5 Tips to Protect Yourself from a Home Invasion

You might be surprised to learn that there are an estimated 3.7 million burglaries annually in the US. Even scarier, in 28% of those instances, the home invasion happened while a member of the family was home.

Are you worried that your home might not be secure? If so, read on. We’ve compiled a list of 5 simple steps you can take to protect yourself from becoming a victim of a home invasion or burglary. 

1. Designate a home invasion safe room

If it’s not possible for you to exit the house immediately in a home invasion situation, it’s important to have a designated safe room—it’s absolutely worth it to invest in a sturdy, high-quality door that can resist attempted break-ins. It’s best for this to be a room that all members of the family can get to in case of emergency. 

2. Make a home invasion plan with your family

When someone enters your house, you’ll probably be too frazzled to think clearly. That’s why it’s important to create (and practice) your home invasion safety plan ahead of time. Determine the nearest exits, the safest hiding places, and anything else you need to ensure your family’s safety. 

3. Keep a flashlight with you

In the case of a home invasion, you likely won’t want to attract attention to yourself as you try to escape. In order to avoid turning on all your home lights, it’s important to have a flashlight around. Although most cell phones have a flashlight feature, it might be worth it for you to invest in a quality flashlight with a focused beam—this makes your light beam less detectable, which in turn makes you safer. 

4. Invest in motion and glass break sensors

It’s a good idea to invest in a home security system with motion and glass break sensors. Windows provide an ideal entry point for home invasion, as people are much more likely to have unlocked windows than unlocked doors. Window sensors bring peace of mind and ensure protection at every possible entrance to your home. 

5. Keep your home security system yard sign out front!

After you get your home security system, it’s a good idea to keep your system’s yard sign out front. Most burglars want to find the easiest target possible. So, they’ll be a lot less likely to enter a home with an alarm system installed. And, while it might sound tempting to just buy a yard sign without getting an actual home security system, smart burglars are typically able to tell when you’re bluffing. They’ll scan the perimeter of your home for cameras and check the windows for sensors before entering. If they don’t see anything to ward them off, there’s a good chance they’ll still consider choosing your home as a target. 


Choosing the Best Home Security System for You

When it comes to choosing the best home security system, it’s easy to get lost in all the different companies out there. Prices can range wildly and every system offers different features. So, which is the best home security system for you? We’ve compiled a list of the most important features you should consider while you search. 

DIY vs. Professional-Installation

Do you consider yourself a handy person? If so, you might consider ordering a DIY home security system. However, this option does come with more hassle on your end. You’ll need to buy the proper tools and equipment, hook up the sensors yourself, and potentially risk damaging doors/walls in your home in the process. With professional installation, you can rest assured that the process will be quick and easy. Additionally, you won’t need to worry about the upfront costs of buying a kit, purchasing tools, equipment—or risk damaging your home in the process.

24/7 Monitoring—Do I need It?

You’ll likely find that some home security systems offer 24/7 monitoring services, while many others don’t. Without this service, your system can activate the alarm and notify you, but can’t do much else. With 24/7 monitoring, trained professionals monitor your system and can contact the authorities immediately in the case of a home invasion or a natural emergency

Choosing a Contract That’s Best for You

Many companies offer no-contract or short-term contract plans for their systems. While these may sound appealing to you, it’s important to be careful. Many companies offer short-term plans at a low price, just to bump up the rates once your contract ends and their systems are already installed. Remember: home security isn’t something you just want for the short term. So, it’s often a wiser choice to choose a long-term option where you can know with certainty that your price won’t change over the lifetime of your agreement. 

Are you ready to secure your home? Call WISE Home Solutions at 1-844-904-9473 to hear more information about our custom home security plans!