Did you know that it is 8 times more likely that you will be victim of a home invasion than a house fire? Most people have no idea. We do a lot of preventative measures for fire but for most of us, not nearly as much is done to prevent home invasions. We have some tips to help you reduce your risk of being the victim of a home invasion.
- Never open the door unless you know the person. Most home invasions start with someone posing as someone else. Make sure to have them provide proper identification from anyone. This includes utility workers, repair companies, delivery persons and even law enforcement. If you feel unsure call the company or department they say they are from and confirm their identity. Don’t let someone in a uniform fool you, some people will get uniforms just for this purpose.
- Get to know your neighbors. The more you know and the better relationship you have the more you will find each other looking out for one another.
- Create a community watch. This is very easy to do these days and makes our neighborhoods safer. Social networking sites like Nextdoor make this very easy to setup and monitor. Neighbors can communicate, create schedules and more.
- Keep your home secure with strong doors and locks. The front door is the primary form of entry. Research has shown chain locks to be ineffective because they can be cut so it is recommended to have strong bolts and dead locks.
- Do not fight with a home invader. If someone does get in let them take what they want, your life is not worth the fight over property. Try your best to get a good description and call 911 as soon as they leave.
- Have an escape plan. Sit down with your family/roommates/neighbors and come up with a safe, fast and effective escape plan in the event you get invaded. By practicing this and having it in place you will be much more likely to get out if someone breaks in and puts your life and others in jeopardy.
- Keep all doors and windows locked at all times. If you have glass sliding doors you can add an extra layer of protection you can use a safety lock, this is not only great for security but it helps protect children from getting out unexpectedly as well.
- If you have a home security system keep the alarm on at night or when you are alone if you feel it necessary. Do not share the information with anyone outside of the household. By having an home security system you may also qualify for some homeowners insurance discounts.
- Keep all points of entry well lit at night.
If you have any questions or want to review your homeowners insurance policy to see if you qualify for any savings based on your home security please call us at 877.405.5773