There are reasons we lock our doors and keep our blinds closed. Nobody wants to be faced with a home invasion. Every step we can take to make it harder for an intruder helps us sleep better. But what happens if your home’s defenses don’t stop an intruder?
30) Handle an Intruder
If someone has broken into your home while you’re inside, here’s what you should do:
Step One: Dial 911 if you suspect someone has broken into your home. Don’t investigate. After all, people in horror movies always die when they try to find out what caused that bump in the night . . .
Step Two: Escape. There is no reason to confront a criminal if you can safely get out of harms way. Your possessions are just material things. Most can be replaced. Your life, and the lives of your family members, cannot.
Step Three: “If you’re trapped, don’t resist”. If the intruders demand your money or posessions, give it to them. Only fight back if you have no other option and your life is in danger.
Step Four: If you own a weapon, consider arming yourself. Make sure you know how to use the weapon you choose though. Trying to use that shotgun you’ve been meaning to practice with for months may not be a good idea. The last thing you want is to use a weapon incorrectly and hurt yourself or a family member. Also, always maintain control of the weapon so it doesn’t fall into the intruder’s hands.
Has anyone ever dealt with a home invasion? Share your stories here if you’d like. How did you deal with the situation? I’ve never been home during a break in but we’ve had break-ins happen twice now. It definitely makes you think about your safety.
This post is a combination of my own opinions and information provided in the book, Urban Survival Guide, by Rich Johnson. This post is only here to provide general information. Always use extreme caution in any situation like the ones described above.