The story about the unfortunate Petit family in Connecticut has been in the news for months now. I read the articles about them and it makes me sick to think about what the mother and two daughters had to go through before they died and what the husband and father of the victims has to live through every day. I just finished reading a story about the case on CNN that talks about one of the killers and what he was thinking.
I’m a former Marine, so you can probably guess how I feel about the story and what I would (along with most other citizens in America) like to do to these guys. But let’s step beyond the horror of that evening and think about the lessons we can learn from this terrible event.
Sometimes I wonder whether home defense is more important now than it would be after TSHTF. Then I g0t thinking that it’s important all the time regardless of where you live whether TSHTF or not. Maine is a pretty quiet state with most people respectful of other people’s privacy and property; however, we still get break-ins and people wake up in the night to find armed people in their houses with the intent of doing evil things. As private citizens how can we protect ourselves?
You could go out and spend thousands of dollars on a home security system, but to be perfectly honest I don’t have that kind of money. I’m not destitute by any means, but I simply don’t have the thousands of dollars kicking around necessary for this kind of set up.
Here’s what I do and what I’ve done for a measure of self protection: First, I lock the doors after I get home, especially in the winter when it’s dark by 4:00pm. My reasoning here is that if someone does try to get in they’ll have to make enough noise to alert me no matter where I am in the house. Hopefully that will give me enough time to get to a gun. I feel lucky that my wife is also a hunter and shooter and I know that if someone ever breaks in and gets the drop on me, and she gets to a gun undetected, the bad guy had better be square with whatever God he worships ‘cause he’s gonna meet him face to face real quick. Nothing is certain of course, but I figure the more shooters we have in the house the better chance we have of survival in a situation like that.
Second, we have dogs. My guys aren’t the most vicious around, but they’re big and when they bark it sounds intimidating. They’re a good warning system and in the next few years my wife and I are going to get a German Sheperd Dog. I’ve had a GSD in the past and for pure family protectiveness you can’t beat them. They’re intelligent, fearless, and intimidating and they are incredibly protective towards their families.
If someone breaks in this is the first thing I want them to see…
And about three tenths of a second later…
I’ve also got motion sensor lights outside the house that pop on and off when something walks in front of them. Of course in Maine in Fall they might switch on because of leaves whirling by in the breeze, but that’s ok because I can look out and see what the situation is when the lights come on.
Of course I can’t give away all of my personal home defense secrets, but I’d appreciate it if you shared some ideas with me. I like low tech, hi-tech, no-tech, and any and all suggestions or ideas that you might have for home defense. Lay them on me!
BTW: The Friday post has pictures of yours truly, so if you want to see what I look don’t forget to tune in. :-)