Amid recent high-profile home invasions — such as an intruder breaking into the home of actress Sandra Bullock in June, or NBA star Ray Allen’s Coral Gables home being hit by seven intruders in August — Wallace Zeins, a former New York police detective and hostage negotiator for 22 years, told NBC reporter Jeff Rossen how to protect you and your family against a home invasion. Watch the video below.

In a segment which aired during the Today Show this morning, Zeins told Rossen that you should have electronic car keys with a built-in alarm.

“Most people don’t realize this, but they leave their car keys downstairs,” Zeins said, according to “Bring your car keys up. Alarm systems are very expensive, and this is a loud one. All you have to do is hit the keys. They don’t realize it, but it’s the best alarm system, and doesn’t cost them a penny.”

As reports, Zeins advises that you always have a can of wasp & hornet spray for personal defense. “Buy a can of wasp hornet spray in the hardware store or the supermarket, keep it by your bedside or the floor,” he said. “It’s more powerful than police Mace.

“The great part is, when you spray, it will go 20 to 25 feet,” Zeins added.

Another useful tip is for the entire family to sleep with their bedroom doors open, that way everyone is more aware of what’s going on.

Zeins advises that you fully cooperate with an intruder if the person manages to capture you and your family. Tell them the location of valuable items in the house, reported.

“You tell them exactly where it is. You want to get them out of there as quickly as you can,” he said. “Remember, treat them like royalty. On top of that, you don’t want to lie to them.”

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