5 Home Invasion Defense Tips
Bad guys are becoming more aggressive than ever before. It seems like every time I turn on the news, there’s a story about someone’s home being invaded using brute force and violence. I don’t know about you, but I definitely don’t want to be the person they make a news story about. Home invasion defense is something that we should all focus on. Whether before or after a crisis, there’s always a possibility that people will want what you have- and they’re willing to kill to get it. In this article, we’re going to talk about five ways to keep your home safe.
Home Invasion Statistics
I read a blog post from 2014 that had some interesting stats about home invasions/burglaries. Some of these may be outdated, but for the most part, they’re in the ballpark of what the real numbers are today. Here are some of the more interesting stats I noticed for the United States (Source: Safe Wise):
- A burglary happens every 15 seconds.
- 60% of burglaries happen through forced entry into the home.
- 33% of burglars come in through the front door.
- In 28% of burglaries, there’s at least one person at home.
- Only 13% of burglars are ever caught.
Not only are home invasions common, but the perpetrators are usually never caught. These stats should encourage you to take home invasion defense more seriously.
Tip #5: Plan & Drill
Do you remember in back in grade school when everyone would practice the fire drill? Eventually, we all became so accustomed to it that we knew exactly to what do when the alarm rang. The same principle applies in your home. Do you have a plan for when you hear a window break? Or if you see someone kicking down your front door? If the answer is “No”, then this section is for you. Not to scare you, but here’s a video clip showing a forceful entry into the front door of a home (with the owners there!):
I don’t show you this to scare you, but rather, demonstrate the importance of having a plan and drilling it. If the parents would have had an escape route, they could have taken it before the burglars got inside. Chances are that they were caught completely off guard. Without a plan, they were left sitting there clueless as to what they should do next. When building your home invasion defense, you must have a plan. By this, I mean you should automatically know what to do when you hear someone making their way inside your home.
Police Response Time is a Joke
I have a lot of respect for police officers. They put themselves in danger every day to protect citizens like you and me. But there’s a problem- they’re slow. In 2014, the average police response time was 11 minutes. That’s really slow. By that time, you and your family would be dead. The reason I tell you this is because you can’t rely on the police to save your life during a home invasion. You’ll need to take things into your own hands. In places like New Orleans, police response time for emergencies has been known to reach one hour!
Tip #4: Have an Early Warning
When it comes to home invasion defense, the earlier you know something is happening, the better your chances of survival. You should have a good alarm system installed in your home. That’s priority number one. This won’t necessarily deter someone from breaking in, but it will let you know that they’re coming in forcefully. Here’s a list of some of the major alarm system companies. If you already have one installed, you shouldn’t stop there. There are many other things you can do to give yourself an early warning:
- Buy a Dog: Dogs have been used for protection for hundreds of years. These animals will risk their life for you, and have the innate ability to pick up on even the slightest sounds or movements. Whether inside or outside, dogs can give you several minutes of warning that someone is trying to break into your home (they may even deter the break-in from happening in the first place).
- Install Motion Detection Lights: When building up your home invasion defense, motion detection lights are the perfect early warning tool. Whenever these lights detect movement, they’ll automatically turn on. Not only will this surprise (and scare) a potential burglar, but it will also warn you that someone is on your property. Motion detection lights are pretty cheap, so I recommend buying one for each corner of your home.
With these early warning symptoms in place, you’ll be able to call 911, grab your children, and head to a safe room. If you’re caught off guard, there won’t be time to do any of these.
Tip #3: Buy a Handgun
I’m not a violent person (far from it). But guess what? I own guns. And it’s not because I think it makes me look cool, or because I particularly like them. It’s because I want to keep me and my family safe. If you’ve never owned a gun before, I recommend checking out my article, Top 10 Handguns to Own & Why. It will help you choose the best handgun for home invasion defense. Once you buy your handgun, shoot it regularly. Don’t let your first time shooting the gun be when someone is breaking in. You should get formal train on how to safely operate a firearm. Personally, I think that owning a gun is one of the best forms of home invasion defense you can have. Here’s a story about an 82-year-old man who defended his home with nothing more than a handgun:
Tip #2: Have a Safe Room
If you’ve ever seen the Hollywood movie Panic Room, then you may already know what a safe room is. It’s basically a room that’s ultra-secure and that you can hideout in until help arrives. Unlike the people in the move, you don’t need to spend thousands of dollars to build a safe room. Simply choose a room without windows or skylights, install a steel door with reinforced door trim, and keep a gun (or several) inside. The moment you hear someone breaking in, immediately grab your loved ones and lock yourself inside the safe room and call 911.
The burglars might still get away with some of your items, but at least you and your family will be safe. There’s no right or wrong way to build a safe room for home invasion defense. But here’s the golden rule to remember: DON’T LEAVE YOUR SAFE ROOM UNTIL THE POLICE ARRIVE. The criminal may be patiently waiting for you to think that the coast is clear. Then, the moment you step out, they’ll attack. If you are going to have windows in your safe room, make sure they’re bullet proof. Otherwise, it will be too easy for burglars to make their way inside.
Tip #1: Learn Self-Defense
This tip applies mainly to women. Many burglars prey on women because they believe they’re easy targets. They’ll usually wait until the husband isn’t home, and then they’ll break in. If the burglar has a gun, and they catch you off guard, there really isn’t much you can do. However, if they break in without a weapon, and you have a chance to defend yourself, you’ll need to know how to do it. You don’t want to end up like the woman in the following video (Warning: This video is violent):
I don’t know about you, but this video makes me all the more motivated to learn self-defense. If you’re a woman, you don’t want to become an easy target. When it comes to home invasion defense, you must practice some form of martial arts. Not only does practicing martial arts keep you in good physical shape, but it also makes you tougher mentally. Overall, it will make you a stronger opponent when fighting a burglar. Personally, I recommend one of two options:
- Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu: A form of martial arts that teaches you how to neutralize bigger and stronger opponents who don’t have a weapon on them. I like BJJ because it allows a person who weighs 130 pounds (like myself) to compete with people who weigh 200+ pounds. It’s one of the best forms of martial arts in the world for self-defense.
- Krav Maga: This is a form of martial arts that focuses on neutralizing opponents who do have a weapon. For example, do you know what to do if someone is holding a knife or gun to your face? If the answer is “No”, then taking some Krav Maga classes might be a good idea. Use Google to find local gyms in your city.
When all other home invasion defense tips fail, and you’re left to fight the attacker one-on-one, knowing self-defense can save your life. The reason I recommend this tip more to women than men is because women tend to be the main targets for burglars (since they perceive them as weak). You need to show the attacker that you’re not a pushover, which is where practicing martial arts comes into play.
Home Invasion Defense – Bottom Line
Remember, you should never rely on the police during a home invasion. Granted, call 911 if one happens, but don’t expect them to get there in time to save you. If you follow the home invasion defense strategies in this article, it should put you in a better position to stay alive. If we forgot to mention something, let us know by leaving a comment below. Also, if you liked this article, make sure to read 10 Cheap Ways to Protect Your Home. Thanks for reading.