What to do when burglars knock
Fishers police officer tips to keep home safe
Last Updated: 59 days ago
FISHERS, Ind. - When two men kicked in the door of a retired sheriff's deputy just before noon Tuesday, they were met with three gunshots that sent them fleeing.
Most robbery attempts, however, don't meet such resistance. But they are happening more frequently during daytime hours, according to police.
The attempted robbery in Fishers Tuesday is the latest in what police say is a disturbing rise in daytime home burglaries, in which thieves are knocking and ringing doorbells to see if anyone is home. If no one is, they kick the door in -- mostly looking for jewelry.
Fishers police are warning neighborhood crime watch groups about the burglaries, and offering this advice to prevent a confrontation if someone break into your home while you're there:
"There should be no dialogue other than, 'I'm in the house. I'm calling 911. The police are en route,'" according to Officer Tom Weger, Fishers PD. "That's the only dialogue you should have if someone's at your doorstep that you don't know and that you're not expecting. That's the action you should take."
Police also say that home security systems can make the difference over who becomes victimized.
"We're going to keep them from getting in your home because when they breach an entry, a door or window, the alarm's going off and the authorities are on their way," said Joe Dunn, an employee of home security system company Protect Your Home.
According to police, in recent burglaries thieves have specifically targeted jewelry that can be easily turned into cash. They recommend hiding all jewelry in your home in a safe place.
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