Terrorist attacks, heat waves, riots, pandemics, air pollution, blackouts and other threats while not as devastating as tornadoes are crisis situations where crime can thrive.
In fact, criminals will be more brazen during these times, especially if they believe there is no risk of them being blown away by strong winds, getting struck by lightning or getting caught.
How To Secure Your Home From Intruders
Just implementing these tips will help secure your home from intruders.
Keep all doors locked.
Have window bars installed so that intruders cannot get in.
You might wish to install burglarproof windows with unbreakable glass.
If you have a ladder outside your house, store it in the garage or use brackets and a lock to secure it to the wall.
Do not hide a spare key under your welcome mat or flower pot. This is the first place intruders look.
If you have a dog flap in your door, board it up with a plank of wood and nails or screws. Better yet, remove it and put a new steel door on your home.
When you are not at home at night, always leave a lamp on in one or two rooms. Use a timer to turn it on and off. This will make potential intruders think that there are people at home.
Try not to have a lot of plants or shrubs around your home. This provides cover for criminals. There could always be someone hiding close-by waiting for you to return home so that they can force their way into your house when you open the door to enter.
If you are all alone at home and you see people around outside that don’t belong there or are acting suspicious, immediately check to see if all doors and windows are locked. Turn on the TV as loud as you can. This will draw attention from the neighbors and thieves will not want to be near such a noisy house.
Install an alarm system for your house. In case, intruders do manage to break in, the police will be alerted.
Having motion sensors which trigger floodlights outside your home is a great idea. Anybody sneaking around in the middle of the night will get a rude surprise when they have more floodlights on them than a Broadway musical. It will send them running for cover. Many flood lights these days also have cameras on them that send the videos they record to the cloud or a device. Choose one these types of floodlights if possible.
Do not hang your keys on a key rack in open view of everyone. Anyone who peeps into your window will be able to see it and start their devious plans.
Last but not least, have a firearm like a 12-gauge shotgun or a Glock that you can use in an emergency. Just the sound of you racking a shotgun might make the potential intruders think twice about breaking in. They are usually looking for easy pickings and they don’t want to get shot.
Should they do break in, assess the situation and your safety immediately. If there is more than one intruder, fire a shot at one of them and the rest should run for their lives.
Do not hesitate too long or try to talk things over. You will just be giving them time to get organized or gang up on you. Fire fast and accurately. Decisiveness is everything when it comes to surviving a potentially threatening or even deadly situation.
Replace the screws in your exterior door hinges with ones that are at least three inches long. This makes it harder for someone to break in.
Keeping Your Home Secure Is Necessary
Follow the tips in this article and keep you home as safe as possible at all times.
Never be complacent or think that it won’t happen to you.
Remember that while securing your home to prevent break-ins is essential for everyday safety.
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Never fire a warning shot with a firearm. Always give commands, and hopefully you are able to have 911 hearing all of this. If the need arises that you need to discharge your firearm, it needs to be on target, and you need to be aware of what's behind your target. The point is to stop the treat, not to counter threat and make yourself vulnerable to legal action be it civil or criminal, or do injure an innocent.
Sheri Ann Richerson
Monday 24th of June 2019
Hi Patrick - I agree, but hopefully before a shot needs to be fired the intruders are scared off by knowing you have a gun and are prepared to defend yourself. I know this is not always the case and the end goal is certainly to protect yourself and your family. Thank you so much for posting the great advice that you did! I hope to get more articles posted in the near future on this subject!