How to survive a home invasion
Home invasion is a gruesome topic all the way around. In this day and age of lawlessness, we see more personal attacks; murder is up hundreds of percents in most big cities and more looting than we have ever seen before. The nation appears to be on the edge of something horrible, and yet US citizens are caught in the crossfire of this horrible political world of racism. And I mean racism in the way that the politics are turning one race against another and demonizing our landscape.
We need to educate ourselves about the various ways violence can come into our lives. Home invasion is undoubtedly one of those where people are hurting for cash flow, and they resort to burglaries that ultimately become violent in several ways. Therefore, some kind of home defense is essential to understand, plan for, and equip yourself to defend your loved ones. Many past statistics before this age of demonization don’t map to today’s activity.
For example, in 65% of the home invasions that took place, the homeowners who were home knew the people that attack them. That means they must be neighbors or friends or acquaintances in some fashion. And out of all of those home invasions, 3% resulted in rape, and well over 60% resulted in some physical attack on the people in the home.
You can do a lot of things to prepare yourself or, in this case, even defend yourself from a home invasion. Home Defense can come in many different facets, for example, getting a firearm, strategically placing throughout your house, everything within five feet of your grasp, and alarms. This particular article is going to cover a myriad of approaches to and self defense strategies.
Let’s talk about the 800-pound gorilla in the room. That particular gorilla is all about firearms. I am Master Peter Brusso and have been in the martial arts for over 61 years now, and have also fought in combat, so I’m relatively familiar with firearms and edged weapons. I’m incredibly familiar with close-quarter combat and the ability to discourage people from hurting my loved ones or me or even having to take a life.
One of the things to seriously consider when thinking about a firearm for your self defense is the ammunition you will be using, plus the caliber of weapon you will be using. I like a Glock 40 caliber with various types of rounds mixed in the clip. In many states mixing your rounds are not allowed and, in some cases, even illegal. So, you need to check your state laws about mixing your rounds. And what I mean by mixing your rounds is you may have one around the first round out, being that of a flechette or a hollow point. Hollow points are good because they can go through body armor, and one day I was talking to a sheriff about this exact topic, and he mentioned that “why would you want to make sure rounds go against body armor?” I said the bad guys that come to visit you in a home invasion wear body armor as well as law enforcement. I am not suggesting this be used against law enforcement by any means because they are like my brothers in arms. One of my family members is a law
enforcement person, and I have taught many Law Enforcement Officers all about known as the
Back on the topic of firearms, you can also have shotguns that can shoot slugs or other types of rounds to include exotic ammo. Examples of some of this exotic ammo is known as “dragon’s breath“. I’ve also seen rounds for handguns and shotguns that fire a flat disk that does not necessarily go through the walls. A bit of research in the type of round you might want to use regarding if you shoot a shotgun and miss the target would be called for. If it hits a wall, it doesn’t go through the wall and hit a loved one. Or, for that matter, go through the wall into another apartment and wound or seriously injure another individual. Suffice it to say that having a mixed approach to your home self defense and anti-home invasion defense strategy should consist of the layers you feel confident utilizing in your self defense. For example, if you do have one of your layers of self defense to use a firearm, you need to seriously train with that and approach it in a way that might not hurt others. What I mean by others are people that you don’t intend to damage.
Another Part of Your strategy might be a bladed weapon. There are many different choices in bladed weapons; however, particular blade designs can cause more damage than others, such as having a bladed weapon that is more designed for a camping purpose than a human damaging specialty weapon. A company called top knives carries one of the most damaging blades I have seen in my entire life, which is called the Bite Back. As some of you who know me realize that I teach knife fighting, and as part of that series, I discuss the type of knives that you would want more design for human damage rather than a utility knife.
It’s little known that the essential aspect of a fighting knife is the handle. If you cannot hold on to it when it’s wet, bloody, or otherwise, the knife is useless to you. So you must pay attention to the type of handle that your intended best self defense knife consists although you can modify blades nicely with friction tape or other ways of adapting a standard handle to become more of a fighting knife. I have an entire knife fighting video series over on Brussoshop.com. So the short of a good knife fighting blade is a blade that consists of a tanto tip for low impact into the body, a Talon shape for working around cylindrical body parts like arms and legs, and also carries a serration pattern on the blade. I know this will sound gruesome, but if you stab someone in the chest between the ribs, you can get your blade stuck between two ribs and can’t extract the weapon for more self defense use.
