How To Prepare For A Home Invasion
A home invasion is when an intruder illegally enters a
private and occupied dwelling with
the purpose of committing a crime against the occupants such
as robbery, assault, rape, murder, or kidnapping. Home
invasion is generally an unauthorized and forceful entry
into a dwelling.
Knowing how to prepare for a home
and taking all the right precautions to protect yourself and you
loved ones can
give you peace of mind. You should plan and make preparations
well in advance of a potential home invasion.
Prepare Your House
- Don't rely on a chain latch to give you protection
when you open the door part-way.
- Don't open the door to solicitors or strangers.
- Never talk to strangers through an open doorway or a screen door.
- Always talk to strangers them through a locked door
or intercom system.
- NEVER let your children open the door.
- Install a home burglar alarm and keep it on all the
- Install strong steel doors or solid core doors that
- Install a 24-hour camera surveillance system.
- Use the peephole before opening your door at all
times. If there is no-one visible, do not open it.
- Install a CCTV monitoring system to monitor the
front of your house.
- Reinforce and strengthen the door jambs and hinges
with long screws.
- Call 911 immediately when you suspect a home
invasion is about to occur.
- Build a safe room in your house. Equip it with self
defense equipment and an extra mobile phone.
- Strengthen and "burglar proof" all exterior
entrances to your home.
- Install a camera that monitors the inside of your
- Set up a speed-dial on your phone to 911. Configure
it to speaker mode for the 911 operator to hear what's
- Devise and practice a home security plan and an
escape plan with your family. Include a meeting place in
case you get separated and instructions for notifying
- Coordinate a neighborhood watch with your neighbors.
- Install a good home alarm monitoring system. Place
home alarm system decals on your doors and windows.
Always lock all doors, windows and garages.
- Trim back bushes and trees near the house thereby
removing any places for intruders to hide.
- Install heavy-duty locks and window security
- Home-invaders may pose as delivery people, public
workers, or people in distress. Don't open the door.
Don't open the door unless you get phone numbers to call
- If someone claims to be hurt or in distress tell
them you will call the police for them.
- Install a second line or a cell phone in your safe
room or bedroom. Burglars may remove a telephone from
the receiver when they enter a home.
- Don't tell or brag to anyone about the possessions
in your house. Word spreads, even to the ears of
burglars and home invaders.
- Get non-lethal self defense weapons like a Taser or
a Pepper spray. If you choose to arm yourself with a
firearm always take the proper training courses.
- Request a police home inspection if one is offered
in your area. They will come out and look over your
house and tell you how you can make it safer.