What Do You Do When Your Home Is Invaded?

What Do You Do When Your Home Is Invaded


There are many things I hope for. I hope an intruder will never enter your house, especially when you are home. I also hope if an intruder does enter your home when you are there, you have a fully loaded gun handy to protect yourself and your family.


And I hope if an intruder does enter your house when you are home and you don’t have a gun handy, you will remember what common household items you can use as weapons if necessary.


The most effective self-defense weapon you can find among your common household items are ones that can be used from both long and short range. Two examples are a can of wasp spray and a fire extinguisher.


Either way, aim for the face. And while the intruder is blinded by whatever you’ve sprayed at him, the fire extinguisher makes for a nice blunt instrument with which to render him unconscious.


If you find yourself in close proximity to the intruder, use whatever is handy to stab at him. Hopefully this will be a large kitchen knife, but grab whatever you can, including a smaller sharp knife, a screwdriver or even a pen. Aim for the neck, chest or groin… whichever might be most exposed.


If there is no spray or sharp object in easy reach as an intruder approaches, grab whatever you can. This might be a table lamp, a folding chair or even a boot. You probably won’t disable an intruder with any of those objects, but you might delay him just enough to enable you to run out the back door.


You may find yourself in the kitchen when an intruder enters your home, in which case you’ve probably got a nice arsenal from which to choose. Pots, pans, glasses, dishes, canned goods and the previously mentioned knives could all serve to slow down an intruder enough to allow you to escape.


If you’re in the garage, maybe there’s a baseball bat, rake, shovel, hoe, hammer or can of paint you could grab in a hurry and use to counterattack the intruder.


When an intruder enters your home, you don’t know what he’s up to. But you have to assume the absolute worst. You have to assume that he will rape, torture or kill if given the chance. Defend yourself first – with whatever you can find – and ask questions later. This strategy could save your life.



Bill H. Added Dec 11, 2018 - 10:46pm
A Winchester Defender shotgun loaded with 00 buckshot is what any intruder into my home will be greeted with.
Jeffry Gilbert Added Dec 11, 2018 - 10:52pm
What Bill H. said. 
Nobody's Sweetheart Added Dec 12, 2018 - 3:53am
@ Marty - You should forward this to the Japanese embassy, lol.
Flying Junior Added Dec 12, 2018 - 4:57am
It takes some serious balls just to jump up and kill the other guy.  The only way to do that effectively is with a gun.   It's nice just to brandish the weapon.  Your home is about the only place that you can do that legally.
We understand and assign risks to the homes in which we live.  If you are living in the middle of a rural area, maybe it is not that likely that anyone will ever attempt to enter your home while you are present.  But it is always possible, so you keep a couple of guns.
People in questionable areas of the cities and suburbs, number one, have grills on their windows, gated fences, and security doors.  That way all of the crooks know that they probably won't make it in the house.  Others with a moderate risk have private security services with cameras monitored by guards and quick response patrols with guns.  If I was in one of these communities, I would probably have a gun or two as well.  While private security will surely arrive faster than police, it still may not be fast enough.
Some parts of the country, the only things that crooks are really looking for in private homes are guns.  So one strategy is simply not to have any guns and eventually burglars leave you alone.
But in a typical expensive home with home treasures around the house if not large sums of money, jewelry and electronics and other intrinsic valuables, the first thing to do is install a burglar alarm.
I count myself quite lucky.  Believe me, I would buy a couple of guns if I thought it was necessary.  Especially as I get older and the idea of physical violence looks more intimidating.

