How Would You Handle These 4 Intruders?

Everyday, I scan the Internet looking for personal safety stories that I can learn from. After all, there’s so much going on in this world that we can always learn something from a natural disaster, mall shooting, or a home invasion, to name a few.

When thinking about home invasions some people probably believe it’s going to be a lone intruder or maybe two people at most. But recently, a woman in Alabama had to defend herself against four people trying to bust their way into her home.

What happened is that earlier in the day, the four people knocked on the woman’s door and asked to use her phone. The woman told the group no and refused to let them in.

This was obviously a smart move because it’s never a good idea to open the door to a stranger, especially when there are four of them. It’s also important to remember that a significant number of criminals case homes before they break into them. They’ll pretend to be a vacuum cleaner salesman or to work for a pest control company.

Again, don’t open the door to these guys and in a firm voice let them know you won’t open the door. The last thing you want to do is sound weak or scared because then the criminal will think you’re going to be an easy victim.

Apparently, the group of four wasn’t deterred from the woman refusing to open the door, because later that evening at around 9:30pm they went back to the house. But this time, instead of knocking on the door they began kicking the door down and eventually forced their way inside the house.

The woman was armed with a gun and opened fire as the four came into the house. The first criminal was shot several times and ended up dying at the scene. The other three home invaders fled on foot and were eventually caught.

Thankfully, the woman wasn’t injured and thank goodness she had a gun and was prepared to use it.

After reading this woman’s story, the important question we should all be asking ourselves is would we survive if four people kicked their way into our home?

On my nightstand is my home defense gun inside a rapid access gun safe made by Gunvault. The current home defense gun I’m using is a Sig Sauer P226. (picture below.) This gun can hold 15 rounds, plus one in the chamber for a total of 16 rounds. I’m confident that I can get the job done with 16 rounds but I have a spare magazine on my nightstand with an additional 15 rounds just to be safe.


You’ll notice on the picture above that I have a Viridian laser/light combination attached to my home defense gun. This allows me to have a light on my gun so I can see at night and also a laser to help insure I’m hitting my target.

Again, if four people bust through my door I’m confident with my current set up. Plus, my wife also has her Glock 19, which holds 15 rounds plus one in the chamber and she’s got a spare magazine too.

Most likely, since criminals aren’t too intelligent they’ll also come through the same door making it easier to defend yourself. But what if you were dealing with highly sophisticated criminals who all entered through different doors?

Well, you could secure yourself in a bedroom, call police, and only open fire if they kicked their way into the bedroom. However, if you’ve got kids or guests living in a basement then it may not be possible to quickly get everyone into the same room.

In this case, you’ll have to move and shoot and deal with each intruder as they present themselves. This is why if you have a gun for home defense, it’s critical to take firearms training where you practice moving and shooting and dealing with multiple threats.

Also, if your spouse has a gun too, each of you could take a different exit but you would obviously want to train together to make sure you don’t accidentally shoot each other.

The bottom line is, every home invasion is different and it may be one person or five people who are high on drugs and willing to do whatever it takes to get valuables from your home.

So, take a few minutes today and play the “what if” game. What if four people kicked their way inside your home at 9:30pm tonight? Would you become a victim or would you be able to defend yourself?

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Providence Ranch

Why put the gun in a safe? I carry on my person 24/7, except in the shower or in bed. Even then it’s only an arm’s reach away. The notion of locking up my primary self defense weapon didn’t make sense to me.

Cameras, good visibility around the home, and good lighting are important when dealing with intruders. Thank goodness the Alabamian had a gun in her home – otherwise she would be another statistic.


I to am armed at all times, When not on my person it is only an arms reach away. When i am showering is the time I am most vulnerable if I was to guess.


I have low light in every room of our home, especially lighting in the corners. Also, I know which parts of my floor and stairs squeak. Our “bump in the night” firearm (SIG P226) is within reach, wife’s firearm (P239) is also in reach and a few hidden firearms is different rooms. When the door bell rings at night, we never answer without a firearm.

dat bee tru

when it comes to answering my door (day or night) I simply never answer it. last fall a neighbor just stopped by and 3 weeks ago a local officer came knocking…..I didn’t answer either one.


I live in a great neighborhood and we all know each other and we watch out for each other. Neighbor across the street is 74 and still going to work each day. It’s not unusual for one neighbor to call and ask me to check-out a new parked car. There are several of us that know what we carry and what “tools” we have in the house. Good neighbors make good neighborhoods.

dat bee tru

I also live in a neighborhood as you described…..only difference is they don’t call. I don’t like people that just drop by – call first.

L.L. Smith

Life is very simple. If anyone breaks in simply shoot him (her). No big deal. Call the sheriff to come clean up the mess. Be sure you reloaded your gun. See the simplicity?


