It is horrible to have to write a blog entry like this during a season that is supposed to be about love, generosity, and merriment, but the truth remains that this is also the season when burglars are often on the prowl. After all, big screen televisions, new and expensive cell phones, diamond rings, and more valuables are already wrapped up and easy to snag as families await their gatherings and celebrations.
This month has seen a lot of police reports about presents being stolen from cars, driveways, and front porches as people attempt to get them home and under the tree. The authorities in this country and beyond have been issuing formal statements suggesting that gift givers take extra precautions to keep presents behind locked doors.
I thought this was an important time to remind families what to do if a burglar breaks into their homes. It is always wise to have a plan of action in place in case something like this does occur, especially if you have young children. Even more essential is teaching children to keep doors and windows locked, so the chances of break-in are reduced. It is never wise to confront an intruder. When startled or put on the spot, an individual who simply meant to sneak in and snag your stuff might become violent. Do not attempt to stop him or her. Keep yourself and your family safe. Teach your children to hide in a closet, or, if you can safely get to them, huddle together in a safe place, out of harm’s way. It is always smart to keep a charged cell phone beside your bed, so you can make a quick call to the police before you are spotted by the intruder.
If you are confronted, remain calm and do as the person asks of you. Do not try to fight or flee unless absolutely necessary. It is better to cooperate and get the individual out of your home as quickly as possible.
If the break-in occurs due to lock or alarm malfunction, then speak to an attorney regarding your rights for compensation. You entrust these products with your life and the lives of your family. They should function correctly when it matters most.