After following countless home invasion crimes over the years, HomeInvasionNews has learned some lessons useful to all homeowners [and renters, too!]
Here are Lessons Learned About Home Invasion:
• Drugs and money were the motivation behind this Barberton, Ohio, home invasion that ended with the murder of three victims, including a 14-year-old girl and her 18-year-old brother. Investigators believe the perpetrators targeted the home because the father, who also was murdered, was a known marijuana dealer, according to an affidavit cited by the “Beacon Journal.”
• This case in California demonstrates the complexity of myriad state laws addressing what you’re allowed to do if your home is invaded. Here, a professional mixed martial arts fighter kills a member of a gang of home invasion perpetrators, but may face criminal charges. Compare this with “stand your ground” laws like the one in Florida that freed George Zimmerman after he shot and killed an unarmed Trayvon Martin outdoors in the common area of a condominium. Bottomline: Know your state laws.
• Police give residents classic advice to avoid home invasions:
– Lock your front door.
– Don’t answer the door if you don’t know the person outside.
– Be aware of your surroundings as you head indoors or outdoors.
At Home Invasion News, we add:
– Don’t store illegal drugs.
• We’ll say it again: Don’t open your door. Or, as this IMPD lieutenant put it, ““Look out for yourself,” said Lt. Bailey. “Look out for your neighbors. You never have to answer your front door if you don’t know who is at your front door. If you’re not expecting somebody, especially early in the morning or late at night, don’t answer the door. Call the police. If it’s nothing, we’ve lost nothing. It’s our job. We’ll come out. We’ll take care of it and there’s no problems but you could prevent or solve a crime by calling 911, so don’t hesitate to call.”
• Unless “security services” — which were apparently abandoned a few years ago for cost reasons — were somehow promised as part of the contract with residents, housing agency liability will be difficult to prove. Apparently, another resident buzzed the assailant into the building. More details here.
• Kicking in the door is one of the tactics desperate home invaders rely on. Special security devices are available to make this much more difficult. Check on Amazon, where you also can read reviews of various devices.
• As is so often the case, home invasions are not random, but may target the occupants themselves or items in the house, particularly drugs.