So a recent Bay Area home invasion ended in a gun battle. You know why? Because it’s a home invasion. That’s often what happens when a person’s home is invaded. If the homeowner has a gun and can get to it, he pulls it out and starts shooting. But chances are the home invader has a gun too. Next thing you know, it’s like the O.K. Corral and bullets are flying all over the place. Not cool.

NBC reports: “Three suspects had entered the home and confronted a total of four people inside at the time. According to police, a gun battle broke out between the suspects and a 24-year-old man. When they arrived at the home, police said they found the 24-year-old with a gunshot wound. His wound is not considered life threatening. Police found guns, bullet holes and blood at the scene. They believe two of the suspects were shot during the exchange of gunfire. Some shots were fired outside of the home.”

This is what happens in small towns and big cities everywhere. Home invasions aren’t isolated incidents that occur out of the blue; they are planned by bad people who have bad intentions, and they are violent and often end in death. Some home invasions happen when the victim is known to the perpetrators, while others are complete strangers.

The best way to protect yourself from a home invasion is to layer your home with multiple layers of security, including:

  • A monitored home security system that is on when you’re home, gone and sleeping.
  • Motion-activated security cameras connected to a DVR recording 24/7/365.
  • Reinforced steel solid-core doors.
  • Door reinforcement technologies that beef up the frame, hinges, locks and jamb.
  • Strong locks that can’t be easily picked or broken off.
  • Shatterproof window film that prevents glass breaks.

Robert Siciliano personal and home security specialist to BestHomeSecurityCompanys.com discussing burglar proofing your home on Fox Boston. Disclosures.

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