No matter where you live, it’s important to know how to protect yourself and your family when faced with a threat in or around your home. Around 85% of break-ins are committed by opportunistic criminals whose goal is to get in and out quickly. These types of people are less likely to have specifically targeted your home, and may not have a solid plan of execution. In the U.S., a home burglary occurs every 13 seconds, so proper Home Defense techniques are important to keep your home and your family from being targeted.
Steve Marquez, VP of Operations at SEG, says “When planning for home defense your first priority is making sure you and your loved ones stay safe during burglary or home invasion,” and offered these tips for home defense.
- Have a plan. Make sure your entire family, especially children, understands the plan. Assign responsibilities to each member of your family and do scenario drills to keep in practice, so everyone is on the same page in the event of a break-in. A good plan should consider, identifying the threat, alerting the family, consolidation in a safe area, communication with law enforcement and defense.
- Detect and deter. Most doors and locks are only made to keep honest people honest. Consider upgrading your early warning detection with security systems, motion detection lights, digital peep holes, cameras, glass break sensors, dogs, etc. Criminals want the element of surprise and try to avoid light and sound; the show of a strong physical deterrent system, in itself, can discourage a break-in.
- Don’t give intruders a place to hide. Remember that trees and foliage that provide you privacy also provide privacy to criminals. Keep vegetation near the home trimmed and low and consider using ‘unfriendly’ shrubs near windows and other access points.
- Do not leave valuable articles in plain sight. Hide anything you don’t want someone to see. Remember anyone soliciting you at home may also be looking for soft targets with big payoffs. Make sure expensive electronics and other valuables are not visible from a window or door.
- Use your home field advantage. Make sure you assess and understand how the layout of your home offers you advantages and/or disadvantages over an intruder. Know the location of any potential hiding spaces for unwanted visitors. If you choose to defend your home with a firearm, be sure to think about access and placement throughout your home – you do not want an intruder to get between you and your firearm.
For more information on our next Home Defense Tactics course on December 5, call 571-223-4534 or register online.