In the unlikely event of a confrontation with an intruder, would you know what to do? Do you know the laws regarding the protection of your home or business? This blog is intended to provide you with some insight into this situation.

It is not a common occurrence for a criminal to break into a building knowing there is someone inside. Most thieves are opportunist or have planned a break-in because they have ensured that the premises will be unoccupied.

 A criminal will usually target a home or business that has the least resistance in security and any possible encounters. This is why it is essential that your home or business is well-secured. Strong locks, CCTV and alarm systems make access for a thief more difficult and time-consuming.

If you are unfortunate enough to encounter an intruder, here is some sound advice on what to do.

  • First and foremost, do not confront an intruder. If they do not know you are there find a safe place to hide and call 999. Give your address details and advise on how many people are on the premises. Stay on the line as you will be asked for other details that may help police when they attend.
  • Try to stay calm and don’t take unnecessary risks. Threatening an intruder with a weapon could result in you being hurt yourself and in the case of you inflicting serious harm on the intruder you could end up in court facing a criminal charge. The law says you can use reasonable force to protect yourself and your property, but it must not be excessive.
  • If you are confronted by an intruder, try to stay calm.  Avoid direct eye contact and meet their demands if possible, always remember that your life is worth more than any of your belongings.
  • If you were to challenge an intruder and attack them outside of your home or business, this would not be considered self-defence, so you are likely to find yourself in hot water with the law.

If an intruder has left the property before the police arrive do not touch anything, the police may want to check for fingerprints and gather any evidence that may assist in identifying a suspect. Following a break-in, it is always recommended to update your security, a professional security company like LSS London can advise a home or business owner where their security weaknesses are and what measures should be taken to protect the property.

LSS London have been protecting homes and businesses across North London, Hertfordshire and the Home Counties for over 15 years. We provide a wide range of security services including keyholding, CCTV, alarm response, and security patrols. We can tailor our services to the specific needs of our clients. Residential keyholding charges are from as little as £1 a day. For more information on how to safeguard your home or business, contact us today.