What to Do if you Confront a Burglar in your HomeAugust 12, 2016
One of the scariest things that can happen to someone is to confront a burglar while their breaking into or stealing from their home. It’s an unexpected situation that takes people by surprise. Often times, people freeze because they’re shocked or simply don’t know what to do. In this article, we’ll go over everything you should do if you confront a burglar in your home. You’ll learn how to keep you, your family, and your home safe.
Use a Safe Word
The most important thing you can do when you confront a burglar is let everyone know of their presence. This is achieved by using a pre-determined safe word. The general guideline is when others hear the word, they’re alerted to the presence of an intruder and go to a safe room or destination. This is important for two reasons. The first being to keep them away from danger. The second being to not startle the burglar and cause him to do something harmful.
Use a Safe Room
Ideally, all members of the house should run outside when they hear the safe word; however, this isn’t always possible. For this reason, a safe room should be designated. When the safe word is heard, people inside the house should move to the safe room and lock the doors. You want this room to be the safest room in your home. Usually a room with multiple locks and no windows works best.
Create a Distraction
After the safe word is used and members of the home are notified of the presence of an intruder, it’s time to start thinking about you. The best thing you can do is create a distraction. A great way to do this is by setting off your car alarm. This is a sure-fire way to surprise the burglar and get him to start running before he even knows what happened. Once he’s gone, you can call the police.
If a distraction can’t be created, it’s always best to keep distance while remaining calm and cooperative. Possible methods of escape should be looked for. If the burglar begins to close the distance, cross your arms over your chest to display submissiveness. You don’t want to appear aggressive and trigger the burglar to attack. Cooperate and do what he says. If you forced to defend yourself, do so, but always remember to run when you get the chance.
You now know the four things to do when you confront a burglar in your home. Use a safe word and room, create a distraction, and keep distance. Be prepared in advance by having a discussion with your family and coming up with a safe word and room. If needed, run through a drill where you act out the events should they one day occur. Go through the drill multiple times if needed. Remember, the most important thing is making sure everyone is safe and then protecting yourself.