What to do if you see a Burglar in your YardMarch 22, 2016
Over the past few years, rising unemployment rates have resulted in crime levels increasing exponentially – especially burglaries from private homes. While it may be impossible to reduce your risk of being burgled completely, there are a few steps you can take in the event of you being at home and spotting a would-be burglar on your property.
Don’t Approach Them
Upon seeing a would-be burglar on their property, many people think that they will be able to get them to leave by approaching them. However, this can be extremely risky because many burglars are armed these days, which could result in you being seriously injured. The only time you should ever consider approaching them is if you are sufficiently armed and you are confident enough to use your weapon if the need arises. In most cases though, it is best to make yourself as inconspicuous as possible and try to alert the police.
Sound the Alarm
If you are fortunate enough to have an alarm system installed, now would be a great time to use it. Many potential burglars will take off in the event of a siren being sounded because they know that they only have a few minutes at most before police or armed response employees from the alarm company arrive. This is one instance where it will be highly beneficial to have perimeter yard beams installed, as they will alert you to the presence of a trespasser before he is able to gain access into your home.
Remain as Quiet as Possible
In the event that you don’t have an alarm system in your home, you will need to ensure that you remain as quiet as possible so that you don’t alert the burglar to the fact that you are home. If there are children in the house, they should be taught to do so as well. Take refuge in a closet or even under a bed if need be, as you stand less chance of a burglar turning violent or aggressive if he thinks that no one is home to witness what he is doing. If you are 100% confident that you can get out of the house to alert the authorities, you should do so – as quietly as possible.
Wait for Help to Arrive
If you have been able to activate your alarm or even call 911, you should remain in your hiding place until help arrives and the police or armed response employees advise you that it is safe to come out. In cases where you have called for help, it is recommended that you remain on the phone for as long as possible, as this will help provide emergency services with insight as to what is happening around you. This will help ensure that you are not injured in the event of a scuffle breaking out and it will make it easier for the authorities to identify the burglar.
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