How to Survive a Violent Home Invasion
Here are several tips for making it out alive and even how to avoid being targeted for a home invasion in the first place.
In a collapse of society, realize this -- the crooks are coming. Here's how to be ready before they get to your home -- and then scare them off when they do. Congratulations -- you just escaped with your life.
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Here are Several Tips for Surviving a Home Invasion Robbery1) Establish a "safe room" in your home, where your family will flee to at the first sign of forced entry, or that a home invasion is about to take place. Outfit the door with a dead bolt lock, that can be easily locked as you enter.
2) Security experts recommend having a code word that when said (or shouted) tells one another to run for the safe room. It can be a simple word such as "ESCAPE" or a simple phrase, "GET TO SAFETY".
3) Days in advance, place a heavy piece of furniture in your safe room, that can be slid in front of the door. Have one or two 4x4 lengths of lumber inside your safe room as well, that can be used to provide leverage against the heavy piece of furniture in front of the door, and also the far wall. That way, if the door is kicked, it doesn't budge easily. Be aware that a good kick could force these 4x4s through the drywall, on the far wall. With that in mind, have a piece of 3/4 inch plywood also in your safe room. Leverage the ends of the 4x4s against the plywood, so that the force from any kicks to the door is diffused over a wide area, and doesn't result in the drywall caving, that the plywood rests against.
Fortifying the door so it's not easily kicked down will buy you time, should home invaders discover the room you're hiding in with your family.
Have an extra telephone4) Have a telephone in the room that you can use to call the police.
Warning: Many home phones operate off television or dish services nowadays; wires to these can be easily cut outside your home, which means your home phone won't work (should home invaders cut the line), and you won't be able to call police. So, have a secondary cell phone plugged in and charged in your safe room, as your go-to phone in a home invasion. Make sure that young children have your home address memorized, as they will have to provide it when calling 9-1-1 from a cell phone.
An additional step to protect your home land-line: Install a dummy phone box outside your home with dummie wires leading from it. Then, use a shrub or better yet, some kind of external vent to disguise and or hide it's existence. (You'll have to let the phone company technician know it's whereabouts, if the phone company is ever out for a service call, but don't explain why it's there -- what if one of the technician's colleagues is a crook after hours? Better safe than sorry.)
5) Have a small hidden safe or lock-box inside your safe room, where you can keep a handgun, that you can get to quickly. Practice running to the room, and unlocking the safe, and retrieving the gun, and being ready to fire through the door, should the home invaders make their way into the room. Have a spare key hidden in the room to this lock box, or a combination lock that is easily entered.
Be sure not to fire at police, who may show up in the next 5 - 15 minutes, after 9-1-1 has been called.
6) Consider having a "pump" shot-gun as back up or even your go-to firearm. It's said that the well-familiar sound of a pump shotgun being "pumped" (loaded), can put fear into intruders. Go to the back window, open it, and fire two shots into the air. This may be enough to scare off intruders.
7) Whether you have a shot gun or not, stay in your safe room until police arrive. Unless they've heard gun shots or know you're inside the home, invaders may not realize that you're in your safe room while they go through the rest of your home, collecting valuables.
What a Former CIA Agent Says About Being ProtectedOn the subject of protecting your family from any kind of robbery, a great book to add to your knowledge is Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life: A Former CIA Officer Reveals Safety and Survival Techniques to Keep You and Your Family Protected. Not only can you avoid a robbery by seeming like a very hard target, but there are actual techniques you can use to escape restraints in a worst case scenario (for example, you're visiting someone and their home is broke into suddenly).
What If Your Cell Phone Doesn't Work During a Home Invasion?Eventually the home invaders are likely to find the door to the room where you and your family are hiding.
Yes, you may have the legal right to shoot -- but what if you can scare the robbers away without having to shoot anyone? What if these are just some teenage burglars, who have no idea that you are inside with children? Again, you may have the legal right to shoot, if you feel your life is threatened, but why not try to scare them away first?
Here's another item to keep in your safe room, for this purpose: A bull-horn. Bull-horns are sometimes used on boats to communicate with people on land, because of how loud they magnify a person's voice. They've also been used by police in situations like crowd control and at sporting events to announce scores or race results to people in the stands.
With your bull-horn, you can speak through the door, shouting, "I have a gun and I'll shoot. Leave the house immediately. This is your final warning. The police have been called. My neighbors are being notified." ... Continue to repeat these words.
What If You Don't Have Neighbors Nearby?The main reason that home invaders may flee, at the sound of a bull horn, is the idea that the neighbors are going to hear also. Many will also flee at the realization that the home owner has a gun.
But what about the more violent, brazen robbers, who have broken into your home, armed with their own firearms, confident that they can take the life of any resistance they encounter?
Though there are a fewer number of truly violent, fearless home invaders, they are out there; they are dangerous.
Be Prepared for a Gun FightWhen one of these violent home invaders encounters your safe room, they may try to break down the door, even if they know you're inside.
If you want to be prepared for this kind of home invasion, a specialized dead bolt and fortified door frame, and a heavy-duty door, are going to put up a lot more resistance to kicks, than a typical bedroom door might. As stated above, have a heavy piece of furniture that can be slid in front of the door also, and lumber that can be used to leverage the furniture against the far wall, so it doesn't slide, preventing the door from being forced open.
If you're sure it's not the police coming to your rescue, shoot through the door. Previous to this, wave your family out of sight of the door, just in case these home invaders shoot their own weapons through the door, at you. Move your family to the least likely area of the room for bullets to strike.
