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I know most everybody, if not everybody, on this forum carries concealed out in public. I'm curious as to what everybody does when you're at home. Sometimes at home, I keep my concealed weapon on me or lock it up. But when I go to bed at night, I put my Springfield XD 9mm in the Blackhawk paddle holster I have and hook it onto the side of my bed under the bed skirt so it's right there if anything happens in the night. Last September, I left my garage door open and somebody came into my house in the middle of the night while we were all asleep and took some stuff. We were all okay, but it scared the [edited by moderator] out of me. I've wanted to get a CWP for a long time, and this incident was the straw that broke the camel's back. I got my permit right away. Just curious about what some of you do at home and at night. Any advice on a good setup for night time readiness?

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Good question. There have been some previous posts about this.
At home I have a Millenium 9mm in a bureau, a tire thumper right at bedside, a Wakazashi close at hand, a 6' staff nearby, and knifes as well. That is just the bedroom. Other rooms all contain at least a knife, or rifle and this is not to say that there aren't many other items to hand that everyone has which are great weapons if the need arises.
Some may have more, some may have less, but this is what I have & I feel good about it.
 

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I've been looking at one of the new Reporters w/voice for my garage. For added security and convenience (to let me know when the wife gets home or when the kids are messing around in there)..

As far a readiness, there are weapons (kid friendly-non knife or gun), fire extinguishers and flashlights in every room. My family members are all trained to comfortable proficiency with the tools at hand, emergency plans and code words. I always have a handgun within reach (except for the shower) and in some rooms a Katana, Batlet, Toledo or battle axe might also be within reach.

 

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I just decided that I will NEVER break into Cinhil's our Ruger Collector's house. :lol: I applaud your readiness and defense preparation. Other than my sidearm, I guess I could throw a toaster at someone...
 

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I carry my concealed weapon on my person every moment of the day until I go to sleep at night. Then the XD45 is within half an arm's reach. When I wake up, it is on the bathroom counter, so it really is not any further than a few feet at any given time (except at work and church where I cannot carry).

Although we do not keep a gun or knife or weapon within reach in every room, my wife keeps a .357 handy and definitely knows how to use it in my absence.

I have also made a bedtime routine that I go through after everyone's in bed. I check all the doors, locks, and the garage. I also regularly check the windows in the house to make sure they're locked tight (kids like to play with them).

Also, my wife makes sure that the garage stays shut during the daytime, when I am at the office. That's a HUGE way to attract burglars during the day....I have actually SEEN people casing our neighborhood LOOKING for open garage doors.
 

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I have also made a bedtime routine that I go through after everyone's in bed. I check all the doors, locks, and the garage. I also regularly check the windows in the house to make sure they're locked tight (kids like to play with them).

Also, my wife makes sure that the garage stays shut during the daytime, when I am at the office. That's a HUGE way to attract burglars during the day....I have actually SEEN people casing our neighborhood LOOKING for open garage doors.
Tapehoser this is excellent advice. My parents always did these same things while I was growing up. Now a days (according to a recent report read during our monthly UNS Utah Numismatic Society/Coin Club) casing neighborhoods for open garages, or any easy access including nice tree overhangs near windows and other areas of the house is what crooks are doing.

Also making sure that toys are in at night, newspaper & mail stopped while on vacation or a neighbor picking them up for you are great deterrents.
Safety is a key factor for all of us and every little bit we do to defend ourselves, family & property helps!
 

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Well besides an alarm system, self closing/locking windows, and that old guy across the street that sits at his window ALL day watching everything that goes on in the neighborhood, I also keep my pistol in a holster I made for my bed, I lock my bedroom door (in addition to the exterior doors) and have a shotgun in a quick release wall mounted safe. Oh and I can’t forget my dog, he may only lick you to death but will wake the neighborhood while doing so.
 

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My gun stays on me until I tuck myself into bed. At that point, it stays in my holster and I put my holster in my boots right next to the side of my bed. When I get up in the morning, I carry my shoes (with gun and holster) into the bathroom and leave them there while I shower. This is my M-F routine. On the weekends, I usually put my carry gun in my GunVault that is near my bed and have it locked over night. When I get up in the morning, it goes on me.
 

