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Home Owner Uses Truck to Stop Burglars

This home owner had every right to be mad at these burglars, but let’s think about the wisdom in what he did to stop them. Do you think about the real costs of your actions?

 

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News stories on the burglars and the home owner: https://get-asp.com/qb3x and https://get-asp.com/qfkv (Google Translate required on the second one)

 

What does this video teach us about defending ourselves against burglars?

 

  1. One of the five pillars of lawful, moral self-defense is “imminence,” (get a nutshell here: http://get-asp.com/wbbp or the whole concept here: http://get-asp.com/1fqe ). Imminence means the physical threat to you and your loved ones is happening RIGHT NOW, that it’s neither too late nor too early for you to defend yourself! The standard of imminence is seen as a triad of ability, opportunity, and jeopardy (also known as the AOJ triad, which is explained here: http://get-asp.com/pm3k in some detail).

 

  1. The “fleeing felon rule” generally applies to Law Enforcement Officers in the performance of their duties, and since 1985’s Tennessee vs. Garner decision the ability to use deadly force to apprehend a fleeing felon by LEO has been limited to cases where the officer has probable cause to believe that the fleeing felon is a continuing threat of serious physical harm to the officer or the public. However, how that law applies to non-LEO varies state by state. Make sure to know your local laws so that you know the limitations of shooting a fleeing felon or hitting one with your car, especially if you’re not a police officer.

 

  1. Our defensive strategy is always dictated by our mission. It’s worth remembering that the mission of military members (to overwhelm the enemy with force and drive them from the battlefield) is different than the mission of law enforcement officers (to protect and serve the public interest by subduing and arresting those suspected of crime) is different than the mission of armed private citizens (to protect their loved ones from harm by breaking contact effectively with violent criminals). Those varied missions will dictate what skills are needed and what tactics are employed! Our goals as self-defenders are not to enact justice or to punish evildoers, but to protect those we love.

 

  1. In a deadly force encounter, decisions of life and death will be made in the blink of an eye. On the range and in class we have time to consider and to think and to reset and to make multiple attempts, but when the balloon goes up in real life you’ve got fractions of seconds to decide what the best course of action is to protect yourself. The way to be better at decision making in the heat of the moment is training, specifically scenario training and force-on-force training that is designed to work on decision-making skills under stress. It’s offered all over the country, so get training! You don’t want the first time you’ve thought of your response to a fleeing felony burglar to be when you encounter one!

 

  1. We must each decide what is worth protecting. Life is always worth protecting because it is of inestimable worth; as unique bearers of the image of God, people are the most valuable “thing” imaginable. Property is something else, though. With property we always have to balance the benefit against the risk to ourselves and our families. Even where it’s legally allowed, you should consider whether it’s wise or prudent to defend your property, because doing so puts you at risk and not just the bad guy.

 

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Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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Three Armed Home Invaders Try to Ambush Homeowner

This homeowner (correction to narration: the homeowner was male) foiled their ambush in the best way, in my opinion. How would you have handled it?

 

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News story on the home invasion attempt; four suspects have been arrested: https://get-asp.com/lakv

 

What does this video teach us about defending ourselves against a home invasion?

 

  1. Never ignore your “creep alarm,” that uneasy, queasy feeling that something isn’t right. Your creep alarm is usually your subconscious’ way of telling you that something IS wrong, and you need to take action to make yourself safer.

 

  1. Perhaps the biggest benefit of situational awareness is that it buys you time and space to respond to a threat, and time and space buy you options when considering how to protect yourself and your loved ones from a threat. Time and space give you the chance to escape and evade, or time and space to get your force multiplier in the fight, and time and space to better your defensive position and give you a better chance to be victorious. Here the homeowner was aware of his surroundings and didn’t get so distracted by the bait girl that he didn’t see the home invaders coming. Very good awareness!

 

  1. Transitional spaces are places where we MUST be more careful of potential attack. A transitional space is any location that (1) allows attackers to prey on potential victims with an element of surprise and (2) provides ready escape for the attackers. Your front door can be a transitional space because it’s a common entry- and exit-point that home invaders can use to surprise you. This video shows that nicely.

 

  1. Since criminals are looking for victims and not fights, they tend to look for vulnerable people to target. Think about a pride of lions chasing wildebeest in Africa and you get the picture. They target the elderly, the young, and the sick for easier attack and greater success. Likewise, criminals pick victims who they think will not effectively resist them, or that the criminal can quickly overwhelm. This includes the elderly, the young (kids and early teens), the sick, and the distracted. Men (the overwhelming majority of attackers) also target women because women tend to be physically weaker than men. If you’re in a vulnerable population take extra precaution and train!

