Huntsville Police Offer Home Invasion Safety & PreventionTips
January 27, 2009
Huntsville Police are trying to get the word out about home invasions. Police say they've seen several cases of break-ins recently. And, while there's no link to those cases, they hope educating the public about how to prevent them will reduce crime in neighborhoods throughout the city. Huntsville Police Sergeant Mark Roberts said, "Each individual case is its own. And we're just hoping that we can get people to be more aware of what's happening, and also to limit the amount of opportunities for these kinds of invasions."
The Huntsville Police Department offers the following tips that might help to protect your and your family from becoming a home invasion robbery victim.
>Make sure that the exterior of your home is well lit, and that there are not any large trees or brush that block the view of your front door from the street.
>Make sure that all exterior doors and windows are locked and secure.
>If there is a door that leads from your garage directly into the house, make sure that it is locked and secured.
>If you have a burglar alarm, be sure that you have it armed.
>Do not keep large amounts of cash in your home .
In addition, the Huntsville Police Department is offering tips that could help you in the event you become a victim of a home invasion robbery.
Safety Tips During a Home Invasion
>Cooperate. No amount of cash or property is worth getting hurt over.
>Look carefully at the intruders, even if they are masked. Is there something unique about them such as scars, tattoos, eye color, accents, large or small facial features such as nose or ears?
>Pay attention to what the intruders are wearing, what color is their clothing and any distinguishing writing or brands on shirts, hats, or shoes.
>Listen to everything they say, and how they say it.
>Remember any distinguishing odors such as tobacco, alcohol, or aftershave.