Steel Breeze Added Dec 12, 2018 - 8:29am
2 100+ lb dogs,Mossberg 500 loaded with 000buck,Carbon-15 with 60 round mag,wall full of K-Bars......and experience.....
Rusty Smith Added Dec 12, 2018 - 11:08am
I never recommend using violent brute force with non-lethal weapons against aggressors unless you are pretty darn sure you can easily defeat them, because if you can't you will end up worse off than if you didn't attack them.  Pissing off intruders and getting them angry at you is not a good idea, they are not the type of people likely to turn the other cheek.  If you hurt them with a baseball bat, expect them to beat you up with it if they get control of it.
On the other hand lethal force like a gun, is a great idea if you're prepared to use it, but a lousy idea if  you're not.  If the intruder looks in your eyes and doesn't believe you will use it they will take it away from you, and then you've given them a weapon.  Never let them get close to you, even if you have a gun, they are unlikely to die quickly, and if they are only a foot way it's too easy for them to attack you before you can shoot.
Your safest bet is to conceal your gun until you have a good shot and they are not looking at you, and then unload it into them.  
Make sure you pick a time and place where you can easily claim you were being attacked and had no avenue of escape,  because in many states that it the only way you can get away with shooting someone.
Always put the last bullet in their brain, and remember that you kept shooting because they kept moving and you thought they were trying to get to their own gun.  It's what you believed that counts, not whether or not the intruder really does have a gun hidden in their clothing.  Police argue that they thought the criminal was reaching for a gun all the time, you should too.
Dead intruders can't contradict your story, or sue you.  Their families can, but it's a lot harder if they are dead and can't contradict your story.
Interesting fact, big guns may be deadlier, but statistically small ones that are easier to shoot and control, are just as effective, as measured by their effect in shootings.  A Mossberg 500 sounds nasty, but it won't spread out in a room, can kill people on the other side of a drywall wall easily, and isn't any more likely to scare an intruder away than a small 38 special.  Once intruders realize you have shot at them, they almost always try to run away, the size of the gun hardly matters.  When they get hit the AW SHIT factor is the same, even it it's a small pistol, even though they are far more likely to die quickly if shot with a larger caliber.
My favorite in my own house is my 911 Colt Commander.  Hard hitting, very easy to shoot and control, plenty of shots, easy to change magazines, not big enough to be clumsy, and unlikely to go through a wall and kill someone in another room.  Also the loudness isn't going to leave me deaf nearly as badly as a 357  or 44 mag.
Dino Manalis Added Dec 12, 2018 - 11:53am
 Defend your home against barbarians!
rycK the JFK Democrat Added Dec 12, 2018 - 12:06pm
"What Do You Do When Your Home Is Invaded"
Blame the gun lobby.
Bill H. Added Dec 12, 2018 - 12:32pm
If an intruder is trying to kick in thru a door, 00 buck can greet him without the need to open the door, and no need for precision aiming.
Even the wifey can do it!
Marty Koval Added Dec 12, 2018 - 3:41pm
When it comes to guns, you have the choice of hand guns, rifles and shotguns. Depending on the situation, they all have their advantages and disadvantages.
The optimal home defense gun is . . . all three. To protect yourself and your loved ones at home you need two handguns (a relatively small one on your person and a relatively larger one by the bed), a shotgun in a predetermined defensive position, and your choice of a semi-automatic rifle.
That way you can deal with a smash and grab (home carry handgun), a bump in the night (full-size handgun), a “the cops will be here any minute” standoff (shotgun) and a “How many of these bastards are there?” invasion (AR-10).
Keep in mind, the home defender’s mindset’ is more important than his or her ballistic machinery.
Ken Added Dec 12, 2018 - 3:49pm
If you are a liberal and you are reading this, you can't have your home invaded.  It would be immoral to have walls and a door, let alone locking that door!
Every liberal should be required to remove all doors and windows (and any fences/walls) from their homes - oh and they should be blocked from calling 911 or any other law enforcement agency to assist them since they wish for them to be disbanded
Bill H. Added Dec 12, 2018 - 10:35pm
Well. Ken-
You most likely consider me a "Liberal", but I would blow you fuc**ing ass away in a split second if you even tried to enter my premises illegally without my consent.
FacePalm Added Dec 13, 2018 - 3:47am
If it goes to court(and it always does), "i was in fear for my life, judge" is always an excellent phrase to remember and repeat as often as need be.
In close-quarters combat, a shotgun is almost always superior to any other weapon, as it has a tendency to remove whichever limb it hits from whatever attacker(s) there may be.  i saw an ad for one i'd sure like to have; it's called a "street sweeper," and has a rotating magazine - so naturally, it's "illegal" to own one.
Or, so i've heard.
