Have you ever thought about what you would do if someone broke into your home? What if you’re at home? How would you react? For most people, either a fight or flight response will kick in. According to Rent.com, about 88% of break-ins occur in residential areas and 51% are victims of a repeat burglary. These stats may seem a bit alarming; especially considering 3 out of 4 homes will be broken into within the next 20 years in the United States.
Whether you look at home break-in stats and they scare you or you don’t pay much attention, it’s still a good idea to know what you would do if someone broke into your home.
What to do if Someone Broke into Your New Jersey Home
Answering this question isn’t as easy as just deciding you’d fight or you’d try to get out of the house. It becomes even more complicated when you realize, if you’re home, your reaction may save or cost you, your life.
If you’re at home, and a break-in occurs, these are the things you should do:
- Call 9-1-1 – If possible, call the police immediately. The sooner you call, the faster they will arrive, and the sooner you can get yourself and your family back to safety. Speak quietly and clearly to let the operator know your address and that someone broke into your home.
- Stay Quiet – Robbers may think nobody is home and you have a beer chance of surviving a break-in if they don’t know you’re there. Stay quiet, even if your first instinct is to scream for help. You probably don’t know if the burglar has a weapon or what they are willing to do. Screaming could put your life at risk.
- Leave or Find a Place to Hide – If you can leave the home, do so and get far away. However, if leaving isn’t an option, find a good place to hide. Barricade yourself into a room, if possible and listen to what the intruders are saying.
- Only Reach for a Weapon if You’re Trained – If you own a firearm or have another type of weapon, it’s not a bad idea to have it on you, if you’re trained to use it. If you don’t have a firearm, pepper spray or a baseball bat are good options, too. Remember, you don’t know if an intruder has a weapon, so be very careful if you decide to reach for one yourself.
- Let the Police do Their Job – If you’ve left the home or found a hiding place and the police have been called; it’s now a waiting game. Don’t come out or go back into the home until the police have given the all-clear.
If someone breaks into your home and you’re at home, it’s a very scary situation. You could be in grave danger and you want to make sure you react in the best way to keep yourself and your family safe.
If a break-in happens and you’re not at home, you will want to do the following:
- Call the police as soon as possible and don’t’ enter your home until they have given you the all-clear.
- Take pictures of everything without touching anything. You will need these for your insurance.
- Figure out what is missing and make a list of the things taken, when they were purchased, and the original price you paid.
- Get a copy of the police report.
- Secure your home again before entering it.
- Try to get back to a normal routine and talk about what you are feeling as best as you can.
- Ramp up your home security as soon as possible
When a break-in occurs and you’re not at home, while it’s not as scary as being home, you will likely feel violated and it can be hard to get back to normal life. Feeling safe in your own home is important and it may not be easy after you’ve gone through a break-in, but AC Daughtry’s home security solutions can help you regain peace of mind. Call 973.335.3931 to speak to a home security expert today.
How to Gain Peace of Mind By Preventing Break-ins Before They Happen
A large percentage of home break-ins occur with the NJ, NY or PA homeowner or renter not taking home security seriously. Many happen through unlocked or open windows or doors. According to an article published on asu.edu, “Studies show that alarms, combined with other security devices, reduce burglaries.”
If you’ve suffered a break-in, you may need a home security system just to feel safe in your own home. It can be rather traumatic, especially if you were in the home when it happened.
Most thieves won’t even attempt to break into a home with a home security system unless it’s outdated or easy to get around. A good home security system with video surveillance and a central monitoring system is the best choice.
Why Video Surveillance Matters
The minute a burglar sees a video camera, they will likely skip your home. The last thing they want is to be able to be identified and tracked down after they’ve stolen your things. Video surveillance covering the entrances to your home is an excellent way to help prevent a break-in.
Why Central Monitoring Matters
Imagine if you were in your home and a break-in occurred. Without a home security system, you have to call 9-1-1 and do it as quietly as possible so the burglar doesn’t know you’re in the home. If they hear you, it could put you in danger.
However, if you have a home security system, it will call 9-1-1 for you, as long as you have central monitoring. The second the alarm is tripped, your central monitoring team will be alerted and they will alert the authorities. With a central monitoring system, there’s a better chance the police arrive in time to catch the robbers.
The best way to ensure you and your family never have to suffer the trauma of a home break-in is to prevent it from ever happening.
Investing in a full-service home security system with monitoring and video surveillance will help keep your home and family protected.
AC Daughtry is the leader in home security in the New Jersey, New York and Pennsylvania area. Let us help you choose the best equipment, monitoring and service options for your peace of mind. Call 973.335.3931 to speak to a home security expert today.