According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, if someone breaks into your home, there’s roughly a 28 percent chance that you’ll be home when it happens and a 7 percent chance that you will be the victim of a violent assault. According to statistics col-lected from 2003 to 2007, 44 percent of victims who were home were awake and active in the house at the time of the invasion. One-third of home invasions that occurred while the victims were home took place in broad daylight.
What does all this mean to the average family who wants to stay safe? It means that, in addition to sound physical se-curity and traditional internal defenses like a safe room, you need to be prepared to defend against a sudden break-in, no matter what time it is or where you are in your house. A traditional safe room in the master bedroom is great, but only if you are in or near that room when the home invasion occurs and if you have the time and physical mobility to get into the room and lock the door before the invader gets there.
One way to address this problem is to take a hard look at your floor plan and find the security weak points—like windows and sliding glass doors—that may allow forced entries. Divide the home into zones separated by the weak points, and build a safe room in each zone. That way, no matter where you are in the house, you are never more than a few steps away from a safe, defensible position.
If that sounds expen-sive to you, you’re right. This is also not an option for people who live in apartments or condos that don’t permit major tactical remodeling or for residents of mobile homes or other structures that offer only limited physical security. If your dwelling doesn’t allow you the option of hunkering down, the other option is to take the fight to the invader. The best way to do that is with a firearm.
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