This Home Invasion Myth Puts You At Risk

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Most people think home invasion is random … that everyone is at the same risk … that home invasion is an equal-opportunity danger waiting to happen to everyone.

That’s a myth. Home invasion is not random.

Most home invaders are looking for something in particular, including an easy way to get into your home.

Here are steps you can take to reduce your chances of being a home invasion victim. 

Say Yes
A number of realities affect your risk of home invasion. Ask yourself the following questions. Every time you say “yes,” your risk goes down.

1. Do you always lock your doors and windows at every entry point?
Yes? Your chances of home invasion just went down.

2. Do you always make sure you know the person knocking on the other side of the door?
Yes? Your chances of home invasion just went down.

3. Do you have locks and security systems that make forced entry into your home difficult?
Yes? Your chances of home invasion just went down.

4. Are you careful to put the garage door down when you enter your home through the garage?
Yes? Your chances of home invasion just went down.

5. When you walk your dog, do you pay careful attention to your surroundings and make sure no one is nearby when you re-enter your home?
Yes? Your chances of home invasion just went down.

6. Do you have a front or back door that’s reinforced, making it difficult to kick-in?
Yes? Your chances of home invasion just went down.

KicksthePatiioDoorSay No
Now ask yourself the following questions. Every time you say “yes,” your risk goes up.

7. Do you have substantial cash hidden at home?
Yes? Your chances of home invasion just went up.

8. Do you have large amounts of either prescription drugs or illegal drugs stored at home?
Yes? Your chances of home invasion just went up.

9. Do you have a lot of expensive electronics?
Yes? Your chances of home invasion just went up.

10. Are you a collector of valuables (coins, stamps, antiques)?
Yes? Your chances of home invasion just went up.

No one can avoid every risk 100% of the time. But we certainly don’t need to talk about, brag about, mention, or disclose our vulnerabilities to anyone outside the family. In short, keep items that tempt home invaders a secret.

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