Survive A Home Invasion
Surviving a home invasion depends on action and inaction. Some actions must be taken and some should never be taken. Security should always be on your mind or you are nothing more than easy prey. Here are some suggestions for you to take or not take. It’s your home and family, not mine, so whatever you do or don’t do will not affect my life physically. I do care, so it hurts me internally to hear about people being harmed and robbed in the sanctity of their own home, because they were not aware of the realities of this world of humans or chose to ignore them. All I can do is share some suggestions and hope as many people as possible listen.
(1) Awareness: Be aware of people in your neighborhood. Some home invasions are by chance, but most are planned, so they have been watching you already for some time. Install a camera system to watch your area. Not just to record, but to review. Communicate with neighbors to see who else watches out, and stay in touch with them through phones calls as to anything out of the ordinary. Also, put bells or some other way of knowing when one of your regular doors or screen doors are open. This will give you a little more time to react and may cause a moment of hesitation with the intruder(s). Just enough to grab your gun perhaps or lock a door behind you.
(2) Involve Law Enforcement: Have the dispatch number programmed into your phone and call about anything suspicious. These are trained professionals, and can put together all the little pieces to possibly see where something might occur based on reports of activity. More information might also lead to a faster arrest to do contact with law enforcement in the area prior to the home invasion. Get a neighborhood watch program together also, if you have enough neighbors that are interested..
(3) Always Carry: This means a gun, knife, pepper spray, or anything else you can use in defense. Even a bright flashlight can temporarily blind an attacker. This also means inside and outside of your home. Some home invasions start in the garage, at the front door, as you are leaving at the “regular time”, and even in the backyard when someone hops the fence or walks right up to you. Stop it outside, because once they have you inside, you may not be seen alive again.
(4) Negotiate and Be Cooperative: If someone takes you by surprise and has the upper hand, then cooperate to the fullest. Some home invasions are done by people that just need money because of the true state of the economy. This may be the first crime they have ever done. They may not want to harm anyone, but you don’t know that. They may already know a lot about what you likely have, so be honest. It’s just stuff, and your life is not worth it. Even offer them a drink and possible get some DNA left behind that might help identify them.
(5) Never Open The Door: This is where a camera system comes in handy. Look to see who is there first. Do not trust the clipboard in the hand. Hopefully you have installed a security screen door as a secondary security measure. Never fall for the “Here, can I give you my card?”, thing. They can leave it on the door or on the ground. If they seem odd in any way, call law enforcement to check them out. Be ready at your door with some kind of defensive item, always.
(6) Your Stash of Defensive Tools: You should have defensive tools all over your home, even in the bathroom. Even when you are in the shower, you should not be in a vulnerable position. People outside your home can hear when the water is running constantly and can enter your home by force when they suspect you are in the shower. Have a defensive tool in the bathroom, and lock the door if you are alone. This will give you a few more seconds to get soap out of your eyes and charge a firearm. If you have defensive tools all over your home, then your chance of survival, even if caught by surprise, is much higher.
(7) Have A Family Code of Silence: No one should be bragging about what you have to anyone outside the family. Even best friends! They will be talking to, and most humans speak in the language of gossip. Many home invasions are done by people 16-25. They have grown up with your children in the same schools perhaps and heard the rumors that go around if you have money or gold or fancy electronics. Loose lips sink ships.
(8) Have A Family Signalling Code: This could be taps of fingers, subtle eye moments, a yawn, and anything. It’s just like the signalling and communications signals that are relayed from coaches to players in baseball. You can plan a response action towards your invaders just with these signals and act at the same time through different actions. One could be a distraction, while the other person attacks.
(9) Smash A Window right Away and Scream: Nothing gets a lot of attention like breaking glass and screams. The invaders just might flee right away when that happens and some neighbors might catch the invaders. Their intention was to get in and get out without drawing any attention from other neighbors. The window can be easily fixed, and your throat can be cooled with a cool drink afterwards.
(10) Have An Escape Plan: You should imagine invaders coming in the front area or back area of your home. You should practice unlocking and opening all your doors while someone or more than one person in your family is yelling and screaming at you. You have to practice doing things under pressure, so you don’t mentally and physically freeze-up. Someone comes in the front, everyone goes to the back, and vice-versa. This is for those that do not want to fight. The point here is that you are no longer a prisoner in your home, you can flee to safety, and get help.
(11) Fortify One Room Of Your Home As A Safe Room: This can be a bathroom or walk-in closet. Do this by installing bullet-proof drywall, a fortified door with angled hole ports that can be opened to release gas or pepper spray, a camera system to see around your home to view the invaders, a secure communications line, alarm button that makes a lot of noise with a lighting system that flashes, food and water, a toilet of some kind, first-aid kit, and more. If you can, put in an escape path out of your safe room.
(12) Learn Martial Arts: This is a preemptive action so that you can fight back successfully with proven methods of defense that are quick and effective. This should include weapons training as well. The more you do in the area of learning self-defense methods, the more chance you have of survival anywhere there are humans.
(13) Physical Fitness: This is a preemptive action to avoid being chosen as a target. If you are not in good shape, you are an easy target. People’s physical disposition and capability is assessed as well with these home invaders. They will pick the weakest to prey on, so they avoid harm to themselves. All predators on this planet work this way to avoid harm to themselves. The tougher and more physically fit you are, the less likely you will be picked as a target.
(14) Attitude: Attitude is a state of mind and awareness. If your’s is weak, then your survival response will be weak. Survival is sometimes dependent on the speed and capacity of the first action taken in response to a threat. If you are lackadaisical in your approach to life, then your response will most likely be weak and unsubstantial to any threat you face. A threat happens immediately. Only in hindsight does it seem to happen over time. You have to be like a mouse trap, with a lightning fast go-to response. This comes from a survival attitude. I AM GOING TO LIVE! If that means the attacker dies or is harmed, so be it.
Note: These are just some suggestion. Doing more or less is your decision, based on what you believe is important. Preparedness is necessary in everyday life, not just for a large disaster. Be ready, stay aware, and prepare in all areas of your life.
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