Home Invasion vs Home Burglary – Differences Explained and Solutions Outlined

As excerpted from PowerLinkLLC.com:

“Burglary is defined as entering a structure that is protected, such as a store or home, with the intent to commit a crime once inside. Most common forms of burglary include entering a bank and threatening the teller with a weapon, whether real or implied, demanding a sum of money (normally as much as possible) and leaving the premises. Typically burglars are only in it for the money and actually have no intention of committing a crime past stealing.

How can you protect your home or business against a burglary? Having a security system in place will lessen your chances of being robbed.

Home Invasion – in comparison to burglar – is defined as when an individual or group of individuals enters a home by using significant force. Force can include breaking down a door, smashing a window, or even using physical violence against a person to gain access to the home. Unfortunately, some home invasions result in causalities when the entrant becomes enraged or out of control.”

It is easy for most people to confuse a home invasion with a home break-in or a burglary, mostly because they tend to occur in the same spaces. However, it should be noted that home invasions have a particular tinge of malice that is not associated with regular home break-ins or burglaries. This is not to say every home invasion turns violent, but there are many recorded cases in which violence has been the end result of a home invasion.

The key difference between a home invasion and a home break-in is that not all break-ins and burglaries constitute the use forcible entry into an occupied property. However, home invasions are sometimes synonymous with doors being kicked in, door locks being broke and windows being smashed in, peppered in with the endangerment of homeowners who are present at the time.

Home invasions are much rarer than your run-of –the- mill home robbery, and it is not always the case that the main driving force behind a home invasion is to steal an individual’s property. There are some home invasion cases that are fuelled by the intention to harm another person, through some type of assault. In other instances, people are simply targeted because they might have suddenly achieved the notoriety that comes with instant success like winning the lottery.

What Dangers Do You Face From A Home Invasion?

It is important to be aware of the dangers of home invasions so that you take steps to actively avoid them or respond accordingly if you ever find yourself as a victim of a home invasion.

Some of the dangers posed by home invasions include loss and damage to property, the threat of physical harm, and the subsequent loss of the peace of mind that you experienced while being in your home. There are many well-documented cases of home invasion victims and survivors who no longer feel safe and secure in their own homes, all because they have endured something as arduous and taxing as a home invasion.


Home invasions can happen either sporadically or as a result of a targeted effort. Similar to one of the many tricks that burglars use, home invaders who target a specific home or individual often stake out this person’s property to get a better idea of the best time for them to strike. Not only are your livelihood and sanity at stake, but also your privacy.

How Can You Stay Protected From A Home Invasion?

  • Either Implement or Use Additional Security Deterrents

Combine multiple security deterrents that allow you to effectively combat any threats that are thrown your way. Security deterrents are vital to keeping unauthorized individuals away from your property and they should be employed effectively to that end.

Using multiple security deterrents simply follows the school of thought that the best form of security is the one that exists in layers. A layered security mechanism makes will make it much harder for home invaders to victimize you and put you in a life-threatening position. The security buffers that you employ should be meant to seal any cracks that exist in your security. These kinds of cracks will become evident if you conduct a home security assessment as was suggested earlier.

Ideally, your security deterrents should be implemented in a way that reduces any of the ways in which a flaw in your security can be compromised by home invaders and used against you. Some common security deterrents include using surveillance cameras, installation of monitored alarm systems, and burglar proofing solutions that can be applied to both doors and windows.

When it comes to choosing security deterrents, homeowners should be mindful of the nature of the deterrent that they are using. Some security deterrents can be classified as active, and some can be classified as passive. For example, security cameras are a more passive type of security deterrent, which does not necessarily make them suited for protection purposes.

Mantis Security’s Approach To Security Is Based On The Integrated Layered Approach

The multi-layered approach allows for the full integration of all individual security elements, ensuring the delay, timely detection and appropriate response to any security related threat. In addition, this approach affords the client the opportunity to make changes to individual layers without compromising the integrity of the overall security, thus minimizing the potential resource wastage associated with ‘pre-manufactured’ security solutions.

A multi-layered approach allows for protection of all Personnel, Assets and Information by integrating the other associated HSSEC components of:

  • Health and safety in terms of the OSHAS act and other relevant legislation
  • Medical incidents
  • Fire prevention and management
  • Contingency planning
  • Natural disasters
  • Terrorism and terrorist related activities
  • Specific action plans to address the threat analysis

If you’re ready to protect your home (and business) from burglaries or invasions, click here to find out more about Mantis Security’s offerings today!