Most parents sit down with their children and talk about what to do during a fire. A lot of parents also sit down with their children to discuss how to deal with strangers. But very few ever sit down to discuss what to do during a home invasion robbery. Even if you have the best home alarm money can buy, the risk is still there. This article will look at some of the statistics and offer basic home security tips in the event of a burglary.
Going through a home invasion robbery is an extremely traumatizing experience, and it is important to take steps to prevent and prepare for this event. Most of us hear reports of it on the news and still feel that it could never happen to us, but it is vitally important to develop a home invasion plan as this crime has been steadily on the rise for years. Many burglars enter homes by force when they know the family is home. They hope to use the threat of violence to get what they want from the family. Reports show that nearly half the number of home invaders carry weapons, and that 47% of victims who experience home invasion sustain some sort of physical injury.
The most obvious preventative measure is to invest in a home security system. According to my local Phoenix security company, nation-wide statistics prove that the mere presence of an alarm system sticker can keep away burglars. Phoenix security services are abundant, as they are in many cities, and the prices for the best home security systems is much more affordable these days because of competition.
If you believe your home has been invaded follow these steps.
Try to stay calm. It is terrifying when you believe that there are dangerous burglars in your home, but you must try to remain relaxed. This is especially true if you have children and need to guide them out of the home. If children see their parents loose their cool, they are most likely to act out their anxiousness as well. Plus, a crying child will alert burglars that someone is in the home.
Do not investigate. Most homeowners want to figure what the noise they heard downstairs was. It is a bad idea to go looking for burglars. Remember, burglars often use violence when they are startled so if you suddenly point a bright flashlight at them when you turn a corner your physical safety is severely at risk.
Immediately get out of your home. If you believe that your home is being burglarized get out as quickly and quietly as possible. Try using a back door or fire escape where you won’t be noticed.
Call the police. Let the police do the investigating. Even if you are not 100% sure that your home has been invaded, call the police and let them check it out for you. Too many lives have been needlessly lost when homeowners investigated on their own. Do not think about feeling stupid if it’s a false alarm. Your safety is too important.
Hopefully these basic home security tips have helped. The overriding concern that comes through is the safety of you and your family above that of your property.