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Night time is often the time criminals like to prowl the most. I don’t know if it is because most people are sleeping, or because they are lazy and like to sleep the day away. No matter what their reasoning may be we still should be ready for criminals any time, day or night.
The most likely night time encounter scenario will play out in your home. Learning how to operate in your home at night should be your top priority. Also planing where your family will be and go in this time of trouble is critical.
Everything in your bedroom and hallways should have a place and remain there. There is nothing worse than falling in the dark, well there is one thing that is worse, falling when your trying to stop a home invader. Have clear paths of entry to your bed, never place items in these paths. Know where all of your furniture is. You need to move swiftly and quietly in your familiar environment, while your attacker is in an unfamiliar environment.
We would all love to have the newest generation of night vision sitting next to our bed ready to go. Unfortunately that isn’t possible for many here. Even though we do not have night vision we still need to be able to see better than our attackers. Instead of night vision why not have a high powered strobe flashlight that will quickly disorient an invader. Some other things that can help you are night sighting systems on your firearms. Knowing where light switches are to quickly turn the lights on then off.
You must practice night operations to become proficient. You will never become good at a task without trying it, finding what works best, and practicing it many times. Practicing in your home is the easiest. Watch where you walk. Don’t turn lights on when you get up at night. Know where accent and night lights are and move them to give you the advantage. Learn how to move quietly in your house. Know where those squeaky boards are. Learn to be silent in your own home.
The bottom line is if you can surprise the home invader that is trying to surprise you, you have a much greater chance of winning. With a little practice you will quickly master the art of knowing your home and being silent at night.
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