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?
- 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!
- 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.
- 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!
- 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!
- 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.
Attitude. Skills. Plan.
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