Home invasion

 

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Description or situation

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Overview

A home invasion depicts a situation which involves violent actions against home owners, renters and their families. It presents and defines a surprise attack to an occupied residence with the potentials to result in severe injury or death.  A "Home Invasion" is defined a s a criminal action. The nature of every home invasion varies as does the results and consequences.  Despite how a home invasion begins it is far more important to know how it could end.  A home invasion is one the most vulnerable positions to be in for any unsuspecting family as some events unfortunately end with the loss of lives.

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The following is intended to aid those seeking information associated with the effects and consequences associated with a home invasion.

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Home invasion vs robbery

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In accordance with the definition found in Wikipedia a home invasion is not a robbery. A home invasion involves more of a violent nature which means the crime includes victims. Robbery is often a primary motive for entering a home however a robbery can quickly transition into a home invasion if or when the perpetrators discover the residence are still in the home. This situation excludes those assailants who do not possess violent motives or intent. Some home invasions are executed with the primary intent to commit violent crimes. Robbery can be the by-product of this type of home invasion but is not part of the definition.

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What is a home invasion?

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A home invasion can take place most anywhere there is opportunity and value for the perpetrators. It is a bold and blatant action of desperation and callus behavior absent of concern for others. This is a criminal offense performed by ruthless attackers with violent tenancies. In countries with heavy gun laws it is more common for a home invasion to occur without much resistance. Many countries do not have appropriate laws  defining a single act of invading occupied homes. In regions where citizens are well armed the risk of initiating such an act becomes far more dangerous which presents a higher degree of risk. As a result the efforts put into such an act are rapid, extreme and most often violent so as to gain control without deadly opposition. In the United States, a home invasion is considered a crime defined as a single event and the culmination of various offenses. An illegal and forceful entry to an occupied private dwelling. It is defined as a criminal act with the intent to commit any number of offenses such as robbery, assault, rape, murder, torture or/or kidnapping.  [More info]

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Types of homes invasions

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Cyber attacks  »    The latest form of home invasion.

Criminals come in all shapes, indexsizes, colors and intellect. This type of home invasion requires a little more intellect and knowledge than what is typically used for a conventional residential attack. A cyber attack is a malicious act performed using technology in the place of keys or codes with the potential to create far more damage than a conventional home invasion. Attackers take advantage of smart home technology and network connections with the intent to gain entry to the home or to obtain vital and sensitive information. Along with the technical advancements for homes comes the added risk of becoming a victim of a cyber home invasion. Successful hackers can gain access to a residence without using force and do so quietly. Homes with security systems become vulnerable to deactivation. Residence with sophisticated and advanced systems are susceptible to giving up bank records and other confidential information that can compromise finances and identity. Where there is a portal of access exists a potential for hackers to find a way into a home either electronically or physically. The results that follow can change lives forever.

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Associated references

[ A New Kind Of Hack To Worry About: The Smart Home ]

[ Could Your Smart Home Be Hacked? ]

[ 5 horrifying smart home hacks (with video!) ]

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Planned  »    Typically specific and targeted

Planned home invasions are those occurrences where the offender(s) are targeting a residence with the expectation of obtaining a specific prize or desired circumstance. Many orchestrated home invasions are often linked to acquaintances of the victims. The perpetrators acquire information of value about a specific home or person which gives birth to a planned raid on the home. There are planned attacks which result from surveillance and observational tactics and not as a result of inside assistance. This plan to invade a specific home often comes from the results of having scoped out an area due to its enticement or vulnerability.

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Spontaneous  »    Emotionally driven or resulting from desperation

Spontaneous home invasions are those incidences performed without thought or planning. They are quick an most often than not the most violent type of home invasion. Assailants of spontaneous home invasions have been known to be under the influence of mind altering drugs or alcohol relieving them of any discretionary behavior during the event. This makes it easier to inflict any number of assaults on victims without concern for consequences.

