Just image your neighbors are named the Wilsons. They are a family of four. The father is John, 40 years old. Mary is his wife, 35 years old. They have two children, Jane and Krissy, both 10 years old. John is sitting in the living room watching the football game on a Sunday evening. Suddenly there’s a loud noise at the front door. Walking to the front door, John sees two unsavory-looking characters. He stops. It’s clear they’re kicking in the door because he can see the doorframe failing and he hears wood breaking. It will be just a matter of seconds before the door fails. The Wilsons are going to be the victims of a Home Invasion. He knows the door hasn’t been reinforced (something that’s been on his Honey-Do list for three weeks). One more kick and these maniacs will be inside the house. What should John do? What would you do?
by K. David Benton, author of Stop The Intruder
No one wants this kind of thing to happen, but it occurs with frightening regularly. The choices John makes will have life−altering consequences.Even if the criminals leave, the trauma to his family will be significant. This article will examine the courses of action available.
He has to make a choice. What should he do? In a split second, there are only three choices to make. These are:
None of these options are optimal, yet he must choose. During a home invasion, the first 30 seconds are generally the most violent. This is easily one of the most life−altering events in John’s life. Literally, John’s choices will change the course of his family forever.
In his situation, there are generally no good options; there are only three bad ones. Long before this situation happened, John should have made his choice and developed a plan of action. Now he has just 3-5 seconds to create a plan. But you have a little bit longer because (thank God!) this scenario hasn’t actually happened to you yet!
Remember: knowledge is a weapon!
Choice 1: Comply
Surrendering may be the only alternative in certain circumstances. This choice puts the resident at the mercy of the attacker. Physical limitations may make this the only viable alternative for certain individuals with disabilities. Whatever choice is made, it is absolutely critical that the victim in this scenario doesn’t panic. The unfolding circumstances will likely be life-altering. Making poor choices while under siege will compound the risks and potential consequences. Remain as calm as possible!
Given this choice, it’s very important to never agree to leave the current location. Studies indicate that when a victim is moved to a secondary site, the chances of surviving this type of incident decrease dramatically.
Choice 2: Flee
If someone is trying to breach the access control point, your number one objective is to stay safe. This includes getting away from the danger and to a safe place. Each resident should know at least two primary emergency routes for exiting the residence at all times. Each resident should know the location and routes to the safe room. A family meeting should be held quarterly to discuss emergency exit procedures. A code word should be established and agreed upon. When this word is shouted in the home, every family member should immediately exit the home via the nearest escape route. By selecting several predetermined routes and practicing the drill, you will help to ensure that your family members will react appropriately during an actual emergency.
It’s also important to consider that someone may attempt to ambush your family members as they leave the home. This is why special consideration must be given on the exact escape routes out of the residence. Every location and circumstance is different. What works at one home may not work at another; this is okay. Just explore all the options and develop a workable plan together.
Choice 3: Resist
As anger over your situation develops, this may be your first, natural instinct. As your adrenaline surges your first thought may be to resist. It’s very important to remain calm and think during this time. Criminals choose a specific residence for a reason. They may have been observing you for some time. The element of surprise provides the criminal a significant advantage. This can only be countered with careful and reasoned planning and drills.
In the military units are taught that there is only one way to get out of an ambush: attack. The concept is “violence of action”. This means the defender must throw every ounce of energy into his defense. Your physical condition will play a large role in your decision.
Homeowners can respond with two different types of defenses. The first: deadly force, employing some sort of weapon (a firearm; a blunt weapon like a baseball bat; or an edged weapon like a knife). This may also be called lethal force. Lethal force weapons will be discussed more on my Home Invasion and Firearms blog post.
The second alternative is called less-than-lethal. Less-than-lethal weapons attack one or more of our primary senses but don’t inflict long-term harm. Sight, sound and smell are easily overwhelmed. Properly employed, these less-than-lethal alternatives can provide a significant response to an attempted home invasion.
Chemical Sprays can affect multiple senses simultaneously. Chemical irritants are available in most areas in the United States. The available sprays use one of three ingredients: Orthochlorobenzalmalonitrile, alphachloroacetaphenone or OleoresinCapsicum. Check with a local law enforcement official to determine which if these are allowable in your area.
Orthochlorobenzalmalonitrile (CS) is a micro-pulverized irritant. It rapidly affects the eyes, nose, skin and throat. CS spray can be toxic in high concentrations and to people with respiratory issues. It causes intense burning, watering of the eyes, choking and vomiting. It generally has little effects on animals. It isn’t widely available to the public.
Alphachloroacetaphenone (CN) is an irritant; its crystals are suspended in liquid. This mixture is pressurized to create a vapor. Widely used 30 years ago, it is now obsolete. It was very common in military and police applications. This product is slow acting compared to others and may not be effective against an individual high on drugs or intoxicated.
Oleoresin Capsicum (OC) is an irritant extracted from chili peppers. Commonly called pepper spray, it is the most common option. Many people consider it to have the most pronounced effects. It can cause intense breathing difficulties, burning sensations, choking and nausea. The legal limit can be as high as 15% active ingredient within certain areas. The effects last up to 45 minutes.
These are just a few of the many options available for those, who have prepared. If one of the above isn’t available, nonconventional sprays may be the only alternative in certain situations. A commercial chemical fire extinguisher may momentarily disorient an attacker. This may provide all of the advantage you need to get to safety. Another options is a marine air horn. A home invader may completely disengage and fee, if you make enough noise. Remember knowledge is your best protection. Stay Safe!!
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