According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, there is a burglary every 20 seconds in the United States. This is a scary prospect as a homeowner, but even scarier to think you and your family may be at home when a break-in happens. The U.S. Department of Justice reports that 27.6% of homeowners were home when an intruder broke in. If an intruder ever breaks into your home, it’s critical that you know what to do to stay safe. Here are what our security professionals recommend:
1. Make A Plan Now
If you do not already have a plan for a potential home invasion, you need to make one now. A home invasion strategy should include:
• How you and your family will escape your home if someone breaks in
• How you will contact the authorities in the event of a home invasion
• What room you can designate as a safe room if you cannot get out of your home
You will not only need to make a plan, you will need to test the plan. A great idea is to set up a drill with your family where you stage a break-in. This will not only ensure everyone is prepared, but that you can identify any holes in your plan.
2. Stay Calm And Keep A Level Head
A home invasion is possibly the most frightening thing that could happen to you and your family. However, panicking is the last thing you want to do. Staying calm will help you keep your wits about you and formulate the best plan to stay safe. If you find yourself becoming overwhelmed with fear, force yourself to breathe deeply. Deep breaths will naturally help your body calm down.
3. Do Not Confront The Criminal, But Defend Yourself
No matter your skill level in combat, the last thing you want to do is confront an intruder. They may be armed and extremely dangerous. The best thing you can do is try to get your family and yourself as far away from the criminal as possible. If you are face to face with the intruder, and you have no other recourse, defend yourself. Just make sure that you have the right tools like pepper spray or if you are properly trained, a weapon.
4. Call For Help As Soon As Possible
Calling for help from law enforcement is critical to keep your family safe. Make sure to have an easy way to contact law enforcement from any room or simply keep your cell phone on you fully charge at all times. If you have a security system, a great idea is to also buy active monitoring. That way if something happens and you can’t get to a phone, your security company will contact law enforcement for you.
These tips will help during a home invasion, but you also want to make sure that you do what you can to prevent a home invasion in the first place. The best way to do so is with a comprehensive and fully support home security system from Supercircuits. We offer the latest and most technologically advanced home security systems that will deter criminals, warn you if there is an incident, and help you contact the authorities to come help. Call us today to get started protecting your family.