Home Invasions & Criminal Attacks: Why the Police Can’t Save You

When it comes to defending your home, nobody can do a better job of protecting it, and more importantly the people who live within its walls, than you. Unfortunately, we live in a society that has grown increasingly reliant on the government to protect them in every little aspect of their lives; believing that when trouble hits, some random government agency is going to be there to help.

Most people have chosen to outsource their safety and security, instead of taking the very real and necessary steps to ensure their own wellbeing. Sadly, this attitude is the reason so many criminals feel safe and secure when committing their crimes. They know that the chances of being stopped by the average citizen are pretty low, and the likelihood of law enforcement arriving before they finish their crime is even smaller.

How big of a Problem are Home Invasions?

An upscale Suburban Home

According to the FBI, over 1.5 million homes are burglarized each and every year. When it comes to being a victim of crime, home invasions are one of the most likely events a person will face. Yet, most Americans don’t take even the most basic of precautions to protect themselves, their homes, or their loved ones.

This is why criminals love these types of crimes; they know they can get away with it.

While much of the information you read about criminal behavior usually comes from some egg-head college professor, people who don’t understand the first thing about how real criminals think and behave, my knowledge comes directly from firsthand experience. I grew up around these people, spent years dealing with them, and I know exactly how they tick.

The fact is, most criminals are incredibly good at what they do. While you’re at work trying to pay the bills, these people hard at work getting better at their profession: CRIME.

24 hours a day, 7 days a week, they’re figuring out ways to enrich themselves off of your hard work and sacrifice.

Face the Facts: Law enforcement cannot stop Home Invasions

A Police Car

I’m going to tell you a secret;  a secret that every criminal knows, and one that law enforcement really doesn’t like to talk about. When it comes to stopping home invasions, law enforcement agencies are helpless, and when it comes to being able to protect yourself from these criminals you are on your own!

Home invasions and burglaries are crimes that lawbreakers love to commit. They know that by the time the police respond, they’ll be long gone before anyone in law enforcement ever has a chance of reaching them.

You cannot put your safety in the hands of the police.

In some areas of the country, the average response time for a police officer to respond to an emergency call is over 30 minutes. But even if you take a best-case scenario, one where law enforcement responds within 5 – 10 minutes, the chances of them being able to act before things do go bad are slim to none. You’re on your own!

Law enforcement has no legal obligation to protect you.

Think I’m exaggerating? The fact is, law enforcement has no legal requirement to keep you safe. In fact, back in 2005, the Supreme Court ruled that police officers do not have a constitutional duty to protect a person from harm. In this ruling the Supreme Court opinion strengthened an earlier decision, Warren v. District of Columbia, where the District of Columbia Appeals Court ruled that the police do not have to provide services to citizens.

You are the only person who can protect what’s yours!

I’ve spent decades teaching people about the art of self-defense, and researching criminal behavior. Much of my knowledge comes from firsthand experience, growing up around some of the nastiest people you can imagine.

To truly be able to protect yourself, your family, and your home, you must be able to take matters into your own hands. You need to develop a self-defense mindset, and you need to start thinking about how to protect yourself from home invasions and crime.

Protecting yourself from Home Invasion

Armed Woman

In order to protect yourself from these types of crimes, especially home invasions, you need to take your security and self-defense seriously. Long before a criminal has decided to break into your home, he has mentally prepared himself for everything he needs to do to successfully commit that crime, including taking innocent lives.

With that in mind, you need to ask yourself how prepared you are to deal with someone who is ready to do whatever it takes to get away with his crime. These people are more than likely armed, good at what they do, and ready for violence. They will not hesitate to hurt someone in your home.

  • You need to be ready to act: If you’ve never used a firearm, or if the last time you were at the range was when you first purchased your gun, you need to consider taking a training course that deals with real-life self-defense situations. Firing at a paper target is not the same thing as firing at an attacker in a life or death situation.
  • You need to take home security seriously. The foundation of any good home security plan is laying out multiple layers of deterrence. This includes things like high visibility security measures like fences, security alarm signs, and guard dogs – meant to scare off potential intruders.
  • You need to Beef it Up! Start to add internal security features like strengthened doorways, windows, and extra protection at all points of entry.
  • Build a Safe Room. I’m not a big fan of something known as sheltering in place, unless that shelter is a fortified safe room meant to withstand an armed attack. Next to owning and knowing how to use a firearm, a safe room in one of the most important layers of defense in home security. A good safe room should be able to withstand an armed attack, and should be built in a way that allows you to escape out a back door or escape hatch should things go wrong.

Further Reading and Resources to Prevent Home Invasions

8 Comments

  1. Great advice, and I agree that this is on the top of the list of threats. One reason is people let their guard down when they’re at home, which then gives the criminals the upper hand.

    Since reading your book I’ve made building a safe room my next big preparedness project. Prior to reading the book, I actually thought my closet would do the trick, but after reading what you said about not “building a tomb” and your stance on sheltering in place, damn did I feel dumb. I didn’t even consider having an alternative exit, but it really makes sense in the case of a breached room. I’ve rethought what a safe room really is and will be building something similar to what you suggest in the book.

  2. A couple of years back I had someone try to gain access to my home as I was pulling into my garage. Luckily I had my handgun on me, pulled it, and the burglar backed away. I clicked the garage opener while still pointing the gun at him and closed the door. I immediately called 911 and told them what was happening and they said officers would be right there. 15 minutes pass, nothing. Call 911 again, and same thing officers are on the way.

    By this time I’m pretty sure the guy decided to take off, but I still wanted police to check out my area and at least take a report. Called 911 again and again they said “we’re dispatching officer.” An hour later still nothing. I called back, the 911 officer seemed mad that I was calling, so I told her to cancel the call. She got even more irate that I dare cancel the call, even though almost 2 hours had passed. I learned my lesson that day, when it comes to my safety I’m on my own. Good thing I had half a clue and carried a handgun.

  3. NO there is no LAW that requires us to defend anyone, but we do not do the job for the money,,,believe me,,LEO’S do the job because it is a calling, when people say thank you or give you a cookie etc. that is why we protect to the best we can,,,,that being said with everyone complaining about higher taxes, getting tickets etc. it is hard for departments to have enough coverage at all times.
    Turn your neighborhood into a gated community and hire a security company to protect you,,,,at about three times the cost of a little more support for your local pd.

  4. On the ranch everyone carries a side arm 24/7 like the old west. So when three pilgrims show up for an armed robbery it was the OK corral. They ended up in jail the lawyers got them out and they never went to trial in exchange for ratting out some drug dealers

  5. I believe we do not have much more time, and even our Congress and Senate have been warned by prophets. People just will not believe, They think America is above the wrath of God.

  6. Nothing will stop a criminal like the business end of a .44 mag cocked and ready to rock pointed at center mass. A 911 police response is just that; a response to a crime already committed. Protect yourself and protect the 2nd amendment.

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