If a stranger knocks on your door or rings your bell, answer by opening a window (2nd Floor) to hold a dialogue, one that doesn't allow easy access into your house, and always with a phone in hand/gun on waist.
Evaluate your home and come up with a game plan for your family to address situations, and whenever there's doubt call 911 and let LE check it out, be safe NOT sorry.
I also live out where a 911 call takes 20 minutes. All my people know to call first, so if there is a knock on the front door I can pretty well figure it's no one I know or really want to talk to.
Added to that, I have a glass lattice-work (small pane-like) on the top half of the front door and big glass windows on each side (top half only). So I can see anyone standing at the door or either side real well (9 ft wide hall).
It's my feeling that with my gun strapped on and in plain sight - standing a few feet back from the door talking through the door is sufficient. When I find out what's up, then I approach closer and 'talk'.
This home invasion thing has taken off in the US - monkey see, monkey do.
I take no chances - oh yes, if I hear glass breaking, it's fair game.
We live on an acre and a half out in the sticks. Property is fully fenced. First line of defense is a 160 lb black Lab. Second up is a 135 lb collie/shepard mix, and batting clean up is a 15 lb mutt (the loudest of them all).
If you open the gate, or jump the fence you better hope to God that either, or both of the big dogs know you. It's just over 200' from the gate to my front door. If you make it that far...............................
Little dog stays inside and will not stop barking until picked up. Works very well.
LOL... Most people like that set up.
I pitty the poor SOB that trys my house at night, he better be wareing a lot of body armor, but I got something for that to
We never open the door at night. We ask who it is through the door and look out the window and I always have the gun in my hand when I go near the door at night and someone is at it. Unless you know who it is don't open the door and even if your expecting someone or take out don't open the door will you have ID who is on the other side.
THEY MAY TAKE OUR LIVES BUT THEY'LL NEVER TAKE OUR FREEDOM!!!!!