The recent kidnapping case of Jayme Closs and the cold-blooded murder of her parents should serve as a wakeup call for people of the “it can’t happen to me” or the “nothing bad ever happens here” crowd. I am sure those same thoughts went through her parents’ minds, before the morning of October 15th, 2018.
According to authorities on that night at around midnight 21 year old Jake Patterson knocked on the door of the Closs home. Jayme’s father, James Closs appears to have answered the door (it appears to have been kicked in) and was found dead of gunshot wounds near the front door. Denise Closs was found elsewhere in the home, also shot to death. A 911 call was made from the Closs home at 12:56am, and all the dispatchers heard was a lot of yelling. From this audio investigators have determined that Jayme was inside the home and on their arrival she was missing. At 3:37am Jayme was officially listed as missing.
It appears from all indications that the suspect targeted the family to abduct Jayme. We do not yet know why or how he came to target her.
Fast forward to this last Friday, Jan 11th, 2018 at about 4:43 p.pm., and Jayme was found near a housing development just outside Gordon, Wisconsin. Alive thank goodness, and in apparent good condition.
So how does one prepare and “get ready” for an attack on your home and family like this? How can anyone even think that someone might try and do this to you or yours? Easy, it does, will and can so prepare for it and hope it never happens! It’s like insurance, something you have and hope to never have to use.
So let’s imagine someone knocks on your door at 12 am. First, why would you even answer the door? And in addition to that why would you do so unarmed and not ready to defend your home? I am willing to bet that the Closs’s do not have a camera system that shows the front door. I do. A simple check of the camera (takes seconds) would have shown James that the person knocking on the door was a stranger and it would have possibly shown him that Patterson was armed. Had that happened a simple call to 911 while being armed yourself inside the home would have probably prevented this whole thing.
So what can you do to prevent this type of home invasion and kidnapping from happening? Simple take simple precautions to secure your family and home. Get a good deep deadbolt and a steel front door. Get a camera system (they are very inexpensive these days) for the front door. If you really want to make a good security system, get cameras that cover all sides of your home. I bought the Ring doorbell for my home, and the Blink camera system for all sides of my home. They are great. Send alerts to me on my phone at work so I can see who is at my home when my wife and son are home. My wife has access to the camera feeds also, and is also armed at home if needed.
That brings me to arming yourself. Many people are fearful of firearms. Most of the time this is because they have never handled or been shown the proper way to handle them. Firearms in the home are not some scary boogyman that is going to jump up and shoot someone. Firearms are just a tool, like anything else you buy do to protect yourself. The only difference is that they require that you learn to use them properly and train with them to be proficient enough with them to make them effective tools of self-defense. While it is your right to own one, I also recommend you get training with it to make it more effective as a tool for defense.
I do not have enough room or time to write out all of the things you should do to train correctly. Best thing you could do is find a local gun range that provides training in the use of firearms and take a few classes. They are worth it. In the grand scheme of things how much is your life and the life of your family worth?
Or you can always be one of the “it will never happen to me or my family” group and when it does, you can then either be dead, or planning the funeral of a loved one. I choose to be prepared, having seen firsthand others having to do those very things.
Here is an article I wrote some time ago “Responsible Firearms Ownership: I Bought a Firearm for Self-Defense, Now What?” That should help you if you decide to take you and your families security into you own hands as you should. Take it from a lifelong cop, we cannot protect you and your family. We are minutes away when sometimes seconds count!