What to Do if You Hear Strange Noises Outside

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I am lucky enough to live in an apartment block, or as we call it a council house maisonette. My neighbors are directly to the side of me and below me, so if I do not feel safe for any reason then I know they are literally just the other side of the wall.

House safety comes in many forms. Keeping the house safe from fires, blown out windows and bad plumbing is a must. But what happens if you do not feel safe in your house because you have heard strange noises outside and you live on your own? Facing a burglar or intruder can be a terrifying experience. You need to keep the intruder out, raise the alarm, or protect yourself from the burglar. And that takes planning.

Not everybody is lucky enough to have neighbors literally over the fence from your front door. Living in a house right out in the sticks, especially on your own can be a daunting prospect. Especially in the winter with the snow and ice blocking you off from getting in that car and driving to safety.

So, what to do if you hear strange noises outside? Well first of all do not panic.

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Imagine if you will being totally on your own. You are sitting in front of the TV eating a snack, its eleven o clock at night and totally quiet. Then, all of a sudden you hear someone or something crashing around outside. What to do? Well first of all here's not what to do!

  • Do not open the front door and yell hello? You could come face to face with a serial killer!
  • Never turn on all the lights in the house thinking that will make you feel safe. The stalker outside will be able to see you through all the curtains.
  • Do not arm yourself with a knife and go and try to tackle them yourself. More people are injured in this way that actually getting attacked by the perpetrator. The reason being that if you are holding a knife the bad guy will get it off of you and use it.
  • Do not try to escape through the back door unless you know for a fact that the person is out the front. Opening the door will get their attention and you need to be able to run pretty darn fast.

How To Deal With An Intruder The Safe Way

  • Get in one room and lock down the door. If its the middle of the night then it probably will be your bedroom. Put a chair under the door handle or use a key.
  • Now turn on the lights.
  • Nows the time to phone the police. If by any chance you don't have a cell phone in your room then open the window and yell at the top of your voice for help.
  • STAY IN THE ROOM. This must be reiterated, its the safest place.
  • Arm yourself with something. Either a baseball bat, if its conveniently placed under the bed, or more likely a table lamp.
  • DON'T WORRY ABOUT GETTING INTO TROUBLE FOR HURTING THEM. TOUGH I SAY YOUR HEALTH IS WHAT MATTERS
  • Now is the time to make some noise. Yell, scream and holler at the top of your voice, if the neighbors can't hear you, then they can't help you. .
  • If you are in the middle of nowhere then yelling won't really help unless you can bluff your way by screaming that you have someone else in the house, or the police are on their way. You can even say that you are filming them. That may just scare them off.
  • Make sure you have a window open as long as you are upstairs. Just in case the intruder tries to get into your room you will have an escape route.
  • If you really are in the middle of nowhere then DO try to escape but ONLY if you are fit enough to run, its not a good idea if you are older and fat. You won't get very far.
  • And last but not least do NOT be scared to bash them silly if they come at you. Being arrested afterwards is something that you can face later. And anyway they deserve a good punch!

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Face To Face Attack.

So what happens if you come face to face with your attacker? Well there is a few things you can do, but always try to keep yourself safe first.

  • If you come face to face with your attacker try to keep calm. No sudden movements and talk in a quiet voice.
  • If you wake up and see someone in your room, don't freak out straight away. They may be trying to steal your jewelry and other goods. Sometimes its best to keep still and make out you are still asleep, they may take the stuff and go. You goods are not as important as your life.
  • If they start yelling at you and trying to attack you then throw everything that you can at them, and try to escape. Hit them with everything you have, as long as this is the only way to get clear of them. Do not attack them first.
  • If in doubt just try and run away as fast as you can. But make sure you don't trap yourself. You know your house better than anyone else, try to use this to your advantage.
  • Never make eye contact. Act submissive towards them and only talk in a quiet voice. This way you should be able to calm the situation.
  • If in any doubt of your safety then use everything in your power to protect yourself and your family. If you hurt the intruder or even worse then its them or you. Simple as that.
  • The most important thing is to get out safely. If this means sitting quietly while they ransack the house then so be it. Be polite, as for peace and calm and then hope they just want your jewelry. Things can be replaced, loved ones cannot.
  • Always try and keep a fully charged mobile/cell phone with you, especially at night. You never know when you are going to need it.



