We all want to feel safe in our own home. You never know what will happen when. A home invasion can occur at any time and to anyone. Preventing this from happening in the first place should be your number one priority. This is why we are discussing the best ways to protect and prevent a home invasion from happening to you.
You hear about it all the time. Recently where I live there have been people going around posing as employees of PECO. That is the electric company in Philadelphia. They knock on your door and say they have some free light bulbs that are energy efficient to install. Once in the house, they rob you.
What is the chance of becoming a victim of a home invasion?
3.7 million homes are broken into each year. That adds up to a break in about every 7 minutes. Many of those turn into a home invasion. According to the U.S. Department of Justice, 1.06 million of these invasions of the home occur each year. T
There are a lot of people in this world and you may think this can’t happen in your neighborhood. It can.
When do most of these invasions occur?
During the day. You wouldn’t think so, but it’s true. In fact, most occur between the hours of 10 am. and 3 pm. You would think criminals would want to wait until it’s dark out, but they don’t. The reasoning for this time frame is that most homes are empty during this time period while people are at work.
Most occur during the day. It can happen at any time.
2 kinds of home invasions
Random is when you don’t know the person or people that commit this crime.
You know who the perpatrators are. A Lot times these people have been in your home. Contractors, Plumber, Salesman or a Delivery person.
Lets say you are having your carpets cleaned. The guy asks to use your bathroom. while in there he proceeds to unlock the window. Now he can come back later and get in your house through this window.
Precautions to protect you from and prevent a Home invasion
- The first thing you will always want to do is have all windows and doors locked. Don’t forget about the windows and doors in your garage. Especially the door that leads from the garage to the inside of your house.
- Check all your doors to see where the hinges are located. You want all the hinges to be on the inside of the doors. It’s just too easy to remove the pins and then take the door away.
- Don’t answer the door with just a chain on it. Just about anyone can force the door open and break that chain or it pulls out of the door or the frame around the door.
- If you have blinds, consider bending making on slat open a little bit to create the illusion that someone is looking out.
- Women, put a pair of mens size 12 shoes or bigger outside of the front door. The size of the shoe will indicate there is a really big guy in there. Criminals want easy targets, they don’t want to get the crap kicked out of them.
- Get a camera for the front door. Most of the time a person wanting to break in during the day will ring the door bell to see if anyone is home. Something like the ring door bell would work great. You could also talk to them through it. This way they have no idea whether you are in there or not. If not a ring, a motion activated camera that alerts your phone will work well too.
- Reinforce your doors andwindows
- Put a lock on your circut breaker box. Turning off the power at the box may disbale your cameras and alarm system. Consider doing this especially if it is located outside. Doing it if it’s inside is a good idea too. Alarms give you a certain amount of time to disable them. Make it take longer to get into the circut breaker box so the alarm goes off.
- Know where the panic button is on your alarm or know the code to put in for a panic situation. Police respond much faster to panic alerts as 80 to 95 percent of alarms going off are false alarms.
- Put a sign out front that says you have an alarm, even if you don’t.
Two situations to be aware of so you don’t get fooled
This is a common scam to get into your house for a home invasion.
It is called “Damsel in distress”. This is when your house is being targeted.
Here is how it goes.
There is a group of people working together. A person, usually female, will try and get you to let them into your house. Once in, they will let others in the group in.
The person will knock on your door with the utmost urgency. Once you answer, they will say that a domestic abuse situation is happening or a rapist is after her. The other ploy is she will have a baby wrapped in a blanket so you can’t see if it is real or not. Then she will try and convince you that there is some type of medical emergency with the child.
If it’s a male at the door, beware of the same ploy.
He will try and persuade you that there is some kind of medical emergency and needs to get inside fast. The reason they want to get in so quick is to avoid an occupant of the home having time to dial 911. By the way, you should do just that. Call 911 and tell them there is a medical emergency with someone (specify male or female) and that you are going to let them in.
By doing this, they will move on as you have called their bluff. A police officer will show up at your door within minutes too.
Protect yourself and your family from a home invasion
Follow the tips above. Beware of the scams that scumbags try to use to gain entry into your home. If you are alert and take proper cautions, it should greatly reduce the chance of becoming a victim and a statistic of a home invasion.