Home Invasion: Are You Prepared For a Worst-Case Scenario?

February 5th was an ordinary Wednesday night for a Colorado Springs couple until a trio of home invaders forced themselves into their apartment. What could have ended in abject tragedy, however, turned into triumph. The victimized couple fought back against their assailants, eventually managing to restrain one of the men while the other two fled. While it is certain that the suspects came into the house armed, details are sketchy on whether or not the residents were armed themselves. Either way, it is instructive and more than a little encouraging that the residents were able to make a clean stand.

Crime statistics are dropping all around the country, but that doesn’t mean you can get lax about home security. As the population grows, so do the number of desperate wackos who may try to take what’s yours. Don’t wait until you’re faced with an emergency situation to prepare. Here are some of the things you can do to make sure your home is secure.

Make a Plan

The best way to prepare for a robbery, home invasion, or otherwise violent intrusion is to devise a plan ahead of time. The best-laid plans can go awry when confronted with a real world situation, but you can always improvise on the spot. You’re still better off with a rough security plan than without one.

Prevention

Every family that wants to make sure they are protected in a home invasion scenario should own at least one gun and be possessed of the training to use it. That said, owning a gun is no excuse for not practicing good preventative techniques. If you can keep the bad guys out of your house to begin with, you may never have to worry about using that gun in a violent situation. Arm your doors with strong locks and hinges. Put up outdoor cameras for greater surveillance. Do not open your door to a stranger, even if you keep the chain latch intact. These latches are easily broken and provide little protection.

Loud Alarms

You don’t have to spend a fortune on alarm systems to protect your home. Many stores sell adhesive alarms that fill the air with a deafening noise when a door or window is breached. These alarms won’t contact the police, but they can certainly scare off criminals intent on doing harm. If you have the money to afford a full-scale residential alarm system, however, it’s an investment well worth making.

Keep Your Wits About You

The most important aspect of surviving a high-adrenaline survival situation is to use your brain. People have a tendency to panic in these sorts of emergencies. No one could blame you for losing your head when confronted with evil, but if you can keep your wits about you under fire, you may be able to make a difference. Home invaders are rarely the most intelligent breed of criminal. They may be among the most violent and forceful, but if you are properly armed and have made a plan ahead of time, you may be able to emerge victorious. Learn self-defense, teach your children how to dial 911 in an emergency, and never stop thinking.