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.

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.

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.