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Understanding Home Invasion and How to Secure your Home

As an increasing trend in crime, Home Invasion is usually defined as the unauthorized and forceful entry into a dwelling. In almost all case of home invasion the intent has always been robbery. Ita��s frightening once a home invader suddenly pulls a weapon and robs you on the spot this is after they have impersonated a repairman, delivery boy or even the police.

In some worst case scenario the intention can be torture, kidnapping,A�rape or even terrorism. In such cases the armed invader takes the victim byA�surprise mostly by bursting through the window or kicking down the door. InA�some case the intruder can be motivated by the desire to acquire valuable privateA�information such as your bank account number or your credit card, which theyA�may either sell or use for fraudulent purposes.

Statistically the numbers of reported Home Invasion figuresA�are not available, however ita��s estimated that annually, robbery accounts forA�11% of all incidents of theft within the United States.

But the real questionA�is how do you protect your family?

In understanding the best method to use in protecting youA�and your family one must understand the methods commonly used by Home Invaders.A� In most cases the invader usually uses theA�front door, or in the case of a surprise attack they may choose to enterA�through the garage. Nearly all invasions occur simply by the intruder knockingA�or ringing the bell and the homeowner opening the door. In such cases the attackerA�can be swift or violent; while in others the intruder may pretend to be someoneA�you could ordinarily trust.

Common Scenarios

A uniformed individual tells you that they haveA�some sort of delivery for you or your home; this is usually a telegram, flowersA�or a package or he seeks to repair one or two issues related to the cable, gasA�leak or the telephone. In such case once the individual is allowed to enter theA�house he or she reveals his or her true purpose by abruptly pulling out a weaponA�and starts to violently issue orders.

A stranger suddenly appears in your front doorA�claiming to be in some kind of distress and requests to use your phone orA�washroom. Suddenly, the worst happens. Once let in he or she pulls out a weapon.

In such scenarios the best technics of defense is adequateA�preparation. Hence ita��s important to realize that electric, telephone, gas andA�cable lines are inspected or checked from outside. If the person insists on enteringA�your house and you are suspicious of that persona��s credentials then it is advisableA�not to open the door but to phone the company for confirmation or verification.

In cases where you are being requested for assistance orA�some form of charity always use your better judgment. Look out for anyA�suspicious signs such as the presence of any large van or truck as they areA�usually a pickup mechanism used to carry your valuables or stuff.

However, preparation only is not enough. One must designA�ways and methods they may use to prevent any form of home intrusion fromA�happening. Such prevention techniques can be;

Outfit your door with peep hole or bolts and chain that canA�prevent forceful entry into onea��s residence. In the same regard make it mandatoryA�that all repairmen and delivery individuals identify themselves usingA�authenticated identification cards with valid photos of themselves. If youa��reA�not certain of their identity ask them to wait as you call the company toA�request for verification. If the company denies their presence, call the policeA�immediately.

All in all, if the unfortunate occurs and they manage toA�enter into your residence ita��s advisable to comply with their request in orderA�to prevent any form of physical violent that could result into bodily harm.

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