 

  1. It’s not all that uncommon in mugging attacks for a mugger to use a woman as “bait” to lure a man into a trap. Often that will take the form of a woman (often times young and pretty) asking the intended victim for help, such as using his phone or help getting food or something like that. Most men are programmed to help women, and this programming gets taken advantage of. This is not to say that you should never help a woman who asks you; just recognize that you could possibly be targeted, so stay aware. It’s also worth noting that in modern society women are often leery of strange men for a variety of reasons, so a woman asking a random man for help is sketchy.

 

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Home Invader Beats Mom Badly

Home Invader Beats Mom Badly

This home invader had an incredibly lengthy criminal history (link below), and people like this won’t stop because someone says so. They will only stop because someone has the Active Self Protection to stop them!

 

 

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Original video of the home invader is available in our Instructor Development Portal.

 

News story with details on the criminal history and sentencing of this home invader: https://get-asp.com/b8gy

 

What does this surveillance video teach us about defending ourselves against a home invader?

 

  1. Evil exists in our world, and no amount of wishing it away does so. Evil people do evil things, and good people must be ready and willing to stand between them and innocent people and do enough violence to stop them definitively. No amount of negotiation will make truly evil people change their ways; only those willing and able to stop them who use attitude, skills, and plan effectively can.
  2. If you can win “the fight before the fight,” you win. You win that fight by minimizing your potential for being attacked in the first place! That means making smart decisions and living a life of awareness and readiness so that you don’t take unnecessary risks. I am not blaming this mom one iota for her attack; I am simply saying that keeping your garage door closed and your exterior doors locked when you’re home is a wise idea to give you another line of defense against an attacker.
  3. Since criminals are looking for victims and not fights, they tend to look for vulnerable people to target. Think about a pride of lions chasing wildebeest in Africa and you get the picture. They target the elderly, the young, and the sick for easier attack and greater success. Likewise, criminals pick victims who they think will not effectively resist them, or that the criminal can quickly overwhelm. This includes the elderly, the young (kids and early teens), the sick, and the distracted. Men (the overwhelming majority of attackers) also target women because women tend to be physically weaker than men. If you’re in a vulnerable population take extra precaution and train! This home invader was a seasoned criminal and was definitely looking for an easy target.

 

  1. There is a significant difference between territorial and predatorial violence. (I learned these terms from Marc MacYoung) Territorial violence occurs when an aggressor wants something from you; they put a line in the sand and tell you that you will give it to them, or they will hurt you. Muggings and rapes fall in this category among others. Predatorial violence occurs when the attacker wants you dead and there is no ability to comply with demands to live. In territorial violence compliance might get you out alive, but a predatory attacker will not be stopped short of your death or you having the attitude, skills, and plan to stop them. This home invader is a clear case of predatorial violence. He used violence without hesitation.

 

  1. Parents must consider their children in their defensive plan. The younger the child, the more the parent(s) must consider how holding or dragging their child will affect their ability to protect both of them. Naturally, the more children you have the more you’ll be constrained in retreat or running, and the more you’ll have to “stick your foot in the ground” and defend yourself without retreat. This home invader was a real danger to the children the whole time he was there; thankfully he didn’t hurt them.

 

There are 3 additional lessons for Patron Members and 3 class starters for Instructors from this ATTACK, so please join us in those programs to see them!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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Three Armed Burglars No Match for Armed Homeowner

Three Armed Burglars No Match for Armed Homeowner

Burglars are usually looking for valuables and not confrontations, but these armed burglars were ready for a fight. Thankfully the homeowner had strong enough Active Self Protection to handle her business!

 

 

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Original video of the burglars is available in our Instructor Development Portal.

 

News story on the burglars: https://get-asp.com/hepz

 

Updated news story on the identity of the burglars: https://get-asp.com/wmxk

 

Local news interviewed the homeowner and here’s her take: https://get-asp.com/50aj

 

What does this armed homeowner teach us about defending ourselves against burglars?

 

  1. You must accept that danger exists and that it can happen to you. This is the foundational core of spiritual fitness and the first step in taking proactive steps to protect yourself and your loved ones. If you live in a fantasyland that nothing bad can happen because nothing bad has happened in the past, you’re setting yourself up for a terrible letdown. This neighborhood apparently isn’t a bad one, but burglars pick nice homes to rob!
  2. Having a light mounted on your pistol is not for everyone, but for those who can make it work it does give you another tool in the toolbox against burglars and home invaders. I carry the TLR-1 HL on my pistol and it works wonderfully. It does not replace a handheld light for general lighting needs, but for illuminating a known threat it is very helpful. The key, as always, is to train with it regularly and seriously.

