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Who's got one? Who has actually taken the time and thought one out?

The wife and I have. We have talked extensively about this so that we are on the same page, What to do, where to go and how to react including notifying the police.

Our safe space is our bedroom. Only one way in and a lockable door. All the windows are high enough that no one is going to come in through a window w/o the aide of some kind of ladder. Yes we already have strategic positions within the room for both of us. The whole idea is to barricade and defend, not arm and search. Then also knowing the response time is an advantage. As a cardiac patient that has made more than one call to 911 I have a very good idea as to the response time for 1st responders is to my house. In this case 1st responders are always the local PD even though there is an EMT 1st responder that lives just 3 minutes away.

We are not so much concerned about daylight/daytime home invasions as we are on a dead end street and all the neighbors have been here the better part of 20 years so we know when there is a stranger in the neighborhood! Also the dogs all know one another and who belongs to which house. Also as an older community on this street there is pretty much always someone home everyday and the blinds are open! So the fear of course comes at night, in the protection of the dark.
 

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My plan is fairly simple:

- Know your states Castle Doctrine and Stand Your Ground laws, even if you have to have a consultation with an attorney to understand them. You COULD go to jail, in some cases, just for using or brandishing a weapon against a potential intruder.

- Add alarm systems to the windows and doors that one could access your house through. Simple motion detectors work fine. No real need to get super fancy here.

- Get yourself, and others, to a safe place within your dwelling.

- Call 911 and explain that your house is about to be broken into or is in the process of being broken into. Stay on the line until the police arrive. This recording will ensure what goes on, and whether your shooting in defense of self and property is justified.

I can not emphasize more the importance of knowing your states Castle Doctrine and Stand Your Ground laws, and how they pertain to a home invasion. Again, there is a fine line between a justifiable defensive shooting and a murder of someone; many times an overzealous D.A. will call ANY shooting in this situation a murder for publicity.
 
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well my plan is to call 911 , thats what the police are for!
I mean thy will be there in just a few seconds and handle any emergency they are called out to.
thats what they get paid for and they know how to do it and all about the law.
then i wake up an realize all this is a dream and i better have a plan and preparations worked out ahead of time.
there are so many variables depending on how well you sleep, number of people in the house, where they are in the house, if you have warnings that someone is entering your house, it goes on a nd on and on, every plan must be unique to your situation.
now I am not going to get to far off in the weeds just let me say-- In a larger metro public safety we could in theory reach any address within our first alarm territory in less than 3 minutes (that's pretty darned good !) the problem is that all public safety calls goes through one 911 center, so that takes about the same amount of time to get a unit notified to respond and that's a bets case scenario!
plus the nearest responding unit may be on another call and it could be many minutes before a emergency vehicle gets to you.
and we never were beat on the scene by police who are stretched way thinner than Fire.
just a heads up on waiting on the Lone Ranger and Tonto!
 
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Shoot the bad guy.
Reload.
Shoot the bad guy again.

Other than that I tend to not sit around and worry about these things.
I have a firearm in the home at all times.
Our doors are always locked day and night.
We have cameras and an alarm.
I couldn't possibly think of every scenario that could possibly happen never mind that
there is a 99.99% chance of none of them ever happening.
It hasn't happened in 75+ years.
Living in fear and worry at my age is detrimental to, well, people my age.
I am prepared as best I can be without turning into Rambo.
Bad guy comes into our home------------bang.
I don't care about Castle Doctrines and stand my ground laws-----------bang.
I care about my wife and our home.
You want to put an old fart in jail for protecting his home, go for it.
You better be prepared to keep my lawn mowed if you do.
 

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Shoot the bad guy.
Reload.
Shoot the bad guy again.

Other than that I tend to not sit around and worry about these things.
I have a firearm in the home at all times.
Our doors are always locked day and night.
We have cameras and an alarm.
I couldn't possibly think of every scenario that could possibly happen never mind that
there is a 99.99% chance of none of them ever happening.
It hasn't happened in 75+ years.
Living in fear and worry at my age is detrimental to, well, people my age.
I am prepared as best I can be without turning into Rambo.
Bad guy comes into our home------------bang.
I don't care about Castle Doctrines and stand my ground laws-----------bang.
I care about my wife and our home.
You want to put an old fart in jail for protecting his home, go for it.
You better be prepared to keep my lawn mowed if you do.
I keep aware of the laws and keep 'em in mind but I'm not about to offer myself or mine up as a blood sacrifice, just on the off chance I might go to jail. :dunno:...ya' does what ya' has to does when ya' has to duzzit.
 

