Self-Defense: Fighting Back During a Pandemic

During a pandemic, systems like the police, fire stations, and EMS can quickly become overwhelmed. In a time of crisis, people are on their own, and it’s up to you to figure out how you’re going to protect yourself and those you love in the event you have to fight. Fighting Back can be an imporant skill!

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When an intruder gets into your home during a pandemic, you have no choice but to fight back if you want to make sure you keep the supplies you’ll need. The first line of defense is a firearm. 

Self-Defense: Fighting Back During a Pandemic

There are several different ways you can protect yourself – let’s check it out:


Most intruders will run away or back down the moment they see a firearm. They count on cooperation and being the oppressor; they’re not usually looking for a fight. Those who are will be prepared to use lethal force – which means that you’ll have to be ready to do the same. 

There are so many options, it may be a little scary at first. If this is your first time ever getting a gun, you should get a .22lr rifle to start with.

Some people want to dive right in to the larger calibers, like .50AE Desert Eagles. However, this is a bad idea. You should start off on something simple, inexpensive, and trustworthy.

One of the best options for this is a Ruger 10/22 rifle. They’re extremely common, and only about $300. You can pick one up at any sporting goods store…don’t think you can just pick one up on Amazon. You CAN get things like cases, sites, and more on Amazon though. You would want to take this to the range, practice, and maybe even buy some lessons.

Ammo for .22lr is also very cheap. Once you have some experience with guns, you’re going to want to make your next purchase. For home defense, a shotgun is an extremely good purchase.

A solid 12 gauge like the Mossberg 590 will run you anywhere from $400 to $450. The reason that shotguns are good for home defense is that they have spread, are easy to use, and are versatile.

When you hear a break-in during the night, you’re going to have adrenaline rushing. A handgun, while effective, may be harder to aim and land a shot when you’re shaking and panicked.

With a shotgun, you will have an easier time hitting your target, because the pellets will spread out. Some may be put off by the lower ammo capacity of a shotgun, but consider that each shell contains what is essentially eight bullets.

There are even some revolvers out there that will shoot .410 shotgun shells, such as the Taurus Judge or the Smith and Wesson Governor – though those will be more expensive.

Handguns are also a good option for home defense. You can get a variety of 9mm handguns, but you want to make sure they’re from a trusted brand, such as Glock, Smith and Wesson, Beretta, H&K (even though they’re a bit more expensive), etc.

Tools to help you when Fighting Back

You’re going to want to check around online and see what others have said about companies you don’t recognize, such as Bryco, Cobra, Rohm, etc. because they may be prone to failure, and the last thing you want is your gun failing on you when you need it.

All of these guns are great, but they can be really dangerous while defending your home without using proper ammunition. If you’re using high penetration 9mm, there’s a good chance it will exit the criminal and go through your walls, possibly hurting people you don’t want it to.

You can purchase low recoil 12 gauge ammo for $0.34 a round, which is a very nice price. The low recoil means it also has lower velocity, and once it penetrates the criminal, it will have lost most of its speed and will not penetrate the wall behind them.

Keep in mind that those are just MY thoughts. You can use a pistol, revolver, or any handgun to protect your family. Make sure you keep it where you can quickly get to it the second you know someone is coming into your home. 

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Other weapons

If you can’t get to your gun or you don’t have one, then fighting back using whatever it is that you have within reach should work. Quick weapons can be items like baseball bats, fireplace pokers, kitchen knives, or hammers. 

Slowing down an intruder can also work in your favor. By slowing someone down, you can often get the upper hand and take them to the ground. You can slow down an intruder by using things like pepper spray or a Taser. 

Personal Skills

If you’re outside your home and someone is determined to get past you to get in, grabbing a handful of dirt or gravel and throwing it toward their eyes can also be a handy deterrent. 

A thief can’t fight if he can’t see. It might come down to you having to use hand to hand combat to take down the thief. If that’s the case, remember always to disable whatever weapon he has first if he does have one. 

hand to hand combat when Fighting Back

You want to take that out of the equation. Remember that your thief is as determined to get what he wants as you are to stop him. You’re going to have to either injure him or he’s going to harm you. That is the sad truth about fighting back.

