I live in Mexico and have for the last 12 years. I am a member but never posted on this forum-subject until now. I am 73 years old and have had more than my share of narrow adventures and I know how to survive. The reason I am posting here is that I am facing the most serious problem that I have encountered in a long, long time. Two weeks ago, four clean cut adult Mexican men robbed a neighbor, a man my age, with a wife my wife’s age, at 3:00:A.M. They took money, expensive electronics, cell phone, the man’s nearly new Dodge pickup, then left them unharmed... They told him “you no problems we no problems” No weapons were exposed. He gave up everything without resistance and they left them unharmed. This Thursday night the neighbor three houses to the south of me experienced a similar situation. His wife woke up to find two men in the second floor bedroom. This time one of the intruders had a very nervous pistol and was masked. They made him open a safe, took cash, valuables, his electronics, cell phone and his SUV. This Friday about 10PM one of the local fishermen was kidnapped and ransomed later in the night. I am told the ransom was equal to 100 dollars. I have a nasty feeling that I could also be a target. The room where my wife and I sleep is small; concrete built, and has solid doors and iron grill work on the window. It is a secure structure. The major problem I have is no gun to defend myself. I have a pit bull that has taken care of small problems over the years He is now old and not as sharp as he once was. I have him tied to a weak string in front of my bedroom at night. He can easily break lose, if under pressure. I have put a spider wire trip cord in the back of the place; it is hooked to a piece of copper pipe that makes a loud noise when it hits the concrete floor of my garage. I hope the noise should at 2 AM scare the crap out of anyone sneaking up on us. My plan is, if the dog or the chimes go off, open the window. Yell as loud as I can “Get Lost *******s” in Spanish. Then shut the window and all lights and wait to see if they to attempt to break in. If they do then I guess I will try to negotiate. The odds of anything happening in the next few days are small... Monday I am going to try and buy a legal pistol for home protection. Meanwhile I want to make some sort of a bang stick out of pipe with the limited tool I have. I know that I can get 22 ammo, but I prefer a couple of 12 ga. shotgun shells. Any ideas on how to better defend my home during the time I am not armed? My plan is not to roll over, but to defend my wife and me, and scare them off enough not to try again… Any advice you can give me will be seriously and gratefully appreciated.