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Protect Your House And Family Against Dangerous Home Invaders

by Dan Ruiz

Your home is supposed to be your castle. But when a home invasion occurs, it can become a terrifying prison. And your captors can be merciless, as the May 2015 home invasion in Washington, D.C. proved. In that case, a suspect or suspects kicked in the home's French doors to enter the house and then held four people captive before torturing and killing them all. The victims included a 10-year-old boy. Rich or poor, young or old, home invasions can and do strike indiscriminately across all demographics. So how can you protect your home and loved ones from a dangerous home invasion? The following are some tips and advice on how to make your castle into a fortress. 

Be Proactive

Don't wait until trouble strikes to protect your home. Instead, it's important to take proactive steps to secure your home against vicious home invaders. For example, consider installing an alarm system, which could alert the authorities if, say, a criminal were to kick in your back door or use a window to access your home. To ensure that your system works as effectively as possible, you need to:

  • Set it at night and whenever you leave your home. Unfortunately, too many families fail to set their alarm, which means that an intruder could enter while you are asleep or access your house while you are gone and then surprise you upon your return. 
  • Choose an alarm system that can be controlled by your smartphone or computer. Forget to lock a door or to turn on your alarm? With the new "smart" security systems, you can turn these and other features on and off remotely. 
  • Make sure that the control panel for your alarm is not visible from the outside of the house. According to Reader's Digest, intruders will check through decorative glass on doors or through windows to see if an alarm panel is armed or not. 
  • Add motion detectors to your security system that will set off a loud alarm or turn on floodlights if activated. Place these motion sensors near the main entrances to your home. 
  • Cameras. If you include cameras in your security system, you could check to see if an intruder is prowling around your home or has actually entered and then react accordingly. 
  • Ask the security company to add alarms to your windows. And make sure that all of your windows are closed and locked when you leave your house or when you are asleep. 

Other Steps to Protect Your Home

Here are a few more tips for keeping your family and home safe:

  • Choose a safe room in your house. This is the place where family members can hide during a home invasion. Tell your children they are to go to the safe room in the event of a home invasion and emphasize that they should not leave this room no matter what they hear going on outside. Popular Mechanics suggests that you have a landline and a flashlight in this room. If you decide to keep a firearm in this room, make sure that it cannot be easily accessed by your children. In addition, the doors to this room should be hinged so that they swing out. This will make it harder for a home invader to breach your safe spot. 
  • Arm yourself. But make sure to hit the gun range so that you know what you're doing. If you don't know how to safely and quickly operate your gun, you could end up losing your weapon to the home invaders or even shooting a family member.
  • Use household items to overpower the intruders. If it appears that your captors are going to harm you or your family members, you may need to take them out. So, for example, use wasp spray or bleach to blind an intruder. 

Hopefully, you will never have to fight off a home invasion attack, but if one occurs, it could save your life to be prepared. Contact local security companies to learn more about alarm systems you can have installed. 

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