In this SAFE International blog I have invited guest author Hannah Moses to write about "Home Invasions Don't be Another Statistic". This is a topic that we at SAFE International teach when we conduct our Family Self Defense courses. Please check out the following article from Hannah and their infographic at the end along with a few additional thoughts I have.
Home Invastions Don't be Another Statistic
While home invasions cannot be fully prevented, there are a few tips and tricks that you can deter it from happening. The preventative actions below will assist in slowing down burglars from entering or make their decision to do so, hardened.
First, there is a difference between home invasion and burglary. If you are in your home when it occurs, then it is a home invasion. If not, it is a burglary. Home invasions usually require knowledge of the targeted person or their home. The information they gather could be about your day-to-day schedule, anything that involves when you come and go from home or other places you frequent. This lone fact is enough to make you look around twice before leaving a residence or place of business.
The importance of knowing your neighborhood is extremely high. Noticing when a car is parked in a strange place or sitting idle with multiple passengers, when something is out of place, or any changes that seem strange. Trusting your own instinct will always prevail. Never be afraid to contact the police if you feel as if something is not quite right in your neighborhood or street that your house is located on.
It is important to have a few self-defense tactics under your belt in case you are faced with in an intruder. While buying a hand gun is useful for safety, knowing how to defend yourself without one is also important. Know what parts of the body are easily damaged: eyes, nose, ears, neck, groin, knee, and legs. Your elbows, knees, and head are the parts of the body used most to effectively inflict damage. Keep this in mind when needing to use physical force.
For your home’s exterior:
Keep your home well lit at night, using flood lights and motion detection lights. Posting alarm logo signs in the yard or stickers on a fence will help detour criminals from invading your home. Security cameras are a must, install these in prime locations on the exterior of your home for best views of your property. Make sure your cameras have a recording device and night vision. Having cameras that connect to an app on your phone are a plus in case an invasion occurs while you are away.
For your home’s interior:
Security alarm system should be installed with motion detectors for when you are away. Investing in a system that can be controlled by your phone is a major plus, in case an invasion occurs while you are in bed, you will have immediate access of the view. Always be aware of the escape options in your home, knowing which doors or windows to use could save your life. Another new and trending device is a doorbell camera with a microphone. This type of camera can detect motion and allow for certain sounds to alarm if someone enters, such as a dog barking or the voices of people talking.
Being educated on this subject is key to your safety.
By Hannah Moses a contributing author for High Tech Safety
In addition I would like to add something I have found to be quite common when I teach in people's homes. I would estimate about 40% of the homes we at SAFE International teach in, the residents do have an alarm system and when I ask them when they keep it on, the response is usually something like, "When we are away at work", "When we sleep", but rarely do people keep it on when they are awake during the day. When I ask why most people explain it is a pain in the butt to have to turn it off and on as they enter and exit the home. I like to point out or rather ask, "What is the most important item to protect in the home?". I almost always get a material object given to me as the answer. When I ask if the lives of the people in the home are more important I always get that "of course" look. Think about that, most people have it turned off when it might be the most important time to keep it turned on because if you ask anyone who has been the victim of a home invasion, most will tell you they never had time to trip the alarm to notify the police, IF they even thought about doing it with all the chaos and violence. People need to reestablish what is most valuable in the home and act accordingly. Alarm systems can be an excellent tool to deter criminals, but only if they are on and being used properly.
Managing Director, SAFE International