There are a lot of different philosophies out there about home defense tactics. I don't feel that any of them paint a full picture of the best course of action for every potential scenario. Since we can't predict every potential situation, we can't assume that a single response plan is going to work all the time. That said, today I want to review a home defense strategy that I refer to as “Isolate the Family and Defend the Room” or IFDR.
I think the name speaks for itself but the general idea of this defense strategy is that you may find it much easier to defend a single room or space in a home than the entire home. If you can isolate the family into a single space then you only have a single point of entry to defend. In theory when you believe there is a threat you react by gathering the family quickly into a single and defend-able room and defend it's point of entry while contacting law enforcement to come and clear the threat for you.
The Core Advantages
The primary advantage of this strategy is that beyond the gathering of the family one shouldn't have to clear each room of the home … leaving the most difficult job of breaching and clearing to a professional whose job it is to serve and protect.
Another advantage is that you may be able to prepare one or more strategically located safe rooms in the home that offer a strong space in which you can easily defend and outlast the threat. This plays well to a strong, in advance home defense strategy.
The Core Disadvantages
The single greatest disadvantage in being reliant to this plan is that when the family is spread out in the home your plan falls apart. If for example an invasion occurs during the night and family members are spread out in bedrooms on different levels of the home then you lose any potential tactical advantage by taking the time to move members collectively through the home to get to different levels. Not practical.
Another disadvantage of isolating the family is that you may limit your options to escape. While a single door is an easy point of entry to defend; its a very difficult thing to breach and escape when the attacker knows you are there. Whoever can out wait the other gains the advantage and if your communications are down or for some other reason you have to leave the isolated space you become immensely vulnerable. If you gather in a upper level room than you don't have to worry about defending windows as points of entry but you also lose the windows as a qualified escape route.
RESOURCE: Podcast Episode About IFDR Strategy
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