Would Home Invasion Prevention have saved the Closs family?

Jayme Closs

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.

Another Example of “Yes You Can Shoot a Home Invader”

Gilbert Budgell, 55

Here’s the latest Canadian case where a homeowner shot, and killed, an intruder and will not be charged with murder or attempted murder. CBC has the story, via CP:

Gilbert Budgell, a Botwood homeowner who police say shot and killed a man who was invading his home, will not face trial for murder charges.

Crown attorneys have decided not to proceed with a second-degree murder charge against Budgell, citing a low likelihood of securing a conviction.

The charges were formally withdrawn Thursday morning in provincial court in Grand Falls-Windsor, where a preliminary inquiry was set to begin.

Crown attorney Karen O’Reilly said self-defence was always a “live issue that we needed to consider” in the case.

“What we’ve determined is that there is no reasonable likelihood of conviction, that we wouldn’t be able to prove that it wasn’t self-defence,” she told reporters after the short hearing.

Two men entered Budgell’s home on April 9, 2016 in what police described as a home invasion.

Police said one of the men was shot and beaten and eventually died of blunt force trauma to the head, according to O’Reilly. The other man ran away. The RCMP said they haven’t located him and are still looking for information from the public.

According to O’Reilly, the gun used in the incident was a rifle, which Budgell was legally allowed to own.

The Crown didn’t proceed because no jury in Canada will convict a home owner who defends his home. The Crown, the Government and progressives generally hate this fact, but there it is: the jury system is our defence in self-defence.

How Bad Can it Get?

A suspect is in custody and a victim is recovering in hospital in Vancouver following a home invasion that turned into a brutal rape.

Rape suspect arrested in Vancouver home invasion
Rape suspect arrested in Vancouver home invasion

The few facts that have come our so far are disturbing in the extreme. a 25-year old man armed with a weapon entered a home on Hawks St. in the Strathcona neighbourhood just after noon, attacked the woman inside, tied her up and sexually assaulted her. The assailant was unknown to the woman. A Reddit user who witnessed the aftermath of the assault posted that the suspect cut off two of the woman’s fingers and cut her throat, leaving her in “shock and screaming.”

The screams were heard by a passerby who rushed in and forced the attacker to the ground, allowing the victim to escape. Other Good Samaritans came to help and police arrived to take the suspect away.

OK, that’s how bad it can get, but why did it happen at all? Reporters, who do a good job at finding the causes of aircraft accidents, almost never look into the causes of home invasions. Did the victim simply open the door to a knock? Did she leave the door unlocked? What was the means of entry? We don’t know.

However, statistically, the most common cause is the first one. Someone knocks on the door and the occupant opens it. The assailant then pushes in the door and closes it behind him before starting the assault. That’s what probably happened this time.

It would not have happened had the victim installed a security doorstop as described in my book, Home Invasion Prevention (also available as an ebook).

The reason most people don’t do so is that a) they’ve never heard of a security doorstop and b) they don’t think this kind of random assault will ever happen to them. Obvious it can, and did, to the unfortunate woman in Vancouver.

Will Your Front Door Stand Up?

Front doors in most homes have a painted steel facing which gives the impression of strength and security. However, when someone is desperate and determined to get in, most don’t stand a chance.

broken door
Broken front door

This particular front door in Saskatoon was kicked in during a police arrest by the perpetrator, as reported by CTV News.

Note how the steel has broken like a Christmas cookie just below the latch. The story says the home invader did, in fact, gain entry so either this sprang the latch and deadbolt or the bottom half folded-in more than we can see. Either way, it goes to show how useless are most consumer-grade front doors.

If you want to see what this looks like in practice, scan the videos at kickproof.com.  One large black intruder kicks a door in facing away from it so fast you can hardly see it even when you’re watching the video. Kickproof has a number of solutions to reinforce your door, all of which are an improvement over what you have now.

A solid wood door is better and a perimeter steel or aluminum beam door is best of all.

You can get these and many more tips in my book Home Invasion Prevention available from Lulu.com in printed or electronic form.

A Group of Four Men Kicked in the Door

What’s the most common, and easiest way to launch a home invasion? You guessed right, the front door. Yesterday, in Regina, Saskatchewan, the bad guys did exactly that.

Officers were dispatched to a home in the 1600 block of Retallack Street just before 6 p.m.

Police say a group of four men kicked in the door of the home and assaulted a man inside with a bladed weapon.