 

  1. In a deadly force encounter, decisions of life and death will be made in the blink of an eye. On the range and in class we have time to consider and to think and to reset and to make multiple attempts, but when the balloon goes up in real life you’ve got fractions of seconds to decide what the best course of action is to protect yourself. The way to be better at decision making in the heat of the moment is training, specifically scenario training and force-on-force training that is designed to work on decision-making skills under stress. It’s offered all over the country, so get training! When the burglars hit her home, this armed homeowner had to go with the tools and training she had in that moment. So have as good as you possibly can in both areas!

 

  1. As well-meaning as police officers are, they cannot protect you from danger. As the old adage says, “When seconds count, the police are only minutes away!” You—and ONLY you—can protect yourself from danger when it comes upon you. A police response time of 5 minutes is considered perfectly acceptable in most suburban departments, and times upwards of 30 minutes can be the norm in rural areas! You need to have the attitude, skills, and plan to protect yourself from harm because the police simply can’t. This homeowner TRIED to call 911 but her mobile wouldn’t connect until after the burglars were repelled. You’re the primary agent in your own rescue!

 

  1. In most instances that we see on surveillance video, the first person to put shots on target wins the gunfight. That’s not 100% because injured people can stay in the fight a long time, but it is a good “rule of thumb” because once someone gets shot they usually stop thinking about whatever it is they were doing and start thinking about the pain they’re in and how not to get shot again. The lesson in that is clear: be the first to put shots on target. (this is the corollary to Joe Frick’s Rules for a Gunfight #3, “Only hits count. The only thing worse than a miss is a slow miss.”) Here the homeowner put a shot on one the burglars and that took all the starch out of all three of them.

There are 3 additional lessons for Patron Members and 3 class starters for Instructors from this ATTACK, so please join us in those programs to see them!

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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Home invasion beginning

Home Invasion Stopped by Family Dogs

Do you have a layered approach to protecting against home invasion? I don’t have much background on this attempted home invasion, but the homeowner at least has enough Active Self Protection to have multiple layers to his home defense! I have dogs as part of my defensive plan as well.

Original video of the home invasion from the uncle of the homeowner: https://get-asp.com/0iu6

 

What does this video teach us about protecting ourselves against a home invasion?

 

  1. You must accept that danger exists and that it can happen to you. This is the foundational core of spiritual fitness and the first step in taking proactive steps to protect yourself and your loved ones. If you live in a fantasyland that nothing bad can happen because nothing bad has happened in the past, you’re setting yourself up for a terrible letdown. The fact that you CAN be the victim of home invasion should lead each of us to prepare for a home invasion in appropriate ways.

 

  1. In any territorial or predatorial violence, the attacker gets to set the time and circumstances of the attack. They will almost always launch that attack from ambush, or as we like to call it in Umas, from “obscurity.” Surviving that ambush is one of the most important keys to successfully defending yourself. This home invasion started from ambush when the first guy started kicking doors down, but the homeowner was ready!

 

  1. 100% of home invasions happen at home, and most people feel fairly secure in their home. That’s great, but a home invasion happens in just a few seconds. Therefore, your home invasion plan must include providing you with enough time and space to repel the home invaders by getting to your force multiplier and getting it into the fight. That usually involves a layered approach that makes it harder to enter the home to give you some warning and some time.

 

  1. A layered approach to home invasion defense is smartest. Start by making it difficult to get into your home by locking your doors and not providing good hiding places for home invaders to break in stealthily. If possible, use a shatter-proof film on your windows so that they cannot be easily broken. (this is great stuff and fairly cheap at about $9 per window: http://amzn.to/1XuaIPb) These solutions will give you time to hear a home invasion as it begins and get yourself in the best place possible to respond.

 

  1. Door reinforcement is a cheap and easy way to make a home invasion much harder. Home invaders love to simply kick your door down, and most exterior doors are really easy to kick in. (don’t believe me? https://get-asp.com/gt3m shows how easy it is) Reinforcing your door jamb is a cheap and easy way to really improve your defense against a home invasion (get a kit here: http://amzn.to/22GQRvo) Failing that, at LEAST use large, 3” screws to secure your door and lock (http://amzn.to/22GQnFv has them); that fix takes about 2 minutes per door and makes it MUCH harder to kick a door in all by itself.

