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Here are some things that I think would be important to do.
Create and practice a defensive plan for coping with intruders, both on your property and at your door. The plan might go something like this:
1. Let the intruders know several people are home and armed. Most will leave immediately if they are discovered.
2. At night, at the first sign of trouble, shut off all lights in the house, and have all vulnerable persons go to a safe room near an exit, guarded by someone with a gun.
3. Donít put yourself in the line of fire unnecessarily. If your house is nearly impervious, donít expose yourself by shooting out a window. The only exception to this I can think of is if you observe someone carrying a container.
4. If there is an attempt to force entry, secure that door as well as possible, and place many obstacles in front of it. Also, have people check other entrances, as this may be a ruse to divert your attention.
5. Dump a shit slurry or pepper oil on them from a window above the door. By law, you canít try to kill them until they are inside your house, -but you can harass the hell out of them.
6. Have pre-established interior secure firing positions covering each possible entrance.
7. Shoot them as they enter and try to climb over the obstacles. Hopefully, you have set your doors up to allow only one person at a time to get through.
8. The first intruder in normally opens the other exterior door for others to enter. Donít let this happen.
9. Siccing a dog, cat, or pet rabbit on the intruders is a good way to determine if they have a loaded gun.
10. Donít escape out another exterior door until you know itís safe. Assume all entrances are covered.
11. If captured, rush the intruders before being tied up. You might die, but you also might save your familyís lives.
If the intruders have entered, donít wander through the house searching for them if you canít do it silently and invisibly. Instead, wait for them to come to you, and always have an exit plan after shooting. Then rinse and repeat.
It would probably have to be a fighting retreat, because they probably have all entrances covered, in case someone is kind enough to open the door for them.
"If they have captured a loved one, I would recommend surrender or sacrifice."
With all the stuff you have in your house as a prepper, it might be that they want to live there for a while , -with the hostage, to keep you from getting any nasty ideas about taking the house back forcibly. In that case, if the hostage is a female, -they did only guarantee that she'd be set free alive when they're far away. I don't think it'd be so easy for me to "just" surrender or sacrifice. I would have to do some heavy soul-searching before I got to that point.
Yeah, they're all unpleasant options.
"The best battles are the ones you never have to fight."
OK, here's my ultimate fantasy deterrent. And NO, I have never actually DONE this LOL so don't call me out.
I imagine a closed circuit cam system which does cover all vulnerable angles... with it's own power backup source.
Long before things went south so very badly that hoodlums and looter thugs were now attacking my acreage, I would have identified (or created) obvious spots out in the surrounding perimeter which an aggressor would use for cover. A tree. The side of a barn. A big rock. Anything an aggressor would stand behind to return fire.
I would run PVC pipe with electrical cable about a foot underground to each location, with explosives/ball bearings at the end site.
In the house someone would man the monitor and the "Foley board"... basically a rack of buttons marked in tandem with the identified spots in the perimeter.
An aggressor runs to cover to avoid fire, and has gone right where you have prepared for him. Boom.
One RED button as a "broken arrow"... blows one every ten square feet to stop an attacking horde. I sunk your battleship!
No, it's not real practical... just having fun with it.
I live in a single story home. I will board the front windows and use one of the tables to block the front door. I will drill some holes big enough to peep through so I can keep my situational awareness. I do like the idea of setting up boards with some nails inside the perimeter of the yard. I have sensor lights around the back and sides of the house but I might take those down if SHTF goes on for an extended while. We will all be armed.
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How is someone going to get in if the bottom half of the window is covered, and you have a nail board attached to the top of that plywood with nails nails sticking straight up? If you're worried about rocks or Molotov cocktails, just cover the outside top half with secure cage wire. That way, you can see outside better, get better ventilation, and the mesh will allow for a gun barrel to fit through. Since it's all on the outside, you can also use your window and its screen. I'm trying to understand this, so if you see a problem with what I'm proposing, please explain it to me.
I assume that you're going to screw the table inside the front door to entirely block it off. May I suggest that you use a thick piece of plywood on the outside that would allow 1 person at a time to squeeze through, with the opening on the hinge side. If you use strong screws on the hinges, no one will be able to force that door open because they can't kick at the lock. This will allow you to only be able to open the door from the inside if you need it. I would attach the plywood using real metal screws, (not deck screws, which shear under pressure), and fender washers, -so no one can pry the boards off. If there's no electricity, you're also going to need a manual drill/screwdriver combination.
I can see that if the door has a hollow or weak core, you would need to cover the whole door to protect it. If you can, go with 1" pressure-treated plywood instead of the table; you might really need that table. A lot of apartment dwellers don't have any place to store the plywood you would need though.