Burglars can commit rape, robbery, and assault if they are surprised by someone coming home or pick a home that is occupied.
If something looks questionable, a slit screen, a broken window or an open door, don't go in. Call the police from a neighbor's house or a public phone.
At night, if you think you hear someone breaking in, leave safely if you can, then call the police. If you can't leave, lock yourself in a room with a phone and call the police. If an intruder is in your room, pretend you are asleep.
Gun are responsible for many accidental deaths in the home every year. If you choose to own a gun, learn how to store it and use it safely.