Expert Explains What To Do if You're In a Hostage Crisis

A security expert speaks to INSIDE EDITION to offer survival tips that could help you in a hostage scenario.

Home invasions can happen any time, any place. In one scenario, a pistol-packing intruder forced his way into a couple's house.

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Suddenly, an alleged intruder is inside your home. What can you do?

That's the question being asked in the wake of  the cold-blooded murders of a wealthy family and their housekeeper on Embassy Row in Washington, D.C. Daron Dylon Wint is the prime suspect.

Security expert Wally Zeins said, "In the first 10 to 30 minutes is when you can seriously or get killed."

"Always treat the hostage take like royalty. Treat them like they're the prince, king, or queen of whatever. They have your life at that particular time," he said.

Should the Savopoulos family have tried to escape?

"Escape is not the best thing to do. You don't know if there [are] other accomplices in the house. You don't know if this person yet has produced a weapon," said Zeins.

During the hostage situation, Savvas Savopoulos was apparently compelled  to call his housekeeper's husband to keep him from coming to the house to pick up his wife. Is there anything he could have done to tip him off?

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“If he had the opportunity to speak and say, 'Get help,' or if he can muffle his voice, and felt comfortable with that, then I would do that," said Zeins.

Zeins believes it's unlikely that Savoupoulos would have been able to talk his way out of the horror that cost the lives of four people.

“There's a person who we call an emotionally disturbed individual who has a statement, who has a goal, who has something. And if that's not met, he or she will hurt you."

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