Keep Your House Safe

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House Safety.

Whether you live way out in the countryside or in a large city, its best to have a home alarm system to keep safe. The second a burglar tries to break into your house, the alarm will trigger and the police should be there in minutes.

But don't just rely on the alarm system. Make sure you always have a cell phone nearby, especially at night. Keep doors and windows locked at all times, even in the day. Fit safety locks on windows throughout the house, so if you do forget to lock them they will only be open a few inches. Keep a baseball bat or something you can use for a weapon under your bed, behind the sofa or under the table. Preferably one in each room.

Obviously if you live in a country where you are allowed to use a firearm then make sure its not locked and loaded, but is there in case you need it. If not, then anything will do as a weapon. Just remember, your aim is to stop the burglar hurting you, if you see them running away then let them go. Your safety is paramount. Never run after them for two reasons. The first being that they will turn on you and put you in danger, and the second is that if you attack someone from behind then you can go to jail. Like it or not, that's the law.

Be safe. Use your common sense.

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Just Ask Susan 3 years ago from Ontario, Canada

Great advise Nell. I feel fairly safe with my two dogs but you never know the intruder could harm the dogs. I'd love to have a safe room.


lovedoctor926 3 years ago

This is a must read for everyone. I can't believe the suspicious woman in the picture opened the door. that's crazy!! I hear strange noises and cars passing by real late at night. My area is nice @ quiet and we have neighbor's crime watch where we actually look out for each other in case of an emergency. For instance, two yrs ago, my neighbor's house started burning and we immediately called the fire dept and alerted them. good idea to keep your cell phone near your bed and fully charged at all times. I guess you're never safe in your home. Our patio doors are hurricane resistant @ hard to open, but from what I'm seeing in this picture, a professional thug will figure out how to break inside a home. With an alarm, you feel more protected just like with bars. I don't like the idea of having weapons or firearms in a home even if it's for self-defense. you're better off with the baseball bat. This is very scary. I've thought of taking a self-defense course just in case I have to kick someone's.... lol.


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Larry Fields 3 years ago from Northern California

Hi Nell,

You've covered the important bases. I'd like to add one more idea that my brother and cousin had many years ago.

Out in the desert, near Palm Springs, there's a housing tract in the middle of nowhere. At the time, they didn't even have phone service. It's mostly weekend houses, belonging to well-off people who live in the Los Angeles area. Because it's vacant during the week, it's vulnerable to burglary.

Mark and Richard researched a business possibility. They could install burglar alarms that would automatically radio the Palm Springs PD, with a pre-recorded message:

Help, help! I'm being robbed. My address is...

They'd also needed to put a repeater station on the nearest mountaintop. Unfortunately, they couldn't get the necessary permissions. But they came up with a Plan B, which the homeowners could implement themselves.

On Sunday night, when you leave your weekend house, hang a lifelike dummy by the neck from the rafters in the living room. When the burglar sees it, he'll think:

Oh no! I'm not going to leave my fingerprints in this house!

Then he'll leave as fast as possible. :)

Voted up and useful.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Larry, I was just on my way over to you and stopped here first! lol! what a great idea! lol! I love the idea that the burglar would be scared to come in, seriously I know of people putting dummies by their window all weekend to watch out, its great! thanks as always, and be there in a minute!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi lovedoctor, yes we have a crime watch too, it's a great idea, self defence is a great idea, I did do it a few times back about ten years ago, whether I remember how to do it now is another question! lol! thanks so much for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Susan, yes the dogs could be hurt, we had a thug come to my door a few years ago and he hit our dog, luckily the dog was having none of it and attacked him back! phew! lol! thanks for reading, nell


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billybuc 3 years ago from Olympia, WA

I have never experienced a break in, but it would surely be scary. Let's hope none of us has to follow these great suggestions.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks billy, would you believe I started off writing something else, but the 'exclusive' title popped up with this, and it brought back memories of a friend of mine who had a burglary! lol!


