Does Your Home Security Plan Include A Safe Room? Part I

November 7, 2009 by admin  
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pic-of-action-plan-8-19-08rDo you have a plan of action in the event you are a victim of a home burglary or violent home invasion robbery while at home?  I would venture to say that most people don’t!  It is a good idea to have a Home Security Plan that includes a Safe Room in case someone forcibly enters your home while you and your family are there.  The general intent of a safe room is to provide short-term protection for you and family members until the police arrive or the attackers leave your home.

It is a fact of life today that burglaries, home intrusions, home invasions, and kidnappings are happening at an alarming rate.  We are all encouraged to have a Personal Plan of Action in case we are attacked on the street but we sometimes forget to have a well-thought out plan for some sort of attack in our home.

Home intruders want what you have - MONEY!

Right now times are tough.  The economy is in the tank and people are out of work, losing jobs each and every day, and drug-related crimes are on the rise.  Flat out – CRIMINALS WANT WHAT YOU HAVE – and that’s your MONEY!!  And criminals will take it from you easily or with violent force if they have to.  You need to be prepared and make sure that you aren’t the recipient of this violent force.

Are you a “high risk” individual who may become a potential target of a home invasion robbery, a kidnapping, or a home burglary?  There are many professional criminals, thug gangs, or desperate home intruders who may find it “easy” to target a bank executive or manager, high profile personalities, or executives of local businesses.  If you fall into a high risk category or profile, one of your first priorities should be to ensure you have a well-protected home with a quality security system and a designated Safe Room within your home to retreat to.   

The very thought that someone would forcibly enter your home while you and your family members are there means the intruder(s) is serious about robbing your home either of your possessions, valuables, money, or worse yet - kidnapping.   When you are face to face with the intruders and can identify them means there is a possibility you may be harmed or even killed. 

The typical way criminal intruders will enter a home is violently right through the front door in teams of 2/3/4 at a time may.  Once inside and after apprehending family members some intruders have been known to take an adult family member to the local ATM machine and have them withdraw money from a credit card and/or a bank account.
 
Hopefully this situation will never happen to you, but in today’s violent crime ridden society my suggestion would be to take every precaution you can to prevent this crime from ever happening to your family.  Be proactive by having and following a home security plan of action.

You may want to implement optimum perimeter protection strategies for the perimeter of your home - i.e. stronger doors, ultimate deadbolts, solid door frames, windows, etc.  This will make it much more difficult for just a swift kick or a 250 lb shoulder to force in your front door.  

Do you have an Early Alert Warning System covering your outside perimeter?  Wouldn’t you want to know ahead of time that you have unwanted visitors at your front door, back door, or garage entry area?  A   Voice Alert System will let you know when someone is within a certain radius of your home where you have designated outdoor sensors set up.   You might also include an outdoor video surveillance cameras and monitor these cameras with an indoor monitor or via your cell phone or computer.
 
Where is the best location for your Safe Room?

The Safe Room that is part of your home security plan is a defensive core area of your home that is most likely the safest place for you and other family members to escape to in a home break-in or home invasion.  It is vital that you plan ahead of time what you and other family members will do in this situation.  If a break-in occurs while you and your family are home try to remain calm and retreat to your safe room, lock the door, and call the police for help.

The room you select may be the main bedroom in your home.  (Or it couldcw-solid-core-door-safe-roomr be a main bathroom or closet location).  Whatever location you decide, check the doors to this room for strength and ability to withstand a major kick or forced entry.  Believe me it will be the intent of the intruders to find you.  These doors, like your main entry door, should be solid hardwood or metal core doors and should be hung so they open outward.  Replace the wooden doorjamb with a steel one or reinforce the door trim with steel angle iron to prevent the door from being kicked open.  On wood door jams, install three-inch screws in the door hinges and in the heavy-duty, four-screw, lock strike plates that cut deep into the doorframe studs.

The interior doors in most homes are flimsy, hollow-core wood doors so you will most likely need to upgrade these doors.  You will also want to install quality deadbolt locks on the doors to your safe room.

If you have young children, infants or toddlers you may want to make their room the safe room.  It will be easier for you or other adults to retreat to the children’s room rather than to get the children out of their room and into yours.  You should follow the same instructions on their doors if you select your child’s room as the safe room.

If you are in the process of building your home and want to include a professionally designed Safe Room, you may want to check with companies who specialize in “Safe Room” construction.  Depending upon your level of safe room protection they can provide a solid construction with reinforced walls and doors that can effectively stop bullets, incorporate a ventilation system, and provide a much more detailed and indepth level of protection. 

Read Part II - Suggestions for your Home Security Safe Room Plan

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3 Responses to “Does Your Home Security Plan Include A Safe Room? Part I”
  1. admin says:

    Thanks Steven. People just need to be prepared for a “what if” senario since home invasion attacks are on the definately on the increase.

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