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it's not complicated. I live in Florida. Florida law states if a person does not live in the building or have full access to the interior of the building they should not be there. If they're inside the house anytime 24/7 and they don't belong there it is a legal shoot.

It is just me and Mama and the dog. I don't need a complicated plan, where to practice it monthly, or any other kind of overthink. If I hear them coming through the door, and believe me if I don't the dog will, they are fair game. Me and Mama both have our own bedside guns which we shoot on a fairly regular basis. It will not require any special thought on our part when we wake up to use the gun. We have no children, no visitors with children, and no hope of any children being in the house with us at this time of our life. Because of that the guns are loaded, round in the chamber, and no safety to worry about putting off. I don't live on a building lot I live on acreage so there's no problem with over penetration and shooting the neighbor.

Simple enough for me.

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it's not complicated. I live in Florida. Florida law states if a person does not live in the building or have full access to the interior of the building they should not be there. If they're inside the house anytime 24/7 and they don't belong there it is a legal shoot.

It is just me and Mama and the dog. I don't need a complicated plan, where to practice it monthly, or any other kind of overthink. If I hear them coming through the door, and believe me if I don't the dog will, they are fair game. Me and Mama both have our own bedside guns which we shoot on a fairly regular basis. It will not require any special thought on our part when we wake up to use the gun. We have no children, no visitors with children, and no hope of any children being in the house with us at this time of our life. Because of that the guns are loaded, round in the chamber, and no safety to worry about putting off. I don't live on a building lot I live on acreage so there's no problem with over penetration and shooting the neighbor.

Simple enough for me.

Don
That's a good plan.
I like it.
Keep it simple.
 
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You can drive yourself crazy trying to create responses for every scenario you might encounter in a home invasion. Here's my KISS solution. Own a gun, and get comfortable with it. Can you comfortably and reliably put shot after shot into a man sized targets torso area, center mass as we say, at 7 yards? Is your firearm easily accessible from your sleeping position? You're going to want to be able to have that in your hands, round chambered and safety off within 5 seconds. That's not going to cover all bases, but it's a good base from which build on. Do you have the number of an attorney in your area that is familiar with firearm self defense laws? You might want to talk to one, and get a couple cards so you can put one on the fridge and one in your wallet. If you're a member of the NRA or USCCA, I believe they can even help you find one. Do you know what to do when the shooting stops and the police arrive? Make sure someone is on the phone with dispatch when they are arriving giving clear updates and descriptions, and make sure they don't walk in the door and find you standing there with a gun in your hand. Do you know how to answer the million and one questions they are going to ask you? If you answered "I want to speak to my lawyer", pat yourself on the back because you know more than how to just punch holes in targets. It's not about whether the police are going to be friendly or not, if they are arresting you or not, if they want to sweet talk you or not. Trusting them isn't the only thing you need to be leery of, you need to be leery about trusting yourself at that point too. Perhaps even more so. You're going to be flooded with survival chemicals, your body and mind might be playing tricks on you or not working optimally. Lawyer up, take some time to think about your actions, reactions, and how everything played out. A lawyer, especially one familiar with shootings, can help you here. Bottom line is, do everything you can to ensure you and your family get out of that situation alive, and prepare for the aftermath of that now when things are calm and you are rational, rather than when someone is bleeding out on your living room floor.
 
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We have a whole house monitored alarm and use it (many don't). I have a bedside .38 Spc. and a Maverick 88 just a few inches away. It is just my wife (who is also firearms trained and proficient) and I so we don't worry too much about over-penetration and harming anyone in an adjacent part of the house.
 

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we have plans and other than my mother in law who's 86, we've all got immediate access to firearms to stop threats. we have 6... dynamic audible alarms who will also attack and bite if push comes to shove. We also have several "nosey neighbors" who know EVERYBODY'S business. We'll hear things like " Little Jimmy's oldest boy came in real late on Saturday, about 3 am. Nothing good happens after midnight so that one's gonna be trouble. Oh, I woke up to get a drink of water and saw him pull in". It used to annoy me, now I'm kinda glad we have a multilayered early warning system.
 

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I have a plan for just about every possible scenario, (as well as a few highly unlikely/improbable ones) but it would take an excessive amount of time to outline and would only serve to work me up before bedtime, so I won't be going into detail on the subject.

Just as well, my contingency plans in regards to Home Invasion are relatively basic, so there's really no need to go to far into detail.
 

