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People Who Have Had To Defend Themselves Against Home Intruders Explain How They Did It

Your home should be your safe zone - a place where you can hide from the outside world, where you kick back and relax. It’s your castle, and you are the king (or queen).

But what if someone wanted to take what you had inside your castle? Or worse, what if they wanted to harm you? What would you do? How would you protect yourself? While it's an overwhelming thought, it is possible to defend yourself against terrifying home invaders. Redditors shared stories of times when someone broke into their house, and how they defended themselves and their families from the intruders. 

From teenagers looking to steal whatever they could carry to armed intruders intent on hurting those inside, these stories will make you think twice about whether you locked all the doors and windows at night.

  • His Dad Held The Intruder Down - The Kid Held The Gun

    From Redditor /u/Nickldd92:

    I was 12 years old and hanging out with my dad, watching a movie around one AM. All of a sudden, there was a pounding on the door. My dad got up and twisted the knob. As soon as he did, a mountain of a man threw the door open. My dad is pretty big himself, but got knocked to the floor, grabbing the guy’s shirt on the way down. They started wrestling and fist fighting in the entrance of our doorway.

    I’m standing at the top of the steps looking down and watching all of this in slow-motion. My dad started screaming to get his shotgun out of his closet. I ran upstairs, grabbed the shotgun, ran back to the top of the steps and pumped a round into the chamber. Immediately after hearing the sound, the guy tries to run away, but my dad holds him down on the ground.

    At that time my neighbors had heard the yelling and scuffle and ran over. They called the police while my dad is holding this guy against the ground, and me, a 12-year-old kid, aiming a shotgun at the back of this dude's head. The police end up coming with their guns drawn and I put the shotgun on the sidewalk. The guy ends up getting arrested and supposedly had just gotten out of jail for a strong-arm robbery and battery.

    I can’t even imagine what would have happened if I had been alone, considering my dad has worked third shift my entire life, but it just happened on one of his nights off. My dad was literally a superhero to me after that day.

  • He Recognized The Wannabe Burglar

    From Redditor /u/dogtheplank:

    When I was about 16 or so, my dad, brother, and I were on the way home from church and saw that a truck we didn’t recognize was parked in front of our house. We had a long driveway, so by the time we pulled up and parked, my dad had told my brother and I to stay in the car as he figured out what whoever it was wanted.

    When we got close enough, we noticed that the guy - a big dude in his 40s, easily 6’6” with a giant beer belly - was hunched over by the front door. My dad is a teacher in a tiny town, so it wasn’t a surprise that he recognized the guy. He called out, “Jared? Is that you?”

    Jared turned, didn’t acknowledge my dad at all, and hustled back to the passenger side of the mysterious truck, grasping his 10-gallon hat to his head the whole time. He threw himself in head first and, his legs still dangling out the passenger door, yelled for the driver to go. They peeled out and we were left staring after them, wildly confused.

    We noticed later that he’d been trying to unlock the door with a screwdriver, but only succeeded in scraping up the doorframe before we caught him. The best part? The door was unlocked the entire time.

  • This Grandma Chased Off Thieves With Her Slipper

    From Redditor /u/chestertoronto:

    My girlfriend’s 80-year-old Portuguese grandmother was intruded upon. She lives alone in a big house because she loves her independence. They must have targeted her because she’s old and alone.

    They broke in the middle of the day assuming she wasn't there. She had just woken up from a nap when she peered out the bedroom seeing them. Most people would hide and call the cops, but no, Vavo fights! She screamed, “Wya you heeer!!!!” and chased them with a slipper.

    I think they were so shocked she was home; they bolted out the front door.

    An 80-year-old frail woman chased two guys out of her house with a slipper.

  • Her Dog Tore This Guy's Leg Apart

    From Redditor /u/womaninradio:

    I was home alone on a Saturday night and my roommate had left for the weekend. We often left the side door unlocked for friends who would go downstairs and crash on the couch. I would frequently hear "IT’S _____" as they would come in.

    So I'm laying in bed in my birthday suit reading a book at 2 AM and I hear the screen door open. My dog perks up at the noise. He's a 110-pound shepherd Newfie mix that looks like a wolf. He lets out a little "boof." Leaning forward in bed I can see the doorway. I look and see the doorknob turning. "Hello!" I shout. Thinking it was a friend.

    It was not a friend. A strange man's head poked through the door. We make eye contact. He has this weird look on his face as he proceeds into the landing."UH WRONG HOUSE." I screamed, thinking he was just in the wrong home. When I screamed, my dog got up and went to my bedroom doorway. The guy stopped in his tracks. My dog’s hackles raised and he started snarling. I was even scared by him a bit.

    The guy stopped when he saw my dog, and started backing up. "GET THE F*CK OUT OF MY HOUSE!" I screamed. My dog jumped. The guy fell backwards into the door and my dog grabbed him by the leg and shook him like a rag doll. I stopped caring about being naked at this point. I jumped out of bed and threw on my housecoat while this guy was screaming bloody murder. There was blood all over the floor.

    I grabbed my dogs back leg and sat down on the floor trying to hold onto him. The guy stumbled to his feet and grabbed the doorknob before looking back. He took a glance at me with my robe hanging open and my dog still snarling at him. "I WILL LET HIM GO." I screamed again. My dog jumped and I did my best to hold on, but one leg got out of my grasp and he lunged at the guy. The guy finally turned and fell out of the door. I immediately got up and locked it. There's blood all over my floor. My dog’s fur is still raised as he stands at the door growling.

    I called the police, they came, took a statement and left. I never found out what happened to the guy. I took my dog to the vet and he was fine. I never left the side door unlocked again. I've never been so thankful for my dog.