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Chapter 1

Introduction to Practical
Home Defense

Growing up 30 years ago in suburban Minnesota, home security wasn’t a priority for our household. We left our doors unlocked most of the time. Neighbor kids came and went as they pleased. When the doorbell rang, I raced to greet whomever was at the door. My parents didn’t keep a firearm in our house and I doubt there was a single book on Home Defense in our local library.

A quarter century later, times have unfortunately changed. The fact that you’re reading this book is evidence that you feel compelled to provide a safe home environment in an increasingly unsafe world.

This book outlines a Practical Plan for you to provide a secure home environment and to respond to danger in a sensible way, without making significant changes to your home or lifestyle.

As you put the concepts into practice, you will make your home more secure and will provide safety for yourself and your family. 

What makes this Home Defense plan practical?

The Home Defense plan outlined in this program is designed to be practical by being Effective, Simple, Appealing, and Achievable. 


Effective

The plan provides effective protection against crimes that are most likely to occur in residential homes.


Simple

The plan is easy to remember and follow while under stress.


Appealing

Proposed solutions are designed to fit into your existing home and lifestyle.


Achievable

Required outlay of time and resources are reasonable.


Many Potential Crimes - One Plan

Consider some of the violent crimes committed in homes by someone who doesn’t live there -- robbery, sexual assault, abduction, etc.

The common element of these crimes is that the crime is attempted to be committed in a home by someone who is not welcome there. The worst-case scenario is the criminal who is willing to forcibly enter your home while you’re inside. We call this scenario a “Home Invasion.” When a Home Invasion is occurring, it’s unlikely you'll know the precise intentions of the criminal. And that’s okay. You'll have a single plan to respond to the variety of crimes that involve a Home Invasion.

Domestic Violence and Related Threats

This practical guide uses physical security (e.g. locked doors) as a core component of the plan. If you feel your safety may be at-risk by someone who has a key to your home, this is a very serious issue that needs to be addressed immediately with Law Enforcement.

Likewise, if you are being harassed, threatened, or stalked by a specific individual, this is a very serious issue that needs to be addressed with Law Enforcement.

If either of these situations applies to you, stop reading and call your local police non-emergency number right now.

Practical Preparation and Response

This book leads you through the Practical Home Defense plan step-by-step. Before diving into the details, it’s important to understand the high-level components of the plan:

The plan starts by helping you deter a home invasion by securing your home and following safe behavioral practices. These steps will hopefully prevent a home invasion from ever happening, but it's important to be prepared just in case. As part of your preparation, you will create early warning systems to alert you to potential danger. When alerted, the physical security of your home will give you time to arm yourself, get you and your family to a safe location within your home, and call 911 to notify Law Enforcement. You will stay safe until Law Enforcement arrives, defending yourself if necessary. Once Law Enforcement is on-scene, you will  transfer control of the situation to the professionals.

This plan defines your role in the early stages of an incident and recognizes Law Enforcement’s role once they arrive. The plan emphasizes deterrence and avoidance, with the use of lethal force as a last resort to defend life. Should the use of lethal force become necessary, your preparations will tilt the outcome in your favor by outfitting you with a suitable firearm, training, and a defensive scenario within your home that will give you the best chance of survival. The plan recognizes that the situation is not resolved simply because the home invader is no longer a threat. If the use of force is necessary, it’s important to know how to communicate with investigating officers in the immediate aftermath of a defensive incident.