5 Tactical Tips to Survive a Home Invasion | Full Contact

‘Cause I know Jeff Bell is wondering:

1. You need to develop a code word that will tell your entire fam­ily that its time to spring into action. You don’t need to make up some kind of secret code. The word “ESCAPE” works very well and is sim­ple and straight to the point. For­get about “Red Wolf” and use some­thing simple.

2. Des­ig­nate a “safe room” in your home where every­one can go to at the same time. This room should be stocked with sev­eral spe­cific items that will help you sur­vive the upcom­ing fight. The list of items isn’t that long, but the list is out­side the scope of this arti­cle. The one thing that you must have in this room is a phone that can be used to call the police.

3. Do not, under any cir­cum­stances, leave the safe room. If you have your fam­ily in the room with you, resist the urge to put on your cape and fight the invaders sin­gle handedly.

4. Develop a “fatal fun­nel”. If you are using a gun for home defense, posi­tion your­self in a cor­ner of the safe room that is on the oppo­site side of the door. This will give you the max­i­mum amount of time decide if you’re going to shoot because you’ll be the last thing the intrud­ers see when they burst through the door. In this instance, you have the advan­tage because they will have to make an assess­ment of the room before they make a move. You only have to decide if you’re going to shoot or not. You will know that its either the police com­ing to your res­cue or the bad guys com­ing to harm you. Just make sure you don’t shoot the police.

5. Stay in the safe room until the police arrive, no mat­ter how long it takes. Even if you are pretty sure the home inva­sion is fin­ished and the intrud­ers have left, do not leave the safe room. You can’t be sure that the attack­ers aren’t lying in wait to take your fam­ily by force to hold as hostages or cause harm. Stay in the room until the police have cleared the house and tell you to come out before you decide the home inva­sion is over.

5 Tactical Tips to Survive a Home Invasion | Full Contact

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