A family in the Lakeview neighborhood was targeted by a daring burglar who used a 30 lb. patio brick to break into their home as they slept. The thief managed to escape quickly with credit cards and cash. Fortunately, he was caught by a security camera surveillance breaking into a different house and searching through multiple floors while homeowners were inside. Surprisingly, incidents like these are common therefore it’s vital to address them proactively.
You wake up to the sound of an intruder in your home. The alarm wasn’t triggered so you are unsure if you enable it. Did the intruder enter through the main door where the motion detectors are installed or did they managed to disable it? These following tips can help you take action to control the situation.
Remember they decided to enter your personal space. You are familiar with your home and therefore in control.
Do not bring attention to yourself. Making noise will give away your location. Don’t yell out “I have a gun or I called the police.” Even if both are true.
Lock your room.
Secure your room by locking and using furniture to block the door .
Press the panic button.
Press the panic button. This button works even when your alarm system is disarmed. However, you should know you a stress code. This is a 3-digit number that is used to secretly convey the presence of an intruder.
Dial 911 and follow their instructions.
If you don’t have a panic button, call 911 and keep them on the line while you execute the next step.
Escape through a window.
Mainly if you find yourself on the first floor. If you are not able to leave the house, your first thought might be to confront the intruder. This is not the smartest move. The intruder didn’t hesitate breaking into you home when they knew there was a possibility you were there. If he injures you, who will protect your family? If possible, find a place to hide and remain on the line with the operator until the police arrives.
If you possess a camera system and can view the cameras remotely, log in, and give a description of the subjects to police.
Even though we highly discourage confrontation, our next blog How to Safely Escape a Home Invasion Part 2 will discuss what to do when confronting an intruder is inevitable.