My wife and I are on the cusp of a good neighborhood and a decent neighborhood; my building is pretty safe & my apt itself is safe. The area has gotten much better with alot of redevelopments. My apt is on an Upper floor, HM doors with HM frames w/ two deadbolts (no kicking in). AND can't forget a bunch of retirees that makes for a calm building and a dozen look outs watching what's going on (haha). I feel as though I am generally ready if a break-in attempt were to occur, though in my area they are extremely rare. My original idea of getting a pistol was really a 50/50 split for target shooting & enjoyment and HD. Current Situation: There have been some wandering homeless and extra activity in the neighborhood lately. They tend to stay on the periphery of the neighborhood but I am still aware of everything. I really just don't want to get that feeling of helplessness in protecting my pregnant wife. I know many have mention going to a firearm as a last resort which I agree to, but what happens when you are in small apartment? An alarm or a dog does nothing for you if your front door is >25 ft from your bed. It would take some effort to get to my door in general. How should do you prepare & react? If someone tried to break in the front door, what then? In my apt, and this theoretical circumstance, I have to assume "he/she/they" means harm and have to defend the threat to my family as needed. I have no doubt my older neighbors would have 911 on speed dial immediately and a local police couple (female is an officer and male is Detective for the city) live upstairs. Nevertheless I'd still have to react to the problem at hand. Ideas, comments, strategies?