Jul 29, 2016
“What Do I Do If I’m Home While My Security Alarm Goes Off?”
Picture this: A rise of burglaries in your neighbourhood gets your attention and inspires you to take the necessary precautions to protect your family. You buy a great new smart home security system after reading a slew of glowing reviews about it across a variety of reputable tech outlets.
The setup goes as quickly as advertised, and you reward yourself with a good nap when suddenly…
A frightening thought hits you:
“What am I supposed to do if my alarm goes off while I’m home?”
It may sound kind of funny, but most people don’t really think about this scenario being a possibility. I know I haven’t, until now.
Is It Common For Burglars To Come Face To Face With Home Owners?
According to the Bureau of Justice Statistics, between 2003-2007, 27.6% of burglaries occurred while at least one home member was present.
Yes, you read that right: Over a quarter of burglaries happen when a family member is home. Worse yet, 7% of those people become the victim of a violent burglary.
What Can I Do If A Break-In Happens While I’m Home?
Now that the probability of being home during a break-in has sunk in, it’s time to think about what we can do should we fall victim to such an unfortunate circumstance:
1. Think ahead & create a safe room
The best way to protect yourself in an incident is to plan ahead. Find ways to secure each and every room in your home to make sure that you won’t have to panic should you ever need a safe place to hide, call for help, and wait for first responders to arrive in the event of emergency.
The average person uses a washroom or master bedroom as their safe room. There are quite a few different ways you can enhance your room for maximum security, but the main features should be: windowless, thick walls, accessibility, and a reasonable amount of space. For more tips on building a safe room, check out either one of these two sources.
2. Invest in a security system
It’s a good idea to invest in a security system for a variety of reasons. Not only will it help you gather evidence for any legal processes you will have to go through, but it also allows you to be able to see where the intruder is in your home while you communicate with law enforcement from your safe space.
If you purchase a smart home security system, you can even pair it with accessories like door/window sensors that can buy you extra time to get away by alerting you the moment your space has been broken into.
3. Discreetly call for help & remain calm until it arrives
Calling for help is the obvious thing to do in times of emergency. Make sure to be as discreet as possible. If you’ve got a home phone base in your living room that lights up whenever someone is on the line, use a mobile phone instead. Lower your voice without muffling it so that the burglar can think they’re home alone and your dispatcher can hear you. Remain calm and do not leave your safe space until help arrives.
4. Exit with your hands visible when prompted
You can never be too safe with law enforcement, so make sure to have your hands as visible as possible when you’re finally told that it’s safe to exit the room.