How to keep your family safe from a home invasion
prevent a home invasion
The recent spate of home invasions in Indianapolis and surrounding areas keeps homeowners on edge. Here are some basic tips to protect your home and family:
• Make sure you have deadbolt locks on all external doors, and secure all sliding doors (even those on upper floors) with a dowel in the inside track to jam the door.
• Make sure all windows are secured with locks or pins, and confirm they are locked after you have any work done in or around your home.
• Don’t hide keys anywhere outside your home; instead keep a spare with a trusted neighbor or close friend.
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• Confirm all of your outside lights are operational, and then use them. Plant thorny bushes near windows and doors, and keep that shrubbery trimmed so they don’t block windows and doors — burglars can use those spaces to hide.
• Shut your blinds at night so would-be burglars can’t simply walk through your backyard, look inside your home and put together a ‘wish’ list.
• If you have an alarm system, use it.
• Be a good neighbor — know what’s going on in your community and share and talk with others in your neighborhood.
• Don’t open your door to anyone you don’t know. If you have a screen door, keep it locked. Be suspicious of so-called deliveries you aren’t expecting.
• If you must answer your door to sign for a package, make sure you have your home or cell phone with you so that you can immediately call for help.
• Criminals often dress as a repairman or handyman in an attempt to remain inconspicuous in a neighborhood. If you are having work done in and around your home, tell a neighbor.
• Create a family safety plan, just as you would for a fire emergency, and then practice the plan.
• Never fight an intruder over possessions. Material goods can be replaced.
• Never willingly leave your home and go elsewhere with an intruder.
• Never hesitate to call police if you see something that doesn’t look or feel right.