Home invasion is one of the most frightening and potentially deadly crimes that can happen to a woman, any individual or family. Home invasion is the forced entry into an occupied residence to commit robbery or other crimes. It is especially frightening because it violates our home and our personal space. In addition, if someone survives such a catastrophic crisis, they often experience stress reactions for years. Unfortunately, many home invasions may end in assault, rape and murder. In contrast to burglaries, home invasion occurs more often at night or weekends when we are more likely to be home.
Home invasion targets the resident, as well as the dwelling.
Targets of home invasion robberies can include a woman living alone, a wealthy senior citizen or anyone else simply because of the value of the car they drive or the jewelry they are wearing. Robbers rarely work alone and rely on surprise and overwhelming physical force to gain control and instill fear. The greatest violence usually occurs in the first minute of the assault, and they come equipped with handcuffs, rope, duct tape and rope, and handcuffs.
Home invaders know that most people, even if they have a security system, do not arm them while they are home and most homeowners do not have video cameras, silent alarms or panic buttons. So, unlike robbing a business, home invaders expect privacy once inside our home and know they won’t have to deal with the police suddenly driving up or customers walking in.
Home invaders will sometimes use tricks to get us to open the door. They pretend to be a delivery person or tell us they accidently hit our car. Some home invaders may have been in our home before, such as a delivery person, installation technician or service person. Others use children, pretending to be selling something for school to get us to open the door. Once the door is opened, they will use an explosive amount of force and threats to gain control and instill fear in the occupants. Once things are under control, the robbers will begin to collect our valuables.
The same precautions used to prevent daytime burglaries go a long way to preventing home invasions.
- If a home invader can be slowed at the point of entry, we have a chance of deterring them from entering or having enough time to call the police.
- All exterior entry points should have solid core doors with strong deadbolt locks and have reinforced strike plates.
- Windows should be closed and locked also.
- Have a Security System installed in your home – ask us how we can help you with this!
PALMDALE, CA — Three people were robbed at gunpoint at their Palmdale home after returning home from their restaurant, authorities said Monday. The robbery was reported at about 10:30 p.m. Sunday in the 2600 block of Trudeau Lane, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Lt. Steve DeJong said. Three men in masks, armed with handguns, got into the home and forced two men and a woman into a bedroom at gunpoint. The robbers held them hostage at gunpoint and took thousands of dollars worth of cash and jewelry. Authorities say the suspects may have followed the three victims home from the restaurant they own and it’s possible they were targeted because of their business.
Santa Monica, CA — Suspect Arrested in Violent Santa Monica Home Invasion. Using forensic evidence, police were able to identify the man they say is responsible for a brutal home invasion robbery in Santa Monica that sent a young woman to the hospital.
STUDIO CITY, CA —Three armed men are being sought after a violent home invasion Monday morning in Studio City, authorities said. Accordingto Los Angeles police, two victims were inside the hillside house in the 3300 block of Oak Glen Drive when the three intruders entered about 4:20 a.m. Therobbers, armed with guns and wearing all black clothing, took unspecified property from the victims. One of those two people was struck, possibly by a handgun.
Oakland, CA — Two teens arrested in violent Oakland home invasion
Oakland police arrested two teenagers in connection with a violent home invasion Tuesday morning in which two elderly men were beaten and robbed inside a residence in the Oakland hills.
Miami, FL — Miami Man Charged in Home Invasion Murder
A 28-year-old Miami man known as “Lil Boo” has been charged with first-degree murder and related offenses in connection with a weekend slaying that occurred during a home invasion in Northwest Miami-Dade. Walter Ray Kyles III was also charged with home invasion and aggravated battery with a deadly weapon as well as aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.
CHICAGO — Man charged with attempted murder in Jefferson Park home invasion. The 4600 block of North Milwaukee Avenue A man is facing an attempted murder charge after allegedly invading a home with another man Friday in the Jefferson Park neighborhood and shooting a woman during a struggle.
Man killed, woman wounded in violent home invasion on Southwest Side
Man killed, woman wounded in violent home invasion on Southwest Side
CHICAGO – A man was killed, and a woman was wounded in a reported home invasion Wednesday on Chicago’s Southwest Side. Police said the man, who is in his 30s, and his 23-year-old girlfriend were inside a home in the 5700 Block of West 64th Place around 2 p.m. in the city’s Clearing neighborhood. Four unknown men entered the home and fired shots, according to police. Both the man and the woman sustained gunshot wounds to the head
Man shot dead by resident during Detroit home invasion
DETROIT (AP) — Detroit police say a man who invaded a home on the city’s west side has been fatally shot by one of the residents. They say three women, ages 75, 55 and 29, were leaving for church about 10:30 a.m. Sunday when a man confronted them in the home’s driveway and forced them back inside.
Man tries to kill ex-wife in home invasion
Charlotte, NC —A Gastonia woman credits her friends and children for saving her life during a violent home invasion. Family: Mom fired back to protect baby in home invasion
CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Police have charged a man with attempted murder after an alleged shootout with an Army National Guard combat medic in the stairwell of her Charlotte, North Carolina home. He was shot several times and is recovering in a hospital. The baby wasn’t injured.
NAMPA — home invasion robbery in the 2300 block of E. Cinnamon Lane. The victim stated that several people forced their way into his home and were armed with a handgun, according to police. The victim said he was struck by one of the suspects and they fled in a dark-colored SUV just before he called the police.
Police investigating home invasion
TWIN FALLS — A Twin Falls man has been charged in a January crime spree that included multiple home invasions and a slew of car burglaries. is accused of breaking into at least three homes and in Twin Falls County between Jan. 19 and Jan. 22. He also confessed to holding a homeowner at gunpoint during an armed home invasion in Jerome County on Jan. 23, according to a police affidavit.
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