Home invasion is a traumatic, dangerous event. It is impossible to stop each and
every incident. However, being prepared may allow you to avoid one, or even more
Use common sense and rely on your intuition. If something seems suspicious, don't
rationalize, call the police.
- When answering the door, always check ID's first before you open it.
If you have a window close by, talk to the person through the window. Remember,
once you open the door, you have compromised your security.
- Always lock your doors and windows even when you are home.
- Install a peephole in your entrance door to ID anyone at the door.
- Teach your children, babysitter safety risks about answering the phone
- Keep a pen and pad near your front door. If you see a suspicious person
or vehicle write the information down and call the police.
- Rehearse with your family what to do. If you hear an unusual noise in
the middle of the night like breaking glass or someone moving around, call the
police. If you are alone, lock your bedroom door. Keep your cell phone in your
- Keep an eye on your neighbors. Remember, no one knows the routines of
your neighbors like residents.