Ask the Police. “I can hear someone downstairs in my house, what do I do?”
One of the most alarming calls a Police Officer can receive is when a terrified person call and says someone is in their house and please help them. There is something about the words, “please help me” that pulls at the heartstrings of every Cop and because of this they will do all they can to get there as quickly as possible to render that help.
I have responded to this vary call from an elderly woman living alone. We checked her house and found a burglar hiding in the shower. He was a drug addict, and his pockets were full of her prescription medication. Thank goodness, the woman was not afraid to call 9-1-1, and we could get there and arrest the burglar.
What to do
Hearing bumps in the night, footsteps, breaking glass or pots and pans crashing on to the kitchen floor sounds like a horror film, and it can be if you are home alone or have a family to worry about their safety.
Depending on whether or not you live in a single story, two story or live in a high-rise, you and your family need to get somewhere you can be safe. If you can escape outside and get to a protected place this would be best. It is not recommended that you grab the baseball bat, tip toe downstairs and try to confront a potential dangerous situation.
It is not a waste of time for the Police to respond to this type of call if it turns out to be nothing more than a cat or some other explanation for the noise. There are misconceptions that people have that the Police get angry when it turns out to be a false alarm, which is not true, it is our job, and the fact of the matter is, a very large majority of calls the Police respond to, are false alarms.
The Police will come as quickly as possible and check your house to make sure all is safe, sound and secure.
Knowing where to go, what to do and having a carefully thought out plan for yourself or with your family is necessary if ever faced with this situation. Plan your escape route, have a “safe room” with a phone line and a strong door that locks from the inside to keep you safe until the Police arrive and do not hesitate to call 9-1-1.