Take a look at the news and newspapers and you will likely find a case of robbery and home invasion. In our minds, our homes are where we ought to feel the safest. Where we can relax from a tiring day with family. However, the reality of things is that you are not safe even in your home.
For this reason, you need to ensure that a home security plan is in place. This will make it harder for the burglar to infiltrate and cause harm buying you and your family enough time for the police to arrive. Let’s take a look at how we can make this happen.
Make It Tough to Break In
Now there are plenty of ways that you can go about doing this. One is to ensure that the external doors are heavy duty. This is probably straightforward but you would be surprised at how many old houses still have weak external doors.
Check for the plants around your home. Are they able to conceal a would-be attacker? If so then you should probably take measures to get rid of bushes that are too close to the house. They can also be used as observation posts where the whole act will be planned from.
The doors and windows should be in proper form. This means that the locks should be able to work flawlessly. Develop a habit of locking every window and door when you are both outside the house and when you are setting up for bed.
It’s great having a police officer come over and assess the safety measures that you have put in place. With their expert advice having dealt with plenty of burglary cases, you will be able to know how you can improve your position. Normally the local police department will be more than willing to send someone over.
Have a Safe Room
When the attacker finally makes his move, the first course of action for you and your family is to get to the safe room. This should be a place where it is most difficult for the criminal to get to inside your house. It doesn’t have to be anything fancy and most households will use the master bedroom for this purpose.
Ensure that the door in this room is heavy duty and extremely difficult to break down. The room should also have the necessary supplies in place. A first aid kit is absolutely necessary to treat any injuries that one could get while trying to make their way to the room.
If there are members of the family that are trained with using guns, then firearms should be located here as well as the ammunition. break-ins typically involve the loss of telephone and power lines with the attacker trying to find a way to prevent you from calling the police. You should also have extra mobile phones and flashlights.
Everyone should stay put in the safe room. Trying to move around the house looking for the burglar puts you at risk and should be avoided at all times. The only time that it’s safe to come out is at the order of the police. It is always best if the safe room has a bathroom and toilet as you may never know how long you will be in hiding.
Be Ready for a Break In
Being ready will involve every member of the family. You should carry out drills with the family to ensure everyone is ready for the eventuality of an attack. In fact, it’s always a good idea to designate specific roles to different members based on their age and what they are capable of. Some members can be informing the police while the older ones can be ready to shoot in case the attacker tries to get to the safe room.
When talking to the police, ensure that you do not cut the phone. This is because you are in a better position to update the police on what is happening before they get to your house. You can also tell them about a different way to get to the house.
Sometimes the safe room may have an exit door. You can inform the police of this so they can conveniently get you out and then deal with the attacker when you are all safe. An exit door can also greatly help in case the attacker decides to torch the house.
Let’s consider what types of firearms you might have. Hunting rifles can take out a burglar but there is a huge difference between hunting and defending yourself. This is why it is important to undertake defensive training both for you and any other person in your household who is capable of using the firearms. This will ensure that you and your family members are ready for anything.
By taking proper measures beforehand, you can ensure that you and your family members will be safe when the burglar attacks. Being ready will leave him bewildered as his plans go awry making it that much easier for the police to get to him.