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In the city  »    Hit & run with higher evasive probability

City home invasions generally happen near very poor or adjacent neighborhoods where turf wars, drug dealing and malicious behavior occur regularly. These are the areas know to have deteriorated to the point where corruption and mayhem dominate the region. For the most part large city residential areas are busy and even chaotic giving malicious individuals greater opportunities to execute a quick hit and run invasion. This type of home invasion presents a higher probability for the perpetrators to make a clean getaway.

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In the suburbs  »    Preying on the comfort and security of others

Suburban home invasions may be more common than one might imagine. Statistics show that many people feel safer in the midst of their neighbors and are in a state of comfort which keeps them off guard. Suburban home invasions are more often planned with the intent to commit robbery. Often times the nature of the crime changes when the perpetrators discovers that the resident is home. Once engaged in the crime the direction or results depend on the intent of the offenders. They will either disengage or escalate the offense to include domination or violence changing the definition of the criminal act.

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Rural type invasions  »    Bold and courageous / subject to reconnaissance

Urban home invasions can be a difficult thing to accomplish. Many people who live rurally are generally well equipped and accepting of the kind of life that promotes the use of fire arms, traps and snares like hunters. Residence of rural areas are typically more self-sufficient and isolated from dealing with others. They,…. like many others,….. do not want to live with the chaos found within city limits. They do not have an appreciation for conflict and are happier avoiding it. People who live in rural settings understand they are less likely to receive assistance or be rescued by law enforcement in a time frame that would be beneficial. Most people who live within such regions are far more prepared and well armed than city folk but are often the worst when it comes to reacting fast enough to make a difference. They are deeper into their comfort zone and believe they are too far away from the action and not worth the time to attack. Rural residence do not always have the benefit of next door neighbors so they are often on their own. Most home invasions that take place rurally are done so prior to the home owners arriving at home. Assailants have been know to enter a rural home and stay a while. This type of home invasion is prone to cyber attacks allowing assailants to enter the home without detection.

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Home invasions resulting from and during disastrous or chaotic events

These are home invasions initiated as a result of an unexpected circumstance such as during a disaster or other chaotic event. The attacks can be spontaneous or planned. The nature and particulars of a disaster or event may be the determining factor as to the specifics of a home invasion. These are moments in time with increased levels of vulnerability which present a higher probability for an occupied residence to experience a home invasion.

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Home invasions were found to occur more often in areas experiencing some sort of  disaster or event. It is during these moments when the criminally minded take advantage of opportunities and strike. They are aware of when police and emergency services have been deployed to areas effected by the disaster or event. They believe it presents opportunities to engage in crimes of burglary or residential assault with less opposition or resistance by authorities. In many cases the offense begins as a robbery with the assumption that residence have evacuated their homes. Burglary can transition in to a home invasion when a resident has been discovered to be in the home.

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Potential causes for home invasions

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Causes for home invasions are not limited to opportunity, convenience or any ulterior motives. It is often caused as a result of excessive attention or posturing of wealth or vanity drawing the wrong kind of attention. Some assailants commit crimes after having followed victims to their homes. There are a multiplicity of reasons why home invasions occur but are most associated with sexual intent, robbery, kidnapping, extortion or other malicious activity. On other occasions home invasions have occurred for the purpose of none other than as a gang initiation. A process by which  potential gang members commit criminal acts with the intent to be granted entrance into the gang itself. A requirement to fulfill often inflicting collateral damage to innocent victims.

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Consequences of a home invasion

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Consequences of a home invasion are broad and life changing. Such an event has the potential to cause any number of consequences for not only the victims but the assailants as well. There have been many occasions where perpetrators have been killed during an attack by attentive and reactive home owners. Consequences include the potential of losing property, innocents and life itself. Survivors often experience deep rooted emotional scars which can take years to manage if at all.

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Dramatic effects of a home invasion

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Additional video references

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Resources

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Home_invasion

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/perpetrator 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cyber-attack

http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/mayhem?s=t

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