Today I want to give you a little something to think about. In the case Kentucky v. King some narcotics officers were chasing a suspect when he ran around a corner and out of their sight. When the officers arrived at the spot where the suspect was last seen and rounded a corner they found 2 doors leading to 2 different residences. The suspect was behind one of those 2 doors, no doubt because there was nowhere else to go, but the officers had no idea which residence it could be. They only had a 50/50 chance at picking the right door.
As the officers were trying to decide what to do they smelled marijuana smoke coming from one of the residences. They knocked on that door and identified themselves as the police. When the door was not answered but suspicious noises were heard inside the officers decided to kick the door in to force entry. Upon entering it became clear that this was not the location where the original suspect was located but while they were there the officers located some weed, some cocaine and some Crack!
The resident, Hollis King, was arrested for these drugs and upon conviction was sentenced to 11 years in prison. The US Supreme Court heard this case in 2011 and upheld the conviction stating that the officers didn’t have to abide by the 4th amendment when exigent circumstances were present.
If you are looking for a legal discussion you are at the wrong place. If you are looking for a moral discussion you are at the wrong place. However, if you want to talk about a man who is in jail for 11 years because he didn’t secure his door read on.
Just to get this out of the way, I think the officers in this case are great! Screw this crack dealing idiot! The fact is I don’t want that crap in my neighborhood driving down the value of my home and bringing in extra attention from law enforcement that could cause problems for my privacy goals. Now let’s try to learn from his mistake. The easy thing would be to not smoke weed unless it is legal where you live. It has a potent smell and it will negate any privacy you ever thought you wanted. With that out of the way, I want to talk about the most important thing. You have got to secure your home!! I can’t stress that enough!
This crack dealer should thank his lucky stars that it was police who kicked in his door instead of a rival drug dealer who would have shot him in the head and took all his stuff. In fact, even those of us who are not drug dealers need to take a lesson here. Anybody could be coming for you at any time. Are you up for that? Just think about right now. Right this instant if your door was flung open by somebody with ill will what would you be exposed to?
Here’s my advice. Get you a couple of good deadbolts; one for the top and bottom of the door. I also like the “Door Sentinel” at www.mysafedoor.com. They are not paying me to advertise for them either. I just like the product. Here’s my other point: when you finish securing your door ask yourself if you think you could find a way to break it down. Then secure against that. If you have a hardwood or smooth tile floor it’s not a bad idea to slide a large piece of furniture in front of the door when you are in for the night.
After you have secured all your outside doors you should repeat the process for your bedroom or panic room. Just make sure it is a room you could reasonably retreat to (preferably in the center of the house in case of dynamic entry through a wall). I recommend reviewing my blog on stopping burglars as well.
The days of passively exclaiming “I don’t have anything to worry about because I don’t do anything” are over. There are desperate people out there and sometimes good and bad guys can hit the wrong door. Chance will always favor the prepared.