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What to Do if Your Home Alarm Goes Off

The whole reason in having a security system is to protect yourself against intruders.  But what happens when it unexpectedly goes off?  With a little planning and preparation, you can keep you and your family safe with the following tips!

Remain Calm

It's easy to go into a blind panic when a blaring alarm wakes you up out of a deep sleep. Your body’s automatic fight or flight instinct will prepare itself to either fight or flee in such a situation. What’s most important is to try and remain calm. Take a moment to take a few deep breaths and try and assess the situation in a calm manner, basing your decision on what’s happening. Not your emotions.

Make Sure It’s Not a False Alarm

A cat opening a not quite shut closet door can elicit the same reaction to a motion detector as an intruder. Make sure that the alarm hasn’t been tripped by accident. But only if you’re sure that there’s not an intruder present! View any message that your keypad may give you to help make your judgement on what’s happening.

Have Your Phone Handy

Unless otherwise directed, your alarm company will probably call you once your alarm goes off. Make sure that you have your phone nearby for this call. You may also need your phone to call for help if an actual emergency is taking place.

Remember Your Password

If you’re security company does call you, they will ask you for a predetermined password. This gives them the ability to distinguish you from a would-be burglar. Make sure to know your security password from memory. If your security company requests it, and it cannot be provided, the authorities will automatically be dispatched.

Have a Plan

Each member of your family should know exactly what to do if your alarm is tripped. Planning can keep your family safe and give you piece of mind in a potential emergency.

How to Deal with an Intruder in Your Home

If you determine that an actual intruder is in your home, stay calm. What you do next could save your life, as well as your family members and even the intruder’s. Take the following steps to ensure that the authorities arrive quickly, and everyone remains safe.

Designate 2 Safe Spaces in Your Home

Have two safe spaces designated in your home. Having your family together is the safest precaution. You’ll want two safe spaces in case the intruder is close to one.

Alert the Police

Once you’ve gathered in your safe space, call the police. Use your cell phone, as a burglar may have cut the wires to your land line. If you can reach your panic button, hit it. But not if it puts you in contact with the intruder.

Open a Window and Get Out of the House

Even better than being in your safe space is leaving your house completely. If your door is blocked by the intruder, your window is going to be the fastest way out of your home. Use it! If you’re on a second floor, keep an escape ladder stored in your safe room. This is also helpful in case of a fire.

Don’t Confront the Intruder

If you can’t escape your home, it’s better to hide than fight. Being trained in self defense gives you an edge but you don’t know who you’re dealing with. The intruder may have a gun, a knife or some other type of weapon. Don’t take a chance trying to duke it out.

Find a Weapon

An intruder didn’t enter your home in the middle of the night to make friends. If you come face-to-face with an intruder, you’re probably going to have to protect yourself. You don’t necessarily need a gun, but one may be helpful in a situation like this. If you don’t have a firearm, find a blunt or sharp object, or something you can swing with some force. Go for sensitive targets like the eyes, shins or crotch to incapacitate an intruder. Fight as if your life and the life of your family depends on it.

Stay Where You Are

Once the police arrive, stay put until the police have made sure that no criminal is in your home. Check every single hiding place. Your closets, attics, spaces under your stairs. Anywhere a criminal may still be lurking.

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