It is astounding how few people understand that a standard exterior door with a consumer-grade deadbolt can be defeated by a single kick. The problem is that the door itself is probably hollow and the striker plate is screwed into a prefabricated piece of flimsy trim.

If you don’t understand what I’m saying, have any young man of your acquaintance try to kick in your front door. Give him 20 dollars if he succeeds on the first kick, ten on the second and a fiver if it takes him three tries. Make sure you have a twenty in your wallet if you do.

The hard facts are that most exterior doors are an open invitation to home invaders.

What you need to do is to double up on your deadbolts and have them go into an “anti-kick strip.” This is a length of flat metal screwed into the stud surrounding the door with openings for the latch and two deadbolts. In addition you should also add reinforcing for the hinge side. A number of companies sell these components as a set, including Door Devil.

Even this, however, isn’t enough because the door itself is a weak point. Try to source a solid wood door, like this “speakeasy” model from Home Depot. This door won’t cave in and provides a covered viewing port to check your visitor before opening the door.

Are we finished yet? No because no matter how good the door, you’ll still need a security doorstop as described in my book, Home Invasion Prevention. Buy the book and get the full story.

You, your wife, and your family will be glad you did if some street thugs decide your home looks inviting.

Here’s Another Reason for a Home Invasion: Because You’re Jewish

The worldwide attack by Muslims against Jews, supported by the Left in Europe, Canada and the United States, has taken a new and disturbing turn. A group of assailants attacked a couple in the Paris suburb of Créteil on Monday raped the 19-year-old woman, and robbed the home, saying it was “because you are Jewish.”

Paris police

The report at the Algemeiner, doesn’t say how exactly the intruders got in but I can guess from this sentence:

The two were at her 21-year-old boyfriend’s parent’s home in the heavily-Jewish suburb, when the three masked attackers broke in, after the couple answered the door.

The key phrase is “answered the door.” Unless you have a security doorstop, as described in my book Home Invasion Prevention, you and your family are at risk every time you open the door.

You need to be able to open the door and still thwart an attack and a security doorstop does this.

I have one other suggestion for Jewish home owners. Take a moment to join the Jews for the Preservation of Firearms Ownership in the United States. Take my word for it; you need to do this.

Are Police Recording All the Crimes Reported?

Most crimes–that’s right–most crimes are never reported. This is the major reason crime statistics are skewed to the light side. But there is another reason. The police often don’t record the crimes that are reported to them!

This failure was shown recently in the United Kingdom where a study by the police watchdog, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary, says almost a million crimes a year are disappearing from official figures. The Telegraph says the report exposes “indefensible” failures by forces to record crime accurately, and said that in some areas up to a third of crimes are being struck out of official records.

In all, the report estimated 800,000 crimes reported by the public every year are wiped out of official figures.

Overall, almost a fifth of crimes failed to appear in the figures for England and Wales, the inspectorate concluded, but in some forces the proportion was as high as a third. Overall, police failed to record a quarter of rapes and a third of violent crimes across England and Wales.

The reason for the failure in Britain is clear cut: the police fudge the numbers in order to make their statistics look better; fewer crimes, more prosecutions.

This is a common problem everywhere because, in most cases, the police are in a conflict of interest. They’re acting as supervisors of their own work. Human nature being what it is, they want to look good when they report to their political masters.

The politicians also want to look good so when the police hand them statistics showing what a good job the police are doing, they’re happy to hand this on to the public. In the end everyone looks good but crime continues apace.

All this matters to you the home owner because what it means is that there are more home invasions than are being reported. More in your city, more in your neighbourhood. More than you realize.

This is one reason to buy my book, Home Invasion Prevention (see the add on the right) and study what it recommends. If you follow what it tells you, you won’t be a victim either of a home invasion or biased statistics.

Can you Shoot and Kill a Home Invader?

The short answer is yes you can. The long answer is yes, but you’d better have plenty of evidence that your life, or the life of someone else, was in danger and that the home invader pursued his attack with violence and determination.

I’ve always said it is completely unreasonable to use your body as an evidence exhibit with regards to a violent assault. You shouldn’t have to get beaten up, assaulted or shot in order to convince a prosecutor, or a jury, you were the innocent victim. But how do you do this? If he’s still alive, it often becomes a case of he said, she said.

