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http://www.foxnews.com/us/2011/08/15/connecticut-family-tied-up-during-home-invasion/

Police say five armed men who tied up a family for hours during a home invasion in a wealthy North Branford neighborhood threatened to kidnap a 3-year-old boy in the house if they didn't get money.

The robbers fled without the boy and no one was injured.

Police say the masked intruders broke into the home in the Northford section of town at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday and fled hours later in the family's pickup truck, which was found abandoned nearby. Authorities haven't located the suspects.

Police said the suspects made off with a shotgun, liquor and other items after unsuccessfully trying to get the boy's grandfather to open a safe.
Thank GOD no one was harmed.
 

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They're getting brazen folks.

Stay vigilant !!
 

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Good think I have extended 10 round mags for my P220.  Although CT has no mag limitations, so no excuse for not having 33round glock in the drawer.
 

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Now, why would ANYONE need more than (insert #) rounds in their "clip"???
 

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Fuck the mag extensions, kevlar and ceramic are on the list.

Btw this proves us italians can cook - The men wound up taking jewelry and homemade sauce his parents made,
(No one told my mother that)^
 

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Not to be a wise guy, but exactly what would any one of us do if we had 200 rounds of 9mm/45cal/etc at our disposal when confronted with 5 armed men taking us by surprise with our extended families there. Leaving aside the possibility that any of us walk around the house in our bedclothes (10:30pm) armed to the teeth and happen to be in exactly the right spot to see the break-in and respond, I can't imagine engaging 5 armed intruders? I'm told that professional burglars usually don't go in armed because of the jail time if they get caught so these were probably amateurs as was suggested. Then again, they brought cable ties to act as handcuffs so who knows.

My point is that the lawlessness is getting more frequent and brazen.

What exactly should we be thinking about as this recession turns downward? Perhaps two Dobermans instead of two labs? Honestly here, our options are limited as we live on Long Island and likely don't have the ability to create depth for perimeter defense

Does anyone here have practical suggestions that can be followed by the majority?

I don't doubt that a firearm is a component of the solution but for a home invasion that happened as quickly as this one did, we need better responses.

Perhaps it is just better blocking and tackling. Upgraded security on the garage door opener, change the locks periodically, taking personal OPSEC more seriously, get a bigger dog ….?
 

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Schoen said:
Does anyone here have practical suggestions that can be followed by the majority?

I don't doubt that a firearm is a component of the solution but for a home invasion that happened as quickly as this one did, we need better responses.

Perhaps it is just better blocking and tackling. Upgraded security on the garage door opener, change the locks periodically, taking personal OPSEC more seriously, get a bigger dog ….?
Home alarm is a must.
Dead bolt on the door from the garage to the house, Make said door a solid core door.
No glass on front door, just a peep hole.
Alarm both the garage doors (one for car and one into the house).
Have a room inside the home with a deadbolt and solid core door to act as a safe room for the entire family.
Lock the bedroom doors.
keep your cell phone charging next to the bed.
 

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What Jake said... plus get a dog... or five.
 

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I am thinking that an alarm which goes on automatically and needs to be turned off every hour. With no bs calls from the alarm company. A squad car comes every time the alarm is triggered. If there are fines, pay them. Small price for safety.
 

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Forget Connecticut, there were several armed home invasions LOCALLY the last few days.....these thnigs just seem to never make the news, especially in the "not-so-nice" neighborhoods.

If you get/have an alarm, make sure that it has an audio alarm that can be heard by all in the house. This may be the biggest deterent next to attack Rotties. Don't rely on local law enforcement to get there fast enough to protect your family. Sometimes, by the time central station (usually out of state) notifies the correct police jurisdiction, then 911 sends it to dispatch, then dispatch sends it to the patrol units, then patrol respond from - hopefully close...it may be too much time.

One idea I read and thought was pretty good is, if possible, to hunker-down and barricade one designated room with your family (and hopefully a firearm), have a house key on a spare flashlight and throw that out of a window. Tell 911 where that key is so the responding officers can gain easy entry into your house and clear it for you. Of course you'd tell 911 where you are, what you are wearing and that you are armed. Do not search your house (especially alone) for bad guys. Nothing in your house is worth your life.
 

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Scary, really scary. Makes you want to build your house with 20 foot stone walls and armored multiple-security-layer doors. It's just nuts, that we should be afraid of this happening to our families. Eventually we're all going to be so scared we'll be doing security shifts every night, family members have to take shifts standing guard for hours, armed and listening for the eventual threat that would send everyone into a secure room to wait for the intruders to give up. Is that what we will need to be safe now?
 

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madmax said:
Early warning and layers of security. Which reminds me, its time to beef things up myself.
I know I've read (probably here) layers of security are best....

Motion flood lights outside
Alarm sign outside (?? not sure how effective this really is)
Perimeter alarm (all windows and doors)

Once you start talking about inside.... What other layers are there?

I read in G&A about cover vs concealment in the house...
There isn't much effective cover in the house.... not many things in the house stop bullets.
:(

Anyone have some good suggestions/resources on how to add layers inside the house?

TY!
 
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