It's National Preparedness Month, which directly relates to our mission: preparing our customers for the unexpected. We've talked a little about basic disaster preparation, but since DID is focused primarily on defense, let's focus on something a little more directly related to our area of expertise: home invasion preparedness. Here are some things to keep in mind as you think about how you might get ready for a worst-case scenario at your own home.
Prevention – Keeping people from wanting to target your home is the first step in preparedness. There are numerous ways to address this, whether it be through security cameras, motion sensor lights, warning signs, tougher locks, alarm systems, or a dog that will bark at the sound of an intruder. You don’t have to break the bank to make your home substantially safer.
Practice – With family members, especially children, it will probably not be possible to evacuate everyone quickly, quietly and safely. It’s important to practice and mentally rehearse moving everyone in your house to a predetermined, safe location in the event of the unexpected. Don’t just make a plan; practice it with your loved ones. (And of course, come down to the range and practice your shooting as well.)
Light / Phone / Gun – These are the emergency must-haves in reach of your bed. You must be able to see, you must be able to call for help, and you must be able to defend with force. If kids are in the house, a quick-access safe for your pistol is a priority. We have several in store for you to choose from, including a SpeedVault with biometric access, if that's your kind of thing.
Evading Danger – The first priority in the event of a home invasion is to protect yourself and your loved ones. The most assured way to do that is to avoid harm altogether. If you are alone, leaving the house quickly and safely is the first option. If your plan calls for a safe room, don’t clear every room along the way or move slowly and carefully through the house. Move your loved ones quickly and decisively to your safe point and only engage intruders that are an immediate threat. Stay quiet. Listen.
The Bullseye – One useful way of thinking about home defense is the bullseye concept. Think of a diagram of your home, and picture the location of your safe room as the center of a bullseye. Think of the obstacles – doors, windows, etc – between you and an intruder as concentric rings around that bullseye. How many rings would an intruder need to penetrate to get to you and your family at the center? Are those rings “hard” or “soft?” Are there ways you can make the rings more difficult to pass through? A simple $5 throw bolt can drastically improve the effectiveness of any door.
Have questions about preparing for a home invasion? Want to be trained to use your firearm effectively in a worst-case scenario? Come talk to us!