Defense Against Crime

19/08/2009

The Home-Breakin ..what would you do?

Filed under: Crime,Crime Prevention — peppereyes @ 10:38 AM
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Will your door frame fail?

Will your door frame fail?

I read the following story in the Post and Courier Police Blotter. And it iterates the crime of home invasions.

Four people reportedly invaded a home in Hollywood and told two men living there, including one who was disabled, that they better pay their drug bill.

The two men told deputies they knew the alleged invaders. The four had a drama of their own when a female entered the home and told her “boyfriend,” one of the alleged invaders, that he should go home, according to a Charleston County Sheriff’s Office report.

The early July 12 incident began when the door to the home was kicked in after the middle-age disabled man seemed slow to respond to knocking, the report states. Two men came inside and demanded a drug bill be paid, but the men denied owing them any money. That’s when two more invaders reportedly entered, including the woman who wanted her boyfriend home, the report states.

 The female advised the home’s occupants that if they owed money, they ought to pay it. All of the reported invaders fled in multiple vehicles after stating that the next time they come back, it won’t be “nice,” the report states.

 Now imaging if the person sitting in their home is you. You are cooking in the kitchen or perhaps you just finished eating, and you are sitting on your couch watching the television.  All of a sudden your door is kicked in.

What would you do?
What could you do?
Can a crook easily kick in your front or back door?
What countermeasures do you have in place, or will you be caught unprepared?

Think about these facts:

  • 1 of every 5 homes will experience a break-in or home invasion. That’s over 2,000,000 homes!
  • Statistically, there are over 8,000 home invasions per day in North America
  • 38% of assaults & 60% of rapes occur during home invasions.

There are different methods criminals use to gain entry during a typical home invasion that you need to be aware of.

One of the most common methods is to simply use force to gain entry. According to the FBI, the easiest way for a criminal to get into your house is just to kick in your door! The FBI also says every 12 seconds a home is invaded by going right through the front or back door. Strangely enough, two o’clock in the afternoon is the biggest break-in time.  What typically happens is , the criminal approaches your doorway and proceeds to kick the door in. A solid kick aimed just below or above the doorknob will often break open most doors, even those with a deadbolt installed.

A more traditional home invasion approach starts out similar to breaking and entering. The assailant uses a lock pick, lock bump, or pry bar to defeat your door or window lock, then slips into your house and surprises you in another room. These methods can take place at anytime day or night.

A criminal may also use deception to get into your home. This type of invasion usually takes place during the day or early evening. The criminal approaches your front door and pretends to be someone needing help such as wanting to use the phone because their car broke down, or ask for directions, etc. They may say they are doing a survey, selling something, or working for the 2010 census, or have a parcel for you to sign for, or may tell you they have run into your car or your child (if they know you have one). There are countless other reasonable sounding phrases that can be used to get you to open your door.  Once your door is open, the criminal smashes their way into your home, to do as they will.

In order to protect yourself and your home from this type of crime, there are many precautions that you should take. Criminals generally look for opportunities that require the least effort, so by making your home more secure, you can make it less attractive to criminals. To start with, you should make sure that both your front and back doors are made of solid wood or metal and install one-way peepholes at eye level. You should also reinforce all doorframes so that your doors cannot be easily kicked in. A “Beware of Dog” sign or a security alarm sign are good deterrents.  I’ve covered many  counter measures on my Personal Protection and Security Blog

PepperEyes.com is dedicated meeting your safety needs by assisting those people who are unwilling to become a victim and are taking personal responsibility to protect themselves, and their families with our pepper spray, stun guns, and other personal security products. In today’s society being equipped mentally and physically is no longer an option.

See Also

  1.  HOME INVASIONS – Part 1 – What you should know.
  2. HOME INVASIONS – Part 2 – Defensive strategies (ii)
  3. Defending Your Castle Part 2
  4. HOME INVASIONS – Part 2 – Defensive strategies – Alarms Systems (iii)
  5. HOME INVASIONS – Part 3 – Defensive strategies – Securing YOUR House (i)
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