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    Home Invasions ~ Web Article/The Crime Dr.

    From A Web Info Site ~ Article On Home Invasions.
    This was not from a firearms related site. I'm sort of actually shocked that they gave some credit to firearms as a possible solution to the Home Invasion problem.
    Here It Is ~ What To Do?!?

    What In This Article Do You Agree With?

    What Do You Disagree With?

    All Comments Welcome.

    Imagine this scenario. After a long week at work, you are finally able to relax at home with your spouse and two teen-age daughters. You’re in your living room watching TV with your spouse. Your daughters are in their own rooms doing…whatever. Because both of you have worked hard for many years, you are now able to live more comfortably in what you thought to be a safe community.

    At 9:00PM you hear a knock on the door and your spouse gets up to answer the door. After the door is unlocked you hear a sudden outburst as two strange young men burst through the door and into your living room. As the door crashes open, you see your spouse is being punched and beaten to the floor. Before you have time react you are overcome by physical force and threats of harm to you and your family. The two men are brandishing guns and are shouting obscene threats and commands simultaneously as they push you onto the couch. One of the men quickly searches the house for other occupants while the other stands guard over you.

    Your mind is racing. Will we be killed? Will these attackers beat us or molest our daughters? The level of terror and anxiety is enormous and will cause victims to sometimes act irrationally. Some will freeze and become incapacitated from fright. Others will instinctively resist and try to fight back. Others will run away if possible. Psychologists have labeled this phenomenon as the “fight or flight syndrome.” The first thirty seconds are the most critical to your family’s survival.

    What Would You Do?
    Most people have never pondered this question for themselves or with their family. How will I react under similar circumstances? How will my family react independent of me? How will we react together? How you naturally react depends on many factors: your sex, age, physical condition, culture, personality, how you process information, how you react under extreme pressure, special training, skills, and past experience in responding to aggression. Most people don’t know for sure how they will respond to a personal crisis until it occurs. Many are surprised afterwards by their behavior as having been heroic, calm, cowardly, or stupid.

    Would you try to overpower the invaders? Would you go for your gun? Would you try to activate an alarm? Would you try to escape and call for help? Would you comply with their demands and hope they don’t hurt you? Would you allow them to tie you up? Would you allow them to take a family member away from the home? Would you risk death to save your family from harm?

    The response possibilities are endless, but most fall into three general response possibilities. You can resist the assault; comply with all commands; or you can try to stay calm, wait, and resist, comply, or flee as the scenario evolves. One thing is clear, there is no one single correct response to a life-threatening home invasion scenario. The choice is personal, based on your own assessment of your physical and mental capabilities and your belief as to the level of eminent danger.

    Sometimes fighting and screaming works, especially if there are neighbors who will intervene or call the police. It makes no sense to risk fighting if you are physically incapable of doing so effectively. Total compliance sometimes works. The invaders might leave you unharmed and just leave. However, compliance may increase the duration of the invasion and therefore increase the potential for molestation. You need to thoughtfully consider how you or your family members might act under the circumstances and plan accordingly.

    What Works
    Having a family and neighborhood plan is essential. If you develop a home security plan and talk about it with your family and neighbors, the chances of acting appropriately and getting help are greatly improved.

    Prevention works best. Harden your home or apartment with strong doors and locks and three-inch screws in the lock strike plate and door hinges. See my web page on home security tips for more details. Use a wide-angle peephole and instruct everyone in your family not to open the door to strangers. Chain latches are ineffective as a barrier, so use your peephole to look outside before opening the door. Be suspicious of someone claiming to be making a delivery that you did not order or use other tricks to get you to open the door. Fortification of rear doors, sliding glass doors, and garage doors are also important. This gives you the necessary time to phone 911, sound audible alarms, or arm yourself.

    Local Alarms
    Audible alarm sirens can prevent home invasion...if they are set. Alarm systems can be designed so that perimeter door and window sensors are activated while the home is occupied. The alarm can be set to instantly go off upon unauthorized entry. Be prepared to give a prearranged duress password to the alarm company if they call. Most alarm panels have an emergency panic button that will function much like a 911 call and will instruct your alarm monitoring company to call the police. Alarm company lawn and window signs help advertise that your house is wired and capable of getting a response from the police. These alarm signs and decals offer good deterrence value and may cause the robber to select another victim.

    Automatic Phone Dialers
    Automatic dial telephones, that can call 911 in speakerphone mode, can be effective in getting police assistance. If a home invader breaks in you may have just a split second to push the 911 direct-dial button on your telephone. If you dial in speakerphone mode the police dispatcher can listen in on what is going on in the room. Every telephone in your home should be programmed with this feature and all family members should be instructed how to make this emergency call. Your home address will automatically pop up on the police dispatcher screen and an officer should be dispatched even if the phone wire is cut. All 911 hang-up calls are supposed to be investigated by the police because of this type of scenario.

