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Personal Defense Network: Manning the Barricade During a Home Invasion



Click on the picture above to watch defense expert Rob Pincus outline your home-invasion strategy!

It’s 3 a.m. and you wake to a nightmare: Home invaders have breached your exterior defenses.

The Personal Defense Network is keyed to real-world situations, and in the real world, home invaders want you surprised and compliant. The Personal Defense Network’s Rob Pincus knows that in this moment, you must never give the home invader what he wants. If you’ve been surprised in Condition White (hey, everyone has to sleep sometime) and woken up to Condition Black, you need to take the best advantage you can, and that’s a barricade. In this video, Pincus discusses where you should position yourself inside a barricade location … and why. By “barricade room,” Rob means not necessarily a “safe room” with a vault door, cameras, and self-contained breathing apparatus, but any space where you can hide so it is more difficult for a threat to get into a position to hurt you and perhaps your family members.


This barricade location could be a bedroom in your home with a reinforced door and deadbolt lock, or it could be the office at the back of a store that’s being robbed or where a mass killing is happening. Where do you position yourself inside that smaller space?

1. 90 degrees offline from the line of travel. In other words, if the room has one door, the bad guys will come in by it, so position yourself perpendicular to the door.

2. Greater than two arms’ reach from the point of entry (door). That’s the full extension of your arm and the full extension of the threat’s arm.


When Rob teaches this in classes, students often want to talk about where the hinge on the door is and should they be behind the door as it opens or in front of it so they can see who is coming through (it may be the police), and whether the door opens inward or outward.

If you’re talking about a public space, you most likely don’t know this. If you’re talking about home defense, you know or should learn these details about your home so you can do some advance planning. Think about the layout of the most likely barricade location in your home and if it is viable for you to be 90 degrees offline and greater than two arms’ reach from the entry. Perhaps furniture is positioned in all of those spots — then what should you do?

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