Skip to comments.Home Invasion Ends in Death
Posted on 06/18/2014 2:03:51 PM PDT by Q-ManRN
A man died at the hands of two intruders who invaded his home in Sacramento County recently. The 30-year-old victim had been shot. According to witnesses, two intruders barged into the apartment, then shot the man, but not before stealing some of his belongings.
Can something like this be prevented? Most likely...
Tips to help prevent a home invasion:
Instruct your kids or any children visiting that they are never to answer a knock at the door or the doorbell ringing, even if pizza or some other delivery is expected. Your kids must know that they are forbidden from responding to the door even if youre momentarily indisposed (in the shower, on a ladder painting the ceiling, etc.).
Have an alarm system installed, and always keep it on, and yes, that means making it a habit to turn it off before you step outside to let the dog out, water the garden, retrieve the mail, take out the trash, etc. Kids, too, must learn this habit, since they are often in and out of a house many times in one day.
To make it easier to embrace the idea of keeping the alarm on at all times, realize that often, a burglar or rapist wont even ring your doorbell or knock. Theyll just make their way in and creep up on you.
Install a 24-hour video surveillance system. If a burglar or rapist spots that camera, or even the systems companys warning decals, this will be a great deterrent. All doors and entry points should have a camera.
If a stranger is at your door, speak to that person with the main door closed, never through just the screen door.
(Excerpt) Read more at huffingtonpost.com ...
Realizing that 9-1-1 was not going to save them, the Florida homeowner grabbed his gun and shot one of the thugs causing all of the thugs to flee. The police eventually caught three of the assailants.
Now, let us consider the fate of a California homeowner who also faced a home invasion by armed thugs as mentioned in the above article from the liberal Huffington Post. Here the homeowner is robbed and killed.
According to the Huffington Post, the author of the article Robert Siciliano is a personal and home security specialist. Mr. Siciliano writes the tips listed above. His best advice: leave the home alarm on 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year. Being an "expert", perhaps he just did not realize that alarm systems cannot stop a bullet.
As a legally armed homeowner, there are a few other observations that I made about Mr. Siciliano's tips:
1. All of his recommendations deal with preventing a home invasion while he offers no ideas for what to do if your home is actually invaded.
2. I could not help but notice that his tips did not mention any form of self defense even as a deterrent.
3. Home alarms & video surveillance are costly & require maintenance & upkeep.
4. Once again the alarm company has to take the responsibility for protecting you instead of you being responsible for protecting yourself. If the alarm company & the police do not come through in time to save you, it was nice knowing you.
5. None of his recommendations offer any actual personal protection from harm in the event of a home invasion.
I can imagine from reading this article why people die in California, but I cannot imagine why people live there.
Self defense ping
Video cameras don’t stop people from shooting you. They only possibly aid in criminal prosecution later.
Alarms don’t prevent people from kicking your door in and response is not instantaneous.
Locked doors can still be broken. I have friend who was pistol whipped in his bedroom by intruders.
The general rule of self protection, start with the firearm, end with the call to 911.
Huffington Post seems to be having a hissyfit blaming the victim for not doing enough to prevent the crime.
What was the victim wearing?
If someone is so stupid as to break into my house while someone is home, all occupants are well practiced with all the firearms here.
Tips to help prevent a home invasion:
Teach your kids how to shoot.
Make sure each one has a gun.
Keep guns loaded.
Did I miss, "Rack the slide on your Remington 870 pump shotgun?" Oh, sorry, this is the HuffPo, so the final instruction will be "Crawl into your safe space in the fetal position and keep dialing 911."
But but... shouldn’t we be taught to urinate on the robbers so that they won’t be in the mood to rob us?
Liberals don’t want you to defend yourself. They want the criminal to waltz right in and take whatever he wants.
Don’t forbid the kids... do tell them where the guns are kept in case of emergency (just like the fire extinguishers).
. . . and memorize the line “I was in fear of my life and saw no other alternative.”
It is California and therefore irrelevant
They live in a sewer from which they could leave
I was in fear of my life and saw no other alternative.
And, to reinforce this narrative, ALWAYS IMMEDIATELY start complaining of chest pains and the need to be transported to the hospital...
But some of the people must be fairly conservative. The first few comments I read recommended getting a gun.
First thing I noticed; the posed photo of the perp trying to pry open a glass door that he could smash through in a fraction of the time with the crow bar. Yeah, these people know their stuff!
In other words, you should just imprison yourself, maximum security style.
I thought we were supposed to open the back door and fire a shotgun into the air.
At least in regards to home defense, the firearm should be near the center of the onion, with lots of other layers that have to be dealt with first by the would be wrongdoer.
A property fence with an interior latching/locking gate, motion activated lights, cameras, robust doors and locks are all a good start. A yard full of chewed up cattle femurs and the dog that put them there are also a secondary layer. I do recognize that in any deliberate, armed home invasion, my dog that I love dearly is not going to survive, but even in my deepest sleep, he is going to give advance warning and rouse me, and might get in a potentially disabling bite. Only after all the above have failed to deter a criminal would I even begin to have cause to pull a trigger, though, I do tend to have a firearm in a ready state in any room of my house.
Disclaimer: Opinions posted on Free Republic are those of the individual posters and do not necessarily represent the opinion of Free Republic or its management. All materials posted herein are protected by copyright law and the exemption for fair use of copyrighted works.