OK let’s look at the problem from the viewpoint of that prosecutor or that juror. What evidence do you have that the perpetrator was violent and persistent? Often a victim has no evidence because he, or she, failed to lock their door, left a window open, went around a darkened house with a revolver or took a shot at someone running away. None of these actions is going to look good later in court.

What you need to do is to establish an “evidence trail.”

The evidence, remember, is of the perpetrator’s violence and persistence. The key to doing this is to harden the outside of your home with the appropriate locks, security film, security doorstop, etc. (It’s all in my book, Home Invasion Prevention).

The second step is to create an internal barrier. It can be a steel gate or a locked, solid-wood door. The point of doing this, besides giving you time to get your gun out of your gun safe, is to show physical evidence of violence: a smashed lock, a battered gate or internal door. In effect, the perp will be creating the evidence you need to shoot in self defence.

When he does come slamming through that second door, make certain to shoot to kill: twice in the center of mass, once in the head. All the shots should have entry wounds on the attacker’s front.

I’m not saying this is easy to do. The fear and even terror of such an attack can be overwhelming. What I’m saying is that you should game plan an attack and your response to it.

Now back to answering the question in the headline. If a home invader has smashed through a window protected with security film, or a steel door protected by an anti-kick strip and a security doorstop . . . and has then smashed his way past a steel security gate between the living room and the bedrooms; then you almost certainly won’t be prosecuted. It’s an open and shut case of self defence.

If you are prosecuted by some anti-gun (usually female) prosecutor, the jury will almost certainly throw the case out. The Crown will then try resorting to Firearms Act storage regulations; but that’s another story.

What if a Home Invader is Armed?

Here’s the threat you fear the most; a home invader waving a gun at you and demanding entry. What should you do? What are your options?

The answer is not what you’re expecting. What you should do is to act immediately as if he has no gun. Run at him, slam the door, throw something, scream . . . almost any action is better than inaction. There are several reasons why this is so.

The first one is that the home invader is trying to get moral control over you by merely showing you the gun. If he hasn’t got a silencer on it, or a pop bottle in his other hand, he’s going to be extremely reluctant to pull the trigger while standing outside. The noise will almost certainly draw attention.

Secondly, he really isn’t expecting you to act. He’s expecting fear and paralysis. He’s expecting you’ll do whatever he says. When you do act; he’s going to be really surprised.

Thirdly, it may all be a bluff. The gun may be unloaded, or even a realistic imitation. Plenty of people have been frightened into inaction by a fake gun.

What if it’s real and he actually shoots you? Good news; gang bangers are notoriously bad shots. Secondly, 9mm pistol fire has to hit something vital to kill you, like your face, neck or heart. You can absorb a lot of pistol shots and still be alive as many cases have shown.

Isn’t this risky? Life is risky. You’re going to hate yourself if the gang banger ties you up and rapes and kills your daughter. Believe me, action beats inaction, both at the time and later.

Of course, if you have a security doorstop, as I mention in my book Home Invasion Prevention, you’ll still have the door between you and the gun. It is a solid wood door isn’t it? That’s in the book too.

The Fallacy of an Exterior Steel Gate

You can see these throughout the US Southwest; an exterior steel gate in front of the front door. I’ve seen them in Canada as well. In fact I walked past one a few minutes ago right here in Penticton. The fallacy of an exterior steel gate is that it won’t protect you if a bad guy is pointing a pistol at you. You’re already exposed and could shortly be dead.

To those who say, well yes, but what crook is going to shoot you if he needs you to open the gate? I say, any crook that shoots you first in the leg or somewhere else and then threatens to shoot you dead the next time.

Wouldn’t the home invader be reluctant to shoot you outside your door? What about the neighbours? There’s an answer to that too. The bad guy just needs to hold an empty plastic pop bottle over the muzzle of the gun to muffle the sound as effectively as a silencer.

So, no matter how you slice it, an exterior gate won’t protect you against a serious home invasion. What you need, and what I describe in my book, Home Invasion Prevention, is a security doorstop. This way you open the door five inches or so, the invader thinks you’re all that’s stopping him getting in, and leaps at the door. It stops cold and throws him back. You lock the door or simply run to an interior room behind–and yes here’s the same gate–a steel interior gate.

Then you can call the cops, get your gun out of its safe, and calm your heart thudding in your chest.

This combo, a security doorstop and an interior security gate is part of the layered defence outlined in Home Invasion Prevention. Buy the book and see what else you should do.