At 2:54 am this morning, I woke up momentarily and roll over onto my other side. A few moments later I heard a fairly loud thump. A second later my alarm went off. Now I am really awake.
Right then and there your mind starts to race, what do I do? Let me tell you that what they say about instinct and reverting to your training kicks in...
For me, my training has consisted of me taking the time to look at my home, where the entry/exit points are, where the windows are, followed by a plan of action should such an event take place.
I have a room to retreat to, locking the doors, getting on the phone and waiting on the police. Well armed, mind you.
Except that isn't exactly what I did here. Instead, I jumped out of bed grabbed my pistol (which has a laser and flashlight attached) and quickly cleared my house. And when I say quickly, I mean really quick.
The way my house is laid out, I exited my bedroom, first stopping for cover at the corner of the hallway and scanned across the den and kitchen area, looking at two entry points, the back door and the garage door. In this area is also a lot of large windows. Along the way I found myself listening for unusual noise or movement.
I then moved across the den looking directly down the entry way at the front door and front hallway to the right. I quickly made glances over my shoulder, checking my six. No open doors or broken glass. No other sound other than a very loud alarm.
I actually hollered out "Whose in here". Twice. Of course no response. Adrenaline, I guess.
I then quickly moved down the front hallway checking each bedroom, looking at the windows checking for signs of broken glass or entry. Finding none, I retraced my steps and retreated to my back master bedroom locking the door.
About that time, the alarm company called and asked if I was alright (just like the commercial). I responded: "No, someone is breaking into the house". They asked if I wanted them to stay on the line. I said yes. They got on the phone with the police who told the alarm company that they were responding with no lights/sirens and were treating the call as a 'panic alarm'. Meaning the real deal.
In my retreat to the bedroom, I turned on the overhead lights in the den. Locked in my bedroom, I could see the lights shining under the doorway. This gave me an opportunity to see anyone approaching my door. Let me tell you, had that happened there would have been a tremendous explosion and hail of gunfire! Whoa be it unto the person or persons that opened that door.
In talking to the alarm company on the line while waiting on the police, she told me that she was watching for signs of motion and asked where the motion detector was located. She said she didn't see anything at that point. I had already disabled the alarm when I locked myself in the bedroom to silence the loud alarm. Her telling me that reminded me to rearm the alarm. Anyone opening a door or walking around inside would set the alarm off again alerting me that someone was in fact inside the house.
I would estimate that it took the police approximately 5 minutes to arrive, knocking on my front door. They did not announce themselves, only knocking loudly. I didn't open the door until they told me who they were.
I placed my pistol on the table and opened the door. Two officers walked in and started to look around asking me what happened. A few moments later, more officers walked inside. There were at least six officers.
They asked what I did for a living seeing my pistol on the table and the gun cleaning equipment on the bar in the kitchen. I told them and said I liked to shoot. They laughed and said that they could see that. One officer responded that it appeared that I had anyone breaking in out gunned and could have done some serious damage and really didn't need the police. They were all eying my FN 5.7. I walked outside with them and saw a much of patrol cars parked down the street.
Okay. That all happened about an hour ago and I am still pumped full of adrenaline. Anyone care to respond and dissect this, feel free. I already have been thinking about what I should have and shouldn't have done.