Invasion Proof Your House: Steps to Take if Your Home is Invaded

Author: Keith M, OnPoint Firearms & Home Defense

In today’s world, ensuring the safety and security of your home is more crucial than ever. While we hope to never to face a home invasion, it’s essential to be prepared for such an event. Here are some vital steps to invasion-proof your house and actionable steps to take if your home is invaded.

1. Strengthen Entry Points

The first line of defense against a home invasion is to reinforce all entry points.

  • Doors: Invest in solid core or metal doors. Install deadbolts, and consider a door brace or security bar for added strength.
  • Windows: Use security film to make glass more resistant to shattering. Install window locks and consider adding security bars or grilles.
  • Sliding Doors: Reinforce sliding doors with a security bar or rod in the track. Use a pin lock to prevent lifting the door off its track.

2. Install a Security System

A comprehensive security system can deter would-be intruders and alert you to any breaches.

  • Surveillance Cameras: Position cameras at all entry points and other vulnerable areas. Ensure they are visible to deter intruders.
  • Alarms: Install a monitored alarm system that triggers if any entry points are breached.
  • Motion Sensors: Place motion sensors in key areas to detect movement inside and outside your home.

3. Use Smart Lighting

Smart lighting can give the impression that someone is home even when you are away.

  • Exterior Lights: Install motion-activated lights around the perimeter of your home.
  • Interior Lights: Use smart bulbs or timers to turn lights on and off at various times.

4. Secure Your Perimeter

Securing the area around your home is as important as fortifying the house itself.

  • Fencing: Install a sturdy fence around your property.
  • Gates: Use lockable gates and keep them closed.
  • Landscaping: Keep bushes and trees trimmed to eliminate hiding spots for intruders.

5. Have a Family Safety Plan

Create and practice a family safety plan to ensure everyone knows what to do in case of a home invasion.

  • Safe Room: Designate a secure room where everyone can gather in an emergency. Stock it with essentials like water, a first aid kit, a phone, and any self-defense tools you deem necessary.
  • Communication: Develop a family code word, to use in emergency situations.  Make sure to give the 911 operator your code word.  Ensure everyone knows how to contact emergency services. Teach children how to use the phone in an emergency.

Steps to Take if Your Home is Invaded

  1. Stay Calm and Quiet If you hear or see signs of a break-in, try to remain as calm and quiet as possible. Avoid confrontation if you are not in immediate danger.

  2. Call 911 Use your phone to call 911 immediately. Provide the dispatcher with as much information as possible, including your address and the nature of the emergency.  Give the dispatcher your code word, so you can identify when help arrives.

  3. Gather Your Family If it’s safe to do so, gather your family members and move to your designated safe room. Lock the door and stay put until help arrives.

  4. Defend Yourself if Necessary If an intruder enters your safe room or you are otherwise confronted, be prepared to defend yourself. Use any available self-defense tools and follow the training you’ve received.

  5. Avoid Confrontation If you can escape safely, do so. If you cannot, focus on barricading yourself and your family in a secure area until law enforcement arrives.

  6. Follow Up Once the situation is resolved, follow up with local law enforcement for a report. Review what happened and assess any changes needed to improve your home’s security.

Final Thoughts

Invasion-proofing your house is about creating multiple layers of defense to deter and respond to potential threats. By fortifying your home, installing security systems, and having a well-rehearsed safety plan, you can significantly reduce the risk and impact of a home invasion.

Stay safe, Keith M OnPoint Firearms & Home Defense