How to Deal With a Burglar Breaking Into Your Home

Most burglars that break into homes are out for cash, jewelry and electronics. Many are driven by addiction, looking for a quick buck. However, a few of them break in with intentions to hurt you or your family. Or worse. Although most petty burglars would be deterred by people in the home, some might think that no one is home and be wrong, some just don't care. The thing is when you wake up to strange sounds or footsteps and come to the horrible realization that a stranger is in your house, you don't know their intentions. This is why it is important to know how to safely protect yourself and your family if a potentially harmful situation such as a burglary or home invasion occurs. So what do you do? Just follow this article.


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    Listen closely. Do you hear the sound of footsteps walking inside your home? Do you hear any talking or any sounds coming from the burglar? Is the burglar heading your way? Does it sound one person or multiple people? Be "all-ears" and listen very closely to what the burglar is doing.
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    Stay where you are. If you are inside a room, lock the door and hide the best you can without making any noises. You will have to know how to lock and unlock the door. Only unlock the door when you think it's safe. But, if you feel that the burglar is still inside your house, don't unlock the door.
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    Be quiet. Don't make a peep. Do not, under any circumstances, yell out "I'm calling the police, bud!" because then you've given out your hideout and the burglar will be able to locate you much easier and faster. Breathe as quietly as you can. Don't dart across the room for a weapon and scream "I have a gun" because if the burglar feels threatened, he may act out in fear or panic and hurt or kill you. Most murders in home invasions occur in the first 30 seconds, so how you react and handle the situation in the beginning can change the whole scenario for better or worse.
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    Use a phone. If you have a cell phone in your pockets, use it to call the emergency services. Make sure you know your address, because you will have to tell the operator your address so the police can come to your house and clear out the situation. That's why it is important to charge your phone every night, and memorize your address.
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    Act quickly. But stay calm and quiet. Assess the situation to determine your best course of action. If you can safely escape out the window or another nearby exit then do so immediately and run to a neighbor's. Don't try to grab any valuables, just get out! No material item is worth your life or the lives of your family. If escaping isn't an option for any reason (If you are high up, are unsure of the intruders whereabouts, etc) then hide. Lock the door to the room you are in. Quickly barricade the door with any furniture you can manage. If you have a closet door that also locks, even better! Hide in your closet and lock that door as well. Make sure you have your phone and if you haven't already, call the emergency services. If you already have, then stay on the line and follow the operators instructions. Even better, charge your phone in your closet every night and keep a weapon there for worst-case scenario, last resort. Any room can be turned into a panic room, it doesn't have to be a steel and cement reinforced bunker like the movies.
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    Look around. Don't open the door and walk out of your hideout. If there is a small door crack present in your door, look through it. If there is no door crack, no need to look. Just at least use your ears.
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    After you called the emergency services, remain in the room, hiding in a non-obvious place if you can. You should be safe until the police arrive and arrest the trespasser.


  • If you get a peek of the intruder try to remember as much physical traits as possible in order to help identify him/her.
  • Grab a knife, gun or other sharp/dangerous object to deter the burglar or defend yourself if necessary. However, don't be stupid and try to play hero. Do not confront the intruder if they aren't aware of you yet. Just because you have a gun doesn't mean you are protected. If you are a woman this is especially important. Whether you want to admit it or not men are generally physically larger and stronger... Not to mention there could be another intruder waiting outside keeping lookout. Even with a gun you can easily be overpowered by a larger man and find yourself at the wrong end of your own gun. Plenty of home invasions end by the victim getting shot by or injuring another family member with their own gun. You may freeze up and panic.
  • Don't go in a room that doesn't have a lock. Go in a secure room that has a good lock attached to it. It doesn't have to be a fancy lock - just a good one with high quality. Keep in mind that a high-quality lock doesn't fully protect you. There is a chance that the murderer could break or shoot the door open, if he is strong enough. The intruder could also unlock the door, if the lock is on the outside. But, if the lock is on the inside, then there is a very small chance for the intruder to blow your hideout.
  • Don't live in fear!! Break and enters are usually done when no one is home, often by petty thieves looking for fast cash and easily sellable items. Home invasions are even more rare, they just seem like they are always happening because of 24/7 news coverage, the Internet, etc. Most likely you will not ever have to go through any of these experiences, but like everything, it never hurts to be prepared!
  • If you feel that the intruder is going to enter the room that you are in, then you rush to the nearest closet that is in the room. You can also try escaping the room by climbing through an unlocked window that is in the room, but if they are directly outside your door just STAY hidden. You do not want them to barge in to you fumbling with the window locks.
  • Get a big dog. If you are worried about a break in or live in a bad neighborhood consider getting a big dog. Even if it doesn't actually attack the intruder, the barking and growling alone is usually a good enough deterrent. Plus, you will feel more secure and less vulnerable. Taking a self defense class or two can also help you feel more prepared!
  • If you insist on keeping a gun for this reason make sure you keep it loaded (or unloaded with ammunition within reach if you have children) and locked away in a safe that you can access quickly and easily. Preferably not a combination safe because in a fit of panic it is easy to forget the simplest of things. Familiarize yourself with handling the gun, firing the gun, and on your local laws regarding whether or not you can inflict necessary or even deadly force in the even of a stranger entering your home. If you wake up to a guy carrying your Laptop out the front door and fire off three rounds in his back, that is more than necessary force in most places and you will probably end up in jail. Guns, or weapons of any kind, should be used as a last resort. Escaping should always be number one, hiding if escaping isn't possible, and finally defending yourself if you are discovered and the intruder is about to attack. Sometimes it is better to come off as calm and cooperative, especially if the person appears to be on drugs or looks like a young punk. Don't make any sudden movements and try to avoid direct eye contact (yet still being aware of the intruders movements). If you make eye contact they may be worried you can identify them and feel they need to kill you based on that alone.
  • If you have an Airsoft or replica gun, don't even think about using it because if the attacker was on some kind of mind altering drug it is a good chance he will charge at you regardless of what you're holding, you may even make him more mad.
  • When someone dangerous breaks into your home, don't try to fight the predator. You could get yourself killed if you do so. Just go in a room, call emergency services, and remain in the room till the cops come.
  • If your reaction is a scream, you are unprotected. The intruder can find you. If you are in your living room, watching TV, and you hear a bang on the door, DON'T open it. DON'T suspect the intruder is your dad or your mom. If there are any other people in the house (family not intruders) crawl or calmly walk to them, and go outside the window, or the door the intruder isn't banging on, and run to a neighbor's house, and look at your door to figure out if you should call emergency services or if it's someone you know.
  • If you don't have a weapon in your house for defense you can keep a can of wasp spray in your nightstand or a cabinet nearby to grab if you hear an intruder.Take it with you when you hide or leave the house. It does the same job as pepper spray and shoots a lot farther. Use with discretion. Only spray if you are threatened.
  • Learn defense moves to protect yourself.
  • If your phone is charged and with you turn the volume off on your phone.If you call the police for help your ring tone will sound if the volume is on.Then the burglar will know where you are.If the phone is on the volume is off and it is charged no worries.

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