I'd wait 'til I saw the whites of their eyes.
I'm also very surprised they didn't kill her and dump her body. She was lucky in that respect but she's going to relive that nightmare over and over. Poor woman.
I've become much more aware of being safe when I'm at home. We live in a subdivision that is in the country on 2-3 acre lots. It's quiet and the neighbors look our for each other. But, people work or aren't home for whatever reason and if something did happen I doubt if I could expect someone to be there to help.
I always make sure the doors are locked. I have a full view glass storm door that has a deadbolt. The dog likes to sit and look out so I know he'd bark if someone came up to the house. I also now keep the garage doors shut...never did that before.
Our security system is set so that you hear a "ding" if a door or window opens. I've done what I can. I'd like to keep a gun downstairs within easy reach. I know it's best to have it on you but realistically, I probably wouldn't do that on a day to day basis.
Another sad story of how un-protected so many people still are.
We both carry at home (and everywhere else that's legal).
We have an extensive security system with "visitor announcement" features.
Steel doors with reinforced frames and break-resist security film on all ground floor windows.
Short of truck through a wall, we'll have plenty of warning, but the intruders will get NO warnings and just as much mercy.
It truly is a sad state of affairs... nowadays.
Lish, you are right, you ARE better prepared than your husband. No doubt on that.
They would not have gotten both feet through the threshold at my house.