Yesterday, we published a list of the most basic home invasion prevention tips. We kept scouring the Internet for more home invasion prevention tips and found eight more. These tips are more detailed than yesterday’s advisory. Read on.
1. From Real Home Safety. Outfit your door with a peep hole or a bolt and chain and never answer a mysterious knock by blithely just swinging the door open all the way. All repairmen and delivery people carry identification cards with photos and are instructed to humor you if you request that these be shown (even through a peephole). If you are still not certain that their identification is legitimate, ask them to wait and call the company for verification. If the company denies their presence, immediately call the police.
2. From CPI Security.
Common scenarios to be wary of include:
•A uniformed individual tells you that they are in the area checking for a gas leak, a problem with your cable, or a problem with your telephone and request entry into your house.
•A uniformed individual informs you that they have a delivery of some sort, usually flowers, telegram or a package. Be especially suspicious if you have no reason to expect a package.
•An individual appears at your door, informing you that you have won a contest or special prize. In this case they may just collect your information.
•The individual informs you that they are collecting for a charity or some other good cause. This sometimes provides an opportunity to snatch your purse or wallet.
•A stranger claims to be in some kind of distress and asks if he or she can use your phone or bathroom.
3. From Crime Doctor, Chris McGoey.
If you can delay a home invader at the point of entry then you have a chance of deterring them or have time to call the police. A solid core door, strong locks with reinforced strike plates, and reinforced window devices will stop most forced entries.
4. From Live Safely.
Get a CCTV camera system. If something does happen, there will be evidence for the police. Often, this sort of thing alone has helped solve the most horrific crimes. Even having a camera that monitors the inside of your premises would be a good idea. Set up a speed-dial on your phone to 911, and also make it so that your phone can be used in speaker phone mode, so that when the 911 call comes in, the dispatcher can hear what is going on. Do not ever agree to be taken to an ATM machine or anywhere else by an attacker – your life hangs in the balance. Same goes for getting into a vehicle.
5. From Surveillance for Security.
Part of home invasion prevention is not readily accepting stories of distress from strangers at your door. A perfectly respectable looking caller, male or female or even a child, could give you a very reasonable sounding excuse for needing to enter your home. They need to use your bathroom. You have to be hard-hearted and say no; to do otherwise runs the risk of home incursion. They may say that they need to use your phone to call the emergency services, keep your door locked and offer to make the call for them. If the caller gives you a story that seems off, such as your winning a prize in a contest you never entered, deny them entry and announce you have called for help. If you are alone at home and receive an unexpected knock at the door, call out loudly “I’ll see who it is.” Avoid giving the impression that you are at home alone.
6. From Let’s Talk Home Security.
When you pull into your driveway keep your car doors locked and observe if there are strangers around as you pull into the garage. While still in your car, close the garage door and make sure it is fully closed as you exit your vehicle. It is easy to become overwhelmed with groceries, packages, and work-related items to the point we aren’t paying close attention to what is going on in and around the garage area.
7. More from Let’s Talk Home Security. Join or form a Neighborhood Watch Group where neighbors know each other in the immediate vicinity. Get to know the neighbors across from you. Have a form and get to know your neighbors so you can all watch out for each other. Go across the street 5 houses to the left and 5 houses to the right and do the same on your side 5-houses to the left and 5-houses to the right. Then exchange names, phone numbers, addresses, and vehicle types. Recognize any unfamiliar vehicles especially those driving slowly looking at individual homes. When you arrive home, if there is an unfamiliar vehicle parked in front of your home with people inside, you should drive on especially if you are the least bit in doubt or have a “gut feeling” that says drive on. (Form attached at the end for neighbor names/addresses).
8. From Sammy Franco.
Sammy Franco is an excellent resource with many good ideas about home protection. This tip on “Criminal Awareness” advises readers to understand the crime. “You and your family should have a general understanding of criminals’ motivations, mentalities, methods and capabilities to perpetrate violent acts. By staying abreast of criminal activity through the media, official crime reports, and other sources, you can gain insight into the types and trends of violent crime. When analyzing other home invasions you have read about, ask yourself the following questions:
• Who was the victim, and who was the home intruder?
• What happened during the intrusion?
• Where did the intrusion take place?
• When was the home intrusion committed?
• Why did the home intrusion occur?
• Why that perpetrator?
• Why that house?
• And, finally, how did the criminal break in?