The safety and protection of your family will always be a top priority for any homeowner. Our peace of mind rests on the assurance that our homes are well protected from intruders, robbers, and criminals. Follow these tips to reduce the risk of being a victim of crime.
- Never allow yourself to be drawn into a conversation with an unknown caller, especially if they are inquiring about your name, address, marital status, or when you and your family members will be at home.
- People doing legitimate survey work will properly identify themselves and their company.
- Hang up the phone if you receive nuisance calls. These callers are typically looking for an audience. Should nuisance calls persist, report them to TSTT. If you receive threatening calls or late night calls that concern you, contact the police immediately.
Home Invasion Survival Tips
- Keeping a cool head is important, even in dire circumstances. If you can keep your wits about you, you can increase your options by waiting for the right moment to act. Always be thinking and re-evaluating the situation as it evolves. At first there may be no chance for escape, but after a while you may see an opening.
- Automatic dial telephones that can call the police in speaker-mode may be effective in getting assistance. If a home invader breaks in, you may just have a split second to push the direct-dial button on your telephone.
- Screaming and shouting is the easiest and most natural thing that almost everyone can do. Screaming can alert neighbours to call the police or the noise alone may scare off home invaders. However, home invaders know this and will be prepared to make you stop screaming, by force, if necessary.
- Home invaders will sometimes threaten to harm children to get adults to comply with their demands. But at the same time, children are often overlooked as potential rescuers and sometimes not well guarded. If the opportunity presents itself, a trained child can dial the police, activate an alarm panic button or escape to the neighbour’s house to get help.
As with all security measures, consideration must be given to the risk of fire and means of escape. Fit a smoke detector and contact the fire service for advice. If you have laminate glass on any windows and doors then remember that you will not be able to break it if you need to escape your house in an emergency and you will therefore need to make sure you have another means of exit.
Criminals are known to dress and pose as members of the protective services especially police officers and members of the Defence Force. Be extremely careful, therefore, when a police officer comes knocking on your door. As a general rule, never be quick to open your door, since many homes have been robbed or members of the household assaulted or kidnapped in this way.
Firstly, peep through a side window or any sort or peephole to determine whether it is a police officer you know. If the officer cannot be identified, request his name, number and ID Card. If there is still doubt, call the nearest police station to confirm his credentials.