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MrPhilstivus 3 years ago from Pennsylvania, USA

"Never make eye contact. Act submissive towards them and only talk in a quiet voice. This way you should be able to calm the situation."

It depends upon which stage the confrontation is at, as well as the type of confrontation. There is a time for non-verbal as well as verbal de-escalation, but NEVER in a submissive manner, and never once the confrontation has already become physical. Avoiding the eyes is also recognized as a mistake by most experienced fighters and self-defense instructors - once again, it's a sign of submissiveness.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi MrPhilstivus, yes this is just aimed at the people who are not capable of fighting back, if you are a self defence instructor you will be able to kick ass, but otherwise? no, not possible. its also a good way of getting the burglar to believe that they have won, pure psychology, thanks for reading, nell


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dailytop10 3 years ago from Davao City

I had such an experience 2 times already and I managed to ward off the intruder in both occasions. Maybe I was just lucky they were inexperienced burglars who simply want anything valuable. All your tips are helpful. The key is to stay calm and analyze the situation. Does he have any weapon? Is he bigger than you? Is there anything around you that can be used as a weapon? Answer these questions before you try to deal with the intruder on your own. Otherwise, call the police or anyone who can help you.


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Janine Huldie 3 years ago from New York, New York

I am thanking god that my husband is home right now, because it is late here and I wouldn't be able to go to bed after reading this one. Thanks for sharing and some great tips here.


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Nellieanna 3 years ago from TEXAS

I have a safety alarm system and set it every evening as well as every time I leave the house. It's effective! I know how quickly the police respond because I've accidentally set it off myself!

These tips are priceless, Nell. I'll definitely put some of them into effect. I don't want to be paranoid about danger, but I'm alert and aware. Unfortunately I'm a bit immune to noises, since squirrels get into my attic and create noises. I'd never get any sleep if I panicked at every noise!

I've neighbors who are aware of my circumstances & would respond if I called for them; but then again, it's a generally older neighborhood where people are a little immune to various hubbub going on outside unless they're summoned specifically.

Being prepared, keeping one's wits attuned & using common sense are, as your tips suggest, - the best defenses. Excellent reminder, Nell!


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Mhatter99 3 years ago from San Francisco

Good advise; thank you. Last week a SF lady bear sprayed a thief. Then she went after him with a wooden sword, until the police rescued and arrested him.


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carol7777 3 years ago from Arizona

though we live in a safe neighborhood we are always in danger of something happening. My cats are not good watch animals, but if they hear strange noises their ears do perk up. Preventative safety as you mentioned is the best way..We keep our doors locked all the time when we are here. Thanks for this eye opening hub. Voting UP and sharing on facebook.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi carol, thanks for reading, yes it was a combination of the title coming up and a friend of mine having a conversation that started this one off! lol! thanks, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Mhatter, I saw that on the news! haha! didn't king arthur turn up with the dragon to sort it out? lol! thanks for the laugh, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Nellieanna, thanks so much for reading, it was probably a good thing that you st the alarm off accidentally purely for the fact that you know how quickly the respond! lol! I am glad you found it helpful, thanks!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Janine, lol! sorry! seriously though thank goodness you have someone there with you, I always feel better when my partner stays over, scary otherwise!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi daily, thanks for reading, I am sorry to hear that you have had a horrible experience twice, glad you are okay, nell


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Angela Blair 3 years ago from Central Texas

Good information, Nell -- and very well written. Must admit that being pro-gun I'm usually armed. I have a sign in my front yard (small but readable from the street) that says: "House protected by Mr. Smith & Mr. Wesson -- we don't call 911!" So far, so good! LOL! Best/is


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Pavlo Badovskyy 3 years ago from Kyiv, Ukraine

This may happen to anyone. None is ensured from such a thing. Interesting advices. Hope not to use them in a real life :)


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Pollyannalana 3 years ago from US

I live out to myself and I have always wondered at people who think that is so dangerous. lol I learned to shoot a gun when I was ten, I always keep dogs to warn me of an intruder and that is one of the best things I could recommend, those buggers are worth their weight in gold, even the little inside ones. Dogs beat any alarm since they can hear them well before they get inside your house. I had a small inside one once I so loved, because she never yapped, she just did a low growl and if I went to look out I saw my nephew usually coming 300-400 ft away! I always knew who was coming well before they got there, in case I did not want to be home!

