Home Invasion Survival: 3 Ways To Increase Your “Reactionary Gap”!

Jeff AndersonIf you were sitting inside your home and three men suddenly broke through the front door without warning, would you be able to get to a weapon in time?

The thing about any home invasion is that the bad guys get to choose when it happens.

You then have to REACT to the attack, which puts you, by definition, behind the eight-ball.

The time you have to respond to that attack is called the reactionary gap.

The more warning you have that an attack is coming, the better able you’ll be to fight back and repel that attack.

So how can you harden your home to create more “reactionary gap” in which to respond to a home invasion?

I talked to my friend Massad Ayoob about this issue, and here is a summary of what he told me.

Home Invasion Survival: 3 Ways To Increase Your “Reactionary Gap”!

Home Invasion Survival, Home Invasion Defense: Reactionary Gap
Massad Ayoob

Home defense should be thought of as a layered concept.

Your defense shouldn’t start at the safe room.

It should END at the safe room.

Since the safe room is where your family is hidden, it makes little sense to depend on only that one defensive area.

You start at the safe room and you build outwards, wrapping your defense around the safe room.

You should be armed, ready, and waiting at a choke point or fatal funnel, yes, but that’s just another layer of the defense.

Your defense doesn’t end there, either.

You want to consider your entire home as a defensive position and layer your defenses outward as much as possible.

Tip #1: Reinforce The Front Door

Let’s start with the front door of your home, the main entryway.

First and foremost you may just want to go ahead and replace it with a good, strong wooden door.

There are plenty of security doors with steel plates in the middle as well.

When combined with a solid set of locks, it’s hard to beat.

Always go with a solid deadbolt, a nice heavy beast that is hard to kick and bend.

A spring bolt lock is the one that locks automatically and is equipped nearly universally on door handles

It’s got the little spring loaded wedge shaped tongue on it that goes into the mortise when you close the door.

The problem with these as a primary lock is they’re very easy to loid.

Loiding means you take a piece of plastic like a driver’s license, shimmy it through the door, and it pushes that little spring loaded wedge out of the way and allows very quick entry by the intruder.

That’s why none of us in the business would recommend you use that as a primary lock to prevent intrusion.

The deadbolt, by contrast, requires a physical turn from the inside to close it, but once it’s closed it takes a chisel or heavy tools to break through it.

It’s a good idea to have both a spring bolt and a dead bolt.

They work well in unison and as a team are hard to beat.

Tip #2: Install An Alarm

On the other side of the door you can install a simple door alarm.

These micro alarms are available in every big box store in the country and cost about 4 bucks apiece.

They can emit a 120 db worth of earsplitting siren, alerting you and your family that something is wrong.

These are very simple.

One end goes to the door, the other on the wall, and when they are separated, it goes off.

This isn’t the same as a monitored system, but the whole point is to scare the invader with an unexpected, loud noise that makes him think he’ll be discovered.

These alarms can be equipped to windows, too.

You can buy several of them at a price almost anyone can afford.

Every barrier you can put in place to deter an intruder is a positive.

Hardening Your Home Against Invasion, Tip #3: Take Other, Layered Security Measures

Home defense isn’t just the gun or just the alarm.

It’s a holistic system, meaning all the parts work together.

You need good solid doors, good solid windows, and locks on both.

Windows can be secured in a number of ways, but most people don’t want to install bars.

There are some alternatives.

One is a security company like 3M, which makes a film that holds a window pane together if someone tries to shatter it.

It’s not impenetrable, but it provides you with a few extra minutes of reaction time, which is time in which to get armed and ready.

Door chains have a place, too.

They keep a layer of protection in place if you open the door to an external threat by mistake.

They may seem flimsy, but they do buy time, and a few extra seconds matter.

A door limiter, the solid bar you find in hotel rooms, is even stronger and just as effective.

A peephole is also good because it lets you look out the door without actually opening it.

Peepholes, however, can be easily defeated with a simple thumb over the lens.

This is where we can turn to high-tech monitoring systems.

A closed-circuit TV or webcam is an excellent choice.

The cost of these has really come down in recent years.

Don’t forget the power of light in low-light situations, either.

A few lights with motion-activated sensors can really improve your security perimeter, and for not much money.

Remember, home invaders are vermin.

Much like roaches, they hate the light.

There are some lower tech options, too.

For example, you could plant a small prickly plant or other bush under your windows to deter people from getting close or looking/climbing in.

It should be tall enough to touch the window sill, the spikier the better.

You want to make the potential home invader as uncomfortable as possible as they try to break in.

