Guest Post: Common Home Invasions and How to Prevent Them

Common Home Invasions and How to Prevent Them

A home invasion occurs when a stranger enters your home without your permission when you are in it. Invasions are more frightening than burglaries, as your safety and the safety of your family is put at risk. Invaders use several methods to get into your home. Always be alert and on your guard, especially at night, when most invasions happen.

Coming to the Door

One method invaders use to get into your house is simply ringing the doorbell or knocking on the door. When you open the door, they push their way inside. In some cases, invaders will use a decoy, such as a woman or girl, who will ring the bell while the others hide in a car or behind a bush. Also, sometimes invaders pretend to be cable repairmen, police officers or they act like they are delivering pizza.

Prevention Tips:
*Be cautious about opening up the door at night or if you are home alone, especially if you are a woman.
* Do not open the door if you are not expecting anyone. Even if you have a chain lock, an intruder can push the door the rest of the way open once you have opened it slightly.
*Consider installing a peephole on the door if you do not have one. Always look through the peephole when someone knocks or rings the bell. Don’t open it if you do not recognize the person on the other side or if no one is standing in front of the door.

Walking Through an Unlocked Door

Unlocked doors make a home invasion all too easy. An invader simply has to turn the knob and walk in. If you stash a spare house key under a flower pot or under the door mat, an invader can easily find it and use it to open the door.

Prevention Tips:
*Lock all of the doors to the house, even in the daytime or when you are at home.
*Never leave a spare key in an open area, even if you think it is hidden. Instead, give the key to a trusted neighbor or leave it with a family member who lives nearby.
*If people are working on your house (such as construction workers or the gardener), check to make sure everything is locked after they leave. In many cases, a home invader is someone who has been to your house before. They may unlock a back door or a window so they can get in easily later.

Picking a Lock or Breaking Down a Door

Some locks are easier to break into than others. It does not take much skill for an invader to jimmy a lock on your front or back door or to break the lock on a window. Even if a chain lock is in place, they can force it open once they have picked the lock on the knob.

Another common method of entering a home is by breaking down the door. For example, hollow doors can be broken easily and doors with glass panel are easy to shatter.

Prevention Tips:
*Invest in a solid door, which is more difficult to break than a hollow door. If you want glass panes, look for a door that has reinforced glass or glass that has ironwork embedded into it.
*Install a dead bolt lock that needs a key for entry on either side of the door. Choose a lock that is pick and bump-proof so that an invader cannot open it without the key.

Going Through the Garage

If a garage door is open and the garage is attached to the house, some invaders use that as their entryway. A garage invasion is very frightening, as suddenly a stranger is in your house. Some invaders will follow your car home and enter the garage as you exit the car.

Prevention Tips:
*Always keep the garage door closed, even if you are working in your front or back yard.
*Close the garage door as soon as you pull into it in your car. Scan the garage to make sure no one is in there before you get out of the car.
*Always lock the door that leads from the garage into your home.

While home invasions happen everyday across the country, you do not have to be a victim. Practice common sense and preventative measures to keep strangers out of your home. Always remain alert, even when you are relaxing at home.

About the Author: Allen writes about home security and other topics. You can reach him on Google+.

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