This week, the news reported that actress Sandra Bullock called the police to report an intruder in her house. It took FIFTEEN MINUTES for the police to arrive at SANDRA BULLOCK’S home. She locked herself in her room, which has a SAFE DOOR. Below is a recording of her 911 call.
Most of us don’t have a vault door for our bedrooms (like Ms. Bullock does). Many of us have family spread out in multiple bedrooms. And, if you can’t defend yourself effectively…. 15 minutes…. well… By then, the police will simply be gathering forensic evidence around your lifeless body. Or maybe the intruder will have mercy on you and let you and your children live. Either way, the police will not be there in time to protect you. And, you should know that they have NO OBLIGATION to protect you, even if they do arrive in time. Read that last sentence again and click the link to learn more about that.
Are you ready?
Sandra Bullock’s intruder was a mentally disturbed stalker. Most of us aren’t celebrities who are more likely to have stalkers. While the probability of a home intruder is relatively low, the stakes are just as high for you and me as they are for any celebrity. And, home invasions do happen… with alarming frequency. Just do a search for “home invasion” on Google News. Click the link, and I’ll do it for you!
Hold on Ms. Bullock! I’ll save you!
She’s SANDRA BULLOCK and it took the police FIFTEEN MINUTES to get there. Think about that again. If YOU were a (male) police officer, how quickly would you move to be Sandra Bullock’s hero? And, it STILL took fifteen minutes.
The audio is hard to follow, but according to the written transcript, she was not armed and was alone. She is obviously and understandably quite frightened.
You don’t have to be rich…
Here’s my point. You have to decide where you stand on the notion of protecting yourself. Who do you believe is responsible and accountable for protecting you and your family? Do you really believe the police are able to (or even required to) protect
you and your family? Or is it YOU?
Do you have an alarm that is set at night (to warn you)? Do you have a dog? They make great sentinels and bad guys generally avoid dogs. Are you armed? If so, are you trained? Do you practice? Do you know your local laws (regarding self-defense) COLD? Do you have a plan that your whole family understands? Rehearsed? Do you have a safe room (most of us don’t)? Planning for a violent intruder is no different than planning for a fire. Again… low probability but high stakes.
The intruder in Sandra Bullock’s house was arrested.