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By all means, have a plan. Keep in mind, however, you are many times more likely to have a fire than a home invasion. Have an escape plan, an extinguisher, and a family meeting place.
 

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I live in an apartment, so I have to plan differently. I've been thinking about this for a while, but I haven't come up with a plan yet. I'd appreciate any suggestions. It's just my adult son and myself here. I have a G2c, he has a shotgun. The only common walls with adjacent apartments are on the back side of the apartment. There are air gaps of at least 10 feet to the apartments on either side of mine (stairwells/patios.) There are tall windows beside the front (only) door and in both bedrooms. My bedroom window looks out on the patio and the front door. If you have any other questions, let me know.
 

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I live in an apartment, so I have to plan differently. I've been thinking about this for a while, but I haven't come up with a plan yet. .
Our home is such that when standing outside the house all the windows are above eye level. Both entrance doors are also elevated and are such that they will not be breeched quick;y or quietly. Also with a large breed alert dog we know when there is someone outside. This should provide adequate time and alert to be able to reach the bedroom if you are not already there. With the door closed and locked and both of us armed I'm thinking we can keep most at bay and out of the room. Sorry but we both feel there is nothing inside the house other than us that cannot be replaced. So the warning is; Do not enter or you will be shot! Police have been called so leave now!

We have no intentions of being hero's and confronting home invaders but if home invaders intend to confront us they will be in for a fight. Within this past year there have been 4 well published home invasions here where the home owners were unarmed and severely injured. In the one case a young girl was kidnapped and her parent's killed. The other 3 were all elderly couples.
 

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Well like others the nucleus of my plan is simple....Center Mass. I have two dogs that will wake me long before any perp gets anywhere near a door or a window. If they are still dumb enough to come in with all the barking I will carefully wait until they are completely indoors before I return them to room temperature.

Anyone seriously concerned about such scenarios should have a dog. They are better than anything you can plan or buy.
 
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My plan? Shoot to slide lock, reload, and shoot some more if I have to.
 

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Retreat to bedroom and lock door. Wife rakes up position behind side of dresser that is next to bathroom door, also lockable.

My spot is at head of bed, at the side, with clear shot at door. Alternating rounds of 235 ball and 230 JHP .45, and a Mossberg 500 with alternating rounds of double-ought, slug and no. 7 birdshot.

With locked door, dial 911 and give sitrep and defend/fire only if things go south.

Don't want to clean up blood and brain matter from walls and floor unless I have to.
 

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Tough to say, given the number of possible scenarios.

Burglar-type intrusion? Load up, bunker up, call 911. As with TonyC, I've got two self-motivating hair-covered alarms that pretty much guarantees that no one will come in, or even wander around outside, unannounced (although truth be told, I suspect their enthusiasm is less defending the hearth than just excitable curiosity). Outside, the property has a sufficient number of overlapping motion-activated lights; you can't get to one without tripping another and light in itself is both a deterrence and an alert.

On the other hand, a door-crashing is a whole 'nother ball game, and whatever plan anyone has (i.e., 'Whip out ma hi-capacity magnum-caliber blaster-matic magnum and ventilate that sucka 'till yew kin heer th' wind whistle thru 'im!) is going to depend on so many variables that if you aren't drilling it on a regular basis (and honestly, most of us aren't) there's going to be as much luck involved as plan. Consider SWAT teams -- I have no idea how often they train force on force, but I get the idea that it's fairly regularly. When they do, they train to take on someone who is expecting them and they don't start from one of the SWAT team sitting on the couch, shoes off, with a bowl of popcorn in their lap while the other is in the kitchen with their head in the fridge, looking for something to drink. Are there any people here who, at some random time on a quiet night, suddenly jumps up and starts shouting at their family, "NOW! THERE'S SOMEONE KICKING IN THE DOOR NOW! WHAT ARE YOU GOING TO DO? MOVE! MOVE! MOVE! YOU HAVE TWO MINUTES TO SHOW ME YOUR STUFF, PEOPLE!" Then debriefs the response? I know I haven't, so I guess it's something that I consider more of a hypothetical possibility than an actual danger.

My main approach is to ensure that any forced-entry situation encounters layers of detection before getting to the door, then enough passive resistance built into the structure so that anyone inside has a chance to recognize there is a threat, orient to the threat and coordinate and execute a response. Instead of a semi-rigid 'I'll do this, you do that' I go for a zoned response -- the most likely threat axis will be X, so anyone on that side goes that way, anyone on this side goes this way, here's where the guns are, here's where the phones are.
 
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