Get you a small dog girl, they are a treasure. Life is too dangerous if you live alone!


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Pamela99 3 years ago from United States

I know in the US about one third of break-ins come in through the front door according to an article I read a few days ago. Most of the rest come in through windows on the first floor, so you tips are really good. A deadbolt lock on the front door is a must. This article also said a dog is one of the best lines of defense as burglars typically avoid houses with loud barking. I had never heard this before, but it makes sense. Voted up and very useful.


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always exploring 3 years ago from Southern Illinois

Now i'm afraid, Hee..Great tips on staying safe. I have an alarm system that goes off if someone drives in the driveway. No matter how much protection one has, there is still a danger. Thank's Nell..Voted up up..


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Sunshine625 3 years ago from Orlando, FL

Excellent advice! I must admit I did LOL a few times picturing the scenarios! I hope burglars read this hub and think twice before messing with anyone. Ever!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi ruby, yes they always manage to find a way, but keeping protected is the best line of defence, thanks as always ruby, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Linda! lol! yep if they mess with me they know what they get! well at least they used to! maybe a bit slower now! haha! thanks as always, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Pamela, no I didn't mention a dog, did I? lol! not sure, but its a great idea, thanks as always, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi polly, yes I will if I get to live on my own, they always make me feel so much safer, I love dogs too, thanks as always, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Pavlo, thanks so much for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Sis, lol! that's brilliant! I will have to come over for some shooting practice! thanks as always, nell


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Sharkye11 3 years ago from Oklahoma

This was very interesting to read. I have lived in the country most of my life. In fact, at one time we lived very far in the wildneress. We were right on the state line. It would take about an hour for law enforcement from the Oklahoma side to get to us, and the Arkansas couldn't come until the OK guys were there, because we lived in Oklahoma. ( even though it was only by a few feet.) So we asked the sheriff what we were supposed to do in case of intruders and he said the best thing we could do would be to shoot them in the leg and they would come pick them up in the morning!

I guess because if that, I never thought to be afraid of living in the country. My husband is more worried about it than me, especially now that he works night shift. The whole house is full of things that he has brought home that can be used for protection. :)

Truly, great hub. And I am definitely sharing and voting.


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mary615 3 years ago from Florida

My little dog, Baby, is a barker! I wonder if she would bark if an intruder tried to break in, though. Just last night on the news, they had a story of a lady who woke up to find someone in her house with her computer in his arms. She grabbed a baseball bat and starting beating him. He ran out the door with her computer, but she says she is sure she got some good licks in.

I live in a house that is 100 yrs. old, and the floors squeak all the time. I hear some scary noises at night.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi mary, I don't blame her for getting him with the baseball bat, good for her! lol! I am sure you are safe mary, but I do know what you mean about the house being old and creeky, my mums old house was too, the advantage was that nobody could get up the stairs without standing on That Stair! we knew how to get round it, but a burglar wouldn't have! lol! thanks as always, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Sharky, boundaries are funny things, but I love the logic behind shoot them in the leg! haha! wish we could get away with that over here in good ol' staid and steady England! I have bats etc, and other stuff placed around the house, and yes I would use it, if I got into trouble at least I would be around too get into trouble with the police afterwards! lol! thanks for reading, nell


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carlajbehr 3 years ago from NW PA

Great book about having a healthy fear - great to have this hub as a resource as well. Great job.


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Rfordin 3 years ago from Florida

Hey Nell,

I must admit I always flip myself out with noises I hear outside. You share some cool tips I just hope I don't freeze in fear if I am ever confronted with this situation.

~Becky


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midget38 3 years ago from Singapore

Phew. I'm alone right now and this gives me many pointers! It's daylight now though, thankfully! Wise advice, and a fun read too, as usual from you, Nell. Passing it on.


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Crystal Tatum 3 years ago from Georgia

I've heard several stories lately from older women who live alone and have heard strange noises, and it's scared the daylights out of them! I know one woman who is confined to a wheelchair and called the cops and the officer asked her why she didn't just run. Good grief. Very informative hub, voted up and useful.


