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Drugs, money and valuables. That's what they go for. Also, they happen more frequently than you hear on TV. They are happening all in and in annexed cities around the Houston area. I know of at least two in surrounding small towns. Sometimes they ring the doorbell and pose as utility workers, postal carriers. Some cases they were posing as swat team making family members think they are cops. Most cases, they just tie up the victims, rob the place and leave. There are the occasions when they kill the residents. I don't plan on taking my chances, so I keep a pistol and scatter gun near. They would have to kick in my door and walk down a 40 foot hallway... if they can make it down that hallway.
 

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That is a very true scenario and why lockdowns are put in place, and broadcast over mobile phones and such.

But here in CA, likely due to lax punishment and criminally-favored gun laws, they are happening about once or twice a week in our metro area. They are armed and coming in groups of between 3-5, ready for action. Perfect example of why gun control doesn't work...A recent video capture shows one of the lookouts with a 33 rd mag in his glock (could be 18, don't know if s/a or auto...anyway) while the rest of the law-abiding class is operating with 10 rds if they even have a firearm, and have to play non-sense with weapons that aren't operationally as intended or have safety issues like mags that don't drop without the aid of something to stick in a hole where the mag release usually goes.

These criminals are FAVORING a house with people in it so that they can quickly get to the goods (safes, jewelry, guns, etc...) by getting direction from their victims, tying them up, and then getting out. They may have other reasons, I don't know - maybe having them there means they won't have someone coming in unexpectedly, or they can use as hostages, I just don't know. They case neighborhoods in advance and are very knowledgable re: their intended targets: What they have, security habits, routines, etc... . Laws and circumstance are creating a new style of threat that is becoming all too common.

And...they are getting away with it a lot of time which only emboldens other would-be perps.
 

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I watch a lot of Criminal Minds...they have a lot of home invasion/murder situations on that show. It might not all be real or accurate but it does provide ideas, insight and suggestions. One thing I took to heart on that show is keeping all my doors locked, all the time...and keeping my bedroom door locked while I'm sleeping.
All exterior and bedroom doors need to be barred and the casements reinforced with steel plates that are screwed in place with 3" lag screws. Why? Because standard doors can be kicked open with one kick.

But the #1 most important safeguard against home invaders is to ALWAYS have a concealed pistol ON YOUR PERSON at home.
 

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I've been going back and forth between 20 ga or AK for home defense, I really cant decide. The reason I stick with 20 is because there is often activity outside or on other side of the walls, however Im starting to feel like AK is a better option especially if there are multiple attackers.

Any thoughts ? I know a lot of people use AR
 

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All exterior and bedroom doors need to be barred and the casements reinforced with steel plates that are screwed in place with 3" lag screws. Why? Because standard doors can be kicked open with one kick.

But the #1 most important safeguard against home invaders is to ALWAYS have a concealed pistol ON YOUR PERSON at home.
All the above is true, but I'm going to hear it if they do and then they're going to meet Mr Smith and Mr Wesson.

The other benefit to living where I do...everyone is armed, even granny down the street. You have to be pretty dumb to break into a house in Wyoming with someone home.
 

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Black Knight: Well thought out. I had someone try and enter my house in early morning hours. They weren't ringing the doorbell but rattling the doorknob loud enough to wake me upstairs. Loaded up the Ruger and waited on the other side of the door. Nothing happened. I checked around back. Nobody in the backyard. Waited around about an hour. Nothing.

The possibility that this was someone looking to evade police and who took off when the door held did not occur to me then. I assumed it was a planned robbery.

My own response left much to be desired. I didn't even dial 9-1-1. I just went downstairs to shoot the SOB. Hey! You wake me up, I'm grumpy.
 

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Your home invasion scenario actually happened to a friend of mine. A criminal was on the run from law enforcement. I don't recall what his original crime was. He was chased off an Interstate into a somewhat rural area. He invaded my friend's home, after either wrecking or ditching his vehicle. He held my friend & wife hostage for a while. They fed him, let him watch T.V., etc. Eventually the perp fell asleep and homeowners fled the house. Law Enforcement apprehended him after a brief standoff.

It was learning experience for them, although very frightening. They did not "carry" back then. Ironically, my friend is now a Police Officer & his wife now has a degree in criminal psychology! I had our home burglarized several years ago. The perps went through every room in the house. They got away with our T.V., some jewelry & my mountain biking backpack w/ several outdoor items. We had an alarm, but it did not trip. I did not have glass break sensors & they entered by breaking glass out of patio doors, thereby, not tripping the contacts in the door frame. A person, I think was a participant, reported the incident to the cops, hoping for a reward. No arrest was made, as Law Enforcement did not establish sufficient probable cause. I got lots of specifics, as I am an officer in a different jurisdiction. Both the alleged participants later went to jail on charges of different crimes. One was involved in a murder later! I wish they had broke in when I was home. I work shift work & often put my car in the garage & nap in the basement. It would have been "game over" for them if I had been home & got the drop on them. We now have a top of the line security system with lots of sensors and cameras. Hopefully, a conviction if it ever happens again! Be careful out there, there is a sector of society that is dangerous and just don't give a ****!
 

