One of the greatest fear every home owner has is that of Burglary. Your home is meant to be a safe haven where you look forward to having some peace, joy and tranquility, but more often than not, that peace could be threatened with a break in; so what should you not do if you are home during a burglary?
Here are 5 things you must never do in order to stay safe.
- Do not let fear overwhelm you: Knowing a burglar is in your home is scary, but letting “fear” overwhelm you can lead to you making very wrong decisions. When faced with a burglary situation, putting your fear in check is the best thing that can happen to you. This will enable you make sensible decisions and help you find your way out of danger.
- Do not attempt to fight: Note that a burglar is scared of getting caught and will do anything to defend himself or herself in such a situation. This means, they are in possession of arms that can cause serious bodily harm or even death. Rather than fight, stay low and look out for the quickest exit point that will allow you leave the premises and seek for help.
- Do not make noise: Attracting the burglar to you will only put you in greater danger. Remember you don’t know what the burglar wants and you have no idea how he or she will react. It is best to stay as silent as possible while creating your escape plan.
- Do not use a weapon (unless you are professionally trained to): The use of a weapon for defence against a burglar may sound like a great idea, but it should be largely avoided as it can lead to more harm than good. This includes firearms, knives, self defence sprays or any other harm inflicting material. If the burglar has a weapon, they are most likely to use it when they see that you have one too. If you use a firearm or any other defence object in an enclosed space and you are not a trained professional, you stand the risk of hurting yourself or those you intend to protect. You also stand the chance of being mistakenly identified as the offender when security officers arrive.
- Do not forget to call for help: Once you’ve been able to make it to a safe place either through hiding or escape, Do not forget to call for help. Call at least one close friend or family in addition to security authorities.
As scary as facing a home burglar can be, staying physically and secure through the ordeal is possible with the right attitude.
So next time you find yourself in a burgled situation, remember the steps above, and you will stand a greater chance of preserving your life.