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Barbara Kay 3 years ago from USA

This hub caught my eye, it is something all of us need to think about before it happens. We have two dogs and the neighbors are close, so I feel pretty secure. You never know what can happen though.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Barbara, thanks so much for reading, and keep safe! lol!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Crystal, you gotta be joking? seriously these days people are stupid, I can't believe the cops said that, well actually I can especially living in England! lol! thanks for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi midget, thanks so much for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Becky, lol! yes I know what you mean! I would probably freeze or scream the house down completely either way I would scare them half to death! haha! thanks for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks for reading carla, glad you liked it, nell


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Glimmer Twin Fan 3 years ago

Great tips here. Our dog barks loudly and he is a big boy so he is good protection for us. When I was single and lived in an apartment I was always quite cautious.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks Glimmer, yes the dogs do make us feel so much safer, now I haven't got a dog it does feel strange, and less safe, but I am lucky really because I do have close neighbors, thank goodness! lol!


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fpherj48 3 years ago from Beautiful Upstate New York

OK, Nell....stop trying to spook me! I actually have no neighbors close enough to hear me if I screamed my bloody lungs out.......but I live here by CHOICE. I don't WANT neighbors.

This being said, I am quite cautious and proactive. This is a small, semi-rural area......we have next-to-zero-crime, but of course I realize anything is possible.

At the end of the day, I make sure all outside lighting is ON....doors and windows are locked.....and I'm in a sexy nightie, just in case some gorgeous, muscular man breaks in!!

Thanks for the tips.....I sleep well!...........UP+++


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TToombs08 3 years ago from Somewhere between Heaven and Hell without a road map.

Great job, Nell and wonderful advice/information on home protection. Voted up and more.


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drbj 3 years ago from south Florida

Great tips, Nell. When I lived in a house, I had an excellent watch dog. While away at work my home was robbed twice. My dog lived up to his name. Both times he sat there and watched!


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tipstoretireearly 3 years ago from New York

Very useful hub! Keeping locked in one room is great advice. The last thing you want to be doing is confronting an intruder. It's much better to simply let him take away whatever he wants (unless the police arrive first!).


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi tipstore, that's it hopefully, your health is more important that wealth, thanks for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi drbj, lol! oh no! that sounds like my dog too! thanks again for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Terrye, glad you liked it, and thanks! hope the new house is going okay?


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Paula, lol! yep don't forget the sexy nightie! haha! thanks for the laugh, nell


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mejohnson 3 years ago

Great tips. I've always had a plan in my head of what I might do if this I'd happen. Everyone should be prepared or have an idea of what they might do. Voted up.


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teaches12345 3 years ago

Nell, this is advice everyone can use and should put to memory. Hopefully, it is not one that they will ever have to use - like insurance. Voted way up and shared.


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alocsin 3 years ago from Orange County, CA

Common sense advice for something that I've never even thought about, much less planned for. Voting this Up and Useful.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi alocsin, thanks for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi teaches, thanks for reading, yes I hope they don't have to do it too, scary stuff! thanks!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi mejohnson, that's right, its something we try not to think about, but we should really, thanks so much for reading, nell


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Gordon Hamilton 3 years ago from Wishaw, Lanarkshire, United Kingdom

Lots of great advice here, Nell - I hope that particularly those who are most at risk from these situations take heed of your tips.

Funnily enough, one night last week, I had a similar event. I was working out of the house for long hours all week, so my faithful hound was away with a family member. I was in the kitchen around 7.30pm - just in - and heard frenzied banging on the front door. I thought it was one of my (largely elderly) neighbours in need of help...

I answered the door to three wee kids aged around 9 or 10, who sang me the first line of "We wish you a Merry Christmas," before asking me for cigarettes and a light! I chased them. Ten minutes later, I heard a commotion and went out to find the boundary fence kicked down, my neighbours' treasured plant pots (apparently he had chased them, too) destroyed and the "little darlings" long gone.

One of the neighbours urged me not to phone the police as it would make us targets but I phoned the police - you better believe it! The police came and said they had three other calls from the street and that one of the neighbours had followed them to a house a couple of streets away. I might now have to go as a witness which will not be pleasant but there is no way I would give in to the little buggers.

