Doorbell Defense: Be Alert & Aware Before Opening Up

by
posted on November 29, 2019
sheriff-jim-5-28-15.jpg (43)

Just recently, a homeowner was awakened from a sound sleep by someone screaming and beating on his front door. Getting up, he went in and opened his front door, only to be attacked by an individual who was probably under the influence of some substance or another. 

Fortunately, the attacker was not armed. The homeowner was able to subdue the attacker, who ended up in the hospital and under arrest. The homeowner was also injured but not seriously. However, it doesn’t take much of an imagination to imagine how very badly this sort of thing could have gone. 

Some people just don’t understand that this whole business about personal defense is about a person’s entire lifestyle. There is really no reason to open the door until you know who is out there and what their intentions are. If it is a stranger, or you are the least bit suspicious of the situation, don’t open the door at all. You are under no obligation to do so. It helps to remember that 911 is your friend.

In the situation that I’ve just illustrated, what if that homeowner had gone to the door, gun in hand? Well, he still has a problem. He is being physically attacked, and he has to either get rid of that gun or use it. If he uses it, is he justified?

I like some of the home designs that allow a person to look out a convenient window to see who is on the porch and who might be nearby. When Col. Jeff Cooper designed his home at Gunsite Academy, it was built so that windows allowed observation at every external door. For those considering building a new home, it is an excellent idea.

Homeowners should also be aware that doorbell cameras are now available. These can be installed at every external door and allow the homeowner to check things out before making a decision to open up. A quick check of the internet shows that these cameras can be relatively inexpensive, too.

Personal defense is not just about guns. It’s about being alert. We simply don’t open an external door until we know who is there and what their business is. If there is any doubt, we don’t open the door at all. It is that simple.

Latest

pistol facing right
pistol facing right

First Look: Cabot Guns Moonshot 1911 Pistol

Cabot Guns introduces a 1911 that's literally out-of-this-world--with an actual lunar meteorite part of the construction.

Sightron S6 5-30x56 ED riflescope

Sightron is launching of a new line of S6 5-30x56 ED premium riflescopes for long-range pursuits.

Editor's Picks: SHOT Show 2022, Day Four

Here are five more neat new things we saw at SHOT Show 2022 on our last day on the show floor.

New for 2022: Taurus 327

The .327 Fed. Mag. cartridge has long been overlooked, but it is a powerful, versatile option for personal protection. Taurus has recognized the .327's appeal and is now offering an affordable revolver chambered for this hidden gem of a self-defense round.

New for 2022: Burris Introduces XTR Pro Riflescope and Accessories

Burris' latest riflescope features multiple illuminated, front-focal-plane reticle options, an innovative locking turret system and an optical design ideal for anyone looking to shoot at extreme distances.

New For 2022: Galco UnderWraps Elite

Galco changed the bellyband concept with the new Underwraps Elite, which allows concealed carry of a handgun and accessories around your midsection with myriad options for the pistol's location, added comfort and the ability to carry EDC accessories like spare magazines and a flashlight.

Interests



Get the best of Shooting Illustrated delivered to your inbox.