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.

‘Youths rush in;’ How did that Happen?

Three stories today, from Scarborough, Ontario; West Valley City, Utah and Laveen, Arizona. They’re all remarkably similar: a gang of young men rush in to a home and surprise the occupants in the middle of the night.

Here are the descriptive paragraphs, first Scarborough:

Toronto police are looking for five male suspects in connection with an armed home invasion in Scarborough early Thursday morning.

Police say they were called to a home on Caddy Drive, near Lawrence Avenue and Scarborough Golf Club Road, around 12:50 a.m. When they arrived, they found two victims in their 20s – a man with minor injuries and a woman who was not hurt in the incident.

Now, West Valley City, Utah:

Police arrested two men Wednesday who they say broke into a home with guns and baseball bats.

Around 3 a.m., West Valley police responded to a call reporting that three men with their faces covered came into their home near 3200 South and 3800 West carrying baseball bats and guns.

And Laveen, Arizona:

SkyFox was over the scene where seven people woke up to find two suspects in their home, dressed in black from head to toe.

There were four children in the home; 3 of them were young at the time of the home invasion.

MCSO said all were inside the home when armed men burst in between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. Wednesday.

There are plenty of odd things about these three stories. The first is that whatever kind of door, or door locks, these individuals had on their doors, they were totally inadequate. A solid wood door with a deadbolt into an anti-kick strip will not simply collapse when kicked. You have to smash the door with repeated, heavy blows to make any dint in a secure exterior door.

Secondly, these folks clearly didn’t have a security doorstop to stop entry once the latch and lock were smashed.
Thirdly, they didn’t have an interior security gate, something my book Home Invasion Prevention explains in detail.
Fourthly they didn’t have a dog, or a gun, or both. Or pepper spray. Or a panic alarm. Or a lock on the bedroom door.
Indeed, like most people they just went to bed and got surprised.
If you buy my book, this won’t happen to you. Innocent, or guilty, you’ll be safe and secure while the home invaders who targeted you will be in deep, deep trouble.

New Orleans but an Old Type of Home Invasion

New Orleans may be the big easy, but not for a 75-year-old Irish Channel resident was robbed at gunpoint by two men who broke into his home yesterday evening.

The Uptown Messenger reported the attack only took two minutes:

The victim was at his home in the 700 block of Eighth Street (between Chippewa and Annunciation) around 9 p.m. Friday, Oct. 3, when his back door was kicked open and two men burst in, he said. One of them had a gun and said, “Give me everything you’ve got,” the victim said. When he did what they told him, they fled out the front door, he said.

This is the “Force” type of home invasion using one of the two most common entry points, the rear door.

The solution is to beef up all exterior doors with metal framing, solid wood, anti-kick strips and the like. It makes sense to spend money on entrances because attackers most often use doors as their means of ingress.

If you don’t believe me, ask any 18-year old of your acquaintance to kick in your door and use a stop watch to see how long it takes him.

This, and a lot more useful tips and explanations, are in my book, Home Invasion Prevention available in print or download at Lulu.com (and at Amazon.com).