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What is a Home Invasion?

"Home invasion" has been used broadly to describe any crime committed by an individual unlawfully entering a residence while someone is home.

More narrowly, home invasion has been used to describe a situation where an offender forcibly enters an occupied residence with the specific intent of robbing or violently harming those inside.

Home Invasion Myths
  • I have a gun; that makes me safe.
  • It won't happen to me. I live in a "good neighborhood."
  • I can't do this. I'm not a fighter. I'll be so afraid, I will panic and be paralyzed in fear.

Home Invasion Facts
  • Home Invasion suspects are targeting the elderly and middle class.
  • Offenders have come in contact with the victim before the crime was committed.
  • Suspects look to see what kind of vehicle you drive. With this, they determine if it looks like you might have money.
  • Offenders probably have been observing your residence before the crime was committed.
  • Offenders may send juveniles or innocent looking people to your door before they target your residence.

What they are looking for:
  • Gain entry and exit without your knowledge.
  • Low expectation of resistance.
  • Nice belonging.
  • Seeking to avoid detection, injury or capture by others.

What can you do?
  • Keep all doors and windows locked at your home.
  • Don't allow strangers inside your home.
  • Require ID before opening the door and make the call to verify who they are.
  • When you do go to the door be ready to react.
  • Keep valuables out of sight.
  • Don’t depend on a door chain or screen door lock to keep strangers out.
  • Set your perimeter alarm all times.
  • Keep curtains or blinds closed at night or when you are gone to prevent strangers from seeing your possessions.

Evaluate your home:
  • What about your home makes it vulnerable to a home invasion?
  • What about your home may help inhibit a home invader from targeting your home?
  • Do you have strong locks?

When you return home from being away:
  • Scan the area
  • Be vigilant when exiting your vehicle.
  • Don’t occupy your hands with unnecessary “stuff”.
  • Note if there are doors ajar or lights on that should not.
  • Have a bright flashlight accessible in your car.

Have a Home Invasion Plan:
  • Duties, who calls 911, what should the children do.
  • Know your exits, know your house in the dark.
  • Have a safe room. Which room in your house is the easiest and quickest for all of your family members to get to? The front of the house with a window is usually the best.
  • Choose a rally point outside.
  • Write out your plan, practice and review with your family members.

What Laws Apply?
  • 21-3211 - Use of force in defense of a person; no duty to retreat.
  • 21-3212, 21-3212a - Use of force in defense of dwelling; no duty to retreat.
  • 21-3213 - Use of force in defense of property other than a dwelling.
  • 21-3214 - Use of force by an aggressor.

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