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Educating the Public about the Danger of Home Invasions

Educating the Public about the Danger of Home Invasions

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By Allison G. S. Knox
Contributor, EDM Digest

We often think of emergency management at the federal level, reacting to major disasters like hurricanes, floods and tornadoes that destroy towns and cities and uproot lives.

Emergency management, however, also includes numerous small-scale emergencies that occur on a daily basis. For example, 911 calls are small-scale emergencies that are usually handled by police and first responders.

Home invasions are another small-scale emergency. Unfortunately, they are all-too-common occurrences and require citizens to have real conversations about personal preparedness and safety.

No Community Is Crime-Free

Americans want to believe that they live in nice towns and cities with low crime rates. But it is a fact that no town or city is crime-free.

It is important to not live in a state of denial where your family’s safety is concerned. Such a Pollyanna attitude lessens personal safety and security.

Home Invasions Often Occur while Residents Are Home

The unfortunate reality is that many homes are broken into while their residents are inside. This is particularly concerning because anyone willing to break into a home while a homeowner is inside creates a potentially lethal situation.

Last month in Danbury, Connecticut, for instance, three thieves forced their way into an apartment at knifepoint at 5 a.m. The trio was later identified and arrested.

Education about Home Invasions Lessens the Danger for Households

One of the best ways to mitigate emergencies such as home invasions is for law enforcement to educate the public about basic home security precautions.  Public school systems, for example, should hold discussions about personal and household security, so that students can learn ways to keep themselves safe even when they become adults.

The more education the public receives about home invasions, the better their understanding about personal security will be. You never know when that information will safeguard your home and family when someone knocks on your door at 5 a.m.

Allison G. S. Knox Passionate about the issues affecting ambulances and disaster management, Allison focuses on Emergency Management and Emergency Medical Services policy. Allison has taught at the undergraduate level since 2010. Prior to teaching, she worked in a level-one trauma center emergency department and for a member of congress in Washington, D.C. She holds four Master’s degrees in Emergency Management, National Security Studies, International Relations, History, a Graduate Certificate in Homeland Security and a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. She is also trained in Technical Large Animal Emergency Rescue, is an Emergency Medical Technician, Lifeguard and a Lifeguard Instructor. She serves on the Board of Trustees for Pi Gamma Mu International Honor Society, Vice Chair of the Tactical Emergency Medical Support Committee with the International Public Safety Association, the Advocacy Committee with the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians and also serves as the Advocacy Coordinator of Virginia for the National Association of Emergency Medical Technicians.