4 Safety Tips When You’re Home During A Robbery

It’s happened to almost everyone. They wake up to a strange noise in the house. Most of the time, it’s simply the heater turning on, the walls settling or an appliance running. But what about the case where there is an intruder? Is it smart to grab a baseball bat and investigate? Attempt to scare him off straight away?

Follow these four steps to keep you and your family’s safety a top priority during a break-in.

Escape if possible
In order to ensure your safety, see if there is a way out of the house without encountering the intruder. If you’re near an exit, whether a window or door, try to get out immediately. This is a great step to practice with your family in advance. Know your escape routes before a break-in occurs!

Stay quiet
Being completely silent and still will allow you to assess the situation. You’ll be able to hear any voices that may indicate multiple intruders. You can learn their location and what they might be doing.

Since many robbers prefer an empty home to break into, the last thing you want to do is alert them that someone is home. You don’t know how they will respond.

Call the police
As quickly as possible, call 999. Let the operator know your name, address and that there is an intruder in the house. Let them know what room you are in, and what room the intruder is in.

Because they deal with these situations on a regular basis, the operator will tell you exactly what to do.

Keep calm if the intruder sees you
If escaping was not an option and the robber finds you, try to remain calm. Most often, they will be surprised someone is home and may flee. If they don’t, cooperate with them and don’t make any sudden moves. If you’ve been able to reach the police, then help is on its way.

Being proactive about preparing for break-ins is vital. Make sure to have a plan and practice with your family so they know what to do in this type of situation.

About the Author:
Lauren Ventosa is the owner and blogger at CaveArmor.com. She’s passionate about helping people create a safe home that promotes peace of mind. With a degree in communication and multimedia, she loves using the internet as an effective medium for enhancing lives through blogging.

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