Woman stabbed during house robbery

2015-11-17 06:00

A quick response to a panic alarm saved an Observatory woman’s life.

When securities responded to a panic alarm they found a homeowner bleeding after being stabbed by an unknown intruder during the course of a robbery at her house.

Between two and four robbers forced their way into her house, and managed to flee the scene before ADT or the police arrived.

Arriving at the scene, ADT armed response officer Mervin Faro immediately called for police and medical backup and stayed with the victim until the paramedics arrived.

The victim, who spoke on condition of anonymity, says she doesn’t want to go through this experience again.

“I am incredibly grateful at how quickly officer Faro arrived on the scene after the panic button was activated, and for staying with me until the paramedics and police arrived,” she says.

She is currently recovering from the incident.

Jade Hanning, ADT’s district manager, says there are safety measures that homeowners can put in place.

“Home safety starts with some general precautions. Everyone in the home must know how to summon emergency services and operate the home security system,” he says.

Tips. The garage and outbuilding must be locked when not in use.

. Ensure that your gate and driveway is well-lit and ensure that you can easily exit.

. You can request that your armed response service meets you at home.

. Security gates or safety chains on doors must always be used.

. Investigate with caution if dogs bark persistently.

. Lock the internal doors of rooms that are not in use at night.

. Consider activating the alarm for those areas of the home that are unoccupied at night.

. Keep your cellphone by the bedside.

“Should you fall victim to a home invasion it is important to stay calm,” says Hanning.

. Avoid aggravating your attackers and make it clear that you will cooperate.

. Hand over valuables and property if they demand it.

. Be observant and take particular notice of any voice, dress or behavioural traits.

. Only fight back or try to escape when your life or that of a loved one is in grave danger.

. Close and lock the doors immediately and call for help by activating the home alarm.

Hanning suggests that everyone get involved with their local neighbourhood watch, even if you already have the services of an armed response company on call.

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