Protecting family and home from invasion requires: planning, preparation and training
By: JOHN CHAPMEN
We all know that houses are being robbed. We are increasingly seeing stories on the news of families that have been the victims of robbers. But we tend to think: “This, of course, is very bad, but it will not happen to me.” However, reality and statistics prove the opposite. But with a relatively small amount of knowledge and adaptations, we can minimize the inconvenience caused by these crimes, and ensure survival our families during the robbery.
Home protection – this is a fight, and you have to assume the role of a general. All great commanders use every opportunity to strengthen vulnerabilities and choose a convenient place to fight. So with defensive activities – There should be a number of multi-component actions to create defense in depth.
These are the elements home protection, which must be laid in the exterior and interior of your home. Cut the bushes near the windows and doors, install motion sensors on the external lighting, and also ensure that you can monitor the main and emergency entrances from inside the house – all this is first line of defense. Further, installing high quality locks on all doors and windows is a protection against accidental thieves. Set quality alarm system. When choosing an alarm system, make sure that the perimeter sensors can be activated when you are inside the house, and spend extra money to install sensors at each potential entry point, including windows.
Inside the house, create a “defense” Interior Design. Arrange the furniture in such a way that, when penetrating, to provide as little of stealth and protection as possible for potential intruders. Use interior doors to create compartments inside your home, creating primary and alternative secure rooms with secure doors and quality locks. Focus on keeping your weapon safe, making sure your “non-essential” firearms (what you do not plan to use when home protection) is in a locked safe, bolted to the floor. Weapons that you plan to use for protection should be kept ready for use, in a quickly opening and accessible cabinet (safe). And finally, consider organizing communication with emergency services. In addition to your primary phone, provide a backup phone in an accessible location.
The choice of firearms
The choice of firearms for home protection is a crucial step – this is a decision that you must make on the basis of a real analysis of the effectiveness of its possible application. Factors such as the size and layout of the house, the proximity of neighbors, adjoining apartment buildings, and your budget – all these elements must be considered when making a decision.
As a rule, I recommend starting with the most lethal option: rifled carbine. If the conditions, your physical abilities, or the budget does not allow him to buy, select the following option: a gun. I generally do not recommend a shotgun for home protection. Although it may seem illogical, but a big shotgun inflicted damage and the difficulty of reloading it makes it less the best choice.
Carabiner to protect the house
The caliber 5.56 / .223 is the most deadly. The carbine itself is very accurate and easy to operate. 5.56 cartridges are fairly cheap and, as a rule, have less penetrating power, unlike shot or pistol bullets. For carbine for home protection, I recommend some minimal accessories to make it more efficient:
- gun lamp (120 lumens, it seems the most for home protection)
- reflex sight (Aimpoint is preferred because of its long battery life and reliability)
- gun belt (I recommend two-point because it allows you to remove the rifle behind your back when you need to use your hands when climbing through the window, when interacting with children, etc.)
- at least two full stores.
Gun to protect the house
If you can not afford carabiner to protect the house, this gun is still an effective tool for solving this problem. I recommend semi-automatic pistol, at least 9 mm. But when using this particular weapon, there are some restrictions and reservations. The limited mortality rate of the pistol and a certain difficulty to hold, require more frequent exercises and training.
For a gun, I recommend some minimal accessories to make it more efficient:
- pistol flashlight (preferred) or high quality pocket flashlight
- holsters and store pouches
- at least two magazines with 14 cartridges (minimum) per gun
Gun to protect the house
The gun is probably the most common, and as for me, the least suitable and effective weapons to protect the house. I believe that it can be effectively applied only in rural houses, where neighbors and the surrounding area are not a problem. For effective use of a shotgun, you need to shoot accurately, given the environment, and practice a lot of high-speed reloading.
When choosing ammunition, I recommend an average fraction and a small sample of gunpowder. For a shotgun I recommend the following accessories:
- gun lamp
- 15 rounds
- spare cartridge belt, which can be worn on itself.
When planning for emergency situations in your home, it is helpful to break them down into types. Here we will focus on the three most common types: burglary, robbery, and home invasion.
The most common invasion of your home is theft. This is when, in your absence, a criminal or criminals entered your home and stole your property. The victim usually discovers this after returning home.
Speaking about this type of crime, you should start with early identification. Always check for obvious signs of violent intrusion before entering the front door or opening the garage door for parking. If you find that your house has been robbed, go away and dial 112. Do not try to “clean up” the house, if you are sure that there are no family members inside – just wait for the police to arrive. If you went inside and found the theft, immediately leave the house. And do not touch anything. After the police have completed the inspection, identify and describe the items that were stolen.
