In all likelihood, you will never confront a home intruder. Even if your house is burglarized, it will likely happen while you are out. However, when you consider that more than 2 million burglaries occur each year in the United States, the chance does exist that you’ll one day need to deal with a home intruder. If you ever find yourself in this unfortunate situation, practice the following tips.
Make Sure They’re Real
Many people have experienced the phenomenon where they awake certain that someone is in their home. The thought may have been borne by a half-remembered dream, an odd sound, or the movement of a housemate. To know whether or not to take action, you must verify whether an actual intruder exists. The best way to do this is with your ears. Listen closely, and try to gauge whether you hear footsteps, breaking glass, or the opening and closing of doors.
Stay Where You Are
If you’ve determined that an actual intruder has infiltrated your home, stay where you are. You might have the temptation to charge down the stairs, weapon in hand, but the reality is that you don’t want to force a confrontation. In most cases, the intruder will have much less to lose. You also will not know how they are armed. If you pick up a baseball bat and charge an intruder armed with a gun, you will likely end up worse for the encounter. Simply put, lock your door, find a hiding place, and only resort to violence if you the intruder forces the issue.
Call the Police
Your number one priority at this point is to enlist the aid of the police. Call 911, and in a calm, quiet, and steady voice, describe your situation. The average wait time for a police response is 10 minutes, so you won’t have long until help arrives. If you find yourself in a position to observe the home intruder, try and memorize physical details to aid in capture.