I spoke with a friend the other day.
Like most of my friends, he lives in the country/sticks/boonies.
His house is set well back from the road with lots of trees/woods.
Last week for several days they kept getting phone calls at all times of the day. When they would answer, the other party would hang up.
Then one day his son was on the Internet. When that happens at their house, if you call, the phone on your end just rings and rings - but on their end, nothing.
The guy's wife says, "Richard - there is a car parked in our driveway".
Their driveway is long - probably 100 yards and the car was about 20 yards in.
Two dudes sitting in the car.
Richard arms himself with a 1911 and goes outside and starts walking up the drive - the pistol is in his hand.
The car reverses, spews gravel and pulls out to the road and then goes down the road about 50 yards.
Richard is focused on the car trying to get a description. All he got was "white males"
The guys in the car start hollering - "HEY! HEY! Over HERE!".
That's when Richard realized what happened and beat a careful retreat to his home whereupon he called the Sherriff.
These guys had his phone number. Probably opened his mail box one day - saw who lived there, looked him up in the phone book.
They would periodically be out looking for trouble (burglary) and call his home - when there was an answer, they knew someone was home and would just hang up and look for easier pickings.
Then they called and "no one was home".
There were at least THREE of them (I suspect four)
The car pulls in off the road so passersby don't see it.
One (or more) guys get out and go to scope to the place out - dogs? cameras? alarms? People actually home?
If all is clear they likely hit the place and then call in the car/lookout to grab the goods and off they go.
If the coast is not clear - they beat a retreat.
There was at least one other person in the woods/behind the house when Richard went out - that's who the car occupants were hollering to.
There were at least 3 (and I think four so the recon guy didn't have to be alone) dudes.
And a 1911 with 7 shots (mine carried 9 on board but his had 7 - I asked).
Richard's eyes aren't that good.
I've seen him shoot - he's "okay".
That's not enough rounds if those guys decided to fight.
o Be alert to pre-operational surveillance. Most crooks plan at least to some degree their attack. These guys had been "reconning by phone" for a few days.
o Consider how easy (or hard) your place is to hit when you are not home - fix deficiencies.
o The threat you see is not the only threat - to not get "target fixated". Richard could have been killed by the guy(s) in the bushes.
o Plan for the real threat - not your fantasy. You will rarely have a single opponent.
o Carry more ammo.
o When you have a choice - a pistol is not the choice. As Clint Smith said - "A pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should have never laid down in the first place".
o Criminals tend to prey on their own. Criminals operate in and amongst their own socio-economic class and race.
o It CAN happen to you - have a plan.
When a strong man armed keepeth his palace, his goods are in peace: But when a stronger than he shall come upon him, and overcome him, he taketh from him all his armour wherein he trusted, and divideth his spoils. – Luke 11:21 – 22
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