A cautionary tale from the Pelosi attack:
“Home invasion” has been used broadly to describe any crime committed by an individual unlawfully entering a residence while someone is home. And more specifically, home invasion has been used to describe a situation where an offender forcibly enters an occupied residence with the specific intent of robbing or violently harming those inside.
Although the recent unfortunate attack on Paul Pelosi in his home was caused by an intruder intending to do physical harm, any one of us can be the victim of a home invasion for any number of reasons.
Home invasions are more prevalent than you might imagine
There is a decent chance that you might be home and even assaulted during an invasion. Like in Mr. Pelosi’s case, victims in 38% of households burglarized while someone was home were asleep at the time of the burglary, while 44% of households stated that household members were engaged in other activities in the home when the offender gained entry to the residence.
Erroneous beliefs abound regarding perceived protection
Leaving lights on in the home: This has been shown to not be effective in deterring a potential intruder, but can actually make their job easier by allowing them to easily see inside!
Having a dog in the home: Many people believe that a dog in the home will deter intruders, but despite what many may think, some burglars are not scared of barking dogs. In a survey of convicted burglars, only 34% of respondents said that a barking dog would deter them from breaking into a property. In fact, a barking dog was one of the lowest-rated deterrents, below camera surveillance, a car in the driveway, or even just nearby traffic.
Having a traditional alarm system installed: Traditional home alarm systems are reactive; it takes an incident to trigger an alarm. Due to a 40% false alarm rate, the monitoring station is required to call when an alarm is tripped to verify that the police should be called. This process takes 6-7 minutes to dispatch the police, and 23 minutes on average in the US for them to arrive. So when this type of system is working properly it takes approximately 30 minutes for the police to arrive. The average burglary lasts 8-10 minutes, so this is an ineffective way to protect your family.
What are the best ways to prevent a home invasion?
Lock your doors and windows, even when you are home: A property’s front is the weakest link in your home defense. Home break-in statistics reveal that one third (34%) of burglars enter a property through the front door. When combined with back-door break-ins (22%), we find that over half of break-ins occur via doorways. Another 23% gain access through a ground-floor window, whereas a further 9% get in through the garage.
Upgrade your locks: Older homes have locks that are easy for burglars to overcome and there are likely extra keys that can fall into the wrong hands.
Leave a car in the driveway.
Make sure something is creating noise in your home: Almost half (48%) of all burglars say they would bypass a home if they heard a noise coming from inside.
Proactive video monitoring: A traditional security system is designed to stop a crime in progress, but when it comes to your family’s safety you need a system that will prevent it from happening at all. PVM or proactive video monitoring takes action before a crime is committed. It uses intelligent video analytics to identify potential threats and intervenes in the event of unauthorized activity on your property or site.
Entry level automated system: This system uses cameras attached to alarms which utilize flashing lights, beeping noises, and playing a brief pre-recorded clip when a threat is detected. This provides priority in the central station queue, as it is a confirmed breech.
Install a Live Video Guard System: Live remote video guarding is a powerful tool that combines the power of artificial intelligence with the intellect and discernment of human intervention.
Risk Calculation: Motion-triggered cameras are critical, but not all cameras are equipped to verify whether the motion they capture is a legitimate risk to security. A decision is rendered automatically, and a signal is sent to the central station the moment a risk is determined to be present so that police can be called giving them information in real time providing details of a trespass or crime in progress.
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This content was originally published here.