June 31, 2014
By: Former Narcotics Officer, Barry Cooper and Andy The Anonymous Police Lieutenant
Over 2 million Americans are imprisoned while masses continue being arrested each year because they opened the door for the police. More than 100 American families have their homes raided by SWAT teams every single day and only 7 percent of all SWAT deployments are for “hostage, barricade or active-shooter scenarios.” To counter this mass offensive against U.S. citizens, we have discussed expert tips in this article to help keep cops out of your home. For instance, police can and will throw flash-bang stun and smoke grenades through you window to disorient the occupants. Police recently blew the face off an infant after tossing a stun grenade into the baby's crib. One good method to reinforce your windows and make them “puncture proof" is to apply any type of window film (clear or tinted) to make them stronger and somewhat shatter proof. The plastic film will stop a grenade from entering your house causing the bomb to detonate outside of your home.
Let's begin by discussing tips on how to handling police when they come knocking at your door. Then, we will discuss more ways to fortify your home.
Receiving an anonymous tip or hearing a rumor about you is not enough evidence for police to get a search warrant for your house. Instead of taking the time to do a real investigation to determine if the rumor is fact or fiction, the police will perform a "Knock and Talk", also known as a "Tap and Rap", on your front door. Their intention is to trick you into opening the door so they can claim an odor of marijuana is coming from inside your house. Police will lie and say they smell marijuana when they don’t. After detecting the supposed odor, the cops now have probable cause to enter your home and detain you while they get a search warrant.
To counter this tactic used to violate your 4th Amendment right, which protects you from an unreasonable search and detainment, simply refuse to open the door. Be prepared for the police to threaten you will all manner of retaliation including returning with a search warrant. If they could leave and return with a warrant, they would have arrived with the search warrant and kicked your door instead of knocking at your door. If the police do leave to obtain a search warrant, you will have plenty of time to rid your dwelling of any contraband before they return.
Other popular and well meaning lawyers and activists teach to open your door and step outside and immediately shut the door behind you when meeting the police on the porch. This method DOES NOT WORK for reasons discussed above. I have been retained by dozen of clients who used this method and are now in a big jam because they opened the door.
NEVER OPEN YOUR DOOR FOR THE KOPS! Make them kick it. If the police had a right to be in your house, they would be kicking, not knocking. You have the right to screen who comes in and out of your house which also applies to police officers. Citizens are under no obligation to allow police to enter their homes.
Watch this short video as Barry demonstrates how to deal with police when they come knocking. This clip was taken from Barry's NeverGetBusted DVD, Volume 2: NeverGetRaided. Although this tactic is still extremely effective, a new Supreme Court ruling allows police to kick in doors if they smell marijuana and hear what they think are persons destroying evidence inside the home. Read that story here.
Unlike the demonstration in this video, sometimes it's better to simply remain silent and not answer the door.
Fortifying Your Home
#1 In 1980, there were around 3,000 SWAT raids in the US. Now, there are more than 80,000 SWAT raids per year.
#2 79 percent of the time, SWAT teams are deployed to private homes.
#3 50 percent of the victims of SWAT raids are either black or Latino.
#4 In 65 percent of SWAT deployments, “a battering ram, boot, or some sort of explosive device” is used to gain forced entry to a home.
#5 62 percent of all SWAT raids involve a search for drugs.
#6 In at least 36 percent of all SWAT raids, “no contraband of any kind” is found by the police.
#7 In cases where it is suspected that there is a weapon in the home, police only find a weapon 35 percent of the time.
#8 More than 100 American families have their homes raided by SWAT teams every single day.
#9 Only 7 percent of all SWAT deployments are for “hostage, barricade or active-shooter scenarios”.
#10 Even small towns are getting SWAT teams now. 30 years ago, only 25.6 percent of communities with populations between 25,000 and 50,000 people had a SWAT team. Now, that number has increased to 80 percent.
In some states it is illegal to fortify your house for the purposes of denying entry to law enforcement but it's not illegal to fortify your home to make it harder for "bad guys" to enter. In the end, virtually any house can be broken into by anyone and success is just a matter of the available time, tools on hand, and the amount of resistance the bad guys meet from the homeowner. The main goal is to slow down the bad guys long enough so you are never caught off guard and have time to prepare. I do not advocate violence or force against law enforcement or any persons. If the police have a search warrant, they will enter your house. Fight the cops in court but never during a raid or arrest. On the other hand, if it’s another criminal trying to enter your house, do whatever you can to protect your family.
