Break-Ins, Robberies Rise During Summer Months: Are You Prepared?

Four of the five individuals arrested in connection with the Tenn. break-in. They all face charges of aggravated burglary.

Last Monday, in the a.m. hours, a Tennessee woman used her firearms to scare off five alleged burglars, one of which had forced his way into her residence.

“We were asleep, and I thought I had heard something but I wasn’t for sure,” the woman, Elsie Lee, told WBBJ. “I thought I was just dreaming something, and then I heard a big bang again.”

After realizing this wasn’t a dream, the mother took action.

“I got up and came running through the hallway and my gun was sitting on the dog cage, and the guy was standing in the kitchen. He had just busted my door open,” Lee said.

Lee confronted the man with a .45-caliber handgun and a shotgun.

“I put the gun in his face and asked him if there was something I could do for him, and he was gone just that quick,” Lee said. “I chased him out the back door trying to look at the tag number on the car, something I could describe other than just him.”

(Chart: DOJ)

Police later arrested five men in connection with the incident: Quentin Childress, 20, of Jackson, Jaylon Chiles, 18, of Biloxi, Miss., Amar Johnson, 21, of Jackson, Kendrick McMullin, 19, of Jackson, and a juvenile male.

All of them are facing charges of aggravated burglary.  While this type of incident can happen throughout the year, Madison County Sheriff’s Department spokesman Tom Mape explained that crime increases during the summer months.

“It’s that time of the year where kids will be getting out of school, bored with nothing to do, so you will see a lot more activities, especially burglaries,” Mapes said.

It’s true.  Crime statistics from the U.S. Dept. of Justice indicate that instances of burglary, motor vehicle theft, and household larceny are all higher in the summer than the winter, spring, and fall. The stats examined were from the years 1993 to 2010.

(Graph: DOJ)

What that actually shakes out to is that compared to summer rates, household property victimization rates (which includes the three aforementioned categories: burglary, vehicle theft, and larceny) are 7 percent lower in the winter, 8 percent lower in the spring and 3 percent lower in the fall.

The shift in crime from season to season is not huge but, at the same time, if you haven’t thought seriously about defending your castle or you haven’t updated your home defensive plan in years, now is as good a time as any to get it done.

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Obviously, it starts with a plan.  As they say, if you fail to plan you plan to fail.  So think about your plan and how all of your home defensive tools integrate within that plan.

Some things to consider: Do you have a home alarm system?  Do you have security cameras?  Do you have a good relationship with your neighbors (do you look out for one another)? Do you have a dog that acts as a default alarm?  Where are your firearms secured (Not to pick on Ms. Lee, but on top of the dog cage is probably not the best place)?  Can you access them quickly?  What are your children, spouse supposed to do during a break-in?  Is there a rallying point?  Who calls 911?  Do you have an exit strategy?  Are you mentally and physically prepared to engage a threat?  Have you trained with your firearms in a high-stress situation?

That’s really just the tip of the iceberg.  There’s a lot to consider and since everyone’s situation is different, it’s important that one tailor one’s plan to one’s own tools and personal strengthens and weaknesses.  Hopefully, you never have to employ your plan but if you do, you’ll be really glad you had one in place.

About the author: S.H. Blannelberry is the News Editor of GunsAmerica.

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  • Mike The Knife May 28, 2017, 6:34 pm

    She made Three mistakes.
    1. She should have had her gun ready at the bedside.
    2. She ran through the hall way(could have brought attention to herself and got herself killed by the shotgun or the .45.
    3. She spoke to the intruder.Her gun should have done all the talking that was needed. One shot to the upper body and one shot to the head.
    When these intruders get out, and they eventually will. They will most likely return to her home and finish the job they came for since she didn’t do hers.
    Very Scary to be politically incorrect ! She’s lucky to be alive along with her family

  • john creveling May 27, 2017, 10:04 am

    While I applaud Mrs.Lee for defending her home ” I came running through the hallway and my gun was sitting on the dog cage” is a recipe for disaster. Leaving an unsecured (I assume)loaded firearm anywhere is not good.If the perp is standing in the kitchen where is the firearm on the dog cage?Right next to him?Also do NOT “chase him out the back door to look at the tag number”there were FOUR other guys with him!Barricade the broken door take your gun and find the safest place in the house and CALL THE COPS!

  • Darryl May 26, 2017, 4:25 pm

    funny when i was in school we never were bored that was because we always went and found jobs for the summer so we could buy our own clothes for the next school year and save our parents the trouble of buying them for us. but kids now a days just want everything given to them and if they don’t get it then they go nuts because they have listen to some commie, progressive telling them that someone was suppose to be giving them everything for free because some other person made more money then they did.

    lazy got for nothing trash and they, blacks wonder why there are more of them in jail then other races, this is but one reason why. you don’t even have to go to school to figure this out either. she should have started pulling the trigger and not stopped till it went bang no more, only while they were in the house of course. hehehehe!!!!

  • Thomas Jefferson May 26, 2017, 9:19 am

    A man’s home is his castle. Any person has the right to protect their home, their property and their family. THE ABSOLUTE WORST THING you can do, if you do protect your home from a scumbag intruder, is call the cops. You are essentially opening yourself up to a litany of litigation, possible charges and jail time.
    A simple deep-woods ceremony and burial are your best options.

    • Rod May 26, 2017, 10:27 am

      Thomas, that is good for people like you and me that live further out in the woods, but in town after gunshots all the neighbors will come investigate and see you trying to bury evidence–not good. In town, the best thing to do is first make sure the bad guy or guys are no longer breathing, then call the cops. Problem solved!

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