Your Home Defense Plan
Updated: Jun 8
Do you have a plan?
You just completed your firearms safety class. Now, it is time to create a plan for your safe space, your home.
When criminals decide they are going to commit a crime, they will choose the path of least resistance. For example, whether to mug an alert 220-pound man who is keen to his surroundings or, a person who is distracted by everyday the comings and goings of life? has a fat wallet in his back pocket and his face buried in a smartphone, Guess whose getting bypassed in the victim-selection process? The same goes for your homes. If your house has motion-activated lights, low shrubbery, a solid door, motion cameras, and
a Ring-style video doorbell, your home will be lower on the target list.
Your Safe Space
The term “safe space” is defined as a place or environment in which a person can feel confident that they will not be exposed to any emotional or physical harm.
My home is my safe space and I have as a part of my home defense plan, identified the most defensible areas. I have discussed with my family the difference between cover and concealment, and what areas provide both.
Keep your planning practical based on real scenarios and crime statistics. When choosing your safe-space position, consider entry and exit points and furniture.
Ideally, someone would have to enter through an exposed position to find you while you remain hidden. Also, in a perfect world, your location would have an emergency exit. That could even be a window (assuming your location is on a ground floor). Big furniture can provide not only concealment but also cover. While nothing is guaranteed to stop a bullet, heavy dressers, bookcases and appliances offer better protection than soft furniture or drywall.
If you live in a large or multi-story home, you might define multiple safe locations because you don’t know where you’ll be when a home intrusion occurs. These things happen during the day too, sometimes when we’re in the office, kitchen or basement.
When considering where people in your family might shelter in the event of an emergency, be sure to consider where they will be in the event you have to fire your gun.
Most any handgun, rifle or buckshot shotgun load will go through many layers of interior drywall while maintaining lethal velocity.
Home-defense gear shouldn’t be limited to just a firearm. Equally important is a means of communication, preferably a charged cellphone so you can take it with you. Get in the habit of keeping your phone on a charger on your nightstand so that it’s readily available in the event of a fire or breaking-and-entering emergency. Also, make sure you keep a quality hand-held flashlight right next to it. That’s a great tool to have for any nighttime surprise, whether or not it’s a criminal encounter. Likewise, make sure your firearm is accessible either near where you sleep or in between your bed and the safe space you’ve identified. You could even use your car alarm keys as a deterrent.
Your People Plan
Think about possible points of entry into your home. How does that relate to your location and the children’s rooms? If you can identify a safe zone that doesn’t require passing through common areas where you might encounter an intruder, then great, there’s your plan.
Statistically, most home entries are burglaries where the intruder is there to steal stuff, not kill or harm people. Given that, and if your children are in a faraway area of the house or upstairs from your location, you may elect to instruct them to lock themselves in their rooms if they hear a commotion in the house. If you don’t have that home-layout luxury, the “shelter in place” strategy may not be a winner for you. You may plan for your spouse to remain in a safe area and call for help while you venture out to protect your children.
Happy planning from EikonTactical.