Welcome to my nightmare

It is like a vision out of your worst nightmare – being woken to find a gang of masked youths armed with pitchforks and axes smashing their way into your bedroom in the dead of night.

But in a series of horrific night-time raids these baby-faced schoolboys brought terror to sleeping residents.

via SayUncle and Mail Online.

This is not even close to my worst nightmare. They would be bringing pitchforks to a rifle and pistol fight. Between my wife and I we can bring 80 rounds of aimed fire to the situation within 5 seconds. The easiest part of their night would probably be my ten year old son repeatedly kicking them in the nuts. We would kill them.

If you have the resources, including both money and time, a home invasion is one of the easiest crimes to prepare against. It is your home after all and you have all the time in the world (compared to these creeps) to figure out how to keep them out and how to kill them if they won’t stay out.

Start with these steps:

  1. Big heavy doors with big heavy deadbolt locks; and
  2. Have a policy of always keeping the doors locked, even the doors to the backyard when no family member is out there; and
  3. Install an alarm system, have it wired to every door and window, always have it on, even when you are home; and
  4. Have a dog; a medium size one will do, he doesn’t have to be a killer, he just has to let you know when someone is around your house who shouldn’t be; and
  5. Acquire firearms and train with them, keep them readily available day and night; if you have kids train them to keep away from your guns, but don’t hide them from the kids (they will find them); and
  6. Have a 5 second plan for when goblins with pitchforks kick in your door in the middle of the night.

There are plenty of other things you can do, but steps 1-6 will make you a very hard target.

One other thing you should have is a plan for the aftermath of a home invasion. When the police get there say this:

I was in fear for my life. I want my attorney.

Say nothing else. Trust me, they will understand. That’s what attorneys are for and why the are called “mouth pieces.”

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  • Six  On October 21, 2010 at 8:00 pm

    Great post and absolutely correct. If I might expound on a couple of your points on entrance doors.
    Get rid of that front door with the glass window. Solid core wood or even steel. Mine are steel.
    Buy or make one of those floor mounted dead bolts. A through the floor deadbolt system is stronger than one that just goes into the door frame. Even a simple wood wedge you kick into the space between the bottom of the door and the jamb is good insurance.
    Make sure your deadbolt goes at least an inch into the jamb (well into the framing stud).
    I have an inexpensive costco camera mounted above the front entrance with the monitor on a small table nearby. It allows me to see who’s there without potentially spotlighting my arrival at the door with a peephole.
    The home safety posts are good ones. Keep ’em coming.

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