It is only my wife and I in our home. Everything I have in all rooms is insured and replaceable. I am also insured and not replaceable. I will not try to find out how good the BGs are with whatever weapons they have or have not brought with them. I lock and secure my bedroom door every night. I have my cell phone for 911, I have my garage door opener and remotes for car alarms and lights, I have my shotgun and handgun and I know exactly where I will wait until either they leave or LEOs arrive. It is my house and my knowledge of same and I do not need or want any lights or lasers informing anyone where I am. If they try to defeat that bedroom door and manage to do so in some fashion—they will never leave my bedroom the way they came in. My only concerns will be repair of the door jamb and replacement of carpet. There is no doubt whatsoever in my mind that I will have any second thoughts before or after any altercation.


I do pretty much the same with the exception I now have hardwood floors, and I am a remodeler so the door is an easy fix. i am always armed and are you kidding me my bedroom is my fortress.


I have an AK-47 Pistol with a 40 round magazine + 1 in the nose making 41 rounds next to my bed, also a Berretta 92 with extra magazines, I also leave a light on in one end of the house to light up the hallway and other doors.

Jason Donovan

When my brother first moved into his new place up in Los Angeles, he asked me to come take a look at the place and assess it from a security standpoint. As a consultant who works everyday with jails and detention centers and has to identify weak spots, it was a walk in the park. Sadly, what I didn’t know, is my brother was asking me to lie to him and sugar coat the truth because I ended up giving him an honest assessment and it apparently caused him weeks without much sleep. If you’d like to hear the assessment and consider it for your own home, do so at your own risk.

First, understand, there are 2 main categories of criminals who might break into homes in my mind the “Opportunist” and the “Devils”. Opportunists look for an easy target, easy money, a place with things they can turn a profit real fast. When they go into a place they take action based on what their opportunity is. If they see a woman who looks cute, they might rape them, if they think they have better chances to escape without detection if you’re dead they will shoot you. They act on impulse. What I consider Devils are the calculating evil bastards who take pleasure in torture and killing and whose only desire for breaking into a house is to kill you. They don’t care about anything but the thrill and everything will end ONLY with someone dead.

For the Opportunist, they look for easy access, front doors IF they feel that is the only way to get in without drawing major attention to themselves, windows or back doors if they can spot an easier way in without drawing attention. These are easier to handle because spot lights, cameras and even setting the alarm to trigger if the front door is opened while you are home but turning off the interior motion detectors is easy if you have them. Put sticks in the windows to prevent someone from sliding the window open and door contacts and glass breaks throughout the house so when you are home, your alarm is set except the motions then set them when you go to sleep…even if you forget, the glass breaks and contacts will trigger if someone breaks in and alert authorities. When alarm is blaring, the Opportunist will tend to flee rather than hang out for police or security.

When I gave my brother the opportunist’s mentality and what to be concerned for, I should have stopped there but he asked about the nut jobs so I gave him the full monty (so to speak). For the Devils, I explained that if I was a “devil” I’d not go through the front door, I’d come around back and slip in because I know your neighbors routine and know their lights go out and they are asleep by 11pm. I wouldn’t be bothered by the flood lights turning on due to motion and I’d make my way to your side of your house where I’d test to see if the doors or windows were unlocked still during a nice warm summer. Once I determine my point of entry, I’d walk around to the side of the house and cut the phone/cable line to sever your communication to anyone. I’d know that with normal alarm systems, the system would ping the central station periodically and if the line was cut, that it would start to alert the central station within minutes but that most companies wouldn’t even notice it for several minutes to hours before taking some action. Since my brother has a small child (infant) I now have the easiest way to separate the parents by walking into the child’s room and pinching them on the leg or arm. This will result in incessant crying and one parent will come to check on the infant since they likely won’t see anything wrong on the baby monitor. Pinch and hide till a parent comes into the room and subdue the parent with a nice taser blast. Set them into a chair or rocking chair nearby and continue to pinch and hide till the other parent comes in to check why the baby is still crying and to yell at the other for falling back asleep. Subdue that parent with another taser blast and bring them both to a room where you can restrain them and torture them and then go back in to reconnect the phone lines/cable lines and when the alarm goes off, simply hold the taser to the child for the code and if necessary to tell the people who call that all is clear. Even if they give the panic command, every one of them is dead and the devil can walk away relatively unnoticed since police will see your bodies and do a quick search of the grounds but not go looking for anyone with an active crime scene to process.

