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How to Prevent Home Invasions

The best defense against a home invasion is careful planning.


  • Step 1: Fit your home with safety features Fit your home with solid doors, heavy duty locks, and window locks.
  • Step 2: Secure your lock plates Secure the heavy duty lock plates in your doors with four three-inch screws.
  • Step 3: Keep doors and windows locked Keep all doors, windows, and your garage locked at all times.
  • TIP: Do not keep a spare key over the door or under the door mat.
  • Step 4: Use the peephole Look through the door’s peephole before opening your door.
  • Step 5: Do not open the door for strangers Do not open the door to strangers or solicitors.
  • TIP: If your home is invaded, do not fight back unless your life is in danger. Cooperate and remain calm.
  • Step 6: Call the police If someone at your door acts suspicious, call the police.
  • FACT: Robberies of U.S. homes rose 29 percent between 2000 and 2004, 9.7 percent in 2005, and 8 percent in 2006.

You Will Need

  • Solid doors
  • Heavy duty door locks
  • Window locks
  • 4 3-inch screws per door
  • A peephole
  • A telephone

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