How to organize your apartment in case of a home invasion
With home invasions, rapes, murders, natural disasters, burglaries, thefts, and vandalism becoming more prevalent around the country, now is the time to organize your apartment in case of a home invasion.
An FBI crime report states that over 2.5 million US households will have some form of home invasion this year – that’s 1 every 15 seconds.
If you thought you were safer because you live in an apartment; according to the National Crime Prevention Council (NCPC), apartments and condos are 85 percent more likely to be burglarized than single-family homes.
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Now that you made your apartment as intruder proof as possible you need to focus on how to organize your apartment in case you still have a home invasion.
Below are the things you can DIY today to protect you and your loved ones in case of a home invasion tonight.
- Keep your blinds closed, especially at night.
- If you must keep the blinds open with your lights on, keep a light directly in front of the window to diminish the view of the would-be home invader. If the lights are on inside and the lights are off outside, the home invader will be able to see inside but you won’t be able to see outside (not good).
- Have a saferoom if possible – an interior room without windows and with a solid core door that you can reinforce. This will give you the extra time you need to either wait for the police to arrive (if you are unarmed) or to gather your composure in case you need to use lethal force (if you are armed).
- Arrange your furniture so that you have direct routes to your safe room while being an obstacle for a home invader.
- Install an early warning system like a simply safe alarm system.
If an intruder makes it past all of these, you need to respond with the force necessary to eliminate the threat. Don’t feel guilty about what you may need to do, if the invader makes it into your home, they are there with bad intentions. Top Ten Self Defense Gun Articles.
NOTE: No security is fail-proof, but you can maximize your protection with a layered security plan. Having a trained security dog is great for both a warning and to be a layer of defense while you are retrieving the means necessary to eliminate the threat.
We suggest if you feel unsafe in your rental, talk to your landlord about what they are willing to do or what you are allowed to do. If their answer is unsatisfactory, it may be time to consider moving.
Don’t delay because in the amount of time it takes for the police to arrive at your apartment you and your family members could become just another statistic.
Considering all physical security situations are not the same, our aim with this article was to give you the best available information to protect you and your family in case someone does invade your home.
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How to organize your apartment to prevent a home invasion
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