In Central Texas home invasions used to be a very rare occurance. Maybe happened ounce every several years. Lately it seems like they've been happening every other day. They're not as violent as other countries yet just the usual beating up and stealing. The overall trend is not good. The one before this last one was four armed guys. Usually before it was just two or sometimes one. The last one was two armed guys however they tried to kick in a bathroom door where a 12yr old girl was taking a bath and hiding. The trend is going in the wrong direction. Phoenix now has the second highest kidnap rate in the world behind Mexico City. As the economy slips gently further into the abyss I only see it getting worse. I don't expect any help from a government that no longer works for the people. Just like in that bad movie District 9, we are slowly becoming the Prawn. We're caught between an increasingly corrupt government and an amoral thuggish society. That being said, I would like to encourage Americans while the still can to buy a 18-20 inch barrel shotgun for home defense. Have a handgun too, but for the house use the shotgun. We can still find them on sale for under $200. I would recommend a Browning BPS, Mossberg Persuader, Remington 870, Mossberg or Rem Youth 20g. They're all good and all less than $350. It should be equipped with a flashlight or/and a laser. The pistol grip persuader must have a laser. For smaller individuals get a 20g or 410. A cloth shell holder can be put on the buttstock and costs less than $5. The racking and blasting of a shotgun is very discouraging to home invaders and you will not be outgunned. Over penetration is not as much of an issue, which is good for you and your neighbors. As the thugs get bolder, smarter, and grow in numbers some will use short shotguns. Don't be outgunned. When you're home keep it within a short distance and when you're not home lock it in a good safe.
Hi Texan, I'm sorry buddy. Those things sound very familiar. Sounds similar to Argentina in 2000-2001
It eventually gets to a point where unless you're very serious about security, you'll suffer the consequences.
The shotgun is a wonderful weapon, but I'd also recommend having handy a big bore, reliable pistol.
Take care you all. Please, read some of the older posts here about home security, install a GOOD door, protect windows, at teh very least with anti vandalizing window film and have a family talk about security.