I know your page is about the adult variety of intruders - but stopping them as kids before they get that far also has to be considered. Hope you agree...


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Gordon, yes I totally agree with you, in fact the little darlings are worse than the adults! what's happened to sweet little kids singing at the door? lol! still hopefully its just kids stuff, but yes it does need nipping in the bud so to speak, and of course kids can do just as much damage to property as adults, thanks for reading, nell


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kittythedreamer 3 years ago from the Ether

Another awesome hub, Nell. Super informative and straight-to-the-point. Why don't all those dumbies in horror flicks follow these simple instructions?


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi kitty, lol! then there wouldn't be a film I suppose! thanks as always, and have a great Christmas!


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WiccanSage 3 years ago

I would be terrified if this ever happened. This is good information to learn, I never would have thought to do some things like yelling out the window. I'd be curled up in the corner in a ball. Thanks for this, I hope I never have to use it!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks Wiccan, sorry it took me so long to answer, been away for christmas! lol!


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dilipchandra12 3 years ago from India

Good hub Nell, interesting and useful. It was also well written.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi dilipchandra, thanks so much for reading, nell


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LongTimeMother 3 years ago from Australia

Hi Nell. One of my adult children now regrets having watched so many horror and thriller movies because she finds herself getting easily spooked. I never watch those movies. :)


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi LongTimeMother, thanks for reading, yes those films do it to me too! lol! thanks!


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LongTimeMother 3 years ago from Australia

A thought that might prove useful to your readers, Nell. Solar powered motion detector lights are relatively cheap these days and cost nothing to run. They are extremely effective. What I particularly like is having the outdoor areas around my home lit up without me needing to reach for a torch. Peek around the curtain with your room still darkened and you can easily see if there is an intruder or just a cat or a dog responsible for setting it off.

Your neighbours can also see what's happening around your house.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi again LongTimeMother, that sounds great! I suppose we could use them over here, but England tends to be a bit colder, mind you living in the south like I do our summers are quite long, apart from last year! lol! its a really good idea though, thanks for coming back, nell


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rajan jolly 3 years ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

Some great tips here Nell. Keeping oneself safe is of primary importance though defending oneself if the need arises is not to be ignored. Keeping a fully charged cell phone close by at night is a wonderful tip too. Keeping one's wits about is certainly very necessary in such circumstances.

Great hub which I'm sharing too.

Voted up, useful and interesting.


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DDE 3 years ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

Most helpful tips when hearing noises outside, certainly one can benefit from these valuable tips. voted up!


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ARUN KANTI 3 years ago from KOLKATA

If the security alarm does not work one could use the fully charged mobile phone to alert the police and the immediate neighbours to scare away the intruders.Useful and interesting hub.


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ImKarn23 3 years ago

hi, Nell...great hub! I read it with great interest as i am a single female living on the main floor of a townhouse condo unit. I have a yard and 2 bedroom windows overlook the yard - and - i have worried about an intruder forever! I don't leave windows open at night - no matter how much i'd like to. I look around before i open my door and then i don't dither-dather locking it behind me! I don't tell anyone that my 13 year old dog would probably lick their ass if they chose to hurt me...(sigh..)..

your advice is great - i do have a knife under my pillow, jic, but - i'd need to get them with the first attempt - or - i know i'd be a goner..

upandsharingxx


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ZipperConstantine 3 years ago from United States

Great hub, I myself would do the same but have my gun ready if needed. My mother saved her life with a rifle when I was young. I wasn't there at the time but a man broke in and she heard him and grabbed her rifle in her bedroom she waited until he got to the bedroom. When He saw the gun he turned around and ran. Knives are not good weapons for women because in close contact you can be over powered. Guns are tools that do not need to be feared to own. You just take a course so you know how to use them properly and how to safeguard them from children. My father always had guns and I learned early about gun safety and proper use. The media doesn't say very much about the men, women and children who are saved everyday by gun protection. Look it up.


