According to the most recent statistics in 2020, home invasions are on the rise across the United States.
As you may see on the news, armed criminals are now preying on homeowners due to the reduced and overtaxed police presence across the United States. In response, homeowners have been forced to protect their family and property against violent criminals by using any means necessary – sometimes leading to unimaginable violence and outcomes.
In this series, Preventable Home Invasions, you will be educated on the absolute necessity of door barricades in your home. To highlight how crucial securing your home with a Nightlock door barricade device, let’s examine a horrific home invasion in Golden, Colorado that recently made headlines.
Colorado Home Invasion: Was It Preventable?
On the evening of May 11th, a family in the peaceful suburbs of Golden, Colorado was attacked by a group of intruders that made their way into their home.
At 9pm, school teacher Jessica Swift answered a knock at her front door. When she opened the door, 3 individuals forced their way into her home. Husband Jesse Swift defended his family against the intruders, suffering several critical puncture wounds to his lungs and kidneys, as well as several lacerations. Jessica was able to run out for help at a neighbor’s house, where she dialed 911 to alert police about the incident.
What makes this home invasion more chilling is that the Swift’s two children were in the home’s basement while the violent altercation was taking place. While police rushed to the scene, Jesse Swift chased off the attackers while suffering from his life-threatening injuries. Thankfully, a neighbor was able to locate and secure the children from the scene.
Prevention is Key with Nightlock
Why did this home invasion happen? After an investigation, the suspects admitted that they mistakenly targeted the family for another home that supposedly housed $10,000 in cash and large amounts of narcotics. Therefore, the Swift family was innocent and had little reason to believe that they could be targeted.
Next, Jessica Swift didn’t follow proper security measures for her family, opening the door to complete strangers. By having a Nightlock door barricade in place, Jessica could have easily asked about the nature of why someone was knocking on her door in the evening. If the criminals would have attempted to kick the front door, she would be able warn her family and secure their safety. Or, if another entranceway to the home was secured with a Nightlock, the determined criminals would not have the ability to gain access to that section of the home, serving as a deterrent.
Having a Nightlock door security barricade engaged on all of the entry points to your home can buy you time when preparing to defend your family or by calling law enforcement – or prevent entry altogether. Using the strength of your home’s floor, Nightlock door barricades are able to withstand tremendous force.
Last, it is only through a miracle that the Swift’s children were not harmed. If Jessica Swift has security measures in place, her and her family could have run to a saferoom that is secured with a Nightlock device to avoid harm while law enforcement arrived. Luckily, through her husband’s defensive actions and Jessica’s neighbors, she was able to neutralize the threats.
Additionally, Nightlock offers a variety of other home security devices designed to thwart potential criminals. This includes the popular blackout security shades, which prevent criminals from seeing into your home’s windows and making yourself a target to prying eyes.
In conclusion, with the continuing upward trend of home invasions in the United States, there has never been a more critical time to protect your family and property than now. Choose the best in home security devices with Nightlock today.