Over the past ten years, the occurrence of real-life home invasions
by brazen individuals and loosely organized street gangs has become
an increasingly common form of robbery. How can you protect yourself
and your family?
Teach every family member not
to open the door for anyone until he or she is completely convinced
that the person or persons seeking entrance are there for a valid
reason. Trust your gut instincts. If anyone knocking on your door
looks or sounds or behaves in a disturbing manner, don't open the
door. Always ask utility workers or trades people to show you identification.
And, always be suspicious of "groups" of people at your
Remember, it's easy enough
to explain an aggressive security screening procedure later. Anyone
who comes to your home on legitimate business will understand and
accept your concerns.