Stone-Eater Added Dec 13, 2018 - 5:44am
Here no one ever gets the idea that "his home could be invaded". What society do you live in ? 
Marty Koval Added Dec 13, 2018 - 8:43am
Since the 1960's the American society has been falling into an immoral society. As immorality increases, violent behavior increases. Evil people have a different perspective on morality than other people. 
Studies have found that perpetrators of violence felt like what they are doing was morally right. In fact, when they were committing the act, they perceived that not acting would be morally wrong. It wasn’t about a breakdown in moral sensibilities, but more that their sense of morality was different to most other people. They viewed violence as the fundamentally right thing to do even if no one else could see any possible justification for it.
These evil people's violence is intended to regulate social relationships and sustain a moral order from their perspective. The perpetrators are in control of their actions, they know they are hurting fellow human beings, and that is exactly what they intend to do.
Stone-Eater Added Dec 13, 2018 - 9:07am
So how can it be that for example in large parts of Europe (including Switzerland) people are not religious but still respect a common code that says "don't harm the other" ? 
Ths US puts far more value in religion than we do. So the CAUSE of violence is not a lack of faith but of other things...maybe the fact that the population has no REAL choice to put their voice on the table in a democratic way, because the elite and the political system doesn't allow them to DIRECTLY have a say to important issues like voting for/against budgets for whatever subject...
Rusty Smith Added Dec 13, 2018 - 10:10am
FacePalm and  Bill H. Shotguns are very deadly in close quarters but the legal ones with barrels at least 18 inches, don't really do what they appear to do in the movies.
Let's start with aiming, even across any room in your house, you need to aim because if you are off by a 10 inches, you will completely miss your target.  At 30 feet the spread is 19 inches with a cylinder choke and only 9 inches with a full choke.  Few rooms are over 30 feet long so most of the time the hole you will make would only be a few inches across.  I know in the movies it's much much more, but that's not reality.
Now about knock down, yes a 12 gauge has a lot but even a 12 gauge won't knock a 100 lb person backwards, that too only happens in movies.  If hit in the body at close quarters they are in bad shape, but if they have a gun and are so inclined, will still have plenty of time to try and run away, or shoot at you if they are so inclined.
I have seen a head that was blown apart by a 12 gauge at point blank range, but I've also seen the same with some pistols.  Some pistols can do it at a distance, shotguns with shot can't.  Of course that begs the question, what is your goal.  If you want a dead intruder you can probably do it better, but not as spectacularly, with many pistols.
How about maneuverability, well even the pistol grip ones, which are hard to aim aren't as easy to swing around as a pistol, they are just far too big and heavy.  That's why SWAT teams use shorter weapons for breaching rooms, they are easier to maneuver quickly and that's usually more important to them.
rycK the JFK Democrat Added Dec 13, 2018 - 11:10am
with barrels at least 18 inches, don't really do what they appear to do in the movies."
Put on a laser sight!
Ken Added Dec 13, 2018 - 2:28pm
You most likely consider me a "Liberal", but I would blow you fuc**ing ass away in a split second if you even tried to enter my premises illegally without my consent.
Apparently you didn't get the analogies.  Why is it OK for illegal invaders to come into my home (the USA) then?
Bill H. Added Dec 13, 2018 - 3:03pm
Your off-subject
rycK the JFK Democrat Added Dec 13, 2018 - 3:41pm
Not far he isn't
Marty Koval Added Dec 13, 2018 - 4:09pm
Approximately 25% of the American people describe themselves as atheist, agnostic or “nothing in particular”. America's population is 323 million, therefore 81 million do not believe or practice in God's moral codes. I am not saying that all these 81 million people are bad or will do evil and immoral things, but a certain percentage will. Just like there will be some believers in God that will do evil things.
28 million or 8.6% of Americans have been convicted of a felony. Felonies are crimes involving moral turpitude, those which violated the moral standards of a community. Includes treason, arson, murder, rape, robbery, burglary, manslaughter, and kidnapping.
Violent crime rate in America has decreased 48% between 1993 and 2017. At the same time the population has increased from 263 to 323 million, a 22.8% increase.  Violent crime in America is still a problem.  A large percentage of it occurs in the inner cities, and it has to do with illegal drugs, prostitution and gangs fighting over territory. Many of these cities have very strict gun laws that are only obeyed by law abiding people. People who want to do evil, ignore the laws.
More recently, gangs have been moving out of the inner cities into urban and rural areas taking their violence with them. People who live in these areas have a much longer time for police to respond for an emergency. The wise people who can legally own firearms will, because they know it can be the difference between living or dying.
