Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Protect Yourself Against Home Invasions

Recently in Egg Harbor Township New Jersey a man pretending to be a Pizza Deliveryman attempted to force his way into a home. The residents were able to push the door closed and keep him out. Story at: http://abclocal.go.com/wpvi/story?section=news/crime&id=8168309. This situation ended positively for the family. Other similar situations have ended in robberies, rapes, and murders. Simple caution when returning home, and when answering the door can prevent the majority of these types of crimes.

When you leave the home during the day you should be sure that lights will be on when you arrive at home. Lights that come on at dusk and turn off at dawn are recommended for all entry doors. Lights with motion sensors should be position around the property as noted previously in our discussion of burglary prevention. Shrubs, trees and obstructions that block the view of the entry door from the street should be trimmed or removed. These simple techniques will discourage many would be home invaders.

When coming home you should be aware of your surroundings and any persons standing at or near your home. If you are not sure drive around the block and return. If the person is still there you should keep driving and call 911 (in the US) or other emergency number to contact police. If you enter your home using an automating garage door be sure to pay attention that no one slips in the door behind you after you drive in.

When answering the door at home adults should be just as cautious as they expect their children to be. Use a peephole or nearby window to identify who is at the door before opening. If you do not recognize the person you should challenge them without opening the door. If you have any suspicions you should contact the police.

Remember that most communities require people selling door to door to register and carry identification. People working for utilities will have uniforms and identification. Never open the door if you are not sure who is one the other side. Questions and comments are welcome. More to follow.

Frank Plunkett

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