    Have an Escape Plan
    If someone in the household can escape and call for help, the home invaders will have lost their advantage of having privacy and time. To some, running away from your family in crisis is distasteful, especially to men or women with children. However, the alternative might mean being handcuffed or tied-up or otherwise incapacitated and left to watch in horror as your family is molested. If you have a plan for escaping, make sure you include were to run and what to say. Sometimes a radical escape measure pays off, in life and death circumstances, like diving through a plate glass window, jumping from a balcony or climbing onto the roof. Although you might sustain minor injuries you must weigh them against your chance of survival with the assailants.

    Home invaders will sometimes threaten harm to children to get adults to comply with their demands. But at the same time, children are often overlooked as potential rescuers and sometimes are not as well guarded. If the opportunity presents itself, a trained child can dial 911, activate an alarm panic button, or escape to the neighbor’s house to summon the police. If they are capable, they should do it.

    Never Stop Thinking
    Keeping a cool head is important, even in dire circumstances. If you can keep your wits about you one can increase their options by waiting for the right moment to act. Always be thinking and re-evaluating the situation as it evolves. At first there may be no chance for escape, but after a while you may see an opening. Fighting may not be wise, however the attackers may let their guard down once you appear to comply. If you decide to strike a blow, do it fast, suddenly, and forceful to the nose, eyes, or throat without concern for the damage you might inflict. While the assailant is momentarily stunned, make your escape. Don’t stand there waiting to throw more punches or gather family members. You might ask, won't that cause them to harm me for sure? Maybe, if they catch you. This is an option that must be considered. Sometimes hours into the siege, an opportunity arises where you can hit the automatic dial on the telephone or alarm panic button without being seen. Always be looking for that chance.

    What Doesn’t Always Work
    Screaming and shouting is the easiest and most natural thing that almost everyone can do. Screaming can alert savvy neighbors to call the police or the noise alone may scare off the home invaders. However, home invaders know this and will be prepared to make you stop screaming, by force, if necessary. One of the first threats you will hear is, “if you scream I’ll kill you.” If you can’t escape, but are out in public, scream your head off. Scream things like, “call 911.” Visit with your neighbors so they know that you have a family plan and teach them how to react when you need help.

    Handguns and pepper spray can provide a means of self-defense in a life-threatening situation. Homeowners have successfully defended their families in the past from home invaders using such weapons. However, far more homeowners have lost their weapons to home invaders because they couldn't get to them in time to use them. Most chemical sprays are tucked away somewhere and many handguns are kept unloaded or locked up to prevent children from getting their hands on them. During a home invasion, you cannot always count on your ability to get to these weapons before being injured yourself.

    Fighting with the intruders sometimes works, especially if you have some training and are physically fit. But for most, fighting doesn't work because the victim was pre-selected for their lack of fight capability. In a life-threatening situation there are no rules for fighting in self defense. The idea is not to stand toe-to-toe and duke it out. All you need is one incapacitating blow to the nose, eyes, or throat to allow time to get out of there and call for help. Take a self-defense class together with your family so all can learn the proper techniques and can practice the procedures. A practiced technique has a better chance of being used effectively in a crisis.

    Faking illness doesn’t always work especially in the home. Most home invaders don’t care about your welfare anyway. Faking illness might work in public or while being transported or while fighting off molesters but don’t count on it as you only choice. You must decide in advance depending on your acting skills.

    What Not to Do
    Don’t ever try to pull a weapon on an armed perpetrator who has you covered with a handgun unless you feel it’s your last chance. Don’t ever agree to be transported somewhere else like to an ATM machine or other location unless you feel it's a life or death decision. The second crime scene is almost always more violent than in your home. If you have a choice, never agree to be tied-up, handcuffed or placed in the trunk of a car because it takes away most of your self defense options. Don’t ever follow an intruder once they leave your home. Leave that for the police. Don’t fight over property loss, it can be replaced…your life cannot.


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    I agree with not opening the door unless you know who is there. Opening the door just makes it easier.
    It is interesting to note that guns stored unloaded and locked up are generally useless in these situations.(duh huh).
    It would seem that the best defense is stopping them at the door. Three inch screws may help but having weapon in hand and looking before opening the door are the best prevention.
    I have recently (because of things i have read on these forums) let my wife know that she cannot (yea like I give the orders) go out for the paper alone in the dark in the morning. May sound paranoid but one morning she ran in to soemone (a woman) on a bike that said she was lost, and it was raining, she was in tears. Who knows if this was real or a ploy? This encounter convinced my wife I was right (for once). Now I gotta get up and the @#$% paper!
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    Total compliance sometimes works. The invaders might leave you unharmed and just leave.
    That one is where so often all bets are off - and sad to say it is the one piece of ''advice'' I will never give.

    It is almost essential to assume the worst and for those of us who carry then this is something that ideally and if possible needs ''nipped in the bud'' - with immediate response at the front door or nearby.

    Having a plan is worthwhile - certainly if one of us goes to the door, the other is aware and alert, plus whoever is #2 within will have a gun at hand. Awareness is always a given - which would include detecting any small sounds from outside - vehicle draws up etc - and identifying same.

