I have been wondering what others do to protect their property/family in case of a home invasion. I have been reading books,web pages,and watching videos.I have done some things,but I want to do more. I want to be more ready if the unthinkable happens. Some things I have come across are: Follow instinct-better safe than sorry Solid doors,no windows Better lock Kick plate with longer screws Smaller windows that are higher up Covering on windows to reduce breakage Fencing with gates Gun-shot gun,handgun,rifle Dogs Self defense classes Teaching kids NEVER to open the door just because someone rang/knocked Reminding yourself never to open the door just because someone rang/knocked Peep hole for door-chains are useless A secure room in the house(solid doors and kick plates that can not be kicked in) A whole house security system(brinks?) Bat,golf club,mace,knife in various locations Cell phone on hand in case lines are cut Keep windows and doors locked at all times. Locks on garage and/or shed Something on hand to use as a weapon while in yard(we had a loose dog attack one time) Alarms on windows Security cameras Driveway alarm Outdoor security lights While out: If you notice a car follwing your turns drive around the block to lose them rather than turning into your drive I know there are more.I have done some of the things listed.What have you done?I find that the more things I do the less I am feeling fearful.