Home Invasions & Criminal Attacks: Why the Police Can’t Save You
by Rob Richardson, Off Grid Survival
When it comes to defending your home, nobody can do a better job at 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 so safe and secure when committing their crimes. They know that the chances of being stopped by the average citizen are pretty low, and the chances of law enforcement arriving before they finish their crime are even lower.
According to the FBI, over 1.5 million homes are burglarized each and every year. When it comes to crime, it’s 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, and 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, who doesn’t know 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 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.
Law enforcement cannot stop Home Invasions
Home invasions and burglaries really are among a criminal’s favorite crimes. It’s a crime that lawbreakers really love, because they know that they’ll be long gone before law enforcement ever has a chance of reaching them.
You cannot put your safety in the hands of law enforcement.
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 your 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 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 obligation to protect you. In fact, back in 2005 the Supreme Court ruled that the police do not have a constitutional duty to protect a person from harm. This Supreme Court opinion strengthened an earlier ruling, Warren v. District of Columbia, where the District of Columbia Appeals Court ruled that police do not have to provide services to citizens.
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.
You are the only person who can protect what’s yours!
To truly be able to protect yourself, your family, and your home, you must 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
In my new book, The Ultimate Situational Survival Guide: Self-Reliance Strategies for a Dangerous World, I dedicate an entire section specifically to the surviving things like violent attacks, active shooter situations, and home invasions. I do this because, in my opinion, they are among the most likely threats a person will face in their lifetime.
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 fired a firearm, or 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 in 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 of potential intruders, to internal security features like strengthening doorways, windows and any 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 backdoor or escape hatch if things go really bad.