How To Survive A Home Invasion
To reduce the risk of a home invasion, you want to have a home security system in place and
practice routine safety habits like always locking doors and keeping your home well lit. It's always best to be
prepared for the worst and hope for the best. This is true even with home security.
In case the unthinkable happens though, you want to have a plan in place so your family knows what to do in
order to stay safe. Starting at a very young age, you should teach your children about home safety. Teach them
how to dial 911 or how to push the alarm button on the security system. Help them to understand the appropriate
times to call for 911, like if they see a stranger trying to break into the house. Children should also be
taught to never open the door to strangers, or to tell strangers they are home alone.
Your emergency plan should also include instructions for how to get out of every room in the home
and where to run to for safety. Determine the best course of action for your family. If you have close neighbors,
screaming for help might be effective. If no one lives nearby, screaming or running for help might waste precious
time. In those instances, finding a hiding place and being quiet might be a better course of action. If your home
has a safe room, practice using it and teach children how to secure it from the intruders.
Fighting home invaders is probably not the best option unless you are going to do it to buy time to get away or get
help. Intruders would be motivated to fight back and would probably be stronger and more skilled than you. If you
strike, aim for a vulnerable spot like the eyes or groin so you will gain a few moments to escape. If the robber is
armed, your best option might be to comply and sit quietly while your home is robbed.
Home security experts suggest you do not allow yourself to be tied up or taken from the home if there is any way
you can fight and prevent it from happening. If you have a gun in your home for protection, only grab it if you
know how to use it and are willing to shoot the intruder. Otherwise, he may take it from you and use it on you
During a home invasion, you will be excited and scared. It will be difficult to think straight. That is why it is
important for you and your family members to practice various emergencies that could occur in your home so when the
unthinkable happens, the proper reaction is automatic. Most of all, you should have a good security system in place
to guard your home so you will have plenty of warning if an intruder does try to force his way inside.
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