To pin point exactly, what causes some people to do evil things, including murder is not an exact science. There are a number of factors involved, like: hate, despair, conflict, impatience, meanness, wickedness, unfaithfulness, anger, and being out of control.
These are the opposite of the fruits of the Holy Spirit that is outlined in the Bible scripture Galatians 5:22-23 - 22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.
If more people in America would adhere to the fruits of the Sprit stated in Galatians 5:22-23, there would be much less evilness in America.
opher goodwin Added Dec 13, 2018 - 6:05pm
I'd call the police.
rycK the JFK Democrat Added Dec 13, 2018 - 6:19pm
That takes 15 min or more. Home invaders in Miami get their loot in 5 min or less. 
Rusty Smith Added Dec 13, 2018 - 6:21pm
opher goodwin people where I live also call the police, but unless the criminals fall asleep they are always long gone before the police show up.  I've called them several times via 911, (our number for emergencies), and the hold is sometimes as long as 20 minutes.  
After you do get though you are likely to get the third degree if you are reporting impending violence, and last time I reported violence in progress it took over a hour for the police to show up.
I am not kidding when I say that if you tell a burglar you are calling the police they are likely to laugh at you because now the know you're otherwise defenseless and they have nothing to worry about.
If you pull out a gun you will get another reaction, even if you're a tiny out of shape wimp in a wheelchair.
rycK the JFK Democrat Added Dec 13, 2018 - 6:56pm
We  did not have that problem in the Old West.
Marty Koval Added Dec 13, 2018 - 8:24pm
In much of the United States, the police simply can’t promise to help anyone. Most people would be stunned to learn how few officers are actually on patrol, available to take emergency calls at any time of the day or night in much of the United States. In many counties, there are only a handful of deputies on duty at any time, deputies responsible for hundreds of square miles of land.
People who live in rural areas have to be self-sufficient, especially when it comes to criminals. Someone shows up at your house, and the sheriff is called, it might be 30 minutes before anyone shows up.  This is why people need to be self sufficient and have the capability to defend themselves. The best way to defend yourself is to have a variety of guns and plenty of ammunition.
Now imagine that a violent, armed gang of burglars is in the process of breaking down your door as you dial 911. Will a police response time of even five minutes–far better than average–be helpful to you, or will the officer’s duty consist of drawing a chalk outline on the floor and collecting evidence?
ChetDude Added Dec 13, 2018 - 10:10pm
Gee, in 74 years my home has been "invaded" once...in 1968...
Luckily, I was smart enough NOT to get the gun I owned at the time and blow away some kids for some loose change and a radio.
Then I sold the stupid guns.
No invasions since then...
Not worried at all about 'em either...
Ken Added Dec 13, 2018 - 11:41pm
Your off-subject
First, learn the difference between your and you're.  Second, that isn't your choice.  Apparently Marty didn't think it was far enough off topic to remove it, and it actually fits in pretty well with the point he is making, just not the physical ways of HOW to defend our home, simply the WHY
Ken Added Dec 13, 2018 - 11:44pm
In much of the United States, the police simply can’t promise to help anyone
That is true almost everywhere.  Jimmy Carter came up with the term "first responders".  The police, fire dept, etc are NOT "first responders", they are 3rd responders
The first responder is you
the second responder is your neighbors
the third responder is your  local emergency services.
You MUST be able to defend yourself and your belongings, and you MUST create communities with your neighbors so everyone is looking out for each other.
Steel Breeze Added Dec 14, 2018 - 9:44am
where i live(rural) the sheriff can be easily a 30 minute drive away,IF he's not on another call,IF he left immediately.....calling the cops to STOP a crime is no option....
Rusty; weapons of choice are based on famialiarirty,comfort,ease of handling,etc......there is no best or worst.....for those with no neighbor,or kids at home,who dont practice,the Moss 500 with pistol grip(designed to be able to turn around in a 3' hallway) is always a good option IMO...
rycK the JFK Democrat Added Dec 14, 2018 - 9:51am
My solution:
Surveillance cameras, I use ARLO, and some handy weapons plus strong doors and windows. My front door is steel and my sliding doors are Republic which cannot be smashed in and have durable double pain glass. 
It would take a smash and grab team of 4 perhaps 15-20 min to gain entrance. Too noisy and too much time and too much alert time. 
Rusty Smith Added Dec 14, 2018 - 11:55am
Steel Breeze I have bought and used a nickel plate Mossberg 500-AT pistol grip 12 gauge and very much prefer the same gun with a conventional stock, even if I was defending myself in a house.  
