What To Do About Home Invasions?

Posted: July 14, 2013 in Self Defense
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Police-Home-InvasionLast week, we began talking about home invasions and what you can do to deter and prevent criminals from entering your home. Now that we have examined the steps you can take to harden the exterior of your home, let’s look at what you need to do inside your home.

 Have a Plan

It is imperative you talk with those with whom you live and establish a plan of action. Figure out which room in your house will make the best safe room. The safe room should have one entry door and a window that will allow escape, if need be. Establish an action word that will trigger your family to run to the safe room. (Once you have called 911, make sure you stay in the safe room. For a succinct explanation of why staying put is so important please watch this video.) In your safe room, get as far from the door as you can while staying behind cover. This will give you the advantage of time should the intruder come through that door.


Determine which family member  is responsible for:

~calling 911.

~shepherding/carrying the young children into the safe room

~arming themselves

~any other activities your particular family needs done.

Develop plans for situations where you don’t have time to get to the safe room. What will you do then? If you choose to fight back, what weapons are readily available for use in each room? As most home invaders enter the front door, it is probably a good idea to place helpful items near the door. Some people choose to have a firearm in every room. With whatever weapon you decide to use, make sure it is readily accessible. Having a baseball bat by the door does you no good if the door will block you from the bat when it is open. You also need to mentally prepare with detailed imaginings of the potential scenarios that will trigger you to reach for the weapon, what you will do with it, and the aftermath.

Practice Your Plans

Home-defense1Take the time to drill with your family. Home Invasion (HI) drilling with your family will increase the reaction speed during a crisis and may save lives. Caution: if you are drilling with firearms, be especially careful to remove ammunition from the firearms before beginning the drill! (Personally, I would put the ammunition in a separate room and on semiautomatics I would lock all the slides back. Remember, simply ejecting the magazine does not mean the firearm is unloaded. There may still be a round in the chamber so make a point of locking the slide back and physically inspecting the chamber. Many people have been shot with “unloaded” firearms.)  For the same reason schools have fire drills every month, it is important for your family to HI drill frequently. Practicing once a year will have little, if any, positive effects on your family’s reaction time. Repetition, repetition, repetition.

Maintain Your Tools

Periodically check the equipment you plan to use. Make sure the flashlight batteries are still functioning at full capacity. Rotate spare magazines through your semi-automatic firearms to reduce the possibility of malfunctions.0018132e_medium

Other Considerations


Retreating to a safe room is one of the best case scenarios for surviving a home invasion. And certainly, the most recommended by security experts and police alike. However, life is not entirely comprised of best case scenarios. There are situations that necessitate leaving the safe room and venturing out into the rest of the house.  For example, one of your family members did not make it into the safe room. Most (if not all)of us would leave the safe room in search for the missing child. In such a situation, knowing how to safely clear each room is vital knowledge. Honestly, while there are countless videos, tutorials, and articles on the subject of clearing rooms and other home tactics that I could direct you to, watching,


reading, and talking about it will only take you so far. Finding a local instructor in home tactics or traveling to a well-renowned tactical training course will be of  far more value to you than watching hours of videos. Hands-on instruction by experienced trainers and supervised implementation of tactics will serve you much better than practicing strategies learned through YouTube. If you are serious about protecting your home and your family, participating in a professionally taught tactical training course is your next step.

Such professional courses should also include instruction on interacting with Law Enforcement and the aftermath of shooting incidents. There are right and wrong ways to talk with Law Enforcement (starting with the 911 call) and this knowledge is just as vital as knowing how to shoot and clear rooms. We will delve further into that topic next week.


Final Thoughts

Each home must be evaluated individually to determine the best defense plan for your family. This post is designed to be more of a summary than a definitive article. Many others, far more knowledgeable than I, have devoted extensive articles, videos, posts and books about this topic. A few of them are listed below. If you feel I neglected an important component of home defense, please comment and let me know. If you have any advice or tips to add please do the same. I find I often learn more from conversations and comments than I do from articles.



For Further Research:

Two well known and highly respected training centers are:




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