Make them work for it.

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[HOME INVASION] When Cops Arrive, Follow These 3 Tactical Home Defense Tips

Home Invasion Defense Tactics

I’m sure you’ve heard this before…

… “when seconds count, the police are just minutes away”.

In other words, if you’re ever attacked by a criminal – such as in a nighttime home invasion – YOU are your first line of defense.

I realize you already know this is true.

But have you ever thought of how you will work WITH a responding officer to help them take down the bad guy in your home?

Here are…

3 Home Invasion Survival Tips To Work With Responding Police…

Home Invasion Defense Tactics
Do You Know How To Respond When Police Show Up To A Home Invasion In Progress?

1. Have A “Safe-Room” Plan

Unless you have children or others you protect that that sleep in other areas of your home, you don’t want to go walking through your house to “clear it” of the home invader.

A home invasion is NOT your once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to try out all that tactical training you’ve been studying.

Sometimes the best “offense” is a well-planned DEFENSE.

For example, you should already have a “safe-room” planned out that you can retreat to in a home invasion.

This is your very first move – even before dialing 911 – because you first have to secure your own safety before counting on a police officer to come and provide it for you.

When you’re in your safe-room, your spouse or other family member should be the one to call the police while you cover the entrance of the room – and they should stay on the phone to communicate with dispatch (or the officer directly) as the scenario unfolds.

There are actually a lot of details that go into planning out your safe-room, but one of the biggest challenges you’ll face is in choosing WHICH room in your home will work best.

This should of course at least be close to your sleeping area, but it should also be one on the outer floor-plan of your house and have a window.

One reason is that you want to have the option to be able to escape out the window if possible.

Besides, you don’t want to be trapped in a room with no exit if the home invader decides to burn the house (it happens).

But there’s also another reason why you’ll want window access…

2. Activate The “Cop Signal”

When an officer arrives and they’re trying to assess the situation, a key piece of information they need is where your FAMILY is located so they can determine who is and isn’t a “threat” if they should have to clear your home.

Something we talk about in our Home Defense Tactics guide is to have a “go belt” hidden under your bed that you can grab-and-go, hightailing it to your safe-room with your firearm and the gear you need to stand your ground.

One of the items that should be in this go-belt is a “chem-lite” with your house keys attached.

You see, if you’re smart, your doors will be locked when you’re at home in order to prevent entry by a home invader, right?

But in order for an officer to come to your aid, they need to be able to access your home without having to break in themselves… and having your keys will allow them to respond much safer, quicker, and quieter.

By activating the chem-lite “key chain” and throwing it out your saferoom window, you can guide officers to your keys.

However, this still doesn’t signal to police WHERE you are located, right?

That’s why I recently just added one more item to my go-gear that I highly suggest you also get for your own home defense arsenal…

It’s a high-powered tactical “signal laser” I’ve told you about before, that you can shine out your window.

Now I’m NOT talking about some weak “laser pointer” gizmo you pick up at the local convenient store counter or Home Depot.

Those cheap types of lasers don’t actually have a visible “beam” – only the tiny red dot where the beam ends and red does NOT show up very well in the dark.

In other words, these things won’t work at ALL for the protection you need.

The tactical “signal laser” I own has 2 operation modes:

  • “Beam”: This is so bright it looks like a Star Wars “light sabre”! You really have to see it to believe it.
  • “Scatter”: This is a pretty freaky feature that, when I’ve tested it, sort of scrambles an attacker’s vision with its geometric pattern. But I have another use for it (more in a second)

Here’s how I recommend using this device…

(By the way… the laser is so simple to operate that any other family member – even a child – can operate it the way I describe below, while you take a more defensive role in your response.)

First, help officers quickly locate your home (seconds count!) by using the laser’s “scatter mode” outside your window, shining it onto the ground.

There will be no guessing which home is yours and the laser is so bright that even a police helicopter will INSTANTLY know how to locate you.

Once they arrive, switch the laser to “beam mode” and point it directly to where your home’s keys are on the ground so they can find them and see EXACTLY which room you and your family are in.

This allows them to enter your home with full confidence that they can quickly identify and engage a threat WITHOUT having to determine if it’s a bad guy they’re encountering.

Well, that’s only true as long as you…

3. Stay Put… And Stay READY!

Once you’re in your safe-room, do NOT leave it to come out to “help” the police… or even communicate with them.

You have to understand that a responding police officer is showing up to a very dangerous scenario.

The only info they may have is that there’s a potentially armed intruder in a home… and they may not make it back home to their family alive.

