A man died at the hands of two intruders who invaded his home in Sacramento County recently. The 30-year-old victim had been shot. According to witnesses, two intruders barged into the apartment, then shot the man, but not before stealing some of his belongings.
Can something like this be prevented? Most likely, even though we don't have the details. How were the intruders able to force their way into the apartment in the first place? Did the man open the door, and that's how they got in? Was the door unlocked, and the intruders simply walked in?
Tips to help prevent a home invasion:
- Instruct your kids or any children visiting that they are never to answer a knock at the door or the doorbell ringing, even if pizza or some other delivery is expected. Your kids must know that they are forbidden from responding to the door even if you're momentarily indisposed ( in the shower, on a ladder painting the ceiling, etc.).
- Have an alarm system installed, and always keep it on, and yes, that means making it a habit to turn it off before you step outside to let the dog out, water the garden, retrieve the mail, take out the trash, etc. Kids, too, must learn this habit, since they are often in and out of a house many times in one day.
- To make it easier to embrace the idea of keeping the alarm on at all times, realize that often, a burglar or rapist won't even ring your doorbell or knock. They'll just make their way in and creep up on you.
- Install a 24-hour video surveillance system. If a burglar or rapist spots that camera, or even the system's company's warning decals, this will be a great deterrent. All doors and entry points should have a camera.
- If a stranger is at your door, speak to that person with the main door closed, never through just the screen door.