Robert Siciliano Identity Theft Expert

What’s the point of having a home alarm system? An alarm system screams when you can’t or when you aren’t there. Noise has been proven to be an effective deterrent. From birth we are taken by surprise by loud noises. Sirens, screams and big bangs startle us and make us hyper aware of our circumstances.

When someone or something is up to no good a loud notice often scares them away, on purpose, that’s what it’s designed to do. We scream naturally. Screaming is something we do right out of our momma at birth. Screaming brings oxygen to the body which facilitates alertness.

In Norwalk Connecticut a would-be crook was scared off by a female homeowner’s screams after she spotted the strange man in her home, police said.

Police said the complainant heard a noise and initially thought it was her husband entering their house. She went to investigate and saw a strange man walking down her hallway.

When she screamed, he ran out of the house and got into a car.

In most cases something like this can be prevented simply by locking your doors and windows. And by adding an extra layer of protection such as a home alarm system that has a very loud siren and also calls the police, you significantly reduce your chances of a bad guy breaking in to your home.

If burglars do get in, screaming is always a good thing. Scream loud and with intent. I further recommend running out of the house while you are screaming. If you end up trapped in your home with a bad guy that doesn’t want to leave, it can get ugly. Leaving your home and heading to a neighbor’s is always a good thing when possible. If you live in an area where there aren’t neighbors for miles, then build a safe room that you can hide in.

Robert Siciliano personal security expert discussing self defense on CBS Boston

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