The Importance of a Home Defense Plan

By Karen Hunter
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The Importance of a Home Defense Plan

April 16th, 2019

3 minute read

Our home should be our haven. The one place where we feel most comfortable and above all, safe. Stark reality sadly brings in another equation, evil. Bad people with ill intent exist and will not hesitate to impose a threat. When the threat targets our home, we need to be equipped to defend it.

Having a good home defense plan for you and your family is crucial. Every person who lives under the same roof needs to be on the same page for any possible crisis situation. This is a broad spectrum to cover. A crisis could consist of a situation such as a fire or tornado all the way to a home invasion. Being on the same page means each individual understands the plan of action. In this article I want to focus on possible intruders, specifically preventable measures that are often overlooked.

For most people, having a firearm is their only action plan. They feel safe and prepared because they have a gun in the house to defend themselves. A gun is indeed an equalizer, but it isn’t always a level playing field. The possibility exists that the intruder may have more experience than you, or, there may be multiple intruders leaving you out-gunned. This is one situation that is often overlooked or simply not thought of. Other situations often over looked would be reasons why it is not wise to “search out” an intruder in your home, or how to help prevent stray rounds from going through unintended walls if you happen to end up engaging in an exchange of fire. Utilizing a firearm for home defense goes far beyond “shooting the bad guy.” There are many factors to consider and a plan of action needs to be clear. There are a vast number of organizations that offer training and help in creating a home defense plan of action with your firearm. There are also numerous detailed articles and resources available if you are unable to locate or acquire personable training. However you choose to establish training in coordinating a sound plan the most important thing is to educate yourself to be better prepared.

Another area of home defense against an intruder that is frequently overlooked is prevention. There are many ways that we can prevent or thwart a home invasion. Focusing on prevention is crucial. We need to be able to do everything possible and within our power to avoid the encounter. Making your home difficult to invade is the first step. Here is a list of things to consider for preventative tactics.


A home that is well lit has a better chance of not being targeted. Lights for all entryways, landscaping lights and flood lights with motion detection are a wonderful prevention measure. The more light surrounding your home, the less cover an intruder will have.

Security Alarm

This one is a little more obvious yet not incorporated. A security alarm that immediately notifies authorities and you upon sounding gives you a greater advantage and a higher level of preparedness. The type to choose is totally budget dependent but there is usually something available in most price ranges. From high tech with mounted security cameras to even just a basic system there are many to choose from. If you cannot afford a system, obtaining a sign showing “this home is protected by…” and putting it on display is better than nothing. A threat may be scared off just by the notion that there is a security system in place.


This is probably one of the biggest preventative measures that is overlooked. Entryways and windows need to not be easily accessible. By planting bushes, hedges and foliage, especially anything large, you’re setting up a parameter that makes accessing your home a little more difficult. A well thought out landscape can be a great addition to your home defense plan.


Having a dog is another great deterrent. A large dog with a deep bark not only is a great warning signal for you but also tells a possible intruder they will encounter danger if they enter. If possible a trained protection dog is a wonderful addition, but even a smaller dog is a great thing to have for a warning indicator.

Spending the time to educate yourself on a home defense plan is vital. Utilizing the opportunities to train and plan, then implementing this plan is one of the most important things you could ever do for yourself and your family. Every home and family are different, each with their own unique circumstances. Any type of dwelling from an apartment to a free standing home is capable of having a home defense plan. The ultimate goal is to avoid an encounter and utilize every technique you can making pulling your firearm the last resort.

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Karen Hunter

Karen Hunter

Karen Hunter is a regular contributor and columnist to several national print publications as well as various digital platforms. She holds a passion to reach and educate people in the gun community and beyond. In addition to being a published author, Karen is a certified firearms instructor. She holds certifications in defensive handgun and carbine through Forceoptions USA, where she is also the Senior Range Officer for all training classes. Karen teaches full classes as well as private instruction. A regular guest on a variety of podcasts, she is a vocal advocate for the 2nd amendment and personal protection. She is a knife lover and lifelong student currently pursuing the study of Japanese Swordsmanship. If she’s not on the range, writing about guns or playing with blades you can most definitely find her in a drive-thru somewhere enabling her addiction to iced coffee.

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