That being said I got rid of that gun because I thought it was a lousy configuration, hard to aim and not as easy to shoot as one that doesn't have a pistol grip.  Yea it looks tough, and I can swing and shoot it with one hand, (not very well, it's too end heavy),  but I can swing, and much more accurately point one with a conventional stock, with one hand by putting the butt under my arm.
There is a whole lot more to being my weapon of choice than just knock down power, and I think that's why SWAT teams never use them even though they have more knock down power than anything else they do use inside buildings.
They do use 12 gage's for breaching locked doors, but not when they are in the attack or defend mode inside buildings.
Ward Tipton Added Dec 14, 2018 - 1:12pm
Lemme drive twenty-five miles in to grab the payphone to dial 911 ... which thanks to progress, will send the cops to the mail box which is six miles from the house. 
In town? A shotgun with a garrote round to minimize the likelihood of collateral damage. Back up is a .38 with hollow points. 
Out in the country, 240 grain copper jacketed round with a factory serrated tip I push out at about 1280 FPS that will pierce grade three military kevlar. 
rycK the JFK Democrat Added Dec 14, 2018 - 2:12pm
"They do use 12 gage's for breaching locked doors, but not when they are in the attack or defend mode inside buildings."
Some use 12 ga alternating with buckshot and #2 as these loads do very and interesting things. 
Stone-Eater Added Dec 14, 2018 - 5:07pm
The crime problem is not due to a loss of religiosity or moral. It is due to a deep insecurity for the future with low wages, 2 jobs for a family father, single mothers, taxes, and unemployment due to digitalization or a lacking education and a CV that doesn't stand today's demands, for whatever reason. 
Humans are neither "good" nor "bad" per se. When they're well off, they're good. When they're cornered, they might try to break out by whatever means.
Marty Koval Added Dec 14, 2018 - 5:53pm
Many factors contribute to crimes, including need or want for money, feelings of anger, envy or vengeance, the decay of family values, and the desire for control. In some cases, people commit crimes for self-serving reasons. At other times, crimes are committed to do harm to others.
Poverty contributes to robbery because people may find it easier or quicker to steal than to go through the process of getting and keeping a job. Less educated people may feel hopeless about finding work and steal out of a sense of need. Greed or power are motives for high-dollar theft. Some people steal for pure thrills or to show off to peers.
Violent crimes, such as murder, assault and rape, may result from bad subconscious attitudes or pent-up anger. Children exposed to violence in their homes may grow up with subconscious thoughts that compel them to impulsive reactions when angry. In essence, some crimes carry forward through generations in families. Other violent crimes are planned out for personal gain or vengeance. A person may kill someone over a significant feud or disdain.
The need for control causes some people to commit crimes in the business arena. Others steal or harm people because of jealousy or envy.
The fight against crime is not a new one in humanity and it has, since the establishment of society, tried to bring crimes down. Unfortunately the war against crime has had only limited success. The root cause of crime ends up being the harden heart of the individual. These people with harden hearts will resort to any means to get what they want, even trying to, or killing others.
Since crime still exist and will continue to exist, people have to be prepared to defend themselves. That is why in America we have the second amendment, which allows law abiding people to own guns for self defense.
There is not reliable data in America that keeps track of defensive use of guns against an attacker. Depending on the source, it ranges from 100,000 to 2.5 million. Even when you look at the lower range, being able to save 100,000 lives is still a large number. Particularity if you are the person that is being saved.
Rusty Smith Added Dec 14, 2018 - 7:06pm
Ward Tipton what 240 grain copper jacketed round with a factory serrated tip going 1280 FPS defeats grade 3 kevlar vests?
Your bullet description appears to be for a very hot 44 special or perhaps a not super hot 44 mag and those can't defeat a grade 3 kevlar vest.
Ward Tipton Added Dec 15, 2018 - 1:04am
Mine did ... dunno if I posted that particular story here. Had a SS guy come out for a ride when I was working in Wyoming as Carter and Ford (former presidents) were going to be riding in our Stagecoach for the opening of the flyfishing tournament. The SS guy did not believe me, signed on to come back for a full day ride and I proved it to him ... funny thing ... Carter and Ford never showed up for the tournament. 
Also helped to train the SS guys up to the Sleeping Indian when the C130 pilot of Clinton (v1.0) laid her plane down on top of the Sleeping Indian. 
I have made my own ammo since I was a kid, dad was number one shot in the US  Marines in 58 I think it was, just after Korea, even made a bunch of ammo for NRA shoots ... pissed a bunch off one day though, when my brother and I took a .22 right out of the box and proceeded to outshoot some of them. 
You can claim it does not, but I would not recommend testing the theory LOL