A home invasion can be a terrifying experience particularly if the intruder is armed and you’re inside, the first and most important thing is to ensure the safety of yourself and your family.
Quickly gather everyone in a secure location such as an isolated room, lock the door and block it with something heavy like a bed or a chest of drawers.
Once you’re in a safe position it’s important to activate any alarm systems you might have but if you don’t have one immediately call 911 and avoid any attempt to defend yourself unless you have the training to do so as conflicting the intruder can only make the situation worse.
What to do if someone breaks into your house when you’re not at home?
If you find yourself in a situation where someone breaks into your home follow these steps:
Do Not Enter the House
Avoid entering your home as the intruder may still be inside as confronting a burglar can be dangerous and this precaution measure is only for your safety.
Call the Police
Immediately contact the police by calling 911 and provide them with your full address and as much information as possible about the situation.
Stay at a Safe Distance
Wait for the police at a secure location away from your home like inside your car or at a neighbor’s house in order to avoid any potential encounter with the intruder.
Provide Details to the Police
Share any discoveries you have made such as signs of forced entry, broken windows or unusual activities in the area which could be helpful for the police investigation.
Let the Police Secure the Scene
Allow the police to investigate and clear your home before you enter to make sure that the intruder is no longer present and that it is safe to enter.
Avoid Tampering with Evidence
Do not touch anything in your home until the police have finished their investigation as if not you can contaminate potential evidence.
Document Damage and Losses
Take photos of any damage and make a list of stolen or damaged items as this documentation will be important for both the police report and insurance claims.
Contact Your Insurance Company
Report the break in to your insurance provider as soon as possible and provide them with the police report and any documentation of the damage and stolen items.
Secure your home with a professional locksmith services to deter intruders.
Securing your home is a critical aspect of ensuring the safety of your family and protecting your property from intruders and a professional locksmith can offer a range of solutions to upgrade your home security.
Install High Security Quality Locks
Request the locksmith to install high security quality locks on all entry points as these locks are durable and stronger. Consider extra deadbolts, keyless entry systems or smart locks for enhanced security.
Rekeying Existing Locks
If you’ve recently moved into a new home or lost a set of keys ask the locksmith to rekey your existing locks to ensure that old keys are no longer open your home.
Make sure that all windows have locks and if not a locksmith can install new locks or upgrade existing ones to provide better security against intruders.
Security System Integration
Ask the locksmith about integrating your locks with a home security system which includes alarm system that triggers if someone tries to break in.
Garage Door Security
Secure your garage door as it can be a common entry point for burglars and ask the locksmith to install heavy duty locks and security mechanisms on garage doors.
Patio Sliding Door, Gate and Fence Locks
Enhance the security of sliding doors with additional locks or bars in order to prevent them from being forced open and also if your property have a fence make sure that your gates have strong locks, a professional locksmith can provide all these solutions.
Peephole and Video Doorbell
Ask the locksmith to install an electronic peephole device or Video Doorbell on your main entrance door to safely identify visitors before opening the door.
For your valuable items such as documents, jewelry or firearms ask the locksmith about installing a home safe.
Regular Maintenance and Checks
Schedule regular maintenance checks with your locksmith to ensure all locks and security systems are working properly at least once a year.
By taking steps to improve your home security you can really lower the risk of another break in!