Some of the other layers of an anti-home invasion strategy would be chemical weapons such as pepper spray or pepper gel. I prefer the gel version as it doesn’t get disturbed when used when it’s windy or raining. You have to consider that you may have to use a chemical approach to deter somebody from coming through your front door. Or, for that matter, any entry area of your home. One easy thing to use, and it’s very inexpensive, is a can of wasp spray. Wasp spray goes out at least 14 ft in a stream that you can direct very quickly. Children can be taught to use it and hit the intended attacker in the eyes or on the body to vaporize a bit. You can stop almost anything with this type of chemical approach. You can purchase cans of wasp spray and have them handy throughout your home, so understanding that you need to have a weapon within 5 feet of you no matter where you are in your house. There are other homemade chemical deterrent approaches that you can also use. For example, a baggie that is filled with three different types of substances. This is an old technology from the ninjas of Japan. I am also rank and title in ninjutsu, so I learned all about blinding powder early on in my career.
The three agents you are looking to combine are as follows; a physical I scratching irritant like sugar or salt, a quick-term burning agent like pepper, and the last one being a long-term, oil-based burning substance like red pepper flakes. How it works is you take a handful of this mixture and throw it into their face, and it hits their eyes. Usually, their eyes are open, and this cakes directly onto their eyeball, and they blink. The blinking then takes the salt or sugar, cubistic in nature, and scratches their cornea. Once the cornea is scratched, a quick-term burning agent of pepper gets into the cornea scratch, and as they continue to blink, the oil-based red pepper flakes then take over and burn for hours. It takes their sight away and, in many cases, redirects their mental attention to something other than a home invasion. It will take weeks for them to recover from the cornea scratch and burning agents, but in the big picture of life, you have stopped their nonsense of home invasion without taking their lives.
Another cool thing if you make this stuff correctly is using it on your scrambled eggs as a spice. There are many different ways of carrying this type of mixture, for example, hollowed-out eggs which is how’s the ninjas carried it, and most currently you can put it into plastic Easter eggs that break apart. When I teach this course, I give my students 20 minutes in a grocery store to come up with the ingredients and package them back to show the class. So, in short between pepper gel and wasp spray plus the old-time ninja blinding powder approach, this is a good layer of strategy for your anti-home invasion.
These are small plastic tools that work well in your self defense and are non-lethal plus legal to carry. Many of the models have a large digit capture hole that you can use with a push pin to place them high on the walls near your entry or exit doors, so you have one handy at all times. They are inexpensive, so that you can buy multiple versions of them over at PDWS.Biz and hang one in various room areas of your house and places where you spend most of your time in that area and need a self defense weapon. The also come with convenient lanyards and other ways of carrying your self defense weapon on you in your purse and even in your car. One of the great features of is that most bad guys don’t know what they are. Unlike a knife or a gun that a home invasion person knows how to use, if they run into a self defense weapon either used on them or the wall or near a door, they don’t know what they are. This is a great advantage that few other exhibit. In addition to the significant advantages of the known as The Defenders, is it takes about 20 minutes to learn it, and off you go. This is unlike knives or guns, where you have to practice and understand the mechanisms; in contrast, self defense weapons are simple, easy to learn, and quick to work on the attended attacker.
In summary, you see that your home self defense and anti-home invasion strategy are multiple-layered. It isn’t just one thing, but rather it’s several things. Realizing it’s good to reach out and touch the attackers with some distance, like using wasp spray or a firearm, and as they close the distance to hurt you, new can come into play. There is no doubt that a person who is unwanted in your home isn’t most likely thinking about your well-being. They are thinking about stealing or hurting you or even worse. Therefore long-distance weapons need to be part of your anti-home invasion mix, as well as medium-range weapons such as wasp spray or blinding powder. Then as the distance closes to something more personal, you now have knives and self defense weapons as your primary tool to discourage them from their intent to hurt you and or rob you. Now on the robbery note, realize that’s just stuff, and your personal can replace stuff. On the other hand, your life cannot be replaced. Hence, as the distance closes, you want to think of something more violent that can stop them dead in their tracks, such as a self defense weapon which again can be found over at PDWs.biz; also, there is online training for the self defense weapon, which makes it highly convenient, and they are pretty affordable to have part of your anti home invasion strategy multiple layered mix. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me, Peter Brusso, from my website PDWS.Biz. God forbid you should have to use any of this technology, but if you do, you’re going to be glad you learned it and had planned your strategy out. We will have more articles on anti-home invasion shortly. If you like the information here and find it valuable, sign up over on my YouTube channel; I usually put this information in video form.