Thsi is something I have thought about a few times.
My first reaction is to think I am hearing things, and my second, if the noise went on, would be to press my panic alarm which is part of my burglar alarm system with a "pad" by my bed. I think i would then take my phone and lock myself in the en suite though by then my dogs would be going beserk I would hope!
This happened to me when I was a young women living alone. My advice is as follows:
1. If it is at night, turn on the lights - let the would be burglar know you are awake.
2. Call loudly, "I can hear you and I'm calling the police." Most would be burglars will flee rather than be caught.
3. If they persist, call loudly again, "I have rung the police they are on their way."
3. If you think they are already in the house and you can safely leave by another door, leave and run to your neighbour for assistance.
This is a frightening thing to happen particularly if the would be burglar is drug affected as they can be irrational and unpredictable.
I truly do not know WHAT I would do,I use a cane to walk and do not walk very fast at all,so I think I would give him what he was after,and then phone the police a.s.a.p. I do not wish to be a hero,and my life is worth more than anything material which I own. I would hope that my dogs would sense it was not a friend,and all attack!!!
I would probably try to get out of the house first and go to the neighbors and call for help. If I could turn on all the lights and yell "the police are on their way" before they actually got in my house, I would do that and call the police. If that was not possible, I would try to hide/lock myself up and hope that I was able to get to my phone to call for help! If none of those, I have no idea what I would do...probably freak out.
Good heavens, that would be terrifying. We have a pretty big, boisterous dog, so it's a pretty unlikely scenario. If it did happen I would either climb out a window - if I was alone - or I would find the kids, do my best to get them out, and just hope like crazy that everything was going to be ok.
Dial 111 and then start turning on lights and radio super loud, then find some thing heavy to defend yourself and start yelling help, help, intruder to alert neighbours.
If you can jamb a chair against the door or use a lock if you have one on the room.
I have nightmares about this all the time! Perhaps I am paranoid. My main concern is my son. I imagine that I would freeze, like in all my dreams. I like Gayle's idea. I think I'm going to be sick just thinking about this.