Re: If there was ONE thing...
Much of the above advice is stultifying, dangerous to your life safety and that of your family, and potentially illegal. The idea of going toe-to-toe with a home invader is a hollywood inspired fantasy. I can't even begin to list everything that is wrong with the above so I will just try to tell you something that may actually work. Here is an example real defensive tactics:
Prepare your home by putting decent locks on the bedroom doors, make sure there is some way to escape bedrooms that are above ground level (there are some nice stowable egress fire ladders on amazon), and keep your cell phone in the bedroom at night.
Train yourself and your family such that if your home is invaded, everyone knows to lock the bedroom door and if possible call 911. If they attempt to force the door, quietly escape out the window and run.
Last edited by bkedelen : 05-07-2014 at 08:57 AM.