    Overall not a bad article but I doubt anyone could write on such a subject without having holes picked in it somewhere - by folks like us
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    Handguns and pepper spray can provide a means of self-defense in a life-threatening situation. Homeowners have successfully defended their families in the past from home invaders using such weapons. However, far more homeowners have lost their weapons to home invaders because they couldn't get to them in time to use them. Most chemical sprays are tucked away somewhere and many handguns are kept unloaded or locked up to prevent children from getting their hands on them. During a home invasion, you cannot always count on your ability to get to these weapons before being injured yourself.
    This is why you should concealed or open carry in your home.

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    Talking Call 1911

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    That is perhaps, the dumbest and most dangerous article I have read in quite some time. It should be titled Intro to Sheeple 101.

    Opening the door at night without checking and unarmed? Stupidity.

    About the only thing that makes half sense is to have a plan. I guess most of us have it and involves the use of a gun and some common sense.

    In my particular case I don't carry at home. Why? 'cause the gun pulls down my cheap $5 WalMart shorts and I'd be half naked (It is South Florida too hot to be fully dressed)
    My solution is extracted from the movie The Dogs of War where Cat Shannon, the main character, kept a weapon all over his apartment hidden in easy to reach places. We have no kids so we don't have that safety problem. And no, I don't have a gun inside the fridge.
    You have to make the shot when fire is smoking, people are screaming, dogs are barking, kids are crying and sirens are coming.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Miggy
    And no, I don't have a gun inside the fridge.
    If not the fridge how about the shower??? everyone NEEDS a shower gun.
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    acparmed... I shall plea the 5th on that one!
    You have to make the shot when fire is smoking, people are screaming, dogs are barking, kids are crying and sirens are coming.
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    i never answer my door unless my G17 is in hand (i hide it behind my back so i dont scare the knockee).
    Driver carries less then $20 of remorse.

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    Take a lesson from corrections: open the door(if you can't resist the urge), with your lead foot firmly planted, against the base of the door. Better than a chain, as the door will flex, and set someone shoving it off balence, making it easier to put them down. A Danner 10.5 to the head/back of the neck can do almost as well as 9mm.

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    This is an occasion where hand to hand skills come in handy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Rob72
    Take a lesson from corrections: open the door(if you can't resist the urge), with your lead foot firmly planted, against the base of the door. Better than a chain, as the door will flex, and set someone shoving it off balence, making it easier to put them down.
    My door opens towards the outside. I think it is because the hurricane code and whatnot, but it sure is a nice thing to have if a BG is dumb enough to try to kick his way in.
    You have to make the shot when fire is smoking, people are screaming, dogs are barking, kids are crying and sirens are coming.
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    Talking But what about WILMA???

    Quote Originally Posted by Miggy
    That is perhaps, the dumbest and most dangerous article I have read in quite some time. It should be titled Intro to Sheeple 101.

    Opening the door at night without checking and unarmed? Stupidity.

    About the only thing that makes half sense is to have a plan. I guess most of us have it and involves the use of a gun and some common sense.

    In my particular case I don't carry at home. Why? 'cause the gun pulls down my cheap $5 WalMart shorts and I'd be half naked (It is South Florida too hot to be fully dressed)
    My solution is extracted from the movie The Dogs of War where Cat Shannon, the main character, kept a weapon all over his apartment hidden in easy to reach places. We have no kids so we don't have that safety problem. And no, I don't have a gun inside the fridge.
    Agree 100% and if WILMA hits in the next few days, it's going to get quite warmer and stickier inside until we get power back.

    My home in the Gables was built in 1932 and has seen every major storm since including Andrew without damage. My door opens inward for this reason, but that's why we have full shutters for the door. When I anser the door in such a situation, my two newfoundland dogs are right there and unless I'm expecting a visitor, my Sig P245 or my Glock M27 is behind my back.

    After the storm we'll go onto looter alert mode especially with our generator going. That means wife will have access to either the the Mini-14 or more likely her own Colt Combat Commander and I'll have the Benelli nearby. I don't anticipate a NO (Katrina) situation, but my next door neighbor is a former infantry captain like myself (except he flew the Cobra GunShip) and we've already got fields of fire plotted and mutual security plans in place.
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    1st stage alert. Big Black Dog (100+ lbs.) difficult to see at night. Very loud when strangers approach.
    2nd stage, armed and ready.
    3rd stage, BOOM, BOOM!
    End of problem.
    Fortunately, I live in a relatively remote area and my home is not visible from the highway. I have had to run off people who come up the driveway claiming to be "lost" or looking for somebody I never heard of. The Mossberg 500 is a great visual for folks like these. They turn around in a heart beat.
    Never open the door unless you know who is there and why.

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    Thumbs up Whoa!

    There have been some gret posts added to this thread.
    You folks are on the ball.
    Thumbs Up to you!

    You can pretty much "Take It To The Bank" (in advance) that anybody doing a Home Invasion will not give a damn about your health or your "well being" ~ Count on them being totally animalistic and ruthless.
    Any individuals breaking into the castle knowing that the home~owners are at home needs to be treated with the harshest & most deliberately effective means possible.

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