Several weeks ago my wife and I got back from picking up my Yugo m70ab2 mod that a friend of mine was working on. I pulled up to my house and parked the car. My wife and I went inside and got our dogs to take them for a walk. we got back about 20 minutes later. My wife started to open the back door to go outside again when she heard a thud from upstairs. She had a strange, scared looked on her face and told me what she heard. There was no sign of a forced entry, but based on her look, I decided to investigate and headed up the stairs. The lights were off upstairs. I took no more than 3 steps when I heard a loud thud myself. Well, that did it. I looked at my wife and told her to get the dos (puppies) and get in the car. I locked the back door so whoever was up there couldn't just run out the back, but would have to leave through the front. I got my Yugo m70 from the trunk and ran back in the house and yelled upstairs that I was calling the police. All of my ammo was upstairs in my closet! So I was basically going to have to bluff them if they came down and confronted me. The called police with the rifle in one hand and waited in the car with my wife. We were parked directly in front of the house with the engine running, and the lights shinning into our house. I told my wife that we'd wait for the police to show up, but I wanted a good look at whoever would run out the front door. In retrospect, I don't know if that was smart or not. The first LEO showed up withing 5 minutes. That was pretty quick. He was really nice, and I told him what my wife and I heard. He called for backup. Another officer showed up and they unholstered their pistols and broke out their flashlights. As they cleared the house I felt my heart beating pretty quickly and my wife and I were expecting to hear some gunshots. Well, after a couple of minutes they came back down and said that they did a pretty thorough check, but found nothing. I went back inside with them and we searched the place together. They were really nice and told me that I did the right thing. "Better safe than sorry". They asked me about my rifle, because I left the case on the couch. I told the officer that all the ammo was upstairs. He said that the rifle would have been a nice club. We laughed and they left. What a great bunch of guys. I made sure to call them as I've been robbed twice in my life as an adult (once at gunpoint, and the other time at knife point), and once as a child. I came face to face with the dude who broke into our house and I was five. That's another story though. It turns out that the noises that my wife and I heard were the result of a bag of toilet paper falling; once from a shelf above onto the dryer, and then a second time from the dryer onto the floor. What are the odds of this happening? We got a laugh out of it after the fact, but were pretty freaked at the time. So, the question I have is what would you guys and gals do in this situation? You'd be entering your place with someone already there. It's a little different from defending yourself when you're already there. Would you try to clear your house alone or wait for the police?