With the countryís crime rate very high, you need to use basic physical security at home. Itís not necessary to go into detail regarding locks and alarms. You probably have that knowledge under your belt already. If not, have a competent person install solid locks and possibly an alarm system, if you fell itís worth the expense.
No lock or security system is perfect, and the most for which you can hope is to deter the majority of the bad guys, and send them to prey on your less well-protected neighbors. You may be found by a persistent burglar, or one who doesnít mind running risks. In that case, resign yourself to being ripped off, and be thankful he didnít take your life.
If an intruder comes in while you and your family are home, the situation suddenly becomes deadly serious. You probably can tolerate losing some of your property, but your life and those of your family are not expendable. Coping with this problem requires a higher order of preparedness.
PERSONAL DEFENSE AT HOME
To start, you need a plan (including fire, explosion and earthquake) . You also need to work this plan with your family, and rehearse it with them. For the purpose of this discussion, letís assume that you have a wife and two school-age children. If youíre single, your problem is much simpler.
Start by surveying your home with the eye of a security/protection specialist. Where are the likely points of entry? Can you reinforce some of them, to channel the entry? ďChannelingĒ the entry, means directing it into a certain direction. This vital is vital because one person canít carry on an all-around defense. If you can channel the entry to come from a direction where you can set up a defense, your chances of surviving are greatly improved.
Tactics make it or break it. The best hardware is useless if used ineffectively. Good tactics help you make the best use of what youíve got.
Early warning is important. A solidly built home, with stout doors and securely locked windows, ensures an intruder will make noise in forcing an entry. Another possibility is a dog. This doesnít necessarily mean a guard dog. Even the family pooch has hearing more sensitive than that of humans, and may alert you to intruder.
Using light defensively is important. As a start, you should have outside lighting. It lets you observe whoís scratching at your door lock. You can observe your intruder, his weapon, and his accomplices, if any.
Inside you home, you should have the unoccupied rooms lit. A small night light in each is enough. The purpose is to have the intruder illuminated while you remain in the shadows. You should be able to find your way around your own home without the use of light. Light enables you to direct your defense more precisely.
An important point is not to use a flashlight. This only tells an intruder where you are. Heíll see you long before you see him.
One tactic is to make use of surprise. This requires remaining concealed.
Staying concealed and observing carefully buys you time. You need time, because time means safety. You can observe whether the intruder is alone, or if he has companions. This can make the difference between life and death. If heís got a partner, listen to the conversation, which may alert you to the presence of a third party out of sight.
Think of cover. Concealment is not cover. Cover is protection from gunfire or other weapons as well and from view.
The moment you have decided to act, make sure that you know where the intruders are, and when you are sure of scoring hits.
If you arrive home and notice signs that there has been a forced entry, do not try to be a hero or macho man and clear the premises. If you are a target of assassination, assault or kidnapping there may be someone waiting inside for youto show up. Your best bet is to call the police and let them handle the problem.