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Zipper, very good point about the guns and safety, we don't use them over here so I really don't know the pro's and con's, thanks so much, nell


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi ImKarn, that's the trouble living on the ground floor, you have to be so much more careful, sounds like you are doing the right things, thanks for the share!


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Thanks rajan, DDE and Arun, glad you liked it, nell


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Rolly A Chabot 3 years ago from Alberta Canada

Hi Nell... it is something we all need to be aware of in looking after the home. I live in a small community where break ins are rare but they do happen. I have a state of the art security system and the home is well posted.

Years ago I had but a sign that was very effective. It stated "You have now entered into the land of the 12 gauge haircut." I know , I know plat nice... lol

You have crafted an awesome hub here. Great work Nell...

Hugs from Canada

Love from Canada


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Nell Rose 3 years ago from England Author

Hi Rolly, lol! love it! I had a sign that said watch out for the jack russell he bites your ankles! haha! thanks as always, and hugs back at ya!


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vocalcoach 2 years ago from Nashville Tn.

I have a dog with a horrendous bark! She would scare most anyone to death. She's y alarm system. I really like these tips and sure hope I don't ever need them. I didn't realize that burglars could see through curtains with the lights on. Wow! Thanks so much!


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rebeccamealey 2 years ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

This was a very good subject to pick, you give some very sensible tips!


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Wendy Krick 2 years ago from Maryland

Great tips!


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi Audrey, that's the best deterrent a great big huge dog! lol! thanks so much for reading, nell


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Thanks rebecca, glad you liked it, nell


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Thanks Wendy, glad you liked it, nell


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Pamela99 2 years ago from United States

Your tips are excellent as that would be a terrifying experience. My house was robbed many years ago, but we were at work and the children were at school. It was very upsetting, but nothing like it would have been had we been home. Awesome hub


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Hi Pamela, that must have been an awful thing to see when you got home, I am glad you were all out, so sad though. why do people do this? thanks so much for reading, nell


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Jodah 2 years ago from Queensland Australia

Great advice Nell. I've never had an intruder in my house yet, touch wood, but if I do I'll be prepared now. Thanks. Voted up.


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Nell Rose 2 years ago from England Author

Thanks Jodah, we have had a few near misses to be honest, especially when we lived up a rather nasty estate! thanks for reading, nell


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LadyFiddler 20 months ago from Somewhere in the West

LOL well i guess when they come into your home what they get they TAKE! They have absolutely no right intruding :) :) Baseball bat sounds like a mighty fine idea and i will add make sure you connect the head hard if they survive they may eventually develop some sense, and know robbery/rape/muder is WRONG!

You're really bad Nell, you said this : If you really are in the middle of nowhere then DO try to escape but ONLY if you are fit enough to run, its not a good idea if you are older and fat. You won't get very far.

Hmmmm but you're right he he he.

Yeah i tired saw movies with silly people that just go to their door and open it. Come on are you stupid or something? When people come knocking at my door I always ask who is it? If they respond Junior I'd ask again to be sure or peep through the window.

My granny once told us a story about an old lady who live alone, she named her cat "Pull the trigger" and her dog "Kill him quick" so when the bandit came she called her cat and dog by their names and the bandit ran for his life. I think someone should keep this in mind just for the future lol.


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Nell Rose 20 months ago from England Author

LOL! er maybe not so much of the fat? and what a great saying from that old lady! LOLOLO! brilliant! thanks Jo, that was so darn funny! how you doing?


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LadyFiddler 20 months ago from Somewhere in the West

Yes be sure to name your cat and dog that please it will save you a lot of future troubles lol. I am okay thanks i am at my mother tonight. How are you?


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Nell Rose 20 months ago from England Author

Hiya Jo, lol! my mum had two cats, she called them whisky and soda! can you imagine the neighbors faces when she opened the back door to call them in and yelled whisky and soda? they must have thought she liked her drink! lol! Yes I am fine thanks, same old thing over here, rain and more rain, have a great time with your mom okay?


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LadyFiddler 20 months ago from Somewhere in the West

Whiskey and soda lol those are crazy names but just great for fast nosy neighbours. Well its raining a lot here to and January to June supposed to be our dry season but apparently not. I am not missing the sun because some days it goes into the 90's degrees hot as hell if you stand too long in it you will ignite. I am happy to know you're okay. I came to collect my birthday presents my birthday was the jan 4th i turned 27. Email me when is yours? Go get some sleep and don't mix any frog portions plz.


