A criminal invasion of your home can be one of the most terrifying and shocking types of attacks. You tend to think of your homes as your castle, or a place that’s largely immune to the opportunistic types of threats you might encounter out in public.
Inside your house with the doors locked, you feel more at ease than anywhere else.
It is this sense of being able to let your guard down that makes home invasions so shocking. As a result, you may be taken off-guard and not be as prepared as you would have been out in public.
No home is immune to forced entry, but there are many steps that homeowners can take to help secure their residence.
- The first and most obvious step is to use the locks that all homes have on their doors. This prevents anyone from simply walking up to your door and letting themselves in. To gain entry past a locked door, they’ll have to do something slightly more aggressive and noisy to get inside.
- Ensure that you have any entry areas to your home well-lit. This helps keep intruders away in addition to keeping bushes and other obstructions to a minimum. Trees or bushes can provide cover for people to hide in and jump out of as you are unlocking your door. The few seconds you spend unlocking your door and going inside are the most vulnerable. Take extra precautions when you are doing so.
- Plan ahead by turning on the outside light if you’ll be coming back home in the dark. If it’s possible, sweep your entry with the headlights on your vehicle before you get out and go inside your house.
- Dogs, fences, cameras, and alarms all help to deter criminal entry and alert you and others to their presence.
Home security systems certainly have their place; however they do not generate an immediate response. Typically, if a security system is triggered, it will alert the local police who will respond. This can take time however, as author Mark Walters talks about in the article “Attempted Home Invasion Thwarted by USCCA Member” on USConcealedcarry.com:
“So why did it take 22 minutes for 11 cop cars to show up? The 911 came exactly at shift change! They were not busy; they were just not on the street yet. Remember that I live and work in downtown, not out on some farm way out in the countryside. Over the years, we have had numerous occasions to call Tulsa Police, and normally, they arrive almost instantly.” (Read more at USConcealedCarry.com)
As Walters’ article illustrates, any home invasion will test your skills and training to the limit. In this particular instance, the delay in police response left a man holding his weapon trained on 5 guys for over 20 minutes.