While most break-ins occur when you aren’t home, there is always a chance one could occur when you are home alone or with your children. Being prepared and having the knowledge of what to do if this does occur can keep you and your family safe. Below are some steps you could take if you happen to be home during a break-in.
Be as Quiet as Possible
If you suspect intruders in your home it is important to be as quiet as possible. The burglars are probably unaware that you are home. Instead of alerting them to your presence you need to avoid confrontation and remain safe. What you do in the first 30 seconds is critical. Quietly lock your door and try to determine how many intruders are in your home.
It is always wise to have a fully charged cell phone or home phone nearby at all times. As quietly as possible call 911 and alert the operator to your situation. Speaking clearly and quietly, tell them your address and any information you may have gathered about the intruders. Alert the police to any possible weapons they may have. Stay on the line with the operator until help has arrived and you are safe.
Avoid Grabbing a Weapon
It is best to avoid grabbing a weapon you are unfamiliar with. Using a weapon without proper training could result in the harm of you or your loved ones. You can take safety classes to familiarize yourself with the proper use of weapons you may keep in your home. When police arrive it is wise to not approach them with a weapon in your hands, they may mistake you for the burglar instead of the victim.
Escape or Hide
The first choice you should try to take is to escape and avoid the possibility of being found or hurt by the intruders. Just remember to alert the 911 operator of your escape and where you are located outside of the house. If escaping your home isn’t an option you can hide and barricade yourself in a safe place. Alert the operator of your location in the home.
Being home during a break-in can be a terrifying experience.