So when it comes to defense at home what are some things that we as gun owners think about or even hear about from fellow gun owners, newbies, or those that think home defense is just about violence? It's most usually always, what kind of gun do you have and what caliber?
Well how about if we forget that for a moment and just drop back to the bare basics? One of the most critical parts that we forget to consider and we almost always over look, because let's face it, a lot of us including myself, once I got that rifle, pistol, or shotgun, that's as far as I went because I figured that was all that I needed.
That way of thinking is considerably wrong indeed and a fast track to having a home invasion. So what do I mean by dropping back to the basics? I'm talking about looking at your landscape, surroundings, lighting, doors, windows, security systems, improvising on adding that extra layer of protection for disaster preparations, and lastly the use of firearms.
Today's piece we'll start from the first thing to consider.....Surroundings and Landscape.
Why are surroundings and landscapes so important? Well I'll be glad to explain. Our basic survival will always depend on how easy it is for our attackers to get the drop on us and also how much can you see? Why do I say this? It's because attackers will watch their prey just like predators in the jungle, they will stalk them, learn them, and take the path of least resistance to get them. So here is part one of our surroundings and landscapes.
City - With more and more people living in the cities what should we take into consideration? If you live like most people in the city usually do, you probably live in a residential neighborhood where all the houses look the same or in an apartment complex. If you live in an apartment complex then you're at a large risk of an attack. People are always moving in an out of the area and you usually have those neighbors that stay out of everyone's business.
So what to look for at the apartment. It all starts from your car. When you're pulling up, look for vehicles that you don't recognize if they're parked somewhere odd, look for people that you've never seen before and watch how they react to your approach. If they're all eye balling you, then stay in your car and don't exit. If you can help yourself that is. If you must exit your vehicle, park in a spot that you can have a quick exit, see everyone, and you still have access to your apartment.
Once you're outside the vehicle, this is where you should stay in the Orange Zone. If you're apartment is upstairs and you're outside, know your way out. Look for the easiest route to leave your vehicle's area and get to the office or in an area with a lot of movement against your attacker or attackers. If you have to go upstairs, be quick about getting up the steps and be sure you have an exit from upstairs if need be.
Another tip: Before exiting your vehicle, place a key between your index and middle finger to use as a stabbing device if you're approached in a violent matter and need to get out. You can also use an ink pen, metal preferably.
If you have to walk to your apartment room, be quick, but every five to ten seconds ( usually every third step ) look behind you left and right. Don't stop moving, a still target is an easy target. Before you even approach your room, be sure to hold your room key between your index and middle finger or middle finger and ring finger ( totally personal preference ). This will allow quick access with the key to the dead bolt and door knob, while keeping a hand free.
Once inside, get in quick and lock the door behind you. If you have groceries or baggage of any kind don't carry a lot of weight at once. One bag in one hand, i.e. a bag of cans, should be your limit.
If you have to go back out, wait until the right moment before moving. If it looks bad, don't worry about going out. Stay inside until things calm down. Your life is better to have than a fridge full of food you can't enjoy.
If you do decide to go back outside, secure your door or if you have a friend with you, have them give you a hand. If you don't have anyone, then again, wait it out. Call the office even, security, even law enforcement so they can be made aware of the situation.
If you live in a gated community then okay but even that's not a 100% against the bad guy who will give the gate code to their buddies. Stay vigilant. If you're married and your family made it to the apartment with you, tell the wife and kids to stay put if you're going back out.
Now am I saying do this every time? NO! If you can, keep an eye on the threats, grab a little bit at a time, and never get close if you can help it. This is just a small contributor to your survival.
There's plenty more to come about apartments, movements, and much much more. However, this is all for today folks. Part two soon to come. Thanks for reading and let me know about what you want to know.
Next part will include vehicles and more surroundings and landscaping to consider. Gotta get back on the job.
Until then, stay safe, stay alert, and always carry.
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