by Tim Dearwester, Founder and President of Second Defense Alliance:
Home invasions occur at an alarming rate of one every 15 seconds in the United States, and that statistic is enough to spur many homeowners into action. Many people have already created action plans, secured an insurance policy, and installed an alarm system. Even with these steps taken, however, a home is not immune from a real home invasion.
If someone does manage to successfully get past security systems and reinforced doors, a home’s occupants need to know how to escape, how to defend themselves, and how to reduce the likelihood of injury or even death. By following some basic tips and guidelines, homeowners will give themselves a fighting chance at surviving the worst possible effects of a burglary that compromises their home.
1. Know More than One Escape Route
Most families have prepared an “action plan” for a home invasion, identifying what each member of the family should do and how they should secure their own safety as part of the broader group’s plan. Many times, however, families give themselves just one escape route from the home and away from harm. This is a mistake. Home invasions are fluid and fast-changing. Criminals are unpredictable, and they could easily block the plan’s identified escape route and place the family’s safety at risk.
Instead of identifying just one escape route for the home’s occupants, make sure that at least three routes to safety are identified and known by everyone in the home. This will act as a type of insurance, giving families multiple ways to bypass criminals and secure their own safety without the threat of a violent confrontation in many cases.
2. Have a Gun Ready as a Last Resort
Not all home invasions have to end with the use of a firearm, and homeowners are encouraged only to use their gun as a last resort if their life or the lives of their family members are in immediate danger. Even so, having a firearm prepared for the prospect of a home invasion is an excellent idea and one of the leading home invasion protection tips offered by experts in the field. Having a firearm ready constitutes at least the following few tips:
– Be sure the firearm is locked away in a central location, accessible via a numerical code of biometric verification process that only family members can complete
– Have the firearm cleaned, lubricated, and loaded, ready to be fired in the interest of self-defense at a moment’s notice
– Ensure that each family member who may need to use the gun has received the proper training so that they can use the firearm safely and actually hit their target with an increased level of accuracy
3. Seek Self-Defense Training that Covers Several Key Bases
One of the best ways to ensure safety and survival during a home invasion is to seek self-defense training from a local professional. This allows for self-defense at home that can be conducted in several ways, since great training will show homeowners and their families how to both fight with their hands and how to create makeshift weapons for self-defense against exceedingly dangerous criminals.
Best of all, many self-defense classes and training programs are offered by community groups and nonprofit organizations, many of which are concerned more with promoting safety than with turning a profit. That means many programs are free of charge to the public, making this one of the most affordable self defense at home techniques currently available to the typical homeowner.
4. Designate a Safe Room in the House if Escape is Not Possible
The first priority of a family during a home invasion should be to remove themselves from the situation and therefore remove or reduce their risk of serious injury or other consequences. If this is not possible, however, it’s a good idea for the family to have an identified safe room where they can all gather during a burglary. Though this room will not necessarily keep the family safe, it will keep them together and give them the ability to fight back against threats to their personal safety as a group.
5. Learn the Best Positioning for Self-Defense with a Weapon in the Safe Room
If a robber attempts to enter the safe room, putting the family at harm, the homeowner with the gun should understand the proper positioning to defend the family and wound the intruder. Generally, this is called the “fatal funnel.” It involves the family backing into the corner furthest from the door, giving them maximum response time to decide whether or not a gun wound is their only chance of survival and self-defense.
If so, this farther distance will allow for a more accurate shot and one that wounds, rather than kills, the intruder.
Be Sure to Consider all Options and Possibilities When Creating a Plan.
Self-defense against a home invasion requires a great deal of planning and training, but it can absolutely pay off when family members are safe, their home is protected, and their escape plan works seamlessly. With great training that involves firearm accuracy, hand-to-hand self-defense, and even improvised safety plans, each family can ensure that a home invasion causes minimal loss of money, life or property.
About SDA Founder and President
Mr. Dearwester has always wanted to help others. In high school he tutored inner-city children and children with learning disabilities. During college, he continued to help others by volunteering as a mentor and big brother. Today he continues to give back and tries to live each day by The Golden Rule.
After college, his career began in home building and land development of residential communities. He has successfully owned and operated his own businesses since 1985 and has always been involved and given back to the community.
Recently he purchased a fishing lake so that families can fish, camp, and create great lasting memories. He is an avid hunter and sportsman, a firm believer in the Second Amendment, and values his friends and family above all else.