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Put on your pants?

Hell, some evil-doer seeing my third leg swinging is looking for an escape route! -hehehe-


More seriously, two words: dog; shotgun within reach. I favor NATO 00 buck. I am a pretty fair handgun shooter, but prefer a shotgun for this situation.
 

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Increasingly there are two or more attackers. One cases the back of the house, such as a back door, while the other rings the doorbell up front or otherwise draws the homeowner to the front door. At more or less the same time both perps make entry.

This isn't a whole lot unlike stores getting mobbed and cleared out in the process. Simply too much going on to process as the same time.

I have three dogs, two "dumb" ones and a yappy little thing who gets spooled up (and transfers that to the dumb ones) at all hours of the day over the silliest stuff. While I find it annoying, she detects things we don't, and for strangers she goes ape****.

That said, I carry always, even at home. Your home is not safe as you'd like to think and you are silly to walk in the door and put your gun away for the day. My wife finds it annoying but I put the day's pants, still fully loaded with my "Batman belt" on the nightstand. Cell phone on the charger, so if something goes bump in the night, its no effort to get my pants on and address the situation, with flashlight and suitable tools already where I'm well practiced they'll be.
 

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Home Invasions are rare. Most criminals want to break in when you are not home, to take your TV, guns or whatever. So what would motivate someone to conduct a home invasion, why do they happen and when are they most likely to happen?

From my experience there is a scenario I have seen happen over and over again and it is scary. It starts with a person running from the cops, usually in a vehicle. The chase might have started with the driver having committed a serious felony like armed robbery, felony assault, or even a felony assault on a law enforcement officer. They are probably a two time felon with nothing to lose, potentially armed. They do not want to be taken into custody, are already facing serious prison time and have nothing to lose.

They end up wrecking the vehicle and law enforcement sets up a perimeter. The suspect is hiding in the woods, and tries to make it out but keeps seeing red and blue lights/spot lights form patrol vehicles. Dogs are deployed, helicopter over head. He's already cold, wet and tired from running, he's looking for an easy way out.

He desperately looks into a couple vehicles but quickly comes to the conclusion that nobody leaves their keys in their car anymore. The solution is to break into someones house, and use his gun, knife, or screw driver to take someone's car keys by force. Then drive out, because cops can't do road blocks like the use to.

This is likely to take place at night, but from what I have seen it always happens in the early morning hours. Think about this, you wake up and because of the size of the perimeter, you have no idea the cops are in the area looking for someone. It seems like a normal peaceful day. Then just like that someone enters your house, gun drawn, demanding keys.

This isn't a hypothetical, I have seen this several times. In one case the home owner shot the suspect dead with a .12 gauge shotgun. One of the rare solid home defense cases I have worked. It happens just like I'm saying more often than you would imagine. He's not interested in the stuff in your house, just your car.

But here is the thing you have to understand. This person is likely more worried about what he has already done, possibly having committed a crime up to a murder, prior to breaking into your home. He is likely in a panic, desperate, and willing to do anything at that moment. He might have already killed someone and killing you wouldn't put him in any more trouble.

I think we imagine most criminals that would enter your house people who do not want a confrontation. But that isn't always the case. They might enter intent on making contact with you, knowing you are home, to get your keys. And killing you might be part of the get away plan. Just a threat analysis. A scenario you might not have thought about before.

This is just one scenario,,,, another is perp breaks down on Highway with his girlfriend, after drinking and drugs.10:30 pm.. Comes to my house and has a sign post,,, Girlfriend knocks on door says her car broke down can she come in and use the phone,,,, (Perp makes mistake, when he heard the door rattle, thought it opened) and jumps out of cover with post raised to strike,,,, He's looking down the barrel of a 12 ga that just racked and a 45,,, they yell freeze , get down.... fortunately for the perp they didn't kill him...unfortunately for the Perp the 2 guys were black belts and decided to work him over for a while . That's how its done
 

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I taught self defense and Karate' my whole life. Still I can't be on guard 24/7 I have door alarms so if someone opens a door... but most important is a dog, and it doesn't have to be a big one but one that barks.... If you're sleeping and he hears something he will look out a window or glass door or just be alert or bark. When he barks , always get up, and check.... Don't go outside , look from inside without lights on inside,,, be armed doing this and have a flashlight.....because any second the door can be kicked in....unless you secured them like I have... they can't be kicked in on mine....My house is secure. I am ready and can have a weapon in my hands in less than 5 or 10 seconds. Its not like the old days fellas ,,,, we have to be armed and ready.
 
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