A home invasion can be an extremely traumatic experience. Most homeowners don’t think they’re potentially vulnerable to a home invasion, and consequently make themselves easy targets for criminals by not taking the necessary precautions to protect against these violent crimes.
To ensure that you’ll be prepared and protected in case of a home invasion, consider implementing these strategies:
- Install solid core doors with strong locks and security devices on your windows. Secure your locks even further with heavy-duty strike plates with at least four screws.
- Keep your doors and windows locked at all times when you’re home and away.
- Install a peephole and don’t let anyone in your home before looking to see who is at the door. Also, turn on your porch light at night so you can see who is at your home when it’s dark out.
- Don’t open your door to strangers or solicitors. If someone acts suspiciously, call the police immediately.
- Keep your window shades closed at night. If someone can’t see into your home, they may not feel comfortable trying to get in.
- If you’re home alone, make it look as though you aren’t. To do so, turn extra lights and televisions on in various rooms throughout your home.
- Discuss your home security plans with your entire family. If your loved ones are on the same page about how you will resist a home invasion, you’ll be more prepared if one occurs.
Implementing these strategies and other precautionary measures could help you and your family be more secure and also reduce the risk of a home invasion from occurring.