Home Alone: keep your family safe by seeing inside a break-in

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INDIANAPOLIS – It’s the middle of the night and you just woke up to glass breaking. Do you know what to do now?

It happened to Ann, whose identity Fox 59 has concealed.

Ann was home alone in her upscale Fishers neighborhood, when a man broke in.

“I woke up to a muffled voice leaning over me, (saying) ‘Where’s your money? Where’s your money?'” Ann said.

Was she about to die? And her next question: how did he get in? She even had an alarm system.

“I had all the door alarms on, but I did not have the window (alarms on),” Ann said.

Turns out, the burglar got in through a basement window. Security expert Jonathan Wallace said that’s a key point of entry.

Wallace runs Native Executive Security and protects people around the world. He also knows exactly how to protect what’s most precious to you: your family and your life.

“Every house, every family, everybody is a potential target,” Wallace said.

It’s about more than just double-checking the locks and hitting the lights, too.

Your goal is to make your house the one a criminal sees and avoids.

“It’s a hard target because they see the cameras, they see the floodlights,” Wallace said.

You should get lights, motion sensors, alarms and cameras.

If you can’t afford all that, think about dummy cameras. For less than $20 online, they look and blink like working cameras, so a bad guy will never know the difference.

If you do have the money though, the latest and greatest is out there.

Local company Nelson Alarm recently installed new cameras at homeowner Jay Berger’s home so he can watch his front door right from an iPad or his phone.

“We’re almost afraid to go to the front door in the middle of the night. You just don’t know who it’s going to be,” Berger said.

Plus, a criminal doesn’t care where you live. They want an easy target, no matter where that target may be.

“Avon, Carmel, Nora. It just does not matter. We are not in safe times,” Berger said.

Still, even cameras can’t always keep a criminal out.

“You need to be the one with the upperhand,” Wallace said.

Wallace is a proponent of gun ownership and a specialist in gun safety and proper training. If nothing else, he suggests you own some kind of weapon. That could be a stun gun, or Taser, if you’re not comfortable owning a gun.

“We have to even the playing field between the criminals and the law-abiding citizens,” Wallace said.

Ann was lucky. She did survive her attack.

“I was thinking, ‘Am I going to live through this? Is he going to kill me?” Ann said.

She’s dealing with it by talking about it, especially the changes she made.

“(I) immediately had the locks changed (and) upgraded my alarm system,” Ann said.

Plus she sees her neighbors slip up all the time.

“I still see garage doors open during the night (and) newspapers sitting out for days at a time,” Ann said.

Remember, you want to give yourself the upper hand. From the simple things, like putting alarms on doors and windows, to buying cameras. Again, those cameras can even be dummy ones if need be.

You should also think about arming yourself and training the right way if you do decide to own a gun. It’s about changing your thinking and keeping a constant awareness.

“It’s not paranoia, it’s just preparedness. It’s readiness,” Wallace said.

Being ready so that break-in never happens to you or the ones you love most.