I was recently talking to a friend of mine over a popular social networking service, and she confided in me that she and her husband were the victims of a home invasion sometime last year. I was in shock as she related the tale; about three men that broke into their home in the middle of the night, bound and gagged her and her husband, and threatened to kill any of the children if they woke up or made a sound. The men stole jewelry and everything valuable they could find, but luckily none of the children woke up, and neither my friend nor my husband were physically hurt in the ordeal. Unfortunately, the psychological toll of the attack has stressed and damaged their marriage, and they are fighting to keep things together.
She went on to tell me that home invasion is a pretty common problem where she lives, and the police have been powerless to do much about it. She said that many people are taking matters into their own hands, and that not more than a few of the perpetrators have been injured or killed in the process. I have no problem with that; if someone breaks into a home and threatens the safety of a family, the deserve any harm that comes their way, but in the process, some of the good people have been injured as well.
Guard dogs have become the most useful deterrent, and homes that have invested in guard dogs are generally left alone. Not only do they act as early warning systems should someone try to break in, they are not afraid to attack and take down assailants, leaving the people they seek to victimize safe and sound until the police arrive.