Securing Your Doors
The exterior doors to your house (front door, back door, ect.) are the weakest points. If you have anything other than a solid core hardwood or steel encased door, GET RID OF IT. If you have any glass windows in your door, or along the sides of your door frame, get rid of it. A thousand dollar door with a two hundred dollar lock can be defeated in seconds by simply breaking a window and reaching in and unlocking the door. For the same reasons, sliding glass doors also must go. Once you have a solid core (windowless) doors in place, you need to reinforce them. A standard door mounted to a standard frame can be kicked open by a teenager with a pair of converse high tops. You need to make sure your door is kick proof. You may also want to look at a heavy metal screen or storm door. Another option is to build a cage inside your home that surrounds the door you want to protect. When the cops smash open the door and step inside, they find themselves in a small jail that contains a heavily chained cage door that cannot be forced open. I've seen this method used in many drug houses and it's very effective.
Although The Door Sentinel website sells a kit for under $50.00, you don’t have to buy their products. You can get everything you need at a local hardware store but the website will explain the concept behind fortifying your doors. Here is a photo of the Door Sentinel system which is a set of cold-rolled steel metal plates that harden your door to prevent door kick-ins and forced entry. The Door Sentinel installs in minutes and will fit almost every door. You will be impressed if you watch the short video that demonstrates how well this product works. (NeverGetBusted is not associated with The Door Sentinel in any way and this is not an advertisement.)
Securing Your Windows
If the bad guys can't get in the door, they may try the window. Also, the police can and will throw flash-bang stun and smoke grenades through you window to disorient the occupants. There are three good methods to reinforce windows and make them “puncture proof”. You can replace the glass with a plastic or synthetic window, such as plexiglass or you can apply various types of window film (clear or tinted) to make them stronger and somewhat shatter proof. The plastic film will stop a grenade from entering your house. There is also the iron window bars option but this method could cause you to stick out more than you would like.
Alarms and Cameras
NeverGetBusted has always recommended to never answer the door when the police are knocking. But how do you know who’s knocking without making it obvious you are home? Opening the blinds or curtains to look outside, or even using the doors peephole can give away the fact that your home. The solution may be a wireless video camera. These cameras are relatively cheap, easy to install, and can be viewed on most computer devices. One point to consider: a camera mounted near the door of your house is a tale tell sign to law enforcement that something is up. Some police agencies have even gone as far as to create a list of all houses in their jurisdiction that have a video camera near their front door. However, with a little planning and some carpentry work, you can easily conceal the camera.
Another early warning system that I recommend is a driveway alarm. These are basically a set of two sensors placed on either side of your driveway. They are usually wireless and mount easily to a tree or post. When something or someone breaks the invisible plane (IR-laser beam) a warning tone sounds at the base station inside your house. This system may not be practical if you have a short driveway or if you live in an apartment complex but is really effective for longer driveways.
Hopefully these suggestions help get you thinking. There is a wealth of home security tips on the internet. Please feel free to comment other tips below. Share the knowledge.
About The Author
"You may have seen him on the pages of Maxim, or during one of his many appearances on CNN, Fox News and Spike TV. He’s the cop who turned against the drug war. In American pop culture right now, there’s nobody quite like him. As one of the former top drug cops working the Texas highways, he was ferocious, bringing down hundreds of people for possessing even tiny amounts of an illegal substance.In his new life as an anti-prohibition crusader and activist filmmaker, he’s just as ferocious, but now it’s his former colleagues in law enforcement who are sweating his intimidating gaze…Cooper is on a mission to free America’s pot prisoners and take down the abusive cops he once sought to emulate. In the terminology of war, Barry is an insurgent, lobbing bombs into the fourth estate as his form of penance for all the people he put behind bars on drug offenses.”—True/Slant
Barry Cooper has received global attention by being reported in over 700 newspapers and magazines including Rolling Stones, High Times, a feature in Maxim Magazine and a front cover feature in Cannabis Culture Magazine and the Texas Observer. He has been a guest on numerous radio shows and every cable news channel including MSNBC Tucker Carlson, FOX Geraldo At Large, ABC I Caught, NBC Mike and Juliet Morning Show and NPR’s, This American Life. He has also appeared as drug and legal expert in five episodes of SPIKE TV’s reality show, MANSWERS. Barry recently starred with Woody Harrelson, 50 Cent, Eminem and Susan Sarandon in the anti drug war documentary, "How To Make Money Selling Drugs." The movie features Barry freeing prisoners.
“Barry was even better than he says he was. He had a knack for finding drugs and made more arrests and more seizures than all of the other agents combined. He was probably the best narcotics officer in the state and maybe the country during his time with the task force.” –Tom Finley, Commander Permian Basin Drug Task Force
(Barry giving speech at the Texas State Capitol)