The Home Invader’s Risk Assessment Checklist

Hypothetical question: If you were a home invader, what would really make your life suck?

The AK-47 was first adopted in 1949 by the Sov...

The AK-47 was first adopted in 1949 by the Soviet Army. It fires the 7.62x39mm M43 round. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • Scotchguard on the basement glass windows?
    • This makes entry much more difficult
  • Multiple Interior Room  Door Locks?
    • This makes moving through the house much more difficult
  • Active video surveillance of the front and back doors?
    • Is there a dedicated TV screen for the surveillance cameras?
  • Security Gate on the front and back doors?
  • Locked Perimeter gate?
  • Available cover in the house from the defender’s perspective?
    • Cover means objects that can stop rifle fire and that you can get behind.
  • Reinforced Exterior doors?
  • Reinforced interior doors?

    View through Tasco ProPoint II 5 MOA red dot s...

    View through red dot sight, mounted on a Ruger 10/22 rifle (the bottom one in Image:10 22s.jpg). (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

  • Does the defender have a Modern Sporting Rifle and ancillary equipment available?
    • AR-15 type rifle in 5.56×45
      • Red dot optic with backup iron sights
      • Sling
      • 3 magazines in a body armor carrier and one magazine in the gun.
    • AK-47 type rifle in 7.62x39mm
      • Loaded initially with a 40 Round RPK magazine
      • Hornady V-Max or Corbon DPX, or 154 grain softpoint bullets recommended
      • Quality Red dot sight attached as well
      • Sling on the rifle

        7.62x39 rifle cartridge. FMJ bullet.

        7.62×39 rifle cartridge. FMJ bullet. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

    • Body armor with magazine pouches
      • US Palm vest recommended
  • Dog in the house?
    • It is always good for the defender to have an early warning system.
  • Where are there metal pipes in the house walls?
    • This has an impact on what walls can be shot through (only if absolutely necessary) and which ones cannot be shot through.
  • Does the defender have his or her firing points and fields of fire worked out?
    • Has the defender mapped out where he or she can shoot and move from point to point in thehouse?
    • Where are the “fatal funnels” in the house?
      • At what points in the house are the defender’s assailants likely to be bunched up in a tight group?
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2 comments on “The Home Invader’s Risk Assessment Checklist
  1. 3boxesofbs says:

    How about writing this from the perspective of what the criminal could see or know without being in the house first?

    Locked interior doors, armed homeowner, dedicated TV screen for security cameras – I would be interested in knowing what the criminal looks for. I already know what I’ve done that (s)he can’t see.


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