The steps to burglary are pretty simple. First, create a plan for family members, where to call, where to go and what to do if they find a theft, and conduct a monthly survey. If you have a concealed firearm, wear it! If you arrive at the time of theft, then you may have to protect your family in the garage or near the front door.
Pass quality beforehand home defense courses with your spouse or roommate, or with any adult family member. The course should consist of training techniques “stripping.” Practice it at home. It may be necessary to clean your own home after detecting burglary if your children were at home at that time.
And most importantly, meet your neighbors. Agree, if possible, to look after your houses during the day. Most thefts occur during the daytime and during work hours.
In addition, in the event of a burglary, you should have a cell phone, a firearm and a flashlight with you.
Burglary usually occurs at night when you are at home. Criminals usually know that there is someone in the house, which makes this situation potentially life-threatening. Nighttime robbery sometimes has a secondary motive: rape or kidnapping. Robbery is already a serious offense.
When you hear signs of robbery (noise, shouting from other family members, and so on), it is important to remain calm. First, “pull yourself together,” and then call 112, speak clearly and briefly with the dispatcher.
If you are in the bedroom with your wife, one of you must remain on the phone with the dispatcher and control the room, while the other must go through and close the doors in the other rooms, starting from the far. Gather all family members in one room, preferably the farthest (if you do not have a “safe room”). Do not inspect the house more than necessary.
If you are faced with robbers, do not engage in dialogue. Order them to leave the house. If they obey, just let them go. Do not try to delay them. If they are aggressive, be prepared protect your family. If after you use a weapon, they will retreat – do not pursue them. If you are forced to retreat, go to the “safe room”. If the criminals retreat to the “safe room” where your armed family member is, do not pursue them – trust him, giving the opportunity protect the house. After the cessation of shooting, talk to him to find out the situation.
Once the whole family gathers in the “safe room”, barricade the door with a closet or bed.
If someone tries to open the door, check with the dispatcher that this is not the police trying to enter, and then get ready to protect your family. If the dispatcher confirms that this is the police, check with him that he is in direct contact with the officers and that they are at the door of your “safe room”. Just take your time and make sure that they really are.
Training to respond to a robbery must necessarily include shooting training. Focus on shooting in motion and in confined spaces. This will help tactical reception singleton (“Single mother”), the essence of which is not to clean each room, but to move safely to a certain place (for example, to a children’s room) and back, identifying and blocking danger zones on the way. Create a detailed plan and constantly train it with your family.
To be ready for burglary, you need: a landline phone in a “safe room”, a backup cell phone, an alarm system that allows you to activate external sensors and the main weapon for each adult. I highly recommend 5.56mm rifle for this situation. It is also necessary to have: an unloading vest with ammunition, a flashlight, dressings and medicines.
A violent invasion is a deliberate attack with the aim of: seizing and / or abducting the inhabitants of a house, committing a robbery, gathering information about valuable objects or abducting with the aim of obtaining a ransom. It is carried out in one of two ways: with the help of an unassuming person who has knocked on the door, as a rule, with a request for help, or by assault on a group of intruders. Your responses to these scenarios should be very similar.
In the evening and at night, do not open the door if you are not waiting for anyone. Before you open the door, make sure these are the ones you are waiting for. If you see a stranger, do not open it. The more persistent the knock, the more alert you should be. If those present at the door say that they are from the police, check their IDs and, if you are suspicious, call 112 (02) and ask the dispatcher to confirm that they are real police. If this is not the case and a knock on the door continues, initiate your plan. home protection in case of invasion.
First, evacuate your family to the opposite side of the house as quickly as possible. Distract the stranger by talking. Keep moving until you arm or evacuate the whole family. Get them out of the house, if at all possible. If you have family members upstairs, and you are downstairs, order those near you to rise and lower them. After you run away from home, call 112 (02) from a mobile phone or from neighbors.
Learning to respond to this scenario is a complex and continuous process. First, you need to go deep into shooting training, focusing on shooting in motion forward and backward, in conditions of limited space and because of shelter. Create a detailed plan and constantly train it with your family. Give them an instinct; when invading, run to the opposite side of the house as fast as they can. In addition, create a plan for evacuating the second floor and make sure that everyone understands it clearly.
To be ready for a possible intrusion into the house, you need: a cell phone, an alarm system that allows you to activate external sensors, and a “panic button”. You must also purchase a primary weapon for every adult and place it on each floor. We recommend the safe storage of certain types of weapons on the ground floor, opposite the main entrance. As in the case of a robbery, carry with you: an unloading vest with ammunition, a flashlight, dressings and medicines. Keep it with emergency firearms.
about the author
John (Chappy) Chapman is the founder and director of the training center Lms defense, which specializes in comprehensive training of citizens, law enforcement officers and military personnel. For more information about Chapman and LMS Defense, visit www.LMSDefense.com.
Translation – Yuri Ignatov