The Old boys Have Some Points for Home Defense- Part 1 (Preventing Home Invasion Robberies and Assaults)

This is a guest post by Carr Mohr

The weather was nasty and the TV was spewing mindless chatter so I jumped in the truck and went down to visit the boys preventing home invasion robberiesat the gun shop. The big pot bellied stove was warming the place nicely the “boys” were sitting around warm coffees in hand and as usual arguing up a storm about something. I took my mug down from its hook and pored myself a cup of black nectar grabbed my seat and immediately immersed myself in years of gun lore and practical shooting experience.

Preventing Home Invasion Robberies and Assaults

The topic under discussion was home invasion assaults and what was the best way to handle them. As usual I assumed my place as the moderator and tried to bring some order out of the chaos.

Fat Bob started off with the statement location had a lot to do with home self defense. He said he would never live in a house that was right on the road. He wanted to be able to see the road but he wanted a good 100 foot back from the road with a gravel driveway. I asked him why and he said gravel made noise and noise woke his dogs and his dogs then barked waking him and gave him a chance to reply to a threat. The Sage naturally jumped on this and said it was all dependent on how much Fat Bob had consumed the night before.

Slim, who honestly may have been at one time but wasn’t any longer, chimed in that it seemed to him these things were taking place more in the late afternoon or mid morning now. And while it used to be kind of stealthy now it was much more along the lines of smash and grab and if anyone was home oh well just mow then down or strong arm them out of the way. So the group as a whole agreed that anyone entering your house uninvited in this day and age must be considered hostile with intent to do bodily harm or worse to you.

Fat Bob keeping with his train of thought of the exterior had a lot to do with keeping the castle safe also commented on shrubs. He said he kept the bushes by his property cut low and away from the windows so he didn’t give cover to a bad guy or guys. After some remarks about the females didn’t always like it but it made sense and one or two remarks about Fat Bob being a lousy gardener anyway it was agreed cover for the bad guys was bad.

Lou said the two biggest external influences were the external lights around the property and Good locks on the doors. The sage jumped in on this and said both were important but the motion sensors on some home lighting systems lead people to ignore them. After all in rural areas a stray dog a deer a bear or even the ever present raccoon created enough motion to trigger the lights and after a bit homeowners ignored them. He also said something very wise, “We ain’t Mayberry no longer.”

The best lock is useless if it isn’t used. Maybe when we were kids we could leave the doors unlocked because the only people who would pop in were neighbors but today the best lock in the world is useless if you don’t throw it closed. I thought about that one some and honestly never saw Sheriff Andy once have to investigate a violent crime. I piped up about leaving garage doors open and everyone jumped in on that one. If you drive through any rural area there will be at least 30% of the houses with the garage doors open. Which not only gives access to the bad guy but shields him from view from neighbors or patrolling deputies.

So we covered the exterior problem quite a bit. (part 2 to follow) the guys go after the miracle of the alarm companies.

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