Although you can of course find the full story easily enough online, I have removed the names as it is the action, rather than the poor victims that form the basis of the thread. Police have launched a murder investigation after a man was killed by thieves who stole his car. Officers were called to an address on ********** **** in ******** at 3am this morning. Police say that the residents at the house, ******* ******* and his wife were awoken by a loud bang downstairs. Mr ******* went down to see what was happening and shortly afterwards shouting was heard from the rear of the property. He was then found in the parking area at the rear of the address with serious injuries. He was taken to hospital but sadly died a short time later. His car, a ***** **** **, had been stolen. Things like this happen all over the world all the time, and whilst it is perhaps a naturally unthinking reaction to try to protect your possessions, the reality is that is are they worth dying for? If you can afford nice things it is reasonable to assume you can afford insurance to replace them if they are lost or stolen. Most possessions can be replaced, where as you or your loved ones cannot. It is of course easy after the fact to say that victim in this case should have stayed inside the house and called the police. Perhaps he would never have gotten his car back as it would have been wrecked or torched before the police found it, but his insurance would replace it. They can’t replace him. But that is why it is important to think about such scenarios in advance, So that if they happen you stick to your plan, in order to subdue your natural reaction to fight/protect what is yours. For example, if your teen has a smart phone what would they do if someone tried to take it. Are they worried about being in trouble with you for losing it, or have you explained to them they should hand it over, as you want them home safely? Have you thought about what you would do if you came downstairs and found someone stealing your car/in your shed? The time to put a plan in pace if before, not wish a loved one (or have a loved one wish you) had acted differently with hindsight. It reminds me of a time when a student asked me if we practiced any knife defences. I told him there were a couple in the next grade, and then asked him why he was asking. He told me he had had his bicycle stolen twice, at knife point. I then asked him if he wanted to know what to do if it happened again, and he said he did. I told him that if it did happen again he should hand his bike over and then go home and tell his parents. Whilst he could learn the techniques in the syllabus, and whilst they make work the first, second or even third time, the consequences of the one time they go wrong were significant. Although his parents would perhaps be mad his bike had been stolen again, they would rather have to replace bike to replace than a son. We never saw him again. To this day I still don’t know if that is because he had never thought about it that way before and agreed, or if he thought I was an idiot.