Use a Siren to Scare Away Home InvadersMany bull-horns have a "siren" feature that can be turned on. Now your bull-horn becomes a loud "police-like" siren; once turned on, this could fool home invaders into thinking they had triggered a home security system, causing the home invaders to flee. You can use the siren now, as a last resort, or consider using it at the first sign that a home invasion is taking place.
Alternative Strategy: Flee Through a Back WindowAt the first sign of a home invasion, shout your family's code word or phrase and run for your family's safe room. Once there, and the door secure, you can consider going out your back window, as long as you have a way to easily get to the ground.
1) First quiet your family and listen, to be sure that home invaders have entered your home and they're not still outside looking for a place to enter. (Caution: They may suspect you're inside the home, and moving silently, looking for you).
2) Open your back window and scan the property, looking for anyone who might be hiding out. If you don't see anyone, you can take your chances and make your escape.
3) Your wife can go out the window first, and you can hand a child out to her, and then finally flee also. Have a planned escape path in mind, that leads through the rear of the property. You may have to force aside a couple boards on the back fence; so have 3 - 4 boards that are not nailed at the bottom; they only look nailed from the outside. Put these boards back in place, behind you, so that home invaders (who may be searching for you), don't see the escape path you've taken.
Home Invaders May Be After YOU -- Not Your Belongings
1) Don't run to the next door neighbor's home... the invaders might not be after your belongings, they may actually be after you, especially if these are people who have been watching you, and are seeking something of specific importance, or are there to take you as hostage. So keep running... flee to a neighbor's home a few houses down, if you can. Put as much space between you and the home invaders as possible, so that you're not heard as you seek help from a neighbor.
Using Decoys to Scare Off Home InvadersI came across a tip shared by a former CIA guy and featured in a report on Fox News. His suggestion pertained to scaring off burglars, but can work equally well for scaring off home invaders (those that haven't been collecting good intel on you, that is, which is likely most would-be home invaders). His tip:
Put a large dog bowl on your back porch. Would be burglars would likely choose a better house, one that didn't have the dog bowl. Can that work on your front port also? Maybe hanging a really large dog collar and leash along with a sign that says "My Best Friend is a Rottweiler" (here are several Rottweiler security signs to choose from) will be enough to drastically reduce your chances of a home invasion or even just a burglary taking place. (If you're a fan of pit bulls or another security dog, you can probably find security signs for these other canines as well).
Many crooks who show up to case your house will simply look for an easier house elsewhere.
To increase the effectiveness of this actually working, the more you can make your home look like you have a canine living there (even if you don't), the more likely potential home invaders are to be scared off. If the only dog bowl you have is on the back porch, and they simply show up at your front door and come through that way, your decoy won't work in this case. They'll never see it.
Consider putting multiple canine decoys around your property to scare off home invaders and burglars, and also within easy eye sight inside your home should someone look through a window or glass door. That could include a large dog bed, large bag of dog food and a few large canine rubber bones (chew toys).
Even better -- why not actually have a trained guard dog? For those with the means a trained guard dog could be a good deterrent to a home invasion (and make a good friend and new member of the family on top of that).
Beware of a Mass Increase in Home InvasionsWe've talked a lot about a possible U.S. collapse in the coming years on SecretsofSurvival.com. It is worth repeating here and warning readers to beware of the immediate consequences of a collapse which would result in a massive spike in home invasions and robberies.
Rioters, looters, and criminals are likely to go after homes, and my heart goes out to the families likely to suffer from beatings, rapes, and murder across the landscape.
My advice: Pray for guidance on just how much self defense if any God would lead you to take. Let's face it -- in a dangerous world God can protect us but as the Bible shows that's not always the case -- sometimes we are burned by our inactions and or poor decisions and parents have seen their children suffer because they have not taught them situational awareness and defensive strategies for countering danger.
Knowing that these dangers are coming at some point in the coming years I recommend readers prayerfully consider tactical training -- not only may your tactical training one day protect your immediate family, but you also may be able to help other neighbors who have been targeted by crooks for home invasion or worse.
Purchase a bull horn with a siren you can sound in an emergency.
Install a home alarm system that operates on a back up battery. Even if the grid goes down, your home's localized siren could alert neighbors that intruders have entered your home. Have a portable security device (key fob) carried on you at all times that will immediately activate your home alarm when pressed (not all alarm companies offer this feature, so choose one that does).
Invest in several canisters of police strength pepper spray and store in areas of your home that can be quickly accessed in an emergency -- if you or other family members are being chased or pursued, spray directly at your attackers and you can immobilize them long enough to get to safety.
Keep a portable battery operated spot light in different areas of your home that you can shine out of windows at any nighttime prowlers. Knowing you are awake and alert inside may scare off most prowlers before they have entered your home.
Install motion activated solar powered lights around your property; the motion of a human triggers these security lights to come on automatically -- proven deterrents.
Caution your children on the dangers of home invasion and how to respond tactically by sounding a safety horn or siren (or activating your home's alarm system so a siren sounds), seeking out pepper spray and using it correctly, calling 911 (if available), retreating to a safe room, and even using a fire arm in an extreme life or death situation.
CIA Techniques for Breaking Out of Duct Tape and Zip TiesAs mentioned above, get a copy of "Spy Secrets That Can Save Your Life: A Former CIA Officer Reveals Safety and Survival Techniques to Keep You and Your Family Protected." You'll glean several useful tips that can help you avoid being a target of any kind of robbery, plus actual CIA techniques for breaking out of duct tape and zip ties if you are ever restrained or taken hostage (it is a good book and highly recommended).
References:5 Tactical Tips to Survive a Home Invasion
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