Open houses are a traditional way to visit with friends and relatives during the holidays, but be careful about providing one for burglars. No one wants strangers entering their home.
Occasionally we have an incident where a resident encounters a stranger who has entered their unsecured home. We recently took a report on an event like this.
On October 25, 2011 shortly after midnight a resident called police after scaring off a stranger who had entered their home. When the resident heard one of those “bumps in the night,” they went to investigate. The resident opened the door leading to the basement and garage to discover a 23-25 year old white male standing there.
The man ran out of the house and the resident followed for a short distance before calling police. Police responded and searched the area but the suspect was not located.
It turns out that a side door to the garage was left unlocked which provided the suspect an opportunity for entry. There was no reported damage and no loss of property in this event.
The suspect was described as approximately 5’10 with a slender build and he was wearing blue jeans, a black ball cap, and a dark blue coat.
Make sure you have your doors and windows locked to help keep this from happening to you.