Surviving a home invasion.

When i was invited to contribute as a guest writer, my first thought was with such a broad spectrum, what am I actually going to write about. Fate, or moreover misfortune, gave me my subject matter.
Firstly, allow me to introduce myself. My name is Jerry Montague, and I am the COO and a partner in Dimension4Services, a full service private security and executive protection company operating here in the US, with offices in London and Munich, undertaking contracts in numerous countries. For obvious reasons i won’t go into specifics about my personal history, nor divulge where and to whom we are currently contracted. Needless to say we comprise of some of the best in their professions, from the UK, US and FFL forces.
To the task at hand; as I said, my subject matter comes from what could have been a very different outcome to an extremely dangerous situation, had the victim not taken professional advice and instruction in home invasion scenarios.
Although in numbers home invasions are a somewhat rare crime, and tend to be committed inside the circle of gang and drug dealer realms, they do happen to regular people going about their daily lives. People at risk can literally be anyone, but high end targets such as bank officials, jewellers or simply just successful affluent individuals, should keep in mind that in a volatile world they are not exempt.
Some of the techniques we teach are the same as the diplomatic protection service, and are extremely effective.
If you feel you are at risk, or simply want to be able to reduce the risks to yourself and your loved ones, look at implementing the following strategies.
1 Environment.
Know your neighborhood and your neighbors, try to learn a little of their routines, what they drive etc. This way any strange vehicles or activity at their homes or in the area can be reported, criminals do not like secure neighbourhoods and avoid them. Encourage your neighbors to do the same, better to be viewed as paranoid than a victim.
Alter your routes to and from regular destinations, and if you have more than one vehicle swap out randomly. Try not to park in the same place at work, the mall, school or other regular destinations, and always in well lit areas. Home invasions are not crimes of opportunity, they are planned and researched. So be aware of your environment, develop that sixth sense that yells somethings amiss.
2 In the home
Home invasions are overtly violent in their execution, the aim is to overwhelm and intimidate within the first few minutes, being prepared is essential. Practice scenarios with your family, have a plan and make sure everyone knows the drill. Choose a safe room, master bedroom is perfect, where you and your family are going to group. To improve the security of the room, alter the door to an outswinging one, it is far more difficult to breach and will gain valuable time. If you hear a noise always check it out, 99 times it will be nothing, but ignoring it could be the 1 time you shouldn’t have. Keep your cell phone in the bedroom at night, you can’t use it if its sitting on the kitchen counter, and even the car keys with the remote panic button work great, and are cheaper than an alarm system that can be disabled. Gather your family quickly and quietly, if you can stand watch in the hallway whilst another family member does this, and retreat to the safe room and lock the door. If your state allows the ownership of firearms keep one readily available, loaded and in the safe condition. Do not attach a flashlight to the rail, learn to utilise a separate light source, remember attached lights point in the same direction as the muzzle and you are going to be in a heightened level of stress. You want to be 100% before discharging your weapon. And remember you know the layout of your house better than anyone else, you can use this to your advantage, don’t turn on lights if you can help it, and use a flashlight to dab trace. An intruder faced with a bright flashlight doesn’t know whether its attached to a firearm or not, the upper hand is yours if you remain as calm as possible, and follow your planning with military precision.
In closing, if you buy a firearm for personal protection, seek professional training in its use, and practice regularly especially in the areas of tactical and defensive shooting. Our motto at Dimesion4 is “same gun, same place, all the time”.
If you would like further information regarding our services, we can be reached at dimension4 services@Gmail. Com