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Dangers of Confronting Burglars in Your Home – Mother With Young Children Has Close Call

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August 5, 2011
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Dangers of Confronting Burglars in Your Home – Mother With Young Children Has Close Call

Last month’s post on the dangers of confronting burglars in your home was a grim reminder of why it’s a bad idea: one homeowner was shot at by an intruder, and another homeowner was run over. Additional stories have surfaced recently with the same theme – and the same lessons. In this latest case, a mom in Washington State entered her home to investigate after she discovered signs of forced entry. Even though she knew better (and her young kids were in the car parked outside), she went in in anyway. She was lucky to escape relatively unharmed.

Pierce County investigators are searching for a burglary suspect after a woman walked into her home Saturday and found a man going through her belongings. Nicole Rosen, of Roy, WA and her children had just left for a road trip to visit relatives in Oklahoma when she realized she forgot something.  When she returned home, she spotted a strange, two-toned truck parked along her fence.  She also saw there was something wrong with the gate leading into her backyard.

That’s When You Call 911

Rosen went around back and noticed the sliding door was open, she said.  When she stepped into the house, she spotted a stranger standing over her desk, rifling through her things. "I said, 'Hey, what are you doing?'" Rosen said. Without saying a word, the burglar darted toward the front door, which frightened Rosen because her children were still sitting in the car parked near that door. "So I grabbed his shirt to try and slow him down." she said.  "So he did turn and attack me, and actually tried to push me through the front window, which did not make me very happy." Rosen said she fought back and the burglar ran out the back door, got into his truck and squealed away.

Nicole was lucky – it could have been much worse for her, as evidenced by other confrontations with intruders.

What the Burglar Stole

Moments later, she noticed some of her jewelry was missing from her bedroom, including some sentimental pieces from her mother, who recently passed away, and from her 10-year-old son. "He paid $7.50 for it," she said.  "I can guarantee this is not worth anything to anybody but me." The burglar also took the kids' piggy banks, she said. Rosen is now nursing bruises from her encounter with the burglar.  Looking back, she realizes she should have called 911 before entering the home and confronting the suspect.

Is it ever worth taking the chance of coming face to face with an intruder in your home? Absolutely not, especially since we know that many intruders are armed, and some are driven by a drug habit that is fueling the increased residential crime wave I’m seeing in jurisdictions across the US.

These stories are always frightening to read. And of course, the best way to deter a burglar in the first place is with a monitored home alarm system. If the perps are not scared away by the loud siren, then the police will deal with them when dispatched by the monitoring center. More and more homes are choosing peace of mind with a home alarm, and that’s where FrontPoint can help. We’re the leader in wireless home security, as well as the #1 ranked home alarm company in the US. When you’re ready for a home alarm that’s safer, smarter, simpler, more affordable, and virtually impossible to defeat, you’re ready for FrontPoint: no hidden fees, the best interactive, wireless home alarm technology at the best price, and world-class service. And when you even suspect there’s an uninvited guest in your home, please dial 911.

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