Originally Posted by Hef
It only takes a few seconds to grab a gun and be ready to fire it. Properly secured doors will provide a few seconds to prepare for what's on the other side of the door. I have 5 locking devices on my front door to deter the uninvited, which should provide me enough time to acquire and aim one of my firearms at an intruder.
How many locks are on your front door? How often is it left unlocked?
It's your house. It's your choice. Personally, I simply secure the premises in a common sense manner. Multiple locks may or may not be effective. There are many good options for doors/windows, etc. A fence is a wonderful and often attractive way to greatly add security to ones property... and at the same time add value.
In my case, someone trying to gain entry into the house will have to come off the street, negotiate the gate... the dog... come up the drive to the house... get in through most likely the car port door... and then they will face me. As soon as they approach the house motion detectors will alert me to their presence. If I consider them a threat, I will punch 911 and wait for them to enter the house. If the police arrive promptly, they'll have fun trying out their latest training routine on the criminals outside the house. If they should batter the door off its hinges and enter the house, I will be waiting. In the last 33 years, I have not had to entertain any such uninvited guest. Reason? In the first few years of being married, I learned to secure windows and doors effectively.