The 1st line of defense we have at home is our doors. Please increase your security here and instruct all household members,
especially kids, on how to answer the door and when to open the door. Mr. Walker
act of committing a home invasion is escalating much like carjacking. The reason for the increase seems to follow a similar
pattern. Much like automobiles, the traditional commercial targets for robbers like convenience stores and fast-food restaurants
have hardened themselves against criminal attack and have reduced available cash. Technology has allowed commercial establishments
to install affordable video surveillance systems, silent alarms, and other anti-crime deterrent devices. A residence,
by comparison, is now a more attractive choice.
Home invaders know that they won't have to overcome alarm systems when
the home is occupied or be worried about video cameras and silent alarms. Unlike robbing a retail store, home invaders expect
privacy once inside your home and won’t have to deal with the police suddenly driving up or customers walking in. Once
the offenders take control of a residence they can force the occupants to open safes, locate hidden valuables, supply keys
to the family car, and PIN numbers to their ATM cards. Home invaders will try to increase their escape time by disabling the
phones and sometimes will leave their victims bound or incapacitated. It is not unheard of for robbers to load up the victim’s
car with valuables and drive away without anyone in the neighborhood taking notice.
Method of Operation
most common point of attack is through the front door or garage. Sometimes the home invader will simply kick open the door
and confront everyone inside. More common is when the home invaders knock on the door first or ring the bell. The home invader
hopes that the occupant will simply open the door, without question, in response to their knock. Unfortunately, many people
do just that.
Home invaders will sometimes use a ruse or impersonation to get you to open the door. They have been known
to pretend to be delivering a package, flowers or lie about an accident like hitting your parked car. Once the door is opened
for them, the home invaders will use an explosive amount of force and threats to gain control of the home and produce fear
in the victims. Once the occupants are under control the robbers will begin to collect your valuables.
Some home robbers
have been known to spend hours ransacking a residence while the homeowners are bound nearby watching in terror. Some robbers
have been known to eat meals, watch TV, or even take a nap. A major fear is that the robbers might commit more violence like
sexual assault or even murder. Some robbers have kidnapped and forced a victim to withdraw cash from their ATM machine or
take them to their small business to rob it as well.
Excerpts taken from Chris E McGoey, CPP,