LISTEN: What to do when there are armed men in your house?

Four men are in your house and your loved-ones are lying on the floor tied up while you have a gun to your head.

What do you do?

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Lyttelton police spokesperson Captain Dave Miller answers the question.

“It is important to cooperate with the assailants,” he says.

“We know it is extremely stressful and scary. It is however very important that you remain calm and cooperate.

“Your life is far more valuable than your possessions.”

But he stresses the importance of also keeping focused.

“Try to get as much information as possible about the suspect or suspects in that moment. Hair colour, identifying marks, type of jewellery, short or long hair, scars on his face and even clothing. Find as many features that can assist police with the investigations.”

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He says once the assailants have left, free yourself and raise the alarm as quickly as possible.

“Contact your local CPF, security firm and the police and provide them with a lot of information.”

He says residents who have security measures such as CCTV cameras installed must regularly do the necessary checks to see if they are in good working order.

“CCTV [footage] can assist police immensely with details of the attack and help identify the culprits.

“If it does happen that there is a confrontation. Remember that any physical confrontation such as a fight leaves DNA and this DNA can assist in the investigation as well.”

But he is quick to discourage victims from provoking such confrontation.

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