Safe or panic rooms are growing in popularity, but there are plenty of homeowners who have a common objection: Why would I want one when I have a 12-gauge shotgun? That’s a perfectly valid point, especially if the word “retreat” is not an option to you.
The reasons can be condensed into three:
- to store supplies and gear.
- to protect vulnerable members of your family or group.
- as a last-ditch hiding option if your home is broken into and overwhelmed.
This doesn’t mean that you should automatically retreat into your panic room once your home is penetrated, but it does mean that you are prepared for the worst to happen.
In fact, safe rooms can be a valuable asset even to those who do not have a retreat mentality or are tactically trained.
A safe room can also serve you well even when you’re not home. The majority of burglaries happen when residents are away. A safe room is an excellent place to store all of your valuables and supplies: jewelry, firearms, ammunition, prized possessions, money, essential stockpiles – virtually anything that is important.
Having a safe room, though, does not mean that you intend to be a victim. On the contrary, it means that you want to avoid interactions with a force of intruders you can’t handle, or want to protect those in your group who are ill-equipped and/or prepared to fight.