This bizarre incident happened recently in Michigan.
One of the charms of rural living in old-fashioned America was the sense of peaceful good neighborliness that made people comfortable leaving their doors unlocked at night. That has been over for a while.
“It won’t happen to me because I live in a nice place” is not a strong defense. That thinking comes under “hope is not a strategy.” Criminals with functional IQs realize the nicest homes have the nicest stuff to steal. And criminals realize that in the sparsely populated hinterlands, there are fewer witnesses and the thin blue line of police is stretched particularly thin.
One of the most useful, info-packed weapons and tactics forums to be found is www.pistol-forum.com. A while back, my friend and colleague Tom Givens started a discussion thread on this topic that resulted in lots of good advice, and some harrowing stories from investigating cops. You can find it here
Installing and using solid locks with solid doors in solid frames is not enough. It’s important for everyone in the household to know not to open that door for anyone they don’t know or can’t positively identify as someone with good intentions. Intercoms and closed circuit TV are much more affordable now. Those of you reading this are probably into defensive awareness enough that I don’t have to remind you of that. But is there someone in your household who thinks bad guys only inhabit TV and no one would ever want to hurt them? That’s the person you are most likely to save by installing that hardware.
A while back, I addressed this with host Tom Gresham on his Personal Defense TV show. It can be found here. We recorded it at Gunsite with ace instructor Corey Trapp, who did a great intruder impersonation.
Your thoughts and experiences are invited, as always.