As a result of the severity of my assessment, my brother implemented several procedures for the family including, when someone goes to check on the baby, the other watches from the baby monitor with cell phone in hand. They switched their alarm companies and included a cell backup so if someone cuts the line, it will trigger and alert authorities. They have extended the alarm to also include motion detectors on the sides of the house and anything larger than a dog will trip the alarm. They removed the doors and clutter from the closet and room so no one can hide and everything is clearly visible when they go into the room. Before heading into the room, my brother grabs his phone and rewinds 30 sec to see what caused the crying because they installed a camera in the baby’s room and have it connected to their DVR accessible from their phone. So far, with the cameras and the procedures they have in place, they have identified 2 suspicious vehicles with guys casing the house. One time was especially fun because they made the mistake of casing the house while I was there and I snuck around the side and snuck up on them as they sat in their car and opened their door and made it quite clear they weren’t welcome there. I won’t admit to anything I did, but we have not seen them back since. Thankfully, my brother hasn’t had any issues since and it’s been over 6 years. I hope that for his due diligence, his family stays safe but at the slight chance something does happen, I’ve run him through drills with his weapons and he’s also taken several classes above and beyond what I taught him and he is prepared for anything. I did recommend he keep a weapon in the other part of his home since he is often in his living room and his bedroom is a long ways away if someone does break in. Apparently he abided by that idea too and has a hidden compartment in the living room.

Honestly, I hope my assessment doesn’t panic anyone as to my mindset…I swear I am not some lunatic, I just have to stop them from hurting innocent people and as such had to start thinking like them to see how they decide where to go and what to do or who to target.


One problem with your little scenario is that once a person is no longer being tazed he/she regains full use of his/her body. Unlike the movies, you don’t lay there not moving. As soon as the electrical shock is stopped, you are fighting again. So the family member sitting in the chair is fully able to shout out a warning and/or fight. Even while be tazed, people yell and scream. What makes people cooperate is the person doesn’t want to be tazed again. A tazer isn’t like a Star Trek Phaser.

Before you ask, yes I have been involved in multiple tazings.

james lagnese

A FA 12 gauge with a 30 round drum might make an interesting defense weapon in this scenario.


in a nice neighborhood even though we have some government subsidized housing
throughout which brings less than desirables hanging out on street corners
doing what they do best, nothing or selling drugs. The police and I are on a
first name basis and call them all the time to them know when the corner
parties are going on. Seems they didn’t get their invite and they like going
and hanging out with them so they don’t miss out on any of the fun. The parties
usually don’t last long after that. That
said I have more security than Fort Knox, My wife and I used to breed shepherds
so we have (5) German Shepherds, an alarm system, and an eight camera CCTV
system which I can monitor both form anywhere on my phone and if that isn’t
enough of a deterrent, I always carry, and I have enough fire power at arm’s
length to stop a small army. My wife and son are both well trained with
all of the weapons in our household and we make weekly trips to Quick Shot
Indoor range. I might as well throw in the fact that my son of seven-teen six
foot four, 192 pounds is a black belt in martial arts and his discipline include
weapons, pressure points, and close quarter combat, and his situational
awareness is always spot-on. He started taking classes when he was four and I have
seen him stand his ground and take a person down before they knew what happened.
Our son is the most polite well-mannered, and kind hearted young man that any
parents would be proud of, can you tell I am a proud Daddy?


Shoot, shovel, and shut up….


my friend has a sigh posted near his barn: I own firearms and a backhoe!


A smart thing to do as well is to harden your doors. You can get door reinforcements at any big hardware store. It reinforces the hinges and strike plates with metal strips and 3 1/2 steel screws that bite into the framing two by fours. It makes for a solid door. Without that intruders can kick a door in with one kick and BAM…they’re in your house and running for you. Hardening your door can slow them down considerably.

Sir TuberKopf

Excellent thought, I have done this to my doors Reinforcing kits intended for repairing kicked in doors can be installed on un damaged doors and dramatically improve security. I also like the “door club”

I’ve also installed 8 mil security film on windows, and especially sliding doors. It will so slow a home invasion that you will have plenty of time to arm yourself and take up ambush points tha provide best cover, if the bad guys are still interested in continuing an ill planed attack.

Sir TuberKopf

I have a friend who drove off a gang of six, trying to break into his home, he was only 14 at the time.

He had a magazine fed 410 shotgun his dad gave him when he turned 12. He actually never had to fire a shot, since he’d have had to shoot them in the ass as they ran like the wind! He caught them totally off guard in a perfect ambush.

For home defense, last I saw, his weapon of choice was a “Ruger Mini 14” with a 50 round magazine. He moved out of the North East because of gun regulations. The state he lives in now, I’d be surprised if his home defense weapon of choice wasn’t full auto!

Buck Wheat

Most of you guys will die of a heart attack, rather than a criminal attack. So arm yourselves and learn how to shoot…..but also get off your collective fat asses and get some muscle.


Good point, I’m trying. When I walk on my treadmill, I practiced drawing my firearm (it’s empty), flipping off the safety, while trying to keep it steady. This can be especially difficult when out of breath.


I keep my 3-A vest strapped up loosely and within reach.. I can slide it on over my head just as fast as I can grab my Sig Sauer P250. Also, a strobing tactical light is a very good attachment to have. It is very blinding, confusing and difficult to make out a target when your being flashed..

I’m not paranoid,