Use whatever you have to use during a fight to render him helpless. Then you’ll need to secure him until you can turn him over to the authorities. If the pandemic has hit you and your family and you’re too weak to fight back, you’ll need a particular room in your home that you can all enter into that’s fortified and safe against an intruder. 

This room should have supplies as well as a lethal force weapon in case the intruder can break into this safe room. Remember, with someone searching for medical supplies during a pandemic; they’ll be desperate – so there’s no telling what they’re capable of, even if they wouldn’t normally act that way in the real world without a health crisis. 

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How to Protect Your Home from Intruders

How to Protect Your Home from Intruders? The best way to protect what you have is not to let anyone know that you have it. If everyone in your area understands that your home has medicine and supplies, they’re going to make a run on it. 

How to Protect Your Home from Intruders

Be quiet about what you have. No one outside your home should know what’s in there. Be careful about letting little children know what’s in the house. They tend to be a bit more open and will blurt things out faster than adults will – even to perfect strangers. 

How to Protect Your Home from Intruders Who Want to Steal Your Medication and Supplies

Amid a full-blown pandemic, if everything is in chaos, those who want to rob and loot are going to go from home to home looking for what they need as well as valuables. 

Fortify the Building

Make your home as difficult as possible to get into. Re-enforce all the doors and windows in your house. Use things like police locks and plywood to protect against glass being busted into. 

Never make it easy for a possible intruder to enter your home. Sometimes people will leave things lying around outside that a thief can use to break in with. Get rid of any large rocks or bricks that can be used to smash into windows or through the wood. 

How to Protect Your Home from Intruders with an ax in a chopping block

Don’t have garden tools where a thief can get to them to use them as a way to break in. Anything that can be used as a projectile should be out of sight. Walk around the perimeter of your house and look at it the way a thief would. 

Test it Out

If you were one, how would you break into your home? Try to find the most accessible access points and make sure they’re not easy for a thief. Secure your garage door by bracing it from the inside. 

Secure all Doors

We are talking about ALL doors – any possible way someone can try to enter your home.

Garage doors

You might not think that this is a big problem, but the door between your home and garage is usually a hollow core gem. THAT is easy to break through if you can get into the garage.

Sadly, that can be pretty easy to do.

People hunt often for unlocked car doors in order to steal garage door openers – in hopes that they can return later, when no cars are visible, and use that electronic key to enter your house through the garage.

They also know how to jimmy a garage door open with something as simple as a coat hanger and your garage door safety release!

You can place a long piece of steel through the slide that rides along with the brackets that open the door. That way, no matter how hard your thief tugs on the handle, the garage door will not give way. 

Glass Sliding Doors

If you have sliding doors, thieves know how to pop these off the track and gain access to your house. To prevent this from happening, place a dowel rod or a piece of wood in the slider track that’s cut to exact measurements for that slot. 

We have talked before about how to use those blocking bars, as well as installing shatterproof film and even about installing a security pin ... but check out this video on what a thief actually thinks:

“Breaking in is never the problem. You move fast, get in, hit it…and get out.”

Border Patrol

Looking at the world OUTSIDE of your doors, let’s see what you can do for increased security.

Fence it in

Having a fence around your home can help make would-be thieves want to move on because sometimes a fence can cause others to wonder if you have a dog or not.

Check for estimates with a few different companies and decide if chain link or wooden privacy fences are better for you.

We have a mix of both, but we also have a dog…

Find Fido

Having a dog can be an excellent way to keep intruders at bay – but you want to have a dog that looks like he means business. 

It is OK to put up those Beware of Dog signs and leave a pile or two of poop where someone can see it – every bit helps!

Arm Yourself

The only thing I want to say about guns here – is that make sure you know how to use it and that you also know how to store them safely. We like these:

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How to Protect Your Home from Intruders with a handgun

During times of pandemics, people can get pretty desperate to get their hands on supplies. Arming yourself and hiding supplies can mean life or death for you and your loved ones. It isn’t that hard when you know how to protect your home from intruders.

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DIY Home Security Ideas For Preppers

If you are looking for ideas on DIY home security that will give you comfort during times of emergencies or just everyday peace of mind here are some inexpensive ways to start.

DIY Home Security Ideas For Preppers

It’s no secret that security is something we all want in our life. We want something to make our home feel more comfortable and safe; work to protect the items we work hard for and protect those that we love and cherish.