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Lady Guinevere 20 months ago from West Virginia

These are might fine suggestions and good advice. I used to be Neighborhood Watch and now the neighbor across the street is and we ae both on the same page with all of this.


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Nell Rose 20 months ago from England Author

LOL! no, no frog potions! and Happy Birthday, even though its late! lol! wish it was in the 90s here, just for a few hours! lol! thanks my birthday isn't till june, so long way off yet.


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Nell Rose 20 months ago from England Author

Thanks Deb, yes we have that around here too, not that many people take a lot of notice of it! but we do tend to keep an eye out in our block, thanks for reading, nell


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LadyFiddler 20 months ago from Somewhere in the West

Nell didn't I send you to bed? These hours are portion hours :) lol . Thanks darling , i got a lot of presents . Tonight i got a car vacuum and an electric kettle mug. June are you cancer or gemini ? Please say Gemini please please lol.


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Nell Rose 20 months ago from England Author

LOL! yep I am Gemini! split personality! LOL! got to bed around 3am last night, so phew! hope your having a great day!


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LadyFiddler 20 months ago from Somewhere in the West

My word 3 a.m. you see why your neighbour was thinking what she was thinking......? Lol! Your just sad ,you won't get enough rest by doing that . How do you make out at work and what time do you work lol? Hmmmm!!

Well Gemini people are the sweetest people in the world . I am hoping you fall into that catergory lol.


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Nell Rose 20 months ago from England Author

Aw thanks, yes we Gemini people are awesome1 LOLOLO! I don't work at the moment, but I am looking for another job, so it will be back to normal bedtime! lol! thanks Jo!


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LadyFiddler 20 months ago from Somewhere in the West

Hmmm lady when is your normal bed time lol . Since i met you, you sleep far day morning lol. Never before 12:00 am. Well good luck with that job, because there are a lot of losers out there called employers lol. Do tarots by the time rotflol.


lovedoctor926 20 months ago

Helpful tips and advice. Thank you. I am not a deep sleeper so I am always hearing noises outside. I live in a safe neighborhood and I have an alarm in my home, but I am not sure if this is enough to keep crooks away. Helicopters flying above my home late at night. It makes me nervous whenever I hear cars passing by at wee hrs of the night.


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Nell Rose 20 months ago from England Author

No lol! I get up around 10 am, 12s a bit too late for me! I worked for 30 years without a break, so now I can take it easy! yes employers only take on the kids these days, so getting a job now is a pain! lol! have a good evening, its so windy here, gail force, gotta tie down the stuff on the balcony!


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LadyFiddler 20 months ago from Somewhere in the West

Hmmm i heard about the snow in Scotland and how many schools etc closed. Thank God we do not have snow the AC is cold enough. Gail has no behaviour... i feel offended most of these storms are named after us women .Are we that bad? Come on men are worst how about naming all after men. YESSS!!!.

Well please be safe and pray God will watch over you all. Good morning.


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Nell Rose 20 months ago from England Author

Thanks lovedoc, yes its pretty safe around here, but you can still get nervous, we often get police patrolling around our estate, but sometimes it is to chase somebody because we live near an alley which is a great getaway for crooks! lol!


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Nell Rose 20 months ago from England Author

Hi Jo, lol! yes change it to mens names! we down in the south of England are not getting any snow at the moment, in fact most years we don't get it, its mainly up north, but it does look like we may get some next week, nell


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LadyFiddler 20 months ago from Somewhere in the West

LOL lucky you i wants no snow where I am . I don't know how people make out with that snow :(


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Nell Rose 20 months ago from England Author

You would love it Jo! lol! in fact when its snowing it doesn't feel that cold, its great fun!


hailey 6 months ago

one time I was being intruded and i had to stay in the bathroom all day


Hailey 6 months ago

i love these tips on this website!


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Nell Rose 6 months ago from England Author

Thanks hailey, that sounds horrific! glad to see you are okay, and thanks for reading, nell

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