[How-To] Successfully Survive a Home Invasion
[How-To] Successfully Survive a Home Invasion
Home invaders and violent crime is going through the roof in the United States! Home invasion is a very dangerous situation and exceeds one’s thoughts of just a simple assault. People are actually building safe rooms, “safe place” inside their homes to foil these rising crime rates. Single-family homes are seeing a huge surge in home burglaries, sexual assault, and aggravated assault, especially to senior citizens. Here in this blog post I am giving a broad brush on anti-home invasion topics so you won’t be a victim of a home invasion. FBI uniform crime report, the
bureau of justice statistics, and other uniform crime reports are showing the home break-in plus damage to personal property skyrocketing! You would think if you lived in rural areas that, you would have some peace of mind, but it’s just not true. A recent study indicated the most common form of violence was with home invasion robbers, which showed a good chance of evolving the entire family!
Home invasion survival isn’t an accident it’s a strategy, and this is backed up by the federal bureau of investigation reports. Living in a great neighborhood, knowing your neighborhood residents, and having good security of your residence goes a long way to foil a home invasion.
Security measures coupled with other security features, especially those connected to law enforcement agencies, are the best options to help combat home invasion. Another thing to help combat home invasion robbery is to be prepared to defend yourself, and this blog shows you some of the basic needs plus personal items that are important.
With most home invasions, there is also some form of gun violence, so getting spun up on firearms is a good idea. The national crime victimization survey answers show that the general public thinks that home invasion happens a night! However, it isn’t restricted to the night but rather any time of the day! And the good news is that we can prepare our occupied residence to fend off home invasions. Now, let’s get into the meat of the matter…
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 percent 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 must educate ourselves about how 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, the homeowners who were home knew the people that attacked 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 self-defense weapons throughout your house, everything within five feet of your grasp, and alarms. This particular article is going to cover a myriad of approaches to self-defense weapons 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 I have been in the martial arts for over 63 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 is 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, “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 self-defense weapons known as the
Regarding firearms, you can also have shotguns that can shoot slugs or other types of rounds, including exotic ammo. Examples of some of this exotic ammo are 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 into 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. Some of you who know me realize that I teach knife fighting, and as part of that series, I discuss the type of knives you would want more designed 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.
More on chemical weapons
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 understand 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 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 eye-scratching irritant like sugar or salt, a quick-term burning agent like black 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 often 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 are how 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, this is a good layer of strategy for your anti-home invasion between pepper gel and wasp spray plus the old-time ninja blinding powder approach.
As many of you know, my name is Peter Brusso, and you can Google that to see all the websites and instructions I give but suffice it to say that I invented what we now call The Defenders.
These small plastic tools work well in your self-defense and are non-lethal and 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 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 self-defense weapons also come with convenient lanyards and other ways to carry your self-defense weapon in your purse and even in your car. One of the great features of self-defense weapons 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 on them, the wall, or near a door, they don’t know what they are. This is a great advantage that few other self-defense weapons exhibit. In addition to the significant advantages of the self-defense weapons known as The Defenders 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.
The Extraordinary Defenders
A very aggressive Defender model is best as you must quickly cause many bodily injuries. This quick “injury” strategy is best and will result in the home invasion criminals changing their minds about you and your home. The Extraordinary models that would be best for your home protection are:
1) An Eckmeier
3) Dragon Edge
These models are super aggressive and, with the proper training, are incredibly effective, Just like the shampoo directions: lather, rinse and repeat. Once you start your attack on the carjacker, don’t stop until you get the desired result. These models can be found at: https://pdws.biz/index.php/extraordinary-defenders/
Easy carry options
We have four easy carry options for the Defender.
1) A standard breakaway lanyard. Our standard lanyard is made up of a small twisted cord that is connected on
either side of a “breakaway” snap. The snap is connected between the two twisted cords. One cord goes to the Defender and the other cord to a
“spring hook” that hooks onto the belt loop of your pants or the like. A quick pull on the Defender, and it is in your hand, ready to use. When
you are finished with your Defender, just put the snap back together. The snap is rated for 1000 snaps, so that, hopefully, is a lifetime of self-protection.
2) A robust clip kydex holster. We have a kydex holster with two half “sphere” indentations that capture the Defenders by the “digit capture
hole” in most of our tools. We then placed a robust clip that will put this holster on your pants, outside your pockets, or the like. A quick pull on
the Defender and the holster “releases” your Defender into your hand. You can place this rig on a purse, outside clothing, backpack, or even web gear
for the military.
3) An adjustable cord neck kydex holster. Now, this is a fantastic option. It has one of the kydex holsters with the sphere capturing system, and we thread 550 cord into the holster. The 550 cord has “slip knots” that slide in one direction but don’t slide very well in the other. So, you can adjust the
holster to be up close to the top of your chest or down low. It can even work as an underarm side holster too.
4) A solo kydex holster you can adapt to your personal gear. This is our bare kydex holster with the sphere capture system that you can attach anywhere you like. The attachment method is of your making, so this adds a bunch of flexibility to how you want to carry your Defender.
Handcuff keys are essential equipment for law enforcement and security personnel. There are a few things you should know about them before using them.
First, handcuff keys come in a variety of sizes and shapes, but there is a universal version on Amazon.com click here to view. Make sure to put these keys around your house where you might need them in a home invasion scenario. In addition, if the bad guys use wire ties as handcuffs, then you need something sharp to cut them or the like. If you find yourself in a situation where you need to get out of flexicuffs, there are a few things you can do. With a little bit of ingenuity and some basic supplies, you can escape from flexicuffs in no time.
The first thing you need to do is find something that you can use to pick the lock on the handcuffs. A bobby pin or a paper clip will work perfectly. You can use a hairpin or a small nail file if you don’t have either of those items. Once you have your makeshift lock pick, insert it into the keyhole on the handcuff and apply pressure. You should feel the handcuff click open. You can find videos on this topic on YouTube.
If you find yourself with wire tie handcuffs, there are things you can do for that too. If you find yourself in a situation where you are handcuffed with wire ties, there are a few things you can do to escape. With a little patience and some maneuvering, you should be able to get out of the handcuffs. Here’s what you need to do:
1. Look for a sharp edge: You’ll need to find something sharp that you can use to cut through the plastic ties. If necessary, this could be a piece of metal, a knife, or even your teeth. Also, toenail clippers work well with the link below.
2. Apply pressure: Once you have found a sharp edge, apply pressure to the tie in order to cut through it. It may take some time and effort, but eventually, you should be able to cut through the tie.
If you find yourself in a situation where you are handcuffed with wire ties, there are a few ways to escape. With a little patience and some time, you can get out of these handcuffs on your own. To start, try to loosen the wire ties by wiggling your wrists. If the ties are too tight, you may need to use something sharp to cut through them. Be careful not to cut yourself in the process. Once the wire ties are loose, you should be able to slip your hands out of them. Remember to stay calm and be patient; you will eventually get free.
A toenail clipper works very well, so get those spread out around the house too. You can also add hidden weapons, hidden cell phones, and grab-and-go bags, which you would put in strategic places around the house where you might need them once you get free!
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. Realize 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 self-defense weapons 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, and 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 stuff 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 on my YouTube channel; I usually put this information in video form.