I find it nearly impossible to believe that people still open the door to their home without checking who is on the outside. And yet here we have another example of people who should know better, doing just that:
From the December Reno PD News Release:
Saturday, December 9, 2017
0430 Central: Armed Robbery, Firearm@North Wells Ave.
The victim answered a knock at his door to find the suspect who was holding a gun and demanded his money and property. The suspect is described as: B/M/A, mid twenties to mid thirties, 6’1″-6’3″ tall, thin build, LSW a red sweater, black jeans and black hat.
Most of us are taught as children not to touch a hot stove, or to stick a fork in an electrical outlet, or to run into the street, or to open the door to strangers, etcetera. You know, the fundamentals of safety. I wonder what percent of the population was never taught these fundamentals. How they grew into adults without being exposed to such basic life lessons is incomprehensible to me.
On another level, if more people took better responsibility for their actions, I believe there would be fewer crimes and fewer calls to Reno PD.
Crime tip for homeowners: there is an amazing new device on the market. It is is called a “peephole.” Available at stores for more than 50 years. Here is how to use it.
1. Install the device at your eye level. Only basic tools are required.
2. When you hear a doorbell or knock, look through the peephole.
3. View and study the person on the outside.
4. If you do not recognize the person (we call this a “stranger”) do NOT open your door.
5. If you do not see anyone in view, do NOT open your door. Bad guys know what a peephole is and may step to the side to avoid being seen. Trust me, unless you live in seriously haunted house, doorbells do not ring themselves and door knocks do not materialize out of thin air. Someone is there who does not want to be seen. Why do you suppose that is?
6. In a loud, firm voice, ask who is there? what do you want? No matter what clever or compelling story they may have, do not open the door! Let them know that someone is home. Residential burglaries often occur after a door knock or door bell elicits no response from the inside. Bad guys make the calculated decision, based on their belief that no one is home, to break in and burglarize – often in broad daylight!
7. Call the police to report the incident. They may not show up right away, but someone will take a report for you.
In all seriousness, be smart, stay safe, and recognize that there are bad guys are out there. Don’t assume that you will never have an encounter with one, no matter what neighborhood you live in. That is living in denial, and denial is not an effective strategy for self-defense in a world full of wolves.
At Semper Firearms Training we encourage you to buy a good firearm, get trained in how to use it, get a Nevada CCW permit, and continue your firearms training as part of a defensive lifestyle.
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