minutes to rob you when the alarm goes off. They know your not home. The alarm company will call house before police. After the ringing stops they still have five minutes before the cops are notified and begin a response. Even then they sometimes don't show for twenty minutes. My father's house was broken into a few weeks ago and the kid just ignored the alarm and rummaged around like nothing happened.
The Problem: When stupid people do stupid things, smart people end up getting killed.
If you and GF and dog are all OK it is a good ending. I wouldn't worry to much about the BG coming back, if he has any brains he is good and scared and won't do this again. Maybe it was a punk kid looking for dope money. I would look into why the alarm failed and I would get a good gun safe for all your valables. Glad y'all are okay.
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I think you did a good job.
I wouldn't worry about the performance of your dog. Honestly, dogs are not much of a deterrent to the bad guys. They know that they can almost always get the dog to leave them along by just giving them treats.
On the Discovery show "It takes a Thief" the guy who breaks into the houses, himself a reformed thief, carries doggie treats in his pocket when he does the job. He has not had any problems with the dogs he has encountered. In fact, in one episode, he actually stole the homeowners Pit Bull with his truck and valuables.
Keep the dog and just improve the security of the house. Maybe bars over the windows too?
[QUOTE= 20 year old scumbag pries open a window and crawls in. Dog got hold of him, did major bite damage, the scumbag got away, went to the hospital, got sewed back up and sued... and won. [/QUOTE]
What kind of country do we live in where this kind of bull $%%# can happen! Thanks to all you bad lawyers for giving more rights to criminals then to victims. Are we becoming England?
If I were you I would have taken my pistol out, yelled "BANZAI!!!!!" and charged in.
Even if you would have been hurt by the perp, your girlfriend would have been impressed and she would have gotten to see the true side of you. And that's all that matters.
I would never clear a house, there is just too much of a disadvantage. I have done some training scenerios somewhat in the same realm as clearing and it was a sobering experience. This is why even cops try to do this in teams not alone! I cant say you did anything wrong...I dont know if I would have let the GF hold the gun just in case you would have needed it, but if she knows how to use it then she may be more of an asset than a liability (in case you needed the BUG).
I would be a bit disapointed in the dog too, but I too think training classes are the right thing to do, and if you find its too difficult to train the dog get another young one and have him trained from a young age, the older dog will pick up the queues and follow his lead. A BG may think he can get around one dog...but two dogs??? Hell I would think mose would prefer to face a shotgun.
I can't agree with the courts on that one. The dog should have got a metal. If I were a lawyer my morals would allow me to represent the BG. We have some slimey lawers who wii sell thier soul for money.
Didn't the jury or judge have the facts as to what the bad guy was doing when he encountered the dog.Some of these laws need to be revued and changed .
Your dog's probably not a loser - many dogs don't care all that much about your stuff, but if someone were to be seen by the dog as a threat to your person, then it is a whole different ball game. If you are really counting on your dog to guard the house, get a second dog - each dog is them protecting another member of his pack, same as if you or other people who are members of his 'pack' were there. Wouldn't you act differently if you can avoid a confontation than you would if a member of your family was in danger?
One other big disadvantage about replacing your dog. You have to start over with a new puppy which will take a while to get it up to speed, or you will have to shell out big bucks for an adult that is allready trained. If you shell out the dough for the adult, then you are still disadvantaged because you have to bond with it enough to feel the need to protect. Keep your dog, get it some training. I like the idea of introducing another dog as well.
I trained my dog not to accept treats and that those who give her treats are not automatically friends. She has done great. The pizza guys are scared of her, and the meter readers and I have made arrangements so they can avoid her.
I will support gun control when you can guarantee all guns are removed from this planet. That includes military and law enforcement. When you can accomplish that, then I will be the last person to lay down my gun. Then I will carry the weapon that replaces the gun.