How to Defend Against a Home Invasion

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First of all, you never want a home invasion to happen. Please do all the steps you can keep them outside your door. Take a look at our posts on situational awareness and physical security.

If they do get inside the door, we found a good video on what to do to stop them before something bad happens.

These are the keys:

  • Having a weapon handy, yet safe for the family
  • Call 911 immediately
  • Have a plan and know what you will do
  • Maintain the tactical advantage
  • Control the situation

Check out the video and let us know what you think in the comments.

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  1. Rob Truitt says:

    My Issue is that he seemed to go “hunting.” This is where you leave a “fortified” location (such as the stairwell) to go find the intruder. The only situation i suggest leaving your fortified area is to retrieve other family members (children, others in the home, etc). This puts you at greater risk, and provokes a confrontation. I think that things are not worth getting into a gun fight over, but the lives of my loved ones are. That is part of the reason we have home owners and renters insurance. Make no mistake. I will go retrieve my kids and escort them to safety, and if I find trouble along the way I will deal with it accordingly. But hunting the threat seems like a bad idea to me.

  2. Doug Gerber says:

    The problem here is that they are re-enacting a home burglary. And the guys goes hunting for the bad guy, which is not recommended. He should just gather the family and wait out police but be prepared to fight if the bad guys come upstairs. A home invasion, to me, is more like “kick in the door and grab people for killing or assaulting” This is where you have to be prepared and take the fight to the bad guys while waiting on police to arrive. You have no other choice.

  3. Ditto on heading downstairs. In my state, that gets you arrested. The top of the stairs is defensible if you have family upstairs and if not, then stay in the bedroom is my understanding of prior cases in VA.

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