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Apparently I'm not very defensive-minded. I do make sure all of the doors and windows are locked, most all day and certainly all night. The only door that is ever unlocked is the door between house and garage, and I keep the garage door closed and have just recently managed to convince my wife that the car sitting in the driveway must be locked because it has a garage door opener between the front seats. That battle has taken years.

As for weapons, all of my rifles and shotguns are locked in the gun cabinet and my handgun is generally in my bedside gun safe. The safe is has an electronic combination lock which I can open in the dark, half-asleep, in less than a second. I have an "alarm" (my wife) that wakes me for every noise in the house, no matter how small, so I'm pretty confident that I'd have time to get my weapon in the event of a burglary. I sometimes wear the gun on my hip during the day, but mostly only when I go out and don't bother taking it off when I get home. Since I work at home, there are many days I never leave the house.

Honestly, I don't worry much about my things. If a burglar wants to come take my stuff, I'll help him carry it out (not really, but you get the idea). My concern is for my family's safety.

All but one of my kids' rooms are near mine, on the second floor, so anyone that comes in will have to come in at ground level, then find the stairs and come up before he can get to us. The one exception is my daughter, who has a room in the basement. Her door is locked at night, and there's a grille (bolted to concrete) covering the inside of her window which she can unlatch and open but protects her from exterior entry. Her instructions in the event of any kind of alarm are to go out her window and run to the neighbors' house.

I've been less concerned about security because I live in a very safe neighborhood (based on the non-history of invasions) and I'm one of the less attractive targets. My house is nice, but I'm a block away from a hundred homes in the $400-$600K range.

However, I'm about to move to an isolated house out in the sticks (nearest neighbor is about a half mile away), and although perception is that it's a very safe area, where people don't lock their doors, statistics show that it's actually more violent, per-capita, than Ogden. My house will also be the most attractive target in 10 miles, in terms of monetary value.

Since we're designing the house ourselves, I'm working with the architect to make it defensible. I'm focused on defending the people, not so much the stuff. I'm going to put all of the bedrooms on the second floor (with rope ladders for window escape in the event of a fire) and put a steel-cored door in a steel frame at the base or top of the stairs. My wife insists that it open into a recess so that it's out of the way when open, and the architect says that's easy to do.

I'll put security laminate on all of the windows, and I'll probably add an alarm system. I plan to put the dog kennel/run close to the house and that's pretty good alarm, too. I'll put motion-activated exterior lighting around the house and yard.

I'll also put motion-activated lights in the common areas of the house and I'm considering cameras as well, with the feeds going to a computer so I can access the imagery from my laptop (which, unlike my gun, is always within reach). If it's not too expensive (probably will be), I might get locks that I can lock and unlock remotely, ideally through computer control. There will definitely be a camera or two on the porch, and an intercom so strangers can be questioned without opening the door.

As for weapons, as long as I have kids in the house the guns will all be locked up. I might put a small gun safe similar to the one I have now near front door so that I can easily grab a gun before opening the door to a stranger, and I'll continue keeping one by my bed.

My main approach to home defense, though, is going to be keeping bad guys out. If you shoot someone they bleed all over your carpet.
 

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swillden said:
My main approach to home defense, though, is going to be keeping bad guys out. If you shoot someone they bleed all over your carpet.
:lol: :lol: :lol: :lol:
 

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Ready guns in Gun Vaults at each end of the house. Burglar alarm system (I put it in) that can't be armed unless all doors and windows are closed AND the dead-bolts are locked. Multiple cameras around the house, some on motion sensor and others on all the time. Motion sensor exterior lights. Pepper spray mounted high in a few places on the inside. Other security features that I won't name (you should never detail your whole system).

I like to do security in layers, and to have the security stuff stay out of my way. Other than arming/disarming the burglar alarm and checking once in a while to make sure the cameras are recording, that is all I do.

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I haven't taken as much precaution as I would like to do... primarily due to the amount of expense and time to do it all... then again, I don't live in a large high-target home nor in a higher-than-average-risk neighborhood...

What I do:

* Keep my doors in good repair with dead-bolts ALWAYS locked (it still surprises me how many people think it's ok to leave their doors unlocked while they are home!). The only exception to this is I sometimes leave the backdoor open for extra air but my yard is well-fenced with a locking gate and due to the layout of our place it is in a higher-visibility location than most people's front doors.