There are some security systems available that don’t cost an arm and a leg, however, those often come with a monthly fee for monitoring.

DIY Home Security Ideas for Preppers

Here are a few ideas on things you can do NOW that make a difference for your own safety. You might want to look into this more in depth as you feel concerns about things really starting to go over the tipping point for a SHTF situation and you know you will be sheltering in place.

You can have all the food, water, and medical supplies you want, but you need to keep them for yourself – not as fodder for the looters who may be desperate.

Home Security Signs:

One of the most simple and least expensive steps towards DIY home security is a home security sign. Some options would include; Nothing inside is worth dying for.

This gives intruders a warning there may be a gun waiting for them when they get inside. Other options include Beware of Dog signs and home alarm system signs.

Door Jams:

Installing a simple door jam to sliding glass doors will provide a delay if you are in the middle of a home invasion. You could also place a 2×4 between a door and a wall to deter a forced entry.

The nice thing about door jams is that there is no installation and they are small and discreet so no one will ever notice you have one.

Sliding Glass Doors:

Sliding glass doors are another thing – Why are Sliding Doors So Vulnerable? Sliding glass doors are use latches, not locks. That is why you see everyone put a
“stick” in the track behind them when they are closed. Some sticks are wooden, some metal – those are referred to as “blocking bars”.

There are a few different things you can do to enhance that security:

Apply shatterproof film.

The door is glass – right? What is to stop a desperate person from just grabbing a hammer or other similar tool and smashing through the glass? You can pick transparent or tinted film and now you can prevent burglars from making quick entry by breaking your door’s glass.

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The S8MC can absorb impact from break-in attempts and hold shattered glass together in case of breakage while remaining virtually clear and transparent so that you won’t even know it’s there.

Bonus perks? It will also help prevent breakage from flying debris as you get with a hurricane or tornado – within reason.

Install a Security Pin

This is hands down a very thrifty way to solve the problem – seriously, we found this great security pin on Amazon for under four bucks.

This locking pin is constructed from case-hardened steel and comes plated in chrome. The pin stores in its holder when unlocked and locks into the retaining ring when engaged. Securely locks your door in a closed or ventilating position.

With your sliding door securely closed, you simply drill a hole through the frame of the door that slides and into the frame of the stationary door. The pin will hold the two doors together and prevent them from being slid open.

One of the most simple and least expensive steps towards DIY home security is a home security sign. Some options would include; Nothing inside is worth dying for.

This gives intruders a warning there may be a gun waiting for them when they get inside. Other options include Beware of Dog signs and home alarm system signs.

The S8MC can absorb impact from break-in attempts and hold shattered glass together in case of breakage while remaining virtually clear and transparent so that you won’t even know it’s there.

Bonus perks? It will also help prevent breakage from flying debris as you get with a hurricane or tornado – within reason.

The pin does not screw or lock into the hole…it slides into three drilled holes through the decorative guide . Two holes are drilled through interior door frame. One hole is drilled on inside edge of exterior door frame.

Personal Protection:

Be sure you have something you can use as personal protection should a home invasion occur. If you are not keen on having guns around keep in mind there are many ways you can secure your guns so that they are safe, yet still accessible should the need arise where you need them.

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WHY do I like them? Well – hubby is NOT a fan of a gun in the house. At. All. Contrasting that is me – a Desert Storm Vet who is used to handling a weapon. The compromise is secure storage so it is there if we need it, but not accessible to kids or visitors that don’t really know how to handle it.

ANY tool is a good tool for defense, if you know how to take care of it and store it properly.

It’s also a great idea to keep a can of mace and know how to use it.

Use Your Car Alarm:

This is a super simple technique but it will work. If you have a car with an alarm on it be sure to keep your key fob with you or on your nightstand. If your home is bring broken into hit the panic button on your key fob.

This will be very loud and bring attention to the area, likely sending the invaders on the run.

DIY Home Security System:

Last but not least is to think of purchasing a simple DIY home security system. There are some on the market that are simple to set up and you do not have to be under any contract for monitoring. These are great because they work just like those that are under monitoring contracts giving you peace of mind without the added cost if you are budget conscious.

A home invasion is very scary and I hope it’s something none of us ever have to face however taking a few simple DIY home security steps just may save your life and the lives of those you cherish most.

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