Your home is your CASTLE, but what if it becomes inhabited by an unwanted guest? The very fact of having an intruder in your home can be a very traumatic event. Burglars can destroy a home or simply empty it of all personal and family belongings. Although insurance policies may be able to cover basic replacement of stolen or destroyed property, it can never replace the sentimental value or the knowledge of knowing someone entered into your home, your safe space, your CASTLE!
What should I do if I arrive at home and believe a burglary is taking place?
- NEVER ENTER
- If you believer that your home is occupied by an intruder, immediately call the police and find a safe location to stay until police arrive and provide an “All Clear.” It is important while talking to the police to provide as much detail about the situation (vehicles close by, number of intruders, ect.).
- ARRIVAL BY CAR OR FOOT
- If you arrive to your home by vehicle, keep driving. Find a safe location to park and immediately call the police. If you are able to park in an area that has an advantage point of your home is best, but your safety is priority. If you arrive by foot, continue to walk on. If you have already reached the front door, turn around as quickly as possible and find a safe location (back into your vehicle, or a neighbors house).
- AT HOME OR DISTURB INTRUDERS
- If you are in the house or have walked in during a burglary, immediately and with haste exit the property! In this situation your safety is priority, DO NOT attempt to call 911 until you have reached at least 50-100 feet from the intruders.
- DURING NIGHT TIME HOURS
- If you awake to intruders in your home, DO NOT leave the room. If at all possible barricade your bedroom door (cabinet, dresser, bed, ect.), locate a weapon to defend yourself, and if you have a phone on hand, call 911 immediately and STAY ON THE PHONE with dispatch until police arrive. If not, wait until the intruder has left and under some circumstances turning on bedroom lights and having loud conversation can deter a burglar.
- AFTER A BURGLARY
- If you arrive at your home after a burglary it is important to exit your home and find a safe location. It might be tempting but DO NOT touch anything. Leaving a crime scene in tact can assist police in identifying the burglar and increases chances of evidence.