Having a Plan to Defend Home and Property

Good training will help you to respond appropriately in a defensive situation. Photo: author


By now you have all probably seen and read about the St. Louis couple who confronted with armed resistance a large group of protestors as the protestors moved around their property. I am not going to argue the legality of the situation, as we don’t have all the facts. What I want to talk about is how they could have potentially handled the situation better.

Ultimately it appears this couple reacted out of fear. Fear causes people to improvise. Improvisation is what you saw on display. People improvise when they have no plan.

SHOULD vs COULD

An important concept to understand before coming up with a plan is “Should vs Could.” Just because you can do something doesn’t mean you always should. Pointing guns at people and displaying atrocious weapons-handling skills are things you probably shouldn’t do even if you can.

Here is a simple plan anyone can and should follow when they plan the defense of their home and property.

THE FIVE FUNDAMENTALS OF HOME DEFENSE

1. EVADE: Put yourself in a position where the threat cannot hurt you. Simply put, seek a position of advantage. This is Tactics 101. Gain the high ground. Abandoning your home to confront a mob on your lawn is a mistake.

2. BARRICADE: Make it harder for the threat to reach you. Build a defense in depth, with primary, alternate, contingency, and emergency fighting positions. Strengthen your perimeter externally and internally. Have a barricade spot prepared and designated.

To be ready for that worst-case scenario, train unarmed skills as well as use of weapons. Photo: author


3. ARM: Obtain and prepare for use a tool that can increase your ability to disable a threat. Obviously this couple did that. However, part of preparing a lethal-force tool for use is knowing the basic manual of arms and safety procedures for that tool. This appears to have been lacking.

4. COMMUNICATE: Talk to the 911 operator. Tell them where you are, what is happening, who is armed and with what. Give a description of the threat and a description of you. This couple claims they called 911, but police dispatch disputes that assertion. Call 911 and stay on the line.

5. RESPOND: Respond appropriately if you need to. Know what constitutes a lethal threat and be able to articulate why you believed so. Did the threat have the ability to hurt you? Did they possess the power to kill or cause great bodily harm? Did the threat have the opportunity? Did they have the capability to immediately employ deadly force or cause great bodily harm? Did the threat put you in jeopardy? Did they show manifest intent to kill or cause great bodily harm? This is referred to as the AOJ triangle. If you respond, it is important that you can articulate why you felt it was justified.

When preparing to defend your home and property, you need to have a plan. It’s not as simple as walking outside barefoot with your AR to confront the threat.

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9 Responses to “Having a Plan to Defend Home and Property”
  1. willis fath
    willis fath

    If there are about 5 or more of them comming at you at once then I would say that you lifes in danger at that point. Unless your Chuck Norris or Bruce Lee then 5 or more people coming at you isn’t that much of a threat! But not everyone is Chuck Norris or Bruce Lee!

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  2. RCG
    RCG

    lots of good theory here, but in the real world, when you’re confronted by a mob of ~300 “animals” threatening your life as they break down your gate and walk past your home, you stand your ground as best as you can. Had they not, they might be dead now, or burnes out of their house.

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  3. James Anthony
    James Anthony

    If you did have a plan it’s time to change it. Mob rule mentality seems to have taken over many big cities, and those moms are threatening to come to the suburbs to get us to do what they want. That was their threat anyway. One of the leaders was interviewed and stated that they have to make the people feel uncomfortable so that they will do what the mob wants. That was one of the leaders of the mob that went to the house that you referenced in your article. I’m making you feel uncomfortable means making me feel afraid, and the way the left has gone is that a threatening mob making you feel afraid does not give you the right to defend yourself. So the plan I had, which was based on two or three perps breaking into my house, is no longer valid. So I must update a plan for several perps up to 50 or more people that I’m defending myself and my family from. I could use some good suggestions from the pros on good ways to defend against a mob. It really is good to have a basic plan, it’s far better than panicking.

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    • MSgt DM Wolf
      MSgt DM Wolf

      From my perspective one must change their mindset of home
      defense to that of urban warefare. Take a look at what the Marines and Army did in Iraq. We did some good work neutralizing the bad guys under ridiculous ROE, Rules of Engagement.
      One needs to organize their neighborhoods into armed first responder units with realistic ROE. It is always a good idea to notify local law enforcement. Do so in general terms and do not reveal detailed operational/combat plans of yours. Push your perimeter out to realistic and supportable distances from your position. Setup blocking positions, barriers to vehicle and foot traffic. Setup ambush positions and fall back positions to continue the fight endepth. Be prepared to counter attack quickly when the urban terrain and conditions permit. Move deliberately and aggressively in a well coordinated effort. Always remember the value, benefit and force multiplier effect of Command, Control, Communications, Coordinated Actions, logistics support and medical! Leadership and organization is absolutely essential!
      With these key elements in mind a well organized and lead neighborhood will decisively defeat any mob of any size!
      Semper Fi,
      MSgt DM Wolf 0369 US Marines
      Vietnam 1970
      Desert Storm 1991
      Operation Iradi Freedom 2004
      Good Luck my friend!

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      • Bobo
        Bobo

        Good luck with that, these day’s most neighbors barely talk to each other, in some cases have no idea who their neighbor even is, the odds of organizing them into some kind of neighborhood defense force is slim to none (as always there are some exceptions)

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        • Msgt DM Wolf
          Msgt DM Wolf

          I understand what you are saying and agree with you in that it will not be an easy task! However, investing the time, energy and effort will pay off big dividends to those neighborhoods who do so! It is not impossible! But one must put forth the effort to make it all happen.
          I am fortunate in that I have lived in a rural community for many years. And have invested the time to cultivate solid relationships and friendships. Our rural community is a mixture of both white and black and Mexican and liberal and conservatives. Most of us are God fearing Christians.
          However, we respect peoples rights to choose their own religion and beliefs. We are a reflection of people who are Americans. We respect each other’s beliefs and we respect each other’s rights.
          Your point is well taken and understood. But this is not an impossible situation to effectively deal with. To give you and your family the best probability of enduring such a situation, please invest the time in your community.
          Stay focused and be committed.
          Semper Fi
          MSgt DM Wolf
          US Marines

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  4. Graystone
    Graystone

    Good, well articulated article, Rob.
    IMHO, any plan no matter how simple is better than No Plan. Active rather than reactive is always the best approach.
    Re: The “St. Louis lady” I cringe each time I see a picture or the video of her waving her pistol about. This is a great training example of how or what “Not To!”

    While on the subject of examples, Rob each time I watch you draw from a holster without your support hand on your chest/stomach I also cringe.
    Just say’n

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  5. willis fath
    willis fath

    Was wondering if a 17 year old boy knows martial arts and you dont is your life now in danger if he’s running at you? Is this a threat he has no weapons but his hands are considered a weapon.??

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