Armed Homeowner Holds Burglar Hostage


( – As crime continues to soar across America, the seemingly never-ending cases of violence and robbery can become disheartening. In fact, after a while, one can become so overwhelmed with these stories that they simply begin to ignore them. Unfortunately, when that happens, people tend to let their guard down.

Some people are still paying attention, though. One criminal in Virginia found out that not every American is willing to go down without a fight.

Jonah Smith made a big mistake Sunday morning. He entered a home with the intent to steal from the residents, only to be served up a life lesson: never bring a knife to a gunfight.

The 47-year-old burglar’s troubles began around 8 a.m. on Sunday when he broke into the house through an unlocked door, then refused to leave. When the situation escalated, Smith brought out a knife and attempted to attack one of the residents. Thankfully, the would-be victim was also armed.

The gunman opened fire, shooting a warning shot into the floor, at which point Smith thought better about continuing the fight. The resident then held Smith at gunpoint until the police arrived and arrested the trespasser.

Smith is currently being held without bond and faces multiple charges, including burglary with a weapon.

While the burglar was quite literally outgunned here, that isn’t always the case in home invasions. The fact is, Smith never should’ve been able to waltz right into the residence. Simply locking the door might have been enough of a deterrent to make Smith think twice about trying to break in.

With crime skyrocketing, taking preventative measures to keep one’s property and family safe is more important than ever.

Home Invasion Tips from a Navy Seal

Home invasions are an unfortunate reality for many people in America. In fact, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) estimates that burglaries occur across the nation every 25.7 seconds.

In the following video, former Navy SEAL Clint Emerson shares some tips on how to prepare to survive a home invasion:

According to Clint, defending the home from potential invaders begins with the four Ds: deter, detect, deny, and defend.

    • Deter. The main idea is to make the home uninviting to a potential invader. Light up the property, eliminating shadowy areas where criminals can sneak around unseen. Additionally, make the house seem unpredictable. A “Beware of Dog” sign, alarm stickers, or a security posting in the yard can make a thief second-guess setting foot on private property. Installing security systems can help deter burglars as well. Cameras will identify the prowler, but only if they’re installed strategically. If the rising or setting sun shines directly on the lens, the camera likely won’t capture a crook on film.
    • Detect. The easiest way to detect a thief is by talking to your neighbors. A friendly relationship with them could lead to an unofficial neighborhood watch, with everyone keeping an eye on one another’s properties.
    • Deny. The concept here is simple: keep thieves out of your home. According to Emerson, most burglars attempt to enter a residence through the garage, since the door linking it to the house is often left unlocked. This inner door should be locked any time it isn’t in use. Clint also suggests updating the doors in your home to make them harder to break through. Windows should get attention, too. Hurricane film is one way to keep a burglar out if they attempt to shatter a window, or at least give you valuable seconds to react as they try to fight their way in.
    • Defend. According to Emerson, the most important aspect of defending your home is having a plan. He also suggests having a “tactical nightstand” prepared if an invasion were to occur in the middle of the night. This nightstand should include a flashlight, a weapon or firearm, car keys (to set off the alarm, alerting your neighbors) and a fully charged cell phone ready to call 911. When it comes to weapons, Clint stresses that a homeowner needs to be comfortable with whatever weapons they choose to defend their homes. This minimizes the chances of a burglar taking it and using it against you.If a fight does break out, remember that it is a fight for your life. The primary goal is to inflict pain to incapacitate your opponent. As Clint says in the video, “Your violence has to be equal to or greater than your adversary’s.”

Survivalism begins at home, and being able to defend your home and family is of utmost importance. For some other options that can turn a home into a castle, check out our article on growing a home’s defenses.

~Here’s to Your Survival!

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