Friday, June 15, 2012
What should you do if the DEA or the police break down your door?
Sadly, law enforcement officers have a nasty history of breaking into the wrong homes. The latest attack was just two days ago, in Aberdeen Washington. Here's the report, from various WA newspapers:
"Federal agents and officers broke down the door to the wrong home in Grays County during a series of drug raids. The resident told KBKW she was taking a shower when armed agents broke in and forced her outside in a bath robe. She later found out the search warrant had a different address than her home, where she lives with her 2-year-old daughter and mother."
At least she wasn't killed. In another case, police (using faulty information from a drug informant) raided an innocent couple in Lebanon, Tennessee. When they pounded on door, the wife—fearing a home invasion—yelled to her husband, “Baby, get your gun!” Shots were exchanged and her husband was killed.
One danger is that the a search warrant itself may contain the wrong address. Another is that--such as the case in Aberdeen--the agents don't pay enough attention to the address. The third danger is that you may have an enemy who arranges for anonymous calls to the police, saying marijuana is being grown in your home even though this is totally untrue. So what's an innocent person to do?
ARRANGE FOR ADVANCE WARNING
This is outlined in my e-book Dirty Tricks for Savvy Checks. If you have a dog that barks, that will put you on the alert. If no dog, an electronic dog can be used for the same purpose. Movement beyond the front door sets off a series of barks. In addition, you need to have one or more long-throw deadbolts in place, backed up by a door-jammer brace. That way, the first blow from the agent's sledge hammer will NOT break the door in, giving you time to act.
WHAT DO DO WHEN THE ATTACK COMES
If you have a gun, keep it with you but hide under the bed or in a closet or safe-room until you determine who it is. If you decide it must be a raid by the DEA, hide the gun and wait to be found. But if masked men break into your bedroom and you are in fear of your life, act accordingly.
For more information about fortifying your home and using weapons, see Dirty Tricks for Savvy Chicks (Ages 18-88).