As posted, I take my cue from my dogs. We have an upstairs bedroom, as do the dogs. The stairway is a choke point that I have complete control over, both visually, and field of fire. There are an abundance of "tools" available to me in our bedroom. Unless I can be 110% positive of ...
1. is there someone inside?
2. how many are there?
3. where are they?
4. are they armed?
5. how are they armed?
...and still believe I have an advantage....
I'm stayin' put and calling 911... the "night time" LEO is only 50 yards away.... small town... one cop for days, and one for nights... :rolleyes:
Arm the dog, release, wait for commotion to cease, call ServPro.
servepro lol... We have tl rely on state police here
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One night I heard what I *swear* sounded like something falling onto the bathroom floor. The rest of the house was hardwood, but the bathroom had cheap linoleum that sounded different. My dog also heard it, and was perked up alert too. She shook her head and decided it wasn't anything serious. I got up to pee since I was awake anyway. There was nothing in the bathroom floor that could have fallen making the noise we heard. Curious, I checked the rest of the house for anything out of place. Didn't find a thing. At least Dusti heard it too, so I know I'm not crazy or that I didn't dream it. I don't think we had ghosts.
If you feel safer investigating every little bump yourself, well it's your house.
I feel perfectly safe leaving it up to the one with the best hearing.
Need more information to fully answer the question. Are you alone in the house? Do you have a spouse/significant other there with you?
If I am alone or with significant other, the best tactic to remain alive would be to wake up (critically important) and make sure I'm in fact hearing an intruder, and not some ambient noise. Once I've confirmed my earlier belief, I'd take my firearm, cell phone, SureFire flashlight and significant other to cover (not concealment) within my bedroom, and wait for the trouble to come to me. I have the advantage of cover, and will have the drop on the subject if they come to my br door.
If there are others in the house, I'd have to advance towards the threat, using my knowledge of the home to my advantage, and the light only when necessary.
Good luck and stay safe.
I have two Beagles...best they might do is bark but more likely to go lick the intruder and beg for a treat LOL
Have 3 kids and a split level home. I would be out the door of my bedroom and on my way to theirs in a heart beat. Gun would be in a holster in the pocket of my bathrobe. More likely then not it would be my children making the noise and no reason to scare them.
We did recently have my wife's truck broken into in our driveway in the middle of the night so I do investigate all noises now. Too little too late for the items in the truck but I'm hoping they come back
We must reject the idea that every time a law's broken, society is guilty rather than the law breaker. It is time to restore the American precept that each individual is responsible for his actions....Ronald Reagan
Keep night lights in the house,and keep the hallway to your rooms darkened,thet way if somebody comes sneaking they will be slhouetted by the light behind them and you will be in the dark all "Ninja'd" out,If I see a BG he gets warning shots fired COM til I don't need to warn him anymore
If you own the house, then go see what the noise was.
1. My little guard dog chihuahua would be burying her head under the covers shaking like a leaf.
2. I'd grab my "night defender" 9 mil with redneck attached led light.
3. Slowly gravitate to source of noise.
4. Be alert as not to be surprised by 16 year old going bump in the night.
5. Once sound investigated return to comfy warm bed with shivering dog.....
Neither of my dogs are barkers; infact I am not sure the lab mix would bark during the day at an unknown noise. Both do alert on unknown noises. The Lab mix will bark, a very scarey growl/bark, at some one unknown coming up the walk. In fact had a AC repair guy not wanting in till I put him outside or kenneled hom in the house. Told him; as long as I allowed him in the dog was not problem and that he could come in and out after being let in no problem. The flip side was I kinda like knowing Bear, the Lab mix, would protect and serve that way, I and my wife were gone; she took me to get my car from the shop and head to work and I was going to pay for the car and get home quick knowing the AC guys were coming; they got to the house before I did and our son was home alone!
As for checking out the noise; I would watch to see if it was the kid if not well . . . forget the dog beware of the owner!
If I hear a strange noise I will turn on the frontroom light, front and back lights. I can do that from my bedroom. I will then look down the hall to see if anything strange is going on. If I think it is necessary I will dial 911 on my cell phone, not the house phone. I have 4 phones around the house and they could listen in. I will not check out the house if I think someone is in there, I will wait for the sheriff dept.
Of course, this is my response right now. Everybody's got a plan, until they get punched in the mouth.