How Safe Is Your Home? Five Ways To Protect Your Kids From A Home Invasion

by Rob Campbell on November 29, 2010

Be proactive when it comes to the safety of your home and your kids.The recent home invasion in Markham, Ontario stirred up concern in many Canadian residents. Home invasions have statistically been proven to be one of the most violent crimes in Canada, often linked to rape, severe beatings, even torture and murder. What causes even more concern is that the robbery rates have increased over the past 10 years in most of Canada. Between 1999 and 2005, the numbers of home invasions have increased an astonishing 38%. (Source). More than two thirds of intruders are strangers to the victims. What does this say?

These disturbing statistics indicate that Canadians must take a proactive approach to protecting their homes and their loved ones. If you’re not safe at home, where can you be safe? Thankfully, there are some preventative measures that you and your family can take to make your home a safer place. Here are some ways to safeguard your home from the threat of an intruder:

1)  Create a family escape plan. Since the most common way for intruders to get into your home is through a crash-in, it’s important to create a drill that allows your family to react as quickly as possible to the situation. Take the time aside and plan out possible escape routes, and make sure that every family member has a mutually understood objective. Get together, role-play, and practice it. A little preparation goes a long way.

2) Be cautious and proactive when answering the door. The second most common way that intruders get into your home is through ruses. This means that they will knock on your door with a fabricated excuse to let themselves in (ie. looking for someone, solicitor, even using fake identities like asking to check your gas meter). The best way to protect your family from falling prey to intrusion ruses is to enforce safety measures. Teach every family member to be cautious when answering the door, and never allow a young child to do so. Always ask for badges or certification from service workers, and never open the door to strangers who cannot provide it.

3) Dogs are a man’s best friend.
A watchdog can really be your best friend when it comes to safeguarding your home against intruders. Since many home intrusions happen at night when people are asleep, a dog can save your home and your life by alerting you. Many home invasions have been prevented by having a dog’s barking fend off the intruders, and intruders are less likely to break into a home that houses a watchdog.

4. Discourage intruders with security devices. There are many that you can choose from – alarms and sensors, home alarm systems, intercoms, home security cameras, sensor lights, and protective fencing. The more security features your home has, again the less inclined intruders will be to break into your home.

Out of sight, out of mind. Maintain your privacy and safety with cellular window blinds5) Out of sight, out of mind. Of course, in spite of all the technological innovations that aim to protect your home, sometimes they’re not enough to ward off intruders. Thus, the most important proactive measure you can take is to not give the intruders a reason to make your home a target to begin with. This means to keep your expensive belongings out of sight. Protect your assets by keeping prying eyes out. Of course, nobody wants to live in a dark cell with no lights. Thankfully, there are cellular window blinds that allow light to come in without jeopardizing your privacy. Remember to lock all windows and keep windows covered at night.

When it comes to the safety of your home and your family, don’t take any chances. Though some of these things may seem tedious, it’s nonetheless important to  implement them. These simple proactive steps just may save your life.

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