Must Do Preparation In Case a Home Invasion Happens

by Keith Morris

Topic: Home Security

According to the United States Department of Justice, there are approximately 2.5 million burglaries every year. Even more disturbingly, around 50% of these burglaries are home invasions. Although it may be assumed that the police are the most useful resource in such scenarios, only 13% of burglaries are solved by the authorities. 

Unfortunately, it’s quite common for home invasions to become violent. It’s critical for inhabitants to be prepared for worst-case scenarios. Putting security measures in place can drastically reduce the chances of an invasion. This is reinforced by the fact that residences without home security systems are 300% more likely to be robbed.


Invest in Security Equipment

If an incident does occur, security footage helps police identify and trace the criminals. It also makes insurance claims much easier to process.

Many home burglaries occur in the spur of the moment. A University of North Carolina study reported that only 12% of the burglars their respondents claimed that their crimes were planned in advance. Having a clear security presence in and around your home can be a significant deterrent for a home invasion.

While there is no guarantee that burglaries or home invasions won’t happen, installing even the most basic equipment is one of the most effective home invasion defense tactics. Here are some key home security items worth considering:

Lights

Lights create improved visibility, making home invaders easier to spot. No burglar wants to be seen, particularly as they attempt to enter a building, making lighting an effective deterrent. While standard lights are useful, motion detection lighting is even better. 

Motion lights are triggered when the sensors detect movement. This can catch an intruder by surprise, causing them to flee. These lights are also great if you have close neighbors as they are also alerted if the lights come on unexpectedly. In many cases, motion detection lights are a sign that there are more security measures in place. 

If you’re looking for low-cost preventative equipment, lights are an excellent option. 

Cameras

As technology continues to play an increasingly important role in everyday life, home surveillance systems are now more affordable than ever. While there are advanced security camera systems that are a significant investment, basic live video recording devices can be quite cheap. 

Cameras act as a massive deterrent to invaders. They are potential identifiers that increase the risk of being caught. If an incident does occur, security footage helps police identify and trace the criminals. It also makes insurance claims much easier to process. 

If your cameras are smart-enabled, you can check on your home remotely using an app on your phone or smart device. 

Video doorbell cameras are hugely popular security applications that allow you to see who is outside your door. As 34% of invaders enter through the front door, this is a useful yet discreet device.

Alarms

Security alarm systems provide 24-hour protection. They not only deter criminals and create alerts when intrusions occur, but they also connect your home to professional security companies who can intervene or alert the authorities if needed. 

Modern alarms often form just one element of a comprehensive security system. Smart technology allows for the seamless integration of various security features, including lights, cameras, and alarms. 

Dogs

Dogs are useful in several ways. From a preventative standpoint, they put off criminals and warn homeowners if someone unfamiliar enters the property. If an incident occurs, trained guard dogs can act as the first line of defense.


Reinforce Potential Invasion Points

Identify the access points within your home and ensure they’re as resistant to intruders as possible. Don’t put off replacing an old door or any single glazed windows. If you’re worried about locks and hinges, consider installing a smart lock or deadbolt to give it added reinforcement. 

Many burglars are adept at bypassing regular doors, locks, and windows. Consider using anti-kick door protectors and anti-break window films to make break-ins more difficult. If there are climbable objects around your home, like trees, make sure upper windows are also strengthened.


Create a Safe Room

The level of security in a safe room can vary. Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) approved designs that offer high-level protection in home invasions and dangerously high winds. 

Creating a safe room in your home doesn’t have to cost a lot of money. It involves identifying a room within the house that can be locked and secured with you and your family inside, should an invasion occur. 

The most important aspects of a safe room are that it is easily secured, defendable, and contains emergency supplies, and is enabled for communication with the outside.

Be Aware of Home-Defense Laws in Your State

It can be difficult to establish the best home invasion defense tactics if you don’t know the self-defense laws in your state. Depending on where you live, the level of defensive action you’re permitted to take varies. 

The National Conference of State Legislatures (NCSL) states that according to the common law principle of “castle doctrine,” inhabitants are entitled to use reasonable force (which can incorporate deadly force) to protect themselves from a home invader. 

However, there are state-specific interpretations of this principle that should be considered.

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Learn How to Use Self-Defense Weapons

Self-defense weapons are easily the most effective security tools when they are in the right hands. However, firearms can become a danger to the user if they’re not trained appropriately. Ensure you take a gun safety course and practice in your local shooting range if you intend to store and use a weapon for self-defense. 

It’s important you’re capable in terms of reloading and solving gun jams. You should also practice becoming an accurate shooter to give yourself the best chance of hitting your target. 

Other non-lethal self-defense weapons include tasers and pepper spray. These are relatively easy to use and can render an intruder incapacitated in an altercation.


Plan and Perform Test Runs With Your Family

Preparation is essential in executing a plan during an emergency. Ensure you take responsibility and create home-defense tactics for multiple emergency scenarios. The first and most important consideration is prevention. However, you should also be prepared for worst-case scenarios. 

If you have children, make sure they are allowed to learn what to do in emergencies so that they can follow your plan safely and effectively. Getting them out of harm's way should be the priority.


About the Author

Keith Morris is a 20+ year veteran of the security game, with the knowledge and experience to set you on the right track toward personal safety and security. His firm is committed to giving you the tools and know-how to combat any threat to your safety.

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