It’s something that all parents and adults think about: protecting themselves and their families. Especially when you are in the comfort of your own house. We all want to a place to go home and feel that we are safe. Sadly, there are people who would burglarize and intrude in our homes, steal and damage our belonging and even cause us harm or kill. We have to think about how we can protect ourselves. Whether you have a solid new construction KB home, or you live in an older home, you’re sure to find helpful advice from this article on home protection.
KNOW YOUR NEIGHBORHOOD
When you move into a new home check the following points:
- The phone number of the emergency services in your area (Does your community have a 911 emergency number?),
- Police recommendations for safety precautions for your area,
- Where outdoor pay phones are located,
- Which stores and restaurants are opened late in case you need help,
- See your neighborhood the way your children do – let them take you on a tour through their favorite short cuts, hide-outs and play areas.
HOME SAFETY TIPS
- Do not give out information about your family, friends or neighbors to anyone.
- All entrances should be well lit to discourage people from hiding outside your home.
- House numbers should be large, clear and visible so that emergency vehicles can locate your home easily.
- Outside doors should be equipped with a one-inch dead bolt lock for greatest security.
- Windows and sliding doors need special locks. You can also regulate how far they will open with special locks or with a sawed-off broom handle in the track runner.
- Never hide your keys in a “secret” place outside your home. Burglars will find them.
BURGLAR ON PROPERTY
If you see someone suspicious around your home or the home of a neighbor call the police immediately. Do not assume that someone else has already done so.
If your instincts tell you that there is someone inside or outside your home who should not be there, follow those instincts and call police.
If you suspect someone is outside then make sure, after calling police, that all outside lights are on and that some inside lights are on. Do not allow your silhouette to be seen as you do this.
If you wake up and there is a burglar in your home pretend to be asleep. He will probably not harm you if he thinks he can take what he wants and escape unnoticed.
If a prowler enters your home and you are near an exit, escape if you can and call the police from a neighbor’s home. Practice an escape plan – like a fire drill – with your family or household members.
If escape is not possible try to lock yourself into a room (e.g., bathroom) until the person has left.
If confronted by the burglar, remain calm and co-operative. Follow orders without hesitation or sudden movements. Do not assume that there is only one burglar. The chances are that there is someone outside or in a waiting car. Try to get a clear description of the person, their car, direction they left, etc. Note down these descriptions as soon as they have left and you have locked all doors and windows. Do not disturb anything until the police arrive.
If you arrive home and suspect that it has been burglarized, do not enter (the person may still be inside). Go to a neighbor and call police.
I.D. ON KEYS – Do not attach personal identification to your key chain. It makes it easier for someone who finds or steals your keys to get into your home or car.
WHEN SOMEONE COMES TO THE DOOR
Never open your door before finding out who is there. Check with your local police department to see if they have information forms on how to identify delivery and service people (e.g., police, fire fighters, utilities, department stores, delivery services, oil/ gas companies, cable T.V. companies, and others):
1. Peep Hole
Look through the peep hole or window to see who is there,
2. Ask ID
Ask for identification from a service representative, salesperson, or official (e.g., police),
3. Service Rep
If a service representative unexpectedly comes to your home ask them for their office number, verify it against a police summary sheet or phone book to make sure this person should be at your home or ask the person to return after you have been notified by their office,
4. Blocking Door
If your door is partially open you can prevent someone from pushing it open if you keep your foot flat on the floor with your toes pushed up against the bottom of the door,
5. Call Police
Call police or 911 if someone tries aggressively to get into your home,
6. Your Home
REMEMBER it is your home and you do not have to feel obliged to let ANYONE in.
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When Can Someone Protect Their Home By Force?
A person is justified in using force toward another person in the protection of their home if:
- The force is immediately necessary,
- The force would prevent or stop another person’s actions, and
- The other person’s actions were illegal.
There is no bright-line rule about the amount of force that a person can use to protect their home. It must generally be proportionate to the action of the person threatening the home or its occupants.
For example, if person X is illegally, but innocently trespassing near person A’s home, it would not be acceptable for person A to come after person X with a baseball bat and hit him on the head. On the other hand, if person X was attempting to burglarize person A’s home, such force would generally be appropriate.
When Can Someone Use Deadly Force to Protect Their Home?
The use of deadly force to protect a person’s home is a controversial issue. Deadly force is any amount of force hat is intended or is likely to cause death or great bodily injury. That can include the use of a firearm, or even a person’s bare fists in some situations. Some states have created special laws to deal with the issue. They are called “Make My Day” or “Stand Your Ground” laws. Generally speaking, a person is allowed to use deadly force to protect their home if:
- Another person is, or was attempting arson, burglary, robbery, or another felony,
- The use of deadly force is immediately necessary because of a genuine fear for the safety of the home or its inhabitants,
- The use of deadly force would prevent or stop the other person’s criminal activity, and
- The use of non-deadly force would put the homeowner at risk of serious bodily harm.
Courtesy of legalmatch.com