By now we have all read the horrific story of the abduction of Jayme Closs and the murder of both her parents. If you haven’t, take a few moments to read the National Post report at the link above.
My question is would my book, Home Invasion Prevention (HIP), have prevented this abduction and these murders. The answer is yes, in at least two cases, it would have.
HIP recommends installing a solid wood door of at least two inches thick, braced with dual dead bolts and an anti-kick strip. If the abductor was using solid shot this would not have saved Mr. Closs if he was in the direct line of fire, but the shot would not have smashed in the door. Firing at one lock would also not have affected the other lock. If repeated shots did so, the security doorstop would have provided additional problems for the attacker.
Meanwhile, Mrs. Closs and Jayme would have retreated behind the steel security gate recommended by HIP and would have called the police while retreving their home defence pistol from the bedroom gun safe.
Assuming the abductor did finally enter the house, he would have been confronted with an armed defender working from behind a steel gate. If Mrs. Closs had opened her defence by firing bear spray through the gate, the abductor would have been dazed and confused. If she followed that with three well-aimed shots with her pistol, he’d be dead.
The police would have arrived just as the gunsmoke cleared and after Mrs. Closs had rushed to the aid of her wounded husband.
This could have been a good news story instead of a tragedy. Of course, to most people, these kinds of things never happen. I’m sure the Closses felt as safe in their home as you do in yours.