Disasters and traumatic experiences happen all the time. Every few seconds someone is being attacked, invaded, burglarized, or even worse, killed. In this day and age, things seem to be getting worse and worse and it gets to a point where we have to do something about protecting what’s ours, and strengthening our safety. Home invasions happen for a variety of reasons, and most of the time the victims are never sure why it’s happening. The reason why isn’t as important as figuring out how to survive it. Sadly, some people don’t. But taking a few precautions and knowing what to do in the event that you are caught in that situation can make all the difference.
Go through drills with your family on ways you can escape a situation, even if it has nothing to do with a home invasion. The key is survival. So discuss and then practice any escape routes, and signals you can give to your family in the event that something happens unexpectedly. It helps to do a mock situation, so you can be prepared and know when the right time would be to escape, or any hiding place that you can have access to that’s not so easy to find for anyone who doesn’t live there.
In any dangerous situation, it’s always best to remember that trying to escape can put your life in danger even further because most of the time with home invasions, someone is almost always watching you. So it’s highly important to know when you can make a run for it. If you can’t right away, be calm and patient enough until the time is right.
Home invasions usually happen at night and they are always unexpected. The best thing to do is to stay calm so you can think. When you panic, it can make the entire situation worse. Listen to any demands and pay attention to why the intruders are there. They’re not going to hesitate in telling you because they are the ones who want your cooperation so that they can get what they came there for.
Sometimes intruders want money, or they want to use your house for something that’s entirely unrelated to you. Also, as bad as it may sound, sometimes intruders invade homes to assault the women who live there in ways that don’t have to be explained. Other times, if a gang is involved, they may be out for some sort of vendetta against someone in your family who associates with them. If this is the case, you’re going to need to fight, and fight hard. Most people don’t come out of situations like that, which is why it’s very important to have a plan of action just in case. You never know what could happen or when. So always be prepared for your sake and the sake of your family.
Plan of Action:
As already mentioned, it’s important to know when it’s time to make an escape, so when you keep calm, it’ll give you time to think on what exactly you can do. Pay attention to how many intruders are there and keep in mind any weapons they may have. Some will have knives, and most of the time they will have guns. When the time is right for you to escape, make sure those intruders don’t have their eyes on you.
Have a cell phone on you so you can call 911 while keeping as quiet as you can, unless you were able to make it out of the house. If not, try hiding yourself in a locked room and don’t make noise to alert them to where you are.
If you are tied up and unable to free yourself, trying to escape will be difficult. Some people pull it off, depending on how free their limbs are. If it’s safer for you to stay put and not make an attempt, follow your instincts.
Intruders don’t want you to be able to identify them. If they are certain you don’t know what they look like, sometimes they’ll let you go. Don’t look directly at them until you are certain they are not looking at you. This is the time to take in their appearance; what they’re wearing, their age range, their nationality, and if they have any accents. Listen out for any names they mention because this can aide police in capturing them.
Another good point is to pretend you’ve past out from fear. If the intruders got what they came for, and they believe you are not conscious, they may just leave you there. Later, you’ll be able to give descriptions to the police so they can be captured and brought to justice.
Intruders believe they run the show when they invade your home. But remember, it’s your home, not theirs. So stand your ground without going to far, making them want to hurt you. If you’re in a room with other victims, such as your family, don’t allow them to take you out of that room and into a different room. They can have things in mind, such as a sexual assault. Sometimes they may even threaten the rest of your family with a weapon if you do not comply. In this case, act like you’re being cooperative. Let them untie you. Let them forget about the weapon in their hand. Then hit them where it hurts. This is why learning self defense is important. This will also give you the chance to grab their weapon and turn the tables on them, and call the police while you’re at it.
Homes that are vulnerable can easily come under attack. Make sure you get some kind of alarm system. They may be expensive, but try to get one that won’t put a dent in your pocket that will give you sufficient protection at the same time. Also, try to go for censor lights outside of your home. No one is going to want to invade your home if there is a risk of them being seen by any witnesses. You can even get a system that will alert you if there is someone walking or driving up on your property. This will give you time to see who it is. If you’re unsure who they are, and they look threatening, you can get to a safe location and call the police. This, combined with any escape plans that you have went over with your family can give you maximum protection against harm. Learn self defense also, if you haven’t already.
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