Anyone on the property who looks like they have a weapon – even if it’s YOU, the homeowner – will be a threat… and will may trigger a response of “shooting first and asking questions later”.

I know that sounds harsh, but you must keep in mind… “Blue Lives Matter”… and it’s a matter of survival for the responding officer.

If you come out of your front door with a weapon in your hand – even if it’s to tell the officer that it was a false alarm or that you’ve already neutralized the threat – YOU could be accidentally killed.

Stay put in your safe-room until officers clear your home and tell you it’s safe for you to come out.

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NJ Home Invasion Caught On Nanny-Cam (WARNING – Graphic!)

I’m warning you… the video you’re about to see is very graphic (I’m even surprised they aired it on the news).

But I feel you really must watch it because it reveals the true difference between a “burglar” and a violent home invader.

Knowing this critical difference will prepare you mentally and tactically for how to survive a violent home invasion if you’re ever attacked like this woman.

If you have small children (or grandchildren) near you right now, ask them to leave the room and click “Play” on the video below.

Watching this video could literally save your life (and theirs!) one day…

Millburn, NJ Home Invasion Caught On Camera

I know…

… personally, I can’t get through this video without wanting to jump through my computer and teach this scumbag a lesson!

But besides, infuriating me… it’s scares the living sh*t out of me!


Because like the husband in this video, I realize that I can’t always be at home to protect my wife and my kids if some gangbanger (and his buddies!) come crashing through my front door.

Frankly, my wife doesn’t like guns and refuses to “own” one.

I know, I know! Trust me… I’ve tried talking ’till I’m blue in the face and she just doesn’t understand the threats you and I know are out there.

That’s why I want to tell you EXACTLY what I do to protect them – whether I’m there or not – so…

Here Are 3 Home Invasion Survival Tips You Can Use Right Now…

1. Know Your Enemy

We must first start with your best “home defense weapon”… your MIND…

What you must understand is that home invaders are NOT like any other type of criminal.

They’re not your typical type of “street criminal” who’s looking to score a few bucks.

This woman was home watching cartoons with her young daughter when this man broke in with no fear… no mercy… no remorse.

Her attacker didn’t care that her young daughter was sitting on the couch watching her mother get beaten in front of her very eyes.

He took his time walking through the house for valuables and stopped only to punch and kick the woman more to exert his power and control.

I know it’s hard to imagine your own family being assaulted so violently like this… but trust me, it could have been FAR worse – and THAT is what you have to be prepared for my friend!

2. Weapons, Weapons, WEAPONS!

I’m not going to insult your intelligence and tell you that this woman could fight back against this attacker twice her size.

Some could… but obviously, that wasn’t the case here.

But something is better than nothing and making sure there are some alternative weapons available within your home – things like easy-to-access knives in the kitchen, a baseball bat, or Tazer – could be a life-saver.

The problem is, I even think that if the mother in this video were armed with a carving knife from her kitchen, this guy would see the fear in her eyes and easily risk getting cut just to rip the knife from her trembling hands and stab her with it as “payback” for even daring to kill him!

Now, you and I both know that a firearm is the ultimate equalizer when it comes to defending yourself, right?

And obviously this woman didn’t have a gun on her person – or she would have used it.

But that doesn’t mean she can’t STILL be armed with some firepower – even if she doesn’t like guns.

Which brings me to…

3. Plan Out The Ultimate “Safe Room” To Retreat To

Forget trying to take the battle to the home invader if you can avoid it.

It’s almost always a far safer and more effective tactic to retreat to what’s known as a “safe room” within your house that allows you to barricade yourself from the danger and call 9-1-1 for help.

Now, I’m not talking about an expensive metal vault like in the Jodie Foster movie, “Panic Room”.

You don’t need to go that far.

But it IS critical for you to know which room will work best for this purpose… how to strengthen it as a barrier… and what supplies to store in there (right now) that will help you protect yourself and those you love while hunkered down.

That’s more information than I can go into here, but I did put together full instructions on how to plan the ultimate “safe room” (including a handy “cheat-sheet”) with the help of legendary firearms expert, Massad Ayoob – and you can download a free copy right here…

This free guide will walk  you through everything you need to know about setting up your own safe room cheaply, yet effectively – and dispels a lot of the rumors and tactical myths even many of the so-called “experts” fall for when it comes to fighting back in your home.

I can’t stress enough home very critical it is to plan out your safe room – the RIGHT WAY – to survive such a horrific, violent attack.

For the sake of those you love – whether you’re there to protect them or not – download the free guide now, and take action right away.

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