How to Stay Safe During a Break-In
Home break-ins can occur anywhere (Nashville included) and usually for a number of reasons. The burglar may be out to steal your money or other material items. However, in other cases, the attacker may be out to hurt you and your family o even kill you. To be on the safe side, it is always important that you are well equipped to keep yourself safe during a break in. At least, until security officers can respond. Here are a few things that you need to observe to enhance your safety at home during a break in.
Stay Still and Quiet
If you suspect that your home is under attack, it is important that you minimize your movement and keep quiet. This will allow you to pay attention on what is happening, that is, if the burglar is coming your way and whether the burglar is just one person or many. Also, by keeping quiet, you will not draw attention to your direction. This gives you time to plan the next course of action. Also, by listening to them, you can use their voices to evidence your case.
If you have got the courage, walk to your door and lock it quietly. If the intruders are after hurting you, this will buy time for you. Before they break the door to your room, you will already have planned what to do next. For additional safety, use whatever heavy objects that you can find to block the door. In this case, furniture that can be smoothly dragged will work perfectly.
You should call 911 as soon as possible. However, when calling them, it is important that you ensure that the call does not jeopardize your safety. Therefore, it is advisable that you call them after you have locked your door. Ensure, that you are as calm as possible so that you can clearly explain to the operators your home address. Give them all the details that you think necessary in helping them easily locate your premises. Ensure that you stay on line. This will help the operators give you directives on how to stay safe. It will also help them listen to what is going in on your end.
Do not just stay there if you have the chance to escape. Can you jump through your window? Is there any exit you could use to get out of your house? If there is, do not waste any time. Escape and run to a hiding until you can hear the police siren near your premises.
You might think that it is a wise decision to use a weapon against the intruder, but in the real sense it is not. This should be your last option. Using a weapon against them will only make things worse and they might end up hurting you.
During a Break in, staying quiet and smart is the key to safety in your Nashville home. As a future home safety tips, you should consider taking precautionary measures to prevent future break-ins. and stay tuned for further posts!