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In one of my previous articles I gave a brief overview on what a home invasion is and why many of them happen. In this article though, I want to give some helpful tips that you can use to lay the groundwork for becoming prepared for a home invasion.

Tip Number 1: Take every precaution possible when someone rings your doorbell or knocks at the door.

This may seem a little overboard for most people, but this is one of the biggest causes for home invasion. Criminals know that if they knock at someone's door, most people will just open up without so much as looking through the peephole to see who is there. Use your peepholes! And if you do not have a peephole on your door then get one installed. This simple step could save you and your family much strife and loss. (Another great security device is a chain lock on your door.)

Tip Number 2: Keep the entrances into your house locked.

Many people think that this only includes the front door. This assumption could not be any further from the truth! Criminals will not always come right to your front door, especially if you live off of a busy street. Back-doors, side-doors, garage doors, and all windows should be kept locked as well.

Tip Number 3: Keep your lines of communication close.

Now if I was writing this article 10 years ago I may have advised you to have cordless phones in most of the rooms in your house. But now that cell phones are all the norm, this simple tip could save your life. Keep your cell phone on you; even while you are in your own house! Now this may not always be an option (and I am not even going to go into those situations, just use your imagination), but when that knock comes at your phone grab your cell phone. Most phones will lock when 911 is dialed, so even if the intruder grabs your phone and tries to end the call it will still go through. These few extra seconds are all the authorities need to locate you.

These tips are not rocket science, but many of us become so busy in our daily lives that we don't really have the time to sit back and think about things such as home invasions. These easy steps are not the only defense you have against home invasions, but they are a good start. I can really sum up this article in one simple statement. The best defense against a home invasion is not just educating yourself, but by taking action! You can have all of the knowledge in the world of how to protect your home, but unless you utilize what you have learned, it is as worthless as if you had never known it.


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