* Keep my firearm on the main level during the day, usually centralized, in plain-view and within 20 feet of me (my house is fairly small).

* Keep my firearm laying on the floor right under my bed at night, no locks (I also don't have kids) -- in the same location I keep OC, a knife, and my cell. My wife keeps her firearm, OC, and cell in the same place on her side of the bed.

* We sleep on the 2nd-story. Currently we don't lock the bedroom but after reading this thread and seeing someone mention it, I think I will start doing so.

* We have a dog, which hopefully will give us increased reaction time

* I don't want to stage weapons around the house b/c I fear more that a thief will stumble on them and then be armed should I end up confronting them where they may not have been armed to begin with. With my very compact condo I feel I stand a better chance at reaching my firearm ANYWHERE in my house before the BG can beat-down one of my doors or windows.

PROBLEMS I AM PLANNING ON FIXING:

* Leaving the garage door open on accident. This is the only door that doesn't get locked... so, when the garage door is accidentally left open, that's pretty bad. I'm probably going to get this soon and install it: http://www.garagebutler.com/

* Leaving the back door open during the day for extra air. I am planning on buying and installing a high-security screen door for this door. That way, even if a BG decides to jump my fence in such an unlikely location, they won't be able to get into the house unless they choose to enter through a broken window which would certainly get my attention and cost them a bit of time.

For my needs, once I get these items fixed, I consider my measures sufficient. Not great, but sufficient. Right now I think I am a bit TOO low. Also, I think at a later date I would like to add an alarm system to the windows and doors as well as a motion-light and alarm to the backyard. But those would just be extras.
 
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If my pants are on my gun is on. At home the shotgun is always out. Handguns are pieces of [edited by the moderator] they are for when you have no other option. Soon I will have a dog. Other than a good flashlight by the bed side I have nothing to add.

THe above comment was not truly [edited by the moderator] I just thought I'd save him the trouble :wink:
 

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I have an alarm system that I keep armed. I feel it will give me a tactical advantage if the alarm starts blaring. I am a pretty sound sleeper and was afraid that even breaking glass wouldn't wake me up.

I do the rounds making sure all the doors are locked. I have a dog (unfortunately the friendliest dog on the planet). hehe

When not on my person, I keep my Firearm in my gunvault under my bed. and out of the reach of my kids. Of course I have trained my kids that all firearms are loaded, I just worry for their safety.

I have two .40 semi auto pistols in my gun vault cocked and locked at all times. When I have my XD on my person, the beretta is still there in case the wife needs it.

I do what I can and leave the rest in God's hands.
 

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ironmarshmallow said:
I know most everybody, if not everybody, on this forum carries concealed out in public. I'm curious as to what everybody does when you're at home. Sometimes at home, I keep my concealed weapon on me or lock it up. But when I go to bed at night, I put my Springfield XD 9mm in the Blackhawk paddle holster I have and hook it onto the side of my bed under the bed skirt so it's right there if anything happens in the night. Last September, I left my garage door open and somebody came into my house in the middle of the night while we were all asleep and took some stuff. We were all okay, but it scared the [edited by moderator] out of me. I've wanted to get a CWP for a long time, and this incident was the straw that broke the camel's back. I got my permit right away. Just curious about what some of you do at home and at night. Any advice on a good setup for night time readiness?

Ironmarshmallow
REMEMBER that in Utah U can Open Carry as well as Conceal Carry wether in your house or in public :wink:

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I have a 150lb german shepherd police service dog , I also keep all doors locked and my service pistol at my bedside in an electronic gun vault.

If they can get past the dog I'd be surprised she does not like strangers especially if my children are present.
 

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We keep a dog who lets me know that I need to get up and introduce myself and my shotgun to my new visitor.
 

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Our dog is only about 35 pounds, but thinks he's a BIG dog. He barks fiercely whenever someone comes around, just making sure they know they're in his territory. But that's all he does. He's basically a lover, not a fighter.

So, OK, he's a good alarm system. But that's when he's awake! He seems to be as much of a sound sleeper as I am!
 
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