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Will You Be Hit By A Home Invasion?

Posted by Rob Longenecker on September 22nd, 2006

What Are Your Chances of Being Hit By a Home Invasion?

The New York City-based Insurance Information Institute suggests that everyone protect against “a physical or virtual break-in,” especially during the summer months when a greater number of home invasions occur. (I can’t get too excited about their suggestions because we figured this part out a long time ago.)

The institute suggested some tips to prevent residential burglaries:

  • Keep exterior lights on at night and put indoor lights on a timer.
  • Don’t make it easy for crooks to break in. Slow down burglars with dead-bolted windows and doors.
  • Get a burglar alarm that will notify police and fire if your home is broken into.”

These tips are insufficient. All your preventive measures may not prevent home invaders from gaining entry. Then, if it happens, you can’t ask for a time out while you wait for the police. Can you even alert the police? Are you going to stand there with your thumb stuck in a dark place mumbling, “I can’t believe this is happening to me.”

Have you ever discussed this with your family? Do you have a plan? Often there’s little time to respond. There’s certainly no time for planning during a surprise entry.

I assume you have a firearm and are trained to use it. Have you told your family to retreat to a defendable area with a telephone, lights and where a firearm is accessible? Will there be time to execute that plan?

The bad news is that the odds are with the bad guys. They have the element of surprise.

Usually, they do something to bring you to the door and open it.  It’s rare that that they use a battering ram (So say the statistics.) 

Do you have a door that’s “hell for stout” with well attached hinges and a sturdy dead bolt?  Do you have a dang peep hole? It’s surprising how many doors are sold without them.  Got a chain to at least slow them down momentarily? Obviously, you have to be very careful to whom you open your door, especially at night. Many people I know answer with gun in hand (out of sight).

What are your chances of being hit?  Do you deal drugs (surely not you)? Are you a jewelry wholesaler? Do you keep a lot of cash in the house?  Do people think you have a lot of cash in the house?

If you’re an average homeowner, you may not be targeted. You can evaluate your risk by clicking here:

I’ve just touched on home invasions here, but we all owe it to ourselves to be smarter about this. Some of you may have made plans already – some good plans.

What are the plans you’ve made and resources you recommend?  I’d like to hear from you.

2 Responses to “Will You Be Hit By A Home Invasion?”

  1. Chris Edgington Says:

    The information listed is all good advice, and I have also been known to answer the door with a pistol hidden out of sight. But my A-1 1st line of defense is Clifford the Big Red Dog. Clifford is my Chow/Akita?/Rottweiler?/Chupacabra? mix-breed companion. I say he’s the first line of defense because once the break in has occurred he’ll more than likely be the first responder to the source of the disturbance. Unlike his “master” (sometimes I wonder who’s really in charge), Clifford is fleet of foot, a light sleeper, and more alert immediately after being awakened by a strange noise. Now that I think about it, I guess I’d really be HIS backup if the proverbial you-know-what hits the fan!

    They say that any dog is a good deterrent against break ins at home (and just who are “they”, anyway? “They” seem to know an awful lot!), but I think it never hurts if the dog can also give a good account of himself in a fight. Fortunately for me, the only invaders who have had to face the wrath of the mighty Clifford have been of the four legged, garbage rooting variety. And after a few scrapes none have ever come back. I guess word has spread in the raccoon and possum underworld that there’s a new sheriff in town…and he likes Snausages!

  2. Blake Shelton Says:

    I think people underestimate the usefullness of a shotgun for home defense. Get a good shotgun with a high-powered light on it. It’s a gun, it’s a club, it’s a flashlight, and it’s terribly intimidating. Also, you can get a whole plethora of less-lethal ammuntion for your 12 gauge. If you load one of those as a first round and do have to shoot an invader it’s cause to believe that you’re not some Die Hard wannabe waiting up at night to shoot interlopers. I think training everyone in the household in the use of any defensive firearm is a great idea, but I think what should really be emphasized during training is how to not shoot family members and loved ones accidentally. I’ve heard way too many stories about kids coming home late at night and being shot by their parents and all other variations on that theme. Also, if you put prickly bushes outside your windows it will greatly reduce the chances of someone slithering in them, even if that someone is you because you locked your keys in your house. Happened to me more than once. They really do make it hard to get in there.

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