It was a dark stormy night… Not really but it was a dark, warm an pleasant summer night not so long ago when I was awaken by something that went bump in
the night. What I heard was someone on the deck, near an open window downstairs. I slid out of bed, grabbed the Mossberg 500 and went to investigate. I noticed a kid on the deck up to no good (how much good could he have been up to at 2:30 in the morning on my deck).
I decided to end the night and save his life by racking the slide. Nothing gets someone’s attention like that shotgun “clack clack” to let someone know you’re ready to protect your home and family.
Needless to say, he broke camp in a hurry and rushed into the night. As I turned around, my wife was standing behind me. Thankfully, I didn’t draw down on her.
At that moment, I concocted our home bad guy plan.
- At the first sign of trouble, her job was to grab her .38 from the nightstand and quietly round up the kids
- The kids were to be taken to a relatively safe area, in our case it was the walk in closet in the master bedroom
- Once they were in place, my plan was to investigate any noises knowing that any “friendlies “ would be behind and not in front of me
This plan, in my mind served me well until I caught this video full great home security tips:
After watching this video, I modified my plan as I modified my “what if I get pulled over when I’m concealed carrying. Yes, I’m going to have the old lady marshal the kids at the first sign of trouble. Yes, I’m still going to grab the 12 gauge but:
- Unless there’s a real good reason, I’m going to take up a defensive position, just inside the first bedroom near the top the stairs.
- I’m not going to cut off my landline service, it’s packaged anyway
- The wife, in her hidey hole with the kids will call the police, let them know what’s going on, give my description and stay on the line
- If I do have to creep into the night, I will have the other cordless in hand ready to go.
- I will(have) do my best to prevent an invasion or break in by “fortifying” my pad with strengthened door jambs, and French door locks.
- I will stop being forgetful and/or lazy and remember to set my home alarm system
Every good plan needs a little fine tuning from time to time, my plan, in my mind isn’t a bad one.