Divided Attention wrote:If you don't have a land line keep an old cell phone and a charger plugged in somewhere. They can all call 911 - If it is plugged in it will be ready, and if you aren't using it daily it won't get lost and be where you last put it.
Glad all are safe!!
mamabearCali wrote:Upon reflection my DH and I think it was our annoying neighbor. Our cat likes to sit on the hump on the property line between his and our house. This annoys him, but there are no laws against cats or dogs being off leash in our section of chesterfield and there are hundreds of feral cats in the neighborhood so if he thinks a cat has never walked on his lawn he has another thing coming. He has kicked our cat, and hit him with an umbrella. And our cat is so nice that he just lets himself be picked up and carried about so I think he picked the cat up, put him on our porch, rang the doorbell and took off. Scared the daylights out of me though. They are moving in two weeks. I shall not cry.
Topbuilder wrote:The kid latch should be used for what it was designed for, not security.
I live far enough off the beaten path and the driveway is gated. If you are unannounced at my door at night you would one of few blessed to see my CCW un concealed...
One time is was a LEO, let's just say I had his full attention.
oilman wrote:To the OP
There are safe options for carrying in your situation:
Various fanny paks
There are also options for keeping a guns safely nearby for example a quick assess safe such as a gun vault.
Answering the Door
Do NOT open the door. Many bad things can and have happened when people open the door. Google The Dartmouth Murders
Install a peephole (although a perp can block a peephole with his hand).
DO let them know someone is home there have been situations where people have not answered or verbally responded to a knock and the person then breaks in assuming no one is home.
A chain is worthless (as others have said)
Residential doors are easily kicked in. You can install long throw deadbolt locks on the doors but it is more secure to also install a reinforced strike plate that the deadbolt goes into.
TexasGal wrote:There is a device that allows the person on the other side of your door to peep INTO your home through the peep hole. That is why mine is taped over. If you go up close enough to the door to look through the peep hole, you are too close to the door. Stay back out of line of the door while armed and call out for anyone to identify themselves. You would be amazed how fast a door can be kicked in and knock you down before you can move and someone could just shoot at you through the door. You don't want to give someone on the other side with a gun an idea of your exact location. You need the distance to protect yourself and identify your target if he breaks in. It might be a BG or it might be a drunk neighbor. A friend recently almost shot the latter when he broke her door in thinking it was his own in the middle of the night. Also consider the tactic that one person may be distracting you at your front door while another is breaking into the other end of your house. This was being done by a couple of people robbing houses of the elderly in the Fort Worth area last year. You are smart to keep yourself armed inside the house.
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