posted on Jan, 25 2013 @ 05:11 PM
OP, glad to hear your neighbor doesn't seem to have been seriously injured. This is a terrible thing for someone to go through, and the
psychological impact alone can be immense. But at least she's alive to deal with that.
There have been some excellent home security ideas posted by many in this thread. I just want to stress that, with any security, it's useful to
think in terms of layered defense. For example, a logical plan might include the following progressive layers:
1. Taking logical steps to avoid home invasion in the first place
This could include things like having an alarm system with notices of the alarm posted outside and/or having a big noisy dog. (Or a tiger. I like
the tiger idea someone had, even if only for humor value.) This also includes acting logically to prevent home invasion, for example not opening the
door to strangers and being sure you know who is at the door before you open it.
2. Trying to deter a home invasion if someone tries to force their way in despite #1.
For example, it can be useful for an alarm system to make lots of noise (if you have neighbors nearby) and to notify the alarm company or authorities
when set off. Help won't arrive for awhile, but a loud alarm may scare someone off. Also, notifications to authorities will probably require a
telephone line. In this case, it sounds like the intruders might have disabled the land line, making it difficult to call 911 for help or for an
alarm system to notify someone remotely. Something simple like having a cell phone on you can be invaluable.
3. Having one or more weapons available if #1 and #2 above failed to prevent the home invasion
Things can escalate to immediate danger very quickly. The police are unlikely to be there in time if you blow steps #1 or #2 above or someone forces
their way in anyway. As others noted, you need to apply this step logically. If a typical little old lady opens the door with a gun (or other
weapon) and there are two big guys right in front of her, they may get control of the weapon. If someone breaks out a patio door and comes in and she
is hiding across the room with a gun, she's a lot more likely to be able to use the weapon. Don't underestimate how quickly an attacker can close
distance. They generally make police officers watch the video "Surviving Edged Weapons," which proves that a determined attacker with a knife can
consistently cross 21 feet and kill a trained police officer before the officer can draw, aim, and fire.
4. If #1-3 all fail, it's a wise idea to be able to take care of yourself without a weapon or with anything at hand that could be used as a
If a home invader is suddenly inside your home with no time for you to get a weapon or call police, you're on your own with nothing but your wits,
your body, and anything around you that you can use in the situation. Martial arts training is useful here, but don't ignore anything in the
environment that could give you an edge. One friend of mine hid just inside an inner room door and grabbed the nearest club-like object in the room.
When the home invader came through the doorway, my friend hit him as hard as he could. The invader managed to get up and run away, but my friend was
safe and he called police. In some cases, such as a little old lady who may not have the ability to fight off two younger attackers, just hiding
really well might be a good strategy, especially if they don't know she is inside.
Hope this helps someone...