 

  1. Many people use their dogs as part of their home invasion plan, and that’s great. The dog doesn’t need to necessarily be a guard dog, though if you want to take the time and expense to train an effective guard dog that’s a fantastic solution. Even a family pet can be an effective early warning system to give you a loud report that something is entering your home, which then would allow you to get to your tools and get in the fight. A dog or dogs isn’t the end-all solution to home invasion, but they can be an effective part of it!

 

  1. As well-meaning as police officers are, they cannot protect you from a home invasion. As the old adage says, “When seconds count, the police are only minutes away!” You—and ONLY you—can protect yourself from danger when it comes upon you. A police response time of 5 minutes is considered perfectly acceptable in most suburban departments, and times upwards of 30 minutes can be the norm in rural areas! You need to have the attitude, skills, and plan to protect yourself from harm because the police simply can’t. This home invasion was over in 30 seconds, so your plan needs to be that you are your own protector.

 

  1. We must never settle for being able to protect ourselves against a lone attacker because of how common multiple attacker engagements are. Rats travel in packs, so we must always be prepared to face multiple attackers! Home invasion (when someone is home, as distinct from burglary when no one is home) is often done by multiple attackers, and we should be ready for that eventuality.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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Scary Home Invasion Caught On Camera

Your home is your castle, but don’t let it become your coffin! You can’t turn your Active Self Protection off when you get home, as this home invasion shows. Does this video make you reconsider carrying a firearm at home, or getting some significant empty-handed skills training?

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News story and original video here: http://get-asp.com/qwzh

 

How do I protect my family in a home invasion?

 

  1. You must accept that danger exists and that it can happen to you. This is the foundational core of spiritual fitness and the first step in taking proactive steps to protect yourself and your loved ones. If you live in a fantasyland that nothing bad can happen because nothing bad has happened in the past, you’re setting yourself up for a terrible letdown. This home invasion came a week after this business owner was targeted a first time, so she had to know that more bad stuff could be coming her way. That’s probably why she was aware.

 

  1. Situational awareness is your best friend. It doesn’t mean that you always are paranoid or living in “condition orange,” but it does mean that you know Col. Cooper’s color code of awareness and you live by it. Pay attention to your surroundings, and recognize that when you’re in public places you need to be more aware of your surroundings than when you’re in private. This woman definitely was aware of her surroundings, and that awareness gave her almost four seconds to protect herself from the home invasion, which is a lot of time in a fight.

 

  1. Transitional spaces are places where we MUST be more careful of potential attack. A transitional space is any location that (1) allows attackers to prey on potential victims with an element of surprise and (2) provides ready escape for the attackers. We say that doorways are transitional spaces because they take our attention away and make us stop a moment to open the door, which can provide attackers with an opportunity for ambush. Be a bit more cautious when entering transitional spaces! This home invasion certainly was planned at the doorway because of the opportunity it presented.

 

  1. You must consider home defense in your planning and personal protection. Having a deadbolt that is simple and fast to operate is a good idea; something like this can be what you need: http://amzn.to/1Lminbn. In a fight for your life you want simple, fast, and easy defensive solutions.

 

  1. Even in a gunfight, empty-handed skills are important because many gunfights close to “extreme close quarters” or “bad breath distances.” Knowing how to protect your firearm from being taken, and how to win the fight that you’re actually in rather than the fight you want to be in, is crucial. If this woman had empty-handed skills and the ability to take a firearm away from an attacker, or even to hurt him significantly at close quarters, this home invasion might have ended very differently.

 

  1. To defend against this kind of attack, you need emotional fitness. Emotional fitness is defined as the ability to internally represent a situation or predicament to yourself in such a way as to make you strong and able to successfully defend yourself against it. Repeated practice and thousands of reps of sparring and self-defense absolutely build your emotional fitness to be able to handle whatever comes your way. If you’ve never had someone in your space like this it will be very difficult to defend yourself, but if you’ve done it over and over in training, you will have the emotional fitness to act.

 

  1. As well-meaning as police officers are, they cannot protect you from danger. As the old adage says, “When seconds count, the police are only minutes away!” You—and ONLY you—can protect yourself from danger when it comes upon you. A police response time of 5 minutes is considered perfectly acceptable in most suburban departments, and times upwards of 30 minutes can be the norm in rural areas! You need to have the attitude, skills, and plan to protect yourself from harm because the police simply can’t.

 

  1. In the moment of need, the old saying goes that you will not rise to the occasion but fall to the level of your training. Usually, you’ll fall to the level of your WORST DAY in training. That means you want to train hard, train regularly, and make no excuses (to paraphrase one of my martial arts mentors, Skip Hancock) so that your worst day is good enough for the fight you’re in.

 

Attitude. Skills. Plan.

 

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