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What To Do If You’re Home During A Break In?

Blog | 28 December 2015

The thought of someone breaking into your house when you’re away is scary enough, but what do you do if you’re home during a robbery? There are ways to escape a home invasion that will ensure you and your family stay safe.

Burglar At Home

First, you need to make a plan of what to do in case of any emergency. Look around your house for potential exits and hiding places. Write them down on a piece of paper and leave it somewhere hidden like in a book beside your bed. You should also store a copy in your phone. Talk to your family about the closest exits and hiding places to their bedrooms and you can even do a dry-run and time everyone on how long it takes them to leave the house in an emergency.

Now for the terrifying part: What to do if you’re home when someone breaks in?

Stay calm and call 911

Your first instinct in the event of a break in will be to panic. Do everything in your power to stay calm. Focus on your breathing and remain as calm as you can in this traumatic situation. Most smartphones have an emergency button on their homescreens and lockscreens that allow you to connect to 911 with one click. Be as quiet and still as possible while you relay your information to the emergency response operator.

Children and pets

If you have children you’ll want to ensure that they are safe during a break in. Get to them quickly and as quietly as you can and try to calm them down. Hopefully, if you have a dog it will be barking and will scare off the burglar. However, if the burglar remains undeterred even after your pet is howling, do not try and find your pet. Dogs and cats usually go unharmed during home invasions because burglars want to steal your TV, not your pet.

Hide or escape

If your escape route is blocked or it would make too much time to get there, hide. You’ve already gone to collect your children, now you just need to go to your hiding place and stay there until the police come. Should escape be possible, get out of the house as quickly as possible and stand on the street. At this point the police should be around the corner.

Don’t be a hero

Do not try to scare off the burglar by yelling that you’re calling the police. You don’t know how many thieves are in your house or if they have weapons. Furthermore, if you keep a weapon at home, don’t rush to get it. You will likely make noise and the burglar will feel threatened. When home invasions result in injury, it’s usually because the criminals get scared and react out of fear. Do not become a statistic! Being safe is your number one priority during a home invasion.

If you do not have an alarm system in place, it’s probably a good idea that you get one. Contact Think Protection for more information about how you can keep your family safe in the event of a break in.

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