Home Invasion Intruders Strike Granger, IN While Homeowners Sleep

April 20, 2009 by admin  
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If you leave your doors unlocked when you go to bed at night or when you leave for the day, you are inviting criminals into your home.  As we weather the storm of job losses, unemployment, and an economy that is fighting to recover, there has been a big increase in the number of home burglaries - home invasion robbery crimes.

As homeowners we need to do our part to make our homes well-protected and keep our family safe from becoming a victim of a violent home invasion robbery crime.  It is very bold that an intruder feels he can walk into a strangers home in the middle of the night while everyone is asleep.  If they will do that type of home invasion, they will probably have no problem harming you and your family should someone awaken and catch them in the act of this crime..

It is our responsibility to double check that the doors are locked at night before going to be, that the garage door is closed, and that we place high valuables like cell phone/computers/purse/electronics out of viewing sight from nearby windows.  If you have a home security system, turn it on whenever you go to bed and when you leave for the day.  This is all a security habit that you must get into and do each and everyday.  Try this for 21 days straight and it will be firmly entrenched as a habit.

If you would like to learn more about Home Invasion Prevention and how to avoid being a victim, get a copy of my FREE REPORT - Home Invasion Prevention by going to www.letstalkhomesecurity.com and signing up.  Sometimes we need to take a few minutes to review the security we currently have in and around our own home.  If there are any weaknesses in our home security, we should act to improve it.  

Here is an article from the South Bend Tribune about four homes in the Granger, Indiana area that were recently burglarized while the homeowners were home asleep.  When an intruder breaks in while homeowners are there, that is considered a home invasion crime.  After reading the article it appears that the homeowners did not consider that they may become a home burglary/home invasion crime victim.  People seem to think “it will never happen to me…until it does.” 

No matter what neighborhood you live in - good or bad - realize that you can become a victim of a home burglary/home invasion robbery crime if you are not prepared.  Protect your home and family today! 

Article published Apr 18, 2009 - Courtesy of South Bend Tribune
Owners home in Granger when burglars strike
Police issue warnings to lock and close doors.
By SUE LOWE Tribune Staff Writer

GRANGER — Four burglaries while homeowners slept Wednesday night have prompted a police warning for people to lock their doors and keep small valuables out of sight.

St. Joseph County police Sgt. Bill Redman said police believe the four burglaries and another attempted burglary, all in subdivisions in the northeast corner of the county, are related.

He warned residents to make sure all doors, including doors between garages and homes, are locked.

Redman said police officers on night patrol see several garage doors up in most subdivisions as they drive through at night.

He warned that cars and trucks left in driveways with garage door openers inside give burglars a chance to grab the openers.People should store wallets, purses and small electronic items such as cell phones out of sight of windows, according to Redman.

“What these guys are doing is walking behind houses and trying doors (to see if they’re locked),” Redman said. “These people are getting pretty brave.”

He said they often see purses and wallets left in sight from outside the homes.

Redman warned of similar burglaries in Granger in 2008 and said homeowners have apparently forgotten.

Those burglaries along with a daylight burglary on Ash Road have Redman anticipating “a bad year” for crime.Redman said a purse and wallet were stolen from two homes in the Covington Shores subdivision on Adams Road. The empty purses and wallets from those burglaries were found Thursday on a subdivision cul de sac in Cass County.

But all the credit cards, money and electronic devices were gone.

In one burglary, the homeowners were awakened by a loud noise and found a wallet, cell phone and purse gone. A door was pried open in that incident.

In the other Covington Shores burglary, homeowners found that a purse with a cell phone inside and a wallet were missing when they woke up Thursday morning. The garage door was left up at that home.

Redman said a homeowner saw somebody in a home in Northbrook Shores off Ash Road and apparently scared him away. He saida child who needed to go to the bathroom woke the woman who lives in the home.

As the woman was walking the child back to bed, she saw somebody with a small flashlight in the living room and called for her husband.

The person in the living room ran from the house. Redman said the patio door was not locked.

In Pleasant Valley South, also off Ash Road, somebody set off an alarm at one home and left.

A woman was awakened by noise at a nearby home but went back to sleep. She found a purse and a digital camera gone when she woke up. The door between the house and garage was not locked.Redman said a man has been arrested in connection with the burglary at a home on Douglas Road near Ash Road on Wednesday.

That incident alarmed Redman because the man broke into the home even though signs identified it as having an alarm system.

The alarm company called St. Joseph County police and somebody else called Elkhart County police to report a suspicious person.

Redman said Elkhart County police found the man walking down the road carrying a jewelry box from the house and a crow bar.  (To read the rest of the article - click HERE).

Be prepared and protect your home and family!

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