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What To Do If Someone Broke Into Your House ?We have all seen movies with a traumatic break in that filled us with horror. The idea of someone coming into your home while you’re there is the worst nightmare anyone can have. Here’s an overview of what to do if you find yourself home while someone is breaking into your house.
- Prevent A Tragedy: Have a plan before anything occurs—call a family meeting tonight! There is no single best strategy. Some people can climb out a window and run for help…others live or sleep on upper floors and are unable to flee for physical reasons. If you can safely escape and get help – do it.
- Keep calm: Be very quiet and listen. How many intruders are there? How you react in the first 30 seconds is crucial. So many people want to yell to alert a burglar. But remember a surprised intruder is likely to react violently. You have better options available to you than attempting to confront the intruder.
- Keep your phone handy: Make sure you have a charged cell phone. Program your automatic-dial phones to call 911. Tell the police your address and situation in a few sentences. Be specific. Then stay on the phone with the operator so they can listen in and so you can openly communicate with them as you decide what to do. The sooner you call 911; the sooner help will be on the way. Plus the operator may have helpful advice in case something doesn’t go according to your plan.
- Encountering the intruder: Remain calm and cooperative if the intruder confronts you. Speak in as normal a voice as you can. Make no sudden moves. Tell him that you will cooperate. Hold your hands up to shoulder level. Avoid direct eye contact.
- Unless you are a trained professional, don’t grab a weapon: This includes firearms, baseball bats and pepper spray. They all sound like a good idea, but again, we don’t know how the burglar will react to seeing an armed person. If they do have a weapon, they may be more likely to use it when they see you have one too.
- Escape or hide out: This is when you hark back to your emergency plan. Remember to alert the 911 operator to your location and your actions. And make sure you have your cell phone and your car keys with you.
Many break-ins can be avoided. Note that everyone’s safety plan is different—these are guidelines that assume you’re home during a break in. That might not be the case with everyone. Make your safety plan to fit your life, your house and your family. Also remember that a good defense is the best offense, so make sure to take preventative measures like installing a good security system.