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How to Survive a Home Invasion

Being the victim of a home burglary is bad enough, but if you are inside your home when someone attempts to break in, the situation gets really scary. Here's how to repel home invasions.


  • TIP: Remember that your safety is more important than your property.
  • Step 1: If you are confronted by the invader, talk with them and try to calm them down. Hopefully you will never have to deal with a home invasion, but it's wise to be prepared just in case.
  • FACT: A 1998 U.S. government study found that for every time a gun in the home was used in a self-defense or legally justifiable shooting, there were 4 unintentional shootings, 7 criminal assaults or homicides, and 11 attempted or completed suicides.
  • Step 2: Do not answer the door. Have an escape strategy ready so you can try to escape from you home. If you can't escape, lock yourself in a room that has an inside lock and a strong door.
  • Step 3: Call 911. Immediately give the dispatcher your address. Explain that you feel your life may be at risk.
  • TIP: Install a security system. Doing so can lower your home insurance premiums and possibly save your life.
  • Step 4: Remain calm and do not panic if someone tries to get in. This will be easier to do if you have practiced your home invasion plan.
  • Step 5: Have a home invasion plan. Map out routes of escape from each room in your house.

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