How to deal with an intruder
It is most people’s worst nightmare to have an intruder in their home. Not only are your personal possessions vulnerable to theft or damage if there is a stranger in your home, but if you are there with them, then you yourself are in danger as well. It is unwise to physically attack an intruder as you can not be sure that they aren’t armed, and you could end up seriously injured if you try to draw them into a physical fight. Here are some tips on what to do if you find yourself in this situation.
- Act immediately. If you hear a noise that may be an intruder in the night, or at any other time, don’t just hope for the best and ignore the noises. You don’t want to give the potential intruder any time to get further into the house, or cause any damage to yourself or your property.
- Shut and block the door. Whichever room you are in needs to be shut off from the rest of the house to protect you and anyone else with you. If there is no lock on the door then you can barricade it with furniture to give yourself a little extra time. If you are able to safely get to a room with a lock, without facing the intruder, then you may want to do this instead.
- Contact the police. Use your mobile phone to contact the police as a matter of urgency. Stay fairly quiet so that the intruder does not know what you are doing as this may provoke them into violence. If you don’t have a phone in your room then try to attract attention from a window.
- Arm yourself. Find something that you can use as a weapon (only if you absolutely have to) and then make a lot of noise and tell the intruder that you have called the police. With many intruders this will be just what is needed to get them to leave.
Making a compensation claim using a personal injury lawyer in Inverness
If you have been injured by an intruder in your home, you may be able to make a claim for compensation against them, as long as they have been caught. You should speak to a personal injury lawyer in Inverness to see if you have a valid claim for compensation, before you start the process, as it can be stressful and difficult to deal with if you do not win.
Accident Advice Helpline can provide you with an experienced and dedicated personal injury lawyer in Inverness, and the helpline itself has over 10 years’ experience with compensation claims, so you are in the best hands. You can call the helpline on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone to speak to the team about your situation, and they will help you to decide whether to start a claim or not.